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Poll Results: Your favourite closed headphones:

 
  • 11% (5)
    KEF M500
  • 2% (1)
    V-Moda M100
  • 9% (4)
    Audio Technica ATH 900X
  • 6% (3)
    Sennheiser Momentum
  • 2% (1)
    Sony Mdr r1
  • 9% (4)
    Nad Viso HP50 (?)
  • 4% (2)
    PSB M4U1
  • 4% (2)
    Yamaha Pro500
  • 50% (22)
    MrSpeakers Mad Dog
44 Total Votes  
post #16 of 35
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Originally Posted by Aerathion View Post
 

Really? since everyone is raving about how the mad dogs NEED an amp, or just a more expensive one than shiit?

 

The Mad Dogs certainly benefit from amplification but they do not NEED any additional amplification. If you decide to get a good amplifier later, you'll probably notice some improvements, but it's not as big a deal as people make it out to be, IMO.

post #17 of 35
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Originally Posted by third_eye View Post
 

 

Not sure, probably not.

Lol, I thought you were talking about the 7520. I think the Mad Dog will benefit more from amplification, yes.

post #18 of 35

Do you have an AVR or old receiver in the house anywhere?  Maybe your parents have something?

post #19 of 35
Thread Starter 

What about a DAC, why do people invest so much money in a dac? amp=power i understand.

 

But i mean an mp3 can only be carried so far, and i doubt you can hear the difference between a soundcard built in dac and an external expensive dac, but i could be wrong..

 

 

 

Would a mad dog also sound better than the other portables in the list if ran off of my soundcard?

post #20 of 35
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Originally Posted by Aerathion View Post
 

What about a DAC, why do people invest so much money in a dac? amp=power i understand.

 

But i mean an mp3 can only be carried so far, and i doubt you can hear the difference between a soundcard built in dac and an external expensive dac, but i could be wrong..

 

 

 

I can very easily hear the difference and I think you are wrong


Edited by i019791 - 9/17/13 at 2:24pm
post #21 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aerathion View Post
 

What about a DAC, why do people invest so much money in a dac? amp=power i understand.

 

But i mean an mp3 can only be carried so far, and i doubt you can hear the difference between a soundcard built in dac and an external expensive dac, but i could be wrong..

 

 

 

Would a mad dog also sound better than the other portables in the list if ran off of my soundcard?

 

I only want to say this, I congratulate you on finding a headphone. My advice was not to get the Mad Dog headphones because you listen to rap aka bass heavy music. That being said, a good DAC increases the soundstage, makes sound more clear, and overall is a good thing to get. Your amplifier will amplifier a dirty hissy and overall rough sound from the internal DAC in your computer. That being said, consider a combo unit from Audio-gd, they make great DAC's and I'm very happy with my amp. Look for a Audio-gd amp/dac with the WM8741 if you want a warmer smoother sounding amplifier, or get Sabre ES9018 if you want a more neutral, better clarity, and somewhat better instrument separation amp/dac. If you go with Mad Dogs, which are neutral, go for a warmer, smoother DAC/amp like the WM8741 Audio-gd units. I recommend Compass, but I imagine you could use the lower end models or look for a used deal in the FS section. 

post #22 of 35
I was really impressed with the ath a900x. I think you can find them sued for like $125-150.
Edited by doremusc - 9/17/13 at 2:37pm
post #23 of 35
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by vampire5003 View Post
 

 

I only want to say this, I congratulate you on finding a headphone. My advice was not to get the Mad Dog headphones because you listen to rap aka bass heavy music. That being said, a good DAC increases the soundstage, makes sound more clear, and overall is a good thing to get. Your amplifier will amplifier a dirty hissy and overall rough sound from the internal DAC in your computer. That being said, consider a combo unit from Audio-gd, they make great DAC's and I'm very happy with my amp. Look for a Audio-gd amp/dac with the WM8741 if you want a warmer smoother sounding amplifier, or get Sabre ES9018 if you want a more neutral, better clarity, and somewhat better instrument separation amp/dac. If you go with Mad Dogs, which are neutral, go for a warmer, smoother DAC/amp like the WM8741 Audio-gd units. I recommend Compass, but I imagine you could use the lower end models or look for a used deal in the FS section. 

Hi, why would the mad dog not be recommended because of rap?

 

Thanks,

post #24 of 35

I personally think it depends on what rap artists you listen to. Personally I found the Mad Dogs to sound way better than some bass heavy headphones on rap due to the quickness of the bass. Though I do find when it comes to the rap/hip hop it is a mixed bag on what these excel at. For instance I think most of Dr. Dre's songs sound awesome on the mad dogs. I find that the Beastie Boys are decent, but are not as fun sounding as the recording is kinda old and a bit lacking. I also find that the West Side Connection sounds pretty good. Some of it relies more on bass while other tracks it sounds really good with a cleaner bass as it does not bloat into the vocals. Also dubstep is quite boring on these phones imo (which is to be expected). I used to listen to a decent amount of dubstep but since I bought my headphones I have not touched it.

 

If you listen to a lot of other genres too these should be fine. For instance you said you listen to metal, which is awesome on the headphones with the guitars and how well the drums sound especially with fast double pedals.


Edited by gamefreak054 - 9/17/13 at 10:55pm
post #25 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by vampire5003 View Post

I only want to say this, I congratulate you on finding a headphone. My advice was not to get the Mad Dog headphones because you listen to rap aka bass heavy music. That being said, a good DAC increases the soundstage, makes sound more clear, and overall is a good thing to get. Your amplifier will amplifier a dirty hissy and overall rough sound from the internal DAC in your computer. That being said, consider a combo unit from Audio-gd, they make great DAC's and I'm very happy with my amp. Look for a Audio-gd amp/dac with the WM8741 if you want a warmer smoother sounding amplifier, or get Sabre ES9018 if you want a more neutral, better clarity, and somewhat better instrument separation amp/dac. If you go with Mad Dogs, which are neutral, go for a warmer, smoother DAC/amp like the WM8741 Audio-gd units. I recommend Compass, but I imagine you could use the lower end models or look for a used deal in the FS section. 
post #26 of 35
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Originally Posted by Aerathion View Post

Hi, why would the mad dog not be recommended because of rap?

Thanks,

Mad dogs are neutral, rap is bass heavy. Normally the two don't mix well. That's again just my opinion.
post #27 of 35
Thread Starter 

Alright so for rap, and kpop/pop music, which of the headphones would you suggest, and should i get a standalone dac/amp next to my sound card, and will that make my soundcard absolute?

post #28 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aerathion View Post

Alright so for rap, and kpop/pop music, which of the headphones would you suggest, and should i get a standalone dac/amp next to my sound card, and will that make my soundcard absolute?

I'll have to say HE-400 or perhaps someone else. Grr, Kpop which I listen to is extremely fast music. Like the opposite of rap.
post #29 of 35
Thread Starter 

HE-400 is open, which i think you could hear the sound in the room next to mine if you keep the door open,

 

i briefly tested it by laying my closed headphones on the table at higgh volume and i could hear them in the other room.

 

If open would be an option id go for the philips fidelio X1 :3

post #30 of 35
Thread Starter 

maybe i should get an open and closed headphone? fidelio x1 and ? need amp?

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