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post #136 of 515
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I think everyone is a little uneasy because we all want to know one fundamental question but nobody has the courage to ask: what will the Enigma smell like? The Suji in particular, does it smell like a campfire? Or does it smell like blueberries which are part of the secret Grandpa LFF sauce used to oil these bad boys? I wouldn't be opposed to either but if I had to choose I'd go with blueberries.

 

Like smores... Why? Because Luis caught nostalgia when he was burning these cups by open fire.

post #137 of 515
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Originally Posted by Thujone View Post
 

I think everyone is a little uneasy because we all want to know one fundamental question but nobody has the courage to ask: what will the Enigma smell like? The Suji in particular, does it smell like a campfire? Or does it smell like blueberries which are part of the secret Grandpa LFF sauce used to oil these bad boys? I wouldn't be opposed to either but if I had to choose I'd go with blueberries.

 

Since the finish on the suji includes a waxing stage, it smells like an air freshener candle! (not serious)

post #138 of 515

Could you make them smell like a beautiful woman LFF?? That would be a huge plus for us basement dwelling audio nerds.

 

:biggrin:

post #139 of 515
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Could you make them smell like a beautiful woman LFF?? That would be a huge plus for us basement dwelling audio nerds.

 

:biggrin:

Absolutely not!

 

I will make them smell CLEAN and MANLY.

 

In this way, you shall be able to attract beautiful women so that they can admire your clean and manly smelling wood. 

post #140 of 515
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In this way, you shall be able to attract beautiful women so that they can admire your clean and manly smelling wood. 

 

Dirty... :biggrin:

post #141 of 515

I reckon they're gonna smell like sawdust, fire, beeswax, oil and leather....

post #142 of 515
Subbed. I'll be keen to follow this thread for impressions and possibly to order a pair. Look good thus far. Also looking forward to Purrin's measurements.
post #143 of 515

Woah! Nice to see the cat out of the bag. Looking forward to it.

post #144 of 515

Fair enough, LFF. Thanks for shedding some light on the situation. Definitely looking to try a pair if it makes its way to the LA Head Fi meet and placing an order soon after if it is as good as it sounds. Thanks for your incredibly speedy reply. 

post #145 of 515
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Originally Posted by DigitalFreak View Post
 

Could you make them smell like a beautiful woman LFF?? That would be a huge plus for us basement dwelling audio nerds.

 

:biggrin:

 

:bigsmile_face:

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Absolutely not!

 

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post #147 of 515

I just contacted Luis and dang, I've never been so tempted to have a gear purge than I am right now to fund these.

post #148 of 515

Looks like Luis is going to have his hands full for a while. Good thing too, the market's been a little complacent about huge prices in the planar market. Here's a hand-built planar that's lighter and sounds (sounded at the meet) better than the XC. I've been looking for a relaxing closed back headphone for a while, but the closed back Audio Technicas are tonally uneven, the XC is too dark and a little weird in the bass, the SR4070 literally bakes your ears after an hour and the Fostex/Denons will give you a headache in less time than that by adding a wub wub to everything. Even the original Paradoxes aren't my idea of perfect (a little hot at the top).

 

I'm struggling to find something I didn't like about the Engimas. About the worst thing I can say is that the design is functional - as in after you put them on you will stop caring what they look like. They're light and have right about the perfect clamping pressure, with very comfortable pads that remind me those from Stax's Omega series. You could kind of tell that someone into audio engineering made them and I've wrecked cables/joints on too many nice headphones not to appreciate pro audio gear-like durability.

 

The Engima's sensitivity is either very high or Luis was showing them off on a monster amp. I had to turn them down and I doubt I would've been able to handle the volume at even 12 o'clock. Isolation helps with that. My meet impression was that they sounded smooth but not dark or mellow, with very good extension. They hold the promise of becoming the Stax 007's closed back planar magnetic cousin. I'm eagerly anticipating lucky #13 :veryevil: 


Edited by anetode - 2/27/14 at 9:41am
post #149 of 515
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Originally Posted by anetode View Post
 

Looks like Luis is going to have his hands full for a while. Good thing too, the market's been a little complacent about huge prices in the planar market. Here's a hand-built planar that's lighter and sounds (sounded at the meet) better than the XC. I've been looking for a relaxing closed back headphone for a while, but the closed back Audio Technicas are tonally uneven, the XC is too dark and a little weird in the bass, the SR4070 literally bakes your ears after an hour and the Fostex/Denons will give you a headache in less time than that by adding a wub wub to everything. Even the original Paradoxes aren't my idea of perfect (a little hot at the top).

 

I'm struggling to find something I didn't like about the Engimas. About the worst thing I can say is that the design is functional - as in after you put them on you will stop caring what they look like. They're light and have right about the perfect clamping pressure, with very comfortable pads that remind me those from Stax's Omega series. You could kind of tell that someone into audio engineering made them and I've wrecked cables/joints on too many nice headphones not to appreciate pro audio gear-like durability.

 

The Engima's sensitivity is either very high or Luis was showing them off on a monster amp. I had to turn them down and I doubt I would've been able to handle the volume at even 12 o'clock. Isolation helps with that. My meet impression was that they sounded smooth but not dark or mellow, with very good extension. They hold the promise of becoming the Stax 007's closed back planar magnetic cousin. I'm eagerly anticipating lucky #13 :veryevil: 

Damn. It's that good to get a direct comparison to the SR007? Wow, maybe we should move this thread to the Summit Fi forum then! :basshead: 

Just to be clear, these headphones use a custom tweaked Fostex T50RP driver correct? Similar to the new prototype Fostex cans that has been shown off? If this is true, that means that the T50RP drivers are some of the most well designed units of all time to be able to compare to current Stax with just small tweaks made. 

post #150 of 515
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Originally Posted by goldenSHK View Post
 

Damn. It's that good to get a direct comparison to the SR007? Wow, maybe we should move this thread to the Summit Fi forum then! :basshead: 

Just to be clear, these headphones use a custom tweaked Fostex T50RP driver correct? Similar to the new prototype Fostex cans that has been shown off? If this is true, that means that the T50RP drivers are some of the most well designed units of all time to be able to compare to current Stax with just small tweaks made. 

 

The SR007 is probably the most relaxing and least fatiguing headphone I've heard this side of the Orpheus. I've always wanted a closed-back headphone with those same qualities and after briefly listening to the Enigmas and talking with Luis I think the Enigmas might be it.

 

It is my understanding that Luis is using a proprietary driver and not the T50RP. Although Fostex's ortho designs have been the benchmark for a couple decades now, both Audeze and HiFiman took some notes from them. It's too bad that the stock T50RP is such a boring headphone.

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