This morning the Astrotec AX60 arrived to my door very early (thanks audionewbi for passing them on so quickly). I stumbled to the door, half a sleep, my eyes stinging, strained from endless days browsing Head-Fi thinking to myself "ain't nobody got time for this" in a grumpy mood, picked up the parcel threw it on my bed then prepared to go back to sleep. Only after a while laying there my inner self started to become curious about how they might sound, I stared at the ceiling for 5 minutes only to roll over again grumbling 'later". Then finally after about 15 minutes it got the better of me. I opened up the parcel half naked in my boxer shorts.
Inside I was greeted by what reminds me very much of the K3003 design and you can see that in some of the photos below. I removed the grubby tips audionewbi had been using, ear wax and oil smeared all over them then dug through my personal assortment to find something fresh that suited. I ended up settling on what Head-Fi calls 'Heir' tips which usually open up staging and for some bizarre reason create slightly brighter tonality. Reaching for my Colorfly C3 (the closest DAP to me) I plugged them in and started some Jasmine Thompson tracks (she's very talented you can check her out here),.
Hit the play button and went from grumpy half asleep to this in about 30 seconds.
Call me impressed, what was going to be a quick 5 minute listen turned into almost 2 hours laying down going through several genres which they catered to excellently, pop, acoustic, EDM. They're rather neutral in the mid range, with just maybe a slight hint of warmth, which comes across as some colouration. but very smooth midrange and greatly coherent, meaning samples around the stage don't struggle to push through over one another, micro detail is nicely expressed and the mid range has this terribly smooth yet wonderful timbre that gives them a real 'higher end' attraction, they sound classy and I was pretty blown away by what I heard.
Vocals for example are terribly smooth and slightly intimate, I have heard more detail in other IEM's but these AX60 really don't need much more to do their job properly they just impress me as an overall package. I don't find them overly bass heavy not with the Heir tips I'm using, the low end is mainly sub-bass focused but I can hear a slight midbass hump, nothing over the top. I did however place some Sony hybrids on during my session and the low end came forward a fair amount. Treble is well extended as well as good shimmer.
So I'm really happy with what I'm hearing my only concern is I might be detecting a slight channel imbalance to the right? I will clean the filters and reassess that and will certainly give some more impressions about the build, sound and my final thoughts. But from what I've heard like ASG-2, 1Plus2, Westone 4, Sony EX1000, etc these are a wonderful sounding earphone for the price and I look forward to my 7 days with them. they just sound so classy and more or less slaughtered the genre's I threw at them so far. I can see the Sony EX1000 gathering dust the rest of it's loan period over AX60.
Now for some photos of the packaging and a big thanks to Billy for organizing the tour as it's been worth every second so far. I am really pleased with the leather carry case included is so soft and expresses design, thought and quality build. Company's like T-Peos should take a look at this because they need to lift their game on accessories., even down to the custom tin with the Astrotex logo imprinted on it! Mega cool even the thought put into the stainless steel filter holder! (how cool is that)
Anyone in Australia who passes the conditions to hear this get on this tour, get in NOW while you can!
I'll be back later. Btw: There's also a little wooden amp in the package, I need to buy a 9v battery for it and will leave that in when I send it on! I don't know it's name, model, or anything about it, just that it's wooden and has a cool flap door on the back.
Edited by H20Fidelity - 10/31/13 at 11:19pm