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Aurisonics ASG-1.3 Review (Updated: 14MAY2013)

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Alright, after a good 16-20 hours of listening these past 3 days, and hearing one song that I was left awestruck on my ASG-1s, I feel I have enough ammunition to do a decent review of these new IEMs of mine. I'll probably do a site based review as well (these need more proper ratings). I'm also pretty sure these are the ASG-1.3. Which is to say this is the third iteration of this IEM.

 

First a bit on how I decided on these. So at the NY Head-fi meet I was looking at the three headphones that were on auction hoping to not spend more than $200 on a good pair of IEMs. The RE400s from HiFiMan were always a possibility, and I liked how they sounded, the other two I spent some considerable time with, the ASG-1/2s and the UE900s. Of the three I liked the sound of the ASG-2s the most, and the tunable bass feature is a stroke of brilliance. But, Aurisonics in all of their generosity put up a pair of their ASG-1s and Ultimate Ears a pair of their UE900s. Sonically I felt they were decently comparable. The UE900s excelled in the highs more than the ASG-1s and the ASG-1s had better mids. But it was all relative, as I was sure I was going to EQ them to fix their short comings anyway. Neither sounded particularly bad with anything either. 

 

The two things that made me focus on the Aurisonics was 1) the CIEM cable. and 2) I was told by the Aurisonics Dale I think that they were upgradable to the ASG-2s soon. And that just sealed the deal for me, seeing as how I loved the ASG-2s.

 

So now after I've grown into them (and I really mean that, I'm liking the sound more than I did when I first listened to them at the meet, and don't believe that it is burn in at work) I feel that I can make a decent review.

 

 

The Review (with Stock Cable. I'm going to do Moon Audio Silver Dragon later on, but I'm not sure if there will be many if any sonic differences. The metals are just more pure from my understanding, but we'll see)

 

(I'll be more or less following Joker's IEM review points as I rather like his IEM review style and goes over everything important that I feel should be in a IEM review)

 

Accessories: (4/5) - For me the most important accessories are the tips. I can do without extra cables I don't need and all that is really needed is cleaning tools, a case or pouch and a 1/4 inch adapter. This has 2/3 things that I wanted, all it lacked was the adapter. Which really isn't a big deal. The tip selection is magnificent though. 2 sets of bi-flange tips, and 3 sets of single flange tips. And they are well chosen too.

 

Build Quality (4.5/5) - Okay, this might be unfair because I feel like my past IEMs were tanks. But there are caveats. Comparing them to the HJE900s in build quality, the housing is seems to not be as good, but the replaceable port was flimsy and easily rotatable, and honestly that is what ended up breaking in the end for my HJE900s. So these I don't think that will happen, even though the housing doesn't seem as robust. But that isn't a bad thing, in fact, I am quickly preferring it. The cable is just unfair to compare though. CIEM cables, from what I've seen, are just better made in general, even the lower end ones. Overall, these are solid built IEMs.

 

Isolation (4.5/5) - Better than most other IEMs I've heard, even with single flange tips. The 4.5 is with double though, but there is some comfort issues, but the single flange tips do an amazing job while not being totally invasive. Certainly the best I've heard (or rather not heard). This was previously held by UE Super.Fi 4. The only IEMs that I've heard in generics that could beat these are the HF2/3/5 from Etymotic. But those are incredibly invasive.

 

Microphonics (5/5) - There is barely any. Seems to me that over the ear fits tend to fair better here. But yeah, unless the cable is rubbing on a zipper or something I can't hear it. And even then it is minimal. 

 

Update: I'm not changing the score, because it is remaining the same. The only time I heard anything similar to microphonics in the month that I've been listening to these is when they rubbed against my hood. The brushed plastic made noise. I'm not entirely sure that is avoidable with any headphone that is designed like this. With it being flush there is a chance the actual housing can rub against hoods and such, which leads to something similar to microphonics.

 

Also, I've since started wearing them behind the back, which makes the zipper situation nonexistent. And I rubbed the cord intentionally at different points of the cable and heard nothing to very little getting closer to the actual IEMs. I'm extremely impressed.

 

Comfort (5/5) - First set of universals I've ever had that I literally have zero comfort issues. Remember when I said the tip selection is perfect? If I want a bit of extra isolation the smaller bi-flange tips are great and very comfortable, but honestly it isn't necessary since they do eventually become slightly (albeit barely) uncomfortable. The medium single-flange is perfect. And having owned or demoed many IEMs before, never have I had a situation where I could literally forget they were in my ears. If the customs are anything like this, then I look forward to getting a custom mold one of these days done. It is simply fantastic. Bar none the best fit and comfort of any universal fit IEM ever. 

