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Originally Posted by eac3 View Post
 

 

2 weeks? That's fast. I am approaching 3 weeks on Thursday :(

 

It said to allow 2 weeks for processing, so that most likely doesn't factor in any time spent in transportation. The good news is that you're probably at the end of your wait, so not much longer before they're yours.

post #6182 of 9047

Hmm, it's $43.50 to ship the Doggie Treats to the UK... Bugger that.

post #6183 of 9047
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Hmm, it's $43.50 to ship the Doggie Treats to the UK... Bugger that.

 

Yeah, agreed.  The problem we have right now is that the First Class shipping has been a problem for some headphones, and we can't absorb the losses further so we had to kill first class shipping as an option.  It's a severe limit in our store's shipping configuration.  We are rolling out a new store platform with more granular shipping controls, and also offering Fedex service.


If anyone is overseas and wishes to order the treats you can PayPal me directly with $22 and we'll ship First Class.  PM for the address.

post #6184 of 9047

^^ Very nice gesture. 

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So while working on my 25-page research paper on the highly interesting topic of "The Practices and Effects of Celebrity Endorsement on Public Attitudes Towards Public Health Issues" today, I got a ring on my doorbell.  "Probably just those new socks I ordered" was the first thing to cometo mind.  Coming to the door, I was right, the new socks had arrived.  Underneath the loose packaging for the socks, however, was a large rectangular cardboard box.  My heart rate spiked. 

 

"It's here"

 

Calming myself down as best I could, I tossed the package of socks aside and grabbed the nearest pair of scissors.  The tape holding down the edges of the flaps came undone, the box was opened and the bubble wrap removed.  What greeted me was a glorious black monolithic box with the words MrSpeakers proudly emblazoned at its center.  The bit of red tape at the bottom held the words "Alpha Dog; The First 3D Printed Production Headphone".  Off came the box and one by one, the pieces came out.  First, the solid metal stand, next the soft velvet pouch with the cables held inside, lastly the cans themselves.

 

"Wow....."

 

Pictures don't do them enough justice, these things are massive and they are gorgeous.  And then I plugged them in.....

 

"Holy ****balls"

 

Needless to say, I'm both highly impressed and very happy with my purchase.  My wallet my cry, but my ears are in heaven right now :)

post #6186 of 9047
Have any of the black ones shipped out and been received? keen to see some nice pictures of them.
Still trying to decide colour wise wink.gif
Edited by TeskR - 3/18/14 at 4:33pm
post #6187 of 9047

I should be getting mine in black any day now  I was hoping to receive them by the socal headfi meet coming up this weekend, but Dan wasn't sure I would have them by this Friday, we'll have to see.  But when I do, I will post some pics unless someone beats me to it..........I'm here in San Diego, so should be soon.  I ordered back on February 22.

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We're working on the first production paint lot now.  We hope to have most of the blacks that have been ordered shipping this month, with the first going out next week.  Our paint delay a few weeks ago gummed the black ship date up a bit.  

 

:popcorn: 

post #6189 of 9047
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Originally Posted by durwood101 View Post

I should be getting mine in black any day now  I was hoping to receive them by the socal headfi meet coming up this weekend, but Dan wasn't sure I would have them by this Friday, we'll have to see.  But when I do, I will post some pics unless someone beats me to it..........I'm here in San Diego, so should be soon.  I ordered back on February 22.

Looking forward to seeing them soon,
Hopefully I can hold off buying them for that long haha.
post #6190 of 9047
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Originally Posted by mrspeakers View Post

We're working on the first production paint lot now.  We hope to have most of the blacks that have been ordered shipping this month, with the first going out next week.  Our paint delay a few weeks ago gummed the black ship date up a bit.  

popcorn.gif  

Has this effected production rate of the red ones as well Dan?
post #6191 of 9047

It did but we caught back up.  We're up to 2/20 orders now.  That delayed a few of the upgrades that we had in house as well.  

