The Campfire Andromeda and Solaris, by means of their numerous iterations, have been carrying the model alongside by means of tumultuous occasions, when the IEM market grew to become ridiculously saturated, and “nice” stopped being adequate. In any case, it’s laborious to beat two confirmed winners. Maybe because of this, Campfire has launched a separate and extra accessible line-up of common IEMs (which fall in the worth vary of the unique Andromeda) that may stand other than its two heavy hitters. Can the Supermoon construct a brand new fame as one in every of Campfire’s greats, or is it destined to fade away into the group?
What’s within the Field?
- Campfire Audio Supermoon IEMs
- 3 silver-plated removable MMCX cables (Deluxe Version)
- Leather-based folding case
- 3 sizes silicone and foam ideas
- Cleansing device
- Campfire Pin
Look and Really feel
I keep in mind the unique Solaris being means too cumbersome and grating towards the ear. The shortage of consolation was the primary grievance. And now, I’m having bother with the Supermoon, which simply feels too huge for my ears. The shell presses too tightly towards my concha (that’s what she stated). I not often run into issues with match, so I doubt I’ll be the one one with this downside. However for those who’re a feminine or your ears are on the smaller facet, I might transfer on.
By way of appears, I respect the Supermoon’s uniqueness. The design options metallic faceplates harking back to Campfire classics, such because the Atlas, and bulbous resin shells for a contemporary, CIEM contact. Extra notable, the intense orange connectors add a vibrant and playful pop to an in any other case darkish and industrial aesthetic.
The Supermoon employs a 14mm planar magnetic driver, and regardless of its low impedance at 15 Ohms, it did take a little bit bit of additional driving energy. So, ideally, you’ll have a DAC/amp or highly effective DAP to drive these IEMS. For this overview, I paired the Supermoon with my small, however surprisingly sturdy Astell & Kern SR35.
The famend Campfire “bigness” is ever obvious within the Supermoon. The huge sense of width is particularly compelling, lending an virtually stadium-like really feel to reside performances. The imaging can also be exceptionally colourful, revealing separations in depth and peak between devices to essentially the most minuscule diploma. Nonetheless, the stage doesn’t appeared confined to a sonic bubble. Somewhat there’s a “desert-scape”high quality that appears to increase distant components to extremely far factors throughout the stereo discipline. It’s not the tallest imaging I’ve skilled, however regardless of the stage lacks in peak, it makes up for with its general impression of expansiveness.
You’ll hear a agency and decided bass supply that’s received loads of kick. Though the bass has depth (visceral within the sub-bass frequencies), it doesn’t really feel significantly darkish or heavy. Somewhat, there’s a limberness and agility to the bass, which makes trendy tracks really feel extra energetic, whereas lending a lightness and freedom of motion to string devices. The bass additionally hits a pleasant stability between element/grip and smoothness, at all times feeling pure, however by no means sterile or reserved.
There’s such an lively compactness to the sound; the whole lot feels so tight, clear and solidly executed. It’s all very Campfirey in its presentation. The higher mids are barely favored right here, bringing vocals and extra trebly snares ahead. So, it’s an lively, up shut and snappy profile on this vary. You received’t get an excessive amount of juice from the low mids; they merely present some regular legs relatively than excessive lushness or meatiness. And whereas there’s not an excessive amount of shade to the tone, there’s nonetheless a mildly polished really feel to the supply (that feels very planar), which is sort of a cherry on high of an already deliciously advanced sound signature.
Apparently, my consideration was not often drawn to the highs till having to critically take heed to this frequency vary. That is in all probability as a result of the excessive frequencies are a supporting character relatively a lead within the combine. Though I by no means felt something lacking on this frequency vary, there was additionally by no means any persistent sparkle, crispness. On the identical time I by no means felt any roll-off. So, the treble is unquestionably there, its presence has simply been barely subdued. Actually, this isn’t the charismatic high-end of the Andromeda. Somewhat it enhances and helps spotlight the mids and low-end. It also needs to be famous that transparency is high notch on this in vary, revealing each crackle and breath whereas additionally sustaining that refined taste. So, nothing to dislike right here.
Campfire has definitely launched one thing totally different to their line-up. Whereas sure components of Campfire’s well-known sound signature are there, like power and tightness in supply, different issues (like ostentatiously crispy highs) have been changed with new concepts. There’s little to dislike concerning the Supermoon with its agile bass, polished tone and tasteful stability general. Is it going to be as memorable because the Andromeda? Unlikely. However is it a marked achievement in efficiency inside this crowded sea of excellent IEMs? For certain. Lastly, for those who are inclined to have issues with IEM match, a check run may be clever.
You should purchase the Campfire Audio Supermoon at Audio 46.