Campfire Audio Andromeda in-ear Headphones - Official Thread

I got to try the Andromeda S (polished stainless steel) a couple days ago. They sounded really nice though maybe just a tad bassier than I like. Im grasping at straws too as it sounded really good but I’m sure the regular Andromeda would fit my needs just perfectly.

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I’ll trade you my beat up green Andros for your fancy steel ones :wink: lol

I use spiral dots with mine also and find them to be my favorite tips so far

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Hah they weren’t mine. It was a HeadFier who wanted to listen to the RHA CL2 planar iems. He let me try to AndroS and the Atlas. Those Atlas IEMs will knock you out with their bass punch. Holy smokes.

My new shiny IEM is the Kanas Pro, which is much much cheaper than Andromeda heh

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Nice! in all honesty, I don’t think I could give up the Andromeda at this point, I bought them used but have added my own patina to them with use, and I really like the sound signature, they are my primary IEMs…I really like the 64Audio stuff but can’t justify the price for how little I use IEMs. Now fun under $100 IEMs those can be purchased for fun, and as gifts for friends and family later on.

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The AndroS is more bassy that I too had hoped. I came from sampling the CK White variant, whose trebles are so breathy and spacious. I’m pretty sure I’d swap for a set of white. Regardless, S is a damned good all rounder.

I can’t thank you enough for meeting up. I really dodged a bullet by getting to try the CL2 before I went and did something so brazen as sell my sparklies for them.

Still have Kanas Pro on my radar. So much smooth beauty in their sound. Perfectly pleasant.

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I didn’t understand that the different colours had different signatures. Good to know.

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Yeah, man-- I just look at patina as a beautiful record of use. It’s like selvedge in your ear.

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What model are you having issues with?:
CA Andromeda

Describe your issue with the most detail you can:
Hello,

I recently purchased an andromeda and really digging the sound (maybe a future review after I spend a good amount of time with them), but I still haven’t found “the one” that fits my ears perfectly without ruining the sound.

So out of the ones that were provided, I prefer the sound of the small marshmallow tips, but can’t seem to get proper depth inside my ears.

Some of the silicone tips fit slightly better but it either sound base anemic or makes the treble too sharp for my music.

Would love to hear which tips worked for you and gladly take recommendations to try :slight_smile:

I usually use S size in IEM tips

Thanks in advance :blush:

How long ago was it purchased?:
a week ago

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I use Spiral Dots with majority of my IEMs, I know a lot of people really enjoy the Spinfits, but I couldn’t get those to work right for me. Where the Spiral Dots just seem to work great, and have a large bore size so they don’t get in the way of the drivers.

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I’ll try the Spiral dots, thanks! :smiley:

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I am a foam man myself. With the shorter bore iem’s its sometimes good to try large foams and let them sit in the outer ear if you can get a seal. At least try before you give up anyway. Just a suggestion.

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I can use foam longer, i.e. they are more comfortable. But for some reason they don’t last long with how I use them…I always tear them or they get all nasty too fast…to be fair…I mostly used foam tips for my workout IEMs… :laughing:

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I must just be lucky I guess. Mine seem to last quite a while but then I am very, very careful at how I remove them. I don’t seem to produce ear wax either at least I’ve never had a problem it. I hardly ever clean inside my ears as there’s never anything there. I must be odd. The rest of my family, wife and kids are just earwax factories.:grin:

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the larger foam was actually a great idea! It seems to stay in my ears better than the small ones! tysm for the suggestion!

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That’s great news. I am glad that you were able to find a solution.

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Campfire Audio has updated the accessories of the Andromeda for shipping in May of 2019. It now comes with a new case and their “Smoky Litz” cable that uses a formed ear-hook in lieu of memory wire. Check out the OP for full details.

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Campfire Andromeda Mini Review

The popular Campfire Audio Andromeda has been around for a few years now and I only recently had a chance to listen to the original green model. I had previously listened the Stainless Steel “S” model for a short period of time at a coffee shop, but they have slightly different sound signatures.

The Andromeda has also seen an overhaul of accessories lately, packaged with a new, easier to use cable, new carrying case similar to the IO I recently reviewed, and new box and paper packaging. The preview unit I received from The Headphone Community, was the older version of the Andromeda, as I got it just before the release of the 2019 refresh.

This review will be kept pretty short since this is an already popular IEM with plenty of discussion and reviews on the internet. What I do want to touch on are my own personal feelings towards this model.

The Build-Up

First off, I find the shallow nozzles to be a little annoying to fit. I ended up having to use longer tips to make up for the shallow depth, and it ends up being alright. The sharp edges of the shell make this IEM stand out however it occasionally does hit up against my ear and while not terrible, some people may find it discomforting.

Other than that, the build quality is excellent, despite seeing many photos of the color getting scratched and scuffed and fading away. It does add some natural beauty to it though, or at least I assume it would. The ones I borrowed are in perfect shape as they were brand new when I received it.

The Listens

Well, I must say, I came in to this with huge expectations, and at first, I was quite disappointed. The Andromeda wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. I happened to demo it the same time as Campfire’s Vega and Solaris, and I fell in love with Solaris’s balanced holographic sound with good fast and detailed bass.

The Andromeda has bass quantity and its quality isn’t bad either, but it doesn’t quite live up to the Solaris. The Andromeda is also super finicky with sources. Measuring it on a near zero output impedance source and one that is about 2.5 ohm creates two completely different soundscapes. One is quite bassy and even a tad muddy, while the other is more balanced but a little dull at the same time.

I guess my major points of contention for me are that the Andromeda has a very laid back tuning compared to what I generally prefer, with not a lot of upper mid presence and energy, but it makes up for it with a very controlled and steady sound that is both technical, decently wide, and detailed. The upper end treble is quite good, with just the right amount of glimmer and air that makes the IEM easy to listen to but addicting.

Wrap-Up

To me, I find the Andromeda to be in the same type of category as the Sennheiser HD6X0 series, where it’s steady, done well and rock solid, but it’s not quite what I was looking for at this time, but still - I can totally understand why it is enjoyable because it checks the box on so many levels. It doesn’t do a lot to truly excite me though, and that’s why I ended up choosing the Solaris over it. Nothing wrong with Andromeda though.

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