Soranik ION offers a spacious and airy presentation. It may remind Tralucent 1p2, but ION is a less colored example. In addition, 1p2 provides a bigger picture as well as a deeper stage.
ION has an impressive tonality in low frequency region. Sub-bass has an impressive texture with resolved and smooth hits. They are not overpowered, but there is a feel of air like a dynamic driver provides. The sub-bass control is not the best, but it can handle metal tracks well with the exception of super fast ones.
The mid-bass is neither too prominent, nor too laid-back. It has a good control in terms of tightening the stage and helps the presentation to be spacious and airy. In addition, while being in control, the mid-bass also gives a nice body to the whole spectrum.
ION puts notes in small size in order to create more air and space between instruments, but notes are not relatively thin in the lower and center midrange presentations. Also, the resolution is quite satisfying and ION provides a nice level of lower harmonics. Although it has a significant amount of transparency, the overall tone of the midrange is not very natural.
In general, Soranik ION is not a lean sounding unit, but vocals might be weightier. Compared to the rest of the midrange, ION has a slightly thinner upper-midrange presentation. Due to that fact, it sometimes tends to sibilance in accordance with the track quality.
Soranik ION doesn’t have a laid-back treble presentation; in addition, upper treble notes are more prominent than the lower section. The detail and extension levels are high, but the control of the upper-treble is not the best when it comes to fast metal tracks as well as the listening sessions at high volume levels. On the other hand, the overall note structure is neither too colored nor too sharp. ION provides thick treble notes, but the treble tone might be better.
Soundstage and Separation:
Soranik ION offers an impressive stage structure as well as clear and clean spaces around instruments. In general, the IEMs that have a large stage may loose the coherency due to the uncontrolled placement and long distances between instruments. In place of creating long distances, ION’s manufacturers seem to decide to tune instruments’ size to keep the presentation as coherent as possible.
There is enough depth to provide a nice layering and the stage is not tuned as overly wide. In addition, the background is clean, but the separation may get reduced due to the lack of control in upper-treble notes.