This is the thread to talk about Campfire Audio’s new IEM, the Solaris.
This is a great looking pair of iem’s. It would be great to hear these, coming from an Andromeda owners point of view.
Just had these arrive to the office today!
Giving them a spin with the Astell&Kern SP1000m and doing some Tidal streaming currently.
Their sound is surprising to start. I wouldn’t say that they sound like either the Andromeda or the Atlas but something else entirely. They definitely have more low-end than the Andromeda but its not nearly as boomy as the Atlas and is a lot less pronounced than I would have expected from reading impressions. But its also very tight and pleasant to listen to. The high-end sparkle that the Andromeda is famous for also doesn’t seem to be present with the Solaris. However, Ken has stated several times that the Solaris need burn in so I’ll see how it all blends together in a week or so.
If I were to compare it to an IEM from the Campfire line-up though, it would be the Polaris. Just a really beefed up version of the Polaris. The “Holographic Presentation” that Campfire talks about often with the Solaris is immediately noticeable as the soundstage sounds very wide. However, it almost gives off an echoey sound which is very strange so I am going to run it with a few different set-ups and see if maybe it was the SP1000M / Tidal Streaming doing something funky.
So for the first 30 minutes of listening, it has been a pleasant experience. Definitely a little different than what i was expecting based on impressions that I have read. The cable the Solaris comes with is definitely the best cable that Campfire has provided with their IEMs. The Solaris is also huge. I’ve got decently big ears but the Solaris are still a pretty tight fit and I could see a lot of people being uncomfortable with them, especially if they had issues with the Andromeda.
@Currawong did a good YouTube review of them with physical comparison to a bunch of the other CA IEMs…and yeah based on that these are “Huge” like proper “Huge”, unlike some orange colored peoples hands…
These could plausibly stand in for headphones in a Bladerunner movie-- can’t wait to hear them. Great photos as always @taronlissimore!
Those look really nice @taronlissimore!
Can you comment on unit-to-unit variation between US, Canada and Singapore please?
Jokes aside, the detail that goes into the CA IEMs is really stunning.
Haha I would not dare wade into those waters. I’ll leave that to the other online communities.
Ya Ken and his team are pretty much un-matched when it comes to the detail they put into their IEMs. Always impressed with that they produce and all the different designs they come up with.
They are huge in build but the nozzle is oddly a little more thin than the Andromeda? I could be completely wrong as we don’t currently have one in the office to do a back-to-back but I do remember the nozzle on the Andromeda being pretty wide.
@andrew currently has them sitting on his desk for some listening but they have not made their way into his ears yet. Think the size might be a little too intimidating!
There is a joke there…but I’ll leave it…
Nice first impressions and pictures!
Neither are doing anything to help me resist trying these …
They need to be run-in for at least a continuous week for best results. After that, I reckon that they are most outstanding with small-venue “live” recordings.
Here’s my video review of them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8BPyh_45gw
As you know I am an Iem man and I Love my Andromeda’s. I think the Andromeda’s hit a sweet spot for me. I love the Sparkle they have. I really wouldn’t want to lose that personally but some may do. They are nice looking though.