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3 others in Russia? popcorn.gif There is no single mention about paradox on russian forums - that's strange! That's why i thought i'm the only one biggrin.gif

 

jgray91

 

Of course, the tour will be on russian forum, but i will repost impressions here too. My goal is to make these headphones legendarywink.gif


I know...

 

I never demand owners to post their impressions. If they do so, it's out of their own free will/desire.

 

Doing the math, only about 1 in 5 owners actually ever posts something. Some buy it and disappear from the forums completely.

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Having owned the Paradox for some time now, I have been investigating a speaker amp to drive them, after having been impressed when using my Musical Fidelity A1 amp off the speaker taps. Since my Paradox are wired single ended, the amp needed to have shared negative common grounds. I did a bunch of research and came upon a relatively inexpensive amp (by 'high end' standards) by TBI called the Millenia MG3. I've included some links to reviews about the amp that compared it to some pretty esoteric SE tube amps and even some Pass Labs class A amps. It costs $500 and there is a 30 day trial period.

 

Even though it was not designed for headphone use, and the negative taps are not shared, the designer was happy to work with me to give it a try. First I tried it with some resistors to help with the grounding issue and to diminish background hiss from the gain of the amp. Then Jan (the designer) came up with a box to go between the amp and the headphones (with a resistor network to both take care of the negative grounding issue, the background hiss, and the impedance issue of the headphones). Now I believe this amp with the Paradox headphones is providing me with some of the best hi fi music reproduction I have ever listened to, since getting into the audio hobby in the mid 1970s. Although I am new to headphone use, I have owned in the past various top of the line Stax Lambda headphone set ups, but mainly have had some pretty nice stereo set ups (Magneplanars, Quad electrostatics, various Spendors, tube amps both push pull and single ended, etc., etc.) I have a pretty good idea about what constitutes good sound.

 

Also, Jan was outstanding to work with. He really wanted to help make his amp work, even though driving headphones was not what the amp was designed to do;  others may well have suggested I look elsewhere. Oh, and the amp can work off 8 AA batteries (with 10 watts/8 ohms rather than around 30 watts on ac). Some prefer it on batteries. Either way, a phenomenal amp.

 

http://www.tbisound.com/dsp_products_millenia.asp

 

http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=108242.0

 

http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue62/millenia.htm

post #378 of 716
I have a Headamp AE-2. How good is it supposed to sound with it? The AE-2 is half way in quality between the original Pico and (supposedly) Pico Power. What's the optimal amplification for the Paradox? Is it supposed to scale a lot? Is it one of those headphones, like the AD2000, which shine even with the AE2 or the Gilmore Lite? Or is it harder to please, like Sennheiser HD650 or LCD-2? Thanks
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Originally Posted by antonyfirst View Post

I have a Headamp AE-2. How good is it supposed to sound with it? The AE-2 is half way in quality between the original Pico and (supposedly) Pico Power. What's the optimal amplification for the Paradox? Is it supposed to scale a lot? Is it one of those headphones, like the AD2000, which shine even with the AE2 or the Gilmore Lite? Or is it harder to please, like Sennheiser HD650 or LCD-2? Thanks

In my experience it's closer to LCD-2 in this regard. D2's internal amp was obviously better than schiit asgard.


Edited by remilio - 4/7/13 at 9:19pm
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Originally Posted by antonyfirst View Post

I have a Headamp AE-2. How good is it supposed to sound with it? The AE-2 is half way in quality between the original Pico and (supposedly) Pico Power. What's the optimal amplification for the Paradox? Is it supposed to scale a lot? Is it one of those headphones, like the AD2000, which shine even with the AE2 or the Gilmore Lite? Or is it harder to please, like Sennheiser HD650 or LCD-2? Thanks

 

Optimal amplification is a little tough to say with absolute certainty.  What we can say is that the Paradox scales very well.  The budget-friendly Objective2 amp works great in bringing some of the Paradox' best qualities.. but people have reported even better sound when running it off of certain tube amps & speaker amps (with the Paradox being connected to speaker taps).  I've found that it performs great with 1000 mW of power.. if you're looking for a discrete solution (in size and circuitry), the Schiit Magni might be a good choice.  I had the Magni briefly.. but my Paradox was/is still on tour, so I wasn't able to hear how the two paired.  I'm sure some others here have heard this pairing, though.

post #381 of 716

Thanks guys.

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I'm a Paradox headphone owner and I'm wondering if I can perform pad replacement without interfering with the modification. Is it as simple as pulling off the pads and putting on new ones?

post #383 of 716

Yes, you can pull off the pads without the Paradox falling apart on you - keep in mind though that Luis tuned the sound of your Paradox with the earpads you have on right now. Changing the earpads will likely impact that sound.

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Yes, you can pull off the pads without the Paradox falling apart on you - keep in mind though that Luis tuned the sound of your Paradox with the earpads you have on right now. Changing the earpads will likely impact that sound.


What if I use the same type of pads? It should have the same sound right? I'm currently using Brainwavz HM5 pads and I will eventually replace it with another pair of HM5 pads.

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Yes, you can pull off the pads without the Paradox falling apart on you - keep in mind though that Luis tuned the sound of your Paradox with the earpads you have on right now. Changing the earpads will likely impact that sound.


What if I use the same type of pads? It should have the same sound right? I'm currently using Brainwavz HM5 pads and I will eventually replace it with another pair of HM5 pads.
Then it will be the same:)
post #386 of 716

Thanks guys. Does anyone have experience with Gilmore Lite?

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Just received Flysweep's Paradox today.  I'll save the impressions towards the end of my time with them but these are very comfy and sounds very, very good.  

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Just received Flysweep's Paradox today.  I'll save the impressions towards the end of my time with them but these are very comfy and sounds very, very good.  

2 more weeks till I get thembiggrin.gif

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2 more weeks till I get thembiggrin.gif

I'll make sure to get them to you as soon as I get a good idea what I think about the sound but I'm very impressed so far.  

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2 more weeks till I get thembiggrin.gif

I'll make sure to get them to you as soon as I get a good idea what I think about the sound but I'm very impressed so far.  

Take as much time as you would likebigsmile_face.gif

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