Aurisonics Rockets Solo Precision Micro-Dynamic Noise Isolating In-Ear Headphones

General Information

Refinement and ruggedness packed in a 100% Titanium shell and featuring our proprietary quad-weave aramid cable, ROCKETSTM are comfortable, durable, waterproof, and sound incredible. Your music never sounded so good. ROCKETS aren't just designed in the USA - they're made in USA... in fact, Aurisonics makes pretty much everything themselves, in-house at their production facility in Nashville, TN, using space-age manufacturing technologies. These babies are mil-spec durable and are built to take the use (and abuse) of daily wear (and the occasional accident).

Titanium shells - Super strong, super light, super sound.

Kevlar tri-weave military grade cables are able to withstand the abuse of daily use.

Cables are anchored by Kevlar at 3 points to the shell which prevents broken connections.

ROCKETS are waterproof to IP65 which means sweat, rain and water not a problem; you can run, bike, and lift in the rain with these!

Aurisonics is fanatical about the quality and design of their products, and even more nutty about our quality control. Products that successfully leave the building have gone through stringent QC checks. All Aurisonics products are proudly Made in USA.

ROCKETS come fitted with a patent-pending tri-tab silicone retention collar. The retention collar is designed to hold ROCKETS in your ears by grabbing the inside parts. In other words, they're really comfortable and will sit securely in your ears without falling out. You can even sleep comfortably in them.

Unlike earbuds that have no chance of staying in the ear due to the shape, ROCKETS are perfect for an active lifestyle. Comfortable for long periods of use and isolation from the noise of the world when you want it, when you need it, ROCKETS are your escape through your music.

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Voyageur

100+ Head-Fier
Pros: Astonishing detail; non agressive balanced sound with a warm touch; musicality; good soundstage; outstanding build quality; isolation; value for money
Cons: Vacuum seal issues with MANY different sets of tips (causes fit and imbalance issues); strong microphonics
Design/durability: Stellar build quality is one of the highlights of the Rockets. Pretty much every feature of it seems indestructible. The L-shaped jack seems very sturdy and has enough strain relief. The cable is made of a fancy 'military-grade' material called kevlar and seems like it could withstand rough conditions, and the same can be said for the unibody titanium earpieces. They're tiny and seem crazy well engineered. The overall finish of the product is a very good balance between premium and rugged feel. One of the downsides of the Rockets' design are microphonics: they're above average, and can be bothersome, especially when worn straight down. The other issue I should point out is vacuum seal that I will develop further down below. Other than that, they are pretty flawless. 
 
Fit/comfort: The Rockets' overall comfort is pretty good. They're tiny, have a very adaptable form factor and don't require deep insertion... nothing to report? Not exactly: there seems to be a serious 'vacuum seal' effect with these. Most silicon tips will end up either not fitting well (too small) or fitting tight, or even too tight (resulting in vacuum), no matter what brand I use: stock Aurisonics, Sennheiser, Ultimate Ears, Bowers&Wilkins, etc. I have to constantly adjust/readjust the position of the earpiece if I want to avoid one earphone sounding more muffled/quieter than the other one, which is definitely a bummer since it can take me a lot of time to find the right fit/position. Comply foams ruined the treble, so I didn't bother any longer with them. I'll continue to search for a better tip, but so far I've got no luck. That's not an issue I got with my ER-4 for instance. Otherwise impeccable comfort.
 
Isolation: very good. Below the deep insertion range of Etymotic products, but above many other conventional in-ears. Good for everyday use.
 
Sound: Impressive. Aurisonics hit the sweet spot tuning their new toy. The sound signature of the Rockets is very close to neutral, yet it retains a very surprising smoothness where some reference IEM can start sounding a bit aggressive. Starting with the bass: it's tight, fast, and has good texture. Just the right amount of it, with impact and character. Now the mids are real the star of the Rockets (pun intended): they're very, very well defined with astonishing clarity, they are full sounding and enveloping. I actually play the saxophone and I know when the timbre of my instrument sounds right. The Rockets just get it right where many other phones fail. Vocals sound natural too, should it be female or male. When it comes to the treble, the Rockets don't disappoint. They do have a nice amount of shimmer without any aggressiveness, providing a good sense of air. It's not overdone and very refined, with excellent extension, definition and energy, miles ahead of most IEMs, with the exception of the ER-4 maybe. I find them to have the right amount of presence, again, excellent balance here, the presentation of the music is quite organic and realistic.
Soundstage is very good considering the size of the IEM, with good layering, width/depth. Instrument separation is great with clear distinction between all saxophones in a quartet (for instance), even orchestral works sound just fine with Rockets. They are very capable and suit all genres of music, and prove to be very musical despite being close to flat sounding.
 
