The Diamond Among the Cobbles – A Review of the Campfire Audio Jupiter

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::Disclaimer::
Campfire Audio provided Jupiter free of charge for the purpose of my honest review, for good or ill.

Jupiter Sells for $799.00 MSRP
www.campfireaudio.com


I’m wet right now. No, not in some tawdry innuendo sort of way. I just came in from a hellish downpour. All my clothes were soaked. I stripped, put on dry garb, and sat down to write this. There’s nothing quite like the transition from cold and wet, to dry and cozy. It’s a brand of contentment which outshines many of the more monumental moments in life.

That is the Campfire Audio Jupiter. The end.

Shit. I think CA might want more than that. They did give me an eight hundred dollar IEM, after all. Perhaps I ought to conjure a few more words on the matter.

My contact at Campfire is actually a Customer Support rep named JD. I dealt with him first when I reached out to ALO Audio about a review of their Reference8 IEM cable. Lo and behold, he replied to my email sent to Campfire also. CA and ALO are indeed one entity, it seems.

The request was simple. I’m looking for excellent examples of mid-tier equipment. Everybody writes about the flagships, and god knows I too hunger for them, but I seek to shine a light on the less-talked about pieces as well. So I requested they send out Dorado, since hybrids are new to me. Also, I asked if there was another IEM in their line they felt deserved more attention than it gets.

JD suggested Jupiter.

Both Dorado and Jupiter are amazing, in very different ways. But this week I’m really digging Jupiter, so that’s the review I’ll do fist.

The Campfire Audio Jupiter is a 4x Balanced Armature design. Two BA’s for the high frequencies, using their unique TAEC technology (Tuned Acoustic Expansion Chamber). One BA for the mids, and another for the bass.

It’s just about the perfect Goldilocks size for my ears. Not too big, not too small. I’d prefer a longer nozzle for deeper insertion, like Dorado. That’s the best universal fit I’ve ever found. But Jupiter works well. The inorganic, geometric lines are vaguely hostile, and can sometimes lead to discomfort. But for the most part, I find Jupiter an easy IEM to use for long hours.

The cable is brilliant, and would be considered an upgrade cable by any other manufacturer. It’s a light, thin, and supple, Silver-Plated Copper Litz, the kind you simply forget you’re wearing.

Included in this bundle is a handsome carry case. Hardened leather on the outside. Fluffy wool on the inside. Very nice. They are now my favorite IEM cases. WAY more sexy than Pelican containers. Though not as indestructible, let alone water-proof.

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Pinky is an artsy twat. Illustration, graphic design, writing. Yet music escapes him, and always has. He builds his own cables, and likes to explore the craftsmanship of others. He's a stabby one, also. At the first hint of annoyance, out comes the blade. I say he's compensating for something... in a big bad way. If we all try really hard as a collective, maybe we can have him put down.

6 Comments

  1. Mario on

    Thank you for your review.

  2. Bots on

    Digging the Mary Poppins reference

  3. TA. on

    Burn-in?
    When will you so-called educated audiophiles stop believing in nonsense?
    It has been proved not to exist.
    Apart from that, your review is barely acceptable, tending to praise the Noble (overrated as it is..) more than discuss the (also overrated and overpriced) piece of Campfire Audio.
    Pinkypoofter can do better.

    • Pinky Powers on

      These reviews are a narrative of my experience with a piece of gear. In the case of Dorado, I heard clearer vocals after so many of hours of burn-in. So I shared that. I will not censor my experience to keep in line with your expectations.

    • Jason on

      Are you seriously trying to say that “burn in” does not exist for dynamic drivers? Because, that’s what the author was referencing.

      Owning CA hardware myself… I, too, experienced a difference in sound quality, via tone separation and sound stage, over the course of 150hrs of burn in.

      Your comment reeks of immaturity. Please take your temper tantrums elsewhere.

    • Colin on

      And where is this proof? There is none!

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