 

Update: Not even my saying, but I allowed a few of my co-workers to try them out. All concurred that these are some of the most comfortable IEMs they ever put in their ears. 

 

And now for the sound...

 

Sound (9.3/10) - I've never heard a 10/10, but I'd say my HJE900s were around a 9/10. The following will be done without EQ from J3 and Audio-gd NFB-11 source with everything from classical to EDM and Chiptunes.

 

Update: The score is unchanged, mainly because I feel that it is a fair score even after burn in. I considered putting 9.4, but I really don't think the sonic improvements were enough to warrant it. Maybe 9.35 would be more accurate using the 9.3 from the original), or perhaps the original score would have been more accurate at 9.2 in retrospect. Either way, I feel that 9.3 is correct)

 

Bass response is great. These are definitely on the warmer side, but aren't dark or veiled. Quite the opposite, the bass stays where it is needed, and is accurate and punchy. I'd say the bass is quite perfect in bass for a fun IEM. It actually works well with just about everything, and unlike some other headphones I don't feel like I need to tone it down any for any music. It is one of the better if not best bass responses I've heard on any IEM. It is probable due the the rather large driver used. But that is fine by me if it will give me that fun, natural sound I miss so much from my HJE900s. 

 

Update 14MAY2013: I want to say that the bass is unchanged, however that isn't entirely correct. I feel like it has become a bit leaner. This is especially in the midbass frequencies. This is where the warmth of the IEMs partially came from in conjunction with the midrange being forward. I really can't categorize the bass as being warm anymore. Well entirely at least. There are some songs that seem a bit warm still, but it is far less than before. The bass seems balanced with the rest of the frequency ranges, lending to a far more versatile IEM. The bass gets low when it needs and bass is full and there. The subbass isn't as forward, but it is natural and punchy. It doesn't feel as strong as before, and that is a good thing. It can still rock me to my core when needed, but it works with far more music. 

 

Midrange. I really have no words for the midrange. Usually dynamic drivers lack here, but these are almost as good if not as good as some BA IEMs I've heard. It is just fantastic. It blows the HJE900s out of the water. I was gobsmacked by the midrange of these guys. It is lush, and detailed. I really can't think of anything bad to say about it. These are some of the best midrange IEMs that I've heard. Vocals are so incredibly natural, these are the IEMs I will now gauge other IEMs on for midrange. 

 

Update 14MAY2013: This is where I've noticed the most changes. From the start, these were midrange forward, and I knew this hearing they were stage monitors and was fine with this idea. This created some warmth in the headphones and pushed the highs to seem more recessed than they were. The midrange has since pulled back a bit while still being forward. The voices still pop and are lucious and full. Vocal tracks just sound awe inspiring. This is especially true for female vocal jazz. When I put on a live performance of Sarah Vaughn or other female vocalist it seems as though I'm front row center in the audience. It is really a magnificent thing to hear. And having been to many jazz performances, I feel I can say this with confidence. It feels like I'm sitting there, if I sit at my desk with these in my ears with whiskey in my hand, I can swear that I'm at the Blue Note listening to these greats singing their hearts out. 

 

Highs. This is where they lack unfortunately, and it kills me, because when the highs are needed I can HEAR how clear they are and how far they can extend, and with EQ or the right amp (apparently) they become great. A slight bump is all these puppies need really to sing in the highs, but flat, they are just lacking. However, for some music, like chiptunes and EDM that is perfect. For certain other genres, they need help. I imagine when I upgrade to the ASG-2s this will be fixed (from what I can recall from the meet), but until then its serviceable. 

 

Update 14MAY2013: Did I mention that the midrange pulling back brought the highs out? Because if I didn't it totally happened. Don't get me wrong, they are still the same (if anything stayed the same this is it). Great extension with clear roll off. But the highs are more prevalent now. I can't say they became more forward, because that would be inaccurate, at least in my opinion. I don't feel the highs are more forward, in fact that would be a fallacy, because it is clear that they are still rolled off. The midrange pulling back though made them more noticeable and there. It is hard to explain, but the best I can say is that these were designed to become balanced after extensive burn-in. Seems odd, but to my ears this is so. The highs are there when I expect them now, and I don't feel the need to EQ anymore. They might benefit for rock and other genres which lend well to sharp highs, but honestly, I don't feel as though it is necessary. 

