The Campfire Audio Solaris is the corporate’s newest flagship earphone launched late final yr. In accordance with the company, the Solaris brings a new frontier of sound and presents excellence in sonic copy. Properly, after spending a number of weeks listening to the Solaris, they don’t seem to be incorrect about it. That is, thus far, the perfect sounding Campfire Audio earphone surpassing the Atlas and Andromeda. I guess it sounds even higher than other earphones or IEMs in the same worth range and even greater. Even proper out of the field, once I first listened to it, my eyes opened extensive and the sound that it produced despatched shivers down my spine! Properly, sufficient of the hype and let’s take a better take a look at the Solaris and discover out why I contemplate this as among the best if not the perfect sounding earphone up to now. Please continue studying my Campfire Audio Solaris assessment under and find out extra.
Campfire Audio Solaris Earphone Review
First thing to discuss is the options and the know-how behind the Campfire Solaris earphone. It’s the corporate’s flagship and Ken Ball’s (CEO) current masterpiece. With the Solaris, Campfire Audio brings “new dimensions of sound, technology, and construction”. The Solaris has a really distinctive design, it’s quite giant and exquisite as nicely. This is principally a hybrid earphone, masterfully combining balanced armature drivers and a dynamic driver into one.
The Campfire Solaris has two custom balanced armature drivers with Tuned Acoustic Enlargement Chamber (TAEC) for the excessive frequency; one custom ported balanced armature driver for the mid frequency and a specially tuned 10mm dynamic driver for the decrease mids and low frequencies. The end result, an earphone that I can confidently say the most effective on the market and is worthy of being a flagship earphone. I will talk about more of its sound traits in a number of moments. First let’s take an in depth take a look at the Solaris itself.
The packaging for the Campfire Solaris is sort of totally different from the rest of CA’s lineup. The box is now bigger and sq. or more like cuboid. It’s nonetheless made by the same paper firm, so far as I know, however it’s somewhat thicker and the box art seems really nice. It’s doesn’t have a “screaming” box artwork, however sufficient to catch your consideration. The mixture of the colours used and the gold starry sky displays the identify and the theme of the company.
Opening the field reveals the large, additionally square-ish, premium leather case. Once once more, I’m very impressed with the presentation and packaging of the product. It does actually offer you that feeling or impression that this product is premium and nicely thought off. There are plenty of (audio) merchandise nicely above the $1,000 worth range and the packaging and/or presentation are merely underwhelming. There’s no “wow” factor, in contrast to with CA’s merchandise.
Except for the leather case, you also get a very nice Super Litz cable along with the Solaris. The Tremendous Litz cable is principally composed of Silver Plated Conductors that includes multi diameter stranding with Berylium Copper MMCX terminated to a 3.5mm stereo plug. Once more, simply wow! CA needs you to experience the most effective out of the Solaris, in order that they included a very good cable. No want to purchase an improve cable, as this cable is best in comparison with the cable you get with the Atlas and Andromeda. I’ll talk about this on a separate article, where I examine the three earphones – Solaris, Atlas and Andromeda.
You also get a bunch of equipment like Last Audio E-Sort ideas, marshmallow earphone ideas, silicon earphone ideas, Campfire Audio lapel pin, a cleaning software, and an earphone safety sleeve. The ideas included do are available a number of sizes – small, medium, giant; whereas the Last Audio ideas comes with extra-small and extra-large sizes except for the standard S/M/L sizes.
Like I mentioned earlier, the Campfire Solaris is a hybrid earphone; which means it makes use of balanced armature drivers and a dynamic driver in a single shell/channel. This system or configuration isn’t new, as Campfire Audio has a number of hybrid earphones earlier than the Solaris and it has been used by different earphone/IEM corporations as nicely. However configuring and combining each sort of drivers into one and making them “sing” harmoniously and coherently is another story and it’s truly not that straightforward. It requires expertise, information and years of expertise.
The Solaris has a total of four drivers inside per shell/channel. There are two balanced armature drivers for the high frequencies. These two BAs are mixed with the company’s Tuned Acoustic Enlargement Chamber know-how that permits them to increase the excessive frequencies with out producing sibilance or fatigue. That is truly one in every of CA’s “wizardry” and in line with them it’s superior to the standard tube with dampener system as a result of, I quote, “it provides a direct passage from the driver to your ear, which results in unsurpassed clarity and extension”.
For the mid frequency, CA is utilizing a larger single customized rear-ported balanced armature driver paired with a specifically tuned 10mm dynamic driver for the mid frequency right down to the low frequency. The 10mm dynamic driver features an Amorphous Diamond-Like Carbon (A.D.L.C.) diaphragm that is more doubtless just like the one used in the Atlas, however configured in a different way. The mid-section is optimized by what CA calls “Polarity Tuned Chamber”, optimizing the sonic efficiency of the dynamic driver and its performance.
Campfire Audio didn’t simply slap all those drivers inside the shell of the Solaris. Even the internals and the format or cavities contained in the shell are also rigorously designed to deliver the most effective out of those drivers.
One very noticeable function of the Solaris is the gold face plate. It’s a 24Okay gold plated lid paired with a durable PVD finished body. It appears very engaging, the gold shade matches my jewellery, which is a plus for me at the very least. You may also see the chrome steel spout, nevertheless I’ve to emphasise that the dimensions of the shell of the Solaris and the nozzle is a bit larger in comparison with the opposite earphones from CA. The Solaris is definitely fairly giant and it might not fit nicely with small ears or ears with smaller concha.
