In the latest of the next two reviews, we will be directing the focus to Campfire audio and the Honeydew and Satsuma which are the companies latest single 10mm dynamic driver earphones that cost £249 for the Honeydew and £199 for the Satsuma.
In this review, we will be focusing on the more expensive Honeydew offering. On first impressions, the honeydew offers a fresh and summery style and provides excellent audio performance and a level of bass that will be right up the street for bass fans and will top any pair of wired earphones.
The campfire audio Honeydew comes in a cardboard box with a 70’s style branding with a picture on the box. Inside the box, you get a vine green zipper carry case along with a box of accessories.
Inside that box, you get the drivers and a smoky lite cable and the following accessories:
- Final e-tips (XS/S/M/L/XL)
- Foam Marshmallow tips (S/M/L)
- Silicone Single tips (S/M/L)
- 3x Cushioned pockets for the monitors and foam tips
- Cleaning Brush
The Honeydew monitors have an angular 3D printed housing in a mellow yellow finish with geometric facets giving them an eye-catching futuristic exterior. Inside the earphones, you get a 10mm full-range dynamic driver with bio-cellulose diaphragms that provide a range of 5Hz to 18KHz.
The audio is delivered via the 4.8mm stainless steel spouts that the buds fit into. The detachable cable is made of beryllium/copper MMCX connections which are also with the Satsuma option. The cable also uses a black aluminium splitter barrel with a matching chin cinch that articulates very simply and stays in place. The cable also has a black memory coating which means it’s a firm touch cable offering weight reduction at the same time.
I have been testing these for the last few weeks now and every time I have used them I was surprised with the comfort. I expect it’s down to the smaller size and resin used to create the shells as a factor. I also think the smaller stainless steel spout seems to allow more of the foams to dig in a bit deeper.
This provides plenty of workable space which means the buds are not pressing too much on the cartilage of the inner ear. The buds also provide great isolation; the depth of the sprout is just right and with the foam tips it offers a nice level of comfort as well as providing a decent seal from unwanted noise.
When listening to a wide range of songs such as Candy Paint by Post Malone the Honeydew earphones deliver an accurate low-frequency paired with detailed highs. At parts of the song, they provide some intense bass that adds to the overall song experience.
It’s not just bass-heavy songs they perform well something like Alice Merton – No Roots it provides us with a sense of the general sound signature from the Honeydews. The drums used in this some adds some additional bass heft without it feeling too much. Alice Merton’s vocals have added some low to mid richness. The vocals are delivered cleanly and without any added sibilance that will be welcomed by most listeners. Also, a welcome addition and the mids to highs are also nicely defined.
However, the focus of the Honeydews when listening to a wide range of music is the bass. When listening to Orchestral tracks from John Adams for example the honeydew sound full-bodied track with higher-register strings will be pleased but you do notice a bass presence on this track that might annoy some listeners. However, if you want a warm sound signature that has less high-mid and high-frequency presence these are for you.
To summarise the audio quality the honeydew is an out and out bass head pair of earphones that are sub-bass heavy perfect for those who enjoy the lows.
The Campfire Audio Honeydew earphones are bass-forward in-ear monitors with a cool design and lots of in-ear accessories. If I had to find some negatives the cable might be a little short for some and it would have been useful to have an adaptor for use on mobile without a headphone jack. That aside the honeydew IEM’s are a strong value for money pair of earphones if the bass is your most important factor to come out of their audio feed. So if you are all about the bass get over to Campfire Audio for some honeydew.
- Design: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars
- Comfort: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars
- Audio Performance: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars
- Value for Money : 5.0 out of 5.0 stars
Overall Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars
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