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  Reply # 1313143 27-May-2015 22:00
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joker97: either my ears have burnt in or gone deaf but suddenly fell in love with my LCD-2.3s again ... !!! my wife is not happy


Damnit, I keep hoping you will cave and sell them to me cheaply :) 


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  Reply # 1314350 29-May-2015 21:50
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sorry 'bout that.

i think what set it off were some new music. and then Gentle on my mind by The Band Perry played. ecstacy!

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  Reply # 1320738 9-Jun-2015 22:09
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Sooooo....been listening a lot to the new Mr Speakers Alpha Dogs I got.

(Minor frustration - they have only a 'big' plug and my Geek Out DAC/amp has only a 'small' plug so had to wait a few days until I could get to a shop that sold an adaptor! Frustrating seeing them on my desk and not being able to listen!!)

This could be a very short review. I could just say "OMFG" and leave it at that!

These things are not cheap but truly are worth it. Beautiful to look at with 3D printed cups painted in automotive paint and hand buffed to a lustrous shine, in a gorgeous red. Thick lamb leather ear pads seal out the outside very well. The cable is a Y cable with QR plugs on each ear cup and would be easy to swap out for some Cardas tweakery sheathed in unicorn hair and created from the platted strands of the Martian Scuttle Spider under the light of a Hunter's Moon mixed with liquified titanium-gold-carbonite composite and NASA-developed gold Mylar sheaths....etc etc if you wanted to do that.

Mine probably are not burned in yet (or my ears aren't) but the sound is oh so sweet. Transparent, spacious, wide and so so musical. Instruments have space all around them, vocals are very accurate. Your bad recordings will become something of an embarrassment to you as every flaw is revealed. If you buy tracks from places like HD Tracks in high res AIFF and put them through a competent DAC, you will be well rewarded.

Now I just need the money for the Metrum Aurix and Octave II to go with them...!

I dread to think what you would need to spend on loudspeakers etc to match this sound in a room system - tens of thousands, probably.

With the small Geek Out driving them, they are a bit bass light if you like a bit of thump. Better amplification would probably improve that a lot.







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  Reply # 1320741 9-Jun-2015 22:15
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Geektastic: Sooooo....been listening a lot to the new Mr Speakers Alpha Dogs I got.

(Minor frustration - they have only a 'big' plug and my Geek Out DAC/amp has only a 'small' plug so had to wait a few days until I could get to a shop that sold an adaptor! Frustrating seeing them on my desk and not being able to listen!!)

This could be a very short review. I could just say "OMFG" and leave it at that!

These things are not cheap but truly are worth it. Beautiful to look at with 3D printed cups painted in automotive paint and hand buffed to a lustrous shine, in a gorgeous red. Thick lamb leather ear pads seal out the outside very well. The cable is a Y cable with QR plugs on each ear cup and would be easy to swap out for some Cardas tweakery sheathed in unicorn hair and created from the platted strands of the Martian Scuttle Spider under the light of a Hunter's Moon mixed with liquified titanium-gold-carbonite composite and NASA-developed gold Mylar sheaths....etc etc if you wanted to do that.

Mine probably are not burned in yet (or my ears aren't) but the sound is oh so sweet. Transparent, spacious, wide and so so musical. Instruments have space all around them, vocals are very accurate. Your bad recordings will become something of an embarrassment to you as every flaw is revealed. If you buy tracks from places like HD Tracks in high res AIFF and put them through a competent DAC, you will be well rewarded.

Now I just need the money for the Metrum Aurix and Octave II to go with them...!

I dread to think what you would need to spend on loudspeakers etc to match this sound in a room system - tens of thousands, probably.

With the small Geek Out driving them, they are a bit bass light if you like a bit of thump. Better amplification would probably improve that a lot.




I wonder where I can get a listen to them, I have heard good things. Did you order them from overseas? Can I ask what you paid for them?




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  Reply # 1320748 9-Jun-2015 22:24
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networkn:
Geektastic: Sooooo....been listening a lot to the new Mr Speakers Alpha Dogs I got.

(Minor frustration - they have only a 'big' plug and my Geek Out DAC/amp has only a 'small' plug so had to wait a few days until I could get to a shop that sold an adaptor! Frustrating seeing them on my desk and not being able to listen!!)

This could be a very short review. I could just say "OMFG" and leave it at that!

