Originally Posted by jant71
Frederik S(also a Head-fier) on Techpowerup gave the A03 a 7.9 in his review. If you are of the belief(or get them to perform) that the ASG-1 are among the top universals then they would score right around the 9.5 he gave the Westone 4R. Sounds like the A03 are a bassy, consumer sound and are good but not in the league of the ASG-1. If you experience the same as Frederik and find the Brainwavz M2 beat the A03 in some aspects of bass then they certainly can't keep up with the bass on the ASG-1.
To be perfectly honest, I have some questions about that review; what's Frederik's handle on Head-fi? I have some questions for him, as I don't hear them the same way. The A03 are bassy, but they are bassy in a good way (it shows up when it needs to, hides in the background when it's not needed), and that was not how it was portrayed in the review. I didn't find that it intruded into the midrange at all; in fact, I found myself concentrating on the midrange more than anything else. I also don't believe the M2 (from the short time I spent with it) is able to compare to the A03 at all. The only real, serious drawback to the A03 is its poor imaging characteristics. It has a very shallow soundstage. As for everything else, it's extremely good.
Muppet was only saying that she believed that the A03 was excellent for its price, which is around $150. The ASG-1 and the A03 are built and tuned for completely different roles and sound signatures. They're really not supposed to be compared to each other except for the fact that both fill up the ear concha and are unique designs in the universal realm of IEMs.
Note: I don't want to thread hijack, so if you're curious, send me a PM
Edited by tomscy2000 - 3/14/12 at 7:22am