"For Listeners Who Like Bass a Lot"
Paradigm's E2m in-ear headphone delivers the full-frequency range of today's music. And unlike a lot of earphones out there, it doesn't skimp on the low frequency response. In fact, according to Steven Stone in his Playback magazine review for August 12, 2012, the E2m is designed "for listeners who like bass a lot."
The E2m is also for listeners who like to listen to music on their mobile devices. The cable incorporates a handy remote with a built-in mike boasting smart phone functionality.
Faithfully Reproducing Freestanding Loudspeaker Performance
Paradigm's unique understanding of what makes a speaker sound magical in a listening room is applied to the design of its in-ear headphones. Paradigm uses sophisticated measurement tools and proprietary algorithms while accounting for the psycho-acoustic effects of the ear structure in developing its design. This allowed the company to faithfully reproduce the performance of its freestanding loudspeakers in an in-ear headphone.
Meet Angie, the Perfect Listener
Angie, Paradigm's 'Head and Torso Simulator,' was the middle man (okay, middle woman) in the quest to critically tune each earbud to sound like the company's loudspeaker lines. Paradigm put her in the anechoic chamber with a microphone in each ear and a Paradigm speaker in the chamber. Then the engineers measured sound pressure levels, the speaker's frequency response, and total sound power (the actual summed output that is heard). They looked for any coloration or distortion at various power levels, all of it according to what Angie was actually hearing. Then they took the results and began to design.
Canada's National Research Council Findings
While everyone's ears are different, extensive research with Canada's National Research Council revealed that all listeners clearly favor three things: a flat midrange, a smooth total energy response and low distortion. Through Angie's ears, Paradigm was able to so precisely tune the headphones to its speakers that listening to an E2m earbud presents the sound quality of Paradigm's high-end Studio series speakers.
In-Ear Headphones That Sound as Good as High-End Speakers
Paradigm SHIFT series products are the result of 30 years of sound research and product development. Paradigm took the expertise used to produce hundreds of award-winning loudspeakers and adapted it for music on the go. What you hear when you plug in with Paradigm SHIFT series is exactly what you should hear – a faithful reproduction of the original source, no different than if you were listening to a Paradigm loudspeaker.
If you're listening to a live concert recording, your SHIFT headphones will make it feel 'live.' When you turn up the volume there will be no loss in sound quality. And because Paradigm headphones have superb noise isolation, even at low volumes you will still hear the full spectrum of sound clearly.
"Paradigm’s top-of-the-line E3ms are aimed squarely at listeners who want bass, more bass, and for variation, a little more bass. The E2ms are for more temperate, but they’re still for listeners who like bass a lot."
- Steven Stone, Playback magazine, August 12, 2012