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post #61 of 72
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Originally Posted by maricius View Post
 

I have some questions.

 

Has anyone compared the Alpha Dogs to these already? Is there anyone out there who's heard both? May I ask for a comparison? 

 

Also, would anyone whose heard both the Paradox Slant and the standard Paradox tell me if there is a difference in detail retrieval and transparency? I understand that standard Paradox is closer to neutral but are there any benefits to the Slant other than a change in tonality? Soundstage? Timbre?

 

Thank you

 

The main difference between Slant and Original is the bass from having heard my Slants and reading many other reviews of the original as having "anemic bass".  All I know is that the Slants are anything but anemic.  I haven't heard them back to back but the Slants are supposed to have a more 3D soundstage according to Luis and from what I can tell it does a pretty good job at this.

post #62 of 72

If anyone is willing to sell me Paradox Slant, please PM me... Willing to buy or maybe even trade!

post #63 of 72

The slants can throw an immense soundstage if its in the recording.  They are layered like crazy and can give you a very complete perspective of the recording venue. You should hear what they do with live recordings.  It is truelly amazing.  They are very much like listening to an excellent pair of planar loudspeakers in that regard.  

 

The bass is superb, fast, tight, extended with a very satisfying sense of near subwoofer like slam but with more speed and articulation.   

 

Happy listening,

 

jgwtriode


Edited by jgwtriode - 8/21/14 at 8:42pm
post #64 of 72

How does one go about ordering these? On their site they only offer the Slants for $700. I'd like to know the differences between the cheaper version and those as well.

 

Edit: nevermind, just learned how to read or something.


Edited by gauchotodd - 9/13/14 at 1:14pm
post #65 of 72

Subscribed. Just placed my order for custom Paradox Slants.

post #66 of 72
You will love em! They just keep getting better over the first few hundred hours.

Jgwtriode
post #67 of 72
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Originally Posted by jgwtriode View Post

You will love em! They just keep getting better over the first few hundred hours.

Jgwtriode

I can't wait! The earliest I'll get them is the week after next. What do you use to drive yours?

post #68 of 72
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I can't wait! The earliest I'll get them is the week after next. What do you use to drive yours?

I am using an NFB-28 right now, portable on a HiFi m8 with IEM mod, and even my Clip Zip.

 

I would say that these are very easy to drive.  The Clip's volume has to be pushed near max but honestly it sounds pretty good.  The NFB-28 is a bit overkill,  I have no need to ever go above 50% or so on low gain.  And usually I have the volume set to 1/4 on low.  Same with the m8 really, the IEM mod lowers gain across the board by 6 dB and I still never really flip the switch over to high gain.

 

LFF tunes them with an O2 amp so a nice cheap solution would be a use ODAC + O2 amp combo for about $200.

 

The really crazy thing is that the CodeX are almost just as easy to drive 

post #69 of 72
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I can't wait! The earliest I'll get them is the week after next. What do you use to drive yours?

I run them with a Neco V3 updated with AD 8627's.   You can easily hear why those chips are better than the 8620's with these.   Matter of fact I could even hear the change from the standard switchcraft 1/8" to a Valabs rhodium over copper plug.  I run my computer audio with Jplay through an Ultra Fi Dac 41 soon to be replaced with a home made DDdac 1794.  I am running Zenwave formerly Dave's Cable Custom D3 RCA to 1/8" cable between the Dac and the Neco.  I have a tweaky Ultra Fi custom USB digital cable with Ultra Fi's custome digital filter in front of that.  The DDdac should crush the ultra fi.  One day I will put my Peter Daniels style Gainclones together.  But the V3  lets you hear everything

in front and well the Paradox is superlative in ways that can often be hard to describe.  They compare favourably with some of the finest loudspeaker I have ever heard.  One day I may get back into the big transducers, but with the Paradox Slants I am in no hurry.  I had some Grado Refrence Ones a few years ago.   I will not bad mouth the Grados, but let's just say it's no contest in any way.  The improvement over those is staggering.   As I keep reiterrating in this thread Luis is the Master Magician/Alchemist transmuting a good basic fostex product into a transcedent instrument of resolution and delight. Looking at them you might not see the bargain, but I assure you will hear it and value these beyond price.   Cue the celestial aria,Emma Kirkby perhaps, or Edge's chopped power 7th riff; either will transport you to heaven through these.

