Originally Posted by Richard-iu
Why? Sound bad or what?
Well it doesn't sound bad per se. Just with my Tralucent 1Plus2s the Studio V 3rd ANV is the clear winner in terms of synergy and sound quality I am getting in comparison to the RWA AK100. It's a love hate relationship with the RWA AK100 for me. It has some perks which are quite nice (better UI, dual micro SD slots and a very black background). But for most of my music it just doesn't do what the 3rd ANV does for me. Only on particular tracks where I really appreciate the RWA AK100 in comparison. I'm tempted a lot to listen at higher than normal volumes on the AK100 which is not good. I had to amp it to really solve that and still I was not fully satisfied with it. There are some treble spikes I was piking up on with my 1Plus2 with this particular unit that I don't get on any other unit. So that is another letdown for me. I'm very sensitive to treble spikes and it gets fatiguing fast. Although it seemed to have settled down some in comparison to what it was earlier (burn in), I still pick it up. Funnily the Studio V is clearly more extended in its treble but it isn't spiked to my ears. It just goes on an on with its extension. Its extremely airy sounding which is pleasing to my ears. There is a lot of space within the sound stage. Separation is amazing as well as imaging. I also find the Studio V's bass to be tighter and more controlled (it digs deeper). The vocals on the Studio V are my favorite part. Extremely detailed and intimate. There is lots of energy to the entire sound.
Overall I felt it was a downgrade from what I had and it took this purchase to make me realize it. So I've finally found an amazing pairing for the Studio V which to be honest is what I've wanted all along lol. The build quality, sound quality, battery life are all exceptional on the Studio V 3rd ANV. I'm also hearing the Heir 8As and Sennheiser IE800s pair amazingly well on the Studio V. So we'll see :)....
Edited by lee730 - 1/24/13 at 6:04pm