Bottom line: Apart from the various fit issues, I definitely recommend the Rockets as a very versatile IEM with excellent value for money, astounding sound and stellar build quality.
 
 
 
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Jackpot77

Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: Build quality, lush mid-range, musical but neutral signature, timbre and texture
Cons: Microphonics on the cable, fit can be awkward for some
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Aurisonics Rockets – initial impressions
I picked up the Aurisonics Rockets recently after discovering their ASG series (see some of my previous reviews), so was looking to hear what Dale and his team could do with a micro-driver and some titanium shells compared to my previous micro-driver experience (the Flare R2A).
About me: newly minted audiophile, late 30s, long time music fan and aspiring to be a reasonably inept drummer. Listen to at least 2 hours of music a day on my commute to work – prefer IEMs for out and about, and a large pair of headphones when I have the house to myself and a glass in my hand. Recently started converting my library to FLAC and 320kbps MP3, and do most of my other listening through Spotify or Tidal HiFi. I am a fan of rock, acoustic (apart from folk) and sarcasm. Oh yeah, and a small amount of electronica. Not a basshead, but I do love a sound with some body to it. Please take all views expressed below with a pinch of salt – all my reviews are a work in progress based on my own perceptions and personal preferences, and your own ears may tell you a different story.
Tech specs
·       Drivers: 5.1mm Precision Micro-Dynamic

·       Frequency Response: 18Hz to 22kHz

·       Impendence:16 ohm +/ 10% @ 1kHz

·       Sensitivity: 105dB@1mW

·       Passive Noise Reduction: NRR 26dB

·       Construction: Precision Machined 100% Titanium shell

·       Cable: Proprietary Quad-Weave aramid Cable

 

