4 New Campfire iem’s Impressions - Holocene, Mammoth, Satsuma, Honeydew iem loaners courtesy of @Bloom Audio bloom audio GEAR Gungnir A1 -> Drop 789 with Sigma 11 LPS (Loki set to bypass) Halocene - 3 BA Stupid glow in the dark BS is annoying and doesn’t even work. Also annoying cases that look like they were designed for toddlers This iem is the only reason I decided to write a brief review of these iems. It’s a really great BA iem. It is a baby Andromeda, sounding surprisingly close to the Andromeda 2020 for 500$ less, albeit with some weaknesses. Very neutral except for a dip in the midrange to upper midrange that makes guitars and vocals recessed and a roll off of lower bass Treble is very neutral with no EQ from zero impedance source! I hope CA keeps going in this direction with future Solaris and Andromeda updates. Typical for CA - best tone for BA iems on the market. No plastic-y timbre Very close to the same soundstage as the Andromeda 2020 VS Andromeda 2020: Andromeda has more bass- neutral, and extension all the way down Bigger soundstage with more separation between notes More resolving More dynamic Better tone Less recessed midrange and upper midrange, more neutral from bottom to top. But the Holocene has all the same traits of the Andromeda, just some weaknesses that are pretty fair for the price difference Mammoth - 1 DD, 2 BA Stupid glow in the dark BS is annoying and doesn’t even work. Also annoying cases that look like they were designed for toddlers. Pretty good bass with good extension but lacks the control of the og Solaris, a bit loose and muddy Recessed, cloudy, hazy vocals Very recessed treble to the point that it’s hardly there. There is not enough treble extension to portray any shimmer at all with cymbals, they are very dull Great soundstage, similar to the Holocene. Not as good as Andromeda or og Solaris TL;DR: Save up a bit and buy a used og Solaris this isn’t worth it. Satsuma - 1 BA Annoyingly skinny nozzle that doesn’t fit most tips. I had to use tips with a smaller stem that are more bass than most and probably did not do these iems any favors (Azla Sedna Earfit Light regular). Tip rolling could help with some of the bass emphasis A lot of muddy bass, quit a bit north of neutral and overwhelms the whole spectrum, bleeding Ito the midrange Pretty good treble extension, but not all the way there, a bit recessed, but with good tone and a kind of pleasing warmth Vocals are muddy and hazy and just a bit recessed not not bad as far as neutrality. Just lacking in resolution and clarity Upper mods are recessed. Guitars lack any bite whatsoever and are back in the mix Honeydew - 1 DD Annoyingly skinny nozzle that doesn’t fit most tips. I like this iem for what it is and I think others will too. It’s got no peaky nasties which from what I gather might be a first with a single DD iem? Pretty damn neutral with good tone. No upper midrange or lower treble nastiness. Just a slight treble emphasis. Slightly bass light, but tight, controlled detailed bass Lacks ultimate bass extension Vocals are neutral, not recessed, but sound a bit lean and have some sibilance at times from the treble emphasis Upper midrange is just ever so slightly recessed taking the edge off any harshness Pretty good soundstage but not great, behind all the others here. Sounds in my head, and doesn’t reach out outside the ears like most CA iems. Not very resolving Overall, they are pretty even and lack harsh peaks but are lean across the board, with an FR that is upward tilting. I’m using warm sounding tips too. I want more body and weight to the sound and more warmth. I think these were designed for foam tips. I managed to find some that sort of fit the annoyingly small nozzle With Foam Tips: Bass becomes neutral and accurate and punchy Midrange has more body and weight Treble remains a bit exaggerated Resolution is still lacking Soundstage is unchanged Doesn’t seem to loose any transient response like iems usually do with foam tips. Foam is definitely the way to go with these iems. I think these are a great choice for the price for those looking for a neutral DD iem. With foam tips. I think size T200 might be right but I’m not sure. I don’t have any T200 Comply tips to try. The Holocene and Honeydew are the standouts here and the only ones I can recommend, though with reservations. Less reservation with the Honeydew and foam tips, but the treble exaggeration bothers me. It won’t bother most people though.