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  1. BananaOoyoo
    Decided not to order the Solaris when I visit the states in July. CA has a new distributor in Korea, so I’ll be able to try it soonish(?) after I get back.

    It’s up against some stiff competition, so I’m interested to see how it stands up.
     
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  2. Rockwell75
    What do you consider the top contenders?
     
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  3. BananaOoyoo
    That particular store just got the Oriolus Percivali, and they’ll be getting the Wavaya lineup soon (interested the Penta personally).

    The other store I go to often has the Z1R and Legend X, and they’ll be getting the Elysium, Wraith, and Valkyrie soon. I was also looking at the Canary and Khan there, but I’d take both the Z1R and LX over those.

    Basically I’m looking at any and all flagship-level hybrids.

    Edit: I guess I’m also considering the Jomo Trinity. However, both it and the Canary require too much power to drive IMO.
     
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2019
  4. Rockwell75
    I'm curious about the Khan and the Z1R. The LX, though I haven't heard it, seems like it would be too bassy for me. The Valkyrie sounds interesting and I look forward to hearing reports on it. I heard the Wraith is going to cost upwards of $3500 which is absolutely crazy imho. I've read a lot of conflicting reports on how easy the Z1R is to drive. At this point if I can't power it perfectly with my zx300 (meaning I'm not going to be craving another amp or more powerful source) then that's a deal breaker for me. Looking forward to hearing your impressions of Solaris.
     
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  5. subguy812
    It is ironic you mention the LX. I am writing my review after a year. Should be done in a couple of days.
     
  6. Rockwell75
    Cool...hopefully some comparisons with Solaris and Atlas in there :)
     
  7. cr3ativ3
    Looking forward to read it .
    LX is an outstanding iem.
     
  8. Wildcatsare1
    Looking forward to reading your impressions!
     
  9. antdroid
    I use both the Pioneer XDP-300R and Astell & Kern SR15 and no hiss with them on either single or balanced.

    From my experience, every fiio dap has hissy output with sensitive in-ears.
     
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  10. 40lb
    Which store do you go to?
     
  11. BananaOoyoo
    I’ve been to a few, but Schezade is the closest to where I live. GSoundLab used to be decent, but it seems like they lost/terminated most of their distributor agreements (CA, EE, VE, etc.), and they only really have QDC/UM/InEar now. Soundstream (1910Shop) recently moved, so it’s pretty easy to stop by now as well.

    Soundcat’s hours don’t really work with my daily schedule, and Earphone Shop is okay, but not as nice of a listening environment.
     
  12. 40lb
    Thanks,
    I've been wanting to do some comparisons with the Solaris, but haven't made my way up to Seoul (unless I had to for work), I really need to make a trip out there.
     
  13. elChefe
    Playing with some different cables. Anyone have any rec’s for cables in the $1-200 range that work well with the Solaris? Looking for pure occ copper. Possibly solid silver or SPC. Anyone have any experience with larger core count cables, like 8+? If anyone has any good brands I should look at it would be greatly appreciated

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  14. BananaOoyoo
    I personally like PW audio.

    If you like the Atlas, I don’t think there’s anything that’d be too bassy. (Maybe the Rhapsodio Zombie?) I think the Legend X is pretty unique in that it’s a basshead IEM that still manages to have top-tier resolution.

    Price is always a factor (though I’m planning to splurge a bit this time), but relative prices can really differ depending on where you’re located. I think the Elysium will be $3000+ everywhere, but Valkyrie/Wraith might actually be cheaper in Japan and in that $1000-1500, $2500-3000 range respectively, seeing what happened with Legend X pricing.

    Yeah you definitely should! Feel free to send me a PM if you want to meet up or want to know where to find certain brands.
     
  15. BeerNuts
    I have a PW Audio No.5 ($199) and its an amazing copper cable. Highly recommend its super soft and feels great to wear around the ears.

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    Last edited: Jun 23, 2019
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