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post #6046 of 7930
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Originally Posted by durwood101 View Post

Dan, are the matte black versions on track for shipment mid march? I placed an order on 2/22 and very much want to have them in time for the Headfi meet coming up.....gotta find the right amp/DAC while at the meet. Thx

 

We are trying our best.  Our painter has been struggling to keep up, we have a second shop coming online as well as our own.  There is a bit of risk to the ship date, I will know more this week and will post an update.

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Yay, Doggie Treats for everyone! smily_headphones1.gif
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Regarding the "Doggie Treats" -

 

Dan caught me at the SF Bay Area meet, and installed the kit on my Alpha dogs, or at least the dots, and gave me the felt disks to try.  I really liked the effect of the dots - they seem to remove the one issue I have, which is an occasionally sharp or hot spot in the sibilance range (I am very sensitive to this).  I have listened further, and have decided the "dots" will stay in my headphones.

 

I was a bit more skeptical about the felt oval disks.  I was pretty sure they would have too pronounced an effect.  About the forth time they fell out of my headphone bag, I decided to try them.  So far, I really like the effect.  It is much more subtle than I expected.  What I notice is a very slight reduction in the upper range, and a very slight reduction in efficiency.  I like slightly rolled off treble, so this is a positive to me.  The lowered efficiency (a small effect, but noticeable on my rig) is also a positive, as it makes it a bit easier to run on high gain on my Burson Soloist SL, if I choose to do so.  I plan on keeping the disks in for a week or two, then pulling them out, just to compare again.  I suspect not everyone will prefer the addition of the disks - they do roll the treble a bit.  Great for me, great for many, some will prefer them out.  It is nice to have the choice.


Edited by aamefford - 3/4/14 at 12:07pm
post #6049 of 7930
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Originally Posted by mrspeakers View Post

Hm.  Pilot error.  They're up now.  I decided to change the name to "Doggie Treats."  Thanks for the suggestion, whoever that came from!  

https://www.mrspeakers.com/fostex-t50rp-headphone-accessories-comfort-upgrade/MrSpeakers-Tuning-Kit

Awesome, my order has been placed. Thanks.
The Alphas sound great as it is already though, especially now that I have the Pico Power. The Concero HP seemed a little underpowered for the Alphas so now I am running Conerco HP at about 70% volume > Pico power 60% on medium gain setting> AD's. It is a big improvement and great combo! I find the AD's like power as it helps open the soundstage and improves the bass.
post #6050 of 7930
Just ordered the doggie treats. I also have some Telefunken ECC88's on the way to roll into my Lyr. My Alpha Dogs will be getting some new toys to play with this month, should be fun! smily_headphones1.gif
post #6051 of 7930
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Originally Posted by aamefford View Post

Regarding the "Doggie Treats" -

Dan caught me at the SF Bay Area meet, and installed the kit on my Alpha dogs, or at least the dots, and gave me the felt disks to try.  I really liked the effect of the dots - they seem to remove the one issue I have, which is an occasionally sharp or hot spot in the sibilance range (I am very sensitive to this).  I have listened further, and have decided the "dots" will stay in my headphones.

I was a bit more skeptical about the felt oval disks.  I was pretty sure they would have too pronounced an effect.  About the forth time they fell out of my headphone bag, I decided to try them.  So far, I really like the effect.  It is much more subtle than I expected.  What I notice is a very slight reduction in the upper range, and a very slight reduction in efficiency.  I like slightly rolled off treble, so this is a positive to me.  The lowered efficiency (a small effect, but noticeable on my rig) is also a positive, as it makes it a bit easier to run on high gain on my Burson Soloist SL, if I choose to do so.  I plan on keeping the disks in for a week or two, then pulling them out, just to compare again.  I suspect not everyone will prefer the addition of the disks - they do roll the treble a bit.  Great for me, great for many, some will prefer them out.  It is nice to have the choice.

I agree, other than the occasional hot treble they sound great. I do find though that when the AD's are powered well (aren't under fed) the bass becomes a little better and the treble doesn't seem as hot. This issue became much more noticeable on more songs when I was out of town and was using just my Concero HP to feed them.
post #6052 of 7930
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Originally Posted by aamefford View Post

Regarding the "Doggie Treats" -

Dan caught me at the SF Bay Area meet, and installed the kit on my Alpha dogs, or at least the dots, and gave me the felt disks to try.  I really liked the effect of the dots - they seem to remove the one issue I have, which is an occasionally sharp or hot spot in the sibilance range (I am very sensitive to this).  I have listened further, and have decided the "dots" will stay in my headphones.

