I’ve now spent about 10 hours with the Polaris and I’m going to give some quick, initial impressions on them.
TL:DR. Fun, impactful IEM with impactful low-end. Forward upper mids with a warm but clean timbre. Has a warm sound signature that can bounce between warm and natural sounding with certain tracks. I would put this in the more comparable to Vega camp than the Andromeda although the low-end isn’t as boomy as the Vega. I much prefer the Polaris over the Comet at the time of this writing. I used both Spinfits and Comply for equal amounts of time and ended up choosing the Comply tips.
Build Quality and Finish
Typical Campfire Audio build. Very durable feeling. The blue anodized coating is absolutely gorgeous on the main shell and I wish it was the whole headphone. The screws stand out like sore thumb on the black ceratoke finish and I wish there was an effort made to conceal them a little more. The nozzle is a little longer than on the Andromeda which I found made for an easier, deeper fit. The beryllium MMXC connector found throughout Campfire’s lineup is also present with the Polaris.
The Polaris is a musical IEM with a fun sound signature. Its warm that can have a natural sound with certain songs. Its not quite v-shaped but it is close.
Bass: Excellent, impactful and full. Mid-bass is very present. I very much liked the punchiness present on the Polaris. With that being said, it mostly shines the 50 - 100 Hz region. Above 100Hz, the bass drops off steadily down to 800Hz-1kHz which means it doesn’t allow for any bleeding into the lower mids.
Mids: Mid-forward with instruments taking the backseat to male and female vocals. Wouldn’t recommend the Polaris if you are looking to do some acoustic listening. However the vocals do sound quite nice with the Polaris. Deeper voices don’t quite get their opportunity to shine but the higher frequencies are clear and detailed.
Treble: Surprisingly good. When I read up on the Polaris I wasn’t expecting myself to really notice a whole lot in the higher frequencies but everything sounds quite nice up there. Doesn’t have the sparkle of the Andromedas due to the treble being a little rolled off in the 5kHz-10kHz range. The climb to 5kHz is gradual though and is very pleasant with the upper mids and lower treble. Percussion sounds fantastic. The treble is very much in tune with what I enjoy and is not fatiguing in the least.
Overall my early impressions of the Polaris are quite good. They are a fun, musical IEM. If you are looking for a little more detail on guitar strings and in the mid-range, these probably aren’t for you. They are most certainly not analytical and they wouldn’t be great for in-depth critical listening. I am actually enjoying them more than the Vega though.
That’s just my quick two cents. At the end of the week I will be able to give a bit of a more thorough review.
P.S. We also just got something in today that I have been waiting for for quite some time. It has to take a backseat this week since we have a backlog of stuff to write, video and photograph but I can’t wait to open them up! Here’s a hint