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Originally Posted by vwinter View Post

Since I has some time to meself today biggrin.gif

I had a go of it on a plethora of goodness, and threw in the BA200 on there cuz it's been lonely lately.

Capturing what I think is an ethereal quality of her vocals best were the Flat4 KURO and the BA200. The guitar award goes to the ASG-2, as well as general palpability, but the vocals were a bit warm and more dense than I thought was best for them. The 1p2 was killer on the cymbals but didn't quite do it for me on the vocals. The Piano Forte VIII was very colored but threw out a beautiful liquid performance of the vocals with an immersing quality, with the 1601 putting out a similar but colder and more even handed performance with a bit less liquidity. If I had to pick one that did the most things I thought worked well with this track, it would be the KURO.

Cute song with a very spacious sound in general.

You heard it on head-fi first folks, 192 Kbps is ethereal quality goodness. Now back to you tyll.

Cables, do they really make a difference?

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/headphone-cable-measurements-wrap
post #3167 of 6767
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Originally Posted by vwinter View Post


Since I has some time to meself today biggrin.gif

I had a go of it on a plethora of goodness, and threw in the BA200 on there cuz it's been lonely lately.

Capturing what I think is an ethereal quality of her vocals best were the Flat4 KURO and the BA200. The guitar award goes to the ASG-2, as well as general palpability, but the vocals were a bit warm and more dense than I thought was best for them. The 1p2 was killer on the cymbals but didn't quite do it for me on the vocals. The Piano Forte VIII was very colored but threw out a beautiful liquid performance of the vocals with an immersing quality, with the 1601 putting out a similar but colder and more even handed performance with a bit less liquidity. If I had to pick one that did the most things I thought worked well with this track, it would be the KURO.

Cute song with a very spacious sound in general.

 

How are the highs of the Kuro?

post #3168 of 6767
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How are the highs of the Kuro?

Can't really say right now. Haven't given them a fair shake yet. Been spending time with the 1p2 more. But I'm more tolerant of harsh highs generally. redface.gif
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Can't really say right now. Haven't given them a fair shake yet. Been spending time with the 1p2 more. But I'm more tolerant of harsh highs generally. redface.gif


Aren't etymotic also on the bright/harsh side?

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No!  Unless you call detailed and accurate bright/harsh.
 

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Aren't etymotic also on the bright/harsh side?

never heard an Ety so... confused.gif lol
post #3172 of 6767
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Aren't etymotic also on the bright/harsh side?

The SUI has at least 10dB more treble emphasis than the ER4S to my ears. Ety treble is generally smooth. The IE800 also has much more emphasis imo, although it's peak is higher than the SUI.
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The SUI has at least 10dB more treble emphasis than the ER4S to my ears. Ety treble is generally smooth. The IE800 also has much more emphasis imo, although it's peak is higher than the SUI.


Well H20 did demo my Suis and he found the treble to be extremely smooth. Quite the contrary to your feelings. I have to agree with him to some extent as well. As long as the material itself isn't poor they are quite smooth yet very detailed and extended.

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Well H20 did demo my Suis and he found the treble to be extremely smooth. Quite the contrary to your feelings. I have to agree with him to some extent as well. As long as the material itself isn't poor they are quite smooth yet very detailed and extended.

Hmm H20Fidelity could probably offer a comparison to the ER4S. It would surprise me if their treble was at all similar, but maybe a deeper ear canal tames some of the resonant peaks of the SUI. Eke could also compare the hf5.
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Donezo:

http://i.imgur.com/Zb9c9uk.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/OWwfXrE.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/hvh6ZEo.jpg

Couldn't get rid of the frosted look soon enough. All in all, very happy with how it turned out. Kinda curious about other color combos now...
Edited by Idsynchrono_24 - 8/23/13 at 10:32pm
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Donezo:

http://i.imgur.com/Zb9c9uk.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/OWwfXrE.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/hvh6ZEo.jpg

Couldn't get rid of the frosted look soon enough. All in all, very happy with how it turned out. Kinda curious about other color combos now...

Sweet Jesus!@.@
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Originally Posted by gnarlsagan View Post


Hmm H20Fidelity could probably offer a comparison to the ER4S. It would surprise me if their treble was at all similar, but maybe a deeper ear canal tames some of the resonant peaks of the SUI. Eke could also compare the hf5.

