Headphoneus Supremus
Campfire Audio Supermoon-Custom
Pros: Fit
Build quality
Energetic sound
Good bass
Vocals sound realistic
Cons: Slight push in upper mids may bother some
Some complain about the cable-I don't
Campfire Audio Supermoon



5Hz–20 kHz Frequency Response
94dB @ 54.0 mVrms SPL
15.5 Ohms @ 1kHz Impedance


14mm Full-Range Planar Magnetic Driver w/ 2 micron thick diaphragm.
Custom Beryllium / Copper MMCX Connections
Hand Polished 3D printed Solid-Body
Stainless Steel Cap

Gear used

Astell & Kern ACRO CA1000


Guitar work


Between Senior Headphone Editor Will, myself and a couple of other reviewers we are close to, we have tried every single iteration from Campfire Audio (CFA). As a result, and because of constant conversation between the four of us, we have heard all of the good, bad and “indifferent” regarding CFA. In our opinion, there have been many more good iterations than not from CFA. I still personally own two models, including the vastly underrated CFA Cascade closed-back headphone. If you want a jolt of pure unadulterated bass, find a Cascade. New or used, it does not matter. If the Cascade cannot get you up and moving like Emilio Estevez in “Breakfast Club,” then nothing can. Other models from CFA have set curves of their own right, including the highly acclaimed Andromeda. Widely regarded as redefining what clarity is in a high-end in-ear monitor (IEM), the Andro still sets the curve, with rumors swirling of a new version coming down as well. It is a huge sales success and many manufacturers rethought what it actually meant for their top of the line IEM. It was that much of a changer. Others fill much needed niches, such as the Solaris and Ara (I personally prefer the 2020 versions, but the esteemed HeadPie, known as @ExpatinJapan on Head-Fi; prefers the OG version as does @B9Scrambler, also on Head-Fi), with higher end sound at near-mid-fi prices. A bass IEM of the Cascade would be the Vega, which unfortunately did not meet the accolades of the Cascade. To me this is a shame, as it is quite good for bassheads.


Coming out with a custom IEM is a chancy proposition for a manufacturer, but CFA did with the Supermoon. Sending “regular” Supermoon units around to garner opinion, the consensus was that it was good, and many lamented that it would only be available as a custom. Sending units out for those who might like to purchase one is a great way for a company to show off its wares, and it gives the potential customer 80-95% of the experience before plunking down $1500 for the custom Supermoon. Luckily, (sorry Will) it was my turn in the rotation and we (me) heartily said YES!


Since it is a custom, you will need to either send an electronic file of your inner ear shape for them to model the shell, or have an Audiologist make a 3D model and send it off. My local Audiologist (works with a family friend who is our ear, nose & throat doctor, and who coincidentally crossed the finish line literally 5 seconds before the bombing of the Boston Marathon...) took me with an appointment, making the molds in a total of 20 minutes for both sides. Remarkable. The cost was $35 as well. Sending those off, I emailed our contact to let her know that I wanted the Audiophile depth as opposed to Artist depth. The only difference is that the Artist depth goes further into the ear canal for those who use the unit on stage. A choice of cable can also be had, with four choices of again Audiophile in 3.5mm or 2.5mm or Artist in 3.5mm in two colors. I thought about going with the Artist cable in blue & red 3.5mm, but “settled” on the tried and true CFA Smoky Litz in 2.5mm. All cables use MMCX connections for longevity as well.

Since it is a custom, fit is excellent. Of the three custom’s I now have (UE Live & UE Drop), the Supermoon provides me the best fit. The two UE models were done using an infrared UV laser system to record the inner shape of my ear, which may have played a bit into it. Mind you, the others fit very well, and this could come down to the need for a little wiggle room. The overall fit of the Supermoon is large, but once inserted, I did not feel any pain or pressing like on some regular IEM’s that have one of those annoying “nibs” to help with fit. The Supermoon fits perfectly, and almost flush with my ears, which for the size is an accomplishment.


The now typical CFA unboxing experience is still present, and I am glad. Sometimes simplicity is welcomed, but much like when I received my Empire Ears Legend X, the Supermoon opening is a true event. Grab a drink and enjoy it. Carefully peeling the silver sticker away, the four “flaps” open to present a petal-like black and silver paperboard flower. Once inside, the still traditional camping-like experience imbues the covering of the box. Opening the unit, you find the Supermoon on top, with the individual soft fishnet fabric protection cradling each earbud. Below that is a newly designed case, with the wool-lined case on the inside. Another larger pouch houses the cable of choice, and a CFA pin lies under that along with the instruction manual. No tips are included of course, and the larger fishnet pouch can be used easily instead of the zippered pouch. I used the pouch, as I also threw in the latest cable from DDHiFi, a copper Air Nyx with a 4.4bal jack. I will review both and look for a dedicated review of the cable along with some other DDHiFi accessories in the future. A cleaning cloth and cleaning tool are also included.

One of the complaints of the CFA cable is that it tangles and seems fragile. While I understand both concerns, I have yet to cause harm to any CFA cable I have in ownership, or on a review unit. I’m not worried about it.


The Supermoon is also CFA’s first planar magnetic driver unit (14mm size, 2-micron thick diaphragm), and as such it is a big leap for them. Often thought of as taking chances, this is another time where they got it right. Planar technology is not new, and many of the best headphones use huge planar drivers. Audeze is known for theirs and the LCD-3 is my go-to top of the line open back headphone. This is one of the first offerings for an in-ear monitor, with only Timeless and Shuoer offering planar IEM’s at a much lower price as of this production. Those two units are not custom, nor offered that way, either.

