sorry for the second post in a row but i would like to keep it separated.
right now i finished listen to some tracks from Chicago movie soundtrack swapping and comparing ASG2, T-Peos H200 and RDB+v1.
want to know the outcome?
Bad news: all three IEMs rather failed this test.
Good news: ASG2 came well ahead of the others in this test
Still Good news: H200 was wrestling well before coming down
Not so good: my beloved V1 nosedived crashed down making my poor ears ache, i even had to switch off RWAK and T1 to take a tea pause :-(
in more detail:
ASG2 - as expected superb mid tones handling showed off, voices were sounding rich, tonally correct and live like. drums palpation, timeliness, decay was real good, overall layering was good and stage was believable. instrument separation was good but not best, some air was missing in lower bass and voices sounded too close and sometimes abusive causing slight fatigue but nothing major to worry about. Stage size remained small but depth was good and believable, black space remained black enough although upper registers suffered a bit. ASG2 managed to preserve coherency and naturalness of the performance but struggled quite a bit in complex passages and transients. Overall the result was good but not great at all.
H200 - despite very good mids voices did not project full which result in wash out and flatten of vocal presentation, especially female voices were affected, Catherine Zeta Jones became flatter and thinner, i missed some fine tonality in her voice, vocals seemed slightly more distant and slightly less believable, bass extension was good but not great, bass attack factor became a bit missing and overly warm removing some immediacy and air. trebles remained well extended, actually better on H200 but i could not resist hearing some metallic tint to them bringing even more fatigue compared to ASG2. stage remained larger in comparison but became more 2D with back vocals sometimes getting ahead of lead vocal which puzzled me. Something was really missing on H200 in conveying the musical picture, coherency was lacking a bit and naturalness took back seat. Overall H200 missed some bits here and there, it was Ok but only small Ok and with big reservations.
RDB+v1 - surprisingly my beloved V1 which does so well in C3+BH combination this time completely flunked the test. i do not know if RWAK does not like V1 but i often find V1 sounding better on C3 than RWAK. for what is worth V1 brought me headache after a few minutes of listen. voices sounded thinned and clinical, trebles became spicy hot and overimposed themselves across the entire music. the whole experience sounded like a badly fried omelette, forgive me V1, i tried to love you so much but in this test you failed it completely. simply makes no sense discussing particulars because the whole experience was dead wrong and hardly enjoyable.
songs from OST Chicago used in this test (FLAC 24/96):
Edited by Gintaras - 8/15/13 at 4:45am