These things are not cheap but truly are worth it. Beautiful to look at with 3D printed cups painted in automotive paint and hand buffed to a lustrous shine, in a gorgeous red. Thick lamb leather ear pads seal out the outside very well. The cable is a Y cable with QR plugs on each ear cup and would be easy to swap out for some Cardas tweakery sheathed in unicorn hair and created from the platted strands of the Martian Scuttle Spider under the light of a Hunter's Moon mixed with liquified titanium-gold-carbonite composite and NASA-developed gold Mylar sheaths....etc etc if you wanted to do that.

Mine probably are not burned in yet (or my ears aren't) but the sound is oh so sweet. Transparent, spacious, wide and so so musical. Instruments have space all around them, vocals are very accurate. Your bad recordings will become something of an embarrassment to you as every flaw is revealed. If you buy tracks from places like HD Tracks in high res AIFF and put them through a competent DAC, you will be well rewarded.

Now I just need the money for the Metrum Aurix and Octave II to go with them...!

I dread to think what you would need to spend on loudspeakers etc to match this sound in a room system - tens of thousands, probably.

With the small Geek Out driving them, they are a bit bass light if you like a bit of thump. Better amplification would probably improve that a lot.




I wonder where I can get a listen to them, I have heard good things. Did you order them from overseas? Can I ask what you paid for them?



Hopefully he will bring them to this years headphone meet :)




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  Reply # 1320818 10-Jun-2015 07:46
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Well I finally got to run my Polk Ultrafocus8000 through their paces on a flight!

I have to say they performed really well. The button to mute the music and amplify the outside world worked really well but I noticed it still kept the ambient hum at bay and I could hear the hostess better with them on than off!

I was always impressed with the sound from these but the noise cancelling also works a treat.

As some reviews of these have stated, they do get heavy, you wouldn't want to try to sleep on the flight with them on, and your ears do get warm.

Nothing that is of any real concern, I just took them off for 5min while having dinner and they were good to go for another hour or so.

Over all I am still really pleased with my purchase.

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  Reply # 1322465 10-Jun-2015 22:17
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networkn:
Geektastic: Sooooo....been listening a lot to the new Mr Speakers Alpha Dogs I got.

(Minor frustration - they have only a 'big' plug and my Geek Out DAC/amp has only a 'small' plug so had to wait a few days until I could get to a shop that sold an adaptor! Frustrating seeing them on my desk and not being able to listen!!)

This could be a very short review. I could just say "OMFG" and leave it at that!

These things are not cheap but truly are worth it. Beautiful to look at with 3D printed cups painted in automotive paint and hand buffed to a lustrous shine, in a gorgeous red. Thick lamb leather ear pads seal out the outside very well. The cable is a Y cable with QR plugs on each ear cup and would be easy to swap out for some Cardas tweakery sheathed in unicorn hair and created from the platted strands of the Martian Scuttle Spider under the light of a Hunter's Moon mixed with liquified titanium-gold-carbonite composite and NASA-developed gold Mylar sheaths....etc etc if you wanted to do that.

Mine probably are not burned in yet (or my ears aren't) but the sound is oh so sweet. Transparent, spacious, wide and so so musical. Instruments have space all around them, vocals are very accurate. Your bad recordings will become something of an embarrassment to you as every flaw is revealed. If you buy tracks from places like HD Tracks in high res AIFF and put them through a competent DAC, you will be well rewarded.

Now I just need the money for the Metrum Aurix and Octave II to go with them...!

I dread to think what you would need to spend on loudspeakers etc to match this sound in a room system - tens of thousands, probably.

With the small Geek Out driving them, they are a bit bass light if you like a bit of thump. Better amplification would probably improve that a lot.




I wonder where I can get a listen to them, I have heard good things. Did you order them from overseas? Can I ask what you paid for them?



I ordered them trusting the advice of Murray and also of the shop he directed me to..! 

Addicted to Audio in Stralia. I'll PM you the contact etc.

I did not listen to them - I trusted the advice and also the very many reviews along the lines of " I wish I had heard these before I bought those (insert headphone of choice costing twice as much here) as they are better!"

At the moment the amplification is certainly sub-optimal - these are easily good enough to wear $2000 worth of DAC and amp and probably double that before you'd think you needed something better. Even given that, they are revealing nuances in tracks I must have heard literally thousands of times. The DAC helps with that too of course.

Of course - thrilled as I am - I am already wondering what Alpha Dog Primes sound like...!







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  Reply # 1322476 10-Jun-2015 22:22
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dickytim: Well I finally got to run my Polk Ultrafocus8000 through their paces on a flight!

I have to say they performed really well. The button to mute the music and amplify the outside world worked really well but I noticed it still kept the ambient hum at bay and I could hear the hostess better with them on than off!

I was always impressed with the sound from these but the noise cancelling also works a treat.

