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The ‘Golden’ Hybrid In-Ear Monitor Returns, with a ceramic Shell + machined brass spout, a single custom balanced armature driver and 10mm A.D.L.C. diaphragm dynamic driver.
Give yourself the freedom to have fun listening to music again.
Since 2016 – Dorado’s original release – Campfire Audio has developed a remarkable series of high-fidelity hybrid IEMs that have gone from niche to popularized as some of the very best in the world. The Campfire Audio Dorado 2020 breathes new life into the name and the legacy of the original with a fresh take on its classic hybrid design. One balanced armature and one dynamic driver. No cross-over, no complications. They've found these distilled pairings reproduce sound more faithfully, with improved resolution and better cohesion than those with over-complicated cross-over schemes. The result is a detailed yet natural sound that is resolving and emotionally engaging, a true hybrid in design and sonic presentation!
Cascade delivers exceptional musicality and openness. It has a soundstage that expands well beyond the listening space. It possesses sonic traits not found in typical closed-back headphone designs. Specially crafted custom drivers are at the heart of Cascade. Powerful and impactful sound with excellent speed and micro-detail retrieval. Superior highs extend over precise and controlled bass notes.
In 2015, Campfire Audio was the first company to introduce a ceramic body earphone with the original Lyra. With the new Dorado and Vega, they've returned to this excellent material. Ceramic is a dense material. That’s part of its appeal when designing an earphone. The density pairs well with dynamic drivers because it doesn’t let vibrations run wild. It also has the added benefit of ownership by being extremely scratch-resistant.
The ceramic shells get their strength through a sintering process. Two days are spent at 600 degrees, followed by three days at 1200 degrees. This extended exposure to high heat dramatically reduces the parts’ size and increases their density as a result. The shells then spend up to 3 days in a tumbler along with small alumina stones and water. This polishing process gives them an attractive high gloss surface finish. With the Campfire Audio Dorado 2020,they’ve turned to a machined brass spout with a ‘gunmetal grey’ P.V.D. finish. The conical shape and reduced diameter of the spout provide further tuning enhancements while also improving wear comfort. The super small balanced armature sits centrally in the spout, and its proximity to the exit gives it an enhanced presence in just the right proportion.
Dorado’s acoustic design shares a relatively simple philosophy with Vega; use the best components possible and let them shine. Similar to Vega 2020, there isn’t a cross-over or other electronic clutter in the signal path to endanger the driver’s musical performance. Being a hybrid IEM Dorado 2020 is unique from Vega in adding another component; a single high frequency focused balanced armature. Dorado uses a custom-tuned dynamic driver as well – one that shares similar elements to its full range sibling found in Vega.
• Campfire Audio Dorado 2020 I.E.M
• Campfire Audio ‘Diver Orange” Upcycled Marine Plastic Zipper Case. Made in Portugal.
• Campfire Audio Smoky Litz Cable – Silver Plated Copper Conductors with Berylium Copper MMCX and 3.5mm Stereo Plug
• Final Audio Tips (xs/s/m/l/xl)
• Campfire Audio Earphone Tips(s/m/l)
• Silicon Earphone Tips (s/m/l)
• Campfire Audio Lapel Pin
• Cleaning Tool
• User Manual
• 10mm A.D.L.C. Diaphragm Dynamic Driver (Mid+Low) featuring a Neodymium Rare Earth Magnet
• Single Custom Balanced Armature (High)
• 5 Hz – 22 kHz Frequency Response
• 94 dB SPL @ 1kHz: 18.52 mVrs
• 10 Ohm @ 1kHz ImpedanceEnclosure
• Black Ceramic Shell
• Custom Beryllium / Copper MMCX Connections
• Brass Spout with ‘Midnight Grey’ PVD finish
Designed and hand assembled in Portland, Oregon USA.
Campfire Audio has focused on building high end in-ear monitors and headphones since 2015. Campfire was created in Oregon by Ken Ball, the audio expert behind ALO Audio. Campfire builds their products to feature in-house developed technologies like Tuned Acoustic Expansion Chamber (T.A.E.C.), Beryllium Copper MMCX connections, and CeraKote™. Campfire products are designed for durability, fidelity, and fun!