The first time I wore it was a bit odd for me, because the inside a part of the shell didn’t sit correctly on my ear / concha. In contrast to with the Andromeda where it may possibly sit on my ears without any odd feeling. It additionally protrudes a bit because of the measurement of the shell of the Solaris. I had to attempt all of the tips to discover which one would give me the most effective or no less than probably the most snug match, and had to rely on the ear hooks to make the Solaris sit on my ears properly.
General, I really like the packaging and the presentation of the Solaris. I’m very impressed! I also like the choice of colour and the design. But it’s quiet massive and the match might or is probably not a problem; it’s undoubtedly going to range from one ear to another.
Campfire Solaris Sound Impression – Jaw Dropping!
The Campfire Audio Solaris has a frequency response of 5Hz to 20kHz. It undoubtedly goes deeper in comparison with the Andromeda however the highs isn’t that prolonged. The Andromeda has a frequency response of 10Hz to 28kHz; the Solaris has the identical frequency response with the Atlas. However frequency response doesn’t inform you the whole story, it’s only a tiny part of it. The Solaris additionally has a sensitivity of 115 dB SPL/mW and an impedance of 10 Ohms at 1kHz.
Once I received the Solaris, I do not know as to the way it feels like. It didn’t read the preliminary critiques or the small print of its sound characteristics. All I knew was it sounds great, it’s at present the company’s flagship and everybody was praising it. I didn’t knew what the hype was all about, until the first time I listened to the Solaris.
To my ears, the Solaris is like the offspring or the mixture of the Andromeda and the Atlas. It’s like the center ground, it took one of the best traits of the Andromeda and the Atlas. Many individuals complained that the Andromeda lacks bass presence. The Atlas then again has a outstanding bass presence and it’s usually leaning in the direction of the warm aspect. Some of you won’t have heard or auditioned the Andromeda and/or the Atlas but. So let me describe the sound further.
The Solaris has a superb amount of bass presence. The bass goes deep without being overpowering and supplies enough rumble and texture. That is because of the 10mm dynamic driver inside the Solaris. Nevertheless, the bass isn’t as pronounced compared to the Atlas. It’s simply the correct quantity for me, sufficient to make the music warm and plush. Bass heads might favor the bass efficiency on the Atlas, however for multi-genre listeners it will be the Solaris.
The mid range shouldn’t be laid again, and perhaps it’s considerably forward sounding to my ears. It is just like the Andromeda but richer and has extra texture. This is because of the mixture of the balanced armature driver and the dynamic driver. The transition from DD to BA could be very fluid and coherent. General, vocal clarity can also be really good; be it from a male’s voice or a feminine’s voice or even chorus.
As for the excessive frequencies, it’s never fatiguing or feeling scorching. It’s nicely extended without being sibilant, and there’s air and sparkle within the treble area. Nevertheless, I can hear that the Andromeda has extra headroom on the treble frequency and has the sting over the Solaris. In comparison with the Andromeda, the Solaris’ excessive frequency is a bit, only a bit, toned down. Some individuals might prefer it, some don’t. I personally like how the upper frequencies are introduced in the Andromeda, nevertheless it’s not that far on the Solaris.
General, to my ears, every thing is balanced across the frequencies with the Solaris. It sounds spherical and plush, and it additionally has a superb degree of sound staging and imaging. It does have a superb amount of 3D or holographic impact identical to the Andromeda, however not too large either. Just enough to provide a feeling of solemnity but not cluttered or compressed.
It does, nevertheless, sound clean to my ears. Like in case you are wanting on a photo or picture, the sides of the subject just isn’t (too) sharp. Nothing is aggressive or more pronounced than the other frequencies. It’s just nice general without any spikes. The Solaris is simply “perfectly balanced, as all things should be”…
Campfire Audio Solaris Review – Closing Thoughts
I am really impressed with Campfire Audio’s new flagship product the Solaris. It’s la crème de la crème of Campfire Audio. In my Andromeda assessment, I stated that the Andromeda is among the greatest, and it still is. But the Solaris is on an entire new degree. Now that I have tested and listened to the three flagship earphones: Andromeda, Atlas and Solaris, I can say that the Solaris it probably the most refined or perfected product among the many three. It really is a flagship and deserved to be on prime of the lineup. I can’t really imagine right now how will the subsequent flagship would sound. As a result of proper now, the Solaris looks like an end recreation earphone. It’s a superb throughout earphone and may take any style you throw at it. In fact, if you would like one thing more edgy with the nitty-gritty (micro) details at the expense of bass presence, you may need to think about the Andromeda. Or in case you are a bass head, then undoubtedly contemplate the Atlas. But when it’s an all-around earphone that you are in search of, then Solaris it is.
It seems to be nice, the packaging is nice as properly and the “stock” cable included is already an “upgrade” cable. There are some costlier IEMs or earphones that includes with a primary cable only. The one concern that I can find with the Solaris is the dimensions of the shell or specifically the fit. As a consequence of its measurement, some will certainly discover it too huge for his or her ears. You’ll should experiment on the information and use the ear hooks as further help. Additionally, the Solaris shouldn’t be an affordable earphone, because it at present comes with an MSRP of $1,499 USD. For those who’re new to excessive finish audio, maybe this is perhaps a little bit of a shock for you. Nevertheless, you’d be stunned to seek out out that there are IEMs and earphones which might be rather more, way more costly than the Solaris. They could or might not sound nearly as good as the Solaris. But when there’s one thing I am positive of, the Solaris is certainly value it!