Campfire Audio Andromeda Review: Holy Cow, This is a Dream, Awesomesauce!

Discussion in 'IEMs and Portable Gear' started by Marvey, May 13, 2016.

  1. zerodeefex

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    ZX2 hiss is greatly reduced with music playing. It depends on the master but most music has a pretty high noise floor that is exposed with the combo. With things mixed to kill detail with a dead silent background, it's quieter but still has a little bit of hiss.
     
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    Well, if you are talking about direct from the phone, then for 7+ you must be using the dongle. I would expect a difference between that (for better or worse) than the 3.5 mm jack in prior iterations.
     
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    Makes sense. FWIW 7+ via the dongle sounds quite a bit warmer than I remember the 6S+ (a bit excessively so IMO).
    Would be pretty easy to test since the dongle would work with prior iPhones too. Will have to check it out at some point.
     
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    I'm thinking of getting an Andro soon but was wondering if someone can help me out. I will be mostly using my ZTE axon 7 with and without a Pico Slim and ieMatch, I was wondering if anyone can comment on the sound. Thanks guys
     
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    mine sounds good out a v20 with the impedance adapter
     
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    I'm just curious here as to how people manage the fit of the Andromeda. I went to visit ALO yesterday, so I could try/buy the Vega. They were kind enough to offer up every single IEM model to try. I was digging the Vega sound, but the V shape was a bit pronounced (only 48hrs of burn in on them). So, I decided to pop in the Andromeda and was immediately impressed with the sound. The immediate issue I bumped into was that I couldn't get a stable seal/position for them. If I tried to stabilize them, I'd lose sound (vacuum pressure). But, I felt as if they'd wiggle out at any given moment. I do have narrow ear canals, and expect that to be the big contributor to my fit issues with the non-Vega/Lyra IEMs. Just curious how other people experience the comfort level of the Andromeda.
     
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    The Andromeda fit me great. They aren't meant to be inserted very deeply. A non-foam type eartip is less likely to try and fight its way back out of your ear.
     
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    @HeartOfSky Coming from the Orion, comfort is still a mixed bag after nearly 5 months of owning them, where the silicon S tips are too small and the M tips were too large (foamies are not my thing). I've since opted for JVC Spiraldot MS because the softer silicon makes a slightly better fit, but they're still noticeable after an hour of use. It's pretty much a genetic lottery of whether you have the right ear shape due to the shallowness of the nozzle and the design of the shell.
     
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    You might have really finicky ears like mine. My right usually plays well with most IEMs but my left ear has a hard time keeping a seal, it will push out most IEMs after a while. Only IEMs that seem to work are ones with shells like Shure SE series or Nuforce HEM series.
     
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    And the tips matter. The only silicone tips that work for me are JVC Spiraldots. Zero chance with others.
     
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    The spiral dots also seem to come in half sizes unlike many others. Their mediums are too small for me and large is too big, but medium-large works well. Is there another tip that offers half sizes like that?
     
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    Somebody in the Canjam HF thread said that Ken had a prototype "Andromeda II" and implied that the physical shape of it has been changed also (some comment about changing the shallow nozzle part of the design). Might be worth waiting if you are not able to get a good fit with the current shell.
     
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    Fit is certainly finicky and having an arsenal of tips to try is very helpful. Since it fits so shallowly, I had issues with seal and stock tips and many single flange tips. Mee Audio double flange tips were the ticket for me. I get a very slightly looser seal than normal, which works perfect for using them with 1 ohm OI sources.
     
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    is eBay the only source for the Mee Audio double flange? are the available in sizes: S / M / L ?
    thanks for these tips on tips.
     
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    Thanks for all the thoughts. Nice to know I'm not the only one with super finicky ears. I may give Ken's BA IEMs another try further down the road. I'm exceedingly happy with the Vega and can't wait for them to finish burning in. Even with that, though, I can only use the M black silicone tip. I may give the Spiral Dots a try, just for the fun of it.

    Thanks again!
     
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    When I got mine I was using Spiral dot M and the seal was perfect :)
     
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    Found this MEE audio Eartips Combo Set on Amazon (SBAF Amazon link).

    Might have to try these for the Noble X which I'm still struggling to find a good fit for.
     
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    My left ear is also quite different from my right - iems tend to work their way out because it's more 'open' for lack of a better term. Spinfits work best for me so far, fwiw, but I still have to nudge the Andro in to complete the seal every 10 minutes or so. It is annoying, but given the performance it's not a deal breaker.

    I can easily feel there's a little bump on my right that keeps the Andro in, which is missing on my left. I admit I've wondered if they couldn't surgically :eek: create that same bump on the left. As a practical move putting my glasses earpieces over the wire holds them in :).
     
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    I use the same tips and they work great for me. The shallow fit gives me issues with all of my single flange tips and luckily I still had those tips when I got them a few years ago. I should really buy some spare in case I lose them.
     
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