You are completely right. If you actually read through the post on facebook, he says the upgrade may require for some the replacement of their shell or the transducer....doesn't sound like something cheap, yet he's providing this service at fairly low cost especially considering he's including shipping in that price. Sorry it doesn't work out for some, but it's an optional upgrade. Though if you're really unhappy about all the costs with shipping, wait a few months, maybe it might be worth it if you want to upgrade to the ASG-2's whenever those come out. Then the costs might be more understandable/reasonable.
I suppose most of the friendly comments (not only yours) are directed to me.
Just to be clear: I'm not mad at anyone and I'm very calm. Proof is I had a little chat with Matt from Springtree, nothing violent, just some nice discussion.
I think most people confuse 2 things: fixing the shoutiness in the mids (which was supposed to be done with the filters) and getting a full upgrade (which includes the filter fix but also some work on the driver and the aesthetic change on the housings).
To me these are different things: the first one is what's needed so ASG-1 can be daily used, the second is like a completely new product with bonuses.
And I think most US forumers don't realize what the proposed shipping costs really are for international customers (I'm waiting for confirmation from Aurisonics):
- A 20$ full upgrade plus 15$ of shipping ASG-1 to Aurisonics can be considered cheap for US customers.
- A 20$ full upgrade plus 35$ int shipping to Aurisonics plus 52.40$ of int shipping back is much less enticing for the rest of the world, when the only parts which is really needed are the filters. Even if I was willing to pay that much for the full upgrade, why wasting 52.40$ on USPS when they never deliver on time (2-3 days is more like 2-3 weeks), while any serious worldwide transporter will do it correctly (and for less money).
Am I asking for the impossible? No, just that the filter option alone should be made available, and that Aurisonics and Springtree may envision that USPS is the last transporter you want to use for international shipping.
How bad can it be to have UPS or Fedex pick up parcels directly at your work place everyday ? They do this worldwide for more people that USPS will ever do, and (bonus) for a cheaper price too. They also handle taxes in the place of customs, which USPS never does (hence the insane added custom delays).
It took me half a day to set up daily deliveries with Fedex and UPS for my company, a minor time investment very quickly rewarded. Bonus: if UPS/Fedex fail at delivering on time, shipping fees are entirely refunded. I highly doubt USPS or most national mail companies do this.
Just for the record, I don't think "professional musicians" (using Aurisonics' own words) are more willing than others to have their ears litterally ringing upon hearing female vocals. For live/studio sessions, it's more about having a neutral and non fatiguing signature with great isolation, which is only achievable with the filters or some heavy EQ-ing.
I happen to play violin and guitar. Violin recording with the ASG-1 is just as much eardrum pain as female vocals are when I reach high-pitched notes.
Not far from "defective", wouldn't you say ? Search the forums and find any other IEM whose sound is making ears ring (it can't be very good for the hearing by the way). You won't find any. A bit of sibilence in the treble (a common problem with some IEMs) is nothing in comparison.
Last note: with DIY filters, ASG-1 are great sounding: neutral and relaxed, it's not like there's much to fix to satisfy most customers. I wouldn't explain things in such details if the product was that bad.