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post #1351 of 1825
Early impressions-

Midcentric, better yet- vocal centric, with a rawness and edge. Polite, non-fatiguing but weighty treble. Excellent bass quantity- this is not your typical consumer bass heavy sig- rather it's tight, textured, quick and nimble.

Layering is superb. Vocals are lifted and presented on a platter before the feast. Drums are nicely separated from guitars- The head space is not dramatically wide but has great proportions; most importantly fantastic height that is often missing in many well performing iems. Depth is simply top tier.

Bass texture is really great; No excessive decay. I'm hearing very good sub bass that starts it's roll under 40hz.

Treble has a nice solidity, weight and timbre, yet soft and always polite. I would prefer a bit more presence and sparkle but it works well with the overall signature.

The midrange is the show. Vocals are front and center with great intimacy. The vocalists are thrust upon you with grit and emotion. Backing vocals are more intelligible than ever before; similarly lifted and thrust forward. You can't accuse the a Rockets of not being engaging. Guitars are big and bold. Occasionally, with some songs, the mids can get a bit domineering at louder volumes but overall sound great at any volume and I'm continuing to get used to their presentation. I feel the Rockets really shine at moderate to lower volumes though.

Instrument timbre is very good, especially strings. Acoustic guitar is fantastic and drums, especially the kicks, are pretty spectacular. I've heard better distortion guitar bite but the Rockets add a pretty unique rawness for a not too common flavor.

The above was straight from my iPhone 5S. Haven't had a chance to use the AK240 with the a Rockets yet. From memory of the prototype, they should really scale with an amp. They sounded awesome from the Violectric stack Dale had at the time (too bad I sold mine). The Rockets did sound better after an hour or two than right out of the pouch.

These things are seriously tiny. Stock tips are really good but I'm really liking mh1 tips for the ability to get them deeper. The cable might just be the best stock cable I've ever seen. I feel like it would come in handy for MacGyver. Looking forward to the anti-loops for over the ear wear, as the cable sticks out a bit, but eliminates cable noise and is my preferred method of wear.
Edited by shotgunshane - 8/29/14 at 10:21pm
post #1352 of 1825

Wish we'd had those impressions months ago to tide us all over, ha. 

 

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Originally Posted by shotgunshane View Post

The above was straight from my iPhone 5S. Haven't had a chance to use the AK240 with the a Rockets yet. 

 

You're gonna like what you hear. Rockets definitely sound more lively with a bit of oomph behind em. 
 

post #1353 of 1825
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Originally Posted by shotgunshane View Post

Early impressions-

Midcentric, better yet- vocal centric, with a rawness and edge. Polite, non-fatiguing but weighty treble. Excellent bass quantity- this is not your typical consumer bass heavy sig- rather it's tight, textured, quick and nimble.

Layering is superb. Vocals are lifted and presented on a platter before the feast. Drums are nicely separated from guitars- The head space is not dramatically wide but has great proportions; most importantly fantastic height that is often missing in many well performing iems. Depth is simply top tier.

Bass texture is really great; No excessive decay. I'm hearing very good sub bass that starts it's roll under 40hz.

Treble has a nice solidity, weight and timbre, yet soft and always polite. I would prefer a bit more presence and sparkle but it works well with the overall signature.

The midrange is the show. Vocals are front and center with great intimacy. The vocalists are thrust upon you with grit and emotion. Backing vocals are more intelligible than ever before; similarly lifted and thrust forward. You can't accuse the a Rockets of not being engaging. Guitars are big and bold. Occasionally, with some songs, the mids can get a bit domineering at louder volumes but overall sound great at any volume and I'm continuing to get used to their presentation. I feel the Rockets really shine at moderate to lower volumes though.

Instrument timbre is very good, especially strings. Acoustic guitar is fantastic and drums, especially the kicks, are pretty spectacular. I've heard better distortion guitar bite but the Rockets add a pretty unique rawness for a not too common flavor.

The above was straight from my iPhone 5S. Haven't had a chance to use the AK240 with the a Rockets yet. From memory of the prototype, they should really scale with an amp. They sounded awesome from the Violectric stack Dale had at the time (too bad I sold mine). The Rockets did sound better after an hour or two than right out of the pouch.

These things are seriously tiny. Stock tips are really good but I'm really liking mh1 tips for the ability to get them deeper. The cable might just be the best stock cable I've ever seen. I feel like it would come in handy for MacGyver. Looking forward to the anti-loops for over the ear wear, as the cable sticks out a bit, but eliminates cable noise and is my preferred method of wear.

This was like 90% my impressions, unless I never posted them lol.

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Originally Posted by Idsynchrono_24 View Post

You're gonna like what you hear. Rockets definitely sound more lively with a bit of oomph behind em. 

 

More lively??? I don't think I could handle that.
post #1354 of 1825
SGS great impressions. Glad we're all on the same page. Now I can stop refreshing this page lol.
post #1355 of 1825
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Originally Posted by Idsynchrono_24 View Post
 

 

You're gonna like what you hear. Rockets definitely sound more lively with a bit of oomph behind em. 
 

Speaking of - I've just started getting into real, good audio, with the rockets being my first pair of nice IEMs.  Do you have any recommendations for a budget amp or otherwise to help out with that oomph?

