Originally Posted by emertxe
There will be many Alpha Dogs around it seems... Better to wait until next year when they start hitting the for sale forum here in significant numbers. I am thinking about getting one for myself that way as well but still not sure whether I really need a closed back headphone, or not.
Btw - is there any review against HE-500? Heard the Hifimans several days ago and despite their brilliant FR and more forgiving nature, they quite failed to perform against my HD800.
I did compare the Apha Dog and HE 500 at the NY meet (I'm Ned, BTW, mentioned in the NY meet thread), an easy comparison since the Mr. Speakers and HiFiman tables were right next to each other. OTOH, listening in a meet is less that ideal because of the noise level, which I think allows a closed headphone to show better. That said, for me, I felt the Alpha Dog was more enjoyable than the HE 500, listening to the same songs through the same portable rig to eliminate the effect of different sources and amps on the comparison (I used my portable rig consisting of an iPod Classic 160gb using ALAC, CLAS -db dac, and ALO Rx MK3 B+ amp.)
In my brief listening, I felt the Alpha Dogs were more dynamic, faster and more balanced, with more "presence" to the music. When I first gave them a listen, I immediately liked them more than the HE500, and said so to Dan Clark. I then asked him not to mention it to the guy at the HiFiman table, who was a very nice and helpful person and who spent some time with me with the HE500.
But, I will say that was after a very brief listen covering just a portion of two songs. What the result would be in a quiet environment over a more extended listening session is hard to say.
Immediately after I bought the Alpha Dogs and am now awaiting delivery (only 6 more weeks!)