Campfire Audio Solaris - raising the bar?

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  1. Rockwell

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    I would love that as well as some thoughts on the SE thrown in the mix...my feeling is that the mid-range is the area most notably fine tuned there as well... but I haven't had any real time with OG since months before I got the SE so I'm basically relying on memory there.
     
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    @purr1n has one. He’s probably busy with real life and will post impressions/measurements later.
     
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    Revival but was hoping it'd be a more enthusiastic one than this.

    Long story short got Solaris in at amazingly generous terms off an excellent dude and have been enjoying listening to them since I got them in a bit over a week ago. Finally got tips that sounded good besides actually staying in my ears and all was great. Then out of nowhere they started sounding off in the one channel a couple hours ago so I busted the MiniDSP EARS out to verify.

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    YELLOW is left channel, CYAN is right channel.

    I know for a fact that these arrived in good condition because this would have stood out to anyone not even listening for it, plus I have quick measurements from 05 March that show the left channel as being fine.

    Does this look like a dead DD/busted crossover/anything not easily sorted, and is there any chance it could just be a blocked vent somewhere? 50Hz is probably just my sloppy desk wiring, can't be arsed to care rn. I'm happy to pay for shipping on top of repair fees since I'm not the original owner after all, but that'd just be a kick in the face considering the cost of doing so securely besides just a bunch of other things piling on lately.

    There are far more important goings-on in the world so I could just shelve this for now.
     
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    Campfire customer service is really really good IME
     
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    Guess these'll be headed back to the US for a round trip since I rather doubt there's an authorised repair centre here. Gonna email em to see what the damage might be.
     
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    The nozzle fell off my Andromeda 2020 and they fixed it and I don’t think they even charged me. Maybe that’s because all they had to do was glue it back on but most companies would charge anyways. 64 Audio charges a flat $400 (?) fee no matter what.
     
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    I'm neither the original owner (think I might be the fourth actually) nor is this even close to within warranty so I'm steeling myself to eat a fair fee on top of shipping, which is probably $100 on its own. Been a fairly poop day besides this so thanks for the assurance.
     
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    They never even asked me about warranty.
     
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    Unfortunately, that looks most likely to be the DD having busted or become disconnected. Do the bass & lower mids sound (or measure) distorted, or just lower in level? If just quieter, maybe the it's the wiring; if distorted, it's more likely to be damage to the driver itself.

    I'm not familiar with the design of the Solaris but from what I can see in the pics, there's only one (rear) vent, which the description talks about as being associated with one of the BAs. If a DD is essentially unvented, it's easy to damage when pushing into or (particularly) pulling out of your ears or measuring tube too fast (done a couple myself that way).

    Nonetheless, do check any vents to see if there's something blocking the rear (there'll be a screen or filter, so don't poke anything in L that looks like it's also present in R), or if there's a front vent, if it looks like a filter that's present in R is missing in L.
     
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    Measure higher distortion in the low end for the busted side so likely the former scenario. I try to be very careful about driver flex because claims that it generally does no harm rang false to me but I guess I screwed up somewhere. Only the one vent near mmcx visible, nothing amiss
     
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