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MrSpeakers Alpha Dog Revealed! - The World's First Production 3D-Printed Headphones

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by jude, Aug 9, 2013.
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  1. bonesnv
    Fixed my Schiit stack issue last night, damn pets love USB cables.  Found an ugly spot, replaced it and grainy/pop went away.
    However, with the stack fixed, when comparing the AD's using the WA6-SE vs the Asgard 2, it's a no brainer for me to determine which one I prefer.  Maybe the Asgard 2 will open up a bit more as the AD's get used and broken in, but I prefer the sound of the Asgard 2 with the P7's over the AD's. The P7's have kind of a bass hump which seems to smooth out a bit with the Asgard 2.
    Both are using Bifrost Uber's for DAC's through Gen2 USB, so only difference is the amp itself at this point.  Back-end cabling is all the same, using StraightWire interconnects or PYST (which is StraightWire) for really short runs.  The Asgard 2 to my ears, has a clumped together sound stage and lacks brightness for my personal tastes with the AD's, which are very neutral.
    They don't sound bad by any means and I could still sit and listen to them if I wanted to listen to music.  Maybe others have better luck with their's and enjoy the sound from the Asgard 2, hope they do, just not my cup of tea.
  2. tehsprayer
    You're probably right. I cannot tell much difference with audio quality so a change of amp shouldn't be significant.
  3. GeneraI
    To my memory, I actually prefer the Magni to the Asgard 2. 
  4. MattTCG
    Asgard 2 is appreciably better than the magni IMO. 
  5. Ceja-Blu
    I was honestly baffled with our own A/B blind tests between the Alpha Dogs, Audeze LCD2s, HE 500s, and Senn HD 800s.  Using the Lyr, Bifrost uber-update, the Alpha Dogs, with their stock cable, take a bite out of the competition in ways that are hard to quantify, but clearly upheld by our serious late-night listeners-  Alphas are utterly comfortable, warm, deep, and believably coherent with dynamics, detailed imaging (cymbals stacked against winds, guitar and bass drums) and offer the most unnerving intimate details of guitar fret noise and trumpet embouchure.  For the Money, and as a concept mod, these Alpha Dogs kick the pants out of their more expensive and fancy competitors.  There is something undeniably "real', "honest", and mind-bending about these cans that kept me listening without wanting to switch over to the Senns or Audeze.
    Sacriledge!  sweet honesty!   I'm going home with that old-town sweety I met 25 year ago.
  6. MattTCG
    Thanks for the impressions. It would be nice to hear more direct comparisons against those other hp's. 
  7. cute
    I totally agree, add a DHC Fusion cable, and they scale up even further!
  8. froger
    I don't know how you can conduct a true blind test with these 4 headphones of obvious different weight, clamping force and padding feel. I find it a bit hard to believe if you can't tell between a LCD-2 and HD800 on your head.
  9. Ceja-Blu
    You can certainly hear a difference between the Audeze, HD800, and the A-Dogs. My point is, the A-Dogs are amazing in that they  hold their ground with their total sound signature and dynamic range.
    I have the same amp/source stack, and the APD's are undeniably a contender. My HD 800s bring a whole new level of of imaging and definition with this rig, however, Alpha Dogs, bite hard and keep me coming back.
  10. MattTCG
    This, I can appreciate. Should have my AD on Tuesday. Impressive turn around time Dan. Nice work. 
  11. MattTCG
    Hey, I was just thinking that it's time for Dan to upgrade the comfort strap especially for the AD. Just something a little more polished, padded and finished. I could only improve the comfort and look. Hm..
  12. MattTCG
    For my second brilliant thought of the day, I'd vote for 8' and 10' options on the cable length. [​IMG]
  13. swimcoleby
    I've Been looking at these for a while now and I really want to try them out and compare against the zmf master model but that head band just doesn't look anywhere near as comfy as the zmf headband . Having said that, I think this does look more professional
  14. jaywillin

    i own the AD, and had a chance to listen to the zmf v1, and vibro, at the nashville meet, i preferred the alpha, though some preferred the zmf
    it was very brief, but the zmf i think seemed warmer than the alpha, like i said, it was a very brief listen
  15. MattTCG
    I'd like to hear the zmf just for a comparative listen. 
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