Saturday, April 11, 2015

ACS Evolve Studio Universal In Ear Monitor Review

ACS’s new midrange product is the ACS Evolve Studio Universal. They have been revamped, and use the same 3-way balanced armature drivers as their previous top-of-the-line T1 model. They use the same clear plastic body so you can see the internal components. And they also use the same great detachable cable as the Evoke.

Features and specs:
Number of Drivers
Frequency Response
Impediance @1KHz
1 KHz Sensitivity
Build Material
Included Accessories
50 Ohms
119.9dB @ 0.1V
8g net
Polycarbonate Shell, PU Foam Eartips
Detachable Linum BaX Cable 1.1M length
Instruction Leaflet, 6 sets of Ear Tips,
High Quality Carry Pouch

Linum Cabling
Audio is delivered from the music player
through the innovative Linum cabling system.
Two individual cables from the 3.5mm
connector feed the left and right channels with
no splicing in the middle. Each enamel-coated
cable is made from 6 litz wire conductors
containing 7 individual sliver plated copper
strands to ensure no colouration of the sound.
Interwoven with aramid fibres to provide a
market leading pull strength of 60N, Linum
cables produce negligible microphonics and will
not corrode, oxidise or change colour. Weighing
just 2.7g and only 0.9mm in diameter, this
incredible cable is near invisible when worn and
adds another dimension to the overall listening

The ACS Evolve Studio Universal came in an elegant looking black box. It is a got off the presses new product, and didn’t even have all of the packaging completed. (a printed sleeve with photos of the product and it’s specs is wrapped around the box.) But I’m glad they got the products to us in time to be included. Most of the product was made of plastic, but quality of materials is excellent, as is the fit and finish. The cable is misleading. Don’t let the cheap looking cable fool you. It is actually a very strong cable, and is designed to be so thin, so that you do not feel it. Also included were the hard carry case, and multiple sets of ear tips.

Listening to these is something you have to experience.  Fresh Aire II: Going To Another Place, strings were extremely crisp and clean, dynamic and excellent resolution. Piano was very natural sounding. Kick drum had nice low end extension, with good impact and authority. The flute was very smooth with a good amount of air, with good resolution.  Steve Miller Band: Swingtown, percussion had excellent resolution and was extremely crisp. Keyboards sounded natural. Kick drum had excellent tight kick and played with authority. Vocals were very natural with excellent harmonics and texture.  No Doubt: Hella Good, percussion was extremely crisp, clean and dynamic. Bass was very deep with excellent kick and authority. Vocals were silky smooth with excellent harmonics and texture.  Eric Bibb: Don’t Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down, there was excellent resolution in the guitar, that was very crisp and clean. Piano was very natural with excellent harmonics and dynamics. String bass played deep with good resolution and authority. Vocals were silky smooth with excellent texture and resolution. Imaging was spot on, and they threw a big soundstage. I felt like I was right there with them with a mic in front of me!

Using multiple drivers definitely takes the sound to a whole new level!  The ACS Evolve Studio Universal use the same 3-way drivers that were used in their old custom TI. Sounding a tad on the bright side, the level of detail and presence that they provide is hard to beat. Feeling like you are right there in the recording studio is truly something that needs to be experienced!  Based on their design, features, quality and performance, the ACS Evolve Studio Universal have earned our Highly Recommended Award.  For more info and complete specs, checkout their website at