My primary audio player is the Opus#2 by Audio-Opus/theBit. It’s a great source for revealing the full potential of a transducer. The soundstage is enormous, and it renders everything down to micro details like a champion. Opus is neutral-warm, impeccably smooth and natural-sounding, with dynamics and extension for days. On this DAP, Jupiter shows you just how resolving it is, casting light on every detail, reaching a level of transparency any reasonable person could live happily ever after with. Of course, Audiophiles are not known as a community of reasonable folk.
The Cayin i5>Jupiter is a pairing I adore. All that meaty warmth and slamming bass kicks these IEMs into unrestrained, orgasmic musicality. Everything is so visceral, so passionate. You lose some detailing and transparency, the soundstage is not as big, but you don’t f**king care because the music overwhelms you. How can you be critical of something so seductive? It’s not easy. The i5 often makes Jupiter utterly irresistible.
If you’re looking for the highest resolution, clearest, most detailed sound without spending upwards of a grand, the Opus#1 is what I recommend the most. It’s the best sort of neutral, where you’re bombarded with energy and dynamism, and hear nothing dry or boring in the presentation. The combo with Jupiter is one of the finest semi-affordable systems you can get for detail and clarity, without sacrificing that scrumptious warmth many of us love so.
With iFi’s iDSD Black Label, you must turn iMatch up to Ultra Sensitive, or you won’t get much precision out of the volume wheel. Bass Boost is not needed, but 3D is a must. Without it, the stage gets flat, overly warm, and ultimately boring. With 3D flipped to the “On” position, the DAC sounds more like my Opus#2: Spacious, airy, and capable of superb layering and separation. I don’t understand why it’s even an option. The Black Label benefits too much from it. This pairing is quite smooth, with a splendid analogue quality. It’s also highly dynamic, packing serious energy in the bass and treble.
I hope you gather how much I like the Campfire Audio Jupiter. It may not be the best I’ve heard, or my favorite. That is still the 64Audio U12, which I didn’t include in the comparisons section because they are so different I saw no point. Yet even with “better” options on hand, Jupiter more than holds its own. It’s a top competitor in the mid-fi category. I shall have the Noble Sage and Empire Ears Spartan soon, and I can’t wait to see how they handle a beast like this. Jupiter is one impressive animal.