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At round 7pm on day 2 of the AV Present in Hong Kong final August Ken Ball of Campfire Audio hunted in his bag for his subsequent “big project”.
One thing new, one thing particular however alas one thing nonetheless in his lodge room. It must wait to Day Three. A day during which yours really received the obligatory travel-induced head chilly and Ken acquired sucked right into a load of interviews.
Thus, a chance was missed to get a primary take heed to the prototype of their new hybrid $1499 flagship monitor, the Solaris.
Come October 2018 on the Japan Portafest, CA formally launched the Solaris and also you needed to be dwelling beneath an audiophile rock to not have seen some kind of protection on-line.
We did our preliminary impressions not lengthy after and it was fairly constructive at that early stage. Nevertheless, for a full evaluate, we would have liked to attend. Round 100 hours to be actual as a result of virtually everybody obtained the shout that issues change or enhance over time. So, was it well worth the wait?
Concord Of Preferences
Once we coated the Dorado I spoke concerning the two faculties of thought within the Campfire Audio ranks. You had the likes of Ken, an avowed dynamic driver lover with the Vega and Atlas to point out for it. Then there was the workforce that introduced you the Andromeda, the BA connoisseurs in the event you like.
Not that each teams have diametrically opposing viewpoints. In the event that they did, we might not have seen the hybrid Dorado which to my ears was somewhat extra to the musical bassy aspect of the spectrum. Properly, the hybrid quad-driver Solaris is as soon as once more a merging of the 2 philosophies solely this time the ambition is just a little larger and the expertise somewhat longer.
CA are pitching this newest hybrid as not solely their greatest in school supplies and drivers and a step up on the now discontinued Dorado but in addition a step up in tuning. This can be a tuning that they consider is way extra lifelike and correct than the Dorado. A extra balanced tuning that may attraction to a wider vary of audiophiles.
CA are pushing the Solaris as just about the kitchen sink when it comes to every part they’ve executed up thus far. Meaning options corresponding to T.A.E.C. or their tubeless acoustic enlargement chamber know-how is there for his or her high-frequency twin customized BA drivers.
The Atlas 10mm A.D.L.C. dynamic driver can also be there together with its Polarity Tuned Chamber particularly for dynamic driver tuning. I do have to notice immediately although that the tuning of the driving force is completely totally different to the Atlas. The Solaris additionally makes use of a single rear-ported midrange BA driver to finish the image.
The configuration of the Solaris drivers is just about what you anticipate for a quad hybrid. The dynamic 10mm cowl the lows to the mids, the only rear-ported BA for the mids, and the twin customized BA drivers, mixed with T.A.E.C. for the highs.
There’s truly solely a single crossover contained in the Solaris at 4k. I used to be anticipating one further crossover lower-down for the midrange driver however apparently not. Each the mids BA driver and the dynamic driver are “roaming free” as much as 4k.
The Solaris is CA’s largest housing up to now and positively a lot greater than the Atlas and Andromeda. It positively dwarfs the diminutive triple-driver hybrid Dorado although the Dorado does have a smaller dynamic driver inside.
The shape issue and design of the Solaris, nevertheless, is gorgeous wanting and maybe Campfire Audio’s greatest bodily construct up to now. It isn’t fairly as radical because the channel and fit-agnostic Comet or Atlas however it appears extra refined and complicated in its contouring. By refined I imply clean strains with nearly no edging making it instantly a extra snug wanting proposition.
Supplies & End
The Solaris is a Three-piece shell design with a 24Okay gold plated faceplate, a hanging PVD coated metallic alloy physique and a stainless-steel nozzle.
Each the primary physique and aspect of the faceplate have this very putting ribbed end that delivers a little bit of visible pop to the aesthetic of the Solaris construct. The one breaks in that contoured line end are the relatively pleasant channel markings that are spelled out in full left and proper moderately than L and R and a small screw on the opposite aspect.
The gold faceplate is nearly an ideal visible match for the gold-plated Sony 1Z DAP. Asia will go nuts for this end I guarantee you.
The nozzle additionally seems to be just like the one they use on the Comet and Atlas with that chrome end together with the entrance grill. It’s fairly brief with nearly all of the extension coming from the PVD most important shell. The extension is sort of wide-bodied however it appears design to take a seat a bit of additional out the place your ear canal is of course wider so it can improve the seal and safe the becoming.
The Solaris continues to make use of CA’s customized Beryllium Copper MMCX connectors although the positioning and integration on the shell are fairly totally different to the Dorado or Vega designs. Maybe barely nearer to the Atlas deep-set connector designs.
