Pros Interesting reading
Cons Lies, Lies Lies!
Summary Lets break this down, I'm sick of reviewers swallowing marketing BS hook line and sinket.... so here goes:
"The good: The Paradigm Shift E3m's earpieces are crafted from CNC precision-machined aluminum" - What is a coke can made of? yup same stuff. Are there any other ways of shaping it for this purpose than CNC? Nope.
"and feature 8mm super-neodymium drivers" - wait... super-Neodynium? SUPER? ALL (and I mean ALL) magnets at this size are made of the rare earth metal Neo, even the crappy white Apple earbuds. Its like saying FABRIC clothing or WET water. But they're taking it a step further... SUPER wet water! Absolutely meaningless.
I shall continue...
"superflexible cables" - really? Headphone cables are all the same, copper core with rubber or fabric sheath. Pray tell how these have become SUPER too?
"The bad: The sound is seriously lacking in detail." - ie they sound s**t?
Pros looks great and is a canadian company.
Cons everything else.
Pros Smooth highs
Full lows (not-blaoted)
Cons Cable noise (can be minimized)
Summary I've had these for about 6 weeks and to date I have no complaints about them. When I first opened and listened to them I was actually disappointed. The highs were muffled and the bass was incredibly bloated (listening to Diana Krall was difficult due to the insane level of bass). As I listened to them, these problems disappeared. After about 1-2 weeks of listening the details in the highs became much more clear and articulate and the bass tightened up very nicely and now sounds very very well tuned.
Another pair of premium IEMs I tried before these is the B&W C5s and I will say that some of the high end sizzle on the C5s is not present in the e3m's. I think this is a good thing. To me the C5s (while sounding open and spacious) were almost too pronounced on the high end. Cymbal crashes actually felt slightly painful in all honesty. They were also ungodly uncomfortable. The thing that I did love about the C5s, however, was the open feeling that they gave to your music. I've never found that sound in any other pair I've listened to.
I will say that the e3m's do not have the same open sound to them as the C5s, but they do a pretty good job. What I will say though in favor of the e3m's is that albums that sound open and well imaged on a pair of speakers also sound that way on the e3m's. Tracks that (on a pair of speakers) focus the sound stage in the center third sound the same way on the e3m's. That is one thing I will say against the openness of the C5s is that the albums I just described sounded open over them, when that is not what is intended.
The negative thing on the e3m's is the cable noise from movement. I have been able to minimize this by looping the cables over the tops of my ears. It looks a little dorky, but whatever, it sounds worlds better and I enjoy them much more that way.