That sounds about what I expected, especially with how revealing the Alpha Dog is. I always thought it was too dark for the HD650 but about right for the HD600. I was imagining it could be a good fit for the Alpha Dog, since I found the Magni a little bright. I thought about the Vali, but honestly, solid state is nice for how quick it is to turn on/off, which is good on those days I've got lots of meetings. Thanks for the input. How does it compare to the Lyr 2 regarding detail?