As some reviews of these have stated, they do get heavy, you wouldn't want to try to sleep on the flight with them on, and your ears do get warm.

Nothing that is of any real concern, I just took them off for 5min while having dinner and they were good to go for another hour or so.

Over all I am still really pleased with my purchase.


Glad to hear it! So far my recommendations have been money, I really enjoy it when recommendations pan out.




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  Reply # 1322480 10-Jun-2015 22:32
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Geektastic:
networkn:
Geektastic: Sooooo....been listening a lot to the new Mr Speakers Alpha Dogs I got.

(Minor frustration - they have only a 'big' plug and my Geek Out DAC/amp has only a 'small' plug so had to wait a few days until I could get to a shop that sold an adaptor! Frustrating seeing them on my desk and not being able to listen!!)

This could be a very short review. I could just say "OMFG" and leave it at that!

These things are not cheap but truly are worth it. Beautiful to look at with 3D printed cups painted in automotive paint and hand buffed to a lustrous shine, in a gorgeous red. Thick lamb leather ear pads seal out the outside very well. The cable is a Y cable with QR plugs on each ear cup and would be easy to swap out for some Cardas tweakery sheathed in unicorn hair and created from the platted strands of the Martian Scuttle Spider under the light of a Hunter's Moon mixed with liquified titanium-gold-carbonite composite and NASA-developed gold Mylar sheaths....etc etc if you wanted to do that.

Mine probably are not burned in yet (or my ears aren't) but the sound is oh so sweet. Transparent, spacious, wide and so so musical. Instruments have space all around them, vocals are very accurate. Your bad recordings will become something of an embarrassment to you as every flaw is revealed. If you buy tracks from places like HD Tracks in high res AIFF and put them through a competent DAC, you will be well rewarded.

Now I just need the money for the Metrum Aurix and Octave II to go with them...!

I dread to think what you would need to spend on loudspeakers etc to match this sound in a room system - tens of thousands, probably.

With the small Geek Out driving them, they are a bit bass light if you like a bit of thump. Better amplification would probably improve that a lot.




I wonder where I can get a listen to them, I have heard good things. Did you order them from overseas? Can I ask what you paid for them?



I ordered them trusting the advice of Murray and also of the shop he directed me to..! 

Addicted to Audio in Stralia. I'll PM you the contact etc.

I did not listen to them - I trusted the advice and also the very many reviews along the lines of " I wish I had heard these before I bought those (insert headphone of choice costing twice as much here) as they are better!"

At the moment the amplification is certainly sub-optimal - these are easily good enough to wear $2000 worth of DAC and amp and probably double that before you'd think you needed something better. Even given that, they are revealing nuances in tracks I must have heard literally thousands of times. The DAC helps with that too of course.

Of course - thrilled as I am - I am already wondering what Alpha Dog Primes sound like...!


Yes! Another recommendation win! From what I've seen the Primes had a more mixed reception, with most finding them subpar for the asking price. I think you've probably hit the sweet spot in the MrSpeakers range.

As I understand it they are phasing out everything but their new flagship Ether (which I will have as soon as pre-orders ship later this month). Prior to the Ether all their headphones were modded Fostex planars, whereas the Ether is their first totally in house design. So far there has been nothing but high praise for the Ether, including from some ears I trust a great deal.

Regards amping, you might want to look into the Gustard H10, presently on Massdrop (with enough orders the price will drop to $299, which is a serious steal). It's a desktop amp that is a clone of the highly regarded $1100USD Violectric V200, only with some improvements.




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  Reply # 1322483 10-Jun-2015 22:51
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The Gustard on Massdrop has reviewed really well. I was going to buy a unit, but many people from the Gustard threads on head-fi recommended against it for the HD650's and T1 because the Crack and Speedball (Which I'll be installing this weekend) were better. If I wanted Portability or to own some planar headphones, both of which I do, I'd be really keen. (though neither is an immediate need) 


I was offered a second hand one for $270. I don't think he can ship it to my friends hotel fast enough, but that would save me shipping and duty.

Still torn.

I'd be surprised if the Gustard didn't power that Alpha dog perfectly.

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  Reply # 1323567 12-Jun-2015 17:05
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NZtechfreak:
Geektastic:
networkn:
Geektastic: Sooooo....been listening a lot to the new Mr Speakers Alpha Dogs I got.

(Minor frustration - they have only a 'big' plug and my Geek Out DAC/amp has only a 'small' plug so had to wait a few days until I could get to a shop that sold an adaptor! Frustrating seeing them on my desk and not being able to listen!!)