The Supermoon consists of three parts: The Beryllium MMCX connection point; the stainless steel “capture,” which also houses some of the electronics; and the custom shell itself. Inside of the shell, much like the UE Drop and Live, the Supermoon has an enclosed unit, which houses the electronics. While technically, not completely custom; the ability to keep a uniform sound signature overrides the complete custom unit (and astronomical price associated). Build quality is typical of CFA, which is excellent.


The Sound

I have a long habit of burning in everything I review, whether the manufacturer asks that I do or not. There is belief and disbelief in the practice, but when a company asks, I oblige. CFA did not ask me to do so. I also do this so that the potential consumer will hear what the unit sounds like six months or a year down the road. With some, I have indeed heard a difference. With others not so much to not at all. To me, that is not the point; it is to let you know what the unit sounds like well after the “new car smell” has worn off. Also, to me this is no different than burning in your two channel speakers per the manufacturer's request. As of this writing, the Supermoon was let run continuously (with music) for over 100 hours. I checked occasionally to ensure all was good and the music was still playing. In the course of this review, I incurred another 100+ hours of dedicated listening.

Much has been said in the literature that the Supermoon had a slight push at the 7kHz frequency range, making the cymbal range sound a bit brittle or artificial. I can hear that but would counter that what I hear is clarity of that range. The upper mids are definitely highlighted in the signature, but it is not pervasive across all genres and music. Much was also made of the deep reaching bass, which is typical of many CFA models. Some call it a cross of the Andromeda and Vega, with the best of both parts involved. To me, the Supermoon has carved out its own niche in the CFA lineup.


My favorite CFA model is the Solaris 2020. To me, it melds the perfect amount of bass, with a richness of tone that pervades my senses. While certainly not as technically proficient as the Andromeda, there is a musicalness to the Solaris, which I very much like. The Supermoon has that musicalness the Solaris lacks. It also has a good punch down low, but not as much as the Vega (or Cascade for headphone users). Very controlled in the amount, the depth seems to go below what it should, which is due to that control. Almost a tricky sense of depth that comes across as taut, with very good speed of decay. But not so quick as to dismiss that bass line. Too fast and you would lose that depth of which I speak. “Daylight” from Coldplay displays this aspect of the signature very well. Controlled, deep, but not with a good thump. There is plenty of bass, but not overwhelming.

Chris Anderson’s voice is punctuating and crisp. There is a penetration to it, which is almost piercing, but comes across as melodic on songs such as “Green Eyes.” This shows the Supermoon’s ability to handle the mids and especially male vocals with a distinctness and character you might find in a very comparable open back headphone of the same price. When the rest join in, the timing is impeccable, and the melding together makes for a thoroughly melodic song.

The completeness of which I speak comes across in Ziggy Marley’s “Dragonfly,” which is such a good song. The message alone makes it worth listening to, but when you put all of the different instruments and structure together, you get a thoroughly enjoyable rambling melody, which cuts across many aspects of your listening. The bass drum hits hard and with an excellent thump. Speed again comes across as non-intrusive as we move up the range. Ziggy’s voice is like Anderson’s of Coldplay, but with a more piercing effect. Such sweetness comes across as well, and without too much emphasis up top. Rich in sound, and with multiple layers, the song gives a good indication of how an IEM can handle a complicated song such as this. Treble reach hits at the right spot, and that cymbal push of which I spoke normally bothers me in this song with some pretty good IEM’s. Not here, in fact I can turn the volume up a couple of notches on my Shanling M6 Pro to suit the mood.


“True To Myself,” also from Ziggy, indicates a good definition of soundstage. With excellent height, the center point of the music is slightly lifted inside my head. Depth is very good as well as width, but not so expansive as to lose the notes in too much air. There is a good punctuation in the music, which allows the user to clearly define placement of all instruments involved as a result. If you had to think about it this way, you would be slightly back from center stage (on the stage) with Ziggy singing in front of you, but all else behind or next to you. A really fine placement of everything.

Timbre comes across as pleasant with no issues as evidenced on Magic Slim & The Teardrops “Cold Women With Warm Hearts.” The song is a fantastic play on an uptempo blues song, but in a more laid back manner. His solos are divine and punctuate the air much like Ziggy’s voice as mentioned above but with deeper tone. His concerts are fabulous (three times...) and the timbre through the Supermoon gives a clear indication of what the concert would be like. I can clearly see his bassist off to the side, nodding his head Shaggy-style in perfect rhythm to the song like it should be. Follow that with the fast paced “Gravel Road'' and the Supermoon again shows merits across speed and genre.

Female vocals come across as smooth and in the case of Bonnie Raitt, sultry. “Nick Of Time” is a fabulous album and the title track does not disappoint. The smooth character of her voice quickly changes to a vibrancy she is known for in “Thing Called Love.” With a gravel tonality to it and her trademark raspy voice, that still comes across as sultry; a pure treat on the Supermoon as well. The volume goes higher as I kick back and listen. This is also a good song for highlighting the resolution in the Supermoon. Succinct tone comes across as distinct, but still connected to each part of the song, making you tap your feet as well.


