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post #6916 of 8822
Is there still a pair of traveling Alpha Dogs going around, and if yes, how do I sign up? I'd really like to try them before I commit to a purchase.
post #6917 of 8822

What do people recommend as a DAC with the ADs?

ATM I'm running a Modi into a Lyr, would probably like an optical input DAC, been looking at the uberfrost but a bit hesitant on shelling out the dosh so soon after buying the Amp and ADs haha :p

post #6918 of 8822
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Originally Posted by TeskR View Post
 

What do people recommend as a DAC with the ADs?

ATM I'm running a Modi into a Lyr, would probably like an optical input DAC, been looking at the uberfrost but a bit hesitant on shelling out the dosh so soon after buying the Amp and ADs haha :p

I have the Bifrost Uber and its a major upgrade to my JDS C5D/Audioquest Dragonfly. A great DAC. Couldn't really find anything else good within the same price range. Keep looking though.

post #6919 of 8822

I see that a few people rave about Audio-gd NFB-11.32 having a good DAC but im not really sure.

I would love an Uberfrost, but they work out to be around 600 shipped to ausland.

How easy is it to install a USB card into them after the fact also? As at the moment I would probably only need optical but in the future that might change.

post #6920 of 8822
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Originally Posted by jayboy76 View Post

Subbed..just got a md3.2 and so impressed with Mr speakers house sound I'm really considering the alpha AND keeping the md for that fun on the go sound. Only thing keeping me from it is my LCD-xc sitting in the corner. Anyone here has an xc and alpha?care to share impressions..by the way it took me 4 full days to get to this page from post number 1.smily_headphones1.gif

 

hahaha wow!

I would have probably just used the search function instead of reading all of them pages!!! ;-)

 

Anyway, for the price the LCD-XC sells, I wasn't really all that impressed... (was part of justin's Audeze Tour). It does have an excellent sound, don't get me wrong! It provides more bass quantity and the mid-upper treble is more forward but overall I still preferred the Alpha Dogs... from sound to comfort.

I know... blasphemy right?!?!

Could it be my chain (NuForce Icon HDP --> Burson Soloist SL)? Maybe...

Could it be that I'm used to the AD's sound? Maybe...

Or could it be that I just couldn't see how Audeze could charge so much for a small incremental sound quality increase (at least to my perception)? Probably...

 

I can say that it was surprising listening to the XCs and NOT being blown away!

 

If you like the XCs, I'm sure you will like the ADs as well (and might even sell the XCs... ... ... :p or not...)
 

Even my "cheapos" wanted to do battle... from left to right: Perfect Sound Dido D901, Alpha Dogs, Denon D5000 Lawton Modded, Spider Moonlight Studio, LCD-XCs, DonScorpio Dolphin and Drama, Yamaha MT220.

post #6921 of 8822
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Is this on single ended or balanced out?

Currently I am running single ended.

post #6922 of 8822
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Originally Posted by TeskR View Post
 

I see that a few people rave about Audio-gd NFB-11.32 having a good DAC but im not really sure.

I would love an Uberfrost, but they work out to be around 600 shipped to ausland.

How easy is it to install a USB card into them after the fact also? As at the moment I would probably only need optical but in the future that might change.

 

Put an ad out for a bifrost or uberfrost. Try to score one that's local for you. These dacs are built like tanks so there are not many worries about long term use. You can always do the uber upgrade yourself if necessary...very easy. I ended up about $300 after the uberfrost (no usb). 

post #6923 of 8822
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

 

Put an ad out for a bifrost or uberfrost. Try to score one that's local for you. These dacs are built like tanks so there are not many worries about long term use. You can always do the uber upgrade yourself if necessary...very easy. I ended up about $300 after the uberfrost (no usb). 


Thanks for reminding me, I meant to do that the other night :dt880smile:

Only thing I'm worried about doing the upgrade myself is that the shipping costs to AUS no matter whether its a full blown DAC or just the uber card is 66 USD, Maybe if I contact Schiit they can offer a better postage deal then that for just the upgrade card.

post #6924 of 8822
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Originally Posted by gelocks View Post
 

 

hahaha wow!

