- Mar 8, 2013
Yep the Leckerton is awesome. I was using it with my HE-500s for a while and it drove them surprisingly well.
Yeah, we'd make way more money selling new phones and obsoleting the old designs vs upgrades, which truly are break even.
I have some customers who own dozens of phones, and others who worked overtime and saved for months to buy these headphones, so I take my obligation to deliver value very seriously. The price is low compared to summit gear, but that doesn't mean this isn't an important investment for a lot of people. Thus I want to make this a special, lasting product, not a launch point to upsell.
Is our approach unique? I think so. Perfect? Doubt it. I can't solve global shipping costs, yet, so it's more of a burden for overseas customers. But I get this, and hopefully we'll address it in the EU, then other locations over time. Patience will be appreciated!
In the meantime, anyone with other ideas is always welcome to send me a PM. I have no monopoly on good ideas, that's for sure.
And yes, I promise the frequency of updates will decrease; the pads are not going to change, and they are the main driver for other changes (plus I have the new balanced phones to get out the door!).
I've decided they're not for me. They'll be up in the F/S section soon. The journey continues....
Brief impressions: they were claustrophobic. I've got DT 770s and DT 880s, and it was like the Mad Dogs tried to combine traits from both. Detail and instrument separation was good, but they seemed quite crowded, like there was too much music trying to fit inside the presentation. I guess kind of a collapsed soundstage kind of a thing. It's possible I wasn't feeding them too well, but I've got a Purity Audio KICAS running from my Audinst HUD-MX1, and I think it's pretty decent; I'd like to avoid going down the path of constant amp/DAC upgrades. My Dt 880s have fantastic clarity and soundstage, and I sometimes wish for a little more bass, but if I want that, I can switch to my DT 770s. The bass of the 770s isn't quite as tight as the Mad Dogs, and the tonality is a little off, although I feel the presentation of the DT 770s is a little cleaner and more spacious than the Mad Dogs, perhaps. And if I want something closer to neutrality, I've got the DT 880s for a purer, more reference-like tone. So I think I've got my bases covered. The Mad Dogs were quite comfortable, but there was a fair amount of clamp. I think I'll just stick with the Beyer boys for a while and invest in some more music.
Okay...thanks for sharing. The MD does have a very good sound stage for a closed hp. Impressive really, but an open hp will give you a better sense of space.
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I've almost pulled the trigger on the Micro Amp a number of times in the past month or two, especially in light of their sale/clearance. An MX1 and a Micro Amp would make for a very nice compact desktop system, I should think. I've almost pulled the trigger on Q701s, too, but I'm under the impression that their bass would be inferior (in terms of impact/quantity) to the DT 880s. I owned some recabled K701s a few years ago, and they sounded great, but they were recabled, so I think that was the difference. Q701s are about the only headphones I haven't tried in this price range and under. Also thought about K550s, but concerned about getting a proper fit.