Originally Posted by jerg
@FlySweep, how old is your Paradox? Is it the most recent revision (and thus impressions of it would be representative of the product)?
Also for any of you posting impressions or reviews, please put a good bit of focus on relative comparisons with other well-known "reference" headphones.
Anyway, I did hear a very old Paradox (one of the first made with that name in fact) a few months ago, the thing that really shocked me was the holographic 3D imaging qualities it had, despite it being perfectly isolating closed headphones. It did sound a tad dry but that's the nature of a very very neutral sound.
I'm not sure exactly how old it is (I'll dig out the COA and find the serial #).. but it's certainly one of the first twenty that were made. I spoke with Luis today and he stated that since my pair was made, there has not been any changes to the tuning/sound. Obviously, he's prettied them up with custom paint jobs, recabling, and stuff. My Paradox have the Fischer Audio 003 pads. Per LFF, these are the best pads (that he's found thus far) to maintain the integrity & accuracy (neutrality) of the tuning.
Most all the tour members own reference grade cans (amps, and sources), possess trusted ears, and can offer detailed comparisons (I think there's a couple of Stax owners in there as well). I'll provide comparisons with the HE-500, HD600, and KNS8400. Each member will have them for two weeks.. plenty of time for the 'new toy' fascination to wear off. I trust they'll be be very honest in their assessment of the Paradox, too.
When I first heard the Paradox, the imaging ability was one of the most impressive aspects that immediately caught my attention. On top of that, it sounds surprisingly spacious for a closed phone. While the phones are very revealing, the slightly dry tonality helps with keeping fatigue at a minimum with poorly recorded material.
I highly recommend listening to the Paradox with the ODAC+Objective 2. Luis actually used the O2 when tuning the Paradox.. so you can expect the synergy to be good. I don't think I've ever heard as black a background (for the money) as I heard from that rig.