Campfire Audio Satsuma and Honeydew enter the market this week as part of a new set of budget IEMs offered by the Portland-based earphone maker. Encased in “orange fizz” and “mellow yellow” shells, the duo add to the extensive line of audiophile offerings including the Andromeda – one of our favorite $1k pieces.
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As the quality and sophistication of consumer playback systems and streaming technologies continues to rapidly advance, Campfire Audio believes that many consumers are seeking a ‘back to basics’ approach with their audio — favoring features such as customized acoustic chambers, full-balanced armature drivers and quality cabling over convenient add-ons such as voice command and wireless capabilities. Both the ‘orange-fizz’ colored Satsuma and the ‘mellow-yellow’ colored Honeydew earphones are characterized by their superior acoustic performance and instantly recognizable design aesthetic.
“Both the Satsuma and Honeydew feature design characteristics that are also present in our higher priced audiophile earphone models,” explained Caleb Rosenau, Vice President of Campfire Audio. “With the launch of these two affordably priced earphone models, our intention was to help consumers become more focused on the emotional impact of their music, rather than on features that enhance connectivity.”
Satsuma and Honeydew are distinguished in the marketplace by offering uncommon features at these price points, including patented 3D-designed acoustic chambers, full-balanced armature drivers and ultra-high-quality cabling. Campfire Audio’s entire line of earphones are designed and manufactured in Portland, Oregon, USA and recognized by discerning audiophiles around the world for their sound quality, craftsmanship and iconic design.
Satsuma: a highly balanced and natural translation
The ‘orange-fizz’ colored Satsuma features an aesthetically similar presentation to Campfire Audio’s higher-end range of products, characterized by the company’s unique 3D printed acoustic chamber design. This chamber helps to optimize frequency response curves emanating from the unit’s full-balanced armature driver. Sonically, Satsuma is characterized by highly focused mid-band frequencies, a tightly controlled bass response and slightly enhanced highs — without the harshness. Satsuma’s clear and balanced sound make it well-suited for almost any musical genre, particularly rock, pop, classical or jazz. It’s lightweight design and comfortable fit make it equally suited for listening while on the go.
Honeydew: bountiful bass and high-octane performance
Meanwhile, the ‘mellow-yellow’ colored Honeydew — which also features Campfire Audio’s patented 3D printed acoustic chamber — was designed with a bass-forward frequency response that R&B, Hip Hop and EDM fans will appreciate. Built expressly for music lovers who crave a punchy and highly detailed bass response that is both fast and dynamic, Honeydew has the lower frequencies covered thanks to a custom-designed 10mm LCP diaphragm dynamic driver.
Both Satsuma and Honeydew feature innovative material selection, eye-catching colors, high-quality cabling, and incredible reliability — making them perfect for listening to your music at home, at work or while on the go in your everyday carry. The overall product presentation — from the sophisticated packaging to the colorful, soft- lined pouch and generous selection of tips to match any size ear — speaks to Campfire Audio’s commitment to its craftsmanship and the customer experience.
Satsuma and Honeydew’s rigorous build quality— minus the connectivity frills — means they will continue to deliver stellar performance for the hours, days and years ahead. The weight and strength of its high-end ABS plastic means that the units can withstand even the most demanding conditions. The absence of wireless features and voice commands mean there are no batteries and fewer electronic components that can fail over time.
The Campfire Satsuma retails for $199 and the Campfire Honeydew is $249. Both are available now direct from the Campfire Audio site.
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