Oct 26, 2018779 views

Campfire Audio Solaris - Quad Driver Hybrid

Well, they're finally here: https://campfireaudio.com/shop/solaris/.
I think I'm about to place an order for them now. The ADLC driver Campfire has right now is easily my favorite DD and I think these would be the perfect compliment to the Atlas.

EDIT: Just purchased a pair. I'll be sure to drop my impressions here once I receive them.
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i'm a huge CA fan (Vegas and Jupiters). The Solaris look remarkable for sure, congrats on your purchase. I recently bought RHA CL2 Planars though and they're so epic I'm hoping I'm done. Looking forward to your review!
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Ha, no. This hobby is a rabbit hole. However, not as much as my automotive hobbies so I won't complain. Anyhow, I had to wait a bit longer than expected as Ken Ball from Campfire recommended these to burn-in proper before giving any final impressions so I obliged. I also wanted to try the silicone tips a bit more as I typically only use Comply (SmartCore, both styles). In short, my takeways from prior still apply. I really enjoy them. A lot. I did not like the Andro or Andro S. At all. Pros--The Solaris is easily better than the Andro and one I would highly recommend. It has a sound sig that doesn't wow you since one specific thing doesn't stick out. There is an incredible amount of balance among the entire spectrum. The housing design gives the sound a lot more echo/reverb effect (or at least make it mroe pronounced to my ears). It never sounds artificial and only highlights what's in the track but this is the one thing they do well that I haven't quite noticed from an IEM before. And while I wouldn't say they have a huge soundstage, they have a very holographic one. They can recreate the room/studio/venue in a way that others can't. If they only had one "trick" it would be that. Mix that with their tight bass (although I could use a bit more oomph), smooth impactful mids and sparkly airy treble. They are also easy to drive, and not nearly as hissy as the Andro nor as reactive to device OI. They do change a bit with higher OI but its slight. I still listen to them at or under 1 ohm for optimal performance. The Atlas hisses the least but requires more power, just for comparison. There are no extremes in their sound and I am OK with that. I can easily listen to them all day (8 hours or so daily) and feel no fatigue from them whatsoever. Cons--the shells are huge. With that said, they fit me fine but my wife has small ears and they stick quite far out of her ears. Laughably so. She said they felt fine and didn't cause any discomfort but I think that should be stated. The stock cable, while premium and built very well, quite frankly sucks due to the memory wire. I was having a bad time with fitment for a week of so until I swapped to a cable that didn't have the memory wire. They now sit in my ears and stay there. For whatever reason the memory wire doesn't conform around my ear and just slowly tugs them out of my ear. I have this same issue with Noble as well and the same "fix" worked as well. Regarding fit, it feels a lot like Noble now that I think about it. The shells are very close to the Noble K10U in fit and shell shape. The Solaris has longer stems for deeper insertion so I think that's why they fit better in general. Regarding tips, I still prefer foam over the Final E tips. The foam give the sound just enough thickness. The slight bass bump (maybe 2-3 dB) is also welcome and for certain music genres is almost necessary. They do deaden the highs a bit but unless you're a treblehead I doubt you're going to care (I welcome the "smoother" highs for certain genres). The Final E tips do lessen the bass but allows the mids and highs to breathe easier and they sound more effortless and airy. If I am listening to acoustic or rock, I tend to prefer the Final E. Everything else I miss that thickness and impact and go to my foams. There really isn't a right or wrong answer here and ultimately boils down to preference. I enjoyed both and I'm just finding things to nitpick about. Other than that, I have no other complaints about the Solaris. I would definitely tell people to get them over the Andro (any flavor) as they do everything better (to me) and fix the shortcomings I had with them previously. Really, if you can afford them, get them. Sorry for this being so long-winded but I guess I had more to say than I originally thought. Hope I was of some help :) Edit: Also wanted to share the only frequency and distortion measurements I have come across: www.superbestaudiofriends.org/index.php?threads/campfire-solaris-iem-measurements.7004
Thank you! So helpful to hear all bout these gorgeous earphones. They read like an impressive feat of engineering.
Hesus--- I think I'll wait 15 years until the tech gets to around 300$. I just don't have that. Maybe when my car's paid off. Look fab though. I will be getting those close backed Focals doe.
Look into the BGVP DM6 if the Campfire prices are a bit too much. They're between $153 and $215 or less depending on where and how and when you get them and they are AMAZING! The BEST in ear out of China right now. They have 5 BA drivers per ear and are available in several colors. I have them in clear and it goes nicely with the silver cable which is sexy.
thanks for the reply, sincerely appreciated. I sure will.
They are a pretty set of ear bling, and I'm sure they sound amazing. Can't wait to hear thoughts.
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Agree, my personal library clocks in at the 6 figure file mark and you can find just about every genre represented (No opera, no show tunes, not a lot pre-1960). I appreciate cans/iems that can play well with most of my library. Still looking for that one "all-rounder to rule them all" on the full sized can part. The K10u works with just about everything I've tried so far, I think I've found my IEM happy place. The Elex was close to being what I need but the upper mid/lower treble transition isn't quite as linear/smooth as I would like and it's missing 5-10 hz in bass extension. I'm seriously considering the HE-6SE but not sure I want to lay down that much cash.
EDIT: Nvm, saw your thoughts! Thank you for that -----Did I miss your thoughts on the Solaris? Very curious!