 

Soundstage and Instrument Separation. Best soundstage and instrument separation from a single dynamic driver, but not perfect. Well the soundstage might be. It is really a wide soundstage that, I didn't expect. Listening to classical with treble boost is really a treat. If I use Crystal Clear on my J3 it is somehow even better (and I don't get how that setting works, it some how improves every single IEM and headphone that I use with it). These aren't BA, but they do separate better than any other dynamic driver IEM I've heard, and they might just be best in class for soundstage. 

 

Update: Remember that whole EQ thing with classical? Well I think I've fallen in love after burn in without EQ. The imaging is pretty magnificent. I'm sure the instrument separation could be better with BAs, but honestly, I don't think it would be as natural sounding. The 3D imaging is really great. I can't stress that enough. If these had the accurate instrument separation I've heard from some TOTL IEMs I think I'd be in my IEM endgame. I would probably buy an ASG-2 seperately to have both.

 

Overall: These are simply a great IEM from build to sound. The highs need a bit of help but, honestly, I can live with that in regard to the rest of the sonic advantages of this lovely IEM. I look forward to upgrading them and getting even better sound from these IEMS. 

 

 

 

Also... These are the first IEMs that made me stop in my tracks period when a song came on by the Chiptune artist Omodaka. Seriously AMAZING. No EQ, just pure sound. It was audio bliss, and I don't say that often. I need to find more chiptunes as they seem to love these IEMs. 

 

Additional thoughts: First off... These headphones have quite literally changed how I think about headphones and burn-in. I never thought that would happen. I knew in theory that burn in could occur, but I didn't think it was within audible differences. If there is such thing as "miracle burn-in" I think I heard it. The sound signature is a more balanced form of its former self. It is no longer leaning towards bass. It is sitting squarely in the midrange, with the highs and bass sharing about equal presence most of the time. I really keep finding music that sounds wonderful on these things. From classical to EDM, it all just works. Probably the best are anything that is vocal driven. The reason why I think Omodaka works so well is because of the female modulated vocals Omodaka uses. It just works on these IEMs. Likewise groups like the Mediaeval Baebes sounds glorious on these. When the voices are together you can tell they are in the same area and can still identify the individual voices. I can see how these were designed as Stage Monitors as I can almost with certainty tell where every voice and instrument is coming from. If this gets better with the two BAs installed... I don't know what I'll think.

 

Update made for 150hr burn in period ending. Colour me shocked. I'm now a believer in burn-in.


Edited by kyuuketsuki - 5/13/13 at 10:36pm
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Subbed! Good work.
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crap, i only just got the 1.2.....now i want these.......this hobby is killing me......kkkkkiiiiiilling me.....deadhorse.gif

 

 

but many thanks for the nice review! :)

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Really liked your review, you didn't try to get too technical and said it as you saw it!!   I have the AS2, and even with that totally agree with you on the EQ needs.   The treble is there, but not bright enough and I have 2 tweeters!!  And for me at least, the bass, while incredibly accurate is slightly too forward.   The Aurisonic sound appears very 3D, holagraphic, and immersive, so I'm still getting used to it.

  Yet there is something very comforting about the sound, it's very polite, warm, no real surprises.   Coming from the Sony 7550 which is very flat but with better treble response I don't feel I need an EQ, but with the AS2 I do.    Don't count on your memory of the ASG-2 to have more treble until you hear it again side by side to your ASG-1. 


Edited by soundbear - 4/23/13 at 5:24am
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Great little review, I'm glad you're enjoying them. You seemed pretty pumped about it at the meet. I look forward to the next meet up where we can chat more than we did this year.

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Really liked your review, you didn't try to get too technical and said it as you saw it!!   I have the AS2, and even with that totally agree with you on the EQ needs.   The treble is there, but not bright enough and I have 2 tweeters!!  And for me at least, the bass, while incredibly accurate is slightly too forward.   The Aurisonic sound appears very 3D, holagraphic, and immersive, so I'm still getting used to it.

  Yet there is something very comforting about the sound, it's very polite, warm, no real surprises.   Coming from the Sony 7550 which is very flat but with better treble response I don't feel I need an EQ, but with the AS2 I do.    Don't count on your memory of the ASG-2 to have more treble until you hear it again side by side to your ASG-1. 

