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post #91 of 392
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Hi Guys,

 

Here is our review of the excellent 2010 ACS T1.


So what was redesigned?  Didn't see that in the review.

post #92 of 392

@ Royhendo : Introduction of the detacheable cables has been delayed in june because it needed improvements. ACS is also introducing some improvements on the monitors. I've been told "soon".

 

@Anaxilus : The new T1 has received different drivers, and the tuning is subsequently also different.

post #93 of 392

More improvements on the monitors? I have to say, that's a bit annoying.

post #94 of 392

Don't get all up in arms , that doesn't concern the drivers but rather the internal electronics. No influence on the sound signature itself.
 

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More improvements on the monitors? I have to say, that's a bit annoying.

post #95 of 392

Not up in arms as such, but that's two sets of these I've invested in. I'd prefer if the design was stable - my honest opinion - I'd rather have the upgraded electronics too.

post #96 of 392

I've been teasing you a bit, and I definitely can understand that any improvement is desirable, eventhough it's not supposed to influence the sound in this case.

 

On the design stability however, I don't follow you. In any case it's not like ACS has been working with prototype quality, and even the original design is rock-solid. I guess in this case we're dealing more with a 2.1 version, rather than a 3.0 if I may say so. I have the feeling that ACS is evolving extremely fast at the moment, but as far as I'm concerned, if the sound doesn't change, then I could live without it. With that said, detacheable cable system is another animal altogether, and I'm really eager to see it for myself as it's probably one of the features that I feel is missing the most on my T1.

post #97 of 392

Starting to sound a bit like a ESW10JPN in a custom IEM package - great bass, great with electronica and so on.... 

post #98 of 392

Hi Everyone,

 

I thought I would give you an update of how I am getting on with my T1s, four months on.

 

I'm not a technical audiophile, so I wont try and be technical, but just tell you my impressions.

 

Firstly, the sound is phenomenal! I thought my old Shure 530s were good, but these are just a totally different level. It initially took a while for me to get the feel for them coming from my 530s. Initially I was disappointed as the sound seemed to be softer, further away and quieter and what I thought was muffled. It didnt take long for me to detect that infact even though the sound "felt" softer, every instrument was crystal clear. It could have been that they need to be driven by some kind of amp and turning the volume up a bit has helped? or maybe that the 530s are artifically bright? Whatever the reason for my initial impressions, 4 months on...these earphones rock!

 

Everything I throw at them sounds great...classical, rock, metal, dance. I am always amazed at how good guitars sound, especially acoustic. I can't get over the fact that if the track has plucking in it, I can hear and identify each individual string. I also didn't realise that different drums in a drum set, sounded so different - I can hear the nuances of each different drum being struck! I know this sounds strange, but I can even hear how tight the drum skin is.

 

I know a lot of people will claim that you cannot tell the difference between 320Kb and Lossless, but with the right track and recording, I can hear the difference. Lossless just sounds so much richer, deeper and spatial.

 

On the flipside, every imperfection is easily picked up. If the track contains a crackle or has been badly mastered in one of the ranges ie guitars are a tiny bit crunchy\distorted...I can hear it. At first I thought it might be the earphones as I "missed" it on my 530s, but going back and listening carefully with the 530s, I could just make out the imperfection.

I now pay more attention to each music track I listen to and some are crystal clear and some have minor imperfections, so I am sure it is the music and not the T1s. It is also amazing how many brand new albums contain imperfections or maybe its the equipment I am using to rip the CD?

 

The only downside has been the logo I had etched into them. After 4 months they have worn down and are white splodges barely recognisable as guitars. I think this is just a problem with trying to imprint into soft silicone. In future, I would not bother with a logo and would stick to clear or coloured silcone. Has anyone else had the same problem?

 

On the plus side, the silicone is so comfortable. I wear mine most days for 8hrs on and off and they become almost

unnoticeable without causing any fatigue or pain, including music fatigue. The only tiny issue I have is getting them in the first time of the day. I think it is because my ear is clean and dry. However, if I smear a small amount of the otoferm cream on the T1s and once it has smeared itself around my ears after the initial insertion, the rest of the day getting them in and out is relatively easier (after you have mastered the process).

