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When I had trouble with some new electronics, they directed me to the manufacturer. Other retailers would take a return (Amazon is great this way), I'm still dealing with the same manufacturer (CEntrance) to try to get it working properly. That is why I don't say not to use them, I have purchased a number of things from them. But, imo (and this is just me), the discount has to be high enough (my arbitrary number is 40% or more) to justify the waits and the lack of support for things (from someone else's post, seems they will help if something is DOA, but if the issue is more subtle, at least I felt on my own).

ymmv, and I really love the Titan1, which I think I did get from Massdrop, so I didn't follow my own rule. But, that's my take on it.

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Just got in a pair of these yesterday...


...the ATH-SPORT2 in navy/yellow.

 

They are starting to appear in the US.  Not sure what the street prices will be as I bought a CES hand out off someone. So, not an actual store bought one.

 

I only knew that the Sport2 has a new 28ohm driver and is said to be balanced sounding. Not the typical sport earphone signature. The only thing the box says as far as sound is "CRISP/CLEAR AUDIO".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ATH-SPORT2 is a part of the new sport series. It has a lightweight cable that is J to not deal with tangling as much and to be able to just wear them on the neck. You, know after your work out you don't really have a case in your pocket or if you stop and talk to someone or do something you take them out, they rest on your neck and your hands are free. J-cord is more for sport and not to well liked for normal phones.

 

Thing is the phone they most resemble in form, fit, and sound is the Titan-1. Using both with AT tips, the Titan 1 have no edge in clarity to the Sport 2. The Sport2 though is one of the few phones I have looked for tips that give more bass and warmth. Much the opposite of sports/exercise models like the Sony AS800 or the Pioneer E721/751. I have tested, so far, on my Sony S639 and A15 and my iriver E300.

 

The SPORT2 sound balance, tube angle and depth, light thinnish cable are all quite Titan-ish like. If someone wants a sport version of the DUNU these would fit nicely. Not up to the sound quality of the Titan-1. Bass reach is a bit less and the iso is better and the stage suffers a bit. Titan-1 is a bit bigger sounding. Detail hasn't fully come in yet but I can't complain even vs. the Titan 1 and IM02. They were $25 shipped so not gonna complain at all. A step down but not that much.

 

As you see in the pic above all the secure fit pieces are off. They are pretty big and ear filling so that I can use either the small or none at all. I choose none so my left side get more fit depth. Bigger ears should get better fit and a bit more bass than I do. So maybe more bass and warmth than me but still almost armature sounding with a quick and clean note. Doubt they could ever be really muddy sounding except for occlusion effect. Either way they will be more in the balance sounding camp than the bass heavy camp. The Sport 3 is known to be the bassier model so far.

 

The Sport2 do make phones I have sound muddy. FX46 is similar pricing but gets beat quite handily. CX3.00 gets beat even with the filters removed from the tubes. The CX5.00 also gets beat cause it is only slightly better than the CX3.00.

 

Brainwavz S0 is also a balanced sounding phone and good esp. with a slightly looser seal than you can get. Still, the SPORT2 is cleaner and more natural sounding with better treble tone and tighter sharper bass.

 

An interesting comparison, though maybe not the same signature, will be the VSD2S when they arrive. From my memory of the VSD1(non-S) The S0 > VSD1 slightly so the SPORT2 may still beat the VSD2 which I did no think would be the case. The S version is said to have slightly better but less bass and better clarity than the VSD2 and the VSD2 is a small step above the VSD1 so the 2S and S2 :) should be very close.

 

So, I can certainly recommend the SPORT 2 as they look good, have a light cable, are rinse-able(IPX5) and fine for sweat or rainy days. They have a quick and easy fit and a good clean sound. The stock isolating tips are amongst my favorites as they are similar to the CKP200 that I use on the Titan and other phone for quality bass w/o treble degradation. Clip is generic, no case, and the ambient tips and secure fit pieces are of no use to me but may be to others. For the prices, $31 shipped from CD Japan and the U.S. street prices, they are weatherproof, seemingly durable and offer a high SQ value especially if you like a more balanced signature.