 

For added info, I am running these off of an HTC One M7 (and an iPod Nano - the new multi-touch one)


Edited by crazyg0od33 - 8/29/14 at 11:10pm
post #1356 of 1825

fiio does plenty of budget amps and dacs that sound pretty good for the prices. Fiio e18 works otg with android, you could check that out. it can also do usb dac for 24/96 to pc

post #1357 of 1825
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Speaking of - I've just started getting into real, good audio, with the rockets being my first pair of nice IEMs.  Do you have any recommendations for a budget amp or otherwise to help out with that oomph?

For added info, I am running these off of an HTC One M7 (and an iPod Nano - the new multi-touch one)

I actually really enjoyed the Rockets out of the GO 450. As for a DAP, portable amp? I don't think I can help there. The only DAPs I have are the iPhone 5, Sony F886, Calyx M, and a Plenue P1 that's coming in soon. The Sony and the iPhone 5 are comparable to one another, and the M is very expensive. Ditto on the P1. I used to own the DX50/90, but I sold both so I don't know how the Rockets would sound with either unfortunately. Luckily for you, I think the Rockets sound just fine out of a Smartphone, and in fact, I do the majority of my listening straight out of an iPhone due to convenience/battery life.
post #1358 of 1825
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Originally Posted by DatGuy View Post
 

fiio does plenty of budget amps and dacs that sound pretty good for the prices. Fiio e18 works otg with android, you could check that out. it can also do usb dac for 24/96 to pc

 

 

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Originally Posted by Idsynchrono_24 View Post


I actually really enjoyed the Rockets out of the GO 450. As for a DAP, portable amp? I don't think I can help there. The only DAPs I have are the iPhone 5, Sony F886, Calyx M, and a Plenue P1 that's coming in soon. The Sony and the iPhone 5 are comparable to one another, and the M is very expensive. Ditto on the P1. I used to own the DX50/90, but I sold both so I don't know how the Rockets would sound with either unfortunately. Luckily for you, I think the Rockets sound just fine out of a Smartphone, and in fact, I do the majority of my listening straight out of an iPhone due to convenience/battery life.

 

Thanks guys!  I'll do a little more research!

post #1359 of 1825
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Thanks guys!  I'll do a little more research!

fiio amps are usually 200usd and under, with some being 100 and under for their cheapest.

 

DAPs

Calyx m (dap) ~ 950usd. 

ibasso DX50 ~200usd

ibasso DX90 ~350usd

 

Amp

Lehmann audio Traveller (amp) ~480usd

Fostex HPP1 (amp/ios dac) ~400usd 

Fostex HPV1 (amp) ~ 620usd

Sony PHA 1 and 2 ~400usd

JVC SU7X ~590usd

Venturecraft Soundroid Typhoon (ios dac/amp) ~ 590usd

 

Im actually trying some of these out in a store right now, but prices will probably differ depending on where you are based


Edited by DatGuy - 8/29/14 at 11:46pm
post #1360 of 1825
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Thanks guys!  I'll do a little more research!

I'd recommend something used on the forums. JDS labs has a great DAC/amp, the C5D, or for around the same price used you could try for something by Leckerton. Not super budget but great for the money.

I had a Fiio E7 that had a little hiss with sensitive iems. Not sure about Fiio's other gear.
post #1361 of 1825

cool!  I'll definitely look into the used stuff here!

post #1362 of 1825
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Originally Posted by Levanter View Post
 

The exact color combination i chose! But that blue/red bit part really spoils the whole color scheme! >:(

 

Yeah. Not a fan of those tiny rings either, especially since they can be seen from the outside when you wear the earphones. I'd rather they put them or a coloring on the tube, as in the first renderings:

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by shotgunshane View Post

I think they are creating them in color combination batches. My black cable and gray TiN shells were delivered today (backer #3). 

 

Photo? :biggrin: 


Edited by Sinocelt - 8/30/14 at 2:43am
post #1363 of 1825
I'll try and get some pics in this weekend.

Listening with the AK240 this morning and the improvement in both clarity and transparency, especially from mids though treble is pretty noticeable. So for the guy asking about amps, I would choose an amp based on resolution, clarity and transparency. I'd have to think the Leeckerton UHA6s would be a great match based on what I'm hearing. I'd probably avoid Fiio amps, at least based on my experience. They tend to be warner, thicker, less resolving and less clear than something like the Leckerton.

Edit: Louder volumes are great through the AK240. Must be careful!
Edited by shotgunshane - 8/30/14 at 5:47am
post #1364 of 1825
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Originally Posted by shotgunshane View Post

I'll try and get some pics in this weekend.

Listening with the AK240 this morning and the improvement in both clarity and transparency, especially from mids though treble is pretty noticeable. So for the guy asking about amps, I would choose an amp based on resolution, clarity and transparency. I'd have to think the Leeckerton UHA6s would be a great match based on what I'm hearing. I'd probably avoid Fiio amps, at least based on my experience. They tend to be warner, thicker, less resolving and less clear than something like the Leckerton.

Edit: Louder volumes are great through the AK240. Must be careful!

 

I agree. The fiio amps are all over the place in noise, frequency response, etc. The JDS amps are excellent, very reference amps for the price.

post #1365 of 1825
Should keep Centrance HiFi M8 in mind too. Nice clean and powerful amp
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