NOW AVAILABLE: ALPHA DOG in Matte Black
Availability: Orders placed today ship in approximately 3 weeks. Orders for the Black Alpha are expected to start shipping in mid March.
Meet Alpha Dog, our flagship headphone and the world's first 3D printed production headphone. Alpha Dog is the fully-closed headphone that delivers an audiophile "open" headphone experience. With the Alpha Dog, you'll never have to choose between isolation and audio delight again.
3D Printing: New Sonic Vistas
For the most part, 3D printing has been the purvue of prototypers and hobbyists. Indeed we started using 3D printing as a prototyping tool but we quickly discovered with 3D printing we could build sonically superior enclosures that could not be manufactured using conventional injection molding. After many generations of design, we settled on an enclosure that yielded incredible acoustics.
Our unique "double wall with lattice" construction delivers:
In addition to the Super-Cup, the Alpha Dog incorporates numerous design and technology innovations and features:
Super-Cup wall structure and Very-Bass tuning port
Mad Dog vs. Alpha Dog
We love the Mad Dog for its rich and detailed mids, slightly darker sound and really fun bass presence. The Alpha Dog builds upon this heritage and adds a more open and transparent sound, with faster, more linear bass and a smoother, more nuanced top end with more “air.”
Like the Mad Dog, the Alpha Dog works best with a good portable or desktop amplifier. For casual listening, such as at work or while reading, the Alpha Dog works fine with your iPhone, tablet or computer audio, but it will only achieve moderate volume and soundstage and bass will not be at their best. AN AMPLIFIER IS A MUST FOR SERIOUS LISTENING. Sorry to shout, but we get asked about this a lot.
If you want a headphone that is affordable, fun, e.g. a touch of emphasis on the bass, with a very balanced sound, a neutral/dark signature, and ridiculous comfort at a great price point the Mad Dog is the call. If you are interested in reference-quality closed headphones with state of the art soundstage, detail retrieval, ambience, and linearity it's all about the Alpha Dog. Of course, if you go Mad Dog today, you can always upgrade to a set of Alpha Dogs later.
Continuing our tradition of allowing users in our installed base to upgrade, we are pleased to offer our best upgrade program yet:
The Alpha Dog is $599.99. It includes an XLR cable or a ¼” single ended cable.
We will not take orders for upgrades until product is shipping, at which time we will start an upgrade list so we can maintain minimal turnaround time to avoid any inconvenience to owners.
Adaptors for additional balanced connections will be available in late October, starting with adaptors for Ray Samuels, iBasso, and ALO balanced portables.
Pinout For Custom Cables
The Alpha Dog use a dual-entry cable attachment. The plug is available to cable manufacturers at www.evalucon.com, and the part number is SN-8-4(P). We will have these available for purchase on our site begining October 9, 2013.
1 = L+
2 = L - (or ground for single ended cables)
3 = L+
4 = L- (or ground for single ended cables)
1 = R+
2 = R - (or ground for single ended cables)
3 = R+
4 = R- (or ground for single ended cables)
Frequency response (+/- 3dB): 16Hz to 18KHz
Weight (without cable): 440g
Cable: Dual entry
*MrSpeakers does not warranty the paint finish around the Very-bass adjustment mechanism, nor do we warranty the headphone tuning if the Very-Bass has been adjusted. Each headphone will include calibration information on the headband to allow users to restore left and right channel settings. Be aware that Very-bass may not be for everyone: if you are not mechanically inclined we do not suggest you modify the headphone settings. Should you adjust the headphones and wish to have MrSpeakers restore them to factory tuning there will be a $29.99 tuning fee, plus shipping.
**Alpha Dog original owners who purchased an Alpha Dog before 12/31/13 receive an automatic warranty extension from one to two years from date of purchase, as well as one free tune-up subject to the following terms: