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post #3481 of 3628
Just checked for you: August 12th.
post #3482 of 3628
So when I get paid I'll be getting ready to send these off for the ASG-2s.

$400 for stealth and bass port. I'm looking forward to it
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Dale and the whole aurisonics team truly are a dream to work with. I had a few, some could call self imposed, problems and dale has literally bent over backwards to assist me in my never ending search for the perfect phones. Truly proud of the customer oriented and authentic approach to problem solving. My As2's could not get here quicker. But the asg2 will hold me over until that beautiful day arrives.
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I should hopefully have my invoice tomorrow, and shortly thereafter I'll have a set of Stealth G-2s with polished (i.e. not frosted) sleeves on their way to my eager ears!!! REALLY looking forward to having my own set of these ;). 

 

Just out of curiosity, I wonder how many pairs of IEMs the Canlanta meet ended up netting Dale & Co... I knew essentially nothing about them before attending and listening to their offerings, and I know at least a few other people got pairs as a result of listening there too. It'd be interesting to know IMO. 

 

Getting close now... WOOO!!!! ksc75smile.gif

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I should hopefully have my invoice tomorrow, and shortly thereafter I'll have a set of Stealth G-2s with polished (i.e. not frosted) sleeves on their way to my eager ears!!! REALLY looking forward to having my own set of these wink.gif

Just out of curiosity, I wonder how many pairs of IEMs the Canlanta meet ended up netting Dale & Co... I knew essentially nothing about them before attending and listening to their offerings, and I know at least a few other people got pairs as a result of listening there too. It'd be interesting to know IMO. 

Getting close now... WOOO!!!! ksc75smile.gif

I'm sure canlanta was profitable for aurisonics. I know I spent 1400$ there and I saw quite a few others as well. The product speaks for itself. I'm not saying you should but if you ever feel the need to see what this thing will do in the bass market, play with some eq if nothing else.. It'll make you laugh at the bit... Completely insane amount of bass
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Just checked for you: August 12th.


Thanks. I didn't realize that it was a temporary price.

 

I gotta figure where i'm gonna come up with the money for the upgrade.

 

It's a hard competition between headphones and car repairs.

 

Is the upgrade program temporary, or simply the special price?


Edited by dnullify - 6/6/13 at 1:28am
post #3487 of 3628
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Thanks. I didn't realize that it was a temporary price.

I gotta figure where i'm gonna come up with the money for the upgrade.

It's a hard competition between headphones and car repairs.

Is the upgrade program temporary, or simply the special price?

That's a good question actually.

Can anyone from Aurisonics clarify?
post #3488 of 3628
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Do they have our old logo on them and come in a leather type presentation box or the new logo and a black hard case? If they have our old logo and the leather style box then they are ASG-1S Rev 1.2 and would have a darker but mid forward signature. New Rev 1.3 version sounds a lot like the Rev 1.3 normal ASG-1 just a bit more refined and much better to look at as well.

That is my ASG-1s. Is it the new logo or old logo on them?

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Originally Posted by Aurisonics View Post

Do they have our old logo on them and come in a leather type presentation box or the new logo and a black hard case? If they have our old logo and the leather style box then they are ASG-1S Rev 1.2 and would have a darker but mid forward signature. New Rev 1.3 version sounds a lot like the Rev 1.3 normal ASG-1 just a bit more refined and much better to look at as well.

That is my ASG-1s. Is it the new logo or old logo on them?


That's Rev 3. That is most decidedly the new logo.
post #3490 of 3628
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That's a good question actually.

Can anyone from Aurisonics clarify?

Sorry I don't work at Aurisonics, but the upgrade program should always be available. The only thing about the current upgrade program is that from now till the end of summer its going at a special price. I think their facebook page can clarify this as well.

post #3491 of 3628

that is sweet, well looks like I am in the line that forms over there/here! for a set of the 2s, and one of the 1.3s, hey did the line just move forward or did I fall over again, lol, but I can't wait, but I will, I hope they get to my # soon, but Dale n Andy and teh Aurisonic gang I am sure a working like the elves did for the shoemaker, in the end I will have a set of the 1.2s which I am in love with atm, and the 1.3 and 2, will be very veyr interesting to discover if I keep them all? or opt for one over the others? hhmmm, time will tell, and in the end so will I, love all of everyones input, thanks, and for the awesome pics!