Comparing the Supermoon to the excellent UE Live may not seem fair, since it costs half again the price; but it also shows how well the Supermoon intends to compete. The UE Live is just about the purest sounding IEM either Will or I have heard. Yes, there are some, which cost as much as a small planet; but the UE Live simply sounds like it should. I found it funny then, that I immediately found the Live to sound somewhat flat compared to the Supermoon. I know they are two completely different beasts, but there is an immediacy to the Live, which is not there with the Supermoon. Realizing I had the GUCraftsman 4.4bal cable installed on the Live, I switched to the stock cable (which much like CFA has complaints of being plain and fragile) and the Live came back into its own. The GUCraftsman is pure copper, exudes a warmer signature, which can come across as dark or veiled. This could be part of it, but I often prefer the bass treatment of copper over silver (too bright for me most of the time). Technically speaking, the UE Live is better; and it should be. It is a stage monitor of the highest order, which also happens to be a damn fine IEM. The Supermoon, using the stock cable, is a very fine custom IEM, which provides a different enough signature from the Live to provide a viable alternative. The stock cable does sound livelier (even though it is copper as well, the Air Nyx is meant to provide a richer signature) and makes for a thoroughly engaging signature. I can go back and forth on different songs and like each. While I like tinkering with cables, the stock Smoky Litz is a fine cable. For 2/3 the price, the Supermoon does well against the much more expensive UE Live, providing a different enough signature as well.


We like many of the CFA models. The Andromeda is still the detail king of the lineup. The Solaris has soul, providing us with the signature I personally prefer; which is rich and warmer with excellent bass. The Supermoon combines much of the Andromeda, the Solaris 2020 and yes; the Vega 2020. It is different enough from each of those to be a clear offering, much the way I compared it to the UE Live. If you still want the technical leader (to me), then choose the Andromeda. Want a rich, inclusive signature? Choose the Solaris. But if you want excellent detail, resolution and clarity in its own right, and bass that, while not completely typical of many CFA bass-offerings, provides you with that feeling of just right bass, then the custom Supermoon should be a serious consideration for purchase. And since CFA to send you a non-custom Supermoon to ensure that you really do like it before plunking down your hard-earned Ben’s is a wonderful offer. Sending a model for you to try beforehand is also a nice gesture. They are quite confident you will like it but know that the outlay is worth the extra time to make sure you actually do. At the end of the day, I can highly recommend the Campfire Audio Supermoon.


The Campfire Audio Supermoon may be purchased here.
Great review. From another long time CFA fan I appreciate the context and perspective here. Sometimes our little communities and niches can turn into echo chambers dominated by a few prominent voices and it can be very refreshing and enlightening sometimes to seek out a variety of perspectives. While I have fallen under the spell of the Trifecta recently the Supermoon was my main IEM for most of 2022-- an I still consider it a benchmark release and possibly peerless at its price. Cheers.
Good to know. I haven’t tried the Trifecta but would love to at some point.

Cheers and thank you.


twister6 Reviews
Headphoneus Supremus
Perigee syzygy
Pros: lightweight shells with 2 custom fit options (ciem), deep analog bass, clear, resolving, non-fatigue tonality, premium accessories.
Cons: custom only (for now).

The product was provided to me free of charge for the review purpose in exchange for my honest opinion. The review was originally posted on my site, and now I would like to share it with my readers on Head-fi.

Manufacturer/product website: Campfire Audio. Available for sale directly or authorized retailers like Bloom Audio.


When you bring up a new Campfire Audio (CFA) flagship release, some audiophiles assume a new version of Andromeda or Solaris. I mean, it is not uncommon for manufacturers to release MKII or even MKIII versions of their popular IEMs. But quite often you hear people talk about the new version being an improvement over the previous one. CFA releases seem to follow a different path where I hear from my readers about them collecting different versions of Andro and finding each tuning to be unique rather than an improvement over the previous one. The same with Solaris where people often ask me questions about both OG and ’20 versions. Obviously, there is still a high demand for both of these IEMs, but it doesn’t mean that Ken and Caleb, the dynamic Campfire Audio duo, hasn’t been experimenting with new ideas.

Known for their thinking outside the box, they constantly explore new BA and DD drivers in addition to new shell materials. And while attending many global audio shows, they are often approached by various transducer manufacturers. That is how they recently discovered a new set of subminiature planar drivers, implemented in their latest Supermoon (SM) release, which is still designed and hand assembled in Portland, OR. I’m surprised it didn’t get more attention, though I think one of the reasons is probably due to it being CIEM only. CFA does offer uni demo at the shows, and even had a limited uni run which sold out quickly. But some people are still afraid of custom commitment, so I hope my review can provide more info for those who have been curious about this latest CFA release. Here is more about Supermoon.


Unboxing and Accessories.

The unboxing experience of SM is similar to their ’20 releases of Andro and Solaris, and still feels like “a box of chocolate”. These IEMs arrived in a compact package with a wrapping held together by a sticker on the back which you need to cut/remove to unfold the top layer like it’s an origami. The wrapping cover and the actual box have the same starry sky scheme, and the box looks like it’s made from a recycled paper. It actually looks nice, something you can place on your desk or a bookshelf, rather than discard after opening.


Inside you will find a premium black leather earphone case with a thick faux wool lining and a quality zipper. The case is an average size, still pocket friendly, and great for storage and keeping IEMs secure during transport. I always appreciate their wallet-like zippered design with side wall protection where nothing falls out as you unzip it. For some it’s a small detail, but for me it’s a big deal.

