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Ok, my take on the ASG-1 after about 20 hrs burn time:

 

When I'm not listening intently, the ASG-1 seems to do just about everything right. It's the most neutral headphone I have owned to date. Its very good at revealing detail, probably more than any IEM I've owned. But when I pay closer attention to the tonal balance and try to really immerse myself in the music, the lash of lushness is disappointing and the spike in the upper mids makes me cringe. Vocals are surprisingly clear at lower volumes, but not enveloping or forward. I disagree with the sentiment that they sound "hollow;" they seem rather full and complete to me, just not particularly engaging or forward. Bass is great and EQs well, although doing so offsets the overall neutral/mid-focused tonal balance of the IEM. Cymbals, again, sound fine when I'm not paying too much attention, or when I tune treble up a bit, but as-is the cymbals are very dull sounding and seem colored by the upper mids rather than the higher treble.

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I've not tried Metallica yet, but can vouch that the ASG-1s pull Discharge (one of Metallicas more prominent influences) off very well. Just listened to Neurosis also, and if it's at all possible, these phones make them sound even more unpleasant. This being a good thing of course...

 

Currently listening to Joy Division, getting the same haunting effect I did with the SM3s, where Ian Curtis' vocal comes from behind my head, as if connecting the past to the present. Pretty poignant, given the quite desperation of his lyrics and pending suicide."The past is now part of my future, the present is way out of hand". Ouch!

 

Anyway... time for something a little more lighthearted I think!

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Gilly87 View Post

Ok, my take on the ASG-1 after about 20 hrs burn time:

 

When I'm not listening intently, the ASG-1 seems to do just about everything right. It's the most neutral headphone I have owned to date. Its very good at revealing detail, probably more than any IEM I've owned. But when I pay closer attention to the tonal balance and try to really immerse myself in the music, the lash of lushness is disappointing and the spike in the upper mids makes me cringe. Vocals are surprisingly clear at lower volumes, but not enveloping or forward. I disagree with the sentiment that they sound "hollow;" they seem rather full and complete to me, just not particularly engaging or forward. Bass is great and EQs well, although doing so offsets the overall neutral/mid-focused tonal balance of the IEM. Cymbals, again, sound fine when I'm not paying too much attention, or when I tune treble up a bit, but as-is the cymbals are very dull sounding and seem colored by the upper mids rather than the higher treble.


Hey Goly, what is your EQ like on poweramp?

 

Maybe upping the highs will give it that life you crave?
I did that for my MG7's and it changed it dramatically from being "hollow" sounding to "full"

 

 

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I dare anyone here to whip out your MP8320 and listen to your same tracks you been listening to with the ASG-1s. Might surprise ya'll. lol!!

 

The old MP8320 just surprises time after time.  mini ASGs? lol! And for guys that passed the buck on those. Shame on you. Everyone should have a pair or 3. lol!

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Just listened to some Metallica.

 

The good: Drums and guitars sound great. Drums sound very clear and distinct with excellent separation. The guitars are very forward with just the right amount of crunch. Very detailed and grabbed my attention the most.

 

The bad: Vocals and highs sound unnatural. Very unnatural. The tone of Hetfield's voice is completely off the mark. The weird thing is that there a veil specifically over the vocals. The highs lack energy, brightness, sparkle, and extension. The absolute strangest sounding highs I've ever heard.

 

For me, it's a mixed bag of good and bad.
 

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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

Rip N burn. Try out all of your Metallica but Justice for all man!! And these tunes

DZdamn!



 

Agreed!
 

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Originally Posted by alphaphoenix View Post

My vote goes to the album "Master of Puppets"



 

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Hi Guys,

Yes the asg-1's have an awesome sound, detailed, nice sound stage, a lot of presence, for an iem at this price they're an amazing buy. However, I've apparently got mutant elfin ears (very, very small). My husband finds these very comfortable and easy to fit.  I can barely get them "seated" in my ears and then they are extremely uncomfortable (since I essentially have to force them into the ridge formed by the anti-helix and concha (thanks Wiki for "anatomy of the ear" results!).  I've tried a huge range of tips (but its really a "housing" issue, not a tip issue).  Also, Dale at Aurisonics and Matt at Springtree are really wonderful (I've been e-mailing them), they're so helpful.

