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Campfire - Solaris

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  1. Mrcojocaru
    I've had an er4xr and I know what you mean about how good their isolation is. I've had a lot of totl IEMs and nothing has come even close to them. Idk if ciems are better. Haven't had any of those.

    Moving away from Etymotic, less isolation is just something you'll have to learn to live with, I think.
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  2. azeral
    I want to second this as well. I jumped directly from a Galaxy S8+ to a Chord Dave and while I certainly heard a difference, the scaling-gap wasn't nearly as big as I expected (having heard that unit really improve several over-ear headphones in the recent past). From a certain perspective this could have been a disappointing result, I think it's rather good that for the end-user a ton of prestige electronics aren't necessary to get most of what Solaris has to offer.
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  3. Mrcojocaru
    Thirded! When I owned my Solaris, I also owned a wm1a, zx300 and Samsung s9+. I was shocked to find that the s9+ had the least amount of hiss with the Solaris. I was actually a little upset about it since the DAPs had cost me so much.
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  4. KB Contributor
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  5. cr3ativ3
    Bought mine today, I’m very excited to give them a listen .
    Just a few days till they arrive
  6. Rockwell75
    I might be in Portland early July...will it be possible to pop in and demo a universal version of the Equinox?
  7. KB Contributor

    Please do... just call us to let us know what time and date and we will get it ready no problem.


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  8. fokta
    Well, I can said, I am envy and also happy to you guys who can enjoy with the current gear.

    Solaris pair with Samsung Note 8 is consider neglectable Hiss, and still until now, delivery quality Bass, Amazing low Value IO, Fast GUI, easy implementation & application for Streaming apps, and the most realiable for USB output in stacking (NX4DSD, Mojo, Alo Dual Mono etc)

    what is lack compare to DX220, IMHO, and based what I experienced :
    - Soundstage, Wider with (or because of) layer High freq
    - Hi Mid Layered, I can said Note 8 can make this sound, but less refine and resolution.
    - Sub Bass, more detail and resolution, where Note 8 can still win in Quality of the punch...
    - Dynamic, is it obvious? cause less power... (Low volume application plz)
    - Separation, this is more on the affect of Solaris itself since its alrd good, DX220 can emphasize that.

    I was said that Solaris is source dependable from DAP and also Song file. And still...

    Opinion about IEM effect the biggest chunk the SQ and Sound Sig is valid point and I agree...
    But it also need a DAP to make delivery that...
    Its take Two to Tango...

    just my 5 cent...
    great discussion here...
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2019
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  9. subguy812
    The eagle has landed...
  10. mark88888
    I was able to compare the Solaris to Andromedas, and also Tia Fourte, I liked the Solaris more than both, both sound-wise and fit-wise. In fairness though I spent a lot more time figuring out how to make the Solaris fit perfectly.

    Interesting comments, thanks. So on this topic... which eartips offer the absolute best isolation with the Solaris? If its custom-made ones, then what are the best for isolation after that? Is there any consensus on this?

    Also...as compared to the Etymotic, how are you (or anyone) able to live with the lesser isolation of an earphone like the Solaris? When I demoed them at e-earphone, I compensated for the room noise by turning up the volume. Is that it, basically? Because the extra noise can definitely be distracting otherwise, after all it's random noise interfering with the music.

    As you've used both the Solaris and the ER4XR, I'm curious about how you'd compare the sound and anything else about them.

    As another general question for everyone, I'm curious about where you most often use the Solaris, or similar high end IEMs that don't isolate very well. Is this an earphone that many use at home, or at home do audiophiles generally opt for speakers or larger over the ear headphones?
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2019
  11. CreditingKarma
    The Solaris is not perfect but it is one of the most natural sounding iems available. I can't find a glaring flaw. Sure some might wish for more bass like in the atlas and some might long for more sparkle like in the andromeda. I feel the Solaris is a great compromise between the two. I am not a CA fanboy I actually really dislike the cascade and don't care for the vega or atlas. But I really enjoy Solaris.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 4, 2019
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  12. elChefe
    D08689E7-B02E-4E3E-BCB1-01838672B73C.jpeg Decided to try some different tips. First set that came in were these generic triple flange tips. The insertion depth is quite deep with these but so far I found that they create a good seal and stay in place even when walking. Low end seems to come forward a good amount and really allows you to hear all the low end details. Highs still retain their sparkle and precision. Body in mids and vocals fill in a good amount. Even with the extreme insertion depth, sound stage still seems wide and holographic but sounds like it starts closer. Pretty happy with the initial fit. Will update after some more use. Also have spin fits, comply, dekoni and generic double flanges on the way. If anyone has any recommendations on any other tips I should try please let me know!
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2019
  13. AxelCloris Administrator
    Let's please keep the discussion on-topic. Thanks everyone.
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  14. azeral
    Does anyone get driver pop routinely when inserting these? I experience this only when inserting due to my tight ears. I dont think this is an issue with the design or anything, but I'm wondering if this could harm the drivers over time.

    I have another DD-BA hybrid (Fiio FH5), and those never click, even on deep insert, but the venting on the DD might be different.
  15. cr3ativ3
    I have that every time with my legend x...
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