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post #151 of 302
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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.

post #152 of 302
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Second post has been updates with early impressions.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/706262/lffs-enigma-new-from-the-maker-of-the-paradox#post_10283927

post #153 of 302
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Second post has been updates with early impressions.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/706262/lffs-enigma-new-from-the-maker-of-the-paradox#post_10283927

 

Thanks for the impressions MF. I'm really jazzed to hear these.

 

Quick question: Do you ever find the urge to crank these up? If these are anything like the Audeze headphones, I always feel they sound better (?) when turned up, even if it is just a smidge higher than normal listen levels.

post #154 of 302
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Thanks for the impressions MF. I'm really jazzed to hear these.

 

Quick question: Do you ever find the urge to crank these up? If these are anything like the Audeze headphones, I always feel they sound better (?) when turned up, even if it is just a smidge higher than normal listen levels.

 

I feel this way with the T50RP too. Seems like there is a "sweet spot" for volume.

post #155 of 302
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Thanks for the impressions MF. I'm really jazzed to hear these.

 

Quick question: Do you ever find the urge to crank these up? If these are anything like the Audeze headphones, I always feel they sound better (?) when turned up, even if it is just a smidge higher than normal listen levels.

Same boat here. always felt the LCD-2 were fun cans to listen to.  Too bad they feel like a cement block on the head.  

post #156 of 302
Thanks for sharing!

Fantastically well written impression as always. They sound right up my alley and hopefully I'll get a chance to hear them sooner rather than later.
post #157 of 302
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These aren't for everyone, mind. This is a point LFF is keen to stress. If you're looking for something a bit more dynamic and nimble, something that can dig deeper into the recesses of a given track, I'd suggest the Paradox Slant as a more appropriate alternative.

 

Hmmm... so for your dream pop/shoegaze tracks, would you prefer the Slant over the Enigma?

I like to listen to different genres at work so wondering what "range" of music I would expect to enjoy more than others...

post #158 of 302

Muppetface, you said the treble overall was a bit softer on the Enigma than the Slant, correct?

How would you describe the "air" level treble on the Enigma compared to the Slant? LFF told me it's a bit airier than the Slant, did you have similar feelings as well?

post #159 of 302
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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).

 

JVC DX1000 worth a look as well

post #160 of 302
The DX1000 are one of the most colored closed phones ever. Only thing that it got going was the bass. I take a D7000 or W3000ANV over it any day. And also look better wearing that than the DX1000. You'll look like a princess Lia with the JVC.
post #161 of 302
muppet's early impressions are looking good for my wallet. do these sound kinda closed-in? smallish soundstage, not much air?
post #162 of 302

The enigma's look quite impressive... but after a few conversations with Luis and a couple of other very helpful headfiers.  Wolfetan and Purrin!   Thank you, very much!

 

I have decided on hardwired Slants.   Get those damn connectors out of the signal path....lol.  Just don't like the sound of connectors.

 

 

Looking forward to them as soon as Luis can ship em!

 

VERY EXCITED...LUIS IS AWESOME!

 

Happy Listening to all,

 

jgwtriode

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Originally Posted by jgwtriode View Post
 

The enigma's look quite impressive... but after a few conversations with Luis and a couple of other very helpful headfiers.  Wolfetan and Purrin!   Thank you, very much!

 

I have decided on hardwired Slants.   Get those damn connectors out of the signal path....lol.  Just don't like the sound of connectors.

 

 

Looking forward to them as soon as Luis can ship em!

 

VERY EXCITED...LUIS IS AWESOME!

 

Happy Listening to all,

 

jgwtriode

 

I had the Slants on loan for a while from Luis.. they were awesome.  Considering I feel I know your tastes pretty well, I'm quite confident you'll like them a lot.  It's been a while since we caught up, James (life and all, you know).. PM coming later this week, bud!

post #164 of 302
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Originally Posted by jgwtriode View Post
 

The enigma's look quite impressive... but after a few conversations with Luis and a couple of other very helpful headfiers.  Wolfetan and Purrin!   Thank you, very much!

 

I have decided on hardwired Slants.   Get those damn connectors out of the signal path....lol.  Just don't like the sound of connectors.

 

 

Looking forward to them as soon as Luis can ship em!

 

VERY EXCITED...LUIS IS AWESOME!

 

Happy Listening to all,

 

jgwtriode

No problem, man, feel free to drop a PM to me anytime:bigsmile_face: 

post #165 of 302

Just ordered a Black hardwired pair of Slants with the 7N Rogue copper cable.  Will of course share my impressions with everyone.

 

Been waiting quite a while to get a really good pair of headphones.

 

 

Thanks to everyone for your comments and ideas shared in this forum, it has helped immensely in arriving at this decision.

 

 

Happy Listening,

 

jgwtriode

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