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post #5836 of 7930

If you had a fiio x5, would that be enough to drive these headphones, or would you need an separate amp?

 

The only amp I have at present is the dragonfly, not sure if that is good enough for these headphones? 

post #5837 of 7930
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Originally Posted by Dumbleroar View Post

If you had a fiio x5, would that be enough to drive these headphones, or would you need an separate amp?

The only amp I have at present is the dragonfly, not sure if that is good enough for these headphones? 
It does an okay job I think, but it's not an optimal pairing. I think the X5 shares similarities with the E12 amp, so my experiences with the E12 and the Alpha Dog are similar to that with the X5.
post #5838 of 7930
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Ouch! Hopefully the postal dude isn't jamming out with them on his postal route.

 

 

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This happened to me today, I had to check at my local post office and they had my D5000's sitting there even if the USPS tracking said the delivery was complete.

 

 

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so dan sends me my shipping info...and USPS said it was delivered on feb. 03. only problem is that i never received them...dan and i are trying to figure out what's up...

 

so i could have been listening to them the last 11 days, but...yikes!

 

following up on a lost dog...

 

i went to the post office this morning to inquire about this supposed delivery on feb. 03. all they could tell me was that something was delivered - a first class package. hmmm, that's odd. first class packages in the USA are for items 13 ounces or less. the ADs weigh more than that.

 

so i came home, emailed dan at mrspeakers to let him know what happened. literally a minute after sending the email, the postman comes and drops off a box from mrspeakers - my ADs. however, a totally different tracking no. than the one dan gave me last friday. and the shipping label was created on Feb. 07, after the supposed earlier package was delivered on Feb. 03. 

 

dan sent me the wrong tracking no. for a pair of adapters i had bought separately, so that's where the mixup was...in the end, the ADs are now in my possession. bad thing is, i have to make my balanced to 1/4" adapter before i can listen to them as i only have SE amps at the moment.

 

one piece of advice: dan said that he cannot send out shipping notices unless you use Paypal. i paid via credit card and did not receive a shipping notice, which partly led to this confusion. i think he's looking at fedex and some other shipping methods to help alleviate this problem...so for those of you who are about to make a purchase, make sure you use paypal if possible.

post #5839 of 7930

I have absolute HAD IT with the USPS.  For the first two years they were great, but we've had almost a dozen packages that were two weeks late without explanation and no tracking updates and two lost packages (fortunately cables) in just the last month or so.  USPS doesn't answer the phone anymore, either.   I was on hold for 2.5 hours today before I simply had to hang up.   I wanted to use USPS, but it is becoming untenable.

 

We're going to turn on Fedex this week and we've got good rates.  It's not yet clear if the notifications for the system will be more reliable, but I have verified the integration is working to get accurate shipping rates so we're getting closer.

 

For notifications, we use PayPal for all our payment processing and shipping, but the problem is if you register at www.mrspeakers.com with an email that is not in use at PayPal they won't send a shipping notice.  If you use a credit card and an email registered with PayPal they do send a notice.  I call that a bug, they say it's a feature, and that it won't be changed.  This may not change when we add Fedex, this is something we're working on.

post #5840 of 7930
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I have absolute HAD IT with the USPS.  For the first two years they were great, but we've had almost a dozen packages that were two weeks late without explanation and no tracking updates and two lost packages (fortunately cables) in just the last month or so.  USPS doesn't answer the phone anymore, either.   I was on hold for 2.5 hours today before I simply had to hang up.   I wanted to use USPS, but it is becoming untenable.

 

We're going to turn on Fedex this week and we've got good rates.  It's not yet clear if the notifications for the system will be more reliable, but I have verified the integration is working to get accurate shipping rates so we're getting closer.

 

For notifications, we use PayPal for all our payment processing and shipping, but the problem is if you register at www.mrspeakers.com with an email that is not in use at PayPal they won't send a shipping notice.  If you use a credit card and an email registered with PayPal they do send a notice.  I call that a bug, they say it's a feature, and that it won't be changed.  This may not change when we add Fedex, this is something we're working on.

thanks for the update, dan. too bad USPS is stinking it up...

 

fyi, i paid for my ADs via credit card and used an email address that's registered with Paypal. but i did not receive a notice. so that's not working, either. for the adapters i bought a couple weeks ago i did use paypal and the notice was sent fine. thanks.

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So what happened with “fixed" demo pair, still interested to try them
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I always try to use USPS where I can since there's a post office in town and they tend to take care of packages physically better than most private carriers, but I too have had a few lost packages that've soured my opinion over time.

post #5843 of 7930

I got these a few days ago and love them. Love the neutral sound with a lot of depth. Unlike most people, I have to say, the weight is perfect for me. After getting used to the weight after a couple of days, its not even a problem. It feels very secure on my head and very comfortable.

post #5844 of 7930
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Originally Posted by mrspeakers View Post
 

I have absolute HAD IT with the USPS.  For the first two years they were great, but we've had almost a dozen packages that were two weeks late without explanation and no tracking updates and two lost packages (fortunately cables) in just the last month or so.  USPS doesn't answer the phone anymore, either.   I was on hold for 2.5 hours today before I simply had to hang up.   I wanted to use USPS, but it is becoming untenable.

 

We're going to turn on Fedex this week and we've got good rates.  It's not yet clear if the notifications for the system will be more reliable, but I have verified the integration is working to get accurate shipping rates so we're getting closer.