 

The good news is our paint shop is coming on line, and we also have now got a second supplier, so hopefully this will increase our paint capacity significantly.

post #6192 of 9047

Ha ha ha. This maybe does not relate to this topic but I am practicing to be an amateur singer. My budget is low $100-200 and looking for a microphone that can connect and transfer the signal to computer, using the Alpha Dog as a headphone to monitor, a webcam to show off. Yes. Help me please I have eyes on Sennheiser microphones but do not know what they support or they are good. Another brand could be Audio Technica. What do you guys think? the budget should be low or in the range. Thank you.

post #6193 of 9047
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Hey Skeptic, I almost hate to ask this, but how do the AD's compare to your HD800's regarding transparency and 'natural' sound?

 

HD800's are still where the buck stops for me swspiers in terms of transparency.  The ring drivers and overall design just present such a open and resolved sound.  But they are not without certain downsides, including: (1) cost, (2) that I tend to only really enjoy them with well designed tube amps (the mainline is a perfect match to my ears), and (3) as open cans, any background noise definitely does take away from the listening experience.   

 

The AD's, by contrast, are wonderful in their own right, despite their reasonable sticker price.  They eliminate any and all issues with background noise but at the cost of that sense of airy openness (although I should note that they do sound far more open to me than my other closed cans).  Timbre is very good to my ears, and the overall sound is nice and coherent (unlike some beyers for example), but never compressed.  In comparison to hd800's, they are very easy to amp well, but it is worth mentioning that hd800's have more bass, although the AD's do extend down at least as deep.  I still like my AD's a whole lot with my humble diy O2 and suspect they will be even better when I have agdr's booster board completed and installed along with a dual LME49990 soic8 adapter.  I'm also halfway done with a wire se-se that should be a great match as well.

 

Also - all this is without the "treats" installed.  Mine just arrived yesterday, and I am eager to experiment with them!

post #6194 of 9047
Unless you try one of the STAX Lambda headphones, which can be half the price of the HD800 with an amp included. wink.gif

I prefer the SRS-2170 to the HD800. The Alpha Dog still sounds good though and I would probably pick it as my #1 closed-back headphone.
post #6195 of 9047
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Originally Posted by skeptic View Post
 

 

HD800's are still where the buck stops for me swspiers in terms of transparency.  The ring drivers and overall design just present such a open and resolved sound.  But they are not without certain downsides, including: (1) cost, (2) that I tend to only really enjoy them with well designed tube amps (the mainline is a perfect match to my ears), and (3) as open cans, any background noise definitely does take away from the listening experience.  

 

The AD's, by contrast, are wonderful in their own right, despite their reasonable sticker price.  They eliminate any and all issues with background noise but at the cost of that sense of airy openness (although I should note that they do sound far more open to me than my other closed cans).  Timbre is very good to my ears, and the overall sound is nice and coherent (unlike some beyers for example), but never compressed.  In comparison to hd800's, they are very easy to amp well, but it is worth mentioning that hd800's have more bass, although the AD's do extend down at least as deep.  I still like my AD's a whole lot with my humble diy O2 and suspect they will be even better when I have agdr's booster board completed and installed along with a dual LME49990 soic8 adapter.  I'm also halfway done with a wire se-se that should be a great match as well.

 

Also - all this is without the "treats" installed.  Mine just arrived yesterday, and I am eager to experiment with them!

Thanks for the impression.

I think that with the Alpha's, I've hit the pinnacle regarding upper mid-fi, and am thinking about venturing into Summitfi territory, especially once the Schiit Ragnarok gets released.

 

  In the meantime, I am weighing the pro's and cons of moving into the upper tier flagship headphones.  But I have been down this road before with speakers and pro bass gear.  Everytime I get state of the art equipment, I find the gear to be finnicky and prone to not playing well with others, to the point that it's not worth the effort at times.

 

So far, the Alpha's play very, very nicely with everything I have.

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