I find this intriguing. The ASG-2's came on my radar just days before they had their intro sale so I missed out on the promo pricing. As I read more about them though the more interested I became, yet I was reluctant to jump on board right away at full price because I was worried what the resale value would be like (because of the initial sale pricing) if I didn't like them. With this in mind I figured I'd try to get a taste for the Aurisonics house sound by picking up a used ASG-1.2 but they were one of the most atrocious sounding IEM's I've ever heard which put quite a damper on any enthusiasm I had for the ASG-2's.
Of course I then got my chance with the demo pair of 1plus2's which, for my preferences at least, pretty much hit the nail on the head in regards to an end game high-end IEM. That's not to say I'm not still interested in hearing and potentially owning others that are on the market though so I've been keeping an eye on this thread and hoping to get to demo a pair some time in the near future.
Like yourself I very much disliked ASG-1 v1.2, I still question to this day if that pair of mine were faulty, without dwelling on the subject to much, I contacted their previous owner asking if they had been put through the washing machine, they were so dark, treble absent, and I was not joking when I asked him. I kept them in my house for about 12 hours before selling. I simply couldn't understand why someone would want to sell something like that, or why someone would even design something to sound that way. Unless of course they had something happen to them, I still wonder about that.
Because of this I was very reluctant to even try ASG-2, I was so let down by the first pair I figured why even give Aurisonics another chance, but I have been pleasantly surprised, I would fear not about trying ASG-2 or looking into a demo, these sound very nice to my ears.. I can already picture a vision of what Dale was trying to accomplish.
Elnero, ASG-2 can make a very nice back up IEM for a different tuning, but ASG-2 is very good on its own and has magic vocals to it. otherwise 1+2 is .... hm i know many will hate me for saying this ... is top of the top, you take pain one time paying it and then you can forget about upgrades. consider me biased and ask others before deciding.
i can say ASG-2 as very capable backup IEM for my 1+2 and very special for vocal music and acoustic. sometimes i really have hard time picking one but for universal IEM covering all genres 1+2 still holds the first place in my book and... not by little.
At double the price even before slapping a high end cable on Tralucents so they should be top of the top. I don't know, in the short time I've listened to both 1plus2 and ASG-2 I tend to agree with Gintaras, if you want true precision and accuracy along with technical ability to strike down an elephant pay the premium price for 1plus2, however this isn't to say ASG-2 cannot punch up there, not at all IMO.
For example, ASG-2 immediately have less vocal sibilance than 1plus2 to these ears, in saying that though they're both totally different approachs to music making each unique, I can see why Gintaras would want both these earphones and I can also see why he likes ASG-2 so much as the hype is justified IMO. As I said to someone in a PM this evening, if 1plus2 is equivalent to a precision orchestra concert, striking every note the conductor says on time, ASG-2 sound (kind of) more like a grunge metal band letting loose in their garage, you really cannot help but just let loose and headbang.
Either way, you're still partying very hard.
Edited by H20Fidelity - 8/16/13 at 6:56am