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
Edited by anetode - 2/27/14 at 9:41am