Campfire Audio has been on a bit of a roll lately with two twin releases to get the brand's least expensive set of IEMs out first in the form of the Satsuma and Honeydew. The Honeydew in particular did well in meeting expectations set forth by the company's marketing spiel, with the Satsuma coming off lacking even at the relatively low price point for the brand. Then I saw news of a second set of twin releases in a slightly higher price segment. This time, things were going bigger, brasher, bolder, and hippier, too! Enter the Mammoth and Holocene, and we now take a look at the Campfire Audio Holocene IEMs courtesy a review sample arranged from the brand!
The Satsuma and Honeydew were clearly named and colored based on the fruits, so when I heard of the Mammoth, I was expecting something larger and brown in color perhaps. Instead, we have brown reserved for the Holocene, and the Mammoth uses a dark blue color as seen separately. I admittedly had to look up what Holocene meant, with the name representing the current geological epoch. An epoch is a reference point in this sense, so Campfire Audio (or CFA as I shall refer to occasionally henceforth) is using a play on words by referring to the Holocene as a new reference point for Hi-Fi. We shall see for ourselves how this holds up in the review which begins with a look at the specifications in the table below.
|Campfire Audio Holocene In-Ear Monitors|
|Shell:||Machined aluminium body anodized in "umber" brown, black screws, black PVD-finished stainless steel spout|
|Cable:||Four-strand silver-plated copper Litz wiring with glow-in-the-dark accents|
|Driver Units:||(2) custom balanced armature drivers for mids/lows and (1) custom balanced armature driver for highs per side|
|Sensitivity:||94 dB SPL @ 1 kHz: 6.99 mVrms|
|Frequency Response:||5 Hz–20 kHz|
|Impedance:||5.4 Ω @ 1 kHz|
|Cable Connectors:||3.5 mm TRS plug to source + two beryllium/copper MMCX plugs to IEM buds|
|Cable Length:||4 ft/1.2 m|