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post #4771 of 8834
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I guess my question, specifically for the AlphaDogs to be on topic, is there such a headphone that exists (besides the Mad Dogs), that have slightly more emphasis on the bass, but still exhibits clear separation from the low end, mid range, and high end that I *think* the Alpha Dogs do (i.e. the low end does not bleed into the vocals). Is such a thing possible? Is such a thing always bass heavy? Am I in the wrong thread :)

I would say the closest thing to what you're looking for is the Thunderpants. Good luck getting a pair made by Smeggy -- there are other threads that address this so look elsewhere for details. But if bass is what you're looking for then try and find a pair used on the forums. They have way more bass impact than the Alphadogs. The mids are great. High end... well I think they're in the same boat as the Alphas. The high end can be a bit rough with certain music. Some people feel they sound like you are in a tunnel or something. Some music it seems more apparent than others. Piano notes can have this weird harsh edge to them. When I think of Planars I don't think of high end (treble). Maybe you'd want HiFiMan's HE-6 or HE-500 for that. Overall, I love 'em for some types of music -- think electronic and some rock.

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Originally Posted by Mullet View Post
 

I would say the closest thing to what you're looking for is the Thunderpants. Good luck getting a pair made by Smeggy -- there are other threads that address this so look elsewhere for details. But if bass is what you're looking for then try and find a pair used on the forums. They have way more bass impact than the Alphadogs. The mids are great. High end... well I think they're in the same boat as the Alphas. The high end can be a bit rough with certain music. Some people feel they sound like you are in a tunnel or something. Some music it seems more apparent than others. Piano notes can have this weird harsh edge to them. When I think of Planars I don't think of high end (treble). Maybe you'd want HiFiMan's HE-6 or HE-500 for that. Overall, I love 'em for some types of music -- think electronic and some rock.

 

That's funny you mention piano here. I have the original score of Thomas Newman - The Horse Whisperer that I really enjoy but that appears to be sort of a benchmark for piano for me: so far, only the airy headphones like the Hifimen and the AKG K/Q701 could render the piano tracks properly. I don't know if this particular recording is flawed or what, but it is a no go with the Alpha Dogs. Piano sounds off (too "heavy"). The same goes for the LCD-X. It is perfect with all the Hifimen expect the HE-400...

 

Keith Jarrett has no such problem, though.

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Yup the LCD2 has the same issue but to a lesser degree than the Thunderpants. I guess it's an ortho thing? My other non-ortho headphones don't have this issue. I didn't really notice the glare or harshness on the alphadogs at the last NYC area meet. Then again I only listened to a few tracks from the new Daft Punk. Everything sounded great with no noticeable harshness.

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Top notch review Mad Lust Envy. Very thorough, informative and well written. cool.gif
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Excellent review MLE !

 

( I got myself a Schiit Bifrost Uber DAC for Christmas, and it has been burning-in while relatives were visiting, so I hope this weekend to be able to revisit my Alpha Dog impressions with it.  It's definitely a step up from my previous DAC, so it will be interesting. I've already noticed that piano is exceptionally good on the Bifrost on my speakers. )

 

By the way, in theory, if the tonality ( timbre ) of all instruments is exactly correct, then the treble response must be correct as well.   If the treble were off, then the overtones ( harmonics ) of some instrument would be wrong...


Edited by kstuart - 12/27/13 at 8:40pm
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@Mad Lust Envy - Very nice and very well written review, and very entertaining as well.  I pretty much concur.  I was an early beta tester, have heard the final version, and am looking forward to my pair.  I am an acknowledged fanboy for sure.  I think you captured the degree of openess they possess very well.  They are not an HD650 or 800.  At their best they are more open to me than the LCD2, at their worst, they are still the most open sounding closed headphone I have heard.  I do not recall having issue with the treble, but it is much more present than the Mad Dog, or the HD650 for that matter.  I'll look for issues when mine arrive.  I use the Sarah McLachlin "Mirror Ball" as that otherwise really great live recording is almost ruined by sibilance with most headphones.  Few if any I've heard do well with it, but some better than others.  Killer review, very on point to me, as I am a fan as well.

post #4777 of 8834

Well done, MLE!

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Enjoying this combo at the moment, just glorious and engaging music. While the Alpha dogs loses out against other TOTL headphones in technicality, it has no problem pulling you into the music and just forget about judging the sound. 

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:deadhorse: ,  DAAN , 

 

 

plz tell us where u are at , in production :)

 

but if u need holidays ok, just take it. holy dan !

 

happy xmas and new year anyway

 

 

Greetz from germany

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:deadhorse: ,  DAAN , 

 

 

plz tell us where u are at , in production :)

 

but if u need holidays ok, just take it. holy dan !

 

happy xmas and new year anyway

 

 

Greetz from germany

when did you order?

post #4781 of 8834

Has anybody posted impressions with the HP-P1 yet, or does anyone who hasn't care to share what they think of the combo?

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Enjoying this combo at the moment, just glorious and engaging music. While the Alpha dogs loses out against other TOTL headphones in technicality, it has no problem pulling you into the music and just forget about judging the sound. 

 

Nice! what is the cable?

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8.november  !

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Nice! what is the cable?

 

Looks like a FAW Noir

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How are the alpha dogs with tube amps? Many people did not like the warmness most tube amps inherit with the mad dogs. Though I do not know much about the tube amps being posted, which may not be that warm.

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