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Originally Posted by WoahReQQuiem View Post

How does the ASG-1 do Rock music, compared to something like the TF10, or Grados?
And how do they compare overall to the IE 80?



I wish I could answer your question directly, but I don't own any of those headphones :(  The ASG-1s have an extremely energetic midrange that will help with instrumental detailing (guitars, vocals, etc.).  The bass is well textured and digs deep, but is definitely closer to the neutral side of things.  The highs are the problem area.

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Originally Posted by WoahReQQuiem View Post

How does the ASG-1 do Rock music, compared to something like the TF10, or Grados?
And how do they compare overall to the IE 80?



These work for rock in my eye very well. Compared to the ie8s these blow them clean out of the water in all aspects other than a slightly smaller soundstage! Bass wise out of them two is also quite down to preference!

post #2268 of 2761
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Originally Posted by tinyman392 View Post


It does nderemphasize the lower-mids, I'll agree with that.  LOL, what was your definition?

 

I actually would rate these dynamics pretty highly, they aren't the absolute best (need more treble response), but all the way up to the midrange, they are beautifully crafted.


Last post on page 150. I hate being the last post on a page lol.

I meant dynamics as in dynamic range, you know range or ratio between quietest and loudest passages.
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Originally Posted by WoahReQQuiem View Post

How does the ASG-1 do Rock music, compared to something like the TF10, or Grados?
And how do they compare overall to the IE 80?


Not that i can compare to those but probably less sparkle and treble energy. Good resolution but lacks bite and the best texture. Very toe tapping (or head banging) though.
post #2270 of 2761

Hello head-fi family. So, I finally received my custom tips and prototype filters for the ASG-1. I easily have a good 200 hours or better on the ASG-1, as it's been my "go to" IEM for a good couple of months now.

 

I don't have too much in additional impressions (that's different than earlier ones) because I need much more serious listening time with my add-ons to the ASG-1. But here are a few brief observations:

 

- Custom tips make a world of difference. You just get isolation and a deeper nicer bass sound (cohesive with the rest of the spectrum) that pulls far ahead of the any tips rolling I have done. The tips are constructed out of nice silicon and are excellent.

 

- I tried the filters, but my thinking right now is that the filter aren't necessarily needed if you have custom tips. I can see the sound being a bit too much to some people's ears with filters and custom tips.

 

- Filters deepen the bass even more and brings the instrumentation much closer to your face (to me it kind of reminded more of the SM3 this way. Mids are pushed back with the filters, but not by a great deal. The sound signature is changed and I'm not sure this will be agreeable with all listeners. It is more V-shaped. Now, I think the filters also cuts down on the treble a bit. At this point can't say which one sounds the best - filtered or unfiltered. I can say, however, the sound signatures are a bit different. Again, I need more listening. 

 

That's about it for now. I will fill in some details later. Happy listening..

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Last post on page 150. I hate being the last post on a page lol.
I meant dynamics as in dynamic range, you know range or ratio between quietest and loudest passages.


Oh, gotcha.  The dynamics are well done, but really do follow the general sound signature.  So vocals will always be loud and with energy.  It's not to say they don't have dynamics, the signature really places them louder than everything else, so they do get softer and louder dynamicly, but don't lower as much as the instrumentals do.  The instrumentals have great dynamics though. 

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I did a little session with bassy music this evening (by bassy I mean with a strong and detached bass line) filled with a strong female voice (France Gall, a French singer from the 70-80s) and alternated between my EPH-100, ASG-1 and SE535Ltd.

 

Of course, I had 3 EQ settings, one for each IEM (flat for EPH-100, -5 to -3dB in the mids for ASG-1, V-shaped for SE535Ltd [+2, 0, -2, 0, +2dB]), since I'm looking for a pretty lively sound. You may wanna stop reading now if you want comparisons without EQ, I don't see the point of comparing IEMs flat when I don't like them flat (except the EPH-100). My conclusions haven't changed.

 

- EPH-100 still sound fairly neutral, with nice bass impact, precise mids and nice treble (although some drums still sound a bit strange, but this is the trademark of the Yamahas). Sound is overall laid back, non fatiguing, with excellent layering and separation. In 2 words: easy listening, although the forward cymbals may shock some.

 

- ASG-1 sound more fatiguing, even with the big EQ dip in the mids: the bass is very profound, goes very deep without being overshadowing the rest. Mids are precise and rather cold, except for the huge spike in the higher mids in the area of female vocals. Even at -4/5dB, female vocals are way too loud in my opinion, it destroys the overall sound balance which is otherwise very nice (on songs without female voices, ASG-1 are just excellent). Treble are relatively laid back, so are drums, which sound very relaxed. The best part is the forward projection (180°), which is excellent. Everything would be excellent if not for the piercy female voices, these are still difficult to bear even after heavy EQ-ing (mainly at 1.1kHz).

 

- SE535Ltd, equalized with this light V, are completely on the fun side. Bass is well controled, could go deeper but it fares more than well already for BA-based IEMs. Mids are a masterpiece of precision, smoothness and separation, voices are gorgeous (and very much in your face), piano is never lost in the background like it can sometimes be with the other 2 IEMs, drums are very fast which I like a lot (although people will prefer the more smooth drums produced by the ASG-1s). Treble, with any aftermarket cable except the stock one, are extremely precise as well, with a good extension and no sibilence at all. Overall, very dynamic sound, while still being clean and amazingly layered. No real forward projection, it is more 2D and close, but this provides an intense immersion.

