Originally Posted by thelostMIDrange
I've always loved this interview and the bass tone comes through even on youtube. Great to hear if your headphones are turning out true bass. But one really needs to know what this particular bass sounds like in life. Otherwise it's just a case of what one prefers. It may sound nice on a headphone but not true to reality. There is so much varied tone he gets in this hour interview, your headphone should be giving you lots of shades of color if it's 'right'. It shouldn't sound 'robo' or singular in any way. You should be able to hear shades of tone throughout.
and you should easily hear the difference between jaco's bolt on neck fender jazz and that laminated thru body that the interviewer is using. His tone should come across as more 'rubbery' and tubby whereas jaco's is more mid centered with much less low end and alot more upper harmonic content. the fender is a much lighter feeling tone all around.
Yes, it is impossible to say whether the Paradox or any heapdhone produces a tone close to real life. Too many variables. I don't however find it difficult to differentiate these qualities you mention with the Paradox. On the contrary. But I don't have any totl dynamics to compare. My K702's do it just as well, just differently. In this scenario, since they sound different, it would be just down to preferences. As I said, I don't disagree with your assessments.
I would like to say again though, by stating that "tone" is just another element in sound. I could enjoy a really funky (in a bad way) sounding bass if it were more tuneful and better at distinguishing the musical information I mentioned vs. something that isn't but I guess sounds closer to "real". So many variables though, so I'm fine with a headphone not sounding as real as possible. Other priorities, and speakers generally, at least good ones, sound more real anyways.
Thanks for the video! Have to watch that through as I get home from work. When it's only one instrument that's being played, it's difficult to focus on pitch articulation, since it's pretty clear regardless of gear. I guess discussing the reality of the tone is easier especially if one has hands on experience with the material. Not that I don't know what a Fender Jazz sounds like live :) ... Having said that, a Paradox is close enough in most cases, heh.