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post #1531 of 2761

 

...aaaand... I've just got my pair. burning em in as i type. 

 

very, very initial impressions:

 

- stock tips aren't the best. cycled through a bunch and the comply T-500 seem to fit the best (at least i *think* they're T-500s, not too sure cos i just swiped a pair off chern's desk :p sorry mate.)

 

- as with all IEMs, a good seal is paramount. i'm dead sensitive to seal - which is why i switched to customs a few years back - and I fully hate it when a pair of IEMs don't seal properly. FWIW, couldn't get a proper seal with the stock tips.

 

- That "shouty" character is immediately present on first listen. can be very disconcerting if you're not prepared. Caveat emptor! That said, the vocals don't jump out that much after a bit of burn in, and after letting your ears acclimatise to the signature. I'm no audiophile or sound engineer, but i reckon there's a significant high-mid hump to let vocals and guitars pop out a bit more. I can see how this would be very useful in a live monitoring situation - oftentimes I have to push my vocals pretty high in the mix to actually hear myself, to the detriment of hearing everyones else. I suspect that bone conduction causes some sort of phase cancellation in the critical freqs. This just might be the ticket to hearing myself sing better onstage. guitars sound a bit nasally with this mid-hump. I'm gonna give it a couple weeks to burn in and settle and see how this midrange hump develops. Its very pronounced on some songs, not that pronounced on others - some of my earlier recordings with one of my previous bands sounds dreadfully midrangey, whilst my more recent demo recordings (shameless self-promo: see link in my sig :p) sound more or less like what I remember, though that mid hump is definitely there. Might try using these instead of my DT1350s when tracking vocals. 

 

- Definitely not a reference monitor. I'm not anal about accuracy and all that, but I definitely would want to use something with a flatter midrange response to do my mixing. Some music seems to turn out a bit boxy-sounding as well.

 

- Bass - i'm slightly disappointed with the quantity of bass on tap, considering the advertised freq response and driver size. yes, specs aren't everything, but i did take them as an indication of some thumpin' low end goodness. that said, they do go deep and low, so I know i can probably dial in moar bass on the aviom system when i'm onstage. i'm not losing hope though, i reckon the low end will come out a bit more with some burn in - much like how my DT1350s sounded a tad anemic in the first few days / weeks, and are positively lovely low-end wise now. Do note that I've been using a pair of custom tipped Atrios for years now, and have grown very accustomed to that sort of mad low end. 

 

- These IEMs are sensitive... I'm hearing a strange background hum / hiss in my laptop rig when i don't have music playing. Am running a MBP into a Line 6 UX1 - mainly for home demo recording, and i run music out to my nEar 04 nearfields. amazing. and now i'm going to go try and trace the source of that hum.

 

- soundstage / seperation - very, very immersive. seperation is very good, almost reference quality seperation. stereo imaging is very wide, i'd daresay its even wider than my DT1350 (which isn't that wide to begin with). definitely wider than the Atrios, even with the custom tips. listening to my demo recordings, instruments that i've panned hard left and right are REALLY hard left and right. whilst I won't use these as primary reference cans to dial in tones, i'll definitely be using these to check and adjust my stereo placement.

 

That's it for now. Need to give myself (and my ASG-1s) a rest.

 

TL;DR: midrange hump can be off-putting, might sound nasally and boxy out of the.. box. stereo spread / soundstage is wide by my standards. bass isn't brain-thumpingly heavy but there's potential for this to blossom in the days to come.

 

Will post more impressions in a week or so, once i've burnt these in and gotten used to the signature.

 

Pictures coming soon!

 

p/s that otterbox really is hard to open and close! i reckon i've got pretty strong hands but man, these boxes sure are tough to open. i suppose its built that way for a good reason but maybe us mere mortals could have an easier-to-open option?


Edited by kangcore - 3/12/12 at 11:01am
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My friend opened it using two thumbs and that's the method I use now. Much easier and less painful.
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^ Thanks for the review. Now I am certain that I was right on passing up on them.

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I decided to grab one of these...http://www.ebay.com/itm/custom-upgrade-cables-for-ue-ultimate-ears-UE-TF10-SF3-5PRO-/280832716900?pt=Other_MP3_Player_Accessories&hash=item4162ef3064

 

Cheap, quick to arrive, well made, easy to trim, and a nice design.

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Basically a straight braid, no real Y(first 2/3 of the length is double sheathed with shrink tubing), no slider, heat set ear guides(no metal wire), red/blue shrink tube indicators and a Pailicc's plug. Nicely made and a good design ergonomically. Continues the trend of shorter is better(for me anyway) for the over the ear portion and it holds the ASG-1 at nearly the right angle for a perfect fit. The most comfortable and ergonomically nicest cable so far. Best looking as well.

 

Sound-wise I won't say much other than it also corrects the ASG-1's tuning and it might have the most apparent treble. I should take some time to acclimate and find the right tips. Sounds good but I think there is something missing that the UE stock cable does to make the presentation unique. Something in the layering and depth that make it 3-D sounding. Might not have the synergy but it is early yet. Love to keep this one on as it's fit, comfort, and looks are a sweet match but it all comes down to the sound in the end, right?

