Campfire Audio Andromeda Review: Holy Cow, This is a Dream, Awesomesauce!

Discussion in 'IEMs and Portable Gear' started by purr1n, May 13, 2016.

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    To be honest, I haven't heard the Andromeda sounding great out of any desktop setups, but my listening to them is only limited to Schiit amps, Chord Mojo, Hugo2 and Hugo2 TT. Either Andromeda gets too warm with mushy microdynamics (not well defined micro-transitions in the delicate flow of music) or thin and bright sounding with not enough heft and not enough microdynamics again. Best I've heard the Andromeda is from the SP2000 DAP I'm using where it actually sounds full of both macro and fast and fluid microdynamics and because of that, I can easily lose myself listening to music in a holistic manner instead of focusing on just some of the parts
     
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    One of the things I've been wondering about lately (especially since I've been working from home) is if there is a "good" desktop setup for the Andromeda? The dragonfly red has been a good cheap solution that travels well, but it leaves a lot to be desired when not on the road. I had a chance to demo andromedas, single ended, from a Sony WM1A about a year ago, and my experience was similar to what's already been said about the pairing. It sounded good in all the ways that make you not notice the equipment is even there (lots of microdynamics and detail, defined soundstage with some depth). It was definitely something I could be happy enough to just keep on using as a high end set-up, and I'm not surprised about your experience with the SP2000.

    I've seen past discussions talk about using a buffer (Lehman, Line Drive), and it would be interesting to see an amp with variable output impedance (if this is even possible? I'm terrible as an armchair electric engineer). Also, I've read about recent positive experience with the Asgard 3. I've had a good experience running my Andromedas out of of my SA31 amp. Other than a little bit of background noise on low gain, it has a much wider soundstage than what I remember on the WM1A (in IEM terms). Macrodynamics are really good, but there does seem to be a little roll off at the lowest frequencies. Would it make sense that a low impedance BA IEM would benefit from an amp that can supply higher current/power than average?
     
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    IMO, Andromeda being bass light (in terms of low-level heft and not extension) from a lower impedance source can be due to lack of current at low voltages. To me, as I’m not an electronics engineer nor knowledgeable in electronics, I do perceive better BA bass texture and impact with high amount of current at very low voltages (since Andromeda’s impedance is really low in the bass region). DAPs with good amplification performs better in this regard (low voltage, high current delivery) than high powered desktop amps. And BTW, the changes or inflections of current delivery at this constrained voltage ceiling maybe attributed to better micro dynamics that I perceive when using a good DAP compared to desktop amps. That’s just my theory but I’m no electronic engineer as caveat.
     

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