Originally Posted by everlong
What is Paradox?
It's LFF's secret T50RP mod, which apparently sounds totally exquisite. By secret, I mean he soldered a ADC=>DSP=>DAC chain into each cup, using a DSP that perfectly compensates for all of the T50RP's stock flaws. Either that, or he took a couple layers of honey-combs and suspended them over the driver to diffuse reflections traveling between the front/back of the cup.*
Actually, nobody but LFF knows exactly what he did to make them, and it will remain that way until at least after the competition is over in April or so...or maybe he'll take it to his grave. We do know that he uses the excellent Fischer FA-003 pads (sewn to the elastic band of a sock to fit apparently?) and reversible mods only, and that one of his mods is entirely novel. The FA-003 pads are hard to obtain (if anyone knows a way other than flat-out buying an FA-003, I'm all ears!), but the take-home message is that you don't have to do anything irreversible or particularly scary to get mind-blowing sound out of these.
tim_j_thomas and Flysweep's posts indicate that you can buy a pair off him if modding isn't your thing, but I think he's been trying to encourage independent modding and experimentation. (Odds are, that's part of the reason his recipe is secret: A lot of us would just follow his directions and stop experimenting if we knew it, but that could prevent the discovery of something even better if it happens to be some kind of "local maximum.")
*Out of curiosity, has anyone tried anything like this? I think Mr. Speakers (or maybe Hennyo?) said he doesn't expect diffusion to help much due to the small cup size, but I'm just wondering.
Edited by SobbingWallet - 12/6/11 at 5:31am