I was a bit more skeptical about the felt oval disks.  I was pretty sure they would have too pronounced an effect.  About the forth time they fell out of my headphone bag, I decided to try them.  So far, I really like the effect.  It is much more subtle than I expected.  What I notice is a very slight reduction in the upper range, and a very slight reduction in efficiency.  I like slightly rolled off treble, so this is a positive to me.  The lowered efficiency (a small effect, but noticeable on my rig) is also a positive, as it makes it a bit easier to run on high gain on my Burson Soloist SL, if I choose to do so.  I plan on keeping the disks in for a week or two, then pulling them out, just to compare again.  I suspect not everyone will prefer the addition of the disks - they do roll the treble a bit.  Great for me, great for many, some will prefer them out.  It is nice to have the choice.
I definitely agree with you there.

Just to be clear, sensitivity would be a more appropriate word here (the sound pressure level output at a given power level; e.g. 90 dB SPL @ 1 W). Since you're adding things in series with the headphone's drivers, you're basically dampening the sound and especially if you're using the felt discs, so you have to turn the volume knob a bit to get it to the same volume level as without the discs.
post #6053 of 7930
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Originally Posted by aamefford View Post
 

Regarding the "Doggie Treats" -

 

Dan caught me at the SF Bay Area meet, and installed the kit on my Alpha dogs, or at least the dots, and gave me the felt disks to try.  I really liked the effect of the dots - they seem to remove the one issue I have, which is an occasionally sharp or hot spot in the sibilance range (I am very sensitive to this).  I have listened further, and have decided the "dots" will stay in my headphones.

 

I was a bit more skeptical about the felt oval disks.  I was pretty sure they would have too pronounced an effect.  About the forth time they fell out of my headphone bag, I decided to try them.  So far, I really like the effect.  It is much more subtle than I expected.  What I notice is a very slight reduction in the upper range, and a very slight reduction in efficiency.  I like slightly rolled off treble, so this is a positive to me.  The lowered efficiency (a small effect, but noticeable on my rig) is also a positive, as it makes it a bit easier to run on high gain on my Burson Soloist SL, if I choose to do so.  I plan on keeping the disks in for a week or two, then pulling them out, just to compare again.  I suspect not everyone will prefer the addition of the disks - they do roll the treble a bit.  Great for me, great for many, some will prefer them out.  It is nice to have the choice.

 

Are the mids and bass effected or just the treble?

post #6054 of 7930
Any news about 2nd tour demo pair? Heard over over a week ago that I'm next and last who interested to try them, especially since, as I understand, have dots from the kit applied.
post #6055 of 7930

Doggie Treats are on order.  So far, I only have problems with the treble on certain recordings, which I figure are a problem with the recording- not the headphone.  But I am interested to experience the effect of the kit.  Cheap mods usually get my attention...

post #6056 of 7930
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

 

Are the mids and bass effected or just the treble?


Not appreciably, at least that I can tell.

post #6057 of 7930

This mod seems to be right up my alley. I'm treble sensitive, so this might put the AD right back where I want them. Maybe Dan could bring a pair with and a pair without to the NC meet. :biggrin:

post #6058 of 7930

I personally think I will be sticking to the stock Alpha Dogs. I am kind of curious how the doggie treats would sound. However the tube I used already reduces the treble sibilance a touch, and I think reducing treble further would be unfavorable to me. On top of that I use the ADs directly out of my DX100 at school, and reducing the efficiency could have some adverse affects. Either way I agree with above, when the ADs are properly powered there is a lot less sibilance. In the case of my amp vs DX100. The DX100 internal amp powers it well, but not anywhere near as well as the Project Ember.

post #6059 of 7930

Dan sent me the mod kit but I like what he did with the retune he did. I will see him at the  NY eet and see what he thinks we should do with this pair.

post #6060 of 7930
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Originally Posted by olegausany View Post

Any news about 2nd tour demo pair? Heard over over a week ago that I'm next and last who interested to try them, especially since, as I understand, have dots from the kit applied.

 

I've been trying to figure out who to send them to next...expect a PM in a second.

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