From what I understand, he plans to upgrade the ASG-1's to the ASG-2's. I don't think he'll be hearing them side by side. But then again, listening at a Meet Up is deceiving. If you don't spend a lot of time in a quiet environment, you may end up not getting the full feel of a headphone or IEM. Sometimes things work out, sometimes they don't. 

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Nice review.

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Great little review, I'm glad you're enjoying them. You seemed pretty pumped about it at the meet. I look forward to the next meet up where we can chat more than we did this year.

From what I understand, he plans to upgrade the ASG-1's to the ASG-2's. I don't think he'll be hearing them side by side. But then again, listening at a Meet Up is deceiving. If you don't spend a lot of time in a quiet environment, you may end up not getting the full feel of a headphone or IEM. Sometimes things work out, sometimes they don't. 

Wow, and I thought I was directing my comment to "kyuuketsuki" the reviewer, is Kytuuketsuki Kenman's new name??

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Wow, and I thought I was directing my comment to "kyuuketsuki" the reviewer, is Kytuuketsuki Kenman's new name??

I know I haven't always been very objective, but in all fairness I met kyuuketsuki two meets ago and we had chatted about a lot of the gear we had at the time. This meet up a few days ago, I was happy to see/chat with him again, and thanks to Aurisonics being there, he got a chance to hear something I had the customs of when we first met. We had talked in front of the Aurisonics booth with Dale at the same time. I guess owning both isn't the only way to hear them side by side but the next NY meet isn't gonna be for another 6 months or so. 

 

And I was also commenting that you can't always trust how things sound at a meet, something many many people throughout these forums have related to many times. I have enjoyed Aurisonics products for a while and having talked to kyuuketsuki at the meet he was very pumped about having them, especially at such a great price during the auction. 

 

EDIT: Let's get back to the commenting about the review and questions


Edited by kenman345 - 4/23/13 at 12:21pm
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Really liked your review, you didn't try to get too technical and said it as you saw it!!   I have the AS2, and even with that totally agree with you on the EQ needs.   The treble is there, but not bright enough and I have 2 tweeters!!  And for me at least, the bass, while incredibly accurate is slightly too forward.   The Aurisonic sound appears very 3D, holagraphic, and immersive, so I'm still getting used to it.

  Yet there is something very comforting about the sound, it's very polite, warm, no real surprises.   Coming from the Sony 7550 which is very flat but with better treble response I don't feel I need an EQ, but with the AS2 I do.    Don't count on your memory of the ASG-2 to have more treble until you hear it again side by side to your ASG-1. 

 

I'm not sure if it was because I used their bass vents or whatever at the meet on the Stealth ASG-2's, but the highs seemed more crisp and there and the bass more controlled and balanced. Naturally I only spent a short time with them and I only went through a couple of genres, but in the end I thoroughly enjoyed the sound from the ASG-2. Whether or not that will remain to be so when I upgrade them, shall be seen. But I don't imagine anything will change. I'm already enjoying these. 

 

Though what kenman says is so. They put enough space in the ASG-1 to allow for the two BAs to make the ASG-1 into an ASG-2. And that's the route I'm most likely to take. Though, if I have the money at the time, I may take the dive into customs and purchase AS2s straight away. We'll see how it goes. 

 

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Great little review, I'm glad you're enjoying them. You seemed pretty pumped about it at the meet. I look forward to the next meet up where we can chat more than we did this year.

From what I understand, he plans to upgrade the ASG-1's to the ASG-2's. I don't think he'll be hearing them side by side. But then again, listening at a Meet Up is deceiving. If you don't spend a lot of time in a quiet environment, you may end up not getting the full feel of a headphone or IEM. Sometimes things work out, sometimes they don't. 

 

Yeah, honestly I'm surprised how much these have grown on me. Save the few songs that sound too dark (or more accurately lacking treble) without EQ help, these are great IEMs. Not sure if they are a proper upgrade from my HJE900s, but the trade offs are interesting. Wider sound stage, far better midrange, comparable bass, but lacking in the highs, but capable of more. Honestly, if these had the highs of the HJE900s, I'd say I found my perfect UIEM. The mere fact that these are capable of those highs, but seem to be rolled off kills me. Bumping the treble works like a charm though, and they sound amazing at that point.

