Originally Posted by sathyam
How do the Ref 1 IEMs compare with the FitEar TG334?
Originally Posted by yilun
Tralucent 1p2 and TG334 have totally different sound signature according what I've read on the forum. Since Ref 1 seems like an upgraded version of 1p2, I don't think there would be a simple comparison between Ref 1 and TG334. According to my experience, 1p2 provides larger soundstage while the vocals on 334 sound more closer. It's my opinion.
Indeed the TG334 and 1plus2 have very different sounds. Idsynch is right though, I have not heard the 334. More on that in a sec.
Originally Posted by SoundFreaq
I am not going to stand here and say this is the obvious upgrade from the 1plus2. It's not.
In fact, you should forget the 1plus2 right now. I know it is clearly the inescapable, yet necessary comparison to make, and as such I will compare it to the 1plus2 extensively. Perhaps more-so to showcase their differences The Ref. 1, and 1plus2 are decidedly not the same earphone. If you're wanting an "upgrade" to the 1plus2, this is not it. That is also not to say that these are not a hallmark release, because it is.
I wanted to ensure that the Ref. 1 was not considered an "upgrade" to the 1plus2. they don't have the same sounds. Is the Ref. 1 more refined? Yes. Do I personally like it better? Yes. But the two earphones are too different for the Ref. 1 to be an upgrade to the 1plus2. That would imply that they sound mostly the same, but the Ref. 1 takes that sound of the 1plus2 to the next level. I do believe the Ref. 1 to be a next level, but it's not the 1plus2 sound. It's a whole new world of Tralucent awesomeness to explore, and I think that's more fun!
Originally Posted by Idsynchrono_24
Yeah ditto on the 1p2 v. 334. I'm thinkin the isobaric drivers will likely hit harder, faster and deeper (hyuk hyuk) than the 334. I suppose the one thing I'm curious of is how the mids on the REF will stack up to the 334 since they're supposed to be fuller than the 1p2. I'm thinkin that the REF will fair better in treble extension vs. the 334 as well.
I'm really curious what type of BA drivers Tralucent has sourced for the REF and how they sound tonally, as I wasn't especially fond of the treble on the 1p2
And I don't believe SF has heard the 334. I offered to lend it to him awhile back, but he felt comfortable with his Heaven VI as his "go to" mids phone. He has heard the ASG-2 which is comparable to the REF, so you can likely extrapolate on his impressions in regards to the REF v. 334 in his second REF 1 post
Originally Posted by SoundFreaq
I would say it's the best part of the earphone. But then...
There's the magical mids. Yes, I'm going to go ahead and throw out "magical." A little background: I love the Final Audio Design lush and euphonic midranges for a special treat. The FAD devices are not neutral in any way, but they hold a special quality that makes them sound unlike anything else on the market. But also consider I did not fall in love with the ASG-2. While it had a thick and lush midrange to me, it seemed to lack an organic sense.
Compared to the 1plus2, the Ref. 1's midrange is much more robust, full-bodied, natural and organic sounding. With an excellent and natural timbre on vocals and violins alike. They bring depth and magic without losing a reference quality. I love the mids here. While similar in description perhaps to the ASG-2, these mids sound so much more effortless and natural while preserving the euphony. It's magic.
The ASG-2 and the TG334 gained popularity around the same time. I heard the ASG-2, and read quite a bit on the 334, and many G-2/334 comparisons.
I think vilun is right, it wouldn't be a simple comparison. I can fairly easily deduct the same things vilun mentioned. I believe the Ref. 1's soundstage will eat the 334 for breakfast. As a result of this, I think the 334's vocal presentation is a bit more intimate, with vocals closer in. But again, don't keep the 1plus2 projected soundstage in your head, for the Ref. 1 is just as large, but fills in all that space between you and the far edges. So it has a remarkable quality to be intimate with huge scale. It's really something to hear. There's a lot more room in the space for instruments, lending to a more open, and effortless sound.