Other included accessories are a double-pocket mesh protection sleeve, to keep shells separated while inside the case. Also, a cleaning tool, Campfire Audio traditional lapel pin, cleaning clothe, and another small mesh sleeve to store these accessories. Stock super smoky Litz SPC cable was included, and you can select termination when ordering. I also received generic silicone eartips (s/m/l) and marshmallow eartips (s/m/l) since my review unit was universal, not custom. Obviously, the original SM ciem will not include eartips, but I’m glad they did with uni version. More about this in Eartips selection section.



SM is designed as solid-body custom in-ear monitors, 3D printed and hand polished from a solid block of material. The design itself starts with a custom ear impression which is scanned and optimized, including manipulation of internal acoustic chamber to fit the custom shape of the shell. The uni shell I received, also used as a demo during shows, is based on CIEM design and carefully crafted to make its fit universal, including a short nozzle with a lip for eartips. On the outside, you have stainless steel cap “faceplate” and the cable connector featuring custom beryllium copper mmcx socket. Since the cable plug and the shell socket are matched in material and tolerance, the connection is solid and secure.

While you have options of different eartips when dealing with uni model to “customize” your fit, with ciems you have to go by your ear impression. Here, CFA decided to offer an option of two different custom fits, audiophile and artist. Audiophile fit will have a shorter, shallower nozzle which should give you a more comfortable fit for daily use. Artist fit will have a longer nozzle with a deeper and more secure fit and improved isolation as a result of it. I can’t judge how these will sound in comparison since I can’t A/B them, but I heard from some people that artist fit might be slightly brighter in tonality. Of course, everything is relative to your ear anatomy and how you hear things.

Inside, you have 14mm full-range custom Planar Magnetic Driver (PMD) with 2-micron thick diaphragm. For a solid design, this is the only “moving” part inside the shell. The full range PMD covers a wide spectrum of 5Hz to 20kHz FR, the reason CFA was able to tune SM without a need for a hybrid design with additional drivers. The impedance of this IEM is average, 15.5ohms, but the sensitivity is a bit on a lower side at 94dB, which requires extra clicks of volume to bring it up to the same listening level as other average sensitivity iems. But no extra power is required to drive them efficiently to their full potential.


Cable design.

The included stock smoke Litz SPC cable was introduced back with 2020 CFA releases, and offers 3 termination options. The singled ended 3.5mm TRS and balanced 2.5mm TRRS termination have 90-deg gold-plated plug and over-molded rubbery housing with a nice grip and built-in strain relief. 4.4mm TRRRS plug, often out of stock due to its popularity, is straight and with gold-color housing. The 4 twisted Silver-Plated Copper Litz multi diameter stranding wire conductors have a smoky finish with a medical grade soft PVC jacket. The y-split is a slim aluminum black “bullet” with a matching chin slider which retracts from the split.

The wires going to each earpiece after the split are twisted, and closer to mmcx connector housing have a piece of heat-shrink pre-shaped flexible earhook. As I already mentioned, the mmcx connector itself uses a quality beryllium copper material, and the smoky housing of the connector has red dot to indicate Right side. I also noticed on SM product page an option for Artist 3.5mm red/blue cable, probably for an even easier id of the sides.


The fit (uni).


Sound Analysis.

I analyzed Supermoon sound performance paired up with LPGT while playing a variety of test tracks, such as Agnes Obel “The curse”, Sandro Cavazza “So much better” (Avicii remix), C-Bool “Never go away”, Ed Sheeran “Shape of you”, Alan Walker “Darkside”, Galantis “Hunter”, Iggy Azalea “Black widow”, Indila “Boite en argent”, Dua Lipa “Love again”, Counting Crows “Big yellow taxi”, Bob Marley “Jamming”, David Elias “Vision of her”, and Michael Jackson “Dirty Diana”. The sound analysis was done after about 150hrs of playback time, so it has plenty of burn in time. Also, I used the provided foam eartips, and this sound description should be close to what you would expect from Audiophile fit.

Supermoon has a balanced signature with a clear detailed tonality, deep analog quality bass, and natural non-fatigue upper frequencies. For those who were able to get their hands on universal version of SM, eartips selection is crucial. If you decide to use silicone eartips with a narrow bore opening, you will hear a more exaggerated peak around 8kHz which is going to yield a bit more aggressive mid-treble definition. With universal pair of SM to get the sound closer to a custom version, you need to start with provided foam eartips which do a great job attenuating down that peak, resulting in a more natural revealing tonality of upper frequencies.

SM is my first single Planar Magnetic Driver (PMD) iem, and I was expecting a coherent performance typical of a single driver design. But the unique nature of these PMD drivers turned SM performance into something I would describe as coherent-hybrid. When you are dealing with IEMs that have DD bass and BA/EST mids and highs, often you can hear a clear separation between the bass and the mids, almost like lower mids were scooped out to give the bass shorter decay and more control, making it stand out. Other IEMs have a more coherent tuning with all drivers working in unison. Here, you get the best of both worlds, a coherency of a single driver tuning and the bass performance typical of a hybrid tuning which makes low end stand out.

