Originally Posted by Schopenhauer
No__One411: Mind sharing your subjective impressions about the H10 + Paradox Slant combo?
The biggest things about the H10 with the Slants is how much control over the driver the amp exhibits. I've found this to be true for all the planar magnetic headphones that I've driven out of the H10. It is certainly a more satisfying combo to me than with the HD800 thus far.
What do I mean by more control?
Well, it never feels like it's struggling. Everything is kept extremely tight, and yet you never get a sense of sibilance. You get a very full sounding headphone, that's still very exciting and dynamic, along with a neutral sound signature. I've noticed that it's easy to tell when planar magnetic headphones are not being driven enough. You lose a lot of body, and the bass seems very loose and weak. The mids also seemed a little recessed and did not have the lush mids that you generally associate with planar magnetic headphones. Not with the H10. The pairing with the Slants isn't something someone who only listens to Dubstep and needs just bass would find satisfying, but most other people would have no complains about both the quality and quantity of bass. Female vocals sound absolutely amazing with the pairing as well. Again, never a hint of harshness, even with close-mic recordings, which generally plague Asian singers who record with relatively weaker mics and are very susceptible to the harsh "ssss".
So far, I've tried the H10 with HE500, HE6, HE560, Paradox Slants, LFF Enigmas, Alpha Prime and Code-X. All of them pair exceptionally well with the H10. I do generally try to avoid Audeze headphones due to poor fit and discomfort, so I apologize for no experience there. A common problem with planar magnetic headphones is providing enough current. The H10 has that in spades. For the HE500, Alpha Prime and Paradox Slants, I am pretty happy with the +6 pregain option, and keep the volume around 11 o'oclock, which is enough volume for my listening preferences. I do need to turn it a bit higher for the HE560, HE6 and Code-X, or simply switch to the +12 option and keep it around the same.
Hope this helps. I know I'm not great with descriptions.