Unboxing
The Rockets arrive in a tin the same size as a box of well known breath mints, and the first thing that strikes you is how small the shells are and how much the packaging “suits” the overall ethos of the Rockets (sturdy, no-nonsense and able to take a good battering). Included in the mint-tin is a nice pocket friendly leather carry-pouch with an embossed logo and separate pocket for tips/accessories on the side, an assortment of Aurisonics proprietary SureSeal tips, some tri-tab and anti-loop attachmemts for securing the IEMs in your ears in different manners, and the IEMs themselves. The packing is simple but stylish, with the clean lines of the tin and the classy leather pouch bring a nice premium feel to the enclosed contents.
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Build quality
The build quality of the Rockets is possibly some of the highest grade (and definitely hardest wearing) I have seen on an IEM to date. The IEMs themselves are made out of titanium, and are barely bigger than the 5.1mm micro-driver they encase. The shells are totally sealed, giving the impression of small metal pharmaceutical tablets attached to two cables. The name Rockets most likely comes from the look they take on when the “Tri-tab” fittings are slid over the barrel of the IEM – these are designed to help grip the surfaces of your ear to ensure stability and once you get used to them, they do provide a good anchoring solution. They also look like the tail section of a 1950s rocket (or any car from that era with fins), so do look quite unusual. The reason they are needed is due to the cable exit from the IEM shell – to keep the size small, the cable exits at the rear of the shell, not along the bottom side, so the IEM and cable make a straight line when inserted into your ear, rather than the cable pointing down at a right angle. Aurisonics also include some anti-loop ear guides which grip the conch of your ear if you want to wear the cables over ear (which is otherwise pretty difficult), which slide on in the same manner as the tri-tabs and are a nice touch.
The cabling on the IEM is non-removable, but built from quad-weave aramid material, which is capable of holding weights more in line with an industrial block and tackle without snapping, rather than the paltry 5 or so grams each earpiece weighs. This is terminated in a rubberised 45 degree 3.5mm connector, which again looks built to last. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the angle, this means it doesn’t sit quite flush with your DAP or phone when inserted, which can be a minor irritant. This also means that the cable is prone to microphonics when not worn over-ear, which can detract from the experience somewhat. As an overall impression, the Rockets exude the sort of build quality that makes you think that they will be around a lot longer than their owners (did I also mention they were waterproof? If not – they are). In fact, you can probably imagine James Bond taking a pair out his ears and garrotting a bad guy with the cord before putting one of the IEM shells in his trusty Walther after he runs out of bullets and using it to take down the main villain (or at the very least, the villain’s cat)*, they are that impressive.
*Please don’t try any of this at home – leave it to the fictional British spy fraternity
Ergonomics
While the IEMs are minute, the exit of the cabling does make them slightly more difficult to obtain a good fit if you are moving around, necessitating the Anti-Loop/Tri-Tab systems. Personally, they can feel slightly awkward and in need of readjustment after a period of time unless I am using Comply foam tips to aid with the retention, but I do have very large ear canals, so those people with more normal sized ears will probably find the fit very secure.
Sound quality
Test gear:
LG G Flex 2 (with and without Brainwavz AP001 mini-amp)
Sony NWZ-A15 (as above)
Sansa Clip+ (Rockboxed, amped as above)
Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (straight from the output jack)
Test tracks (mainly 320kbps MP3 or FLAC/Tidal HiFi):
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – S.O.B. / Wasting Time
Blackberry Smoke – The Whipporwill (album)
Slash – Shadow Life / Bad Rain (my reference tracks for bass impact and attack, guitar “crunch”)
Slash & Beth Hart – Mother Maria (vocal tone)
Richie Kotzen – Come On Free (bass tone)
Otis Redding – various
Elvis – various
Leon Bridges – Coming Home (album)
Foy Vance – various
Blues Traveler
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (album)
Sigma - various
Rudimental – various
Rodrigo y Gabriela – various
Mavis Staples – Livin’ On A High Note
 
