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The $129.99 E3M is the flagship model in Paradigm's Shift headphone line, and while it's certainly a beautifully crafted in-ear, the sonic standards don't match its ambitious price tag. The bass is bloated, thick, and muddled, as is the midrange, and the overall sound balance comes across soft and muted. Despite the beautifully machined earpieces and noise-isolating performance, the E3M's sound design needs work before I'll recommend these $130 earbuds. Thanks to the machined metal earpieces, the E3M have a quality build you rarely find in this price class. Paradigm claims the rigid connection between the silicone tip and the earbud body enhances bass performances by lessening the loss of low frequencies, and each bud houses an 8mm super-neodymium driver. The 48-inch cable lends a touch of luxury to the design, but the sound of the cable rubbing against my clothing (the so-called "microphonic effect" is more apparent than other headphones. The cable houses an inline microphone and smartphone controls for track navigation, but it feels unusually flexible and prone to tangles. The metal 3.5mm plug has a quality feel, but with no strain-relief where the cables attach to the earpieces, the long-term durability prospects are likely below average. The headphone comes with three sizes of silicone ear tips.
Paradigm is well known in the hi-fi audio realm for making some of the most affordable, excellent-sounding speakers under $1000, the Mini Monitors. Recently, Paradigm announced a more affordable line of speakers and—in a first for the company—earphones. The line is called Paradigm Shift, and the e3m, at $129.99 (direct), is the most expensive of the three earphone pairs the company unveiled at CES 2012. Fans of the signature smooth bass response of Paradigm speakers will not be disappointed, as the e3m offers plenty of clean, robust low-end that never distorts, even at top volume. Some listeners might prefer a bit more brightness or high frequency presence, but the response is not so muted in the highs that it could be called muffled. Overall, the e3m is a strong debut for Paradigm in the earphone realm. DesignOffered in white or black (ours was black), the e3m features earpieces with aluminum housings for the 8-mm super-neodymium drivers. They're metallic-covered at the base, where the ear tips slide on, and black on the ends, with the Paradigm Shift logo emblazoned in silver on each earpiece. Red plastic, hidden by the eartips, marks the right earpiece. One tip in each ear tip pair—there are three differently-sized pairs included—also has red on it to keep things straight.
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