So... the other day, @FlySweep asked me if I knew Soranik, the Vietnamese IEM maker. Well, yeah, I know the company. In fact, they just sent over two IEMs for me to check out. One of them I actually bought with my own money because I really liked Soranik's DES Reference IEM, and I was liking the direction they were headed in with regards to their electrostatic offerings. The second was "tagged along" as a demo loaner because they wanted to get my impressions, so... here we are. I'm not going to say much on the other IEM for now, as that one seems like it'll eventually go on a loaner tour. Will talk to "the Council" on how to proceed with a loaner for that IEM. But what I can talk about now is the IEM I bought. Here's how it looks: It's alright. Soranik calls this one QES, which apparently stands for Quad-Electrostatic or something like that. As for how it sounds... well, it's basically a pretty neutral IEM. Bass lays it on pretty thick, typical of most IEMs I have heard (I have pretty much given up on the notion of "fast IEM bass"), but it doesn't seem to overshadow the midrange. The trick seems to be that this IEM has a healthy dose of upper midrange boost for Asian female vocal lovers, even more so than the bass boost. And yet it's also not exactly bright either, as the treble range is pretty smooth. I don't get that "prickly" effect that I got when I first put on PP8, and... I'm not sure if it's the e-stat drivers, but this IEM sounds pretty airy. Overall, I'd say it's a pretty tasty IEM with bass and upper mid emphasis for those who are looking for something like it. Here's FR measurement for reference: Compared against my Solaris and UE18+: (please note I'm matching at 2KHz because that's more indicative of what I'm hearing) My Solaris is on a loaner with @brencho so I couldn't do a comparison, but... based on his comments, I think this one will be a better fit for him. It has that "snappy" effect to vocals and string instruments that I think... sometimes Solaris kinda glossed over. I mean... a direct comparison would be nice, but I think this IEM overall sounds like a slightly less laid-back Solaris, for what that's worth. Solaris to me always sounds like a downward slope with some rebound in the treble extreme. This one... sounds like a slight V-shape over what "neutral" would be. Compared against UE18+, the difference is "stark". If QES is "neutral" then UE18+ basically sounds like it's all about lower mid and a very even midrange-head response that gradually rolls off at the furthest extremes. Also in direct comparison, UE18+ sounds a bit... intimate and slightly compressed compared to QES. But UE18+ wins hands down if I'm listening to sibilant recordings or when I don't want head-bashing bass. So I'm not going to proclaim this as the best thing ever. But it's certainly something I'll have no qualm owning and listening to on a regular basis. It certainly compliments my other IEMs well, and while none of them truly is quite "my taste" per se (UE18+ actually gets pretty darn close but... too warm!), each one does some things so well on their own and are basically unique enough to share the stable. Oh, one last thing: QES doesn't seem as dependent on output impedance as Solaris is to me. It sounds pretty decent out of my iPhone and AK120 (3.5 ohm OI?). GOV2+ also sounds pretty decent as a source. UE18+ is still king when it comes OI independence, though, basically sounding the exact same regardless of source device.