This could be a very short review. I could just say "OMFG" and leave it at that!

These things are not cheap but truly are worth it. Beautiful to look at with 3D printed cups painted in automotive paint and hand buffed to a lustrous shine, in a gorgeous red. Thick lamb leather ear pads seal out the outside very well. The cable is a Y cable with QR plugs on each ear cup and would be easy to swap out for some Cardas tweakery sheathed in unicorn hair and created from the platted strands of the Martian Scuttle Spider under the light of a Hunter's Moon mixed with liquified titanium-gold-carbonite composite and NASA-developed gold Mylar sheaths....etc etc if you wanted to do that.

Mine probably are not burned in yet (or my ears aren't) but the sound is oh so sweet. Transparent, spacious, wide and so so musical. Instruments have space all around them, vocals are very accurate. Your bad recordings will become something of an embarrassment to you as every flaw is revealed. If you buy tracks from places like HD Tracks in high res AIFF and put them through a competent DAC, you will be well rewarded.

Now I just need the money for the Metrum Aurix and Octave II to go with them...!

I dread to think what you would need to spend on loudspeakers etc to match this sound in a room system - tens of thousands, probably.

With the small Geek Out driving them, they are a bit bass light if you like a bit of thump. Better amplification would probably improve that a lot.




I wonder where I can get a listen to them, I have heard good things. Did you order them from overseas? Can I ask what you paid for them?



I ordered them trusting the advice of Murray and also of the shop he directed me to..! 

Addicted to Audio in Stralia. I'll PM you the contact etc.

I did not listen to them - I trusted the advice and also the very many reviews along the lines of " I wish I had heard these before I bought those (insert headphone of choice costing twice as much here) as they are better!"

At the moment the amplification is certainly sub-optimal - these are easily good enough to wear $2000 worth of DAC and amp and probably double that before you'd think you needed something better. Even given that, they are revealing nuances in tracks I must have heard literally thousands of times. The DAC helps with that too of course.

Of course - thrilled as I am - I am already wondering what Alpha Dog Primes sound like...!


Yes! Another recommendation win! From what I've seen the Primes had a more mixed reception, with most finding them subpar for the asking price. I think you've probably hit the sweet spot in the MrSpeakers range.

As I understand it they are phasing out everything but their new flagship Ether (which I will have as soon as pre-orders ship later this month). Prior to the Ether all their headphones were modded Fostex planars, whereas the Ether is their first totally in house design. So far there has been nothing but high praise for the Ether, including from some ears I trust a great deal.

Regards amping, you might want to look into the Gustard H10, presently on Massdrop (with enough orders the price will drop to $299, which is a serious steal). It's a desktop amp that is a clone of the highly regarded $1100USD Violectric V200, only with some improvements.


You'll get pinged for GST though.





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You'll get pinged for GST though.


Strangely enough you pay GST on everything you buy in NZ, and I presume you also did on the headphones. Getting them $150+ cheaper and then paying 15% duty still makes them a reasonable deal.

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  Reply # 1323751 12-Jun-2015 23:20
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networkn:


You'll get pinged for GST though.


Strangely enough you pay GST on everything you buy in NZ, and I presume you also did on the headphones. Getting them $150+ cheaper and then paying 15% duty still makes them a reasonable deal.


Nope. I avoid it - or buy through GST registered entities and claim it back if at all possible.





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Geektastic:
networkn:


You'll get pinged for GST though.


Strangely enough you pay GST on everything you buy in NZ, and I presume you also did on the headphones. Getting them $150+ cheaper and then paying 15% duty still makes them a reasonable deal.


Nope. I avoid it - or buy through GST registered entities and claim it back if at all possible.


I am not sure what you do for a living, but I'd be pretty surprised if you could legitimately claim a $1000 pair of headphones and a $500 amp.

Whether or not you claim it or not you are actually PAYING for it, and if you are going to claim it, then who CARES if you get pinged for GST on the way in. 

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networkn:
Geektastic:
networkn:


You'll get pinged for GST though.


Strangely enough you pay GST on everything you buy in NZ, and I presume you also did on the headphones. Getting them $150+ cheaper and then paying 15% duty still makes them a reasonable deal.


Nope. I avoid it - or buy through GST registered entities and claim it back if at all possible.


I am not sure what you do for a living, but I'd be pretty surprised if you could legitimately claim a $1000 pair of headphones and a $500 amp.

Whether or not you claim it or not you are actually PAYING for it, and if you are going to claim it, then who CARES if you get pinged for GST on the way in. 


Sometimes things from overseas get mislabelled...





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