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I'm actually hoping the progress on the head-fi front would help to reverse (slowly) the trend to mixing for the lowest denorminator in the industry. The loudness war and decreasing dynamic range to me is just to make their music sound better on the crappiest of the crappy gears - 128k mp3 on mp3 players/phones with dollar buds. When I'd never be caught dead in a pair of Beats, I should thank them for bringing realization to the mass that their music can sound better than iBud with iDevices.

 

Actually, the new iBuds (aka the Earpods) are very good phones, and the latest iterations of the previous iBuds weren't as bad as many people make them out to be; the (4G) iPod Touch is an excellent DAP, BTW.

 

Unfortunately, there are far too many people on Head-fi—and I'm sure in other audio forums—who think that bashing Apple products (particularly the stock Apple earphones), Beats, Bose, etc. makes them an audiophile, and that the more obscure / esoteric (and often [very] expensive) the products they own, the better these products sound, thus believing they've become an even bigger audiophile.

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Originally Posted by music_4321 View Post

 

Actually, the new iBuds (aka the Earpods) are very good phones, and the latest iterations of the previous iBuds weren't as bad as many people make them out to be; the (4G) iPod Touch is an excellent DAP, BTW.

 

Unfortunately, there are far too many people on Head-fi—and I'm sure in other audio forums—who think that bashing Apple products (particularly the stock Apple earphones), Beats, Bose, etc. makes them an audiophile, and that the more obscure / esoteric (and often [very] expensive) the products they own, the better these products sound, thus believing they've become an even bigger audiophile.

 

Yeah totally agreed. I also hate those who tell others off by pretending they know better :) I totally respect those who truely like how the iBud sound. Especially when that's coming from someone who forgo other choice to go with the iBud. But I would feel a bit pretentious if I go preach the virtures of the iBud when sporting these "obscure / esoteric (and often [very] expensive)" gears....
post #513 of 6737
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Originally Posted by Kunlun View Post

Hi there!

Yes, I have the 1plus2 on loan, have the as-2 custom ($800) and have heard the asg-2 ($550) and the 009 as well!

Thanks for answering!

I do hear a 5khz spike which gives a little sibilance at mid-high volumes with certain tracks and gets fatiguing with the 1plus2. Also, the slightly bloomy midbass of the dynamic (which is quite good) gives the impression of a gap in the lower mids sometimes although with something like a solo cello which doesn't push the dynamic, then this effect lessens. I agree that the aSG-2 sounds very lush and full-sounding, so I can hear what you are describing as congested.

Cheers!


It is really interesting to read such posts. Someone who takes your words,a negative description, and tries to turn them into something positive, closer to their own opinion, all in an overly polite tone. I find this personally quite distasteful.
post #514 of 6737
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Originally Posted by kkcc View Post

 

Yeah totally agreed. I also hate those who tell others off by pretending they know better :)I totally respect those who truely like how the iBud sound. Especially when that's coming from someone who forgo other choice to go with the iBud. But I would feel a bit pretentious if I go preach the virtures of the iBud when sporting these "obscure / esoteric (and often [very] expensive)" gears....

 

Well, I bought a pair of Earpods for 25 euros from Amazon (read: I didn't get them with any of the latest iDevices), and I use them much more often than you'd ever know. In fact, I prefer them over several much more expensive IEMs I've owned over the years. They're extraordinarily comfortable, cable length is perfect, with no microphonics—unlike the $1,000 Sennheiser IE800— and, on top of that, build quality is first rate as these are the only phones I allow myself to abuse and, after several months with them, they're still as good as new. Even the remote/mic unit has strain reliefs at both ends unlike the $1,300 remote/mic version of the K3003, aka K3003i.

I hardly ever "preach the virtues" of the Earpods, but I'd highly recommend them, as well as the ~$150 Sony EX600 & $200+ MDR-7550.

Yes, I own several (very) expensive and esoteric IEMs, but I don't go round telling people Apple, Sony, Beats, Bose, etc. suck or that people need to spend ~$1,000 on a pair of IEMs and $1,000+ on a DAP to get excellent SQ.


Edited by music_4321 - 6/11/13 at 2:20am
post #515 of 6737
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Well, I bought a pair of Earpods for 25 euros from Amazon (read: I didn't get them with any of the latest iDevices), and I use them much more often than you'd ever know.

 

Like I said, totally respect iBud opinions from everyday iBud users :) Similarly I also respect ASG-2 opinions from everyday ASG-2 users. In fact I'm still waiting to have a chance to demo one. Now if only Dimitri would come thru for me with a loaner....
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Guys, I'm not sure Apple needs your impassioned defense of the worth of their products, and it's pretty far from the scope of this thread. Every mention of Apple as a company does not require someone riding in to 'set the record straight' and talk about how great they work, sound, feel, cure cancer, etc. I'm not trying to be rude, but it seems that every time someone mentions that company, a cabal of fevered apologists jump in immediately, and while that's fine in some places, this is an Aurisonics ASG-2 thread and should, in my opinion, be kept as such. 

