Originally Posted by kenman345
I use the Tera Player with my Aurisonics AS-1's and AS-2's. They're CIEM's but that's just my style, they have generic versions which apparently sound quite similar.
I have the latest model of the AS-1 AFAIK, and it kicks but. I use it for most rock, metal, dubstep, some pop stuff, just that general type of music where I want a little more bass for myself. It delivers the low end extremely well and probably the most clean and well controlled yet impactful bass I've heard from a portable without the use of my ZO2 or some other amp. AS-1 is kinda known for having an odd sound to it for the vocals. Originally meant for singers to use on stage the AS-1 has mids and treble that feel so close to each other its essentially impossible to get any sibilance. For this reason I love the two headphone jacks because it helps me EQ them to my needs.
The AS-2 is similar to what you described. It's quite analytical. I hardly listen to some pop music or poorly recorded music when I pair them with the Tera Player. Between the two items if their is sibilance in the track it'll be easily apparent when I listen. "s" and "ch" sounds are your enemy here. When you find those well recorded and mastered tracks though, man is that something special. I used to own a Pico Slim and missed it's sweet sweet treble but I've found a similar effect in the Tera Player with the AS-2's on certain tracks. If you kick back and relax with the music it will take you on a journey.
To sum up my response, AS-1's good for poorly mastered tracks and ones you want to get a nice kick from. AS-2's good for those times you can be more analytical and wanna hear everything in a track. Which one have I fallen asleep on the beach with? AS-1 as it's much easier to enjoy every track as opposed to some tracks where being analytical isn't any fun and actually makes me cringe sometimes. I haven't noticed much difference quality wise in the different formatted tracks I use. They are all just slightly different, just more detailed/less detailed depending on how you would think. What I think you're experiencing is poor mastering when it comes to pressing a CD. I bet you get those hi-rez tracks from a site? Try downconverting those hi-rez tracks to 16/44.1 or 16/48 and see if this still happens. I find a lot that the music you buy online is different from the tracks you get from a CD of the same album. Take Radiohead's The King of Limbs album. The 320kbps mp3's they gave out during pre-order sound better than the red book CD they sent out because they compressed the hell out of the tracks. the dynamic range was killed. That's why I use my vinyl rips when I listen to it, which does not have that problem.
This is all about sharing, isn't it.
I did those hi-rez purchases mostly from HDTracks and a few DSDs from Channel Classic & Blue Coast Records. Didn't try to down sample those 24/88/96 to 16/44 and might try it out over coming weekend.
My TP now has over a week of break-in and the lows come up a bit more and here's my findings :
For pops and some high power music
When amped (with ADL Stride), it losts a bit of the finite details but gains a lot more punches. The lows have even better definition than that of the Sony PCM D50 (to which extremely powerful low and high analytical mids/highs when drives direct to the EX1000, a top notch DAP). The TP wins in definition, imaging, sound staging but lost in ultimate bass punches (when compared to D50, unamped). When amped, TP is the clear winner across the entire music spectrum.
For classical & 24/88/96/192 etc
Since the Sony won't play 24/88 & 192, so, there are albums that cannot be compared. The TP shines in general as all albums that I play can obtain very good balance.