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Originally Posted by remilio View Post
 

Well, expanded soundstage is defintily a good good. Bass boost? IMHO original version has just right amount of bass, especially when it comes to mid bass section. Slight increase in 20-30Hz area could be OK though.

 

I don't think the bass boost is quite as large in the mid bass as it is down lower. It seems to be concentrated pretty deep. It's most noticeable on songs that feature a significant amount of information below 50 Hz. There may be a little bit of boost in the mid bass as well, but I don't think it's as far above neutral as the sub bass. I'm not entirely sure, though. Like I said, this is a pretty unscientific estimate. Having heard other neutral-ish headphones like HD600 and MD 3.2, as well as many not-so-neutral ones, I can say that this headphone and the HD600 are the only headphones I've used that I never felt the desire to equalize. It sounds just about right to me, fwiw.

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Since Sennheiser has been bought into the convo, I wish someone with a Sennheiser 598 would chime in with a comparison. From what I understand the 598 is a pretty neutral headphone as well as the KEF M500. A couple of comparisons involving those two would be a nice add on to the Paradox database. If the Slants increased soundstage is only a bass boost in the lower frequencies I'm not sure I'm crazy about that idea. If Luis provided the pads at a not to hefty price I'd be open to maybe experimenting and seeing if they worked for me. Can anyone chime in whether the mids are effected on the Slants? I wouldn't want the mids to be warmed up and definitely wouldn't want the note weight to sound any thicker.

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Originally Posted by DigitalFreak View Post
 

Since Sennheiser has been bought into the convo, I wish someone with a Sennheiser 598 would chime in with a comparison. From what I understand the 598 is a pretty neutral headphone as well as the KEF M500. A couple of comparisons involving those two would be a nice add on to the Paradox database. If the Slants increased soundstage is only a bass boost in the lower frequencies I'm not sure I'm crazy about that idea. If Luis provided the pads at a not to hefty price I'd be open to maybe experimenting and seeing if they worked for me. Can anyone chime in whether the mids are effected on the Slants? I wouldn't want the mids to be warmed up and definitely wouldn't want the note weight to sound any thicker.

 

Huh? No, the increased soundstage, as I understand it, isn't a result of the bass boost. If I understand correctly, the two differences between these and the standard Paradox are exclusive of each other. There's a bass boost and a change in soundstage/headstage properties, but I don't think either one is the result of the other. So the increased soundstage isn't just a bass boost. They're different things.

 

Again, I haven't heard the standard Paradox, so I'm not a very good judge in comparison to that headphone, but I personally don't find the bass boost intrusive at all. Luis' goal was to have a slightly bass boosted phone with a larger soundstage without making it inaccurate and, from what I can gather, without changing most of what the original Paradox was all about. I can't really tell you much more than that, because I don't know all of the minute technical details, so you may have to direct questions at Luis if you want an idea about how the midrange was affected by his tuning.

post #709 of 732
Thread Starter 

Talking with Luis about the Paradox vs Slants:

 

The Slant has more than one modification to it, hence why it's more expensive than the regular Paradox. It's not more expensive because of the sound but rather, because of the added time and patience it takes to make a Slant.  The Slant has a modified driver, different tuning and angled pads.

 

Also.. regarding the Slant's pads, Luis said he gets them from a company based in Las Vegas.. and they're made to his spec (to fit the Slant).

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Hi guys, I finally got a 3 way shootout video done involving the Paradox vs the Alpha Dog vs the XC. hope you guys enjoy the video as much as I did putting it together.

 

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DigitalFreak

 

Thanks! All the best closed-back planars in one video!

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You're welcome fellow bopper. The video was a pleasure to do for me and I'm quite proud of it. Thanks again for your kind words

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Thread Starter 

Thanks, DF.. indexed!


Edited by FlySweep - 3/3/14 at 12:55pm
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You're welcome Flysweep, I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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What are the long-time durability and serviceability prospects for these? I'm considering buying a pair. This a big investment for me, so I only want to do if I'm going to keep them for a long time. A few things concern me:

 

-this is produced by one guy, not an established company that we know will be there in the future for repairs & parts.

-the drivers are apparently sealed so they can't be replaced.

-what if the "hermetically sealed" chamber seal is broken or leaks? There are rumors of odd things like a chamber filled with helium or something.

