And I completely disagree with eke2k6. I can produce three or four head-fiers who love the Cardas, and wouldn't say that the ASG-2 runs circles around it. Now, I don't know how long the others had the Cardas to listen to it and burn it in, but I know you didn't have it for an extended period of time to listen to, eke, and you wrote it off quite quickly. So I'm just giving my experience with it after longer periods of listening time and burning it in.
Now, with that stated, I didn't say the Cardas was BETTER than the ASG-2. You never seen me type that. I'm not saying it's significantly worse either. They don't sound the same, But I was asked MY opinion (not yours or Joker's). That's how I hear it sir. lol
I pay no attention to the graphs, because most times graphs that are put up don't reflect how I hear an earphone. I have stated in recent posts that Aurisonics is my FAVORITE universal earphone company (tied with 1964 EARS for favorite customs company), so I'm not in any shape or form trying to belittle the ASG-2. It's a great earphone! It's a great company (Aurisonics)! Buy more American by the way!
I've also stated in a recent post (on one of these threads - forget which one) that my favorite top three earphones to listen to right now are the AS-2, V6, and M200 (no particular order). After those three, I chose the Cardas. So for me, the ASG-2 doesn't run rings around the Cardas, or vice versa. Both are great sound quality-wise, but the Cardas is a sound signature - I will admit - that you have to spend more time with it to get use to it. I wouldn't call it weird though. It has it's own niche. I've heard a lot of earphones (sans these super expensive $1K or near it universals, which I'm okay with because I don't think I will ever pay $1k for a universal). The Cardas ranks up there with one of the best to my ears. But I will say this, there seems to be no middle ground on opinions about the Cardas. Either head-fi members love it or hate it . I fall in the love it camp. It is becoming the most polarizing iem here since the TF10 (which I was never a big fan of but most on head-fi seemed to love it. I was never big fan of the DBA02 either).
Cardas can sit proudly next to the ASG-2 in my list of favorite earphones.
The actual companies aren't what's being discussed. I was only talking about the ASG-2 and Cardas iems.
For the record, I listened to the Cardas for a week, including a weekend of "burn" on top of what it already had.. That's long enough IMO.
You stated that the Cardas had finer detail that the ASG-2, which is far from what I heard. It was shocking to me to the point of laughter how much clearer the ASG-2 was than the Cardas...and the ASG-2 is already a fairly warm iem. The ASG-2 also has less mid-bass than the Cardas. As for black space, the ASG-2 easily bests the Cardas in this because of its taller soundstage. But my primary issue had to do with the mid-range tonality I was hearing, along with the nose-dive after 5 kHz.
As for the graphs, one has to know how to interpret them before agreeing or disagreeing. That said, our preferences are another thing entirely.
-PS, it's only a matter of time until you buy a $1K phone . I remember how upset you were when the PFE 232 came out at its asking price.
Edited by eke2k6 - 11/29/13 at 9:48am