For a while now, the Campfire Polaris has been absent from store shelves. Meanwhile, rumors abounded that the affordable icon would be getting a minor facelift. The Polaris II comes in a new box with a bit more bulk but better construction than the former design. Holding the earphones in my hand, they exhibit a solid feel. Sporting a semi-reflective housing, the look seems a bit sleeker than the original Polaris, though the dimensions are the same.
Fit appears perfect, and the Polaris II sits just fine inside my big radar-dish ears. While Campfire claims the cabling is all-new, this amounts to a darker jacket over a silver-plated copper litz cable. In terms of drivers, the Polaris II features the same hybrid design — with one dynamic driver and one BA driver. These specs reveal a fairly standard frequency range, but perhaps with a little extra emphasis on the low end. Nominal impedance sits at a low 17 ohms, making this efficient IEM a good candidate for smartphones or personal players.
Where volume is concerned, a solid dB should keep you sitting pretty in most listening situations. With punch and zazz, the Polaris II offers an energetic low end that remains emotive yet articulate. Hip hop and rock tracks practically demand multiple listening sessions, but any track with something going on in the low end still benefits from this sound. Instead, vocals and instrumentation here register incredibly distinct and contrasting.
Slightly overshadowed but never quite overwhelmed by the lows, the mids sound just slightly forward — resulting in a rich, mesmerizing midrange.
In the highs, the Polaris II offers the same highly-detailed performance found in the lows and mids. To be honest, I was expecting a dash of roll-off in this high end, but everything registers sharp and clear. And with that in mind, the sound never becomes too sharp or harsh, opting instead for a tempered high end that nails every nuance while keeping things comfortable.
Every instrument seems to pop out and assume a finite realm of space, while vocals drift like a gossamer over that landscape of vying and rippling notes. As mentioned earlier in this review, the Polaris II really shines with rock and hip-hop, where the energetic low end can really stretch its legs. But pretty much every genre sounds great piping through this earphone — electronica and pop benefit from the immaculate highs and lows, while classical and jazz take advantage of that lush midrange.
Even the dulcet tone of a banjo on bluegrass tracks seem a bit more musical when pushed through the Polaris II. Fit remains crucial and Campfire goes a long way to make this a relatively-painless task.
While a ton of tips including Final E-Type and even some memory foam are included with the Polaris II, the nozzle is wide enough to accommodate many third-party tips, like SpinFit a personal favorite.
What if you find yourself tossing and turning at night, craving a rich, detailed sound with one helluva low end? And a bass response that makes your eyes roll up to the back of your head and causes you to speak in strange tongues? Well, look no further. The Polaris II is just the shot in the arm ear? While not as accurate or flat as other IEMs at this price, the delicious warmth and transcendental soundstage offer a far more engaging listening experience.
However, for what it offers, the Polaris II should be priced much, much higher. My take? Find out how you can become a sponsor here. Sign in.After the launch in Japan, I had the opportunity to work with a distributor to launch these two models in Singapore.
This is an amazing experience for me because of the support from the Campfire Audio fans. I have been impressed by Campfire Audio since the first launch of OrionJupiter and Lyra and also had some experience with the previous generation of Polaris V2.
The sound signature had changed significantly in this new version of the Polaris V2. I compared the new packaging with my pioneer generation packaging from Campfire Audio Nova and the differences are significant. The new packaging is more grand and classy as compared to the old packaging which focuses more on simplicity.
Campfire Audio changed their design approach of the box and IEMs — mainly on the color theme.
Now the box, case, and IEMs will have the same color. You can identify the models from far based on either the box, case or the shell color immediately.
The palette of choice for Polaris V2 is one of my favorite — Blue. The outer layer of the packaging is a sleeve with a sticker which consists of the IEMs, model, and brand. The sleeve can be opened up by removing the small round sticker at the back of the sleeve. After opening the sleeve, the presentation of the inner box is amazing. Words cannot describe the beauty.
Opening the box, you will find a blue leather case with the Polaris V2 sitting inside. There is a major change in the case — it looks like a blue curry puff I like this description, it is from one of my co-worker. I like the new case. It is more spacious as compared to the squarish case. This could be useful for you to keep your IEMs and prevent them from being scratched.
The color is very eye-catching. I fall in love with it on the first-sight — simply lovely. The anodized body has a better resistance towards scratches. Within the 2 months of usage, it had remain scratch-free. The Polaris V2 has a black stainless steel spout or nozzle which improve the durability of the nozzle. As I mentioned in my previous review for Simgot EK3the connector and the nozzle are the weakest points on the IEMs and the implementations successfully improve the overall build quality.
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I am not affiliated with Campfire Audio and the review reflects my honest opinion on the Polaris. Introduction: Not needed. Campfire Audio is a company that is already known throughout the audiophile community with many well-praised products and the recent hype for the Solaris.
The Polaris, released back inseems to have been forgotten and apparently discontinued out of stock on the website. I have got a chance to demo a unit back in Canjam RMAF and, though for a short listen, was impressed with the tuning though I wished I could get more ear time with it. Fit: Briefly, the Polaris fits better than the Andromeda to my ears due to longer nozzles — better isolation and more secure fit with final audio e-type tips.