 

For notifications, we use PayPal for all our payment processing and shipping, but the problem is if you register at www.mrspeakers.com with an email that is not in use at PayPal they won't send a shipping notice.  If you use a credit card and an email registered with PayPal they do send a notice.  I call that a bug, they say it's a feature, and that it won't be changed.  This may not change when we add Fedex, this is something we're working on.

 

I would completely support the change away from USPS, particularly from the perspective of a UK buyer. I now have my ADs and already love them, thanks Dan, but they spent two weeks in customs tracked as "pending duty payment customer informed" but I never received any notification and it's impossible to contact USPS without going through an online form that requires a US address. They also clipped a key address line from the label which rendered the notice, and the package undeliverable in any case. No other courier I've used from the US is anything like as error prone...

post #5845 of 7930
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but they spent two weeks in customs tracked as "pending duty payment customer informed" but I never received any notification and it's impossible to contact USPS

 

Eh, why would you contact USPS when it's already in your countries customs process (I assume Royal Mail takes over the packages)? USPS has zero to do with it at that point.

 

Never had any problems with USPS myself, probably 10 packages from US so far.

 

To clarify, USPS are regular "post office" parcels which are pretty much always handled by your countries post office agency. Couriers are a completely different thing, usually they handle it from end to end and even handle the customs part of it.


Edited by hekeli - 2/19/14 at 1:10am
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Eh, why would you contact USPS when it's already in your countries customs process (I assume Royal Mail takes over the packages)? USPS has zero to do with it at that point.

 

Never had any problems with USPS myself, probably 10 packages from US so far.

 

Glad you've never had problems, I've had problems with each of the five deliveries from them. 

 

Why would I want to contact them when my parcel is here? Only because no one has ever told me any different and there's no handover in the tracking process that tells me who to talk to. A simple pointer in the tracking process that says "for further information contact x" is all it would take. It's not Royal Mail, as it happens and they'd probably be confused if you asked them. The clipping of the address on their labels is also incompetent and has regularly contributed to delays.

 

Give me an end to end courier every time...

post #5847 of 7930
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Originally Posted by mrspeakers View Post
 

I have absolute HAD IT with the USPS.  For the first two years they were great, but we've had almost a dozen packages that were two weeks late without explanation and no tracking updates and two lost packages (fortunately cables) in just the last month or so.  USPS doesn't answer the phone anymore, either.   I was on hold for 2.5 hours today before I simply had to hang up.   I wanted to use USPS, but it is becoming untenable.

 

We're going to turn on Fedex this week and we've got good rates.  It's not yet clear if the notifications for the system will be more reliable, but I have verified the integration is working to get accurate shipping rates so we're getting closer.

 

For notifications, we use PayPal for all our payment processing and shipping, but the problem is if you register at www.mrspeakers.com with an email that is not in use at PayPal they won't send a shipping notice.  If you use a credit card and an email registered with PayPal they do send a notice.  I call that a bug, they say it's a feature, and that it won't be changed.  This may not change when we add Fedex, this is something we're working on.


Is there any kind of invoice on your Mrspeakers site account that shows they've been shipped at least?  I've never heard of ordering something online, especially a big dollar item and not getting any kind of notification unless you're using Paypal.  I do have a Paypal account, but I almost never use it for anything and I didn't want to bother attaching my credit card to it.  Also used a different email.


Edited by Sanctuary - 2/19/14 at 1:32am
post #5848 of 7930
Dan, I have a question: do the standard Mad Dogs still use the standard 3.5mm input or have they all been fitted with the XLR connectors?
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 2/19/14 at 2:22am
post #5849 of 7930
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Is there any kind of invoice on your Mrspeakers site account that shows they've been shipped at least?  I've never heard of ordering something online, especially a big dollar item and not getting any kind of notification unless you're using Paypal.  I do have a Paypal account, but I almost never use it for anything and I didn't want to bother attaching my credit card to it.  Also used a different email.

according to dan, there is no option for notification of a shipment if paypal is not used. i don't think this is entirely right, though, because he could email you with your tracking info after the label is created. yes, that would take an extra step or two on his part because he'd have to manually create an email and send the info to you, but i would think that for $600 items this would be part of the service.  i know that dan is extremely busy these days with the increase in business, but i think that not sending out a shipping notification with tracking no. is kind of strange. hopefully the move to fedex alleviates this problem.

 

on another note, i just finished my balanced->1/4" adapter and am finally listening to the ADs. initial impressions are that they are rather heavy (compared to the d7000), have excellent seal, but are quite comfy. still getting used to the sound. bass is certainly much less than the d7000, which is to be expected, but it's tight and pleasant. vocals are nice, but not as forward as i thought they'd be. driven quite easily by my millet hybrid maxxed. 

post #5850 of 7930
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Originally Posted by kugino View Post
 

according to dan, there is no option for notification of a shipment if paypal is not used. i don't think this is entirely right, though, because he could email you with your tracking info after the label is created. yes, that would take an extra step or two on his part because he'd have to manually create an email and send the info to you, but i would think that for $600 items this would be part of the service.  i know that dan is extremely busy these days with the increase in business, but i think that not sending out a shipping notification with tracking no. is kind of strange. hopefully the move to fedex alleviates this problem.

 

Any decend website designer/coder could come up with some scripts to automate all that stuff in any scenarios. Of course, I know it's sometimes hard to come up with good people.. especially if you are not technically savvy enough yourself to be able to judge what could be done and how.


Edited by hekeli - 2/19/14 at 2:18am
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