 

Because the silicon fits around the whole of your ear, the sound isolation is incredible. With music off, you can just make out mumbled speech. With the music on, at a comfortable and low setting, the isolation is total - its just you and your music.

 

Overall, 4 months on, I love my T1s!

post #99 of 392
Thread Starter 

I think that ACS could put a clear layer of silicon over the logo for safety. They did a great job for their first time. Overall, this is my favourite custom even if I think the EM3Pro is easier to drive. ACS T1 is freakin' awesome.

post #100 of 392

I keep coming back to this thread, thinking one day I'll be joining you guys. On the plus side, by the time I can afford them they should have the detachable cable option and whatnot too. I'm already thinking about colour options and stuff. [/saddo]

post #101 of 392

Well, I've taken the plunge, got the ear moulds taken and ordered my T1's! They said it will take up to a month to get them done as they are quite busy, but I'm getting excited already! I will post my impressions as soon as I've got them and had a few hours critical listening on them.L3000.gif


Edited by MusiCol - 1/18/11 at 4:00pm
post #102 of 392

My T1's took longer than expected to arrive, but there seems to be an increased demand for custom sleeves and IEM's, and as they say, you can't just employ a few more staff and expect them to get the backlog completed without a substantial training period.

 

Anyway, the custom sleeves for my IE8's kept me happy until the T1's arrived about a month ago. To start with I played pink noise at moderate levels for a few hours at a time during the first couple of weeks (approx 100 hours total), listening to music every day or 2, but couldn't discern any change to the sound quality / signature. As far as the SQ is concerned I can't fault the T1's but it didn't take long to realise that my current amp / DAC situation was holding them back and I wouldn't hear the full clarity, precision, and soundstage these custom IEM's are capable of producing without a major upgrade - but my finances are not quite up to that - yet! At the time I was using an iBasso D10 (with HiFlight's Topkit of Dual-mono opamps and buffers) for both amplification and DAC. With a little research I discovered that the consensus of opinion regarding the D10 is that although it is an excellent little unit with a superb amp, its weak point is its DAC, so I upgraded that with an HRT II+ and Wireworld cables for my home rig. Each of those changes made a significant improvement to the sound quality my T1's produced, and the icing on the cake (thus far) has been another few hundred hours of use. So in my opinion these IEM's benefit from a good long burn-in period - especially for the width and depth of their soundstage which is still a little cramped compared to my IE8's.

 

Apart from the soundstage - which is broadening and deepening with time and use - the sound quality is exactly what I was hoping for; crisp and clear and almost flat across the frequency spectrum but with a little extra bass - I call it a bit more "fun"! My ears are still adjusting to these custom IEM's so the sound I hear can be difficult to reproduce the next time I put them in. For that reason I think it's best if I wait a bit longer before going into any greater detail.

 

My musical tastes are primarily power-metal and drum n bass, although I listen to the full spectrum from classical to rap, and there's no gaps in the T1's performance - although as I said, I won't hear all they have to give until I have a substantially better amp and DAC at home. I am saving and planning to sell some (non head-fi) stuff on eBay soon to finance the upgrade these IEM's demand, and I would appreciate it if people can suggest a really good amp and DAC (preferably a combined unit). I've been thinking about a Burson Audio HA-160D and would like to know what your opinions are on that, or similarly priced ($1,000'ish) alternatives please?

 

 

post #103 of 392
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Originally Posted by MusiCol View Post

My T1's took longer than expected to arrive, but there seems to be an increased demand for custom sleeves and IEM's, and as they say, you can't just employ a few more staff and expect them to get the backlog completed without a substantial training period.