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The ASG-1.1
Impressions



Everything about them is BIG. This includes the housings, not exactly comfort city, at all. But more importantly, the sound. Images are grand inside. They take up a lot of space. They are well placed but they can become fuzzy when they overlap due to their almost grandiose scale. The soundstage is cavernous and large, definitely skewed toward the depth side, but the large images allow them to envelop the listener, spreading across the head in all directions. I don't know if this accounts for the very humid sound, a sound where the view is clear but the air is so thick that walking across the stage feels like you might need gills. The soundstage is often forced on tracks, which can be a blessing or a curse depending on your perspective.

This large sound is interestingly of the gentle giant variety. The weight behind the sheer mass of the sonic cues is very tangible. You can practically feel the size of the large 15mm dynamic driver. It is a weight that unfortunately seems to almost preclude rapid acceleration. This shouldn't really be confused with a lack of speed as they can throw out quite a lot of detail, enough so that you don't feel like you're missing something, but in a soft and large way. What I mean by a lack of rapid acceleration is that they never attack with intense pointed impact, but a more rounded note, if you will. I would guess this has to to with gentler slopes in its impulse response or a deliberate compression of dynamics. This is just what it sounds like if I had to use a more scientific mental image. Please refer to the last paragraphs in the sound section for a possible explanation as to why (non-scientific).

They are quite musical though. This giant can dance. The mass-y bass drives their engagement and the smooth non-fatiguing mids and dark-ish treble keep you there for a while, until your ears start to hurt from the housings. The tonality is quite warm and cozy. Imagine sitting on a soft leather couch, with your feet on a thick fur rug, in front of a roaring fireplace inside a wood cabin, maybe a glass of merlot in your hand. But you live in the land of giants, and they like to partay. One starts knocking a beat on the cabin door and the whole place quickly fills with a deep thick wooden rumble as you think even the mountains out the window are moving.

The timbre is interesting. It doesn't really pose any problems, especially when it's just a few instruments, but you can see it falling behind pretty fast in orchestral tracks. Timbre to me is not only instruments but their interplay with the soundstage, both sound off if either one sounds off. It breaks the mind's temporary suspension of disbelief. Piano is quite good though as it feels like you are inside the piano itself. The soundstage unfortunately is a bit ill-defined. Imaging relative to other instruments is spacious but they mostly float in space. The treble adds its own timbrel issues as mentioned below. Bass (guitar and upright) is also particularly not quite there for me, lacking texture and authority (just about the only thing that does).

The mids are forward enough that they don't sound covered by the bass. They have sort of lush yet dry quality, slightly subdued though. They don't want to draw too much attention even though they are the focal point if that makes sense, like thunderous silence. They can also feel rather full.

The treble is a little metallic. This is most noticeable on cymbals. It's oddly incoherent for a generally warm and more so organic sound from a single driver. The treble definitely is not hot or fatiguing and mainly hides behind a curtain out of fear for the giants that lurk around and like to get groovy. Not that this is a bad thing in itself given the purposeful tuning but it does hide some treble detail behind those curtains.

The bass which I've discussed generally throughout is among my favorites. While the articulation is not the best I've heard making the bass more one dimensional (but only in comparison), and it looses a bit of tightness and oomph when other frequencies are in demand (though this is common with most single drivers I've heard), it is incredibly enjoyable and almost shimmers as it quakes. Fantastic for movie watchers actually.

It's an absolutely enjoyable and engaging sound if transparency and a lack of coloration aren't priorities, and you don't mind a large and weighty sound.

Lastly, I feel this is quite important. Mainly, people in their reviews and impressions of these mention that they are designed for stage musicians, as does Aurisonics, and I can see how this tuning would absolutely make sense for the purpose. But, no one really explains why or what that entails which doesn't really help people understand what they are buying into. A large majority of this tuning, I feel, is to allow comfortable playback using very loud volumes as would probably be needed on stage. The rounded note presentation and lack of very sharp edges to impulses reduces strain (and pain) on your eardrums and hearing. Treble is subdued for a similar reason and the bass is large to help smooth out the signature at higher volumes and because with high levels of ambient noise, the bass is the first thing to suffer.

Anyone who currently has the ASG-1, I invite you try turning up the volume a good bit higher than you normally would be comfortable doing and post your thoughts.


