Westone ES60 vs Soranik ION:
ES60 offers slightly more powerful and tighter sub-bass hits, but ION provides smoother and airy low-end presentation with a better resolution. On the other hand, ES60 betters ION in terms of the speed in fast metal tracks. ES60 carries a little more prominent mid-bass notes, while ION’s mid-bass is laid-back and that results in a more airy sound. The resolution level of the mid-bass is similar, but ION has a more open tone.
ION has a sharper midrange presentation by a small margin, while ES60 provides more refined notes. ION creates notes in smaller sizes, on the other hand ES60 sounds slightly thicker in accordance with the difference in the mid-bass presentations. ES60 offers a somewhat better resolution and lower harmonics due to the better control in the midrange. ION has a more airy presentation, while ES60 has more body and more natural presentation pursuant to the energy and fullness coming from the lower midrange. In addition, the transparency level is similar.
ION has a more full-bodied treble presentation; while ES60 sounds with a more open tonality. ES60 is more resolved and it has more control in the upper-treble region; ION’s treble notes are relatively fatiguing due to the upper treble presence, but it is more effortless overall.
ION has a wider stage, while ES60 provides a better feel of depth due to the fact that it has a blacker and more stable background. ION has a more airy and spacious stage, but ES60 has a better separation, especially in the fast metal tracks. Lastly, ES60 betters ION in terms of the coherence and imaging.
Lear LCM-BD4.2 vs Soranik ION:
Lear has slightly more prominent sub-bass hits at the ¾ tune of the bass knob, but ION has a better texture. Both have an airy bass department and carry air in front of the sub-bass hits. In addition, ION has a more prominent mid-bass with a similar amount of the resolution.
ION has a more bodied midrange, while Lear provides a more laid-back mid frequency presentation. Lear betters ION when it comes to the resolution, but ION provides better sub-section body. Lear has a more controlled upper-midrange, but the transparency level is similar. Both have a spacious midrange; ION sounds thicker by a small margin.
In the treble region, ION sounds fuller and more prominent, but Lear provides a better control and resolution in the upper-treble region. The extension and naturalness levels are similar.
Both have a similar stage width, but Lear provides a better depth in accordance with its relatively laid-back midrange structure. Lear has a blacker background, while ION recreates more three-dimensional instruments. Both have similar instrument separation level, but Lear’s presentation is easier to follow when it comes to treble-heavy tracks.
The Custom Art Harmony 8.2 vs Soranik ION:
H8.2 uses grander area in the sub-bass region, while ION’s hits are slightly more powerful, cleaner and clearer. Both have smooth sub-bass notes; ION has a slightly colored, but better textured sub-bass presentation. H8.2 provides a more prominent mid-bass, while ION gives a sense of a more colored tonality. The resolution level is similar, but ION provides a more airy bass department.
H8.2 sounds slightly more bodied and organic, while ION has a more transparent midrange presentation. ION recreates a more spacious atmosphere, but H8.2 is more natural in terms of the note releasing and the general approach. In addition, ION has cleaner and clearer space around instruments.
In the upper midrange, ION sounds a bit thin, while H8.2 provides a more effortless presentation. Due to the note structure difference, ION seems to be more resolved, but H8.2 has a better sub-section body.
ION has a more prominent treble presentation, whereas H8.2 is smoother. ION betters H8.2 in terms of the extension and detail levels, but ION has brighter and more colored notes. On the other hand, H8.2 offers a better resolution and performs better in fast metal tracks.
ION’s stage is deeper as well as wider, while H8.2’s background is slightly blacker. ION carries the separation advantage due to the fact that H8.2’s stage becomes congested in very crowded tracks. Overall, H8.2 is more coherent, but ION provides more space around instruments.
Soranik ION is a good alternative for audiophiles who are seeking for a spacious sound and impressive low frequency presentation. Its universal fit is available for overseas customers at the moment. As seen in their Facebook page, Soranik also produces custom in-ear monitors for the local market. ION is priced at 1230 USD and can be ordered directly from the company.
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