 

I keep the ASG-1 in the hope of getting a more "universal" sound signature with the mid filters, but I still prefer the SE535Ltd by a large margin so far, they're so much fun and so precise.

I would put EPH-100 and ASG-1 at the same level, they're good IEMs but less homogenous in nature. While drums sometimes sound a bit too forward with EPH-100, on ASG-1 it is the same with female voices. Other than that, they share similar abilities (I didn't say they sound the same): good isolation, excellent bass, clean mids, laid-back treble and a nice forward projection. EPH-100 sound a bit more fun while ASG-1 are a bit more clinical (although clarity is roughly on the same level).

 

My 2.5 cents.

 

I hope Aurisonics will let us know when filters are available for the masses. Preferably soon otherwise I might sell them. biggrin.gif

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Have you tried just EQ.ing the Aurisonics ASG-1 with BASS and smothering the mids? I actually found this to bring out the best in them thus far!

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Originally Posted by tienbasse View Post

I did a little session with bassy music this evening (by bassy I mean with a strong and detached bass line) filled with a strong female voice (France Gall, a French singer from the 70-80s) and alternated between my EPH-100, ASG-1 and SE535Ltd.

 

Of course, I had 3 EQ settings, one for each IEM (flat for EPH-100, -5 to -3dB in the mids for ASG-1, V-shaped for SE535Ltd [+2, 0, -2, 0, +2dB]), since I'm looking for a pretty lively sound. You may wanna stop reading now if you want comparisons without EQ, I don't see the point of comparing IEMs flat when I don't like them flat (except the EPH-100). My conclusions haven't changed.

 

- EPH-100 still sound fairly neutral, with nice bass impact, precise mids and nice treble (although some drums still sound a bit strange, but this is the trademark of the Yamahas). Sound is overall laid back, non fatiguing, with excellent layering and separation. In 2 words: easy listening, although the forward cymbals may shock some.

 

- ASG-1 sound more fatiguing, even with the big EQ dip in the mids: the bass is very profound, goes very deep without being overshadowing the rest. Mids are precise and rather cold, except for the huge spike in the higher mids in the area of female vocals. Even at -4/5dB, female vocals are way too loud in my opinion, it destroys the overall sound balance which is otherwise very nice (on songs without female voices, ASG-1 are just excellent). Treble are relatively laid back, so are drums, which sound very relaxed. The best part is the forward projection (180°), which is excellent. Everything would be excellent if not for the piercy female voices, these are still difficult to bear even after heavy EQ-ing (mainly at 1.1kHz).

 

- SE535Ltd, equalized with this light V, are completely on the fun side. Bass is well controled, could go deeper but it fares more than well already for BA-based IEMs. Mids are a masterpiece of precision, smoothness and separation, voices are gorgeous (and very much in your face), piano is never lost in the background like it can sometimes be with the other 2 IEMs, drums are very fast which I like a lot (although people will prefer the more smooth drums produced by the ASG-1s). Treble, with any aftermarket cable except the stock one, are extremely precise as well, with a good extension and no sibilence at all. Overall, very dynamic sound, while still being clean and amazingly layered. No real forward projection, it is more 2D and close, but this provides an intense immersion.

 

I keep the ASG-1 in the hope of getting a more "universal" sound signature with the mid filters, but I still prefer the SE535Ltd by a large margin so far, they're so much fun and so precise.

I would put EPH-100 and ASG-1 at the same level, they're good IEMs but less homogenous in nature. While drums sometimes sound a bit too forward with EPH-100, on ASG-1 it is the same with female voices. Other than that, they share similar abilities (I didn't say they sound the same): good isolation, excellent bass, clean mids, laid-back treble and a nice forward projection. EPH-100 sound a bit more fun while ASG-1 are a bit more clinical (although clarity is roughly on the same level).

 

My 2.5 cents.

 

I hope Aurisonics will let us know when filters are available for the masses. Preferably soon otherwise I might sell them. biggrin.gif



 

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Impressions kit is at the post office and some filter material too, I'll report on it asap tomorrow! Until then I'll have to be patient...

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While sitting in my school library this late night, I've had a bit of a revelation: I dislike the stock sound of the ASG-1. I've been hesitant to use EQ on a daily basis, but tonight I threw all that away and made a deep -8db V at 1.2 kHz, and slight 1.5 db bumps at 70 Hz and 13 kHz. To me, this brings everything in line and reveals the ASG-1's true musicality. 

 

This also means that I have to scrap half my review, but it'll be worth it. I should be able to finish it up on Friday or Saturday after I get these 3 exams out of the way, so expect it then

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Originally Posted by eke2k6 View Post

 

While sitting in my school library this late night, I've had a bit of a revelation: I dislike the stock sound of the ASG-1. I've been hesitant to use EQ on a daily basis, but tonight I threw all that away and made a deep -8db V at 1.2 kHz, and slight 1.5 db bumps at 70 Hz and 13 kHz. To me, this brings everything in line and reveals the ASG-1's true musicality. 

 


 

 

Those are close to the settings that I use......I also bump 30hz 2db!  Sounds great!

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How low can the ASG1 go?

 

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How low can the ASG1 go?

 



All the way to 8 hz

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Anyone else getting the AS-1b's? Just wondering who else might make a review/comparison of it

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I plan on writing a review of my AS-1b's once I receive them and get some proper burn in time. Though i'll post up some sexy pictures and initial comments as soon as i get them. Any suggestions on what songs might be good to test out the full range of the earbuds so i can write down what I hear and compare it to post-burn in sound?
 

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Anyone else getting the AS-1b's? Just wondering who else might make a review/comparison of it



 

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