- Oct 24, 2007
Anyone have the Mad Dogs (or MD Pro) and the HD600?
I'm looking for an open headphone to compliment my Mad Dog Pros, they'll be running off the same amps - the Modi/Magni and Little Dot 1+ with Voshkod tubes. Looking for an open sound with more clarity, detail, treble sparkle than the Mad Dog Pros.
Would the HD600 fill his slot for me? Looking for a solution under 400 dollars, upgrading to the Alpha Dog is an option for me in the future, but I'm really just loving the pros for now so was hoping to get the clarity and detail from an open phone instead. From what I've read it sounds like the HD600 and the Alpha Dogs trade blows for detail/clarity depending on the track as well.
This is pretty much gonna be end game for me, might upgrade the amp and dac way down the road, but it's not really a priority.
It all depends on what sort of detail you're after and your listening preferences. I have not heard any planars yet so I cannot say anything about the Alpha Dog but I can conjecture logically about it. The HD600 comes across more warm than K701/K702/Q701 because it doesn't have a treble peak/emphasis. This same line of reasoning would apply to the DT880 and DT990. I would say the DT880 or a K701/K702/Q701 would probably suit you better since they are, again based on my understanding, different enough from your Alpha Dogs. However, demoing is always a better option because only you can truly answer this question for yourself. A few online retailers like HeadRoom and Adorama have a full 30-day, money-back guarantee minus shipping fees. The Headphone Lending Library is another option. You just pay a 5% nonrefundable deposit plus shipping and handling to try the headphones. If you like them, you pay the remaining balance of the cost. Otherwise, you can use the amount of the deposit towards another purchase or another lending period.