Campfire Audio is a relatively new company in the IEM world, having come out as an offspring of ALO (Audio Line Out) Audio which itself started in 2009. The company prides itself on experimenting with different materials and techniques for the production of earphones, all of which are individually assembled by hand in Portland, OR (USA). The brand has been known for more premium offerings to date, so it was all the more surprising to hear of not one, but two new releases that are much more budget-friendly than the norm from the company. We take a look at the Satsuma today, and thanks to Campfire Audio for providing TechPowerUp a review sample!
The Satsuma is one of two new releases, with the other the Campfire Audio Honeydew that will be reviewed separately. The two might as well be twins in that the conceptualization for both had a common base—a back to basics ideology with a focus on such features as "customized acoustic chambers, full-range balanced armature drivers, and quality cabling over convenient add-ons, such as voice command and wireless capabilities" in the company's own words. The two are tuned quite differently, so treating them more like fraternal twins would be apt. Let's find out more about the Campfire Audio Satsuma in this review that begins with a look at the specifications in the table below.
|Campfire Audio Satsuma In-Ear Monitors|
|Shell:||3D printed ABS acoustic chamber in orange fizz color|
|Cable:||Silver-plated copper wiring|
|Driver Units:||Single full-range ported balanced armature driver|
|Sensitivity:||94 dB SPL @ 1 kHz: 67 mVrms|
|Frequency Response:||5 Hz–18 kHz|
|Impedance:||46.4 Ω @ 1 kHz|
|Cable Connectors:||3.5 mm TRS plug to source + two beryllium/copper MMCX plugs to earbuds|
|Cable Length:||4 ft/1.2 m|