Thanks mate! These are fairly early impressions on the pm3, getting better the more I get used to them.
I surely hope so regarding the x2.
Believe me, I'm quite surprised myself. The el8 is just engaging!
Aurisonics Rockets Mini Review
Aurisonics made it's mark with their hybrid bass monster ASG-2 and has been known to make well-built IEMs. They have impressed me in every way as far as choice in materials, ergonomic design, and quality control. When the Rockets were introduced through Kickstarter, I was intrigued because a lot of thought was invested in the design and sound. So when @H20Fidelity offered to tour his Rockets, I was delighted at the opportunity to finally see them up close and hear how they sound.
SETUP: FiiO X3 2nd Gen > JDS Labs C5D
iMac 2011 > JDS Labs C5D
Dr. Chesky’s Ultimate Headphone Demonstration Disc
Megadeth - Kill the King
Daft Punk - Giorgio By Moroder
Avicii - Heart Upon My Sleeve
Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing
Anna Maria Jopek - Bukowina
Sam Smith - Not In That Way
There's something about Aurisonics' build and it definitely shows with the Rockets. The cable is made of their proprietary quad-weave aramid cable which I believe to be one of the sturdiest cable I've ever seen from an IEM. The earpieces are made from titanium shells and they definitely look like they could take a beating. What's really surprising is despite the industrial design, the Rockets actually look nice and not just functional. If I were to score these IEMs just on build alone, I'd give them a perfect 10!
Due to the miniature size of these IEMs, fit was never a problem. Pairing them with SpinFit tips work perfectly for both seal and comfort. Please don't neglect the stock tips as they too are excellent not just for the Rockets but for IEMs in general. They also come with a pair of tri-tabs to keep the Rockets secure in your ear even when there's tugging and pulling from physical movements.
The Rockets sound signature is totally different from the ASG-2. The tuning leans toward neutrality with smooth treble for fatigue-free listening. There is a slight mid bass emphasis for an added warmth and a subdued sub-bass. I can honestly say that the Rockets extends well in the sub-bass region but because of how tiny the drivers are, they just couldn't produce the much needed air for a visceral bass performance. Bass quality is quite decent only lacking in detail for complex bass lines. Unfortunately, the tiny drivers seem to sound incoherent at loud volumes. Midrange is where the Rockets really excel because it is smooth yet clear. Vocals tend to be the center of the presentation which makes Vocal genre such as A Cappella sound marvellous. The Treble is what I find a bit lacking on the Rockets; although it extends well into the upper treble there's obviously a need for more energy to make music sound exciting. The edginess in guitar-driven music doesn't translate well with the Rockets because the entire treble presentation sits behind the rest of the bandwidth. If you're a fan of Rock or Pop music, the Rockets won't be an exciting listen for you.
Overall, the Rockets is a solid product from Aurisonics. I feel that these IEMs will suit those who listen mostly to Vocal music such as A Cappella and Acoustic Ballads. I also think these are excellent for people who listen to radio, ebooks, and podcasts because the voices are the main focus in the presentation. Sound aside, the build quality is probably the best I've seen and I highly recommend the Rockets for active people as these can definitely withstand rigorous movements.
Special thanks to @H20Fidelity for making this review possible.
My pair of ASG-2 are a little different to stock, mainly because there's less acoustic filter behind the nozzles.
Here is the nozzle unglued from an ASG-2 shell.
Just behind that meshing there's usually an acoustic filter made especially my Aurisonics. (propriety fabric) On a stock ASG-2 its quite thick and compressed. Actually measured with a spectrum analyzer for each side. This very much affects the sound. My unit has about half the usual amount of this fabric behind each nozzle.
Very much changes the sound. So, really, you need to hear my pair - but goodluck getting them out of my hands.
It sounds a bit brighter/transparent than stock, eases some thickness/weight from the original pair I heard. "lifting the veil so to speak'
I cannot give figures to replicate this with EQ sorry.