Edited by mrspeakers - 6/29/14 at 7:39am
- 2,473 Posts. Joined 10/2010
- Location: San Diego
- Select All Posts By This User
Edited by mrspeakers - 6/29/14 at 7:39am
Clearly, you've never been to a photography forum ;)
In other news, I recently did a buddy a favor and did some audio work for a video project they were working on. I used the Alphas to monitor, so I let the director have a listen to them and she was blown away by how detailed and transparent the headphones were compared to the cheap studio monitors they had been using.
Valid point, forgot about the photography forums. It was one of the reasons I quit visiting those forums and just enjoy my photography on my own. People spent more time debating than enjoying the art of the photo itself.
Side note, speaking about the Alpha Dogs themselves to try and get this a little back on track. I have owned mine for quite a while now, listening to them almost every night for a few hours before I head to bed. They are honestly one of the most comfortable headphones I have ever worn and have more than once fallen asleep on the couch listening to music, waking up at 1 or 2 AM, wondering why I was still downstairs and why Clapton was singing to me, lol.
Comparing them to my T1's, obviously isn't all that fair because ones an open and the other is closed. However, the layering of the instruments is very good, almost on par with the T1. In a closed headphone fashion though, the bass is definitely deeper with the AD's and while they present a fairly wide sound stage, they are still closed cans. I have yet to fall asleep listening to my T1's, P7's or the HD650's I borrowed from a friend.
They are however, the best closed cans I have used, although I have not tested the XC or TH900. I am also not sure Dan is attempting to compete with those headphones or not, someone else would have to compare them. Compared to the Beyer closed cans I have heard, my P7's, several different Beats phones (it is what everyone has at the office), the AD's are the clear winner for both sound quality and comfort. I am not a basshead so I prefer the somewhat neutral tonality of the AD's instead of the others.
The sound isolation I feel is quite good, but it is not an active noise cancelling phone obviously, so some bleed through will come in if you are in a loud area. If you can get a good seal though, you simply start to feel the music. In regards to leakage, I have had others sitting next to me not be able to hear them and at work I have not had any complaints. They get loud as soon as they come off my ears and others can hear them but once that leather compresses, it's like your head is surrounded by musical goodness.
I am still considering at some point of getting a second pair so I don't have to carry them back and forth to work, as they made my P7's very difficult to listen to, the tonality and the music itself just isn't their in comparison.
Would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a closed can that is comfortable and works well with almost any type of music I have thrown at it, outside of maybe classical, although some newer stuff from Chesky sounds pretty phenomenal, especially the binaural albums.
EDIT: Also, I have not adjusted my bass screws (mostly because I lost the sticker from the headband) but I did remove one of the dots and added a pad, as the original setup with just the two dots had some harsh highs on a few songs. Break-in also cut that back quite a bit.
Thoroguhly enjoying my Alpha Dog at work. One problem though, and it's actually been a problem since my AD's were MD's. It seems that the right cup doesn't seal on my head as well as the left cup, and it feels awkward. I think I may have bent the headband unequally; is this a likely diagnosis? A current band-aid solution is lowering my right cup further than my left, which makes it feel more even.
here's a picture of the AD's on their stand, where the imbalance is apparent:
I hope this doesn't sound stupid but have you considered whether your ears aren't level? I know that mine aren't...
Uhh... wow... I actually never considered this one, haha. Not stupid at all, quite insightful actually.
I am curious as to if he used the black felt discs with the AD measurement. At the little talk with Dan & Tyll is when he tested he enjoyed the ADs with one disc more than no disc and 2 discs