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I know two people who have them. First one is gelocks and he promised will write a review of Shure SRH 1540 and comparison to other headphones such as Beyer T5p, Alpha Dog, ... Another one who has Alpha Dog and other high-end headphones but I do not remember his nick, however you can look back to this thread or Shure 1540 thread to find his comments.

 

Yeah, sorry, got the PS4 and been playing the hell out of it... no real headphone listening time! LOL But will look into this soon-ish!!!

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Thanks WNBC. It's really helpful. smily_headphones1.gif maybe I will find a amp again...haha
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Yeah, sorry, got the PS4 and been playing the hell out of it... no real headphone listening time! LOL But will look into this soon-ish!!!


Sounds like quality time spent. LOL. :atsmile: (what games are ya playin?)

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Sounds like quality time spent. LOL. :atsmile: (what games are ya playin?)

 

Off-topic... Assassins Creed Black Flag, Need For Speed Rivals. Also got CoD: Ghosts but haven't even opened it up yet... ;)

 

Brought my Shure 1540s to work, tomorrow I'll bring the Alphas and then hopefully Wednesday/Thursday I'll chime in with more impressions/words.

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Intrigued by criagster's question about SRH1540 and since they cost less (even with the tax) and easily obtainable from B&H i bought them yesterday and tried them with AK100 since this is the only reason I need them. I tried them during my ride from work last night and here what I found. They much lighter but their comfort will depend on the shape of your head and while it's better than DT1350 its not as good as AD for me but I can still live with it unlike DT1350. And while they sound very very good including vocals (they sound same to me) but they have one weakness which makes them unusable for portable use. Their ISOLATION IS BAD since I can clearly hear people talking around me while I have them on but no music is playing so if you want to use them around talking people or while your spouse watching TV they are no good.

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Working on my PFO Writers Choice Award for the Alpha Dogs!

To be published SOON!!!!

 

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FYI - after doing the burn-in, my reaction on the Schiit Vali amp is that it is a reasonable choice for the Mad Dog, but less suitable for the Alpha Dog.  See the Vali thread if you want specifics.

 

I continue to find the Alpha Dog to be a superior choice for all acoustic music.  The resolution, detail and soundstage are better than the Mad Dog, and the strong points of the Alpha Dog are shown to best advantage in acoustic music, especially classical music.

 

With EDM, reggae and similar bass heavy music, I find the more pronounced bass and slightly greater perceived dynamics of the Mad Dog can be more enjoyable than the neutral and flat Alpha Dog.

 

In other music, it can be a tossup.  For example, on Dark Side of the Moon, the Alpha Dog is enjoyable for its detail and soundstage, while the Mad Dog is enjoyable in a different way for its perceived dynamics and stronger bass.

 

Having said this, each does a fine job on all genres, and you can enjoy all genres regardless of which you choose.


Edited by kstuart - 12/2/13 at 5:41pm
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Thanks for the info.  I've been thinking of a solid state amp like the Emotiva Mini and then the Vali came along as a SS-tube hybrid.  Figured I'd wait to hear to the reviews and seems like it is a pass for the Alpha Dog.  If people have other suggestions for solid state amps ($200-300) lets hear them.  

 

 

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FYI - after doing the burn-in, my reaction on the Schiit Vali amp is that it is a reasonable choice for the Mad Dog, but less suitable for the Alpha Dog.  See the Vali thread if you want specifics.

 

I continue to find the Alpha Dog to be a superior choice for all acoustic music.  The resolution, detail and soundstage are better than the Mad Dog, and the strong points of the Alpha Dog are shown to best advantage in acoustic music, especially classical music.

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Thanks for the info.  I've been thinking of a solid state amp like the Emotiva Mini and then the Vali came along as a SS-tube hybrid.  Figured I'd wait to hear to the reviews and seems like it is a pass for the Alpha Dog.  If people have other suggestions for solid state amps ($200-300) lets hear them.  

I have not heard the Emotiva.  But just from what I have read about using the Emotiva with - for example - the HE-500 - my guess is that it is the best production amp available in that price range for planars.   With the Alpha Dog, you would get the cable that goes to XLR and then get an XLR to "speaker taps" cable.  There is an Emotiva thread started by IIRC "Malveaux" that has details.

 

 

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At $200, For HE500/HE-6 and other planar HPs, I personally don't think there's any production SS HP amps that could beat the performance/price of the Emotiva and can drive speakers with ease to boost.  Yes, you can call me a "convert"  as I was very skeptical about the Mini-X.  Now, I am proclaiming the truth, IMO anyway....


Edited by koiloco - 12/2/13 at 7:20pm
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If a amp provides both SE output and balanced output, Is it better that use the balanced? Is it different between SE and balanced cable of the Alpha dog? Since I had no plan to buy a balanced amp when I ordered the AD, I choose a SE cable but now maybe I'll get a new amp. Do I need chage my order? or need a adapter?
post #4227 of 7832
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At $200, For HE500/HE-6 and other planar HPs, I personally don't think there's any production SS HP amps that could beat the performance/price of the Emotiva and can drive speakers with ease to boost.  Yes, you can call me a "convert"  as I was very skeptical about the Mini-X.  Now, I am proclaiming the truth, IMO anyway....

The only competition would probably be vintage receivers, well, the ones that could be found for under $200 I suppose. If I had something harder to drive than my Q701 I'd be interested in trying one.

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The only competition would probably be vintage receivers, well, the ones that could be found for under $200 I suppose. If I had something harder to drive than my Q701 I'd be interested in trying one.

+1.

Vintage is another route to go and could be found for quite cheap (even less than $200) but you got to be very careful and check things out thoroughly.  They are old after all. :D 

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That's not easy to answer.  I've heard from well respected amp builders that a good SE amp sounds as good as a balanced amp.  My amp has both SE and balanced outputs.  I haven't been able to tease out any major advantages to either.  The differences may be subtle or unnoticeable.  However, I've heard from other who do studio work and say balanced is necessary because of dirty power.  My understanding is that it is easy to go from balanced to single-ended via an adapter than the other way around.  With that said, if you don't want to worry about an adapter, just buy a stock or aftermarket balanced cable down the road. 

 

 

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If a amp provides both SE output and balanced output, Is it better that use the balanced? Is it different between SE and balanced cable of the Alpha dog? Since I had no plan to buy a balanced amp when I ordered the AD, I choose a SE cable but now maybe I'll get a new amp. Do I need chage my order? or need a adapter?
post #4230 of 7832
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Originally Posted by youkeum View Post

If a amp provides both SE output and balanced output, Is it better that use the balanced? Is it different between SE and balanced cable of the Alpha dog? Since I had no plan to buy a balanced amp when I ordered the AD, I choose a SE cable but now maybe I'll get a new amp. Do I need chage my order? or need a adapter?

With the HE6, My balanced LD MVII+ sounded great.  Noticeably better than my other SE headphone amps and also better than the LD's own SE out.  Speaker amps made me put away the LD even though they were all SE.  I think planars just work well with speaker amps.

 

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+1.

Vintage is another route to go and could be found for quite cheap (even less than $200) but you got to be very careful and check things out thoroughly.  They are old after all. :D 

Emotiva Mini X IMHO still a better route.  $169 shipped.  

Vintage receivers are costly and huge.  Then you have to throw a butt load of money into restoration.  If you can't restore it yourself, the shipping cost alone is more than the Mini X.

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