a_recording, interesting review which proves one thesis: as many users so many opinions
seriously, you would be welcome to look at some great and expensive high-end gear which aesthetically would be a shock for you. there was one DAC which was simply put as a board with switchers and contacts, no chasis to speak of, still quite a few people claimed that DAC costing 1K sounded better than many shiny offerings under 1.5K.
but frankly speaking i did not find anything about 1p2 quality, rather fine and who cares how they look when they sound great.
concerning cable i agree, cable is stiff... but Tralucent cables are rare cables which really impact sound a lot. guess why? because quality of wire used is truly high-end and no nitty-gritty nonsense.
sound wise we all poses different ears and preferences so i would not comment. suffice to tell last week i visited Peter Gabriel concert and next day i downloaded same tour concert recording and played it using 1p2 which gave me very realistic result. let me say 1p2 and RWAK gave fairly good images of venue making me believe i have not left the concert yet... of course switching to proper front end gave me absolute sense of space and emotion but 1p2 did a great job too. and since i auditioned them next day after the concert my memory was fresh enough to tell differences and similarities.
treble, right, some people will not like it... perhaps a bit rough but also bodily and realistic... without going much into detail i would say go to a shop selling music equip and visit drums & percussions section to try how cymbals sound in real life... you will be surprised, not near where many audiophiles would expect them. actually rendering cymbals and percussions realistically is one of the most difficult tasks for all music gear i heard to date. 1p2 in my opinion conveys cymbals and drums pretty realistically but this comes at expense of some roughness which i find Ok for me because otherwise many IEMs render percussions and cymbals so mellow, thin and refined that no drummer would recognize them for real.
else i may add my own impression: 1p2 and cables are made for critical listening, 1p2 would be less suit for active outdoors use, but if you want ultimate universal IEM which can play it all and deliver realistic music images and convey energy then i did not hear anything better than 1p2.
as regards mids, one suggestion, you must feel and sense why mids were tuned so on 1p2. all i can tell IF mids would be tuned up and more stand out then whole 1p2 signature would change dramatically. there was a very delicate balance to keep good balance. perhaps mids are not as seductive as on some mid centric IEMs but 1p2 mids are more realistic full.
sorry for putting this ramble but i really found no other IEM which can bring real instrument to live to powerfully as 1p2. and particularly i was surprised about comparing them to Sony, i had one sample MDR 7550 for audition and for me Sony was a total fiasco....
Edited by Gintaras - 10/9/13 at 3:04am