That's exactly my thoughts!
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The color shift effect:
DuPont makes such a paint called "ChromaLusion", it's a two step process and the substance seems to be considerably more expensive than regular paint.
The old John Petrucci (from the progressive metal band Dream Theater) signature electric guitars had a "Mystic Dream" color scheme that looks similar to the color shifting Paradox:
(yes, this is the same guitar, but photographed at two different angles)
I always loved that guitar and its special color scheme (he used it in almost every concerts), Paradox using that paint producing a similar effect has got to be one of the coolest idea I've seen in the realm of headphones and modding.
Just received my pair of paradox and I thought I had to tell my impressions as I have been hearing them for 20 min, I have a Hifiman HE-4:
-First those are extremely comfortable, the hifiman headphones are knowed for not being comfort champ but I could wear the paradox all day
-Mids, where have you been ! I knew the he-4 was bright, but not that bright. It's like I'm rediscovering all the songs I heard
-Those are neutral and hence are very enjoyable, the balance is a great SQ plus.
-The soundstage is surprisingly good.
-On some complicated passage, they lack a bit of speed in the bass section.
So far so good !
Thanks for your review. Just to note...the Paradox has a very accurate soundstage and I go through a LOT of work to make sure it does. A lot of headphones EXAGGERATE soundstage to make it more pleasing. Also, given the current trends in mastering, soundstage is one of the things most producers don't really care about (see Californication by RHCP...it's nearly mono). The Paradox will give you EXACTLY what your chain is able to reproduce from the recordings you are playing...warts and all. I'm a big fan of honesty.
I'd like to clarify what I meant by my comment on soundstage issues. I found the left to right soundstage to be fine. My main gripe with the soundstage was in the depth perception. From what I heard, I found the instruments were generally placed at the same depth. The "wall of sound" I believe others have used to describe orthos in general. I agree many headphones can exaggerate the soundstage (HD800 is a prime example) and I thought the left-right separation was fine on the Paradox. I just couldn't get an appreciable sense of depth perception, but maybe that's just me. Anyone else notice this?
As a side note, while I like the RHCP music, I despise their mastering. There are so many things I'd like to see fixed about the mastering before the soundstage. I of course wouldn't expect to hear any semblance of a soundstage on a recording like that. I can hardly listen to RHCP recordings on a revealing system... I have to jump back to some good old SR60 to really enjoy the Chili Peppers :)
Terrific review, HideousPride.. I've added it to the index (second post). Your decked out Paradox' look amazing.. I anticipate sending my Paradox around on another tour after this leg is complete (and hopefully an international one if it can be facilitated, as well), so I might have to prod Luis for a new pair. I'd like to keep my pair in circulation so anyone (who's trustworthy) will get a chance to hear these impressive phones.
Could I be included in a audition? PM me if you are fine with it.
3 others in Russia? There is no single mention about paradox on russian forums - that's strange! That's why i thought i'm the only one
Of course, the tour will be on russian forum, but i will repost impressions here too. My goal is to make these headphones legendary!