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Originally Posted by Deicide3 View Post


how do they do with poor mastered\recorded music?
alot of my music is kinda like that(black metal)

Badly. The Alpha Dog exposes flaws quite clearly, to the point that I thought it was an issue with the Alpha Dog. In short, you may find yourself throwing a lot of music away just because of the Alpha Dog.
post #4742 of 8777
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Badly. The Alpha Dog exposes flaws quite clearly, to the point that I thought it was an issue with the Alpha Dog. In short, you may find yourself throwing a lot of music away just because of the Alpha Dog.

 

This is an interesting issue, when the listener has more resolving equipment then those who created it.

post #4743 of 8777
I think it's less to do with the equipment and more to do with their own sonic preferences. Like over emphasized treble to give the effect of more clarity. With an already clear headphone, it just sounds sibilant and artificial.

That or they may be using some like Beats by dre to master their tracks...
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 12/26/13 at 8:21pm
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Badly. The Alpha Dog exposes flaws quite clearly, to the point that I thought it was an issue with the Alpha Dog. In short, you may find yourself throwing a lot of music away just because of the Alpha Dog.

HERE HERE!

I second this

 

tried some sh__y material that I listen to sometimes - live recordings of my friends band  - the music's great but the sound is AWFUL...

The Alpha's lemme know it right out the gate!

 

Too revealing for that stuff.

First-world problems

post #4745 of 8777
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Love it :)

AWESOME

Psyched you dug the Burial review,

inspired me to listen to that through the Alpha's via the MacIntosh D100 + ALO Studio Six!!

GEEZUS

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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post


Badly. The Alpha Dog exposes flaws quite clearly, to the point that I thought it was an issue with the Alpha Dog. In short, you may find yourself throwing a lot of music away just because of the Alpha Dog.

 

This is an interesting issue, when the listener has more resolving equipment then those who created it.


From first hand experience, I can tell you that is sometimes true...

post #4747 of 8777
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Badly. The Alpha Dog exposes flaws quite clearly, to the point that I thought it was an issue with the Alpha Dog. In short, you may find yourself throwing a lot of music away just because of the Alpha Dog.
I just received my Alpha Dogs on the 23rd. What a Christmas present! I listen to a lot of acoustic and contemporary jazz. I own HE-500s as well. After the first 8 hours or so listening (and comparing to the HiFiMans) I would say the Alpha Dogs sound like what a closed HE-500 should sound like. IMO the ADs are a smidgeon less spacious or airy sounding as the HE-500 nor are the ADs as "sparkly" in the treble region but I'm really hearing very minor differences here. And the fact that the ADs are closed allowing me to listen with my wife in the same room and she doesn't bug me to go to another room and I'm getting 99.5% of my HE-500 for $100 less than the HE-500s, I'm in headphone listening heaven loving the ADs as my new closed favorite. I also own AH-D2000s and Edition 8s. IMO other than the superior bass impact of the AH-D2000s, the Alpha Dogs are more "musical" headphones. Color me amazed!
post #4748 of 8777
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I just received my Alpha Dogs on the 23rd. What a Christmas present! I listen to a lot of acoustic and contemporary jazz. I own HE-500s as well. After the first 8 hours or so listening (and comparing to the HiFiMans) I would say the Alpha Dogs sound like what a closed HE-500 should sound like. IMO the ADs are a smidgeon less spacious or airy sounding as the HE-500 nor are the ADs as "sparkly" in the treble region but I'm really hearing very minor differences here. And the fact that the ADs are closed allowing me to listen with my wife in the same room and she doesn't bug me to go to another room and I'm getting 99.5% of my HE-500 for $100 less than the HE-500s, I'm in headphone listening heaven loving the ADs as my new closed favorite. I also own AH-D2000s and Edition 8s. IMO other than the superior bass impact of the AH-D2000s, the Alpha Dogs are more "musical" headphones. Color me amazed!