 

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I know I haven't always been very objective, but in all fairness I met kyuuketsuki two meets ago and we had chatted about a lot of the gear we had at the time. This meet up a few days ago, I was happy to see/chat with him again, and thanks to Aurisonics being there, he got a chance to hear something I had the customs of when we first met. We had talked in front of the Aurisonics booth with Dale at the same time. I guess owning both isn't the only way to hear them side by side but the next NY meet isn't gonna be for another 6 months or so. 

 

And I was also commenting that you can't always trust how things sound at a meet, something many many people throughout these forums have related to many times. I have enjoyed Aurisonics products for a while and having talked to kyuuketsuki at the meet he was very pumped about having them, especially at such a great price during the auction. 

 

EDIT: Let's get back to the commenting about the review and questions

 

In some ways, meet conditions are perfect for IEM testing, if not for the time. For open back, not so much, but for isolating headphones and earphones, it provides a gauge to the isolation factor. At this point I'm fairly certain I made the right choice. IEMs are a portable solution, I'm rarely going to be listening at home in a quiet environment, so they should be able to perform in such situations, and the ASG-1s do magnificently. I'm actually listening at a few clicks lower on my J3 than I do with my M-100s, or than I did with my HJE900. These are also by far the most sensitive IEMs I've ever owned. 


Edited by kyuuketsuki - 4/23/13 at 1:09pm
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Updated for 150hr burn in period. I used a mix of normal use and many nights using either pink noise or JLabs's burn-in tracks. Needless to say I'm impressed. Never have I heard burn-in before. This is a first and it really made these IEMs better for just about everything.

 

Reading my old review and others I feel like I started out with an ASG-1.2 and was tricked and was then given an ASG-1.3 later on. I don't think they sounded this way at the meet, which makes me think they weren't fully burned in. Which is a shame. They really shine after burn in. I'm more happy than I was with these before. Are they flat? No, they are midforward. But they are balanced and do work well with just about everything. 

 

Aurisonics ASG-1 is really a gem that seems to be overlooked in lieu of many other IEMs.

 

I've now switched cables to Moon Audio Silver Dragon. I'll report back as soon as I have a grasp on the sonic differences. Already the impedence seems to have lowered which makes these even more sensitive. And I think that extra power is making the highs a trifle sharper. Which is fantastic. That is the most immediate and noticeable difference immediately. 

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Updated for 150hr burn in period. I used a mix of normal use and many nights using either pink noise or JLabs's burn-in tracks. Needless to say I'm impressed. Never have I heard burn-in before. This is a first and it really made these IEMs better for just about everything.

 

Reading my old review and others I feel like I started out with an ASG-1.2 and was tricked and was then given an ASG-1.3 later on. I don't think they sounded this way at the meet, which makes me think they weren't fully burned in. Which is a shame. They really shine after burn in. I'm more happy than I was with these before. Are they flat? No, they are midforward. But they are balanced and do work well with just about everything. 

 

Aurisonics ASG-1 is really a gem that seems to be overlooked in lieu of many other IEMs.

 

I've now switched cables to Moon Audio Silver Dragon. I'll report back as soon as I have a grasp on the sonic differences. Already the impedence seems to have lowered which makes these even more sensitive. And I think that extra power is making the highs a trifle sharper. Which is fantastic. That is the most immediate and noticeable difference immediately. 

 

You found the 1.3 to be mid-forward?  Does the bass die down with burn in?  These are still bass-heavy to my ears...  It's not a bad thing, just something I notice. 

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You found the 1.3 to be mid-forward?  Does the bass die down with burn in?  These are still bass-heavy to my ears...  It's not a bad thing, just something I notice. 

 

They are very much midforward (considering that most headphones I have are mid recessed, I may just not have a good comparison though). I'd say the bass becomes leaner and more tamed rather than dies down. It can still have the same sort of force, but it is much more balanced with the highs. The mids contributed to the warmth of these, because they were so forward that the highs got drowned a bit. And with the roll off that these were designed with that didn't really bode well for overall sonic balance. So the mids pulling back a bit, just enough to allow the highs to shine really makes these a more balanced IEM imho. 

 

Naturally this is all conjecture. I don't have measuring tools to say for sure. This is how I'm choosing to interpret what I've heard over the last 150 hours. These are no where near as warm as the first time I listened to them though, that much I know for certain. 

 

In fact, one of my co-workers complained that there wasn't enough bass today. Though I suspect he is a bit of a bass head. 