 

How is the reliability/ruggedness of orthos compared with dynamics? I'm wondering what the odds are of one of the non-removable drivers failing.

post #716 of 732
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Originally Posted by riker1384 View Post
 

What are the long-time durability and serviceability prospects for these? I'm considering buying a pair. This a big investment for me, so I only want to do if I'm going to keep them for a long time. A few things concern me:

 

-this is produced by one guy, not an established company that we know will be there in the future for repairs & parts.

-the drivers are apparently sealed so they can't be replaced.

-what if the "hermetically sealed" chamber seal is broken or leaks? There are rumors of odd things like a chamber filled with helium or something.

 

How is the reliability/ruggedness of orthos compared with dynamics? I'm wondering what the odds are of one of the non-removable drivers failing.

They appear very well built and finished,mine are are hardwired and strain relief seems excellent. Earpads are awesome, very comfortable.  I guess it's hard to say long term, but on initial impression and a few weeks of listening and burning in they seem built for the long haul.   Sound is like wearing an excellent pair of high-end loudspeakers.  I absolutely love them and feel they are well worth the price.  They sound substantially better now then when I first played them out of the box.

 

Happy Listening,

 

jgwtriode

post #717 of 732
Thread Starter 

Hey gang..

I recently purchased the Paradox Slants from Luis.. I've had them for a couple of weeks (right around when my HE-560 arrived too, actually).. and I'm thoroughly blown away by them.  What an absolutely gorgeous sounding headphone.  Luis did something special with this can.  I'll have more thoughts (and comparisons) as time permits.. and I anticipate sending my Slants on a tour (like I did with my (original) Paradox).. cause I feel these may be the most underrated closed headphone out now.. and more people need to hear them!

post #718 of 732
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Originally Posted by FlySweep View Post
 

Hey gang..

I recently purchased the Paradox Slants from Luis.. I've had them for a couple of weeks (right around when my HE-560 arrived too, actually).. and I'm thoroughly blown away by them.  What an absolutely gorgeous sounding headphone.  Luis did something special with this can.  I'll have more thoughts (and comparisons) as time permits.. and I anticipate sending my Slants on a tour (like I did with my (original) Paradox).. cause I feel these may be the most underrated closed headphone out now.. and more people need to hear them!

 

Cool! My congratulations! Please do a comparison between them and HE-560.

post #719 of 732

Flysweep:

 

 

Originally Posted by FlySweep View Post
 

Hey gang..

I recently purchased the Paradox Slants from Luis.. I've had them for a couple of weeks (right around when my HE-560 arrived too, actually).. and I'm thoroughly blown away by them.  What an absolutely gorgeous sounding headphone.  Luis did something special with this can.  I'll have more thoughts (and comparisons) as time permits.. and I anticipate sending my Slants on a tour (like I did with my (original) Paradox).. cause I feel these may be the most underrated closed headphone out now.. and more people need to hear them!

 

 And as always your community spirit takes flight once a again!

 

I don't know how you can part with them but many people will be amazed.   Luis is a Genius, hands down a magician with 

 

a slight of  ear that suspends and defies belief.     I am beyond fortunate enough to have a pair with his hardwired upocc copper rogue

 

wire. They are one of the finest transducers I have ever owned.   Embarrass the Grado Ref 1's I had a number of years ago. 

 

It will be almost as much fun to hear the feedback, as it is to hear the remarkable way the Slants recreate musical events.

 

My DDdac 1794 will be finished in the next week or so and I anticipate new revelations in resolution as my front end transcends.

 

 

Here's to you Master Fly!    Span the sweep, ascend the Sky!    

 

Happy Listening,

 

jgwtriode

post #720 of 732
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Originally Posted by FlySweep View Post
 

Hey gang..

I recently purchased the Paradox Slants from Luis.. I've had them for a couple of weeks (right around when my HE-560 arrived too, actually).. and I'm thoroughly blown away by them.  What an absolutely gorgeous sounding headphone.  Luis did something special with this can.  I'll have more thoughts (and comparisons) as time permits.. and I anticipate sending my Slants on a tour (like I did with my (original) Paradox).. cause I feel these may be the most underrated closed headphone out now.. and more people need to hear them!

 

Congratulations on the Paradox Slants! I'm still loving my pair. 

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