General notes on the sound signature
Coming from the ASG series, I was interested to hear what the engineers at Aurisonics had managed to achieve with a single 5.1mm driver, compared to their previous 14.2 and 15mm bass-monsters. The Rockets provide a different sound signature, with the emphasis being on a far more neutral presentation across the board. The famous Aurisonics mids are still in attendance (and in fact could probably be considered the star of the show), but this time are flanked with a neutral lower end and a smooth, slightly rolled off treble. These ‘phones are a little too musical to be considered truly neutral in my ears, but do provide a more balanced approach than the bass-heavy ASGs (the 1Plus excepted). Another overall observation since starting to listen to these IEMs is the ease with which they deal with quick or intricate passages of music. These things are quick. While that seems like an odd thing to describe a headphone as for the non-audiophiles out there (which I count myself as), what I mean by that is that when you are listening to some blistering drum solos from someone like Mike Portnoy of the Winery Dogs or some serious guitar workout, the notes all fire in staccato succession rather than muddling into each other as they can with some less precise IEMs I have heard. While not a deal breaker for me either way, this is one of the first IEMs I have heard that has given me such a clear impression of speed.
Highs
The highs on the Rockets are close to my ideal signature – clear, with decent substance but no sibilance or screech. Compared to some IEMs, they might not hit right to the top of the spectrum in the same way as something more treble-heavy like the Echobox Finders, but the tonality is very natural and pretty much perfect for my preference. Due to the lack of that final dash of “sparkle” up top, the IEMs are pretty non-fatiguing for extended listening. You are never left with a feeling that there is anything major missing from the higher frequencies, with cymbals sounding crisp and lifelike but never overpowering, and a decent level of crunch to rock guitar when needed. Fans of treble-heavy presentation may find these a little too smooth for their personal preferences, but for everyone else, I don’t imagine there will be many complaints.
Mids
Full, tonally beautiful and just out and out musical, the mid-range of this IEM is a thing of rare quality. There is a beautifully natural tonality it imparts to male and female voices (in common with some of the other Aurisonics stable) which really sucks you into the music, and leaves you feeling like you are listening to the singer in person rather than through a set or earphones. There is a smooth, liquid quality to the presentation, which leaves the notes hanging in your ears just long enough to wring every drop of emotion possible out of them before moving on to the next one with a fresh sense of wonder. Apologies for the superlatives, but the mid-range really is THAT good – from the dulcet tones of Mavis Staples to the chugging guitar work of Slash and Blackberry Smoke, the full smooth sound is a pleasure to listen to. Guitar music is pretty well handled by the tiny micro-driver, making these an excellent choice for those of you with a leaning towards more guitar-based fare. These are not the most detailed in presentation due to their smooth nature, but do leave you with an impression of the detail under the surface so never feel lacking in that area. Texture and placement of instruments is also very well reproduced, lending more to that authentic “feel” you get when slipping them in to your ears. This is a very vocal and mid-centric IEM, so the forward nature of the presentation suits it down to a tee.
Bass
The bass is of a very high quality, and of average quantity compared to the other Aurisonics range. There is a lovely blend between mid-bass “blast” and sub-bass “purr” which extends reasonably deep, but not quite as deep as its other siblings. Texture is excellent, and when bass is present in a track, the Rockets will serve it up to the listener in decent quantity, without bleeding at all into the lush midrange or higher frequencies. These could not be described as a basshead headphone, but the quality and just north-of-neutral quantity should be more than enough for the average listener to be happy with. The speed of the driver helps with this, as it copes well with complex drum beats and passages of high-speed music, lending authority and weight to the bottom end of the sound spectrum.
Soundstage/separation
The Rockets have a reasonable soundstage for something so small – it isn’t gigantic, but more than enough to give a slight “out of head” feeling, with a good spread from left to right. Separation and layering of instruments are both excellent, however. Despite the lush presentation, it is still easy to pick out positional cues in an almost 3D soundscape on tracks like “Better Man” by Leon Bridges, which is a trick that is difficult for IEMs with a much larger soundscape to play with. Something else that helps in this regard for me is the isolation offered by these tiny earbuds – as they are totally sealed, the level of noise attenuation is excellent, which really helps cut down the external noise and filter out any unwanted background sounds, leaving you free to concentrate on the music.
Amping
These can be played from a phone or DAP without amping, but you will need to give them more fuel than usual due to the lack of sensitivity. Amping with either the Fiio or Brainwavz provided more than enough power to make them flex their muscles properly, and they give the impression of being able to scale quite well with more powerful sources.
 
Comparisons
Flare R2A – while these are also a micro-driver IEM, and my previous daily driver, they have a slightly different presentation to the Rockets. The R2A are less lush and more “pure” than the Rockets, with a slightly warmer bass response and slightly more rolled off treble. They are very evenly matched apart from that, with the R2A winning on soundstage, the Rockets winning on build, and just about fighting to a tie on the actual sound produced in other areas.
MEE Audio Pinnacle P1 – I have only recently acquired these, so this is just an initial imporession, but the P1 is a sharper sounding and more “V-shaped” presentation than the Rockets. The P1 edges it in definition and detail in the treble, with a little more crunch to proceedings than the Rockets while still remaining non-fatiguing. The mid-range on the P1 is more laid back than the Rockets, but very well presented, so that would be down to personal preference. Bass is roughly similar on both, with excellent texture but with the Rockets having the slight edge on speed. Again, a very close call.
Overall conclusion
The Rockets are a very impressive piece of engineering, and are a very musical and entertaining listen. They fall just a hair short of being my favourite IEMs to date due to the fit and placement issues I get (due to my large ears) and the tiny bit extra I would like to hear in the treble. That does feel very much like picking Einstein up on the way he wrote the “E” when he wrote down his famous theory of how we are all relatives (or something like that) – these are a brilliant sounding IEM, and for those of you looking for something which is on the musical side of neutral, with great mids, a build that wouldn’t look out of place in an Iron Man movie and an overall musicality that is hard to ignore, these will fit the bill nicely.
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drbluenewmexico
drbluenewmexico
rockets blast off!
rebbi
rebbi
Very nice review, and thanks especially for the comparison to the P1's, which I tried but weren't quite my cup of tea. But the Aurisonics sound really close to what I'd love. Thanks!!
Pros: Sound, ergonomics, built, isolation, looks, name...
Cons: Microphonics, stock tips not the best
The Aurisonics Rockets was purchased by me from Hifiheadphones UK in their big clearance of Aurisonics items after it was official the Fender has now acquired Aurisonics.
 
