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usually i hate such comparisons but since this is never ending talk i decided to take pain and do side by side audition.

 

so as promised, here is a show off - ASG2 vs. 1+2

the song listened - Pavlov's Dog / Julia

gear: RWAK100, Tralucent T1, Uber IC

ASG2 cabling: Tralucent gold silver

1+2 cabling: Tralucent gold silver

 

listened: 3 times on each IEM swapping back and forth, total listen to single song 6x times... my poor ears :-(

 

my observations during audition:

 

first of all i must tell a few things:

 

a) this is very difficult comparison like between apples and oranges. ASG2 was a well rounded like an Apple, shiny, glossy, tasty and sweet, 1+2 was an Orange, crisp, well balanced sweet & sour, sparkling, juicy and refreshing my inner flesh.

b) this is silly to describe stage between these two, all i can say is 1+2 is Woodstock stage and ASG2 is Copacabana

c) both IEMs bring music to live to so well that i am hard pressed to tell which one here, still they render music very differently

 

and now lets figure what and why:

 

stereo imaging, black space and instrument separation: 1+2 takes the lead here, it conveys very airy and seamless 3D stage, stereo images are so strong that you literally feel air movement sensations, i told you for once 1+2 acts more like a proper loudspeaker. ASG2 creates a smaller but very intimate stage, singer moves so close to you, mid centric bias helps guitars and small percussions to recreate a very special atmosphere of a good club. both IEMs do very believable portrayal of musical performance but they do it sooooo differently that i am unable to tell you which one you will prefer. it will be a matter of personal tastes here rather than detail nitpicking.

 

trebles: here 1+2 outshines ASG2 easily, 1+2 cymbals and upper notes on piano sound so smoother and better extended, huge amount of air flowing around, flutes project seamlessly into space... you literally travel away to leave your room for live venue. ASG2 trebles are just good but i can feel some notes hitting walls of the imaginary club stage, cymbals are slightly congested and on aggressive passages become bit smeared. 1+2 wins easily here.

 

mid-tones: a very tough call, ASG2 shines incredibly well, voices are close and so intimate, tonal richness is insanely good, singer's voice gets creamy and airy, you literally can hear singer whispering lips and tongue moving, amazing work. mid bass works very well and guitars have amazingly realistic bite and believability, strings sound rich and meaty, i can feel them physically almost like touching with my own fingers. percussions have good air and punch too. Now 1+2, i disagree with those who say voices on this sound thinner or less intimate... no, what i hear are very live like voices and very true presentation, what you lose however is some element of warmth and intimacy, singer moves a bit away from you in a large stage, still singer voice remains very sweet and tonally spot on, there is no sibilance at moderate volume, i receive all vocal information and there is no note i am missing in the song. guitars have slightly less lush sound to them but ramble more crisp and overall better, airy space feels enormous which allows notes to project very naturally and die slowly into the air. drums are just superb, better than on ASG2 in every aspect despite less hard punch, huge stage and razor sharp separation allow you to hear percussions in very natural yet very unobstructive way. you literally can see the whole percussions set at work while on ASG some percussions are unduly taking a back stage. still this was perhaps the hardest part because ASG2 mids presentation is so special that i would pick them for some material over 1+2, but for overall usability and coherency 1+2 will be my choice.

 

bass: huh... what can i say, ASG2 makes bass big, rich and enveloping, mid bass and percussions sound so punchy and real, ... what i miss on ASG2 is some more air and lower bass extension which smears some transients and cuts a bit from bigger drums air. 1+2 comes much closer to realistic and accurate bass, it is simply better, well better that i even do not want waste much time on this section, 1+2 bass is very airy, drums and percussions receive great separation and are projected very well in seamless stage, PRAT remains superb, one of the best out there i ever heard. despite sometimes slam on 1+2 feels more polite it remains much more appreciable than on ASG2 which can become a bit messy with complex songs and music.

 

so how i would describe these two IEMs?

 

a) ASG2 is different from 1+2 in many aspects, so different that you might want to own both

b) 1+2 is more universal all rounder and first class IEM which will make you forget about small plastic pieces inserted into your ear, it is like going out on a fresh windy morning from your ocean house

c) ASG2 is more like an expensive club in which you date a girl, cozy, rich cigar smelling and expensive whiskey, singer dancing in front but your girl keeping a jealous eye on you, very intimate and romantic but once in a while you want out for a breath of fresh air.

 

so which one is a winner you may ask? guess what, i am not going to tell you, for me both 1+2 and ASG are winners because they are different and appeal to different music type listen.

if you want razor sharp presentation, live like believability, seamless stage and insanely realistic images then 1+2 is for you, 1+2 is also a better all rounder believe me.

if you want rich voices, vocal splash emotionality, creamy guitar bites and grand slam percussions then ASG2 is your friend, it will breath sweet and live into your music and you will be put to lay on stage while singer will be singing only for you.

 

uhhh.... i am done. cool.gif


Edited by Gintaras - 8/18/13 at 3:38am
post #2882 of 6737
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Originally Posted by audionewbi View Post

No I am not a professional musician but i am around many of them. Once again it seems to come down to taste, I don't enjoy opera but I do enjoy vocals on ASG-2, they seem to be tuned for that.

