Campfire Audio's Comet

It’s always a pleasure for me to receive an email from Campfire Audio. This time, they sent over a pair of their newest IEMs, the Comet. They fall in CA’s more modest price-range, around $200. The last headphones I reviewed from them were their $800 Cascade which, while one of my favorite headphones of all time, are prohibitively expensive for many, if not most. Let’s jump in.

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1More's Triple Driver Over-Ear

After coming home from school for winter break, I found waiting for me this package. I’ve seen a lot of prior attempts at multi-driver over-ear headphones, but in full candor, they mostly suck. The drivers always seem haphazardly and nonsensically arranged in some arbitrary geometry, and that randomness is usually reflected in the acoustic qualities of the headphones. But, I’d heard a lot from 1More in the past, almost entirely good, so I suspended my prior experience as best as I could and went in with the clearest head that I could muster.

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Sony's WF-1000X

The moment I saw these released, I emailed my Sony representative. I have been waiting al long time for a truly solid entry into the "fully wireless" IEM market. There have been many, too many, erroneous products in this market for years, without one that really works, until Apple's AirPods. But still, those remain earbuds, and have many of the flaws inherent to the form factor (see: boomy bass, spiky treble, some general unrefined-ness). But, after my review of the MDR-1000X, and general exposure to Sony's philosophy towards headphones, I had some level of faith that these would be executed well. After a couple months of waiting for the US office to get some in stock for review, I got my pair. Although they are by no means perfect, they are much more than good enough for this form factor, and I'll break down exactly what I mean below.

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Fostex's TE-05

Just like I mentioned in my review of the TE-04, those and these headphones were sent to me by Fostex after reviewing their TH-900 Mk II and their TH-610. I've now spent two weeks with the TE-05, and have a fairly polished opinion of them. They sell for $150, featuring a single dynamic driver, just like the TE-04, but implementation is everything, and these use a much more standard acoustic enclosure than the aforementioned.

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Impressions: Periodic Audio's Titanium IEM

IEM 2 of 3 from Periodic Audio. I really enjoyed what I've yet heard of their high-end offering, and I'm excited to see if this offers similar performance. Again, Periodic Audio design, machines, and tools every single element of this headphone in-house, which is something that I haven't often seen, particularly from in-ear manufacturers. This has gone great for them thus far, so let's see if it continues.

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Comparison: 1More's Quad and Triple Drivers

Although I spoke to many of the differences that I found between these two headphones in my full review of the Quad Driver, I thought it’d be helpful for some for me to offer a more structured and separate comparison. The break down will be by frequency range first, followed by a general comparison of sound signature in summation, by both general characteristics and by soundstage/imaging/etc.

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