Many of you know I'm an Audeze fan (and, as I pointed out in our CanJam Coverage on Audio360.org, including the Alpha's - and having recently been labeled an "Audeze Jihadist" by this fella in another magazines website - I realize I'm a non-stop advocate for their stuff.
But if I didn't love their cans I wouldn't be such a die hard freak about it.
That said - I'm with you in some respects for sure.
Now, I liked the LCD-2, but I loved the LCD-3 (so you see where my tastes lie there). I had a 2 for awhile though - so I was able to live with it and get to know it pretty well on multiple sources (tube and SS). Realizing that we all interpret differently, I try to stay away from making blanket statements (especially in my reviews) as my "best" may not be somebody else's and "better" to me may not be to the next guy...
But, when I bought the Mad Dogs I thought I was getting in the ballpark of the fidelity that I loved so much about the LCD-3 - with a closed back!!
Enter wifey falling in love with Dan..
I loved (and love) my Mad Dogs - latest version. I think they have terrific dynamic slam and acuteness in detail. They are warm without being overly carpeted in the midrange. They're engrossing to listen to. I agree on the Mad Dogs slight edge in midrange clarity over the LCD-2. That seems to be a magic spot in the Mad Dogs.
I think they sound FAR better than the price tag indicates - as with all Dan's stuff. I also think they may have an edge in overall clarity like you say - but I'd have to get an LCD-2 again for comparison to be certain...
But the Alpha's - and boy - listening to them as I type this - take everything to another level for me.
Their ability to truly sound "open" at times is startling. But for me, the wow-factor there came after an extended break-in.
I heard it immediately, but it became more pronounced as the headphones settled in.
I think they provide a stellar musical playback experience. It's engaging, dynamic, open (as mentioned before) and emotive.
I'm working on a full review for Positive Feedback to come ASAP.
back to rockin' the Alpha's!!!
As a side note, I'm guessing you feel the new Audeze crop have pulled an advantage back...?