Bass has a deep extension and a noticeable lift, down to a textured analog rumble of sub-bass which gives the bass its fullness and extra weight. The mid-bass punch has a slower and more rounded impact, blending in perfectly with a sub-bass. We are talking about bass with the weight and the impact of a pure dynamic-driver analog performance. It is not overpowering or spilling into mids, as a matter of fact, it has a well-controlled note decay.

Lower mids are closer to neutral, with a little extra body, but not too thick. They definitely do contribute to the overall tonality with a more natural warmth without any extra thickness. Upper mids are clear and detailed, with a tastefully done pinna gain boost around 2kHz to bring out more details in vocals and instruments without any shoutiness, and still exhibiting quite a natural tonality.

Lower treble, as already mentioned, could be tricky since SM was designed around custom version. In my case, while listening to uni, foam eartips didn't just provide a perfect custom-like fit and seal, but also kept the sound less fatigue and more natural. The treble definitely contributes to a great level of definition and resolution of the sound without being fatigue. The extension does have plenty of airiness as well, but more on a moderate level. Treble is not rolled off, it has a very good natural extension, just a bit less airiness.

The soundstage expansion is quite wide and deep, expanding on holographic level with a 3D-like imaging. You do feel like being on stage with a performing artist, being surrounded by a sound, instead of the sound being out of your head farther away. The layering and separation are pretty good too. I wouldn't say I hear a lot of air between the layers, and it’s probably due to a nature of the treble extension. But the actual layering and separation of the instruments is quite distinct with every element of the sound in focus and easily identified.

There is also one interesting effect I noticed with some of the EDM songs where you have a lot of the layered synthesized instruments. I assume it is due to the nature of PMD design where it responds fine to macro-dynamics changes in volume over the whole songs (parts of the song which are louder or quieter), but sometimes doesn’t respond as swift to micro-dynamics changes with fast transients within small parts of the song. I haven’t noticed this effect in acoustic or classical or jazzy tunes, but I did with some of the EDM tracks with synthesized instruments. But overall, it performs well with any genre of the music.

Also, absolutely no hissing and pure black background with all the sources I tried.


Eartips Selection.

The selection of eartips is crucial to any universal in-ear monitor and will affect the sound, especially the bass impact depending on the seal. Due to a large opening of my earcanals, I usually go for the largest size eartips to get a better seal. Also, please keep in mind, eartips impressions are subjective and will be based on anatomy of your ears. I’m just sharing my experience and describing what I hear, and hope some will find this info useful in general despite the fact that SM is custom IEM. You never know, Ken and Caleb can surprise us down the road.

So, eartips selection here was a challenge for me since it can make or break the mid-treble, going from harsher and fatigue to more natural and tolerable. From the get-go, I found narrow bore tips to be a no-go for my ears. Wider bore tips were better, like Azla Sedna (short stem version) or JVC Spiral Dot, but the sound can still get a bit bright even with those.

Then, I remembered Ken saying that for a sound sig closer to a custom fit you need to try foamies. Keeping that in mind, I started with Symbio F, my go-to foam eartips. It does gives you the sound similar to wider bore opening silicone eartips, and I was OK with it. Then, I remembered that CFA also included their own foam marshmallow eartips. Decided to try it and was pleasantly surprised, even graphed the comparison between Xelastec vs CFA Foamies.


In case of uni SM, foam eartips is the must to get custom like tuning and smoother mid-treble.



The sound comparison was done using SM with a stock cable, stock foam eartips, and LPGT source; volume matched in every comparison and volume noted with “v”.

Supermoon (v43) vs Andro '20 (v29) - these two have a very different tuning, but I'm sure many still will be curious how it compares. Starting with soundstage analysis, as many are aware, Andro soundstage is wide, but Supermoon stretches it a bit wider and gives imaging more 3D perception. Soundstage change is not as big here, but imaging and how instruments positioned in space is more noticeable. Then, we have the bass, where Supermoon scales up by a noticeable amount, especially in depth and weight of the sub-bass. Supermoon delivers a bass performance of a powerful DD driver, especially the amount of sub bass rumble. Lower mids are leaner in Supermoon while have a fuller body in Andro, but that completely flips as you go into upper mids where Supermoon pushes the vocals more forward and has more clarity which gives SM a more revealing upper frequencies tonality. And the same with a mid-treble where Supermoon has more energy while Andro is smoother and more polite in comparison. Another big difference is in sensitivity level where you need around 14-15 more clicks for Supermoon to match Andro level. And last but not the least, no hissing with SM, while you know how it goes with Andro.

Supermoon (v43) vs Solaris '20 (v29) - Solaris gets closer in soundstage expansion and imaging of Supermoon, but I'm still haring SM to be slightly ahead, not by a lot, just a small margin. Solaris sub-bass has deeper extension than Andro, but still nowhere near the depth and the weight of the Supermoon sub-bass rumble. Supermoon lower mids are still leaner in comparison to Solaris, but Solaris by itself has leaner lower mids in comparison to Andro as well. Solaris 2k pina gain gives the sound more clarity and better retrieval of details relative to Andro, but Supermoon still scales it up a bit higher when it comes to upper mids. Solaris mid-treble is scaled down just a little below Supermoon, taking the edge of the treble energy. And the same as with Andro, lower sensitivity of Supermoon requires higher volume level, and you also get no hissing with SM.

