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post #61 of 392
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Well, Andy did say the new system will be US military spec, not Japanese police spec, so I doubt it will be too much like the FitEars which is 100% Japanese design.
Now that I think about it, I think Andy explained me it would look like a tiny jack. So it has to be different from FitEar, and probably closer to SA's system. I completely forgot about it until now.

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I may send mine in for the new cable too and then update the review. We will see. I don't like to be without my customs though...
I can understand that feeling, but don't you also have a pair of JH13 and FE333 ? Or do you mean the T1 take precedence over the others ?
post #62 of 392
I'm getting the detatchable cables done when the option becomes available.
post #63 of 392
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I may do the same actually: thinking about it now. I just hate to part with my earphones for too long. But... at least I can get the cable shortened! 170cm is pretty long!
post #64 of 392
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Lads and lasses, I have to say something.

 

Trance fans, I hope you get this: In Praise of the T1

 

Today was a very climb-hell bicycle ride and yes, I used the T1, a very isolating earphone. Yes it was dangerous and I am stupid, but oh well. It is amazing. No other custom compares to it: the silicon is perfectly comfortable for long rides, doesn't force itself out after a lot of sweat gets in the canal, the cable is flush to the ear and strong - the ACS design has NO competitors. It is even better than the Sensaphonics 2Xs, which until this moment, was my favourite for sports.

 

To make matters even better, the T1 sounds great with deep reverberant bass and clear, yet non-fatiguing highs. 

 

If this were the world of the Sims, I'd be "+++" right now.

post #65 of 392
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Originally Posted by shigzeo View Post

 the ACS design has NO competitors. It is even better than the Sensaphonics 2Xs, which until this moment, was my favourite for sports.

 

To make matters even better, the T1 sounds great with deep reverberant bass and clear, yet non-fatiguing highs. 

 

If this were the world of the Sims, I'd be "+++" right now.


Do you feel this way about the T1's when listening to other types of music or just trance?
 

post #66 of 392
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The T1 is good all around - simply great. It has a little of the sound of valves though: softer, cushier mids and treble and a great, reverberant bass. It's warm, but not too warm, pleasing, and fits everything, everywhere. If you crave sharp highs, however, other options might be better. As it is, it is one of the best-sounding on the market, but for actual real-life usage, maybe THE best.

post #67 of 392

Hi All,

 

As requested by Shigzeo, here are my new ACS T1s.

 

 

I have recently acquired the new ACS T1s and wanted to share some photos and show what ACS are able to do with Silicon.

 

As I understand it, Silicon is much more difficult to customise than acrylic, but I think ACS did a fantastic job with my new IEMs. The pictures dont really do them justice, as they look fantastic in the flesh with the logos and the opaque blue, which shows off the internals. I will update this thread in time with a review, as best as I can, not being a technical audiophile.

 

 

 

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Left Ear

 

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Right Ear

 

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I hope these photos show what ACS can achieve with Silicon. 

 

The only minor issue I have is that they are quite difficult to get in, especially if cold, but the supplied Otoferm cream really helps. Once they are in and have warmed up, they are very comfortable all day and I tend to wear them for upto 8hrs per day, most days. However, as they are a tight fit, as someone else also mentioned, if you have to remove them because someone wants to talk to you - it can get quite annoying!

 

I want to live with them for a while and learn a bit about the technical terminology used in describing sounds, so that I can give a more meaningful review.

Having said that, the main thing I have noticed over the SE530s(which in themselves are great) is how much more I can discern, especially when listening to a lossless format. By that I mean that instruments sound crisp and tight i.e I can hear individual drum sticks hitting the drums and I am able to make out the seperate drum units being struck, with the sound from each drum being tight.

On rock tracks I am able to easily note when the guitar tone changes or on acoustic tracks, the plucking of individual strings(being a guitar player - I can normally also tell which string has been plucked). When listening to club anthems, I have found them to sufficiently bassy without being boomy - you can hear(and imagine you can feel) the thumping bass, without it being boomy and flabby.  I'll try and update this thread in due course with a proper review of the sound.

