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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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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post
 

 

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.

They look great, but I prefer the red.

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They look great, but I prefer the red.

 

Agreed. The black does indeed look nice. But the red is just something special. Mine look absolutely gorgeous on their stand.

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Agreed. The black does indeed look nice. But the red is just something special. Mine look absolutely gorgeous on their stand.

mine look gorgeous everywhere except on my head, which rather lets the side down...

post #6253 of 8780

Received my red alpha dogs today. Listening to them as I write. Liking what I'm hearing. Neutral is the word that comes to my mind first.

Soundstage really is great for a closed can.

post #6254 of 8780
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Originally Posted by Kamakahah View Post

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.


Hah - I agree.  I had just gotten the burgundy when I attended the SF Bay meet.  I was wondering if I should have gotten the black.  The matte black is really cool, but the standard burgundy just can't be done justice in photos.  It really looks good.

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Oh man now you guys are making me second guess my choice haha, I was sold on the red until I saw the photos from the socal meet, now I am all in the air again and I have already ordered them haha! :confused_face:

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