Reactions: smaragdszoreJesusCrew and 4 others. ExpatinJapan 4. Pros : Great sound, decent length nozzle, excellent build, non fatigue soft v sound. Cons : V sound signature not for everyone.
This review took a while to come out, not through a lack of interest or fascination towards the Polaris, but its arrival was eclipsed by the release and subsequent arrival on the doorstep of Head pie HQ by a trio of awesomeness.
But finally Polaris has it day and shows it not lacking in either stylings or sound. Beryllium Copper provides a robust mating mechanism; one that is typically made from soft brass. This selection of a harder material extends the life of component and the earphone. Specifications 20Hz—20kHz Frequency Response Sound As per usual the Campfire Audio Polaris has been put through its paces and been allowed time to break or burn in to satisfy the whims of those that care about such esoteric matters and for those who do not, well no harm done.
The Polaris as we have seen from specifications in an earlier section consists of a 8.Will the Polaris suit your listening style? You may notice that the shells on the Polaris are a little smaller than they are on the famous Andromeda. So, even the tiny ears out there should find the fit okay.
Using the foam tips, I also found the sound isolation to be pretty effective as well. Foam tips work especially well with the Polaris, as they ease the high peaks and highlight the bass frequencies. The Polaris is a hybrid design, employing a 9. The shells are held together with black PVD screws, adding to the hard-core look of the build. Make no mistake. These buds are paired with a Silver-Plated Copper Litz cable. Like all Campfire models, the Polaris is super easy to drive, allowing your iPhone to push the volume to dangerously high levels.
Careful kids! The frequency range is 5 Hz — 20 kHz. So, in theory, you can expect yuge lows. And there was enough sub-frequency response to do justice to hip-hop as well.
While cellos in this range sounded natural, revealing nice texture, deeper toned instruments like double basses were so heavy that some of the subtleties in timbre were lost.Campfire Audio Polaris V2 vs Sennheiser IE80 Comparison
And the upper mids are slightly favored, bring vocals a touch forward in the mix. You can expect some nice fullness when listening to big rock and pop-rock songs. But moving on to folk, guitar strums in the lower mids are a little cloudy.
That being said, once we reach the higher midrange, separation becomes much cleaner, and acoustic instruments have tons of transparency and resolve. Combined with the punchy bass, the sparkly, crispy highs bring a freqload of snap to pop tracks.
And despite the warm low-end, this is not at all a dark sound signature. Strings had good transparency in this range, while vocals enjoyed a nice airiness and fluidity. In true Campfire fashion, the Polaris presents a grand soundstage with plenty of dimension, especially with respect to width and depth.
Instrument placement is meticulous, offering a colorful and thoroughly holographic musical experience. In fact, I think few brands can produce such a majestic soundscape for the price.Back in when I reviewed the original Polaris, I was blown away.
It was both fun and capable, yet there were a few qualities I was not particularly fond of. Over time I also found the mid-range could come across dry and unnatural.
Regardless, it made for one heck of a listen, all wrapped with that distinctive Campfire Audio design. Is it an upgrade over the original? Does it paste the same stupid grin across my face when listening to EDM?
Or, was it downgraded to fall in line with the USD lower price? Thanks to Caleb with Campfire Audio for arranging a sample of the Polaris for the purposes of review. The thoughts within this review are my own subjective opinions based on time spent listening to the Polaris throughout the last two months.
They do not represent Campfire Audio or any other entity. At the time of writing the Polaris retailed for USD. I listen primarily to various EDM sub-genres liquid drum and bass, breakbeat, drumstep, etc. My preferences for earphone tuning are quite relaxed and as such their is no one signature I look for.
I generally listen at very low volumes, so keep this in mind when perusing my thoughts on how an earphone sounds. The Polaris II is quite sensitive and easy to drive. No amp needed. When it comes to packaging, Campfire Audio has changed things up this time around.
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The spirit of their past designs are still in place as they follow the same astronomical theme, but the format has changed.
Similar to the Solaris, the Polaris comes in a fairly large, shallow square box. This box is covered by an exterior sheath, sealed shut by a bronzed black Campfire Audio seal on the back. One more sticker is present around the side containing company info, another image of the Polaris, among other details that may or may not be important to the average consumer.
Breaking the seal, the sheath unfold like the pedals of a flower revealing the main box inside. Lifting out the box, you will notice the inner sheath is printed with the CA logo dead centre, blackened rays exploding outwards. Beneath all this is your warranty card and a manual. In all you get:. Overall this is an outstanding unboxing experience, as is always the case with Campfire Audio.
Overview Reviews 5 Gallery. Watermelon Boi 4. Pros : Thick, bold sound with crystal clear highs -Immersive, vibrant signature -Great set of accessories. I am not affiliated with CA and none of my words were modded or asked to be changed. Reactions: ActuallySparky and andred. ActuallySparky "Some may find the sound a bit exaggerated" is an understatement. The Polaris are unapologetically exaggerated. It's their main selling point! ActuallySparky 4.
