- 1 Campfire Audio Vega
- 2 Features
- 3 Campfire Audio Andromeda
- 4 Listening
In-Ear Headphones Campfire Audio: balanced armature Andromeda and dynamic Vega.
Today we will review the superior and most expensive headphones of the American company Campfire Audio. Both models, Vega and Andromeda, appeared on sale recently, these are novelties. Headphones can be called unique: they are very different from any competitors. First of all, the manufacturer uses a large number of his own technologies and various innovative materials.
Campfire Audio Vega
In Vega headphones, the manufacturer tried to create the most interesting implementation with a dynamic driver. It used to be that dynamic driver in plug-in IEM-headphones are for cheap models. Then the situation changed, they were put into expensive hybrids. Now everyone understands that the sound quality is completely dependent on the specific design, not the driver.
Specifications Campfire Audio Vega
|Frequency Range||5 Hz – 22 kHz|
|Average price||$ 1 825|
Campfire Audio Vega – price. Where is the best place to buy?
The recommended retail price for the Campfire Audio Vega in the US is $ 1825. At this cost, you can order it on Amazon. I would not recommend ordering anywhere else except on Amazon. Since you are less likely to find cheaper, and if you do not take into account the fact that Amazon is probably the most reliable online store, it still very often provides free shipping.
The sensitivity of the headphones is 102 dB. This is not the highest sensitivity, when compared with typical liners with their sensitivity of 110-115 dB. Therefore, it is necessary to connect a powerful high-quality headphone amplifier with low intrinsic impedance to Campfire Audio Vega.
Headphone bundle is very rich despite the small package size. But before we talk about this, let’s look at the headphones themselves.
The color of the headphones is silver metallic. The PVD coating (Physical vapor deposition) is called Clear Sky.
The case is made of an amorphous alloy (Liquidalloy by PrometalTech), invented in 2003 in the USA. This type of alloy has a number of useful properties: high strength and wear resistance, corrosion resistance. Amorphous alloy is harder than titanium or aluminum.
It is used for the manufacture of watches, sports equipment, as a cover material for Vertu smartphones, in the oil industry, space and military equipment, as a replacement for the titanium.
In addition to Campfire Audio Vega headphones, the more affordable Lyra II and Dorado models are made of the same interesting material. What does it give to the headphones?
In Campfire Vega strong rare-earth neodymium magnets are used. It is claimed that these headphones have World’s First Non-Crystalline Diamond Dynamic Driver. Inside is an 8.5 mm driver with a 9 micron ADLC coating (non-crystalline diamond-carbon material).
The manufacturer promises a bright high-frequency range, a slightly outstanding accentuated middle and a deep energetic bass. Sound without sand and harshness.
Wire made of lithric fiber, braided. The cable has the MMCX connectors manufactured by Campfire from beryllium bronze (Cu-Be). Such alloys are used in aviation and automotive industry, as they withstand high temperatures, have increased electrical conductivity, high hardness and corrosion resistance. Outwardly almost indistinguishable from gold.
The MMCX connectors are very good. The contact is circular, firmly held, easily detachable. The manufacturer also talks about the existence of an optional balanced cable with a 4-pin output of 2.5 mm. Honestly, given the class of headphones, it would look more appropriate here.
Wearing is only one way: the wire is laid behind the ears. The wire is not very long.
A quality leather case has a soft woolen upholstery inside. Interestingly, the sides are provided with fabric walls. So you can put a couple of ear cups and they do not jump out by accident when you open the case.
Headphones are richly equipped with replaceable ear pads. There are standard silicone (S / M / L), pink SpinFit (XS / S / M / L) and micro-porous material (S / M / L). The brush allows you to keep your headphones and ear pads clean. In the kit there is also a metal badge with a manufacturer’s logo on the clothes.
Campfire Audio Vega Test
Campfire Vega Frequency Responce
We carefully publish the results of measurements, since it is quite difficult to correctly measure the plug-in headphones. We connected the headphones directly to the Earthworks M50 ($ 2000) measuring microphone through a silicone attachment. Rather, peaks and dips in the 2000-5000 Hz range are due to geometric resonances in the headphone channels.If we remove such a strong vacuum isolation of the headphone-microphone system, the resonances fall strongly. In reality, the ear cushions do not fix the headphones in the auditory canal so tightly. Therefore, there is uncertainty about how to correctly create the same conditions for measurements. If we re-orient the headphones or change the adapter on the microphone, the graph changes.
The Internet has a lot of measurements of these headphones. We will quote the official graph sent by Ken Bol, the founder of Campfire, to the Headfi site in response to several attempts at measurements by the owners of the headphones. It makes sense to focus on it. Although there is a difference in the figures, the overall shape of the curve remains. That is, in the bass and midrange headphones give a straight line, with slightly noticeable emphasis in the area of 100 Hz. Further there is a peak of about 2 kHz and about 10 kHz with a subsequent decline.
