I would like to thank Ken from Campfire Audio for providing the Dorado and Vega in return for my honest opinion.
Campfire’s Andromeda took the audiophile community by storm in 2016, becoming an instant hit almost immediately following its release. It took me a while to hear one, but when I finally did I understood all the commotion: the Andromeda simply sounds very good. There’s a little bit for everyone in the mix; some nice bass, a full midrange, a nice bit of shimmer in the upper midrange, and an energetic treble to match.
But surprisingly, it didn’t take Campfire long to launch not one but two new flagship models: Vega and Dorado. While Dorado consists of a hybrid design using the beryllium dynamic driver previously used in the Lyra, the Vega was designed from the ground up: a new non-crystalline diamond dynamic driver. Following the success of Andromeda, it’s time to take a look at the new recruits.
Campfire Audio Dorado Campfire Vega
-Design: 1 DD & 2 BA drivers -Design: Single dynamic driver
-Frequency range: 5 KHz – 27 KHz -Frequency range: 5 KHz – 22 KHz
-Impedance: 15 Ohm -Impedance: 17.5 Ohm
-Sensitivity: 107 db -Sensitivity: 102 dB
-MRSP: $999 -MRSP: $1299
Vega and Dorado share an identical packaging, including the outer box. In fact, the only difference between them is a designated label with their name on it. Similar to the other Campfire offerings, the iems come in a smallish box that contains the carrying case with the included iems, as well as a subcompartment for the accessories. However, this time Campfire has included an adorable little velvet red pouch for each side of the earphone, like a tiny royal sleeping bag. Undoubtedly to protect the housings from scratching en route. I don’t know if it’s based on past experience and they decided to upgrade the packaging as a precaution, or if it’s because the new liquid alloy housings are more prone to scratching, but it’s a very thoughtful addition to ensure they arrive with the same quality as that they left.
Campfire includes Spinfits, as well as foamies and regular silicone tips to offer most users enough possibilities. My guess is most enthusiastic audiophiles used to universals will have their own collection to complete that as well if anything is missing. I tend to use either the Spinfits or a pair of Spiral Dots I had lying around. Besides tips, Campfires adds the standard cleaning tool as well as a pin with the Campfire logo. Represent! One of the most important accessories for me is always the carrying case, and I’m a fan of Campfire’s stylish carrying cases lined with wool. The new flagships come with a timeless black case that looks very nice (although I prefer the classy champagne brown case of Andromeda if I had to pick). Finally, Campfire includes the familiar quality quad-braided white SPC Litz cable. The cable is light-weight, flexible, and durable.
For their new iems, Campfire created shells from a liquid alloy metal housing – an industry first. The two iems have the same shape, albeit with different colors; a coppery light brown for Dorado, and a classic silver-colored housing for Vega. The only difference between them is the length of the nozzle, with Dorado’s being a few mm longer. Accordingly, Dorado protrudes a bit further out of the ear. Similar to rest of the lineup, the housings follow a modern industrial design. But the new housings trade the edgy, straight lines of Andromeda for softer curves; the front section consists of an ‘aerodynamic’ rounding. More importantly, they’re a good deal smaller and even feel a bit petite compared to the large customs I’m used to. While I never had problems with fit, my guess is nobody will have complaints about the new smaller shape.