Not will you discover the older rear stem construct for the MMCX connectors on the Solaris. As an alternative, the connection is constructed proper into the shell very similar to the Atlas although near the highest for an over-the-ear becoming and with only a slight rise on the prime. This appears far sturdier and discreet than the older gen builds.
Having used these connectors fairly extensively with a variety of cables I can testify these are fairly sturdy connectors. I’ve not observed any degradation or lack of sign or loosening of the connection power.
These mating pins are constructed to final and far superior to typical softer brass connectors. Consider me, I’ve battered the Andromeda pins by continuously altering the cable for years they usually look and work nearly as good as day one.
This can be a new cable from Campfire Audio and is made from a Tremendous Litz wire which is a multi-sized stranded SPC Litz wire jacketed in a really good supple twisted PVC jacket. This can be a nice bodily construct truly and a step up on the aesthetics of the unique Litz wire that was packaged with the Andromeda and Vega.
It is available in a Three.5mm single-ended jack termination with matching beryllium MMCX connectors and a trendy chrome Y-split barrel and rubber cinch. The bodily noise ranges or ‘microphonics’ could be very low certainly, and while it does have the odd kin in it when unfolding I might lass it as very tangle resistant.
By itself, they promote it for $199, so not an affordable cable. You’ll be able to order further four.4mm and a couple of.5mm variations for a similar worth of their web site.
The Solaris bucks the Comet and Atlas fittings and opts for an over-the-ear solely becoming. It’s also a really intelligent design as a result of so little of it touches your ear thus negating any uncomfortable strain factors.
The Solaris is in a position to try this by way of its thicker nozzle design and tip system which each seals and secures housing by way of the ear canal fairly than the outer ear. There’s solely a small floor contact level on the base of the Pinna to offer stability to the Solaris when in your ear. The remaining is completed via the nozzle.
It does imply that the Solaris does stick out of your ear much more than the smaller designs of the Lyra, Dorado, et al. That does have some advantages although with regard to the cable. The precise design directs the cable out and away from most of your ear so you’ll not really feel the cable urgent in your ear aside from the purpose the place the reminiscence hooks crossover on the very edge.
The Solaris comes with the identical set of ideas because the Atlas which suggests no extra SpinFit which have been changed by Ultimate. The included ideas are:
- Last Audio E-Sort Ideas (xs/s/m/l/xl)
- Campfire Audio Marshmallow Earphone Ideas (s/m/l)
- Silicon Earphone Ideas (s/m/l) – Campfire Audio
As with the Atlas, the only bore silicone ideas are an enormous no for me. They homicide the sound high quality by providing subsequent to no seal and switch what’s a dynamic immersive sound into one thing akin to a Ferguson $30 Transistor Radio buried beneath two pillows. The impact is worse on the Solaris than it was on the Atlas so out they go.
The marshmallow foam ideas offers you the perfect seal and the warmest tone and the heavier bass response. They’re thunderously superior however for people who need a bit extra sparkle, the Remaining Sort E varieties are superb. I need to warn you to not stick the Remaining Sort E ideas in too far as they generally tend to shut up in smaller areas and block the sound. Only a mild insertion will do the trick.
That shouldn’t cease you from experimenting although and I do advocate you attempt some Symbio W (vast) ideas only for a bit variation.
Barely greater, barely “pimpier” and an altogether higher presentation for the Solaris packaging and equipment. Gone are the lovable little packing containers and in comes a heftier retail package deal a lot to the chagrin of logistics finances supervisor I guess.
Inside you the three luggage of ideas, a small blue tinged Solaris guide, the usual CA branded broach and a cleansing brush. You additionally get a unbelievable new carry case and what I name “a pair of IEM pants”.
The regulation “Huggy Bear” zipper carry case has gotten a lot greater than earlier variations. It’s nonetheless the identical styling however they’ve reverted again to the gorgeous darkish tanned leather-based of the Andromeda case which was by far my favourite model.
The interior “fur” lining stays the identical additionally simply you get much more area for the screens, cables, and ideas. You possibly can maybe even add a further cable in case you are into cable rolling.
Gone are the little purple luggage Campfire Audio beforehand used to guard the housing on their screens when contained in the field. As an alternative, we now have a variation on the padded mesh pouches they use on the ALO Audio aspect for his or her small moveable amps.
This can be a twin pocket black netting, sort of like a bottle service from quick meals retailers solely a lot smaller and cuter. It’s extremely reusable truly and will supply loads of safety for the Solaris’s lovely plating.
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