In-Ear Headphones with Built-In Microphone & Smart Phone Remote
Our first speakers came out in 1982 and fans still scour the Web to buy used versions of those originals. That should tell you something about the quality of our speakers. Paradigm SHIFT™ series is our newest venture, its focus is audio on the go. Today, most people listen to audio through portable devices. But what about the quality of that audio? Despite what hundreds of earbud and headphone brands would have you believe, audio should sound every bit as good as it looks!
The Design of Our In-Ear Headphones
Paradigm's unique understanding of what makes a speaker sound magical in a listening room is applied to the design of our in-ear headphones. Unlike other brands, we used sophisticated measurement tools and proprietary algorithms while accounting for the psycho-acoustic effects of the ear structure in developing our design. This allowed us to faithfully reproduce the performance of Paradigm's freestanding loudspeakers in an in-ear headphone.
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This review is from: Paradigm Shift E3M In-Ear Headphones (Black)
Pros: Solid aluminum construction housing, color coded silicone tips, fabric wrapped wire. Nicely finished
Cons: At this price point you'd expect rather good sound, not exceptional, but better than a $20 set from a mainstream consumer electronics brand. What a disappointment here! While most reviewers laud the bass reproduction, I just don't get that. Bass is, imprecise, booming, and highly distorted. I'd call it muddy - a very gritty mud that is. It outwobbles the mids and highs.. That said, I do agree with most reviewers on the treble: undefined, lacking. No material improvement even after 100 hrs of burn-in. My 7 year old $25 and $70 models (street price) from a well known audiophile brand both blow the EM3s out of the water in every respect. The Paradigms are worth about $5 - $10, if you care about sound quality, sadly.. But they do look nice, if that is what you're looking for. However, I wouldn't give them a second egg just for that, because when I listen to music I really don't care what my earbuds look like..Really, save your money, buy two good pairs from companies that have been in this business for at least 3 decades, because experience counts in this trade..You'll get more enjoyment out of your music. Do your research before you buy. (Shame on me for this impulse buy!) Experiment. find the sound you like in low to mid-priced offerings of established headphone makers and then work your way up their product line when you can afford it. Most importantly: If anyone recommends headphones or speakers solely for their 'awesome bass', chances are those people's eardrums are damaged from listening at excessive volumes. You know, when you're nearly deaf, the only thing that comes through is some bass...
Other Thoughts: These are selling at 60 percent or greater discounts over MSRP. That is no big surpise, as this brand is likely fighting an uphill battle
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