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Nice family photo!
Well if I only had to have one iem, then I guess Solaris would be my choice. But I would miss that magical bass and overall lively and engaging signature of Atlas for sure.
Now I use Atlas as my everyday commute/workout driver and sometimes during evenings when I want to listen to some tracks it synergies with (for me it's classical and sympho metal). It's definitely a keeper for me.
Andromeda is working time driver for its mellow unobtrusive sound.
And Solaris during my time off, usually late evenings, still wrapping my mind around its sound.
So luckily all of them have place for me.
hmm.. come to think of it... I missed Vega... Atlas just a bit too much for me..
speak of Weighted Bass, with this song, Forgiven by 2Chainz, Solaris Bass seems weight yet fast pace with detail.. not all TOTL capable to do, IMHO
Thank you. Another person rocking TOTL gear, not just listening to super high-res orchestral, or classical music. I'm up here listening to YG on my Solaris right now
Hahaha.. Try LSD Album... "Angel in your Eyes" if you got a good combo, you will feel like in between of Bass Woofer speaker... I like it... my mood boost songs...
BTW, the album also good to check dynamic for DAP...
Quick comparison on LCD-i4 and Solaris? I'm debating between the two as we speak - isolation not 100% necessary, so beyond the obvious open vs traditional, what are your thoughts?
I think the answer to that depends on whether you’re looking/willing to use the Cipher cable/EQ with the i4.
The mistake made with the Atlas is the fact that a quick listen will be overwhelming. The Atlas is an excellent IEM with some seasoning time. It is a super engaging, enjoyable listen to my ears.
Sounds as though that's the preferred combo. From everything I've read thus far, it seems as though reveal plugin or Cypher is a must. I'm a Tidal streamer, so not in the market for a DAP at this point - so it seems the convenience of using iPhone + cypher would be a plus for me. The other part of me wants the isolation + more practicality etc. I've owned Andro and didn't mind them direct from my iPhone, so would hope Solaris would be similar.
In the end I'm just really intrigued by the LCD-i4 and iSine series for some reason - have always wanted to try them for myself. Do they really struggle when run direct from amp/DAP without EQ?
The Solaris is super easy to drive. It doesn't take much oomph to drive them and make them sound great.
It's not that the struggle without cipher or ew. They show tons of quality and potential without ew, but are seriously lacking bass punch, (it's there but very light), missing about 4-6db at around 2khz, and a little bright up top. I'm a mobile listener, and after hearing them through my Android phone with a little eq, I felt it was worth spending another $300 for a DAC/amp to solely use with the i4. Minoprice portable amplifier and DAC has 3 band parametric eq along with a high shelf and a low shelf setting, low shelf I used for bass free below 125hz to boost a bit. OMG, in love with the sound. When you have a $2k portable headphone, what's another $300 to bring the full life out of them? I now have a portable set that sounds better than the cipher.
Good to know! I'm leaning towards the i4 for sure - million dollar question, if you could keep only one - Solaris or i4?
I think if the Cipher cable is a plus for you and the lack of isolation isn’t a factor, then it’s a no brainer for the i4.
Solaris is definitely easy to drive - the more likely issue, depending on your source, is dealing with background noise. (Like with the Andromeda)
It's an extra 15%.
You do have to make sure the amp can drive a 10 ohm load. The Fiio M11 can not drive the Solaris.