 

Anyway, the custom sleeves for my IE8's kept me happy until the T1's arrived about a month ago. To start with I played pink noise at moderate levels for a few hours at a time during the first couple of weeks (approx 100 hours total), listening to music every day or 2, but couldn't discern any change to the sound quality / signature. As far as the SQ is concerned I can't fault the T1's but it didn't take long to realise that my current amp / DAC situation was holding them back and I wouldn't hear the full clarity, precision, and soundstage these custom IEM's are capable of producing without a major upgrade - but my finances are not quite up to that - yet! At the time I was using an iBasso D10 (with HiFlight's Topkit of Dual-mono opamps and buffers) for both amplification and DAC. With a little research I discovered that the consensus of opinion regarding the D10 is that although it is an excellent little unit with a superb amp, its weak point is its DAC, so I upgraded that with an HRT II+ and Wireworld cables for my home rig. Each of those changes made a significant improvement to the sound quality my T1's produced, and the icing on the cake (thus far) has been another few hundred hours of use. So in my opinion these IEM's benefit from a good long burn-in period - especially for the width and depth of their soundstage which is still a little cramped compared to my IE8's.

 

Apart from the soundstage - which is broadening and deepening with time and use - the sound quality is exactly what I was hoping for; crisp and clear and almost flat across the frequency spectrum but with a little extra bass - I call it a bit more "fun"! My ears are still adjusting to these custom IEM's so the sound I hear can be difficult to reproduce the next time I put them in. For that reason I think it's best if I wait a bit longer before going into any greater detail.

 

My musical tastes are primarily power-metal and drum n bass, although I listen to the full spectrum from classical to rap, and there's no gaps in the T1's performance - although as I said, I won't hear all they have to give until I have a substantially better amp and DAC at home. I am saving and planning to sell some (non head-fi) stuff on eBay soon to finance the upgrade these IEM's demand, and I would appreciate it if people can suggest a really good amp and DAC (preferably a combined unit). I've been thinking about a Burson Audio HA-160D and would like to know what your opinions are on that, or similarly priced ($1,000'ish) alternatives please?

 

 


Wow, great. Tell us about the detachable cable (pictures, too, please).
 

 

post #104 of 392

i have recently emailed to them regarding the detachable cable versions of the T1 and it was a fast reply frm them and they said tat within the nxt few weeks, they would launch the detachable cable version of the T1....

 

but this got me thinking... are they gonna launch or create T0.5 with 8 drivers anytime soon? =D

 

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I keep coming back to this thread, thinking one day I'll be joining you guys. On the plus side, by the time I can afford them they should have the detachable cable option and whatnot too. I'm already thinking about colour options and stuff. [/saddo]

 

 

 

*and yea after i was reading this forum/webby for a year plus... i finally got myself registered to this forum =D*


Edited by Fatalethal - 4/24/11 at 11:13pm
post #105 of 392
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Wow, great. Tell us about the detachable cable (pictures, too, please).
 

 


Unfortunately I can't tell you anything about the detachable cables - because my T1's don't have detachable cables!deadhorse.gif

 

I've never uploaded pictures onto Head Fi before so please be patient, but it will be worth waiting for as they are absolutely beautiful - clear silicon with a treble clef on the right ear piece and a bass clef on the left. Full marks to ACS for that. As soon as I have some spare time (hopefully either later today or tomorrow) I'll work out how to post photo's and do so.

 

If ACS are about to bring out a version with detachable cables I hope they will give a hefty discount to those of us who gave up waiting as it seemed hopeless (see flogging the dead horse above)! All owners of clear T1's will be aware of the large amount of "free space" (ie, just silicon) which could be utilised for placing a cable socket, so I don't know why ACS have not done this sooner. Hopefully, if Fatalethal's email reply is to be believed then we won't have to wait much longer.

 

I just thought I'd mention that in all fairness I didn't specifically ask for a detachable cable, although the supplied cable is so springy it can be a real nuisance - springing away from my ears so that I have to slide the little adjuster tight under my chin. However, the sound does render these problems insignificant once I've got them comfortably stable and they are singing like an angel!L3000.gif

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