I would have probably just used the search function instead of reading all of them pages!!! ;-)

 

Anyway, for the price the LCD-XC sells, I wasn't really all that impressed... (was part of justin's Audeze Tour). It does have an excellent sound, don't get me wrong! It provides more bass quantity and the mid-upper treble is more forward but overall I still preferred the Alpha Dogs... from sound to comfort.

I know... blasphemy right?!?!

Could it be my chain (NuForce Icon HDP --> Burson Soloist SL)? Maybe...

Could it be that I'm used to the AD's sound? Maybe...

Or could it be that I just couldn't see how Audeze could charge so much for a small incremental sound quality increase (at least to my perception)? Probably...

 

I can say that it was surprising listening to the XCs and NOT being blown away!

 

If you like the XCs, I'm sure you will like the ADs as well (and might even sell the XCs... ... ... :p or not...)
 

Even my "cheapos" wanted to do battle... from left to right: Perfect Sound Dido D901, Alpha Dogs, Denon D5000 Lawton Modded, Spider Moonlight Studio, LCD-XCs, DonScorpio Dolphin and Drama, Yamaha MT220.

 

I wasn't exactly blown away by the LCD-XC's upon first listening. Maybe I was expecting too much but for $1799 they weren't transparent enough to justify that cost. The Alpha Dogs are more transparent across all the frequencies and have deep tight bass that goes well with just about all my music. I'm listening to Jay-Z "Can't Knock the Hustle" from Reasonable Doubt. Very satisfying with the ADs :smile:

post #6925 of 8822
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Originally Posted by wahsmoh View Post
 

 

I wasn't exactly blown away by the LCD-XC's upon first listening. Maybe I was expecting too much but for $1799 they weren't transparent enough to justify that cost. The Alpha Dogs are more transparent across all the frequencies and have deep tight bass that goes well with just about all my music. I'm listening to Jay-Z "Can't Knock the Hustle" from Reasonable Doubt. Very satisfying with the ADs :smile:


I only gave the XC's  about 10 minutes or so - not a fair trial.  I found them to be a very euphonic sound, lovely and all, but I had the same issue regarding the price.

post #6926 of 8822

I listened to the xc and x for a lengthy audition. I found both quite heavy but the x was much more comfortable. Even though they used the same drivers the sounded better to me across the spectrum. If it weren't for the weight and price, the x would be on my bucket list. 

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Originally Posted by TeskR View Post
 

What do people recommend as a DAC with the ADs?

ATM I'm running a Modi into a Lyr, would probably like an optical input DAC, been looking at the uberfrost but a bit hesitant on shelling out the dosh so soon after buying the Amp and ADs haha :p

I have the Bifrost Uber and its a major upgrade to my JDS C5D/Audioquest Dragonfly. A great DAC. Couldn't really find anything else good within the same price range. Keep looking though.

You can try DacMagic Plus
post #6928 of 8822
Anyone own ultrasone ed8 ? Can you do a quick comparison.
post #6929 of 8822
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Originally Posted by jayboy76 View Post

Subbed..just got a md3.2 and so impressed with Mr speakers house sound I'm really considering the alpha AND keeping the md for that fun on the go sound. Only thing keeping me from it is my LCD-xc sitting in the corner. Anyone here has an xc and alpha?care to share impressions..by the way it took me 4 full days to get to this page from post number 1.smily_headphones1.gif

 

I also listened to the LCD-xc and ADs briefly through the Head-amp GS-X2 at the Headamp table. The XC stages bigger by a lot, and the XC had bigger bass. The AD is definitely more comfortable. Overall I left thinking the XC was probably an overall better sounding headphone but not by so much as the price differential would suggest. Even if the cost was the same I might still prefer the AD just for comfort. The Audeze I am after is the X. 

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