post #70 of 72
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Originally Posted by jgwtriode View Post
 

I run them with a Neco V3 updated with AD 8627's.   You can easily hear why those chips are better than the 8620's with these.   Matter of fact I could even hear the change from the standard switchcraft 1/8" to a Valabs rhodium over copper plug.  I run my computer audio with Jplay through an Ultra Fi Dac 41 soon to be replaced with a home made DDdac 1794.  I am running Zenwave formerly Dave's Cable Custom D3 RCA to 1/8" cable between the Dac and the Neco.  I have a tweaky Ultra Fi custom USB digital cable with Ultra Fi's custome digital filter in front of that.  The DDdac should crush the ultra fi.  One day I will put my Peter Daniels style Gainclones together.  But the V3  lets you hear everything

in front and well the Paradox is superlative in ways that can often be hard to describe.  They compare favourably with some of the finest loudspeaker I have ever heard.  One day I may get back into the big transducers, but with the Paradox Slants I am in no hurry.  I had some Grado Refrence Ones a few years ago.   I will not bad mouth the Grados, but let's just say it's no contest in any way.  The improvement over those is staggering.   As I keep reiterrating in this thread Luis is the Master Magician/Alchemist transmuting a good basic fostex product into a transcedent instrument of resolution and delight. Looking at them you might not see the bargain, but I assure you will hear it and value these beyond price.   Cue the celestial aria,Emma Kirkby perhaps, or Edge's chopped power 7th riff; either will transport you to heaven through these.

It's claims like the bolded that have me very stoked. Next week at the earliest. 

post #71 of 72
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It's claims like the bolded that have me very stoked. Next week at the earliest. 

 

 

Indeed  I too read many quotes and took a very minor leap of faith and of course spoke with the man Mr. Flysweep and others in the community.

 

It was some of the comments comparing them with the Audeze phones and even the Fostex THX 900's that really convinced me to purchase them.

 

I would have really liked to go with Silver hardwired cables but.  The 7 nines copper wire Louis has is excellent, it is an eight wire bundle and I had him hardwire

it. I prefer no connectors whenever possible.   In the future I may send him some 7/9's silver gold custom Neotech wire and have him build another pair.  What will

blow you away is how good they sound  even plugged into a smartphone.  My Samsung note 3 plays them at a decent level and you can still hear the magic

even with those.

 

The better your equipment the more these will improve and yet they sound good even with basic stuff.    The balance to me is ideal.  A near perfect neutral slightly warm midrange with sweet open highs, perhaps subtley rolled of, but airy, detailed and ambient.  Bass with Slam, power and authority, surprisingly there is info down to nearly 20 Hz and these will actually resonate your

chest.  Never heard a phone before that will do that.  When watching movies I bump the bass eq switch on my Neco and its much like a subwoofer.  It has very natural 6 db eq that is amazingly

well integrated added weight power and a bit of extension below 60 hz without overemphasizing the midbass...very linear and amazing for a bit of  enhancement without overemphasis.

 

Soundstage can be layered and immense based on the recording.  You can hear multitracked stuff totally revealed.   My Duran Duran stuff is very much that way.  Unnatural but fun you can hear

seperate elements existing in their own space and spliced together.  Sounds like you have rear channels in the mix.

 

You really get far more from these then what Luis charges.   I am so satisfied I don't bother listening to music on anything else anymore, other than my car radio on the way to work or the gym.

 

I have pretty much chucked my portable setup.   Buy these and forget about transducers for a while... play with your connectors and ancillary cables and be stunned at what your equipment will do

through these with more info passing through the wire.  Interconnect, connector and power cables upgrades will blow your mind/ear!

 

Very happy listening,

 

jgwtriode


Edited by jgwtriode - 11/24/14 at 10:01pm
post #72 of 72

Just arrived. Wow. It's like I'm hearing stuff that's happening next door: "Like a Lame Man Stepping" from Rain Dog's Two Words.

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