At the time of this review they were available from Amazon at $249:
http://www.amazon.com/Aurisonics-Precision-Micro-Dynamic-Isolating-Headphones/dp/B00NP9ZML0
 
I’m not in any way affiliated with Aurisonics.
 
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About Aurisonics:
As already mentioned Aurisonics was acquired by Fender not long ago so I won’t spend any time in telling their story here. Hopefully Fender will treat the legacy of Aurisonics with respect and I’ll get to tell their story in future reviews instead.
 
About me:
I’m a 43 year old music and sound lover that changed my focus from speakers to headphones and IEM’s about five years ago. At that time I realized that it wasn’t realistic for me to have all the different setups that I wanted and still house a family of four children and a wife so my interest turned first to full sized headphones and later also IEM’s.
 
My preferences are towards full sized open headphones and I believe that also says something about what kind of sound signature I prefer (large soundstage in all directions, balanced and organic sound).
 
My music preferences are pretty much all over the place (only excluding classical music, jazz and really heavy metal). My all-time favorite band is Depeche Mode although I also listen to a lot of grunge/indie, singer/songwriter/acoustical stuff as well as the typical top 40 music.
 
I do not use EQ, ever.
 
I’m a sucker for value for money on most things in life, Head-Fi related stuff is no exception.
 
 
Built and accessories:
The Aurisonics Rocket is a dynamic micro driver IEM featuring a 5.1mm driver.
 
It’s been some variations on the Rockets with microphone (only KS if I understand correctly) and also a Massdrop edition with different cable (or at least a different color on the cable). The ones I’ve got is the “regular” version and it also seems to be the only one available now.
 
The build of the Rockets are probably the best I’ve ever seen in an IEM featuring crafted titanium housings, quad-weave aramid cable (whatever that means :wink:), excellent ergonomics and isolation. On top of that they’re also waterproof (IP 65 rated).
 
The housings are very small, feel very solid and are also very lightweight and I seriously doubt that anything will go wrong with them.
 
The cable is Kevlar and feels very sturdy. As a matter of fact it may be too sturdy since it introduce quite a bit of microphonics when moving around with it. I’ve never been particularly sensitive to microphonics so it’s not a big deal for me but might be for others. Wearing them over the ear significantly reduces this problem. A nice feature is the red/blue stripes on the cable showing right and left side, very easy to spot to say the least.
 
The retail package is nice and the metal box is a nice change from the standard paper boxes. To me it also sets the standard for what the Rockets are all about: versatility and sturdiness.
 
The accessories pack is decent for the price and includes the following:
4 pairs of Aurisonics own Super Seal tips (S, M, M+, L)
1 set of Tri-Tab collar (the”wings” on the rocket)
1 set of Antiloops (ear hooks)
1 zipped leather pouch to store them in when not in use
 
The Rockets are harder than average to drive but still works fine even with my LG G3 phone.
 
 Isolation is top notch and probably one of the best I’ve come across so far.
 
The Rockets also sports a stunning 5 year warranty which is pretty amazing in my book.
 
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Blue cable on the left side and red on the right, very nice!
 
The specs:
Housing
Titanium
Driver Unit
5,1 mm dynamic driver
Frequenzy range
20Hz-20KHz
Sensitivity
105dB
Impedance
16 Ohms
Cable lenght
1.2m
 
Fit and ergonomics:
The very small housings on the Rockets make them a very easy fit in my experience. I’ve got narrow ear canals but these little things just slip right in.
 
The Rockets are very comfortable and I can use them for a long time without any fatigue. They can be worn over the ear or straight down and for me both work equally well.
 
