Pack21 thanks for your encouragement. I definitely intend to persist as I LIKE what I hear. I'm hoping ears will get used to the phones & discomfort will subside.
No pain no gain. Let see how long i last..
Right now listening to Drake's Take Care album & the bass is just huge. I'm about 24 hours into burn time & its definitely opening things up including the sub bass.
I said i would not comment until i had at least 50 hours on the phones but i have been so impressed with the bass that i have to share some opinions & findings.
I did a few A/B listens to the 'Take Care' & 'Marvin's Room' tracks with ASG-1 & EPH100.
Compared to EPH100 that i thought had a big satisfying bass the ASG-1 takes it to ANOTHER level with very tight, fuller bodied & texture levels that I never experienced with EPH100. You can really feel the bass reverberating & passing though you. Crazy sub bass - I'm revelling in it as i type.
I HIGHLY recommend Drake's 'Take Care' album if you want to experience what the ASG bass can do. Right now I definitely feel no need for a ZO amp.
ASG-1 is my new king of Hip-Hop / Rap.
There is one sound element beyond all that i find lacking from the ASG-1 - sparkle.
I recall initial listening sessions made me think that the EPH-100 did a much better job with Trance primarily because of the sparkle which gives that extra attention to fine detail. Many owners have agreed that the EPH100 excels at Trance/Electro - one of my main listening genre.
I'm not a fan of emphasised highs so i was glad to hear that the high end was easy on the ears. Having heard them I wish they could have had a just little sparkle like the EPH100's. I also listen to lot of Trance/Electro etc & i find sparkle essential to enjoy this genre.
Using my loved AKG Studio Monitor headphones (pure flat neutral sound) as reference, I had to EQU Foobar to around +10 @ 14KHz to get the ASG-1 to pick up same detail in highs.
It would seem with my setup, that as well as the mid hump around 1khz there is an even bigger dip at 14khz highs. I don't think a -10 could be tip related so its probably by design through tuning . Wonder if someone could ask Dale about this.
I will do a better A/B with Trance tracks soon & see if things have changed from my initial impressions with new found EQU settings.
So far one thing is for sure without the UE tips kindly provided by Nulliverse & some major EQU'ing these phones wouldn't be keepers for me.
They are definitely fine tuned for their intended single specialist purpose -stage monitors. Wish this had come across clearer early on.
Having said that the fact that some exotic EQU'ing can get these sounding exceptionally great goes to prove how capable & flexible these phones are.
To me it's become apparent that Aurisonics have something very special here. They can take the exact same phones & simply tune them differently for audiophile listening purposes to create a game changer in the audiophile phones market. Peace.
Hope following might be of use..
Listening done on PC Win7x64 with Asus Essence STX card. FLAC/CD tracks with Foobar using Asus ASIO output to headphone amp out. Tips of choice are UE.
Edited by archy121 - 4/1/12 at 1:30pm