Campfire Audio Vega Video Review
Campfire Audio Andromeda
|Type||5 balanced armature drivers|
|Frequency Range||10 Hz – 28 kHz|
|Average price||$ 1000|
Campfire Audio Andromeda – price. Where is the best place to buy?
The recommended retail price for the Campfire Audio Vega in the US is $ 1000. At this cost, you can order it on Amazon. I would not recommend ordering anywhere else except on Amazon. Since you are less likely to find cheaper, and if you do not take into account the fact that Amazon is probably the most reliable online store, it still very often provides free shipping.
Campfire Audio Andromeda Features
Andromeda headphones are completely different. First, inside there are 5 balanced armature drivers: 2 LF, 1 MCH, 2 HF. Secondly, the sensitivity of 115 dB and a low impedance of 12.8 Ohm make them compatible with almost any modern smartphone. Even with a 50% volume level is developing quite a powerful sound. That is, Andromeda is an absolutely new top model of the second series. It is also very expensive.
Options differ only in the color of the included case. Here it is brown.
The headphone case is made of aluminum with zirconium coating, anodized with a green coating. The body is made by milling, not casting. All headphones are collected in the US – of course, manually.
But the main pride of the developer in the design is the acoustic camera TAEC. The camera of complex shape is made on a 3D printer and has a number of advantages over standard channel tubes used in headphones of other manufacturers. The camera removes geometric resonances and gives a more even sound on the high frequency.
MMCX connectors of Campfire own production of beryllium bronze (Cu-Be) are also used here.
A unified cable is used from woven individual veils, varnished. The advantage of such cables is that they transmit high frequency alternating current more efficiently than a single-core cable of the same cross section. How good this is for the sound is tested only experimentally. You can put a different type of cable and listen if there is an effect.
Case with a zipper. Very useful for carrying and storing expensive headphones.
A set of replaceable ear cups Andromeda completely repeats the set of Vega headphones: standard silicone (S / M / L), pink SpinFit (XS / S / M / L) and micro-porous material (S / M / L). The brush allows you to keep your headphones and ear pads clean. In the kit there is also a metal badge with a manufacturer’s logo on the clothes.
Campfire Audio Andromeda Test
Campfire Andromeda Frequency Responce
The measurements are shown for an approximate evaluation, you should not determine the sound quality of the headphones.
Official measurements of Campfire Audio, sent to the audiophile community by the founder of the company:
The main advantage of headphones with 5 separate balanced armature drivers is a more full coverage of all frequencies, because for this type of drivers the smooth AFC ends very quickly and abruptly. And the area of only one driver is not enough to create a good sound pressure.
Campfire (ALO) Audio Andromeda Video Review
We connected the Campfire headphones to various sources, including a Cowon Plenue M2 player with an output impedance of 1 ohm and a power of 250 mW with a 16 ohm load.
The player has a beautiful AMOLED touchscreen and an all-metal case. All formats are supported up to DSD128 and PCM 384 kHz. Inside – PCM1795 with the characteristics: signal / noise 120 dB, KG + noise 0.0007%, stereo crosstalk -130 dB. The sound is much better than any smartphone. A 3000 mAh battery will keep the charge of your phone intact.
The sound of the Campfire Vega headphones is very interesting. First of all, a good dynamic bass attracts attention, medium frequencies are also very detailed and clean. High frequencies have some kind of proprietary character. The dynamic driver has a decay after 10 kHz, usually a feature of the balanced armature models. Perhaps, the diamond-carbon coating material of the speaker affects, which makes the sound crisp, but without the highest frequencies. As a result, the sound is not tiring and does not have normal for dynamic drivers distortions in midrange and high frequencies. Judging by the official statements of Campfire, the manufacturer wanted to make just such a sound.
The sound of the headphones Campfire Andromeda turned out to be more vivid than that of Vega. A rise in the high frequency region and a special emphasis on the upper middle are heard. There are very few distortions, so the tracks sound clean and qualitative. Headphones work without problems with a low-power output of any smartphone. And when connected to a high-quality sound source, it is much better to reveal its potential than inexpensive sensitive models.
What headphones are preferred? This is entirely a matter of taste. Both models (more neutral Vega, and more vivid Andromeda) will find their fans. By the way, do not forget that in addition to very expensive models in the manufacturer’s lineup there are more affordable ones, including two hybrid models operating under the “dynamic + balanced armature driver” scheme. So, perhaps it’s worth listening to not only the tops, but the entire lineup and then pick up what suits the sound and is suitable for the price.