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Originally Posted by Totally Dubbed View Post

hehe

 

Well its just interesting to know how many are actually outside the US
I'm guessing you all paid $50 shipping + customs taxes?

 

 



Yup. So that's $50 P&P, $50 customs charge and $179 for the phones themselves. But even at a total of $279, I don't in any way feel ripped off. Quite the contrary. The ASG-1s were a bargain at this price given their sonic qualities. For example, I spent a total of $460 on the SM3s, and wasn't half as impressed as this....

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Oh wow smily_headphones1.gif
U using those ts400s on them?
Even though the 500 range is the size for the asg1s
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As well as the USPS delivery & Customs TAX I also got robbed by the UK Parcel Force delivery who held my delivery to ransom until I paid additional £8 admin/clearance fee to them.  For me the total has come to around £200 which I think is a bargain for these headphones. I'm going to let the phones get at least 50 hours use before concluding my thoughts on sonic performance.

 

One issue I can confirm already is the fit. Looks like I'm in the 10% with non generic ears. frown.gif

 

Initially the fit seemed all good but prolonged wear is giving me a little ache against left ear. Closer inspection in the mirror showed that ASG-1's don't sit flat at all due to my ear shape/size. Although they are lodged firmly in place the discomfort from the fit might become a deal breaker unless my ears adjust to them. Any UK/EU Head-Fi'er interested in these keep a close eye as i might be forced to put them in classifieds which will be a shame as they are getting much better with burn to my ears.

 

 

ASG Bad Fit.PNG

 

 

Gotta love the HDR Photos from iPhone.

 


Edited by archy121 - 3/22/12 at 11:02am
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Originally Posted by Totally Dubbed View Post

hehe

 

Well its just interesting to know how many are actually outside the US
I'm guessing you all paid $50 shipping + customs taxes?

 

 


Nope smily_headphones1.gif I bought them "second hand" (you couldn't tell however hard you looked, used for an hour!). So I bought them fairly cheaper and at that value they are even more wooo!
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Originally Posted by Swimsonny View Post

Nope smily_headphones1.gif I bought them "second hand" (you couldn't tell however hard you looked, used for an hour!). So I bought them fairly cheaper and at that value they are even more wooo!


haha WOOOO :D

 

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Originally Posted by archy121 View Post

 

As well as the USPS delivery & Customs TAX I also got robbed by the UK Parcel Force delivery who held my delivery to ransom until I paid additional £8 admin/clearance fee to them.  For me the total has come to around £200 which I think is a bargain for these headphones. I'm going to let the phones get at least 50 hours use before concluding my thoughts on sonic performance.

 

One issue I can confirm already is the fit. Looks like I'm in the 10% with non generic ears. frown.gif

 

Initially the fit seemed all good but prolonged wear is giving me a little ache against left ear. Closer inspection in the mirror showed that ASG-1's don't sit flat at all due to my ear shape/size. Although they are lodged firmly in place the discomfort from the fit might become a deal breaker unless my ears adjust to them. Any UK/EU Head-Fi'er interested in these keep a close eye as i might be forced to put them in classifieds which will be a shame as they are getting much better with burn to my ears.

 

 

ASG Bad Fit.PNG

 

 

Gotta love the HDR Photos from iPhone.

 

 

 

Archy, glade for your new purchase.

Don't give up easily, initially i also had some difficulty in fit of my SM3, as in your pic, i see some space between shell and the ear.

Try putting a sticky mouse on edges, genus of minevery comfortable now.

 

img7574p.jpg

post #1837 of 2761
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Originally Posted by pack21 View Post

 

 

Archy, glade for your new purchase.

Don't give up easily, initially i also had some difficulty in fit of my SM3, as in your pic, i see some space between shell and the ear.

Try putting a sticky mouse on edges, genus of minevery comfortable now.

 

img7574p.jpg

 

Wow. Talk about industrious...
 

 

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Very creative pack21! They look real comfortable too.

 

I hope your fit issue is resolved Archy. What tips are you using?

 

Yes TotallyDubbed, TS-400s, which fit the ASG-1 like a glove. As per usual, I reverse them, to prevent even minimal loss of higher frequencies. I prefer the bass response with the UE single flange, but the Complys are unbeatable for details, isolation and comfort.

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Originally Posted by Nulliverse View Post

 

Yes TotallyDubbed, TS-400s, which fit the ASG-1 like a glove. As per usual, I reverse them, to prevent even minimal loss of higher frequencies. I prefer the bass response with the UE single flange, but the Complys are unbeatable for details, isolation and comfort.

+1 for the Ts-400 (or Ts-500 as well), they just make seal and fit so easy to achieve.

 

My ASG-1 have burned-in for 30h, and bass have finally awaken (typical of large dynamic drivers).

The bass response is very good (large dynamic drivers truly shine for this).

I still have a very large mid-hump that I have to EQ down, but female vocals have calmed down, they were unbelievely aggressive out of the box.

Drums have a very natural sound.

And isolation is just excellent.

I'll just continue the burn-in over the week-end, it should be enough to give a final opinion.

 

Quite pleased so far, although they can't touch my SE535Ltd in terms of separation, details, liveliness and build quality. But the pricetag is not the same (ASG-1 cost half of SE535Ltd, and my SE535Ltd have a added 6N OFHC braided cable adding 80$ to the bill), so all is well.

 

I'm curious to see when Aurisonics will release filters to tune down the mids and protect nozzles against wax invasion, I find it peculiar that nozzles are wide open like this, without any protective mesh...

 

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"Wax invasion" - you're my hero.

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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..

 

 

 

ASG Foobar EQU.jpg

 

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
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Edited by shotgunshane - 4/2/12 at 11:22am
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Thanks for the feedback, Shotgunshgane.

I hope we can all benefit from filters without the need of shipping the IEMs back for mounting.

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Edited by shotgunshane - 4/2/12 at 11:22am
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Originally Posted by Nulliverse View Post

Very creative pack21! They look real comfortable too.

 

I hope your fit issue is resolved Archy. What tips are you using?

 

Yes TotallyDubbed, TS-400s, which fit the ASG-1 like a glove. As per usual, I reverse them, to prevent even minimal loss of higher frequencies. I prefer the bass response with the UE single flange, but the Complys are unbeatable for details, isolation and comfort.


 

I prefer the UE tips being a bass lover. Every decibel counts. Isolation with UE tips is very good for me but I will have to look into how much detail i might be losing against the complys.

 

Unfortunately my discomfort is not from the tips as that would have been fairly easy to resolve. Its the casing not sitting correctly & pressing against ears.

Pack21's solution might do the trick but little extreme for me.   

 

Shotgunshane are the highs affecting in any way with the filters ?

Can we get a photo ?


Edited by archy121 - 3/22/12 at 5:07pm
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