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Edited by jant71 - 3/12/12 at 2:45pm
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Nice wire :)

For a good price too!

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Originally Posted by Totally Dubbed View Post

Nice wire :)

For a good price too!



A nice buy indeed. If I'm not changing tips the difference between the three cables signature is fairly obvious to me and easy to describe. The stock cable is mid-focused and voiced like a stage monitor, the UE cable is fun and has a more bass/guitar focused sound, and this new cable is audiophile sounding with the most/airiest treble. This cable has the most transparency and clarity. Whatever people want to call it, artificial, bubble-like encasement, echo, or unfocused it really seems to go away most with this cable. Not the tightest or textured sounding bass at this point though but it is still early on.

 

Lol, just noticed that the physical L/R indicators are switched on my pair vs. the ebay pictures. While the red and blue are sighted, the one side longer sheathing blind indicator is on the right on my pair and left is longer in the auction pictures. Doesn't matter since you just want to be able to tell them apart in low/no light. Doesn't matter which side is longer or shorter.


Edited by jant71 - 3/12/12 at 5:11pm
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hey, possible to snap some pictures of you wearing the asg-1 with the cable. Possibly a full shot from ear to the DAP. Indeed cheap and good looking cable but afraid it might not be flexible or versatile as it looks. I need it for 3-4 hours a day for daily commute so i'm quite picky on the cables.
 

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A nice buy indeed. If I'm not changing tips the difference between the three cables signature is fairly obvious to me and easy to describe. The stock cable is mid-focused and voiced like a stage monitor, the UE cable is fun and has a more bass/guitar focused sound, and this new cable is audiophile sounding with the most/airiest treble. This cable has the most transparency and clarity. Whatever people want to call it, artificial, bubble-like encasement, echo, or unfocused it really seems to go away most with this cable. Not the tightest or textured sounding bass at this point though but it is still early on.

 

Lol, just noticed that the physical L/R indicators are switched on my pair vs. the ebay pictures. While the red and blue are sighted, the one side longer sheathing blind indicator is on the right on my pair and left is longer in the auction pictures. Doesn't matter since you just want to be able to tell them apart in low/no light. Doesn't matter which side is longer or shorter.



 

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Very interesting impressions with the new cable! I'll have to think about trying out my TF10 cable sometime.
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Thanks for the info & impressions about the cable, jant71.. I've ordered it.  Should be delivered by Friday this week.

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Originally Posted by eclipes View Post

hey, possible to snap some pictures of you wearing the asg-1 with the cable. Possibly a full shot from ear to the DAP. Indeed cheap and good looking cable but afraid it might not be flexible or versatile as it looks. I need it for 3-4 hours a day for daily commute so i'm quite picky on the cables.
 



 


Tomorrow. I took a quick one but my internet connection is not uploading the file. Lucky to get this through right now. To describe it, it is much less springy than a solid core cable like the SilverRay and straightens out/has no bends compared to the UE stock cable which is also stiffer and thicker. They weight of the plug easily straightens it out totally. It is slightly springy and not very supple but not bothersome. If you've ever had an ER4, it is very similar in cable flexibility.

 

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Originally Posted by jant71 View Post



A nice buy indeed. If I'm not changing tips the difference between the three cables signature is fairly obvious to me and easy to describe. The stock cable is mid-focused and voiced like a stage monitor, the UE cable is fun and has a more bass/guitar focused sound, and this new cable is audiophile sounding with the most/airiest treble. This cable has the most transparency and clarity. Whatever people want to call it, artificial, bubble-like encasement, echo, or unfocused it really seems to go away most with this cable. Not the tightest or textured sounding bass at this point though but it is still early on.

 

Lol, just noticed that the physical L/R indicators are switched on my pair vs. the ebay pictures. While the red and blue are sighted, the one side longer sheathing blind indicator is on the right on my pair and left is longer in the auction pictures. Doesn't matter since you just want to be able to tell them apart in low/no light. Doesn't matter which side is longer or shorter.


Hmm... Maybe the stock asg cable can actually be used to improve the known mid-recess problem of tf10...
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what pins actually fit the asg-1?

post #1543 of 2761

It was mentioned before in this thread, but Westone pins fit.

post #1544 of 2761

I've got 5h into my ASG-1's and they're starting to rock. The stock tips didn't do it for me either but I'm getting good results from the meelec double flange "balance" tips.  

 

BTW, has anyone started a thread on which amps to pair with the ASG-1's yet?  :p


Edited by cherns - 3/12/12 at 8:33pm
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Originally Posted by ulogin View Post

^ Thanks for the review. Now I am certain that I was right on passing up on them.


 

 

not sure if you're referring to my very early impressions, but i think i should restate the obvious and say that these are very, very early impressions. i'm sure we all know that any dynamic driver IEM isn't going to sound fantastic right out of the box, much like any great 'can. my DT1350s weren't terribly stellar out of the box either, but they've blossomed into a pair of 'cans i'd just for any of my recording / critical listening applications. 

 

 

now, about 6-10 hours of noise and sweeps later... ladies and gentlemen, we have bass. Not yet head-thumpingly massive but the bass is coming out a bit more now. 
 

 

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