You lucky dog!
Let us know how they sound.
So after days of listening to the AD and comparing to some of my other cans, colour me impressed. I mainly impressed with how great and detailed the mid range is. As far as it goes I've now tuned the bass screw 1 full turn and I'm enjoying the small amount of extra bass I've gained. I intend to experiment with the discs/dots when I can buy some in the future (cannot do that right now due to not being home soon).
As far as the all round sound quality goes, I'd put it on an equal standing to my DX1000, but a bit above the TH600 and Signature DJ.
- Most flat and complete mid range - better mid range detail and clarity
- highly detailed
- solid imaging/separation, but not the best out of these
- decent soundstage
- well extended bass - but the weakest in quantity of the three by some way
- sound is pretty quick and effortless
- treble slightly hard but discs fix that
- heaviest of these - but comfortable
- strong isolation and barely any leak
- hardest to drive
- very detailed for a closed can
- very good seperation/imaging - give it a slight nod over the AD
- deeply extended and very powerful bass - sub bass rumble is very real and can be felt - however bass can bleed a bit
- somewhat drier mid range, there is a dip in the bottom of the mids that can make it sound thin sometimes - mids are slightly receded
- big soundstage for a closed can
- treble is bright and can be overly harsh with the wrong recordings - definitely noticeably elevated
- not as fast as the AD in highly complex/fast music
- very light and comfortable - however a small pressure point on top of my head gets sore
- weak isolation and leaks a bit
- fairly easy to drive
- doesn't lack detail overall but not truly up there with the 2 above
- imaging is strong, but somewhat unusually 3d due to S-Logic - sounds can appear behind you
- bass is very impactful - not sub bass oriented like the TH600 - hardest hitting bass
- mids sound bottom weighted, upper midrange has a recession which affects vocals, guitars etc negatively quite often
- smaller soundstaging
- treble is slightly elevated highly detailed and amazingly not sibilant or harsh - which shocked me considering this is an ultrasone afterall. Infact they are smoother/softer up top than AD despite being a bit more elevated
- can also struggle with fast stuff like metal
- clamps fairly hard, comfortable to start with - after hours can get a bit sore - you will notice you are wearing them
- the best isolation of these and no leak at all
- portable and very easily driven
- not super detailed either, but not unclear or veiled at all
- imaging is the best of these from my experience
- very large soundstage - the biggest of the 4 however it lacks air like the TH600 has
- mids are a bit wonky, the sound smooth and very euphoric especially with acoustics, and female vocals but can sound distant and cavernous on some recordings
- bass is deeply extended and powerful - stronger than the AD but weaker than the TH600 and DJ in terms of rumble. Impact is a bit more than the TH600
- treble is smooth and somewhat weaker - I would not say that its too dark though - just slightly
- can sound slow on fast recordings, the biggest struggler of the 4
- very light and comfortable - next to no clamp at all
- solid isolation and only leaks a little bit
- extremely easy to drive, even out of DAPs
W1000X falls behind all of these.
You forget how bad the Th600 leaks, one reason why I dint get it. it might as well be an open back since it leak so much.
usually the two go hand in hand lol...if it leak bad then it doesn't isolate well. it's something around the ear cup that does that, even if you switch to alpha pads it still leak just not AS bad.
i love my d7000, but they leak a lot...probably similar to the th600, though i've never tried them. the ADs, on the other hand, isolate very very well. i loved this aspect of them. i wish i had loved them more - they're really good, just not as good as my d7000.
about the weight of the ADs. they're fairly heavy...and i also hated this about them. but i just got a pair of he-500 and man, these things make the ADs feel light.
Neutral is not for everyone I think. Today I listened to some instruments music with the Alpha Dog. Oh man, the piano, the violin are so great and feel like real to my ears. Too bad that I do not have better gears to push my Alpha Dog more than it is capable. However, I still will have a lot of time in the future to save money and buy the premium DAC/AMP combo for it.
The big next question is Omega Dog or Beta Dog in the next few years, Mr Speakers?
I believe you have a Sennheiser HDVD amplifier so I am interested to hear your ideas, thoughts of this combo with Alpha Dog. Thanks. Maybe you have a Sennheiser HD800 too. Want to share your impressions? Thanks very much.
I am sorry for my double post. But I just looked back the last page. My bad.
Ha! Well, if we're going to go down that road...
The Omega Dog could be statement headphones and the Omicron Dog could be statement IEMs.
No matter what it might be, I think I'd be avoiding the Eta Dog for personal/ethical reasons....
Hold out for the Six Sigma Dog