Mine arrived today.
To all those in Europe, here is a breakdown of waiting time and charges:
15.02.12 - Trigger pulled
18.02.12 - Shipped
20.02.12 - Departed USA
21.02.12 - Arrived in UK
22.02.12 - Awaited Customs clearance
24.02.12 - Awaited Customs charging
27.02.12 - Revised Customs charge to be paid (£36 / 42 Euros)
28.02.12 - Customs charge paid
29.02.12 - Delivered
That's a total of 14 days from trigger pull to delivery. Not bad at all, if you ask me.
I love my GR07s - they're a truly excellent phone which have never lost their magic. To me however, the ASG-1s are better. Much better. And this is before burn in.
Very initial impressions (10 mins listening time and 30 mins tip rolling):
I can def see why some have been disappointed initially. The stock tips provide a good seal, appear to give adequate depth, but are sonically useless, at least to my canals. See tip thread on what I have tried, and what has worked best. What I will say may echo the thoughts of several others, and that's that different tips make a night and day difference. The ASG-1 went from something that I disliked, even with a perfect seal, to something that I am in awe of.
Damn these have good separation, layering and imaging, far beyond anything I've previous experienced. Detail? Oh there's detail. Lots of it. They're surprisingly mid-centric, but with bass enough to pummel you politely about the temples. Such impact. Clarity, again, goes far beyond my previous phones, as does comfort, cable and build quality.
I can't stress enough how much a difference after market tips make. I tried about 10 different types before I found the perfect match (again, see tip thread).
I won't say much more until tomorrow, when I've had some more listening time.
Lastly, I'd like to assure Archy and Gilly that these take psytrance to a whole new level.
Edited by Nulliverse - 2/29/12 at 6:24am