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I need closed headphones and was suggested to buy Mad Dogs over on Reddit. Searching around here it seems to be the best for my price range of around $300 (not a hard limit as I want something that will last a long time). They will be used for music, gaming and movies. Isolation is important as I will be using these at night when using speakers will wake others up in the house. My current music is mostly female singing (Paramore, Pixie Lott etc.), Punk, Ska Punk, Hardcore Punk, some Metal and a little hip-hip. For sound I need a good soundstage that also has nice bass and makes female singing sound great. I think balanced would probably be best to account for my needs but I am a newbie.

 

I was also wondering if the Mad Dog Pro's are worth the extra cost over the standard? Part of the reason why I like the idea of buying Mad Dogs is the ability to upgrade later.

 

For an amp I want something that I can use with future headphones whenever the itch comes. My budget is around $300. I was considering the Asgard or M-Stage but I read that the M-stage can be bright. I don't think I'm ready for a tube amps (rolling) just yet as I don't have the money to enjoy that journey plus I think getting the right cans is a bigger priority.

 

I currently own M50's and HM5's. I prefer my HM5's. I have my Fiio E7 set to bass boost +1 for my HM5's. Going to +2 or 3 gives me a headache after a while.

post #2 of 6
I have the Asgard 2 and run it with an ODAC. It's quite nice. And if I had to describe it sonically, I feel it's just a tad warm past neutral, but not really warm, if that makes any sense. LOL
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That seems like it would sound better than the bright M-stage and clinical sounding O2. Thanks for the help.

post #4 of 6
Yes. I used to own the O2. And you are right. The O2 sounds a little bit analytical compared to the Asgard 2.

Another amp that I'm considering trying is the Meir Corda Rock, currently on sale for $195 shipped. I like my Asgard 2, but in the summer, my home office tends to get hot, and the Asgard 2 is a heater. LOL

Tyll at Innerfidelity really likes it: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/meier-audio-corda-rock-budget-headphone-amplifier
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The Meier Corda Rock looks very interesting and I like the small size. The heat from the Asgard will be an issue for me as my PC already heats the room up enough to put on a tower fan when just gaming later at night.

post #6 of 6
The Asgard 2 puts out a good bit of heat as it's power consumption is rated as 30w, and because of it's Class A design, it's essentially running full tilt whenever it's on.
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