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post #7321 of 9033
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Best, most realistic sound....Doublehelixcables Fusion Type 4 Litz.  A little more affordable, Norne/Norse Audio has a new Vanquish wire that is a Type 6 Litz.  Both of these are cutting edge technology, and the best wires in the world.  I've heard them both and they are fantastic.  This new design will revolutionize the sound of headphones! 

 

Disclaimer:

 

For those that don't believe in cables sounding different, save your money!

(Note:  Cable "non believers" are welcome to skip this post and refrain from posting negative cable related comments.)

 

I haven't heard the above cables so I really can't comment about them, but I just received the Moon Audio Blue Dragon v.3 cable and they've produced a significant improvement.  Cost was about $190 for a 5 ft. cable with the AD connectors, which I think is below the price of the other cables.  I'll have more to say about this cable after I do more listening but the improvement with the AD mirrors the improvements I heard using Blue Dragon with my HD800 and HD600.  

 

With the AD, there is now more of everything across the board -- more detail and transparency, deeper and faster bass.  For example, on rock and dance music, I now turn down the bass boost quite a bit on my ALO amp compared to the prior settings since there's now more bass.  If this means anything, and just to give some semblance of an approximation in a form my friends and I use between ourselves, I'd say the improvement is maybe 15-20% -- i.e., it's not something that you have to strain to hear, it's readily apparent.  

 

Also, surprisingly, the "speed" and dynamics of the AD has increased -- and the AD was fast to start with.

 

I also appreciate the construction quality -- it's clearly a premium cable and Moon puts rubber seals around all the connections.

 

Not that there was anything to complain about with the stock cable, I was very happy with it before.  In fact, the stock cable is good and nicely made, and Dan deserves credit for providing such a nice stock cable with the AD -- the cable would not be out of place with a more expensive headphone.  It's based on the Canare cable, I believe, which is a good cable widely used in pro circles and by other quality headphone manufacturers too.

 

But spend more and you'll be pleasantly surprised with the improvement. I now find it interesting that all the positive comments about the AD, on this site and by the various pro reviewers, were all done with the stock cable.  Now if they had only heard the AD with an upgraded cable...

 

Here's the link to the Moon Audio Blue Dragon:      http://www.moon-audio.com/moon-audio-blue-dragon-headphone-cable.html

 

Also, FWIW, the Blue Dragon sister cable, the Silver Dragon (in v.2 interconnect configuration) was just reviewed by The Absolute Sound and given a rave review.  Here's the link: 

 

http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/moon-audio-silver-dragon-v2-interconnect/?utm_campaign=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=email-255


Edited by Skyyyeman - 6/10/14 at 10:21am
post #7322 of 9033
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One can pretty easily put a foam pad on top of the stand to raise the headphones a bit.  That said, mine is an earlier edition, without the foam piece in the box.  It sits in the box, unused, under the bed because the headphones don't fit on it well in the as shipped configuration.  I haven't gotten around to modding the stand.  it is a nice, simple stand, and a nice add in.  It is unfortunate that the Alphas don't fit well with the cables attached.

I don't think you should have to modify the headphone stand for it to be able to properly serve it's function. It's already very lacking in presentation without some DIY foam job. No, I just don't like it and would never use it. If I ever want a headphone stand for my alpha dog, I'll buy one that doesn't suck.
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I don't think you should have to modify the headphone stand for it to be able to properly serve it's function. It's already very lacking in presentation without some DIY foam job. No, I just don't like it and would never use it. If I ever want a headphone stand for my alpha dog, I'll buy one that doesn't suck.

Well, that's fine then. Don't use it. Obviously it is not a selling point for you.

 

For me (and we are all different) it is a nice thoughtful little addition that it seems could be accomplished at minimal cost. 

 

Overall, not a big deal.

post #7324 of 9033
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Overall, not a big deal.

Bingo!
post #7325 of 9033
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Originally Posted by aamefford View Post

Bingo!

Double bingo
post #7326 of 9033
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Bingo!

 

Triple. :D

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Double bingo


boingo

 

 

i'm just in that kinda mood at least i'm wear my AD's

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I hope to have my repaired AD's back around Thursday. Can't wait. Of course I will be on the lookout for the fedex Ninja. He will not slip past me this time. :veryevil:

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I hope to have my repaired AD's back around Thursday. Can't wait. Of course I will be on the lookout for the fedex Ninja. He will not slip past me this time. :veryevil:

:ph34r: start preparing "ninja mode"

post #7330 of 9033
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Well, that's fine then. Don't use it. Obviously it is not a selling point for you.

For me (and we are all different) it is a nice thoughtful little addition that it seems could be accomplished at minimal cost. 

Overall, not a big deal.

Yep, for those of you who like it and want to use it, all the power to you. I just don't think it's up to scratch, but it's not like I'm paying a heap of money for it so I can deal with it just sitting in the box unused.
Edited by HeretixAevum - 6/8/14 at 4:31pm
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I do not understand complaining about an extra that was included free.

post #7332 of 9033
Oh come on, how is it free? It's part of the package that you're paying for. You're definitely paying for it, and it's definitely built into the price.
post #7333 of 9033
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Bingo!

+2

 

Strangely enough, I buy a headphone for the headphone.


Edited by Skyyyeman - 6/8/14 at 5:12pm
post #7334 of 9033
And by the same logic, the minor sonic things we complain about and obsess over here at head fi could be written off as "not a big deal" by a lot of people.

I don't think it's so wrong to want to hold companies to a basic standard with the things they include in the box. If the carry pouch was too small or the cable not long enough I think it'd be a fair, reasonable criticism to point it out. I'm just expressing that I don't think the headphone stand is a good addition.

But yeah, just trying to give constructive criticism so maybe the stand could be improved. Not trying to blow it out of proportion. The headphone is what we all want primarily.
post #7335 of 9033
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Originally Posted by cute View Post
 

 

Best, most realistic sound....Doublehelixcables Fusion Type 4 Litz.  A little more affordable, Norne/Norse Audio has a new Vanquish wire that is a Type 6 Litz.  Both of these are cutting edge technology, and the best wires in the world.  I've heard them both and they are fantastic.  This new design will revolutionize the sound of headphones! 

 

Disclaimer:

 

For those that don't believe in cables sounding different, save your money!

Wow the new Vanquish is something I am going to have to order :] 

 

Black Alpha Dogs + Type 6 Litz OCC wire w/ clear sleeve :O aesthetically beautiful and if there are sonic improvements to match talk about a good deal 

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