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post #16 of 32

Bump for a good review~

 

Deciding between this and GR07 for my next purchase..

 

How many hours did you have on them at the point of the review?

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Bump for a good review~

 

Deciding between this and GR07 for my next purchase..

 

How many hours did you have on them at the point of the review?

 

You may find this to be of use

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/604547/review-aurisonics-asg-1-diamond-in-the-rough

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Hey guys this is my first ever review and I just want to say that I am not an expert audiophile and not a native English speaker. Pardon me if I make mistakes as you read through. Hope you enjoy this review! 

AURISONICS ASG-1 rev 1.2

The first time I heard about the ASG-1, I found it very interesting, having a custom-like shape for a universal IEM. I proceeded to read several reviews, and found mixed impressions. In short the ASG-1 is only good if you manage to EQ them to your liking, and I am not familiar with EQ-ing. It also has a treble peak at some frequencies. Reading those reviews made me feel “meh, there are better options”. 

A few weeks after I knew about the ASG-1, Aurisonics launched a revised version, the ASG-1 rev 1.2. Fingers crossed, I was really hoping for a better sounding IEM that does not require EQ to perform. Reviews were more positive this time, and I really wanted to audition it.

I went down to Soundwaves Studio to audition, and I love this IEM. However, my wallet was on the verge of crying and so I decided not to buy since SGD 349 was a little too expensive and I just bought a pair of headphones few months back. 

The next day, Soundwaves Studio announced a limited time and stock offer, SGD 279 for a pair. This is too good of an offer to be missed. Damn it. I rushed over and bought one. Sorry wallet.

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PACKAGING AND ACCESSORIES

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The ASG-1 does not come with a box packaging or whatsoever. It comes inside an Otterbox casing which also serves as the packaging. I’d say this is one of the best cases that are included with an IEM I ever found. The name “Otterbox” says it all. Translucent white, very thick and sturdy plastic. I don’t think even a Hummer H2 can break it. That being said, it is very hard to open and close, which can be annoying at times. There are Aurisonics logo sticker at the front and specifications sticker at the back. 

The IEM only comes with 4 pairs of tips (1 small, 2 medium, 1 large), which is somewhat lacking in this price range. I am quite disappointed with the quality of the tips though. They are very thin, compared to the likes of Sony Hybrids and UE tips. They are so thin that they bend too much when I tried to put them on, making the process difficult. It also comes with a cleaning tool.

BUILD QUALITY AND DESIGN

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This IEM has outstanding build quality. The thick frost white plastic shell is very sturdy and built to last. The ASG-1 will survive a lot of drops and knocks. The amazing workmanship shows as there are no sharp edges or rough surfaces along the mould. 

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The design is what makes me initially interested about this IEM. It certainly looks very cool. Designed for professional musicians, the ASG-1 looks just like a custom IEM. It is not stylish or elegant, but people will stare at you and think you are a stage musician.

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It also has a high quality, removable, braided silver-colored cable with Westone pins. Simply put, this is one of the best built Universal IEMs in the market.

ISOLATION AND COMFORT

The ASG-1 is pretty big in size and it really helps in isolation. Undoubtedly this pair has one of the best isolation for a universal IEM. Better than SM3v2, PFE232, SE535 and even the Etymotics. Very small amount of background sound leaks in, and there is no sound leaking out at all. In short, a truly top notch isolation.

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When it comes to comfort, this IEM can be a ‘love it or hate it’ kind of thing. The size is massive and so it might not fit everyone’s ear. For those not used to wearing custom IEMs, fit can be very awkward at first. However, I find the ASG-1 very comfortable. It fits my ear perfectly, and I have tried wearing it for 7 hours straight and I felt no discomfort caused by the shell. 

The selection of tips does make a difference in comfort though. The original tips are very thin and kind of sharp at the edges that sometimes I felt poked inside the ear when I move. I will discuss eartips selection later.

SOUND QUALITY

The ASG-1 rev 1.2 is a very unique sounding IEM. Personally I have not listened to any other IEM which share similar signature (although there might be, those that I have not tried). I am using Rockboxed Sansa Clip+, amped with GoVibe Derringer. For the testing I used FLAC songs of different genres, namely Californication (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Wake Up Call (Maroon 5), Are You Gonna Go My Way (Lenny Kravitz), Rolling In The Deep (Adele) and Lost Without You (The Bangerz Remix).

- BASS
ASG-1 rev 1.2 has a slightly boosted mid and sub bass from the old ASG-1. The sub bass reaches deep, and the mid bass is very punchy. The bass is not as phenomenal as the Atrio MG7, but overall the bass is well detailed and textured with massive quantity and punch.

- MIDS
Personally I am a mids lover so I might be biased in this section. For me the mids is what made me fall in love with the ASG-1 rev 1.2. It is very forward, thick, detailed, lush and natural sounding. (EDIT: after spending 200+ hours with ASG-1 and A/B-ing with other IEMs, I do not find the mids all that forward. The mid is the focus of the presentation, but not forward. The bass is in fact slightly more forward). The reproduction of timbre in the vocals is clear. This IEM is pretty exceptional for vocals. However, some people might find the ASG-1 rev 1.2 somewhat 'shouty' their liking.

