These post feel so right.
Kkcc... music_4321, could you be as honest as possible about my impressions/post. I don't care if you lay it down harshly, I would like the truth in order to improve myself.
Music... I have to say I feel quite intimidated by you. After the last PM we shared, I honestly want to hide in a corner hoping you don't see me. I was going to ask you more questions but I really didn't want to waist your time.
It sux being THAT guy in the corner but I think I'm used to it by now... I think.
Unity I did share my initial very underwhelming impression on the ASG-2 with you via PM, which I also posted on the thread earlier. I value and even agree with your impressions, especially now seeing the drivers seems to be badly mismatch I can imagine yours must even sound worse when you try them. So yes I can totally agree you are stating your fair and honest opinion of it's performance as your hear it, as well as your equal fair and honest assessment on its value. Also, I am always cool with first hand account of other's experience regardless of my personal take. In this way I'm also cool with Rin's opinion or interpretation of his own data. But to me they aren't necessarily more valid than impression coming from members whom I personally don't see as fanboyish or immature. I have to also add I admire you for being very open and honest regardless of resell opportunity/value that I personally identify with (that's why I'm still having the xba4 in my inventory....)
My impression of the ASG-2 did improve with more burn-in, as well as with tip rolling to the point I find the sound I'm looking for. Also I came from an entirely different angle than you - you expected an overall performer with this upgrade that should be better in every aspect to what you had, while I'm specifically looking for something "fun" to complement my other IEMs, and I'm never the best value buyer coming to head-fi gears.
What I don't appreciate are the speculations or interpretations of sound/performance of a product IN GENERAL based on someone else's so called objective measurement based on extreme small (ONE) sample size. Especially when those who speculate refer to these personal interpretation of data as universal truth or superior to dismiss actual user's opinions.
On your refund comment, well, I can only say it is not my way of handling things. But I also don't have an issue on how you decide to take it. In my view whether or not it put Dale/Aurisonics in a difficult situation is besides the point. It comes with the territory of a vendor deciding to participating in an public open forum and from my experience with Aurisonics, I would be surprised if they have any problem with that. Not all vendors can take such heat and for this reason you don't find many vendors in the CES industry participate in public forum. I won't have handled it this way simply because I don't personally think it is effective for the purpose of me getting assistance or a refund.
Edited by kkcc - 8/2/13 at 11:18pm