Originally Posted by SteveM324
Thanks for the excellent review Greed! Very nice pics too. I have a few questions.
It looks like you received the Alpha Dog. How do you like it?
Even though you liked the LCD-X/M9 a lot, you say it was second to the HE-6/M9. Can you elaborate on that comparison?
I originally was one of the first people to own the Alpha Dog, but have since sold it off. I figured since I was on the upgrade list, I would pass along them to someone that was #1 - use them more often than I did #2 - give another a chance to hear them due to the long wait time on ordering. The Alpha Dog is a great headphone, especially for the price. Definitely one of the more open sounding closed back / isolating headphones currently available. Sound was reminiscent of the HE-6 to my ears. Fairly neutral with a good amount of air. They do have some flaws that can't be overlooked including a somewhat soft sounding bass in comparison to my other headphones and also some hint of sibiliance at certain frequencies. There was some grain to the mids, especially female vocals and also a somewhat artificial sounding treble response. Paired with tubes the Alpha Dog sounds more natural. I can't say I was as hyped as others after owning them for a month, but they are a really good headphone considering they are closed back (and isolate extremely well), priced very reasonably, and using a cheap/small driver. I agree with Clem, when he said he feels the Alpha Dog has reached the limitation of the T50RP driver.
The LCD-X/M9 pairing was very nice to my ears. The synergy between the two headphones exhibited well controlled bass, good texture, and decent slam although it could be tighter (maybe the GS-X mk2 is a better match just like with the LCD-3). I find the Audeze headphones tend to pair well with SS amps that have plenty of low-end and good bass control. I also found the LCD-X to gain some air and increased soundstage with the M9 that definitely helped. I feel the LCD-X could stand some improvement in those areas.