Edited by kyuuketsuki - 5/13/13 at 11:00pm
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They are very much midforward (considering that most headphones I have are mid recessed, I may just not have a good comparison though). I'd say the bass becomes leaner and more tamed rather than dies down. It can still have the same sort of force, but it is much more balanced with the highs. The mids contributed to the warmth of these, because they were so forward that the highs got drowned a bit. And with the roll off that these were designed with that didn't really bode well for overall sonic balance. So the mids pulling back a bit, just enough to allow the highs to shine really makes these a more balanced IEM imho. 

 

Naturally this is all conjecture. I don't have measuring tools to say for sure. This is how I'm choosing to interpret what I've heard over the last 150 hours. These are no where near as warm as the first time I listened to them though, that much I know for certain. 

 

In fact, one of my co-workers complained that there wasn't enough bass today. Though I suspect he is a bit of a bass head. 

 

These definitely aren't bass-head headphones, there are others for that; they are bass-heavy to my ears though (my UE 900s are more mid-focused than these, I still consider those slightly warm, ditto for the RE400).  I personally would actually consider the 1.2 bass-head headphones (I know I originally said no, I've gone otherwise now).  I agree that these are warm, but due to the combination of how the sub-bass and midbass come together to create a smoother sound with some intimacy to it.  There is definitely a gap in the lower-treble that comes back up (but not all the way back up) in the upper treble.  These are, IMO, a vast improvement from the 1.2.  The midrange spike has been moved up to a more appropriate position as well. 

 

You're at 150 hours, I'm barely scratching 70 :p  LOL.  IDK how long these had either :/  I've noticed the lower treble coming in though ;)


Edited by tinyman392 - 5/13/13 at 11:09pm
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These definitely aren't bass-head headphones, there are others for that; they are bass-heavy to my ears though (my UE 900s are more mid-focused than these, I still consider those slightly warm, ditto for the RE400).  I personally would actually consider the 1.2 bass-head headphones (I know I originally said no, I've gone otherwise now).  I agree that these are warm, but due to the combination of how the sub-bass and midbass come together to create a smoother sound with some intimacy to it.  There is definitely a gap in the lower-treble that comes back up (but not all the way back up) in the upper treble.  These are, IMO, a vast improvement from the 1.2.  The midrange spike has been moved up to a more appropriate position as well. 

 

You're at 150 hours, I'm barely scratching 70 :p  LOL.  IDK how long these had either :/  I've noticed the lower treble coming in though ;)

 

You are right at the point where I said "OH SCREW IT" and basically expedited the process of burn in many fold. I burned them in for 48 hours straight using a program with an hour rest for every 3 hours of pink noise. Then I used the jlabs burn in program after that every night, while using them for a minimum of 4 hours per day. 

 

Hence I achieved full 150 hours of burn in in a little under a month. And I'm really impressed with the results. 

 

And I agree, the UE900s are more midforward than these, but these are still midforward. They are just enough though. They aren't a straight line. If I had to guess, to my ears, it would probably look like the horizon. Not straight, but more mids, if only just a bit. 

 

And totally agreed with the RE400s. They are definitely a bit on the warmer side.

 

OH! What I didn't mention. The highs became incredibly smooth. I still wish they were sharper for some music, but it really works overall. 

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You are right at the point where I said "OH SCREW IT" and basically expedited the process of burn in many fold. I burned them in for 48 hours straight using a program with an hour rest for every 3 hours of pink noise. Then I used the jlabs burn in program after that every night, while using them for a minimum of 4 hours per day. 

 

Hence I achieved full 150 hours of burn in in a little under a month. And I'm really impressed with the results. 

 

And I agree, the UE900s are more midforward than these, but these are still midforward. They are just enough though. They aren't a straight line. If I had to guess, to my ears, it would probably look like the horizon. Not straight, but more mids, if only just a bit. 

 

And totally agreed with the RE400s. They are definitely a bit on the warmer side.

 

OH! What I didn't mention. The highs became incredibly smooth. I still wish they were sharper for some music, but it really works overall. 

 

The highs were always smooth...  I don't expect them to change into something sharp.  They weren't designed for that anyways (sharpness can lead to fatigue, Aurisonics avoids fatigue; they are musicians' monitors after all). 

 

Regarding how mid-forward things are...  I actually feel the UE 900s have a bit of a bass focus on them (they measure that way too, as measured by: Rin, Tyll, and even myself), a slight one, but its definitely there.  Which is why I don't see these mid-forward at all. 

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