Pros : A fun sound signature for bass-heavy music Comfortable fit Excellent build quality Reasonable stock cable. Cons : Not super detailed Tuning is not ideal for all genres of music Wind noise.
Long time reader, first time head-fi reviewer. Hopefully this is helpful to someone out there! I'm a basshead who generally likes fun, V-shaped sound signatures. That's not to say I can't appreciate clean, neutral sound too, but when I'm listening to electronic or rock music, I value a punchy low end that rattles my brains around. If you like thunderous, seismic midbass, and generally listen to music with thudding basslines, you'll like the Polaris.
If you don't like meaty, impactful bass then my goodness, you'll hate the Polaris. You know those old land yachts that people put way too many subwoofers in and drive around rattling neighborhood windows?
Yeah, that's what the Polaris is, but with just enough Dynamat applied to keep the car from rattling itself into oblivion.
When you wear them, your head shakes just like the frame of that poor car. Polaris renders deep, slamming midbass and lots of it. Beyond having tons of volume, the lower frequencies are rendered with good texture and a warm, meaty tone.
This much focus on the low end is a love it or hate it quality, and I personally love it. Where Campfire's tuning expertise shines through is that even with all that rumbly bass, the mids and highs are still quite distinct and aren't smothered into oblivion.Outstanding sub-bass extension and power, Gorgeous build and design, Upholds a relatively natural midrange.
Not balanced in the slightest, Bass bloat is present due to its tuning, Male vocals quite laid back and occasionally muffled.
The new Polaris provides a fun sound without compromising driver quality, retaining a mostly natural vocal image and highs that possess newfound cleanliness and nuance. With designs hand-assembled in Oregon, a hallmark of Campfire Audio has always been their build quality and stunning combinations of colours and shapes.
The Polaris was among their first hybrid driver offerings and brought with it acoustic developments that enabled cutting edge designs like the flagship Solaris. Campfire has since updated their line-up to include the Polaris II. In addition to completely redesigned internals featuring an upsized 9. You can read more about the Polaris II and treat yourself to one here.
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I would like to thank Campfire Audio very much for their quick communication and for providing me with the Polaris II for the purpose of review. All words are my own and there is no monetary incentive for a positive review. Despite receiving the earphones free of cost, I will attempt to be as objective as possible in my evaluation. Buyers receive a similar zippered case to the IO in matching cerulean blue with signature faux shearling interior that prevents scratches during transit.
The box also contains a Campfire Audio shirt pin alongside 3 pairs of marshmallow foam tips, 3 pairs of silicone tips and 5 pairs of Final Audio E-tips. It would come as little surprise that the Polaris II looks gorgeous, carrying the signature Campfire Audio aluminium shell in stunning cerulean blue. This is topped off with black stainless steel nozzle, an upgrade over the plastic unit on the original, and flat black screws.
The Polaris II looks sporty and clean, a huge step up over its two-tone predecessor. The machining is also improved with more rounded corners, smoother edges and a more even finish across its flat planes.
In the ear, the earphones are comfortable and sit at just the right angle. The slightly longer but slimmer nozzles permit a deeper fit than past Campfire earphones and the seal remains just as solid. Combined with an over-ear fit, the Polaris II has terrific fit stability combined with excellent passive noise isolation, especially for a vented earphone. They isolate more than the original Polaris making them a much better choice for commute, especially when combined with their bassy tuning.
The venerable Beryllium reinforced MMCX connectors make a return and along with them, solid action, even tension and excellent reliability. The cable, however, sees some refinements as with the IO and Andromeda. Furthermore, the awkward memory wire of previous models has been replaced with pre-moulded guides that hug the ear with greater confidence and comfort.
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This is topped off with excellent build quality throughout from the well-relieved 3. Weight, power and clarity. Lower-mids see large attenuation, heightening separation and preventing midrange muffle. Meanwhile, focus is put around the upper-midrange, redeeming vocals presence and clarity.
The result is a more natural and refined presentation if at the cost of more clearly laid-back vocals. Powerful sub-bass extends deep below the audible and into the perceived with sizable quantity emphasizing this quality, this is where emphasis has been increased most. Mid-bass retains highest quantity but with newfound harmony with the sub-bass, creating huge notes and a plump, warm low-end but also a slightly more natural presentation.
Meanwhile, upper-bass begins a reasonably sharp decline into a recessed lower-midrange. In particular, the Polaris II has excellent bass control and quicker decay that prevents its large bass notes from spilling into each other, upholding respectable note separation.
Though not the most defined low-end, the Polaris II retrieves an impressive amount of detail and it is well-textured throughout. The earphone is clearly tuned for fun and seismic impact over accuracy, however, Campfire offers a wealth of more balanced models for users wanting such.
Instead, the Polaris II is a celebration of the bombastic, verbose and full of character. From the flawed foundation of the original comes the sequel, more mature, more composed. Though almost identical to the original through the midrange, increased bass warmth creates a significantly more natural presentation here.