 

So despite thinking this is an awesome iem (and a bargain!), I'll be posting it on the "for sale" page in a couple of hours.

 

I know what you guys are saying.......give the asg-1s to your hubby!!! But, he really doesn't care about iems and would actually prefer a $10 pair that he doesn't have to worry about breaking or losing (bless his soul, at least one of us is sensible!!).

 

Enjoy the music and the iems....

Hikergrl

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I think a lot of the unnatural sound you guys are referring to might have to do with just how the sound is funneled instead of being more of a direct fire. The way the driver is housed in the earphones and the careful sculpting it took to funnel the sound through. I just accepted the sound the way it is emitted. I got used to it but I remember on the very first listen thinking something is very off on the sound much like they way you are describing.. I kinda had to retrain the way I hear from other dynamic universals I have vs these. 

 

Even going from the ASG-1 to my $7.11 MP 8320s. Obviously the MP is not gonna hang but for guys that are more used to the way most earphones sound believe it or not the MP has more of a proper direct fire sound. I think if you just use the ASG-1s more and more it kinda trains your brain the way it throws out the sound and that is when everything gets clear. This kinda happened early for me but for some it will be a flaw that will be hard to ignore.

 

Just do some A/Bing with other earphones you guys have and you will know what I am talking about. But to be honest I got used to it and I am digging how it sounds.

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<threadjack>

 

I've seen several mentions of Poweramp in recent postings.  Aside from an EQ, is there anything going on in software that improves sound quality over, say, using Google Music?

 

</threadjack>

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I personally don't hear the more "unnatural" aspects of the iems that people are reporting, but the sound is definitely influenced by the angle or position of the nozzle in my ear canal.  Also they certainly sounded a little "edgy", "harsh" and "rough" before about 20 h of "burn in".  So, although its difficult to leave them alone when they first arrive, try not to be disappointed by your first listen! - Hikergrl


Edited by hikergrl - 3/7/12 at 6:29pm
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I'm really sorry to clutter up this thread.......but due to my asg-1s not fitting me (because of my mutant, apparently wierdly, diminutive, elfin ears). I want to sell them. 

But apparently I don't have "permission to post" in the "for sale" forum.  I can't find the "forum rules" anywhere (I have looked). Can I ask you guys - do you need a certain number of posts, or something before you're able to do this?

If yes, maybe I'll have to start thinking of things to say (in other threads!).  In the meantime, if anyone is interested in a pair of 4 day old asg-1s, please PM me with your e-mail address (since I'm also limited to 2 PMs, gosh its not easy being a newbie!).

Hikergrl



Yep. You need 25 posts to be able to create a classified.

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So keep posting hikergrl.lol! You can make one sentence posts. I am sure guys here wont mind.

post #1422 of 2761

ok first Aurisonics and now Apple...I NEED BETTER INCOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Thanks for the info guys ( and the encouragement!)

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But I really can't do this to you......

I'll pretend to know something on another thread!!

See you later - Hikergrl

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<threadjack>

 

I've seen several mentions of Poweramp in recent postings.  Aside from an EQ, is there anything going on in software that improves sound quality over, say, using Google Music?

 

</threadjack>



not really but ten band eq, bass and treble dials, nameable presets, defeatable tone control, mono button. not rockbox but light years ahead of the stock player. Most android phones are made for iems although I can run both versions of fostex (modded and stock) My D2 (which has a really good power section) runs the mentioned phones at 75 maybe 80%. best method in selection of albums, artist etc.the music also pauses when the hp plug is removed....did I mention FLAC? grab the trial!

 

forgot wifi, using es file explorer I can browse my music shares and copy paste....I have a wish list for poweramp, reverse channels and some crossfeed. many, many levels of settings.

 


Edited by ri_toast - 3/7/12 at 6:55pm
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