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Originally Posted by TeskR View Post

Is it worth buying the doggie treats with the phones from the get go? Just in case?
I live in aus so getting them shipped separately would be quite expensive.

 

New headphones come with the doggie treats installed. You'd only have to buy them if you're sending an old pair in for a tune-up/upgrade.

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If I understand it correctly only dots are installed if Dan thinks it's necessary but discs are not
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I put the disks in a bout three weeks ago.  I've had limited listening time, but have had some time with them.  I pulled them out the other day for a quick back to back.  Note that mine also has the dots installed.  The effect is subtle, but noticeable.  Much less pronounced than I expected,  The disks kind of "take the edge off" the upper register, without removing the detail.  I prefer them, but I suspect they will not be for everyone.  I think I'll end up leaving them in.

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I put the disks in a bout three weeks ago.  I've had limited listening time, but have had some time with them.  I pulled them out the other day for a quick back to back.  Note that mine also has the dots installed.  The effect is subtle, but noticeable.  Much less pronounced than I expected,  The disks kind of "take the edge off" the upper register, without removing the detail.  I prefer them, but I suspect they will not be for everyone.  I think I'll end up leaving them in.

Completely agree but in my case ADs are not for me without the discs
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Originally Posted by aamefford View Post
 

I put the disks in a bout three weeks ago.  I've had limited listening time, but have had some time with them.  I pulled them out the other day for a quick back to back.  Note that mine also has the dots installed.  The effect is subtle, but noticeable.  Much less pronounced than I expected,  The disks kind of "take the edge off" the upper register, without removing the detail.  I prefer them, but I suspect they will not be for everyone.  I think I'll end up leaving them in.

 

Then perhaps I should order myself a set of discs. Mine has the dot already installed.

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Originally Posted by olegausany View Post

If I understand it correctly only dots are installed if Dan thinks it's necessary but discs are not

 

Ah, this is probably correct.

post #6247 of 7686
Went to the Headfi meet today, got a chance to meet Dan and we talked about the Alpha Dogs....saw the matte black versions and was able to extensibly listen...what a wonderful headphone...can't wait to get my pair.
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I understand the appeal of stats, but the extra resolution doesn't make up for the lack of impact for me personally.  E.g. I spent a good amount of time with SR007's via a BHSE and also the WES at CanJam a couple years back, and I definitely would not trade my HD800 + mainline rig for either combo.  Understandably, there are also many who find the stats to be superior though, but you really should hear HD800's on a good, highly regulated, parafeed amp, i.e. the mainline or ecp l-2, before making your judgment call.   

 

Totally agree that the AD's are outstanding closed phones though!  

 

 
 

 

My pleasure, and I think your logic is dead on here!  If you've got the right amp, listening environment, etc., there is great joy to be found in flagship open phones, but I basically have to wait until the rest of my family goes to bed to make that happen.

 

I may look a little funny doing it, but I can (and have!) enjoyed excellent sq via my AD's virtually anywhere, driven by an O2 or mini3, even while standing and washing dishes for example.  It's very hard to put a price on this sort of utility, but I value them greatly for it!  Also, I think the AD's easily surpass the category of mid-fi.  I haven't heard LCD-XC's, but there's no question AD's are currently one of the top two closed headphones out there.  They'll probably sound amazing with the Rag once it is released.  

I heard them yesterday at the Head-fi meet with the Ragnarok at Jason's booth. I was pretty blown away let's just say that. I listened to Flock of Seagulls - I Ran in FLAC. The level of detail was breathtaking without sounding piercing or anything. It's incredibly hard for a closed headphone to achieve this level of awesome but I was very impressed. Resonance gets absorbed by the can and just disappears into space :D

 

I heard the LCD-XC's as well. For $1799 they are simply not my cup of tea. They do bass really well and have a euphony and warmth but mask some of the details in the upper registries. They sound fantastic with jazz but I think for the price you pay they are steep when you can get such a competitive offering like the Alpha Dog that manages to best it in categories like detail air and soundstage.

 

Here's how I tested to hear the difference in details. I listened to the same song by the Beach Boys "God Only Knows." I first heard this on the LCD-XC and then moved over to LFF's booth which had the same version of the song in the original mastering. I listened to it again and noticed more apparent detail from the new headphone he had. Then went over to Schiit's booth and confirmed what I heard on the Alpha Dogs. The LCD-XC's are darker headphones than the Alpha Dogs.


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I heard them yesterday at the Head-fi meet with the Ragnarok at Jason's booth. I was pretty blown away let's just say that. I listened to Flock of Seagulls - I Ran in FLAC. The level of detail was breathtaking without sounding piercing or anything. It's incredibly hard for a closed headphone to achieve this level of awesome but I was very impressed. Resonance gets absorbed by the can and just disappears into space :D

 

I heard the LCD-XC's as well. For $1799 they are simply not my cup of tea. They do bass really well and have a euphony and warmth but mask some of the details in the upper registries. They sound fantastic with jazz but I think for the price you pay they are steep when you can get such a competitive offering like the Alpha Dog that manages to best it in categories like detail air and soundstage.

 

Here's how I tested to hear the difference in details. I listened to the same song by the Beach Boys "God Only Knows." I first heard this on the LCD-XC and then moved over to LFF's booth which had the same version of the song in the original mastering. I listened to it again and noticed more apparent detail from the new headphone he had. Then went over to Schiit's booth and confirmed what I heard on the Alpha Dogs. The LCD-XC's are darker headphones than the Alpha Dogs.

I gave the LCD-XC a run at the Bay Area meet.  My impressions are similar to yours.  I think the LCD-XC is a beautiful headphone, and has  the Audeze house sound.  For my money, the AD's suit me better, but that is a pretty individual choice.  I did like the XC.  Louis' new headphone was pretty cool too.  I spent a little time with it, and liked it.  I would need to spend quite a bit of time with them to see if I liked them as well as the AD's.  They are two different takes on neutral with sound stage in a closed headphone.  I think I understand where Louis is going with these.  I enjoyed meeting Louis, and I enjoyed listening to his headphones.  They are a one man show, custom build counterpoint to Dan's Alpha Dogs, with a voicing that is true to Louis' interpretation of neutral.  For me, the familiarity of the Alphas and the Mr. Speakers house sound won out.  Dan's preferred voicing is really close to my ideal, and has been from the first pair of MD's I had.

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Just purchased some matte black alpha dogs :L3000:, the wait begins :(

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Can't wait to start seeing some of these in the wild. 

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Can't wait to start seeing some of these in the wild. 

 

This is taken from the SoCal thread, photos taken by @Wild  :-

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/21016768@N07/sets/72157642776594093/

 

If you scroll down you'll see IMG_0333 & IMG_0332 of the matte black AD's at the show. Awesome photography, awesome looking headphones.

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Thank you sir!! Looks like it was a great meet. 

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Yeah those pics are what swayed me to the matte blacks, love how clean and understated they look.

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I was set on the black, but in person swayed me to the sexyness of the red.

If there was the proposed blue from the poll, I wouldn't even have to think about it.

The Alpha Dog on the Cavalli Cobalt prototype sounded great. Didn't get the chance to compare to the new Schiit.
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