Originally Posted by Alondite
Once again, there is no direct correlation between warmth and treble level. It is my understanding from a fair amount of research and trial that warmth comes from the lower midrange and certain types of lower frequency harmonic distortion. That being the case, it is entirely possible for a headphone to be even piercingly, painfully bright, and still warm. "Bright+aggressive normally leads to a colder sound." Who's making assumptions now? The SR60i is bright and aggressive, and you also consider it to be very warm as well.
How do I know that they had trouble in the mids? I don't, but if you look at the measurements there is a rise in THD at the exact point where the mids are cut out. I think it's a safe assumption. Take a look at the graphs yourself if you'd like; there is a very precise, mechanical "V" cut right out at about 400hz. Then again, the THD could be a symptom of of the notch, I'm not entirely sure. Low-end drivers usually have one area that they don't do so well. The overall tonal balance, however, is by design; it is a Sol Republic house signature sound.
My local Besy Buy allows you to bring in your own gear to test the headphones that they have out on display, so I routinely bring in my J3 and E11 to test out various headphones. It's my music, and my equipment, and it still sounds bad.
Under $200 is an area where I typically recommend IEMs, as there are a whole lot of them that sound great in that range. For $100 you can nab a pair of Shure SE215 that handily best anything Sol Republic can muster across the board.
The 215s have gobs of tight, well-textured, bottomless bass, treble that is far more audible and clear than the Sols but nowhere near bright, and a midrange that isn't completely dished out and unnatural.
The most difficult thing I'm coming to terms with here is: Why Sols? There are tons of other, better headphones in the price range.
The fact of the matter is that they are not bright (you go on attacking me saying I'm attacking a straw man and you're doing the same)! That is my main point of the statement. There really is no "house" signature. I originally thought the same thing existed, but there is none. Each one has some unique features. The only brand I'm aware of that has anything near this would be Shure with sweet sounding headphones (just about every one in their IEM lineup has this). Monster? Nope. V-Moda? Nope. SOL? NOPE. MEE? Nope. UE? Nope. Grado? Nope. I can keep rattling off brands too...
Unless you know through fact, IE, you asked the darn company (in this case about having trouble with mids), there is no "safe" assumption. We can say it has a weakness in the midrange, but that's it.
Then go test out the headphones and stop assuming... I've got them on my ears right now as I type this (I had to pick up a package today... guess what it was?). Boosted bass is true, poor mids is not. There really is no "house" sound as you say it to SOL now.
With that said, I do agree there would be better headphones for the price (in terms of the original Tracks), but I am impressed with the Ultras so far (unlike with the Tracks; non-HD). Mids are fixed up for the most part. I still need to burn them in and have the pads adjust to the shape of my ear, but so far, the mids aren't too problematic. I say treble would be the worst (slight aggression to them, but good extension). I'll say more as time goes.
Edited by tinyman392 - 8/31/12 at 6:08pm