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I think that is a very fair review. I agree with almost everything you have written. Good job! I think you will enjoy your X2.

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.

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Good review. I'm surprised that you were so taken aback by the EL-8s though. Most reports from the last show had them as a major disappointment. 

Believe me, I'm quite surprised myself. The el8 is just engaging!
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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

                16/44 FLAC

 

TEST TRACKS:

              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

 

 

BUILD

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!

 

 

FIT

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.

 

 

SOUND

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.

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

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.


Edited by d marc0 - 5/25/15 at 6:19am
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Great work mate, glad you enjoyed them. While they're the baby of Aurisonics line up I'm always interested in others thoughts. Atm I'm listening to ASG-2, they blow me away.
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Great work mate, glad you enjoyed them. While they're the baby of Aurisonics line up I'm always interested in others thoughts. Atm I'm listening to ASG-2, they blow me away.

Thanks!

I will have to visit addicted to audio again to audition some hear. I may have used the wrong tips with the ASG2 the first time. What tips are you using?
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Thanks!

I will have to visit addicted to audio again to audition some hear. I may have used the wrong tips with the ASG2 the first time. What tips are you using?

 

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. :cool: 

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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. cool.gif  

Will a slight treble boost replicate the sound? Around 7khz?
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Will a slight treble boost replicate the sound? Around 7khz?

 

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.

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