Here are some recent sightings of the Alpha Dog and Mad Dog in the media and on head-fi...
We ended 2013 with two great awards within the first two months of shipping the Alpha Dog headphone. We've listed links to the coverage and awards below.
Postive Feedback's Michael Mercer awards a "Writer's Choice" to the Alpha Dog here.
January 22, 2014: Michael Ting, Headfonia
Mike reviews the Alpha Dog and calls it a Masterpiece! Read the full review here.
January 22, 2014: Chris Martens, Hi-Fi+
Chris has a listen at the Austin Head-Fi meet and enjoys what he hears.
January 5, 2014: John Grandberg Part Time Audiophile
John Grandberg reviews his 5 favorite under $500 headphones and concludes the Mad Dog to be an excellent performer and value.
December, 2013: John H. Darko in Digital Audio Review
John Darko comments on the Alpha Dog's great price/performance in Keeping it Honest "KIH 1b"
December, 2013: Srajen Ebaen Reviews the Audez'e LCD-XC
Srajan reviews the excellent Audez'e LCD-XC and finds that the Alpha Dog's set a high bar at 1/3 the price. Congrats to Audez'e on the great review, too.
November, 27 2013: Srajan Ebaen in Digital Audio Review
Srajan comments on the Alpha Dog's great price/performance in Keeping it Honest "KIH 1a"
November 19, 2013: Srajen Ebaen
6Moons reviews the Alpha Dog and bestows a "Blue Moon Award" for value and performance.
November 19, 2013: Yago
From Spain, Old and New Sound's Yago reviews the Mad Dog 3.2, finding that (an edit of a Google Translate) "The Mad Dog Mr.Speakers have a big surprise for me... and yes I have been impressed."
October 27, 2013: Shan Ahn, Warren Chi, Michael Liang, Michael Mercer
The Audio360 review team goes to CanJam 2013. Their feedback on the Alpha Dog is here...
"...it was my favorite piece of gear from the whole show."
October 26, 2013: Mike Ting
Mike meets the Alpha Dog at the Tokyo Headphone Show and sums up his experience here...
"I loved the Alpha Dog so much I put $600 right there to get my name on the currently 6-weeks waiting list."
October 20, 2013: Chris Martens
Chris Martens encounters the Alpha Dog at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest and sums up his experience here...
"We think the Alpha Dog will be a strong contender at their price point."
October 15, 2013: Brent Butterworth
Brent Butterworth finds the Alpha Dog at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest and sums up his experience here...
"I thought the Alpha Dog sounded exceptionally clean and uncolored, with a slight little bump in the bass to give it a just-right amount of kick. And it's as comfy as your favorite pillow."
September 22, 2013: Headfonics "24bit"
24bit review the Mad Dog here.
"The Mad Dog is my favorite mid tier closed back headphone of all time."
August 15, 2013: Stereophile by Jason Victor Serenus
Jason enjoys his time with a pre-production 3D printed Alpha Dog here.
"Paired with a Burson headphone amp, the sound was lovely, with a warm intimacy."
August 8, 2013: Head-Fi Review by Jude Mansilla
Jude really enjoys his time with a pre-production 3D printed Alpha Dog in his video review.
July 9, 2013: AudioHead Review
AudioHead loved Mad Dog, and had this to say in their review:
"The Mad Dog v3.2 is a standout product in the sea of $300+ headphones."
June 2, 2013: Dagogo Review
Frank Iacone has this to say in his review:
"...you would be hard pressed to find a better-closed headphone for the asking price of $299."
May 26, 2013: 6Moons Review
6Moons' Srajan Ebaen has this to say in his review:
"It's quite a mad value proposition. Its wear comfort should send competitors back to the drawing board. Its equivalent sonic plushness parks it decidedly in the planar camp within eye sight of the Audez'e LCD-2..." and finishes with "It's definitely woof rather than so what!"
Feb 23, 2013: Audiophilliac's CNET Review
CNET finds the Mad Dog sets a new high in $300 audiophile headphone performance in Steve's review.
April 25, 2013: 6Moons Review Teaser
"I had Bakoon's current-drive HPA-21 on hand, the Mad Dog connected to the Korean super amp fronted by the equally stellar AURALiC Vega DAC. Before endless canine cribbles taste stale, this was unapologetic doggie heaven. Of course pampering $300 cans with $5.000 worth of electronics is doggone mad. Hence plan B switched to my portable sandwich of RWA-modded Astell & Kern AK100 hi-rez player and ALO Audio International pocket amp. For my needs and at 65 on its logarithmic scale of 75, the tiny AK100 produced perfectly stout levels." Read the whole teaser here.
April 17, 2013: The Absolute Sound Coverage of the New York Audio Show
"...the Mad Dog from Mr. Speakers (with the leather Alpha pads and leather comfort strap -- $299) was extraordinarily comfortable and a great match for the new Astell&Kern AK100 high-resolution digital player ($699), that, unlike your iPod, will natively play all your 24bit/192kHz HDTracks downloads." The mention is here.
April 16, 2013: Stereophile Coverage of the New York Audio Show
"I listened to Four Tet’s “Rounds” through a Burson Audio headphone amp and was impressed by the detailed, dynamic, and spacious sound." Read the roundup comments here.
April 16, 2013: A Frugal Audiophile's Coverage of the New York Audio Show
"The Mad Dog headphones are a magneplanar set of cans that were very impressive. Handcrafted in San Diego, they are available in unbalanced ($299) and balanced ($399) versions. If you need comfortable high quality headphones, give them a try." Comments were posted here.
April 15, 2013: Sound&Vision Coverage of the New York Audio Show
Brent Butterworth stopped by and had this to say: "My favorite find of the show was the MrSpeakers headphones..." In a follow-on review he went on to conclude "If you’re an audiophile, I’d strongly recommend you check out the Mad Dog Alpha. I think you’re gonna like it a lot, and I can’t think of a better audiophile headphone at this price. There’s a 15-day satisfaction guarantee so you got nothing to lose."
Feb 19, 2013: HiFiGuy528 Interviews "MrSpeakers"
I had a fun conversation with Michael during the show, which you can see here.
Feb 7, 2013: Noble Hi-Fi Reviews the Mad Dog with Alpha Pads
Edd Noble gave the Mad Dog with Alpha Pads a review.
"I can see a lot of people really loving the Mad Dogs and these new 'Alpha' pads elevate them to a whole new level."
Jan 14, 2013: Noble Hi-Fi Reviews the Mad Dog with Dog Pads
Edd Noble gave the Mad Dog's a thorough shake-down in this review.
"Sonically the Mad Dog's a uniquely entertaining experience. It's a rather laid back sound that's well controlled and nicely refined."
Oct. 25, 2012: AV Guide
A nice mention of the Mad Dog in Chris Marten's summary of CanJam at RMAF is here.
"...it’s truly one of the few mid-priced ‘phones that manages to sound like a much higher priced product typically would. Moreover, the Mad Dog is extremely comfortable to wear..."
Audio-Head interviews MrSpeakers at CanJam at RMAF here.
June 9, 2012: CNET
June 8, 2012: Inner Fidelity
2012 New York Spring Head-Fi Meet (last interview)
June 8: Review of Mad Dog headphone
June 6: Official NYC spring meet 2012 impressions thread starting here