Supermoon (v43) vs UM Mest MKII (v38) - I have no doubt many will be interested in this comparison. Both have a very similar 3D level of imaging and sound placement, but Supermoon soundstage width still stretches a little bit wider. Now, when it comes to the bass, they almost match each other with a very similar deep sub-bass rumble and a strong mid-bass impact. They also have a similar leaner lower mids, but it all changes around upper mids. The pina gain region is more pronounced in Supermoon, bringing vocals more forward while the mild U-shaped sound sig of Mest MKII pulls the vocals a little back. Now, even so Mest MKII mid-treble is not as elevated as in Supermoon, the contrast between its mids and treble makes Mest MKII sound crisper and brighter in upper frequencies. Opposite to that, Supermoon has more elevated mid-treble peaks which creates a better balance with its more forward upper mids pina gain region, making SM upper frequencies as revealing but not as crisp as MKII.

Supermoon (v43) vs 64 Audio Trio (v39) - And, if we are talking about the bass and the treble, there is no way to avoid a comparison with Trio. Here the soundstage and the imaging come very close. The depth and the elevation of sub-bass rumble is not too far off either, maybe with Supermoon having just a touch more sub-bass rumble, while Trio having a bit stronger mid-bass impact. They both have a leaner lower mids which creates a more definitive separation between the bass and the upper mids/vocals. Even their upper mids are quite similar, especially when you are listening and comparing the clarity and the retrieval of details. The biggest difference here is in mid- and upper treble where Trio is brighter, crisper, and harsher, while Supermoon treble sounds more natural.


Source pair up.

Supermoon has an average 15.5ohm impedance and lower sensitivity of 94dB which is still not too hard to drive. As you can see from the above comparisons, I did have to raise the volume by about 12-13 more clicks, but I found it to be OK with portable DAPs without a need for an external amp. Also, with all the DAPs no hissing was detected. For your reference, here are my brief pair up notes. And by brief, I just focus on any changes related to a sound sig and general tonality.

Lotoo PAW Gold Touch LPGT (baseline) - as previously mentioned, this is my baseline source where I hear a balanced signature with a clear detailed tonality and natural non-fatigue upper frequencies. Big soundstage expansion/imaging and hiss-free sound.

Shanling M9 - in this pair up I hear bass to be slightly elevated and noticeably punchier, and the same with mid-treble, being slightly elevated to give the sound a bit brighter and more revealing tonality. While it sounds smoother with LPGT, pair up with M9 brings back some of that upper frequency energy which you loose with foam eartips. Also, big expanded soundstage and hiss-free sound performance.

Sony WM1ZM2 - the pair up with 1ZM2 is almost like a crossover between LPGT and M9, you get a smoother more rounded low end performance and more revealing brighter upper frequencies. Still, all non-fatigue, big holographic soundstage, and pure black background with a hiss-free performance.

Cayin N8ii - this pair up is similar to M9 performance with a powerful punchy bass and very clear and detailed mids, and high-resolution revealing highs. That's how it sounded with P+ boost enabled. Once I switch to lower output voltage P, the bass remained tight and powerful, but upper mids and lower treble became a little smoother and more organic. Soundstage remained the same, big and open, and I was still enjoying hiss-free performance.

iBasso DX320 w/amp11 mk2s - sounds very similar to N8ii with P+ output mode, having a powerful punchy bass and clear detailed mids along with resolving crisp treble. I still don't find this to be fatigue, and I'm sure with amp13 it will be smoother and more natural. As expected, still a big holographic soundstage and hiss-free performance.

Hiby RS8 - this pair up is close to N8ii and actually sounds like being between P+ and P output settings. The bass is powerful and punchy, mids and treble are very natural, clear, detailed, a little more revealing than N8ii's setting of P and a bit smoother than P+. I think this pair up hit a sweet spot for me. The soundstage is still big and expanded with holographic imaging. And, totally hiss-free performance.



With an exception of a recently introduced limited run Trifecta, Campfire Audio product portfolio includes many IEMs from $199 entry level and up to $1,500 flagships, including Supermoon. Just think about it, $1,500 high quality PMD flagship while some other brands have their entry level IEMs starting around $1k-$1.5k price mark. I think that is an accomplishment considering everything is designed, manufactured, and hand assembled locally in US, while keeping the price at a very reasonable level. But these IEMs are not just great because of their price, but the actual tuning and craftsmanship of the design.

While I’m curious to try now other PMD based IEMs, I can tell you with certainty that Supermoon set a very high bar with its textured deep DD-like bass impact, clear detailed mids, hi-res non-fatigue treble, and holographic soundstage expansion. Yes, my test unit is universal and I had to use foam eartips that made a world of difference. Unfortunately, my ears don’t work well with CIEM, and for those who are interested, CFA offers 2 different CIEM styles. But regardless of that, I really wish and hope for Supermoon to be released officially in universal shell to let more audiophiles discover this new gem from Campfire Audio.
Great review as always! I'm happy to see some new original products being released by CFA


No DD, no DICE
Supermoon: a new IEM standard
Pros: Powerful, detailed, fast and engaging sound
Top-tier resolution and overall technical performance
Bass performance reminiscent of high-end planar headphones
Great build quality and comfort (CIEM version)
Cons: Sound can lack dynamic contrast (not a big issue for some)
Some glare in upper midrange/lower treble with certain material
Midrange tone weight can be on the light/dry side occasionally
Unforgiving of poor or compressed recordings
Note: this is a condensed version of the regional review which is published on The Headphone List.


