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Here are my early impressions of the ASG-2 with stock cable after 2 weeks of usage.

Rig:ASG-2>Hippo Cricri Amp>Cowon J3 DAP
Genres:Rock, Pop, Trance, Classical, Kpop, Mandopop

Design, Ergonomics & Comfort:This IEMs are indeed a pair of nice gem! For mine, it is a clear frosted version. The IEM looks sturdy with a hard shell. As for the size, I would say it is slightly larger than the W4R by around 15%. Fit is good and I'm able to achieve a good isolation with the stock double flange. Isolation wise the W4R is better with a modded triple flange.

Accessories:The otterbox that comes with the ASG2 is rather large. But it's built like a tank! All the standard accessories are included but a few more selection of tips will do the job nicely.

Bass:I would say this IEM is a bass monster! I'm using it with the bass ports almost near zero (somewhere like 1mm opened). The bass are definitely hard hitting with very nice slam and decay. I would say this IEM emphasizes more on the mid-bass impact rather than sub-bass. Although sub-bass is still present especially in bass heavy tracks. Comparing to W4, to me, the W4 hits deeper and more linear. Quantity wise, ASG2 is the clear winner even with only 1mm port opened. With the bass ports turned halfway open, I could feel the mid bass impact creeping it's way upfront and ahead of mids and vocals. Definitely not my preference thus I always keep it at 1mm open or closed! If the ASG2 can have more sub-bass it would have achieved one of the best lows.

Mids and Vocals:As a long user of the W4, I'm inclined to the amazing mids and vocals that the W4 is able to provide. Listening to the ASG2, it does no frail! Both female and male vocals is ever so slightly forward and mesmerize the ears with its lush and smooth vocals. Sometimes it does feel like the singer is singing right next to your ears! It's really something that I've NEVER came across in the IEMs that I've owned and it's SPECTACULAR! I feel that the ASG2 definitely benefits from burn-in as previously I do experience some "harshness" with the female vocals but has since disappeared after longer hours of usage. The mids are not hindered by the thumping bass and in fact blend in very well. Superb coherency here. Clarity wise it takes the lead from W4 as I do find a slight veil covering the lower mids of W4. Instrument separation is slightly or a touch of a hair behind the W4. This could be probably due to the larger soundstage that the ASG2 possesses. In comparison, I do find that the W4 separates instruments by portraying them in a "layered" manner which means they are positioned behind the vocalist. The ASG2 on the other hand, does it nicely by having the guitarist, keyboard, violins etc at both the sides of the vocalist which is in a linear fashion. However it is really an impressive feat for Westones to be able to "layer" instruments so nicely.

Treble and Timbre:Treble wise I would say that the W4 has better clarity in the upper mids region. But that does not mean the ASG2 is "treble lazy". Treble extension is very good as well. It is able to stretch into high notes and regions nicely although not as effortlessly and smooth as the W4. However, with slight tweak of the EQ, it does solve the issue. I do find that through burn-in, it did improve the treble. Timbre of the ASG2 is fantastic! Instrument sounds really natural. In some tracks, it sounded so real that made me thought it was coming from my surroundings! Honestly was pretty shock by it. Unlike most BA IEMs which puts cymbals snares pretty artificial sounding. Really a hands up for the ASG2 in this area!

Soundstage:Soundstage in this case, the ASG2 is packed with a pretty wide soundstage on par with the TF10. Soundstage is width and depth does well with good headroom. In comparison, the soundstage of the W4 loses out.

In conclusion, in my opinions, the ASG2 is a fantastic IEM in it's price point. It houses a sound signature that is ever so addictive! I would say the ASG2 is an upgrade to the W4 unlike the Heir 4ai, in my opinion is a side-grade to the W4. Kudos to the ASG2!!
post #3077 of 6737
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Originally Posted by Bluebear View Post

 

You mean like this?
 

 

 

yes, except for iPod, amp and IC, cannot see tips on your photo.

overall an Ok package but nothing to rave about. biggrin.gif

actually i do not remember many IEM makers who throw in a generous package. so no complaints in particular case.

post #3078 of 6737

Xad, nice impressions

post #3079 of 6737
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Originally Posted by xaddictionx View Post

 

 

Thanks, x! Great impressions.

 

Added to first post.

post #3080 of 6737
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Originally Posted by gnarlsagan View Post

 

Also, it'd be awesome if eke could get a K3003 comparison in the mix...

 

It's very likely Idsync and myself will be able to get some comparisons in the coming weeks.

post #3081 of 6737
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It's very likely Idsync and myself will be able to get some comparisons in the coming weeks.

 

perhaps James444 can do? he has k3003 and he also auditioned Eke's ASG2 rolleyes.gif

post #3082 of 6737
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Originally Posted by Gintaras View Post

 

yes, except for iPod, amp and IC, cannot see tips on your photo.

overall an Ok package but nothing to rave about. biggrin.gif

actually i do not remember many IEM makers who throw in a generous package. so no complaints in particular case.

