Originally Posted by SyCo87
These don't sound as coherent as the IM50s in my opinion.
No, indeed they're not. They do offer a more tonally neutral presentation than the IM50, though. I had to EQ down the bass response of the IM50 by at least 4-6 dB, whereas the AX35 is reasonable in bass response to begin with.
Originally Posted by tomscy2000 It's not without its flaws
, but hey, at least it's very affordable, so it's a good value in my book.
The flaw I'm talking about is a holdover from the flaw of the AX60 --- the dynamic driver and BA driver are time-mismatched. The dynamic driver is also slow to decay, which makes the time alignment issue more apparent. The issue is actually much less pronounced in the AX35, mainly because the sheer bass quantity is far lower. However, there's a clear and distinct time-domain disconnect between the dynamic driver and its balanced armature highs. Time delays <60 Hz are not a big problem, actually, because in some ways they simulate bass reflecting off of walls in rooms, but it becomes an issue when the low-pass design isn't done tightly, and the bass cutoff is significantly higher than 60 Hz. The extra bass boost in the AX60 makes the time delay issue easier to hear.
Contrary to you, however, I don't feel the highs get smeared, but then again, I don't listen at high volumes.