Campfire Audio is a name that needs no introduction, but here’s one anyway. In 2009, Ken Ball started a small boutique audio cable company in the green city of Portland, Oregon, called Audio Line Out, better known today as ALO Audio. From those humble beginnings the company evolved, and then split in two, with Ken’s sister company, Campfire Audio, introducing handcrafted in-ear monitors to the product line.

Fast-forward six years and 45 new or derivative designs, and Campfire is once again looking to disrupt a now mature IEM market. Supermoon, the company’s third custom IEM, is not only the world’s first custom planar magnetic IEM, but also the first high-end sealed planar monitor. Featuring a custom-developed 14mm planar driver and Campfire’s unique solid body sound chamber, the $1,500 Supermoon is already changing the price-performance equation of single driver IEMs at the highest echelons of the hobby.


Planar technology explained

You may be new to planar magnetic technology, especially in IEMs, but know that planar technology itself is not new. Planar magnetic designs have been around for years in full-size headphones, and even longer in speakers. What’s new here is the miniaturisation of the technology without sacrificing the inherent properties that make these drivers so effective in larger formats.

Unlike dynamic drivers which use a cone-shaped diaphragm, planar magnetic drivers use an ultrathin flat diaphragm and an array of magnets that push and pull the surface of the diaphragm to create sound waves. Compared to their headphone-size counterparts, there’s a limit to how large the diaphragm can be inside an IEM, and also how many magnets are used to energise the diaphragm.

Broadly speaking, planar drivers extend the frequency range in both directions, particularly bass, down to 20Hz and beyond 20,000kHz, while maintaining better linearity, a faster transient response, and lower distortion than even the most advanced dynamic drivers. The downside is that despite their exceptional extension, planar drivers tend to lack the dynamic contrast of the best dynamic drivers, even though they produce a ‘cleaner’ sound overall.

Supermoon specifically uses several techniques unique to Campfire Audio for refining its planar driver performance:
solid body design and 3D-printed interior. According to Campfire, solid body design ‘uses a single housing with specially designed ports…allowing [the] driver to be routed to the nozzle of the earphone’. The body-and-driver assembly is then ‘inserted into the housing much like an engine being lowered into a car’. This makes assembling the IEMs easier, and reduces sample variance by ensuring the design of each 3D printed earpiece is accurate and precise.

Supermoon also features a 3D printed interior, individually modelled to optimise acoustics relative to each user’s ear anatomy. In theory this lets Campfire design a unique acoustic chamber that helps shape the sound of each driver for a specific target, eliminating any variance in frequency response for consistent sound quality between units.


Packaging and accessories

I’d heard good things about Campfire Audio’s unboxing experience, and this being my first ever Campfire IEM, I wasn’t disappointed.

There are actually two parts to the ‘unboxing’. The first is an intricately folded cardboard sleeve with the Supermoon logo label on top, and a unique identifier label with the serial number and a ‘Nicely Done’ message, with my name, on the side. I really like how the personalisation of the custom IEM experience starts right from the very first impression.

Second, the actual hardboard box, complete with a more traditional hinged lid, contains the IEMs and accessories and sits inside the sleeve. Don’t throw the sleeve away, even though you won’t need it after opening.

Inside the box is one of the largest, nicest looking and feeling cases I’ve seen for an IEM. Campfire takes pride in their leather (outer) and wool (inner) cases, and the case that comes with Supermoon is no exception. Unzipping the case reveals two Campfire-branded drawstring mesh bags: a larger bag with the instruction leaflet, cleaning tool and Campfire logo button brooch; and a smaller bag holding the earpieces and attached stock cable.

The cable that came with my Supermoon is not the Smoky Litz cable advertised on Campfire’s website. Apparently there’s a shortage of 4.4mm cable terminations, and since I wanted a 4.4mm cable, Campfire opted to send me a different, slightly upgraded cable, the $199 4-wire Super Litz. This silver-plated copper cable is light, supple, and very ergonomic with molded, wire-free moulded ear guides. It exhibits zero microphonics in use, and is fitted with a decent looking Y-splitter and gold-plated plug. The MMCX connectors, on the other hand, are made with clear plastic, which cheapens the look slightly in my opinion, but does nothing to usability of course.

Overall the packaging and accessories are of a very high standard, and rightly so for a premium IEM that commands a relatively premium price.


Design, construction and fit

For a single driver IEM, Supermoon’s shells are large. If you were hoping for a tiny shell that almost disappears in your ears, this is not it. That said, the earpieces are quite beautiful to behold, with their deep dark-blue acrylic resin, hand polished and perfectly finished to the exact contours of your ears.

The driver assembly, electronics and cable connector are housed beneath a chromed stainless steel ‘faceplate’ abutting each earpiece, with the solid body acoustic chamber inside the shell itself.

Build quality is excellent; there are no surface irregularities, the faceplate is seamlessly melded into the resin body, and Campfire’s custom beryllium and copper MMCX connectors are renowned for their hardiness and reliability. The resin itself seems thick and robust, and although the nozzle is wide and appears unprotected, there’s a cloth-like mesh between nozzle and driver to keep earwax and other nasties away from the sensitive parts.

As for fit, this was the part I was most nervous about, Supermoon being my first custom. But the second I twisted the earpieces into place, I knew the fit was perfect. In fact, I thought something must be wrong, because there was literally no pressure anywhere, not where the shells rested against my outer ear, and not where the shorter ‘audiophile fit’ nozzles entered my ear canals.