Tip & Source Notes:

I like what I remember to be Meelectronics M6 tips, iirc, which have a bore of very close circumferance to the opening in the ASG-1. The best of the included tips to me are the clear biflanges (I use medium) which provide a middle ground between the various included black tips and the Meelec tips. The Meelec tips appear to create a bit more resonance across the midbass creating a very weighted and full sound. Though this darkens the signature, I believe the tradeoff, for myself, is worthwhile in terms of engagement.

I use an iPhone 4S on the go which is a fine portable source that measures well and does a great job with many IEMs. To me, the usefulness of a better portable rig in terms of sound quality doesn't outweigh the portability factor especially given the ambient noise levels in locations where I would use a portable source, like a crowded subway train. It is also a fairly ubiquitous source to which many can relate experience. At home, I use a fairly well regarded DAC/AMP, the Yulong Audio D100 MKII (henceforth the D100), and occasionaly the more portable FiiO E10 when in another room, which sounds closer to the iPhone 4S than does the D100.

The sound unfortunately can vary quite a bit across sources. This goes for sound quality and output impedance. I'm not often one to claim significant differences across sources but in this case it bears mention. The ASG-1.1 sounds markedly clearer, focused, and more open with the D100, as if a dehumidifier was installed in the room. I am unfortunately unsure if this has more to do with the DAC or AMP section, or a combination of the two, nor do I know if this is a synergistic effect of a direct effect of the measurable sound quality differences.

Also of note is that the D100 has low and high impedance outputs. Dynamic driver based IEM's are not really known to be affected by output impedance due to their generally linear impedance phase characteristics, but the ASG-1 has not been measured by a third party to my knowledge and could be an outlier. Switching back and forth between low and high impedance headphone outputs and reasonably volume matching yields audible results. Using the high impedance out on the D100, the sound yields visual change akin to taking a photo with fisheye lens. There is an increase in stereo separation and a change in the imaging characteristics but the general feeling is less natural but pretty interesting. The midrange is more forward and midbass appears tigher and more articulate but this is likely due to the stronger separation from the mids. If anyone wants to try their ASG-1 with a high output impedance source, I would love to hear your thoughts.


Additional Info:


The ASG-1.1 is basically an ASG-1.0 with an acoustic dampener in the nozzle to cut a bit of edge from the 1-2KHz frequency range. Mine is cut to about a quarter of original size. It does affect the overall sound though from memory.

As this tuning is discontinued, I wasn't going to even write these none the less post them but I feel they could be useful as a historical record and for anyone who is looking to buy a used ASG-1.1, and I had a push. Thanks buddy.

I like to post impressions independently of music as I'd like them to stand on their own, to paint a picture without reference if you will. I can provide music I used for questions about specific points I've made. Many describe sound as a function of frequency balance on Head-Fi. For me to do so also would seem a waste to me and I frankly wouldn't be adding much that is useful. What I like to do instead is describe sound, feeling, and perception.

Thats it. biggrin.gif

post #3493 of 3628

Wow, nice impressions!! I've never heard the 1.1, but I at least feel like I have a good general idea of what they sound like now ;). Btw, when I spoke with Dale at the Canlanta meet, he essentially confirmed what you said regarding the specific tuning of the G-1 to keep from "tearing your head off" with hard consonants, cymbals, and the like. 

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There are ASG-1's on sale on ebay for $249 shipped - I sent a PM to the seller to find out if they were 1.1, 1.2 or 1.3 - no response yet. There may still be 1.1's out in the wild....

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There are ASG-1's on sale on ebay for $249 shipped - I sent a PM to the seller to find out if they were 1.1, 1.2 or 1.3 - no response yet. There may still be 1.1's out in the wild....

 

If yuo're referring to this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Aurisonics-ASG-1-Digital-Hybrid-Professional-In-Ear-Monitor-Brand-New-IEM-/251176536640?pt=US_Pro_Audio_Speakers_Monitors&hash=item3a7b49ca40

 

It's definitely the 1.1.

 

It has the bump in the nozzle and the old logo, meaning that it's not the 1.3. It has the nozzle filters of the 1.1, but doesn't have the dampening material of the 1.2.

 

 

 

That awkward moment when you realize that you know more about headphones than your course work.

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