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I wonder how they sound compared to the Sony AS800AP. For a sport headphone, they too are excellent sounding...in fact they just sound great regardless of the intended use/marketing jargon.
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How much bass does the Sony have compared to the Titan 1?? The Sport2 has less for me than the Titan does. I would think the Sony is more bass focused vs. the balance of the Sport 2. More like the IM02 and Titan than the JVC/Sony kind of sound.

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How much bass does the Sony have compared to the Titan 1?? The Sport2 has less for me than the Titan does. I would think the Sony is more bass focused vs. the balance of the Sport 2. More like the IM02 and Titan than the JVC/Sony kind of sound.


The Sony has less prominent mid-bass, and more sub-bass. They're exceptionally smooth. I haven't heard them yet, but the general opinion of the Sennheiser Momentum in-ear's bass seems to fit the AS800AP well; big bass, but somehow it just feels right and never too excessive. For a bassy earphone, the AS800AP doesn't recess the mids, and the treble isn't bright or harsh as I notice is often the case with JVC/Sony stuff. They're just a really well tuned bassy iem. Mids sound more forward on the AS800AP vs. the Titan 1 as well, and as a result they're less v- and more u-shaped. I can't stress enough how nice they are to listen to. Their butt-ugly design and sport designation do no justice to the wonderful drivers stuffed inside.


 


Edited by B9Scrambler - 3/28/15 at 11:19am
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Yeah, I hear the Sport2 as having less mid and sub bass and just having leaner and quicker bass notes than the Titan 1. Its' take on a sport earphone would seem to be lean, quick, and energetic more than many of the common bass emphasized options out there. To get you going with it's energy. Though since I listen to radio and quite a few podcasts the excess bass of some models tends to balance that out and smooth over which works sometimes. Still the more neutral Sport2 still has worked well today outside with some walks as the snow flurries fall(except for the serrated cable and the top of my jackets zipper interacting). Isolation has been solid and enough bass and the bass quality is a surprise as is the vocal quality and the treble. For sure going to be more crisp and less smooth than the Sony AS800 would seem. Still want to see how they finish cooking though :)

 

I hear the vocals on the Sport 2 as more forward that the DUNU and less forward than the IM02. A bit closer vocals but every bit as good as the DUNU.


Edited by jant71 - 3/28/15 at 3:52pm
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For sure going to be more crisp and less smooth than the Sony AS800 would seem. Still want to see how they finish cooking though :)


 


 

 

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I hope the Sport2 stay crisp, bright, and detailed after burn in. It's nice to have some choice in the sport earphone market. Glad to hear both are a little more vocal forward as well. Seems to be a bit of a trend with lately. Not a bad thing.

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I was looking into the Titan for running and working out, but it seems like these Sport 2s might be a good fit for me. They seem like they would fit metal music very well!
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 ^ Listening to the Sport 2 quite a bit today and they haven't sounded bad on any song nor been bogged down or gotten smeared. Nothing they couldn't handle as far as quick or complex. Even bad recording sounded pretty damn good. Should do well with metal.

 

Been using the Sport 2 with my large IM02 tips. Only had oe problem which was the Sport 2 sounded better with the S639 than with my A15. They do sound a bit different now so I realized that flat on the one Sony was great but I needed to not run the A15 on flat EQ. once I upped the Clear bass one notch then reduced 400 Hz by one notch that fixed the A15/Sport 2 pairing.

 

One thing I noticed is that the Sport 2 and Aurisonics Rockets have nearly the same plug and strain relief. The AT's makes sense as it is not as stiff and is more appropriately sized. Now that shape makes more sense as to fit a finger underneath and thumb on top to pull the plug out. The Rockets plug was just so big you just grabbed the base of it. This one I just naturally put the thumb on top and hook the finger underneath as the ergonomics are well thought out. Rockets never occurred to me due to the size and stiffness I wouldn't want to pull behind the relief area as to not risk putting more strain on the jack. 

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