 

I'm using the grey double-flange tips that came with the ASG-2. Fit and isolation is just right for my ears. Actually I do not use the ASG-2's otterbox for daily transport use. I find it too big to carry around. Instead, I bought the Westone monitor vault to keep ASG-2.

post #3083 of 6737

The ASG-2 pairs well with the pha-1, better than the pairing with o2. The pha-1 makes every other phone bass light but in the case of ASG-2, the bass becomes tighter and quantity is much reduced. Soundstage really opened up on the pha-1 with the ASG-2, however battery only lasts for 5 hours.

post #3084 of 6737
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Originally Posted by vwinter View Post


Lol impressions need to have at least 3 words. You were close with "sound great," but just missed it. frown.giftongue.gif

Nice pic. Are those the stock black cables you got?

They "sound really great" then biggrin.gif

Yup those are the stock black cables. For now...

post #3085 of 6737

As promised / threatened, cable comparison #2, this time with more complex music:

 

Polica - Fist Teeth Money (60 second loop, starting at 0:30)

 

Stabat Akish - Troide (90 second loop, starting at 0:30)

 

Mahler - Symphony No. 2 / Rattle (90 second loop, starting at 1:02:00)

 

Having listened to above-said excerpts for more than an hour, these are my conclusions:

 

- There's audible hiss with the Fiio X3 and the ASG-2s during quiet passages, so I had to revert to my trusty Xin Supermicro IV as a source.

- Tralucent gold/silver cable seems to have ever so slightly more gain than the stock cable.

- Tralucent gold/silver cable seems to have ever so slightly less warmth than the stock cable.

- Both differences are very subtle and I'm pretty certain I'd fail to distinguish the cables in a blind test.

- I couldn't make out any other differences.

 

That's it from my part. Thanks again to Eke for the opportunity to audition these. smile_phones.gif

post #3086 of 6737
Good stuff James! Came across a comparison you made regarding the K3003 vs 1plus2 that was very helpful too.
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by james444 View Post

As promised / threatened, cable comparison #2, this time with more complex music:

 

 

 

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So you do hear a difference!! smily_headphones1.gif

 

 

Thanks for the fantastic set of impressions, James. I certainly hope you didn't like the songs that you used to A/B. I find that after long comparison sessions, I don't listen to the test tracks for quite a while after.

post #3088 of 6737
Nice impressions xaddictionx. I think I mainly heard similar differences compared to the W4 I had on hand.


Thanks for the update James! My expectation bias is back baby! biggrin.gif


@eke
The best kind of difference, one that you wouldn't want to be tested blind on. tongue.gif

Interestingly less warmth could explain cleaner and less bass, a relative perception of greater treble presence, and more precise imaging.
post #3089 of 6737
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Originally Posted by james444 View Post

As promised / threatened, cable comparison #2, this time with more complex music:

 

Polica - Fist Teeth Money (60 second loop, starting at 0:30)

 

 

Stabat Akish - Troide (90 second loop, starting at 0:30)

 

 

Mahler - Symphony No. 2 / Rattle (90 second loop, starting at 1:02:00)

 

 

Having listened to above-said excerpts for more than an hour, these are my conclusions:

 

- There's audible hiss with the Fiio X3 and the ASG-2s during quiet passages, so I had to revert to my trusty Xin Supermicro IV as a source.

- Tralucent gold/silver cable seems to have ever so slightly more gain than the stock cable.

- Tralucent gold/silver cable seems to have ever so slightly less warmth than the stock cable.

- Both differences are very subtle and I'm pretty certain I'd fail to distinguish the cables in a blind test.

- I couldn't make out any other differences.

 

That's it from my part. Thanks again to Eke for the opportunity to audition these. smile_phones.gif

 

Thanks James! So I think I can safely assume that the cable does a little improvement but not that much to discourage me from using a lower-end but more ergonomical and flexible cable for use outdoors when I'm commuting.

post #3090 of 6737
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Originally Posted by Idsynchrono_24 View Post

Good stuff James! Came across a comparison you made regarding the K3003 vs 1plus2 that was very helpful too.

 

Thanks, you're welcome!

 

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Originally Posted by eke2k6 View Post

I certainly hope you didn't like the songs that you used to A/B. I find that after long comparison sessions, I don't listen to the test tracks for quite a while after.

 

Same thing for me, though testing only short excerpts in a loop gives me more reliable results and spoils them somewhat less. I do like all of them btw, the Polica album being one of my last year's most played ones.

 

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Originally Posted by vwinter View Post

The best kind of difference, one that you wouldn't want to be tested blind on. tongue.gif

Interestingly less warmth could explain cleaner and less bass, a relative perception of greater treble presence, and more precise imaging.

 

I knew someone would catch me on that. wink.gif  Concur with your second observation.

 

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Originally Posted by Bluebear View Post

Thanks James! So I think I can safely assume that the cable does a little improvement but not that much to discourage me from using a lower-end but more ergonomical and flexible cable for use outdoors when I'm commuting.

 

Just my personal 2c, but I still prefer the stock cable overall for its better ergonomics, and those subtle sonic differences don't justify calling one "lower-end" in comparison to the other.

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