 

mate, opera singers cannot sing many operas because it is all about voice type and tonality... you cannot imagine bass singing tenor song, right, so hope you getting my point now.

post #2883 of 6737
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mate, opera singers cannot sing many operas because it is all about voice type and tonality... you cannot imagine bass singing tenor song, right, so hope you getting my point now.


The lady from the Fifth Element can. normal_smile%20.gif

 


Edited by lee730 - 8/18/13 at 3:36am
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Those are some enjoyable performance but I really could do without. There are performers out there who only train for sing different octaves and spend their entire career practicing probably 20 handful of opera that they are expected to perform in their career, give them any other song outside their genera and they will struggle. 

Hey, Usain Bolt. Why u no run slower?! U already won! No need showing off.
This discussion is almost turning out to be like a 1+2 vs ASG-2 discussion. Some artists prefer to write good songs, play them their way, with their unique expression. They focus on achieving something that means something to them. They don't care if they are off pitch sometimes or out of pace.

Some artists however, strive to be the very best they can. They practice for hours, days, weeks, months and even a lifetime just to hit that one note in that one performance. They consider it their life goal. They will not sit down and rest until they really nail a performance. Even a single not or phrase off pitch is a disappointment. That's what I assume to be, the 1+2 way.(I have never heard any of the iems... I've just read like 20 pages of reviews on them.) You can just transfer this to any part of life. Anything really. Cleaning, cooking, drawing, playing video games, working.

Anyway. My point is. Let's say, either you have Asperger's or you have William's disease. Google.
post #2885 of 6737
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The lady from the Fifth Element can. normal_smile%20.gif

 

 

hahaha... do you know what audio engineers did? they merged several voices into one performance and electronically manipulated voices to create this. watch documentary which nicely tells you what they have done biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by Gintaras View Post

b) this is silly to describe stage between these two, all i can say is 1+2 is Woodstock stage and ASG2 is Copacabana

 

This is quite possibly the best piece of music I've ever heard (can't wait to try it on the ASG-2s): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKR2n-G-wdM

post #2887 of 6737

Lost in translation as usual with you ;).
 

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Originally Posted by Gintaras View Post

usually i hate such comparisons but since this is never ending talk i decided to take pain and do side by side audition.

 

.....

 

so how i would describe these two IEMs?

 

a) ASG2 is different from 1+2 in many aspects, so different that you might want to own both

b) 1+2 is more universal all rounder and first class IEM which will make you forget about small plastic pieces inserted into your ear, it is like going out on a fresh windy morning from your ocean house

 

.....

 

uhhh.... i am done. cool.gif

 

Gintaras, this is the same conclusion I came to with my experience with 1plus2 and ASG-2, and I'm keeping both (and also the TG334 and RE600 similarly).  They are all very good IEM that tuned to different priorities/preferences and you can always find tracks that sound better on one of these 4 IEMs better than the other.  Having said that, if I can only have one, it has to be the 1plus2.

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Lost in translation as usual with you ;).
 

 

Lee, sorry, i was not entirely right about Plava Laguna song, watched that documentary about audio production long ago, so what they did there was they used one opera singer and modulated the pich of her voice. cool.gif

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Lee, sorry, i was not entirely right about Plava Laguna song, watched that documentary about audio production long ago, so what they did there was they used one opera singer and modulated the pich of her voice. cool.gif


That's not the point lol. I was making a joke and it went over your head :P. I guess that makes it even funnier when you think of it. evil_smiley.gif Must be a Rose moment.

 


Edited by lee730 - 8/18/13 at 3:49am
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Originally Posted by Gintaras View Post




a) ASG2 is different from 1+2 in many aspects, so different that you might want to own both
b) 1+2 is more universal all rounder and first class IEM which will make you forget about small plastic pieces inserted into your ear, it is like going out on a fresh windy morning from your ocean house
c) ASG2 is more like an expensive club in which you date a girl, cozy, rich cigar smelling and expensive whiskey, singer dancing in front but your girl keeping a jealous eye on you, very intimate and romantic but once in a while you want out for a breath of fresh air.

uhhh.... i am done. cool.gif

I can definitely relate to this part quoted Gintaras, especially the ocean house in the morning compared to a expensive club which you date a girl. I agree on that, with what I've been hearing between the two. Thanks for the impression and moderate lol's with some of your phrases....... smile.gif
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H20. you welcome wink_face.gif

sometimes we, not native English speakers, can create some most hilarious expressions without the risk of being accused of illiteracy biggrin.gif

 


Edited by Gintaras - 8/18/13 at 4:13am
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post


That's not the point lol. I was making a joke and it went over your head :P. I guess that makes it even funnier when you think of it. evil_smiley.gif Must be a Rose moment.

 

 

ROFL..... biggrin.gif

post #2894 of 6737

was just listening to creed overcome on my ASG-2s while waxing my car... and heard the Snare of the drums in the song it was so awesome that I can only describe it like this

Quote macklemore " Snare that will knock the air right out of your lungs..." 

post #2895 of 6737

chaps, we all know Pavarotti was the greatest tenor of all times but sometimes magic things happen and i cannot stop thinking how much i prefer Lucio Dalla singing his song Caruso (yes, Dalla is the author of Caruso song and he literally spoke to Caruso spirit while writing it, magic):

 

here you have Dalla and Pavarotti delivering magical music and singing, i am afraid to tell this in open but for once i much prefer Dalla performing this song:

 

 

and here is the original sang by Dalla:


Edited by Gintaras - 8/18/13 at 6:09am
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