Originally Posted by k3oxkjo
With all the 'controversy' regarding the Enigma's headband, I had to laugh, today on the train to work I saw a guy wearing headphones where the headband pad was PINK BUBBLEWRAP!
Now don't get me wrong, it was nicely applied, held in place with precisely spaced thick rubber bands of some sort and I am NOT putting this down. I actually like the sheer proletarian vitality of this. But it does put the alleged "cut up belt" in perspective...
Close to pulling the trigger on the Enigmas, just kind of hate to order something sight unheard (?). I would be buying this as my primary full-sized can, so I do have to consider the alternative flagships. It would also be my first modern ortho, so a lot to consider.
The bubble wrap headband would be awesome to see.
Regarding the Enigmas, realize I only had about 10 minutes with them, but did compare directly to my Alpha Dogs - The Enigma is a really great headphone. Definitely top tier. Louis has a great ear, and is a great craftsman as well. I personally liked the sound of the Alphas just a bit better at that listening. I think there are a couple of reasons for this. 1) Dan @ Mr. Speakers and I seem to like a very similar voicing. I love the sound of his headphones, and we have a couple of other favorites in common. 2) Familiarity. 10 minutes is not enough to switch gears. That said, The Enigmas have a "cool factor" that few headphones can touch. They sound great (and they sound *right*, as do all of Louis' headphones), and they are a one off build by a skilled and respected head-fier and sound engineer. As soon as I have the asking price burning a hole in my pocket, I'll try and get a pair.
The Enigmas are top tier in sound. The build quality is excellent hand crafted work. There are a slew of top tier competitors, all mass produced to some degree or other. That is part of the choice as well.
As always, imho, ymmv, bfd, oicurmt...