That is what he has said, yes:
That is what he has said, yes:
You have " HiFiMan HE-500 | Sennheiser HD580 " in your sig. If those are your preferred sound, then you would prefer the AD over the MD.
If you could only have one pair of headphone, and you pick headphone X over Y, does that not imply you feel X is a better overall headphone for you?
Not sure where the debate even exists this time.
I said "if I could only have one headphone". But that's not a good idea:
Originally Posted by Mike Ting
Rule #1: There Is No Best Headphone
The number one rule to understand when embarking on your headphone-search journey is to understand that there is no one headphone to rule them all. Like automobiles, headphones are made for different purposes. You have the supercars, roadsters, SUVs, 4x4s, sedans, to the compacts, and you chose what’s best for your day to day needs. There is no one car that can tackle snow and win races on the drag strip. The sooner you understand this fact, the more money you will save.
The key is to get the right headphone for your music, not the most expensive headphone your budget allows.
I think when you said "to me..." sums up what you want out of this. You really want to find out for yourself. I can tell you the HE-500 does not carry the same weight to my ears, and comparing the HE models to the Sennheisers feels like apples vs oranges. Yes they are open, but orthos are a different beast.
AD are a fostex T50RP mod just like the MD. If you know about the modding process you will know that the character of these drivers change greatly depending on the mod. I would not say the AD are inherently better, but instead different. I love my Mad Dog sound, and if I get the money I will get an Alpha Dog as well.
Mad Dog vs. Alpha Dog (Quotation from www.mrspeakers.com)
We love the Mad Dog for its rich and detailed mids, slightly darker sound and really fun bass presence. The Alpha Dog takes builds upon this heritage and adds a more open and transparent sound, with faster, more linear bass and a smoother, more nuanced top end with more “air.”
If you want a headphone that is affordable, fun, e.g. a touch of emphasis on the bass, with a very balanced sound, a neutral/dark signature, and ridiculous comfort at a great price point the Mad Dog is the call. If you are interested in reference-quality headphones with state of the art soundstage, detail retrieval, ambience, and linearity it's all about the Alpha Dog. Of course, if you go Mad Dog today, you can always upgrade to a set of Alpha Dogs later.
What I am wondering is if the ADs are an improved Mad Dog or a completely separate thing? Would a person with ADs ever want to downgrade to Mads?
Bought the Alpha dogs (still waiting) but the more I hear about the Mad Dogs, they seem to match the sound I prefer.
I think the MD is a better value proposition than the AD simply because it already sounds so good and works with nearly any genre of music. That said, I think the AD is a good value as well. I did prefer the sound of the MD at the time I heard the AD (due to AD's upper mids and treble), BUT the tour pair had the screw issue Dan mentioned. I would like to re-evaluate just in case that does change my mind on things.
A vast majority of this thread has no valuable information at all. Upon reading the first 60 pages... most of it was conjecture with a sprinkle of good information and impressions. I just skipped to here out of frustration and boredom. I agree... it's more of the same.
On another note, I did get to hear the alpha dogs at the last NYC area meet. They were in my mind the hit of the meet. I can only repeat what others have said... that these are the best closed cans for under $1000 -- if you're looking for all around balance in your sound. I have the Thunderpants and in some ways I like them better in terms of slam and for music that you just want all the bass you can get. The Alphas on the other hand -- fit like a glove.
Not true...happened to the W3000ANV thread too earlier today. It's been noted and picked up. Hopefully fixed soon.
I thought my web-browsers have trouble but look like this error has comes from the head-fi.org itself. In morning when I access this thread my eyes and my mind were like "What the hell?" and now I have known that everyone has the same issue too.
I think the screw holes on the Alpha Dog just affect the low range such as bass quantity or something like that, not sure that it can affect the mid and high too or I did miss something in this thread because there are too many arguments by someone who caused. If so then it would be nice for ones to re-review the Alpha Dog to evaluate sound performance correctly. Thanks for that.
About the stock cables with Alpha Dogs I think they are nice and durable with high performance even when comparing performance to other after-market cables such as Q Silk Cable but if Dan somehow reduces the thickness and the weight then it will be a nice improvement. We know that ortho headphones gain weight more and more like the new LCD-XC with 605gram. Hell no, I would not like to put a helmet on my head for couple hours.
Welcome to Head-Fi, where at least 75% of posts are just noise.