 

What are you driving your ADs with? I've been using my pair almost exclusively driven by my customised Zana Deux and occasionally straight out of my Invicta. It seems likes good quality clean power to drive it. I've not tried from my HM-901 yet.

post #4749 of 8777
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What are you driving your ADs with? I've been using my pair almost exclusively driven by my customised Zana Deux and occasionally straight out of my Invicta. It seems likes good quality clean power to drive it. I've not tried from my HM-901 yet.
I'm driving the ADs balanced with a HiFiM8 and balanced with a HM-901. Both have more than enough headroom for the balanced AD in my opinion. And both sound wonderfully neutral with just the right amount of bass IMO from the Alpha Dogs.I was a little worried because I really like the bass impact of my Denons but the Alpha Dogs do bass just right. At least for the acoustic and contemporary jazz I listen to.
post #4750 of 8777
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I'm driving the ADs balanced with a HiFiM8 and balanced with a HM-901. Both have more than enough headroom for the balanced AD in my opinion. And both sound wonderfully neutral with just the right amount of bass IMO from the Alpha Dogs.I was a little worried because I really like the bass impact of my Denons but the Alpha Dogs do bass just right. At least for the acoustic and contemporary jazz I listen to.

I LOVE using the AD's with my HiFi-M8 via 4-pin XLR (iDevice version) Though I've been meaning to write @mgoodman  - OFF TOPIC - but I don't hear changes in the ohm switch in balanced mode - only via 1/4" and 3.5mm - and a few of us heard this -

 

But that's a terrific pairing!

I also rock it w/ my AK120 - or my E.A.R HP4 - that sounds SWEET!

 

After continuing to be wow'd by em, I'm psyched I remembered to give the AD's

a Writers Choice Award at Positive Feedback.

 

I had some fools ask - "how could you give awards to the LCD-XC AND the Alpha Dogs??

I don't think I need to explain it - as I love BOTH

 

and w/ the ALO Island!!

!

post #4751 of 8777
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post


Badly. The Alpha Dog exposes flaws quite clearly, to the point that I thought it was an issue with the Alpha Dog. In short, you may find yourself throwing a lot of music away just because of the Alpha Dog.

 

 

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In my opinion, based on my preferences and biases, the AD's make poorly mastered material sound really poorly mastered.  I pretty much reserve the AD's for the best of my collection.  For everything else, I have my Grado's.

 

However, I do think I need to listen to some Bathory, or some old Celtic Frost with the AD's.  You know, to round out this opinion...

i'm not listening to the raw cave metal, but still compare to genres like pop or electronics it is harsh a bit.

something like this:

http://sadhaka108.bandcamp.com/album/terma-2

and upwards(better recorded\mastered) i think its the lowest i can go as for "raw black".

http://i4.minus.com/iGpBq9axhdtPv.png

 

thanks for the reply's.

post #4752 of 8777
That's my impression as well. the Alpha Dog doesn't take bright recordings too well, in that it sounds zingy, which was the only real flaw I find in the Alpha Dog's sound signature. Not it's fault per se, but it basically makes many songs harder to listen to.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 12/27/13 at 2:16am
post #4753 of 8777
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

That's my impression as well. the Alpha Dog doesn't take bright recordings too well, in that it sounds zingy, which was the only real flaw I find in the Alpha Dog's sound signature. Not it's fault per se, but it basically makes many songs harder to listen to.

even what i linked in the picture? if so what can i do? is there any alternative if at all?

i really hoped for this to be my next cans, now i'm clueless.

post #4754 of 8777

You can try the Mad Dog or pair the Alpha Dog with tube amps to make the combo darker, smoother, warmer than usual I think.


Edited by LoveKnight - 12/27/13 at 3:14am
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You can try the Mad Dog or pair the Alpha Dog with tube amp to make the combo darker than usual I think.

 

 That looks like a good idea. I was already thinking about modding the Alphas...

 

 

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even what i linked in the picture? if so what can i do? is there any alternative if at all?

i really hoped for this to be my next cans, now i'm clueless.

 

 

 What amp are you using the Alpha Dog with?

 

 

 Maybe Dan (MrSpeakers) could give us a hint on how to tame the trebles for the ones with more sensitive ears, like myself?

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