Campfire Audio Mix Wave MW10 The Andromeda MW10 is a Japanese exclusive for Mix Wave Co LTD released in fourth quarter 2019. It is a limited edition with a 500 unit run. On other sites and blogs it has reached somewhat mythical proportions of being the ‘best’ Andromeda. Being that it is a limited release with limited access, this version of the Andromeda has been a bit of an unknown for a long while. Thanks to @rhythmdevils and his personal tour, we at SBAF can find out just how good the MW10 is and where if fits in the Andromeda universe. The MW10 is an Andromeda through and through. My understanding is that it’s the same 5 balanced armatures, however it was the first Campfire Audio IEM to use the ceramic acoustic 3D printed chamber. The Mix Wave website describes the main change in tuning as mainly the mid-high range but as measurement and impression should show, there is significant difference in bass as well. Being a limited edition model, the MW10 received its own gorgeous blue color called Strato Blue. The faceplates screws are 24-karate gold-plated and the CA logo is an Avalon inlay, which shows different colors depending on the angle viewed. It really is, arguably, the most beautiful of the Andromeda variants. Picture from the Mix Wave website: Comparison vs Andromeda OG via Mac Mini >> Pi2AES (via AES) >> RME ADI-2 PRO FS R Upon initial switching, the greater bass and treble emphasis is immediately heard. The MW10 is quite bassy in my estimation. OG bass is obviously more linear, if a bit softer, whereas the MW10 bass hits much harder and also rumbles more. But it’s the harder mid bass impact that is much more apparent. Impact and rumble levels aside, bass texture is very similar between the two. MW10 male vocals carry just a bit more weight than OG but more noticeable is the more intimate closeness to the vocal on MW10, which I contribute to slightly greater lower midrange/upper bass presence. Female vocals also carry more upper mid energy on the MW10, lending to a more forward and energetic presentation as well. Not only are these difference apparent with vocals, but the midrange of the MW10 is also clearer and less hazy, albeit at the expense of some increased sibilance. Rock guitars have similar crunch but the MW10 has more bite and attack. While the MW10 is more articulate and separated in the midrange, the MW10 looses a bit of the unique wall of guitar sound the OG has. Treble is probably the greatest difference between the two, as the MW10 seems to have a lot more of it. While the timbre of the MW10 treble is very good, its tonal balance is skewed a little bright. In the past, where I’ve describe the OG as a downward sloping U shape, the MW10 comes across a strong W shape without the downward slope. Don’t get me wrong, the treble of the MW10 isn’t as strong as say the 64 Audio Fourte, or even the Solaris 2020, so we don’t have overt splashiness or cringing brightness here but if OG treble was too strong for you, then you can definitely skip the MW10. However, if you wanted more excitement in both bass and treble from Andromeda OG, then perhaps MW10 is what the doctor ordered. While the MW10 maintains the above average staging of the Andromeda lineage, there are some noticeable differences. The MW10 comes across as more forward and intimate, albeit within a more defined space and better imaging. The OG still comes across wider, while the MW10 taller with mostly similar depth between the two. I don’t have the Andromeda 2020 on hand but I suspect the 2020 will remain the most technically adept of all the Andromeda models. Legacy At the end of the day, the MW10 definitely seems to have improved on many of the OG’s technical capabilities. However it comes at a slight cost of exaggerated tonal balance. The stronger bass and treble sounds a bit less natural to me in direct comparison. However it is certainly loads of fun and it’s seriously good looking. While I could certainly understand some preferring this tuning to the OG and the 2020, I see the 2020 model as the better successor to the OG due to its more evenhandedness; even if sentimentally I still prefer the OG over all of them for its unrivaled treble performance. For me, the myth of the MW10 is exactly that- a myth due to its limited regional release. Rather, it’s just another variant (albeit a very good variant), with its own pluses and minuses, in the (legendary?) lineage of the Campfire Audio Andromeda.