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post #4096 of 6617
Just rotated Very-Bass screws 1 revolution counter-clockwise, ports opened over half. I think (but maybe I'm wrong and it's other way around) I get less low frequency bass now, and more high frequency bass. Nevertheless I feel way less pressure on my eardrum, which was previously causing some pain in my right ear (I don't listen too loud, it's Pan Am on low gain at 10 o'clock setting). Since I don't know what exactly should I expect when touching these screws, could someone (Dan?) explain redface.gif
post #4097 of 6617
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Originally Posted by koolas View Post

Just rotated Very-Bass screws 1 revolution counter-clockwise, ports opened over half. I think (but maybe I'm wrong and it's other way around) I get less low frequency bass now, and more high frequency bass. Nevertheless I feel way less pressure on my eardrum, which was previously causing some pain in my right ear (I don't listen too loud, it's Pan Am on low gain at 10 o'clock setting). Since I don't know what exactly should I expect when touching these screws, could someone (Dan?) explain redface.gif

That sounds about right. That is what happens when you increase the size/width of a port on a bass reflex speaker. 

post #4098 of 6617

Just got a notification there's a box waiting for me to collect at the mailroom

 

Going to be a fun night :gs1000smile:

post #4099 of 6617
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Originally Posted by sugarshark View Post
 

Just got a notification there's a box waiting for me to collect at the mailroom

 

Going to be a fun night :gs1000smile:

 

Eek, wow! Please report back ASAP! 

 

Sometimes, I think 3D printers might end up changing the world as we know it.

post #4100 of 6617
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Eek, wow! Please report back ASAP! 

 

Sometimes, I think 3D printers might end up changing the world as we know it.

 

was hoping to have hifi m8 ready to pair with it but unfortunately still waiting on that.

 

might have to experiment a bit with other parts at home.. i'll give it a go with NAD M51 + C162 preamp. Don't have any dedicated headphone amps around.

 

i guess in theory i could make some speaker taps but not feeling comfortable to connect any headphones to a 120wpc power amp..

 

Haven't had a chance to properly listen to them yet but I am happy with the build quality. It's been said before but the pictures don't do the paint finish justice. It really looks great in person. I'm impressed with the alpha pads too. Old news to most of you guys I guess, but handling them for the first time - the materials are obviously high quality and they're damn comfy.

 

I bought them to use at work but don't think i will now, they would draw too much attention. if a matte black option was offered i would have taken it for this reason. Also, the isolation is too good for work. it's a lot like wearing earmuffs.

post #4101 of 6617
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Originally Posted by jasonb View Post

That sounds about right. That is what happens when you increase the size/width of a port on a bass reflex speaker. 

Good, so I got it right smily_headphones1.gif I also think with that screw more unscrewed AD sound more open... smily_headphones1.gif
post #4102 of 6617
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Originally Posted by sugarshark View Post
 

 

 

 

i guess in theory i could make some speaker taps but not feeling comfortable to connect any headphones to a 120wpc power amp..

 

 

This is actually my preferred method.  WAY cheaper than paying top dollar for high-powered HP amps, and the sound quality is stili stellar.

post #4103 of 6617

Hey everyone!

 

This is really just a post for Dan.

 

So I am not an audiophile. I love music, and enjoy quality in everything. I am a software developer, and gamer who wanted more from his system then the average sound. I picked up an ASUS Xonar Essence STX card for my PC, and then wanted to see what was out there that's better then the audio-technica ATH-M50's that I use.

 

being these are pretty good $150 headphones, I knew I had to go up to the $300 range or so if I wanted to recognize a difference. After researching how best to spend $300 on headphones, I ended on on MrSpeakers site, and the Mad Dogs.

 

I then saw the Alpha Dogs, and dug into all the online content I could about then, and in the end, I chose the Alpha Dogs. I put my order in last week. The reason I chose them, is when I buy something, I always fear that if I get into it, I will feel I under-bought. SO for example, if I buy a digital camera, and then really get into photography (I did), I don't want to then realize I need to go get a new camera to really get into it. I bought a high end camera right off the bat, and still have it (5D Mk II). So with headphones, these seem to be the best I am going to find under a grand, and I know I am the type of consumer that will never spend a grand on a pair of headphones. 

 

The main reason for this post, is to just let you know your headphones are reaching a wider audience then the audiophile crowd. I realize I am just one data point, but I suspect I am not alone. 

 

Oh, and I do have a quick question. I don't think this is the kind of thing that other companies withhold, but if it's an inappropriate question, I apologize...

 

How many of these do you produce in a week? I mainly want to know, because it's fun to know I own something rather exclusive. I figured with a 6 week wait time, it can't be that many of them. It's also great to see your in such demand (even though it means I have to wait so long).

 

Take care,

Jeremy


Edited by JeremyR - 11/25/13 at 9:24am
post #4104 of 6617
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Originally Posted by JeremyR View Post
 

Hey everyone!

 

This is really just a post for Dan.