- TREBLE
I’d say treble is the weakness of this particular IEM. The treble is laidback, and lacks extension and sparkle. The treble sounded as if it hides behind the mids and bass, but it is still fairly detailed. With EQ, however, the treble sparkle can be brought up. With an amp that can bring up the detail and crispness of the treble (GoVibe Derringer is able to improve this slightly), this IEM will sound really great.

- SOUNDSTAGE/SEPARATION:
The soundstage is downright amazing. It is very wide and deep, which helps to create great instrument separation. Despite being very wide, the ASG-1 rev 1.2 is able to maintain cohesion between the instruments. The IE8 is the only universal IEM I heard that has wider soundstage, but I found the Aurisonics to have better cohesion.

EARTIPS SELECTION

1. Original Tips (S): They sound good, but the build is flimsy (does not look durable) and sometimes 'poke' the inside of my ear when I move around. The urge to scratch the inside of my ear due to the 'pokes' can be annoying sometimes. Rating 5/10

 

2. Meelec Single Flange (S): Better built than the original tips, but the silicone is quite stiff. Slightly less isolating than the original tips, but more comfortable. No noticeable difference in SQ though. Rating 7/10

 

3. Creative EP430 Eartips (S): So far the most comfortable eartips I can find for the ASG-1. The silicone are softer and have rounder edges, making them more comfy than the Meelec tips. Isolation is very slightly better than the other 2 tips, adding slightly more bass presence, which is nice. Sadly the grey color looks like a dirty, very old white tips that have not been cleaned. But since those will be inside the ear, color does not really matter. Rating 8/10 

 

4. SGS 3 Stock Earbuds Oval Tips: To my surprise, these are the most comfortable tips I tried so far. Maybe due to the oval design that resemble closer to my ear canal, I am able to get a slightly better fit and isolation. Rating 9/10

 

More suggestions on eartips are very welcome.


VERDICT
 

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The ASG-1 rev 1.2 is a very special IEM. It is very fun to listen to, and very capable across the frequencies especially with good amp pairing. For me, I love the sound signature and also it perfectly fits my ear, so the ASG-1 rev 1.2 is one of my top rated IEM. It looks like a custom, but doesn’t sound like one (high end ones). Still it cost a mere fraction to a high-fi CIEM, and the ASG-1 rev 1.2 does worth every cent.

I do agree, however, that ASG-1 will not suit everybody’s tastes. Treble heads and pure bass heads should look elsewhere. Still, for those who want good looking IEM with great mids + bass, above par clarity, and superb soundstaging, you have a top contender right here. I’d suggest auditioning first, even if reviews praised this IEM, so that you can make sure that it will fit your ears, both physically and sonically.

SUM-UP

Pros:
- Superb soundstage and separation
- Top notch build quality and isolation
- Very durable case
- Well textured, punchy bass
- Lush and detailed mids

Cons:
- Flimsy eartips
- Treble rolloff

Love it or hate it:
- Comfort, due to the size of the IEM
- Very mid forward

 

 

damn now ill have to buy the SGS 

post #19 of 32

Maybe consider quoting just part of the OP when replying? >.>

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damn now ill have to buy the SGS 
Actually if you have the complys, take out the core and stuff the foam to your stock tips. Those work very well for me smily_headphones1.gif
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Actually if you have the complys, take out the core and stuff the foam to your stock tips. Those work very well for me smily_headphones1.gif

ive been doing that for my cheapo 9.95 sound magics :P dosent really matter as the ASG1 cost too much anyways deadhorse.gif

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ive been doing that for my cheapo 9.95 sound magics :P dosent really matter as the ASG1 cost too much anyways deadhorse.gif

 

You think the ASG-1 costs too much...  You've got a bit in store then when the ASG-2 is released.  It will be more expensive...  How much more?  We'll have to wait and see (EG, I don't even know :p).

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You think the ASG-1 costs too much...  You've got a bit in store then when the ASG-2 is released.  It will be more expensive...  How much more?  We'll have to wait and see (EG, I don't even know :p).

Cant be more then the K3003 tongue_smile.gif

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Cant be more then the K3003 tongue_smile.gif

 

AS-2 won't cost more than the K3003...  Wait, if you get black rhodium...  It might be :p  ASG-1 won't have this option as far as I know so far.  

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AS-2 won't cost more than the K3003...  Wait, if you get black rhodium...  It might be :p  ASG-1 won't have this option as far as I know so far.  

Dale have confirmed that ASG-1 and 2 will have customisation options, at least for the chrome faceplate and polished body. But we don't know yet whether black rhodium will be available.

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Originally Posted by tinyman392 View Post

 

AS-2 won't cost more than the K3003...  Wait, if you get black rhodium...  It might be :p  ASG-1 won't have this option as far as I know so far.  

Dale have confirmed that ASG-1 and 2 will have customisation options, at least for the chrome faceplate and polished body. But we don't know yet whether black rhodium will be available.


That sounds awesome!


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post #27 of 32

Would love to get one when i get the dough! soooo curious to find out how it would sound like ): 

post #28 of 32

Do sony hybrids fit these? If not, what comply foams fit these? I think the Sennheisers fit them.

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Do sony hybrids fit these? If not, what comply foams fit these? I think the Sennheisers fit them.

 

Hybrids work.  Look for the bigger bored tips from Comply. 

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Hybrids work.  Look for the bigger bored tips from Comply. 


T400? Or T500?

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