Really nice review Mr. vwinter!
And I was actually looking forward to the H5 comparison
I thought that more ASG-2 reviews would make my live easier (speak: makes me want this IEM even more), but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore...instead it gets even harder for me to decide if I should jump into the metaphorical cold water and order the G-2....
Haha, as I wrote that sentence I actually considered writing you in.
Also, vwinter great review. I agree with your description of the sibilance issue on the ASG-2. But it can vary a good amount based on fit, which is another reason I'm looking forward to measurements. I disagree with your assessment of the ASG-2's vocal timbre. It's warmer than all the reference targets I'm aware of, and the sibilance detracts from vocal accuracy and timbre as well.
Also really appreciate the W4 and IE800 comparisons. Can't wait to try the IE800 for myself now.
I hope others find that the sibilance goes away experimenting with fit. My experience was pretty consistent across a few tips but I'll try a few more and update when I have time.
Also, I think you're right about the vocal timbre at least in part. I only used my experience in hearing people in life to assess that the vocals didn't sound off to my mind and for the most part they didn't, which is more than I can say for most IEMs I've heard. I did most of my assessive listening for that through the D100 DAC which is different sounding than my other gear. Also fwiw, I kept the sibilance issue seperate because of its limited effective scope. I actually want to do some more listening specifically for this now that you mention it lol. I do stand by my statement that for all the warmth, they have a coldness about them, by which I don't mean brightness, and it helps.
I think you'll probably like the IE800 vocals more.
Nice review, vwinter..
Ahh.. I see what you did there, red eye and all..
VWinter's TL;DR: The AS-2 is a custom IEM made for a a robot that was sent back in time from the future.. to destroy humanity's (or pharmacy's) last hope for survival: Eke.
DALE.. WHAT HAVE YOU CREATED?
Run, EKE... RUUUUUUNNN.
Lol I actually posted that image in the Aurisonics thread. It was just coincidence that that scene came into my mind. But it definitely looks like it lol.
Is that one of those awards that comes with a big fat check?
Great review, Vwinter!!! Way to tell brevity where, precisely, to shove it
I keed, naturally. Seriously, great review-- I think you pretty much nailed it. The ASG-2 is the neutral-lovin' guy's fun IEM.
And if anybody ever figures out what the #$% is going on with the D100/G-2 combo sounding like the southbound end of a northbound horse, please let me know. Completely bizarre.
LOL, LOL, and thanks!
Haha, Thanks James! It was so hard to not comment on some stuff that was going on in a few threads. I feel like that was a part of my personal test for the maturity required of a Supremus.
Edited by vwinter - 7/24/13 at 8:49pm