 

Again, not trying to antagonize here, but it would be nice to have a conversation about something that tangentially references Apple (and a few other companies as well) not disintegrate and spin off-topic immediately. Now, if somebody has some listening notes comparing the earbuds in question to the ASG-2, I would definitely be interested in reading them! 

 

Keep Calm and Carry On (talking about the ASG-2). wink.gif

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Apologies, then. For a moment I thought this was the "Apple Hard-core Fanboys" thread instead of the ASG-2 thread. Clearly my posts were all about "Apple needing [my] impassioned defense of the worth of their products" and nothing else.

 

Apologies again.

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Ehh..thanks Maury Springer.
post #519 of 6737
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Originally Posted by Theogenes View Post

Guys, I'm not sure Apple needs your impassioned defense of the worth of their products, and it's pretty far from the scope of this thread. Every mention of Apple as a company does not require someone riding in to 'set the record straight' and talk about how great they work, sound, feel, cure cancer, etc. I'm not trying to be rude, but it seems that every time someone mentions that company, a cabal of fevered apologists jump in immediately, and while that's fine in some places, this is an Aurisonics ASG-2 thread and should, in my opinion, be kept as such. 

Have you been following the main Aurisonics thread for the past few months?
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Thanks in advance for staying on topic guys.  smile.gif


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I've sent a few PMs to people regarding the Apple conversation above, and hope the matter is settled! smile.gif

 

Back to Aurisonics: are there any methods of achieving a rhodium-like (or black chrome-like) appearance on the shield at a lower cost, to anyone's knowledge? I believe the rhodium upgrade costs $300 and the black chrome $150 (please correct me if I'm mistaken), which is a pretty substantial increase over the stock price for a purely aesthetic change-- but man, it sure does look sharp. So if there's a way to get a similar finish (perhaps for a future IEM?) for less dosh, I'd be interested in it. Any ideas? 

 

Also, I feel like I've pestered poor Andy to death over the last few weeks, so I thought I'd ask here instead: anyone know what the general turnaround time is on the G-2 at the moment? I've got a pair ordered and I'm hoping to be able to take them with me on an upcoming trip (to watch the Stones play in Philly-- BOOYAH!!!). Anybody gots the knowledge here? 

 

TIA and whatnot!! ksc75smile.gif

post #522 of 6737
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Originally Posted by Theogenes View Post

I've sent a few PMs to people regarding the Apple conversation above, and hope the matter is settled! smile.gif

 

Back to Aurisonics: are there any methods of achieving a rhodium-like (or black chrome-like) appearance on the shield at a lower cost, to anyone's knowledge? I believe the rhodium upgrade costs $300 and the black chrome $150 (please correct me if I'm mistaken), which is a pretty substantial increase over the stock price for a purely aesthetic change-- but man, it sure does look sharp. So if there's a way to get a similar finish (perhaps for a future IEM?) for less dosh, I'd be interested in it. Any ideas? 

 

Also, I feel like I've pestered poor Andy to death over the last few weeks, so I thought I'd ask here instead: anyone know what the general turnaround time is on the G-2 at the moment? I've got a pair ordered and I'm hoping to be able to take them with me on an upcoming trip (to watch the Stones play in Philly-- BOOYAH!!!). Anybody gots the knowledge here? 

 

TIA and whatnot!! ksc75smile.gif

 

I JUST asked him that the other day. Andy said 2 weeks (for me from getting my ASG-1). 3 Weeks if they need to order parts. 

 

I'm just going for the Stealth finish. Looks sleek and doesn't cost an extra $300. So the $400 stealth should be good enough for me (from upgrade). 

post #523 of 6737

Gotcha, thanks!! If it's two weeks, I might not have it in time... in which case I might pout, but I feel confident I'd survive, if only barely :P

 

Btw, good call on the Stealth. I did the same thing, but opted for the clear polished sleeve so I could see the drivers... because I'm a nerd and love that stuff :D

post #524 of 6737
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Gotcha, thanks!! If it's two weeks, I might not have it in time... in which case I might pout, but I feel confident I'd survive, if only barely :P

 

Btw, good call on the Stealth. I did the same thing, but opted for the clear polished sleeve so I could see the drivers... because I'm a nerd and love that stuff :D

 

Does the clear polished sleeve prevent yellowing (and cost the same)? That is really what I'm worried about. If I can I might do the same, because that sounds cool. If not I'll just get a full stealth ASG-2.

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Originally Posted by Eugguy View Post

Holy...I just realized...the SR-009 is $5250.00...Would you even have any money/wife/wives left after this purchase? That is crazy ridiculous!

Zero percentage interest credit card - $250 a month for 2 years - If you really want it, there are ways. For me, that's just under half the price of a really nice used HD Fatboy....

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