 

So I am not an audiophile. I love music, and enjoy quality in everything. I am a software developer, and gamer who wanted more from his system then the average sound. I picked up an ASUS Xonar Essence STX card for my PC, and then wanted to see what was out there that's better then the audio-technica ATH-M50's that I use.

 

being these are pretty good $150 headphones, I knew I had to go up to the $300 range or so if I wanted to recognize a difference. After researching how best to spend $300 on headphones, I ended on on MrSpeakers site, and the Mad Dogs.

 

I then saw the Alpha Dogs, and dug into all the online content I could about then, and in the end, I chose the Alpha Dogs. I put my order in last week. The reason I chose them, is when I buy something, I always fear that if I get into it, I will feel I under-bought. SO for example, if I buy a digital camera, and then really get into photography (I did), I don't want to then realize I need to go get a new camera to really get into it. I bought a high end camera right off the bat, and still have it (5D Mk II). So with headphones, these seem to be the best I am going to find under a grand, and I know I am the type of consumer that will never spend a grand on a pair of headphones. 

 

The main reason for this post, is to just let you know your headphones are reaching a wider audience then the audiophile crowd. I realize I am just one data point, but I suspect I am not alone. 

 

Oh, and I do have a quick question. I don't think this is the kind of thing that other companies withhold, but if it's an inappropriate question, I apologize...

 

How many of these do you produce in a week? I mainly want to know, because it's fun to know I own something rather exclusive. I figured with a 6 week wait time, it can't be that many of them. It's also great to see your in such demand (even though it means I have to wait so long).

 

Take care,

Jeremy

 

So you think now ;)

post #4105 of 6617
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post
 

 

So you think now ;)

 

LOL!!

 

;-)

post #4106 of 6617
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Originally Posted by JeremyR View Post
So I am not an audiophile. I love music, and enjoy quality in everything. I am a software developer, and gamer who wanted more from his system then the average sound. I picked up an ASUS Xonar Essence STX card for my PC, and then wanted to see what was out there that's better then the audio-technica ATH-M50's that I use.

 

Funny you should post this.. I'm a software dev / gamer with an essence stx too :normal_smile :

 

Got home a bit late and just wanted to see what the ADs sounded like so I plugged them into my PC with essence stx. Fired up some favourite metal tracks and honestly I was not blown away. Moved on to EDM though and there was great synergy- got my first hints as to what the hype was about.

 

Later on in the night I got my preamp out of storage, hooked up the M51 DAC and tried again - wow! HUGE difference! The metal tracks I'd found congested and uninspiring really opened up with a better source. But the improvement was across the board, even EDM sounded better.

 

JeremyR: if you are spending the money on the ADs, you need a better source than the Essence ST(X) to remotely do them justice

post #4107 of 6617
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Originally Posted by sugarshark View Post

 

 

JeremyR: if you are spending the money on the ADs, you need a better source than the Essence ST(X) to remotely do them justice

 

Two questions :)

 

Will they sound better then the M50's with the sound card?

 

What's the least expensive way to "do them justice"?

 

Edit: I am justifying the expense by expecting these to be my headphones for the next 10-20 years, so even if my current setup does not do them justice, it's good to know I have the headroom in my headphones to do whatever the next equipment I buy justice :)


Edited by JeremyR - 11/25/13 at 2:37pm
post #4108 of 6617
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Originally Posted by JeremyR View Post
 

 

Two questions :)

 

Will they sound better then the M50's with the sound card?

 

What's the least expensive way to "do them justice"?

 

Edit: I am justifying the expense by expecting these to be my headphones for the next 10-20 years, so even if my current setup does not do them justice, it's good to know I have the headroom in my headphones to do whatever the next equipment I buy justice :)

 

Not having heard M50, I can't say for sure, but I can't imagine the AD not sounding better. AD does sound good out of the essence but you are just leaving so much potential performance on the table.

 

Can't really say what the least expensive way to do them justice is. As we all know increasing audio performance gets exponentially more expensive, and your budget and "good enough" threshold are probably different to mine. There's also other constraints to consider, like what gear you already have, space requirements etc. Also, I've only had mine for <24 hours and tested them with the small selection of gear I own. Incidentally, I would definitely recommend the NAD M51 for both speakers and headphones, but it's certainly not the cheapest option.

 

I think the course of action with the best end result is to just save space in your budget, and when you have the ADs, take them in to a local shop where you can test them with a range of headphone amps and DACs. Kind of a boring answer, but ultimately gives you the highest chance of satisfaction.

 

 

 

PS: good luck not buying any more gear for 10-20 years- that upgrade itch is hard to resist ;) 

post #4109 of 6617
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Originally Posted by sugarshark View Post

 

PS: good luck not buying any more gear for 10-20 years- that upgrade itch is hard to resist ;) 

 

Yea, I have $10,000 worth if camera lenses for a hobby I said I would never spend more then a few grand on. I know how it goes :).

 

Great advice on taking them somewhere and trying things out.

post #4110 of 6617
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Originally Posted by JeremyR View Post
 

I know I am the type of consumer that will never spend a grand on a pair of headphones. 

 

Never say never! Famous last words

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