Amp for Alpha Dog Headphone?

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jtwrace

Amp for Alpha Dog Headphone?
« on: 20 Apr 2014, 04:03 am »
What do you guys use?

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Re: Amp for Alpha Dog Headphone?
« Reply #1 on: 20 Apr 2014, 04:45 am »
I'm not able to answer, but do have a question:   what do you think of the Alpha Dog?   

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Re: Amp for Alpha Dog Headphone?
« Reply #2 on: 20 Apr 2014, 05:12 am »
A good place to go is Schiit Audio.  I have never heard of "Alpha Dog".  I tried their web site and they offer no specs that I can find that count. 

http://schiit.com/products/bifrost

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Re: Amp for Alpha Dog Headphone?
« Reply #3 on: 20 Apr 2014, 07:52 am »
What do you guys use?

Any decent amp that would drive a Sennheiser HD600 will work.

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Re: Amp for Alpha Dog Headphone?
« Reply #4 on: 20 Apr 2014, 07:58 am »
I'm not able to answer, but do have a question:   what do you think of the Alpha Dog?

After 6 weeks they still haven't delivered my order, even though their website promises 3 weeks. Each time I follow up they say "next week".

When I heard the Mad Dog I really loved the great balance and musical clarity, and promptly ordered the Alpha Dog. But there are 2 versions at least. Many users didn't like the relative brightness of the first release, and so MrSpeakers made a standard mod to fix it, and what I heard is that the mod is removable. But the bass tuning is more tricky. If you don't like the bass as is, they will increase it with another built-in mod. You can do the re-tune yourself with the provided tool, but it voids the warranty.

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Re: Amp for Alpha Dog Headphone?
« Reply #5 on: 20 Apr 2014, 11:59 am »
What do you guys use?
The Alpha Dogs need more power to perform at their best.  I am using a Schiit Lyr with the Alpha Dogs, & it pairs nicely.  The AD's have a neutral sound, so the tubes add a touch of warmth to help a bit.

The Schiit Mjolnir is SS & balanced & is also considered a very nice pairing.

Mr. Speakers / Dan auditions the AD's with the the Lyr, Mjolnir & Burson Soloist at meets that he attends (also one of the higher end Cavalli Audio head amps I believe).

Many like vintage receivers, like the Pioneer SX- ____ with the AD's (enhances bass).

Steven Stone has a nice review of the AD's:

http://hometheaterreview.com/mrspeakers-alpha-dog-over-the-ear-headphones/
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Re: Amp for Alpha Dog Headphone?
« Reply #6 on: 20 Apr 2014, 04:04 pm »
I'm not able to answer, but do have a question:   what do you think of the Alpha Dog?
I'm impressed with the sq.  The question remains is taking a $110 pair of headphones and paying a premium for mods worth it?  At this point I'm thinking yes.  I was able to hear a bunch at the local headphone meet and must say they sounded really really good.  I was able to compare them to all the other major ones that are similar in price and even triple in cost. 


Here were the two setups
 
  

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Re: Amp for Alpha Dog Headphone?
« Reply #7 on: 20 Apr 2014, 04:17 pm »
Any decent amp that would drive a Sennheiser HD600 will work.
Bottlehead would be a nice option??

jtwrace

Re: Amp for Alpha Dog Headphone?
« Reply #8 on: 20 Apr 2014, 04:34 pm »
Bottlehead would be a nice option??
I don't think it would work well with the Alpha Dogs.  They do like power from what I experienced yesterday. 

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Re: Amp for Alpha Dog Headphone?
« Reply #9 on: 7 May 2014, 07:26 pm »
You bought something? I'm curious about what you decided.  :D

I'm considering them as well and have a few options in mind.

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Re: Amp for Alpha Dog Headphone?
« Reply #10 on: 7 May 2014, 07:27 pm »
You bought something? I'm curious about what you decided.  :D

I'm considering them as well and have a few options in mind.
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Re: Amp for Alpha Dog Headphone?
« Reply #11 on: 11 May 2014, 07:43 pm »
I don't think it would work well with the Alpha Dogs.  They do like power from what I experienced yesterday.

I got the Portaphile Micro yesterday, and I'm getting good volume with lots of headroom with the Alpha Dog, with gain set to low.

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Re: Amp for Alpha Dog Headphone?
« Reply #12 on: 12 May 2014, 11:03 pm »
Dale;
PLEASE do a review of the Alpha Dogs.  In my opinion it's been pretty hard to get a decent review anywhere on the web.  I just don't get it,  the AD's seem like a pretty significant release,  being closed-backed,  unique modifications,  non-dynamic drivers, 3D printed cups, etc.   OK rant over,  you're it.   :D

jtwrace

Re: Amp for Alpha Dog Headphone?
« Reply #13 on: 12 May 2014, 11:11 pm »
You can see one here.  Also there is a huge thread here and here.


Many more threads here. 

brother love

Re: Amp for Alpha Dog Headphone?
« Reply #14 on: 12 May 2014, 11:32 pm »
Not to mention Mr. Speakers website  :o :

https://mrspeakers.com/news-reviews/

There are at least a half dozen reviews of the Alpha Dogs there ...

jtwrace

Re: Amp for Alpha Dog Headphone?
« Reply #15 on: 12 May 2014, 11:42 pm »
Not to mention Mr. Speakers website  :o :

https://mrspeakers.com/news-reviews/

There are at least a half dozen reviews of the Alpha Dogs there ...
Good idea.   ;)


Or since this is an audio forum, you can take my word that they're GREAT.   :P   They really are though.

jtwrace

Re: Amp for Alpha Dog Headphone?
« Reply #16 on: 12 May 2014, 11:48 pm »
MrSpeakers also has a 15 day return policy. 

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Re: Amp for Alpha Dog Headphone?
« Reply #17 on: 12 May 2014, 11:52 pm »
Or since this is an audio forum, you can take my word that they're GREAT.   :P   They really are though.

In the immortal words of Smokey Robinson:  "I second that emotion".   :green:

Jude of Head-Fi's enthusiastic video endorsement in the 1st post of the large thread that you linked was what sold me on purchasing the Alpha Dog's.

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Re: Amp for Alpha Dog Headphone?
« Reply #18 on: 12 May 2014, 11:54 pm »
In the immortal words of Smoky Robinson:  "I second that emotion".   :green:

Jude of Head-Fi's enthusiastic video endorsement in the 1st post of the large thread that you linked was what sold me on purchasing the Alpha Dog's.
Cool.   :thumb: 

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Re: Amp for Alpha Dog Headphone?
« Reply #19 on: 12 May 2014, 11:54 pm »
Dale; PLEASE do a review of the Alpha Dogs.  In my opinion it's been pretty hard to get a decent review anywhere on the web.  I just don't get it,  the AD's seem like a pretty significant release,  being closed-backed,  unique modifications,  non-dynamic drivers, 3D printed cups, etc.   OK rant over,  you're it.   :D

I did here: http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=125707.0

It's in the review, but worth reiterating - the AD is very nearly flat, but lacks the sparkle of the better flagships, and while some people are OK with the bass, it's a little weak. I think the review had my feelings about that in addition to any technical analysis, but what puzzles me is why they went so far the other direction from the Mad Dog which had a basically good sound. They could have gotten a tighter, clearer sound with the AD, but tight bass became light bass, and clearer mids/treble became soft treble.