 

The HF5 has some of the most detailed, yet smooth treble I've heard. It doesn't have the sometimish brilliance of the SUI, nor is it on the same level SQ wise, but the treble is a lot smoother.

 

The Ety issue comes from the upper mids. That can take some getting used to.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Idsynchrono_24 View Post

Donezo:

http://i.imgur.com/Zb9c9uk.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/OWwfXrE.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/hvh6ZEo.jpg

Couldn't get rid of the frosted look soon enough. All in all, very happy with how it turned out. Kinda curious about other color combos now...

 

*cough* make both sides white *cough*

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*cough* make both sides white *cough*

Even tho I would have gone with a matte white myself, I like how it was before more. (Both plates white)
post #3179 of 6767

Got the ASG-2 loaner today.

Ergonimics: These are very comfortable IEMs, more so than the InEar StageDiver 2, but not as comfy as the Fischer Amps FA-4E (FA-4), but then no other IEM is as comfy as the FA-4, though the UM3X came very close.

Accessories: Very nice Otter (?) box, a cleaning tool, a bass dial tool, plus an assortment of tips, though I think some of these tips don't actually come with the ASG-2s.

Build quality: Ok-ish. The pair I have I think is the Stealth version and there's quite a bit of paint that has come off already, specially on the left earpiece. I was trying to get my Ortofon tips on the left housing and noticed some more paint was chipping off (!!). I gave up and left the stock tips which offer a perfect fit for my ears. This is frankly unacceptable for an IEM that retails for $550 in the USA (and more outside the US). Also, if this is the Stealth model, which seems to be even more expensive, this is even less acceptable. I'd have thought this was black plastic (like the W4) instead of frost / clear plastic shells painted black — the latter will inevitably cause the paint to chip off with constant use (sweat and body oils).

 

 

(click on photo)

Sonics. (Source: MacBook Pro > V200 (with onboard DAC) > ASG-2)

Having spent about 40 mins with the ASG-2s, they remind me of the 334s somewhat, but the latter, from memory, is a more refined and better-sounding IEM, with better treble performance and a midrange I found more to my liking. However, the ASG-2s do sound very nice and are quite engaging. They are warm-ish, but not as warm / thick as I was expecting. Treble is polite, but you do get plenty of details in the music without too much effort; they do lack air, though.

Mids are lush, a bit too lush at times due to lower mids / upper bass & mid-bass presence, but for the most part, so far, the midrange sounds quite nice. I do hear sub-bass presence clearly but mid-bass dominates the low-end, but not as much / bad as I was fearing.

The sound is full, again reminding me of the 334s, but the 334's layering was a step above (from memory). I expected the ASG-2s to sound more in-your-head, but they, in fact, do have quite a decent soundstage, not overly wide, but wide enough and certainly with plenty of depth.

Now, I don't generally listen to music at loud volumes, but I know the ASG-2, like the 334, would become too much after a short while (20-40 mins) due to the low-end energy, but that's me and my sensitivity to loud sounds and 'loud' bass (I also had low-end issues with the Sennheiser IE800). But, if you crank it up for a little while, the ASG-2s can be quite exciting.

Need to do some critical listening. Please note, however, for those who might want me to compare the ASG-2s to some of my IEMs, that I really, really dislike A/B'ing gear / phones, so any direct comparisons I make will be very brief. Also, I don't intend to keep the ASG-2s too long as the owner has been deprived of these phones long enough already, so I'll be keeping them for 4 days at most.

Right this minute, though, if anyone asked, I'd say I prefer the sound of the FA-4. But I would certainly not say the FA-4 wipes the floor with the ASG-2. I think Dale / Aurisonics have a very good product in their hands, sonically; the ASG-2 is indeed a very nice-sounding IEM that I think can easily be enjoyed by many people. The FA4, though, has a slightly better tonal balance for my taste which, among other things, allows me to enjoy more albums / tracks with them while also allowing me to turn up the volume a bit, if I want to, and not be so easily 'offended'.

post #3180 of 6767
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the impressions, M. I'll add them to the OP when I get to my computer.

Keep em coming.
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