I really like the Tri-Tab’s as they help both with isolation and a stable fit for me. The Antiloop’s on the other hand doesn’t work at all for me.
 
I'm not overly crazy about the sticky stock tips so instead I'm using them with some tips from my RHA s500's.
 
Sound:
I’ve used these back and forward for the last couple of weeks and they’ve played for well over 100 hours. I’ve used them both around the house and when out and about and I haven’t really found any significant weaknesses in the way they’re designed.
 
I’ve used them with my LG G3 phone (with and without my Elecom PAR500 BT receiver/amp), my FiiO X3/Cayin C5 combo and the CEntrance DACport Slim and they’ve worked very well with all of them. That being said I’ve got to admit that I love the sound from them when paired with the Cayin C5, excellent synergy.
 
Demo list:
Mark Knopfler – Sailing to Philadelphia
Røyksopp (Feat.Susanne Sundfør) – Save Me
Ane Brun – These Days
Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana
Metallica – Die Die My Darling
The Peter Malick Group – Immigrant
Eva Cassidy – Songbird
Thomas Dybdahl – A Lovestory
Norah Jones – Don’t Know Why
Celldweller – Unshakeable
Jack Johnson – Better Together
Seinabo Sey – Younger (Kygo remix)
Dire Straits- So Far Away
Lupe Fiasco - Deliver
Morrissey – Earth Is the Loneliest Planet
Adele - Hello
 
The overall sound signature on Rockets is mid-centric, full, smooth and very non-fatiguing.
 
The bass is very good in quality across the board with a good balance between mid-bass and sub-bass. That being said those deepest punches are a bit rolled off. There’s no bass bleed whatsoever into higher frequencies since it’s very well controlled. The layering in the bass is also quite good. Although I find the bass sufficient for my preferences I wouldn’t recommend them to bass heads.
 
The midrange is most certainly the star of the show with the Rockets. It’s full, lush and liquid and it’s also what you’ll notice first when putting them in your ears. These are some of the best mids I’ve ever heard and they carry enough fullness to give male voices enough weight and an overall fantastic sound. Female voices are also full and smooth without any hint of sibilance.
 
The treble is also full and smooth and although extension is quite good it does roll off a bit steep in the top and I could personally have wished for a touch more sparkle. Then again by adding more energy the non-fatiguing nature of the Rockets might have been compromised so I won’t complain too loudly about it.
 
In addition to the amazing midrange one other thing that’s obvious pretty soon when you put these in your ears for the first time is the amazing timbre it adds to notes and vocals. Guitar sounds just crazy good with the Rockets. I’ve read some comments that call the presentation of the Rockets for two dimensional, in my opinion nothing could be more further from the way I hear them. Soundstage width is quite good but depth and layering is really great giving them a great sense of 3D presentation. Clarity and detail retrieval are about average for an IEM at this price point but in combination with the lush and laid back overall signature it’s still very impressive.
 
In all I find the sound from the Rockets to be very easy going and enjoyable.
 
Comparison:
Please note that the comments in the comparison section are not in absolute terms but in comparison between subject A and B. This means (as an example) that if subject A is found to be brighter than subject B it does not necessarily mean that subject A is bright sounding in absolute terms. I hope this makes sense.
 
For these comparisons I’ve used the combination of my FiiO X3 and Cayin C5.
 
Audio-Technica CKR9LTD’s vs Aurisonics Rockets:
The LTD’s are another smooth and intimate sounding IEM that I really like. Compared to the Rockets the LTD’s has a quite similar bass presence but sub-bass reaches a bit lower and has more impact. The bass on the LTD’s are slightly looser across the spectrum.  Midrange is quite forward on both but maybe even more so on the Rockets. The Rockets actually has a fuller and lusher midrange, especially upper mids, while the LTD’s more airy sounding. The LTD’s got a good and vocal presentation but the Rockets hold their own against them. Sibilance is a non-issue with both of them. The treble on the Rockets are thicker in the same way as the upper midrange and it also feels more articulated.
 
I find them both very comfortable and although built is great on both the Rockets takes the lead.
 
The LTD’s are significantly easier to drive.
 
