Must have been dropped because of the DN-2000.
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Astrotec ax35 is more analytical and brighter than ATHIM50s. ATHIM50s sounds very thick, sounds very laid back and not as engaging. ATHIM50s is good for prolong listening and less distracting when listening to music and working at the same time.
Astrotec ax35's bass can overwhelm the mid causing it to sound a little at the back of stage. Sony's silicon tip makes the sound a lot clearer and punchy. Comply tip helps a tame the bass and accentuate the mids and the highs.
Worst $60 ever spent (AX30) .. it sounds terrible and does not sound musical at all, no bass (subjective) even though they say that it is the bass version compared to the AX35..
My 2yr old XBA3s blows this out of the water! I don';t think I can even give it away to my friends cause no one'd use it.. lol
For those that think the AX35 have a little too much bass or not enough clarity, try experimenting with in-line resistance adapters.
Serial resistance will make the overall body sound leaner, but will improve transparency because the amount of time-misaligned overlap between the woofer and tweeter will decrease. The overall sound is more neutral sounding, at the expense of bass texture and control.
I've been using 64 ohms of resistance, but my guess is that ~50 ohms is probably just about right.
Writing a review on these AX30 right now for russian community. To tell a story short, nothing special about these, too analytical and aggressive for my taste, even using Sony Hybrids. Great built but average ergonomics and cable. I do prefer and recommend VSonic VSD1s , Astrotec AM800, Fischer Audio Giusto over AX30, all these share a more musical signature and better ergonomics.