Recently obtained the Solaris during my trip to Vancouver. Had my mind set on an end-game IEM so while there I tested a lot of cans and IEMs. Started off with Mr. Speakers Aeons both closed and open back, Audeze LCD2C, Audeze LCD-X (wished to listen to Ether 2 and C flows 1.1 but they didn't have them...) and then switched over to IEMs. I basically tested everything in the Campfire range going upwards. The only pair wasn't in the shop were the Andromeda S. As for how I tested, I had brought my XDUOO XD-05 amp with V5I opamps from Burson but I also tested on a desktop Questyle at the shop. I think it was the CMA 400i. So, I have to say that once I picked up the Andromeda, the jump in coherence and sound separation was made obvious. After I had enough of the first listen, I switched to the Solaris. I was trying to be as quick as I can while using them on the same amp moving back and forth. Solaris just felt like I was getting the same sound resolution and spot-on imaging but with a warmer tone and a much better extension in the bass and sub-bass region. The highs were also much more pronounced but not in an "in your face" kind of way but just enough to feel like you are getting the full reach you expect from the track you are listening to. Now, keeping in mind I was with a limited sound library, I was predominantly testing with classic high-res vinyl rips from Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Iron Maiden etc. and Jazz/Blues ranging from B.B. King to sax players like Candy Dulfer. In any case, I have had them for close to a month now. Listening to them unbalanced on my HD-DAC1 at home and I must say these are the best IEMs I have heard so far. This year of 2019 we will probably get to test a lot of contenders like the Noble Khans and much more at CanJam so I cannot say for sure if there won't be another UIEM that will take that spot this year but as far as personal preference goes these have, in my opinion, the perfect balance of tonality across the frequency spectrum. I simply love the warmth to the sound and that precise holographic imaging. Overall, lots of money spent and each penny was totally worth it. If anyone has heard these on a balanced setup, I would definitely like to know how they sound.
*Quick observation on the physical aspect of these. As that has already been discussed in the thread as well, I must say that people with smaller ears might find them to be a challenge. Funny as it seems, even for a guy with big ears like myself, I practically did not find a single tip selection among the foams or Final E silicone ones in the package that were a good fit. Especially silicone tends to cause irritation in the canal after a relatively short listening session. When I switched to my Comply tips or my Dekoni bulletz the problem was solved. They stay firmly in place and the firm isolation makes for that nice bump in the bass. Cable is really high quality but there are definitely better ones out there in the 300$ price range where this one is placed at at the Alo web site. If this were Zeos, he would definitely bitch about the cable a little bit. Still, even after having said this, it still would not have dissuaded me from buying these.