Isolation is better with the Rockets.
 
Havi B3Pro1 vs Aurisonics Rockets:
Those who knows me also know that the Havi B3Pro1 is one of my all-time favorite IEM’s (despite its low price) and I therefore often use them in the comparison section although they’re often much cheaper that the object they’re compared to. Compared to the Rockets the Havi’s has a bigger soundstage width and an overall thinner sound. Balance is great on both with a slight lift in the mid-bass on both of them. Bass quantity is still larger on the Rockets while quality is similar but the Havi’s actually has better extension.  Midrange is the star on both and wile quite similar the Rockets are lusher and fuller. The Havi’s has better treble extension and none of them are prone to sibilance while the Rockets again has a fuller treble. Separation is slightly better on the Havi’s while the Rockets actually offer better layering and depth. Clarity and detail are quite similar on both with the Rockets pulling slightly ahead.   
 
I find the Rockes to be more comfortable and also better built.
 
The Havi’s are significantly harder to drive.
 
Isolation is much better on the Rockets.
 
Aurisonics ASG-1PLUS vs Aurisonics Rockets:
After my experience with the Rockets I caved in and bought the ASG-1PLUS as well as it was said by many that they we’re the ones of the higher tier Aurisonics offerings that was most similar to the Rockets. Compared to the Rockets the 1PLUS offers a wider soundstage and a more airy presentation. The sub bass digs deeper and overall bass has a greater presence and drive (especially with electronic music). Midrange is just amazing and liquid on both but the Rockets are even more lush but also more intimate in its presentation while the 1PLUS adds more air to its presentation. The treble is smooth and full on both but even more so on the Rockets while the 1PLUS has better extension and more easily noticed details in the top.
 
Built is excellent on both but with its Kevlar cable and titanium housings I’d still put the Rockets in front.
 
They’re equally hard to drive.
 
Isolation is very good with both of them.
 
Summary:
All together I find the Aurisonics Rockets to be a great performing IEM. It’s priced between $150 (originally on KS and occasionally on MD) and $250 (MSRP). I was lucky enough to pick up my pair on a sale for a mere $130. I’d say that at $150 it’s a great value but even at $250 I’d consider it a good value.
 
It has a great build quality (probably the best I’ve ever seen), is extremely comfortable, isolate excellent, is waterproof and has a very easily enjoyable sound signature that’s extremely non-fatiguing. Add to this the fact that they sound good with most kind of music and are not particularly picky about the source. In total it’s as if Aurisonics really designed the sound of the Rockets to match the looks and features: an easy going sound able to be enjoyed from anything, anywhere.
 
I can easily say that this is the most versatile, in every way, IEM  that I’ve ever came across and by being just that it also secures itself to get a lot of usage from me as my perfect beater pair for travels and other activities. 
 
Unfortunately the fact that Fender acquired Aurisonics leaves some questions about the future of the Rockets but I for one sure hope that they’ll still be around in one way or another. It may also feel as a waste of time reviewing them because of this but the fact that they’re still available for purchase and that I like them a lot still pushed me to take the time to do it.
peter123
peter123
@getclikinagas LOL! Thank you :)
 
When listening to the Rockets I don't really feel they lack in bass at all since they're full and lush in their nature but as you can see all of the IEM's in the comparison do have more rumble in the lowest bass so it does roll off earlier and steeper than the Havi's. Innerfeidelity has produced graphs of the Rockets IIRC so might be worth checking out. Please note that this was with the latest version of the Havi's which does have a bit more bass compared to the original ones. I'd say that anyone who enjoyes the Havi's will also like the Rockets and the fact thet they're easy to drive and seem to be very  durable makes them an excellent "on the move" alternative to the B3's in my opinion. 
drbluenewmexico
drbluenewmexico
peter123 I'm enjoying your aurisonics reviews and enthusiasm for them.  did you ever hear the 2.5s in comparison to the ones you've reviewed?? thanks for your research and experiences!!
peter123
peter123
@drbluenewmexico Hi Blue, thank you for you kind words! Unfortunately I've never had the chance to hear the 2,5. I'd love to hear it one day though. 

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