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That's where the Code-X comes in...

 

A ultra-modded HE-5 that sounds like a HD800 in terms of imaging/sound stage but retains it's ortho heritage. :)

 

I think Jerg was referring to the other new product that isn't out yet?

post #677 of 732
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I think Jerg was referring to the other new product that isn't out yet?

 

I know mate. :) I was just kidding that contemplating about a future product when a new product has been released that does just that.

 

At least 4 pairs confirmed due to MuppetFace's serial. These babies will be rare.

post #678 of 732
I would love to give these a listen at some point.
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If any one has a paradox they're interested in selling, let me know so I can give it a good home! ; D

post #680 of 732
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Originally Posted by LFF View Post
 

Stay tuned... (PUN!)

 

Lot's of ideas but other responsibilities and limitations limit my output and work.

I'll have to give the Slant a good listen but boy does this have me excited.

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I will be posting a review of these shortly(yay for another one!).

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Thread Starter 

Looking forward to it.. thanks.

post #683 of 732

LFF’s T50RP Paradox
    

LFF is a well-known modifier of numerous headphones and Head-Fi member. His mods for the T50RP feature both the Paradox T50RP mod and the Slant T50RP mod. He works with a partner who covers the paint side of the business; I cannot comment on the quality of his partner’s work, as I have not seen it in person.

First off: The packaging is very minimalistic: what arrives to you is a Paradox in the standard T50RP packaging. No accessories are present, only the T50RP and its cable. Speaking of the cable, it is the standard T50RP cable; it features a ¼ inch plug and is ten feet long. The input into the Paradox is a ⅛ inch jack. There are no microphonics to speak of when the cable rubs up against something. My one caveat with the cable is there is no way to buy an aftermarket cable, as there is not a plug to be found that can be inserted into the ⅛ plug featured on the stock T50RP. It is a very small hole, and no right angle plugs have been found to fit. Now, you cannot open up the headphones either, to install a mini 4-pin XLR, or something of that nature: The headphones are hermetically sealed.

Now for comfort: Comfort, to me, is one of the most important parts of any headphone. The pads LFF used with the Paradox are the Brainwavz HM5 ones. They’re extremely comfortable and allow for extended listening sessions. A comfort strap is also included, which is incredibly comfortable, and. I find it superior to the comfort strap on the Mad Dogs by MrSpeakers. Utilizing the leather pads, the isolation is fairly good with music playing, but without music playing, you're able to hear all things going on around you. But who wears headphones without listening to music?

The aesthetics of the headphone is the stock Fostex T50RP look. I am not a big fan, but this part of the headphone is up to personal taste. Furthermore, it feels very durable; I couldn’t see this headphone breaking anytime soon. Nothing creaks while moving it on and off your head: it feels solid.

To start off with the sound: I am going to speak of soundstage first and then imaging. Soundstage on this headphone is a bit cramped, and does not sound like an open headphone.  The Paradox is quite airy though. Also, the imaging is fantastic. Compared to the Alpha Dogs by MrSpeakers, the AD’s beat the Paradox in terms of soundstage and sense of air.

These headphones are extremely natural, portraying the music perfectly. The low-end you hear is detailed, tight, and punchy. The bass on the song, “Limit To Your Love” by James Blake, is deep, but doesn’t attract too much attention to itself. The Paradox is a neutral headphone, and the bass isn’t center stage, the mids are. The mids are articulate and sweet. Bob Dylan’s voice on, “One Of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)” is produced beautifully, with no sibilance to be found. They’re very transparent, allowing the music to take center stage with very little coloration to be found.

Onto the highs: They take back seat to the mids, allowing them to do their magic; not to say they aren’t amazing though, which they are. Highs on the Paradox are light, airy, and detailed.  The vocals on the song “Sylvia” by the Antlers are perfectly splendid. They are filled with emotion, and the Paradox conveyed just that.

These headphones put a new spin on the word natural and set a new bar. I have never heard such a headphone that just threw itself out of the way, and allowed the music to do all the work, applying no coloration. They are an absolute joy to listen to, a very musical headphone.

 

 

The basic Paradox retails for $495.

Amp/DAC used is the Woo Audio WA7.


Edited by wolfetan44 - 11/8/13 at 5:39pm
post #684 of 732
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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post
 

My one caveat with the cable is there is no way to buy an aftermarket cable, as there is not a plug to be found that can be inserted into the ⅛ plug featured on the stock T50RP. It is a very small hole, and no right angle plugs have been found to fit.

 

You can use some aftermarket cables like the one from v-moda

 

see here

http://cdn.head-fi.org/a/a6/a63eacc8_IMG_0449.jpeg

 

another way to swap cables is to add a flush mount jack on the cup, like this guy:

http://www.zmfheadphones.com/about-the-zmf/ 


Edited by austonia - 11/8/13 at 8:38pm
post #685 of 732
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the review, wolfetan44.. indexed!

post #686 of 732
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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post
 

These headphones put a new spin on the word natural and set a new bar. I have never heard such a headphone that just threw itself out of the way, and allowed the music to do all the work, applying no coloration. They are an absolute joy to listen to, a very musical headphone.

That's exactly my thoughts! IMHO neutral and natural=fun, but too many of us prefer colored sound. Thanks for the review!

post #687 of 732

Anybody listen to the Paradox with the Schiit Vali amp, besides Purrin (who thought the pairing was 'sublime')? Luis, did you hear that pairing yet?

post #688 of 732

By the way, for those of you who would like to use an aftermarket cable with the standard Paradox headphone, this adapter works fine. Just need to make sure it's fully inserted into the headphone jack. Cheap too!

 

http://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-3_5MM-Male-To-Female-Stereo-Adapter-Adaptor-Convertor-Plug-90-Degree-L-Shape-p-58931.html

post #689 of 732

I'm debating selling my Paradox now that I've got the MrSpeaker's AD. Anyone interested in LFF's Paradox #5 can send me a PM. 

 

I've been holding this off as I feel privileged to have one of the first Paradox, but I simply don't use them anymore :(

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For those of you looking for an amp pairing, the Vali is really amazing for $120. I tried it with my ODAC, gamma2, and x-sabre and it really scales as I move up the source chain. Great value.
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