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For anyone who's ever wanted Andromeda-like tuning in a single DD the Oriolus Isabellae is worth a serious look. Jun 3, 2021

    1. Rockwell
      Rockwell
      For anyone who's ever wanted Andromeda-like tuning in a single DD the Oriolus Isabellae is worth a serious look.
      1. Merrick
        Merrick
        The price is too high for me unfortunately.
        Jun 3, 2021
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      2. Rockwell
        Rockwell
        That's too bad...hopefully a set will come across the used market at some point at a price within your grasp (just to be clear I'm talking about the $600 Isabellae and not the nightmarishly expensive $6K Trailli made by the same company). I'll look into arranging an SBAF loaner tour with my own set once I've burnt it in.
        Jun 3, 2021
      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        Yes, the $600 price is out of my range for one IEM. I currently don’t have any individual full size headphones that cost $600!
        Jun 3, 2021
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    2. Rockwell
      Rockwell
      Loving the Dorado 2020--to my ears it's a perfected Atlas. Currently my favorite Campfire IEM.
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      2. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        How’d it get up to Canada already?
        Mar 21, 2021
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      3. Rockwell
        Rockwell
        @rythmdevils I had an opportunity for a great deal on a used one off a friend so I jumped on it. I'm still game to participate in the tour as the Canadian end had the Dorado bundled with the Solaris LE if I remember correctly. I know these won't appeal to everyone but they're really hitting the sport for me. I posted some impressions in the thread.
        Mar 21, 2021
    3. Rockwell
      Rockwell
      Can't get enough of the Vision Ears Elysium...to anyone looking for an IEM to one up the Andro in terms of emotional connection, this is it.
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      2. Rockwell
        Rockwell
        Impressions in the "IEM General Discussion Thread".
        Dec 26, 2020
      3. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        What do you think of the highs? I found the timbre of those electrostats a bit different (in a hard-to-define way), but my HF hearing stops at 12-13k so I'm not one to judge the top octave.
        Dec 26, 2020
      4. Rockwell
        Rockwell
        @Biodegraded I haven't really fully registered an opinion on the highs yet...which I guess is a good sign as nothing yet has irked me or triggered my OCD. It's early days though and presently I'm too caught up in the intimacy of the mid-range to focus on anything else. I've never haerd instruments and voices presented quite like that before.
        Dec 26, 2020
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    4. Rockwell
      Rockwell
      In the comments to this post is a link to my impressions from a shootout I did between the Solaris SE, VE8, u12t and Legend X.
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    5. Rockwell
      Rockwell
      4 way shootout underway-- Solaris SE vs. VE8 vs. u12t vs. Legend X...they're all amazing...but Solaris SE is currently coming out on top.
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      2. EagleWings
        EagleWings
        I’ve been trying to get my hands on a Solaris and no luck so far. IMO, Leg X is not a worthy competitor in that circle.
        Mar 15, 2020
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      3. Rockwell
        Rockwell
        @EagleWings I hear you...but I gotta give credit where credit is due. As an all-rounder the LX certainly doesn't belong with the other 3, and if I had to pick only one it would be the last, however for a certain subset of my music (some modern pop, hip hop and some live funk and jazz) the Legend X is so much better than everything else that I can't deny it a seat at the table.
        Mar 15, 2020
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      4. Rockwell
        Rockwell
        It's definitely a guilty pleasure IEM...but when I'm feeling guilty and seeking pleasure, the LX is unbeatable.
        Mar 15, 2020
    6. Rockwell
      Rockwell
      Got my snazzy new SBAF shirt in the mail today.
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      3. Rockwell
        Rockwell
        I shared it in the Flinkenick thread
        Feb 17, 2020
      4. YMO
        YMO
        To be honest @insidious meme I only use HF for Buying/Selling. The Noise from when I signed up in 2009 was just overwhelming for me.
        Feb 17, 2020
      5. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        Thanks @Rockwell | @YMO not a big deal since I don't post much there as i'm under mod watch there. lol.
        Feb 17, 2020
    7. Rockwell
      Rockwell
      SE Solaris absolutely rocks...vocals more forward and bodied, highs have more air and sparkle, base is cleaner...a welcome refinement.
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      2. Yerim
        Yerim
        Still using the N6 A01 with it?
        Dec 27, 2019
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      3. Rockwell
        Rockwell
        Yes I am...great pairing!
        Dec 27, 2019
    8. Rockwell
      Rockwell
      Will have my hands on an SE Solaris tomorrow morning...can't wait to get to know it :D
    9. Rockwell
      Rockwell
      Got an Anole VX in the mail the other day...an amazingly vivid, robust, detailed and balanced sound signature with incredible bass.
    10. Rockwell
      Rockwell
      Solaris FTW
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      2. Bloom
        Bloom
        100%
        Aug 13, 2019
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    12. Rockwell
      Rockwell
      Should be receiving an IER Z1R in the mail tomorrow...can't wait to run them through my N6ii.
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    13. Rockwell
      Rockwell
      Cayin N6ii arrived... Sound is rich and impactful...Solaris responds well to extra power. Details, imagery and separation are all enhanced.
    14. Rockwell
      Rockwell
      Pulled the trigger on a Cayin N6ii...can't wait to hear it with my Solaris :)
      1. YMO
        YMO
        Chinese DAPs: Software Bugs
        Jun 29, 2019
      2. Rockwell
        Rockwell
        Cayin's a pretty well established brand and I would hope that any bugs will be worked out with firmware updates...but what I've read so far has been positive enough for me to take the plunge so time will tell. I will be sure to post my impressions here when I get it.
        Jun 29, 2019
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      3. YMO
        YMO
        I had a Cayin i-DAP6 before and it was bugs galore. Personally I never had the best of luck of Chi-Fi DAPs.
        Jun 29, 2019
    15. Rockwell
      Rockwell
      Cowon Plenue R and Questyle QP2R coming in the mail next week...I've gone DAP crazy...looking forward to demoing them.
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    16. Rockwell
      Rockwell
      Pulled the trigger on a Cowon Plenue R...heard lots of great things about Cowon daps...can't wait to pair it up with my Solaris.
    17. Rockwell
      Rockwell
      Finally hooked up my Solaris to the balanced out on my ZX300...holy balls I think only now am I finally hearing their full potential.
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      3. Rockwell
        Rockwell
        I love having a dedicated music player-- I imagine a good DAP will be a big improvement over an un-amped iPhone. The balanced out on Sony players is especially good.
        Apr 4, 2019
      4. Rockwell
        Rockwell
        Also, I'n not sure what IEMs/headphones you're using but I asked KB directly what a good mid-fi option would be to get the most out of Solaris and he listed the ZX300 through a balanced out as one of the best options.
        Apr 4, 2019
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      5. Btdk34
        Btdk34
        I have the Solaris as well :) Nice, that's good to know. Thanks!
        Apr 4, 2019
    18. Rockwell
      Rockwell
      Sinatra + Solaris + ZX300 = match made in heaven...percussion to the left, strings to the right and ol' blue eyes singin' in front of me.
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      Rockwell
      "There's nothing like unrequited love to drain all the flavor out of a peanut butter sandwich." ~ Charlie Brown
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    20. Rockwell
      Rockwell
      ZX300 arrived in the mail today...Christmas in March!...huge step up from my M9 in richness, separation and detail...love it so far.
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