Campfire Audio Honeydew Review

 

 

The Campfire Audio Honeydew is the second in the company’s more budget-friendly earphones. We reviewed the newly released Satsuma, which was a single balanced armature IEM. The Honeydew does many things the same to keep the costs down, but this time it uses a single dynamic driver. Not a bad strategy as most people like one of these technologies over the other, so why not give the people options.

 

The New Body

The new body is designed to do a few things. Firstly it will bring the cost down as there is no need for expensive machining, what we see on Campfire Audios higher-priced IEM’sIEM’s. It also differentiates them from the other models in terms of what constitutes the premium end of their line.
The good thing is although the shells being made from plastic, it’s very high quality and dense ABS plastic. Its body is made with the same aesthetic and ergonomic ques as the more premium models, and it feels well made and robust. The color is also pretty cool with the Satsuma; it’s bright and vibrant and makes them stand out.

What’s on the inside?

The internals of this earphone consists of a single dynamic driver unit. It’sIt’s 10mm in diameter and gets set in one of the 3D printed acoustic chambers that Campfire uses to control the sound.

 

There is the obvious fact that with what is coming out of China these days for the same amount of money, you can get hybrid IEM’sIEM’s and state-of-the-art driver technologies like planar and EST (electrostatic) as well as multiple balanced armature units. This is something we will discuss later in this review of the Honeydew.

Accessories

 

The Honeydew comes with the usual excellent set of Campfire Audio Accessories. The case is lovely and a great way to store your earphones when not in use. The tips are all very high quality, and the cable is very well made despite it still tending retail memory and tangle.

Most of the extras are all Campfire Audio branded and made specifically for their products. No off-the-shelf stuff here.

Comfort and Isolation

The earphones are very comfortable for a few reasons. The use of plastic makes them very light, and within a few minutes of having them in your ears, you forget you have them in. As always with Campfire Audio, the ergonomics are on point, and they seem to fit in with no problems or effort. The insertion depth is medium, and combined with the monitor-style body covering most of the outer ear; it means they have above-average isolation, making them suitable for travel and commuting.

Sound Quality

Tuning is the thing that keeps me hooked on Campfire Audios products and one of the reasons why I so highly rate their Andromeda IEM’sIEM’s. In that regard, I think they excel when it comes to earphones that include dynamic drivers. The Honeydew fit right in with the brand’s house sound. They are warm, engaging, and intimate.

The enhanced bass on the Honeydew makes for a far more realistic presentation of the sound than you will find in the Satsuma. This is most evident in the way the Honeydew carries the sub-bass. It’sIt’s solid and impactful, yet the mid-bass is still able to retain good peed and texture.

The midrange is also excellent. A very easy to listen tuning with the presence of warmth making male vocals stand out. Strings and other instruments in this category sound excellent with beautiful decay to the not and overall rounded fullness to the IEM’sIEM’s that will make them handle most music well.

Highs are smooth and inoffensive roll-off in the top ends stops any hint of sibilance, but there is just enough energy to provide energy and contrast against the weighty low end.

Soundstage is medium; the smoothness of the top notes detracts from them being able to portray wide and expansive spacing, but it is by no means weak.

Imaging is good, as is clarity and detail, and Campfire has shown again that they can pull these characteristics from a Dynamic driver.

Overall an easy listen and fun when it wants to be with its ability to go deep on the bass—a Vega light in many ways.

The Elephant in the Room

Yes, you will lose out once again in all-out fidelity to Chi-fi earphones like the P1, which cost almost 100 dollars less. Chinese earphones are very, very good, and they have already established themselves as superior to many established brands when it comes to bang for the buck. China is leading the way in many ways in the budget market, far more than western brands. Campfire is an American company with American employees, development costs, etc.

Where Campfire Audio fights back, and this is not to be taken lightly, is aftercare, branding, and overall package quality. With the Campfire Audio Honeydew, you get everything you would need. Good quality cable, MMCX connectors, lots of high-quality tips, and accessories. Plus, the packaging and styling are very excellent.

Conclusion

The Campfire Audio Honeydew is a very lovely earphone, and it’s great to see a Campfire product for the masses. Overall they present themselves very well with an excellent punchy sound and warm tonality that many people are going to like.

It’s a lot of money for what it is, and there are other earphones out there that offer better sound for the price, but probably they aren’t going to be backed by any aftercare. They look great, are well made, and I like them.

Whether or not there will be worth the money to you should come around after making plenty of research and comparisons.

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