 

Overall, they are a fantastic piece of kit, and if you have the money I would recommend them without hesitation.

post #68 of 392
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Thanks for the update - hard to keep everything in different threads. Great writeup.

 

Have them in now - sadly, they are replacing my FitEar Private 333 as my favs. harder to get in, but... harder to get out ;)

post #69 of 392

What is it like listening to lower quality sources on something like the T1 or T2? There is something quite appealing about the potential comfort of perfectly fitted silicone, but is the advantage negated by sources like: AM radio commentaries, FM and DAB radio commentaries, internet radio or videogames through the headphone socket on a TV? I wouldn't expect good it to sound great, however any grating harshness would be pretty bad for me.


Edited by IanM - 5/19/10 at 3:30pm
post #70 of 392
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The T1 doesn't accentuate harshness - it has a softer sound than many iems, except for the bass which is powerful/resonant. I've been listening to personal recordings of radio and they are fine, but if you listen primarily to those, you'd be wasting money to get the T1. Instead the the T3 or something that is more cost effective. 

 

As it is, the T1 is now my favourite custom - with out a doubt.

post #71 of 392

I never had customs, much less silicone ones, so this may not apply. But from what others have mentioned, if you push upwards on the bottom portion of your ear when the customs are in it will break the seal - at least with acrylic ones. You can then hear what others are saying. And reforming the seal is as simple as removing the pressure. Try it. Hopefully it will work for you.
 

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...The only minor issue I have is that they are quite difficult to get in, especially if cold, but the supplied Otoferm cream really helps. Once they are in and have warmed up, they are very comfortable all day and I tend to wear them for upto 8hrs per day, most days. However, as they are a tight fit, as someone else also mentioned, if you have to remove them because someone wants to talk to you - it can get quite annoying!...

 

post #72 of 392

Better than 333 you say? That's quite a feat considering that's my favorite of all the custom I've tried. Being a huge fan of vocals and instrument separation will I be disappointed by the T1? Will my nokia be sufficient to make it sound good? I don't really like to carry extra things when I'm jogging.  I have high hopes for this and I must say silicon customs are simply gorgeous but the weird thing is this is launched almost 2 years ago and they are only getting attention now.
 

post #73 of 392
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Your Nokia isn't going to be that impressive. The T1 is another hard to drive earphone, but maybe it won't suffer as bad suckout as the FitEar 333 when driven by a weak source... it loses bass a bit.

 

But where the 333 is ultra fast, wide, and super detailed, the T1 is more mild-mannered. Both are excellent and in ways, flip sides of the same coin. The ACS T1 has more prodigious bass and is a little cozier, doesn't force midrange suckout with a weak source, but isn't as 'ping clear' as the FE333. 

 

Both sound great, but I think from your description of the sound you like, the FE333 may not be bettered for your. Both are my favourites. I wish both models could be driven perfectly from a DAP, but oh well. The FE333 goes in and out more easily, but God, silicon is pure luxury, especially in bass reverberation.

post #74 of 392

Great comparison as always. From your description it's seems like the T1 does vocals better than the 333. If that's so this is the custom for me. Speed and details is what makes the 333 so attractive for me but I always wanted a phone that can deliver both superb vocal performance and ultra-fine details so I guess this is it? I don't expect this(or in fact anything else) to be as detail as the 333 but as long as it is great at vocals, I don't mind losing some details. Seems like the only way to drive this well is with an amp but that seem to be a bit extreme for carrying something this big while jogging. shigzeo, which ultra portable set up would you recommend for jogging? The clip+ does look attractive but is it enough to make it sound decent?


Edited by helljudgement - 5/20/10 at 10:10am
post #75 of 392
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I am listening to the Fuze and clip every day now. Both do justice. Combine the fact that you can rockbox both, and it is win/win for size/performance. Both Clip and Fuze drive the T1 very well - well indeed. They aren't the most detailed (in terms of channel separation) DAP's out there, but hell, they sound fine. Even though my sony and iPod touch don't pump out the beautiful unadjusted FR as well, they sound good too. The T1 is not that easy to drive, but it sounds good from almost anything. Even a Cowon or old iPod will sound fab. 

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