It’s important to mention here, as I hinted above, that Campfire offers two different types of fit with their custom IEMs: audiophile and artist. Audiophile is a shallower fit, the nozzle protruding maybe half a centimetre into the canal. This is meant for home use, where you’re unlikely to be moving around too much, and don’t need the stronger isolation of a deeper nozzle.

Artist fit is a more traditional nozzle that goes past the first bend in the ear canal, giving you better isolation and a more secure fit at the cost of some intrusiveness and a potentially brighter sound, with the nozzle tip being relatively closer to the eardrum. Choosing the fit best for you is more a preference, and I’m assured by those that have tried both that there’s very little difference by way of sound and comfort with either.


Sound impressions (track notes are available in the full review)

Supermoon has an advertised sensitivity of 94dB, so it’s theoretically not the most sensitive IEM. Practically, though, it needs about the same amount of power as the Sony IER-Z1R (104dB sensitivity) to reach the same volume level, so while I’d say it appreciates moderately powerful amplification, it doesn’t need it to reach a moderately high volume.

I tested Supermoon over a one month period, using a broad range of test tracks and albums, many of which I’ve referenced below. Listening notes were made using HiBy’s RS6 and Sony’s WM1Z DAPs set at moderate volume. All tests were done using the ‘stock’ Silver Litz 4.4mm balanced cable.


Before I’d seen any graphs of Supermoon’s frequency response, my sense was that it displayed a soft ‘W’ or moderate U-shaped tonal curve, depending on the source and the music. That’s to say, bass was emphasised a fair bit above neutral, from the very lowest sub-bass to upper bass, before gently dropping into the mids then rising up evenly from centre to upper mids and tapering off into a moderately emphasised and extended treble.


Let’s start here: if you enjoy a bass boosted IEM, you’ve come to the right place. Not only is Supermoon’s bass elevated, it’s done in a way that doesn’t beat the other frequencies into submission. I find bass emphasis leans towards the sub bass frequencies, where it extends almost infinitely low, but mid- and upper-bass are still very well represented. There’s zero midbass creep or bloom from what I’m hearing.

The sheer quality of Supermoon’s bass, however, is what sets it apart from many other excellent bass-focused monitors: it has a sublime combination of visceral punch, weight, electrostatic-like speed, and decay that surpasses some of the best dynamic driver bass. It doesn’t quite match the very best dynamic drivers for natural decay and timbre, but it has its own infallible character, easily out-resolving most dynamics I’ve heard, and making it unique among the current crop of top-tier IEMs.

In short, Supermoon’s bass takes me back to my full-size headphone days, where the mighty Audeze LCD-3 was my pride and joy. It renders every facet of bass almost perfectly, with restrained power and delicate control, punching tremendously hard and deep when it needs to, and rumbling gently if that’s all the track calls for. It doesn’t flavour every track with bass, but where the bass is the focus, that’s what you’ll hear and feel. Supermoon is a bass connoisseur’s delight, and its bass delivery is, for me, one of several stars in its show.



I hear Supermoon’s midrange as fairly linear and supremely resolving, with a well-defined and textured lower midrange (male vocals sound natural and sufficiently chesty), and a moderate rise to a healthy but not overly forward upper midrange and pinna gain.

My personal midrange focus is vocals, and primarily female vocals, and I find the timbre of female vocals almost spot-on to my liking here. Male vocals are admittedly under-represented in my library, but those I regularly listen to sound about as lifelike as I’ve heard them.

Not once have I felt that Supermoon underplays or recesses either male or female vocals, but it can be temperamental when it comes to poor or compressed recordings. Whether that’s a result of Supermoon’s supreme resolution or unforgiving clarity in the upper midrange (and possibly lower-to-mid treble) I’m not sure. It’s not as rough as I hear it with some overly bright and mid-forward monitors, but it’s not as smooth or silky as Oriolus’s Traillii rendition, for example.

If I have to be critical of anything here, Supermoon doesn’t have the warmest, wettest or fullest midrange I’ve heard by any measure. It’s not a dry delivery as such, but it edges closer to thin, especially on older rock songs. If you are a stickler for instrument timbral accuracy, you might find Supermoon skews more synthetic for you, but if you’re a lover of emotive vocals and a sound that lets you hear every detail in a vocal recording, this is unquestionably Supermoon’s strength.


There’s a difference between generous treble and harsh treble, and Supermoon’s is definitely the former. I’m particularly sensitive to sibilance in vocals, spiky zing in a string solo, and harshness in a cymbal strike, and not once have I encountered any of the above with Supermoon.

Like bass, Supermoon’s treble is very well extended, at least right up to where my hearing trails off at around 12kHz to 14kHz. There’s bite to some recordings, and I warn those who think they can get away with playing overly bright poorly mastered recordings. Do that, and Supermoon will find you, and it will kill you.

This is not a consistently smooth treble, coming off as quite ethereal, and lending to some of the thinner notes the upper midrange can sometimes suffer from. But it also rewards great recordings with crisp, clean, and highly detailed highlights, with plenty of air where the track calls for it.

As someone who only really notices the treble when its harsh, grainy or corrosive, I’ve only ever paid attention to Supermoon’s treble for what it was doing right. This is treble filled to the brim with texture, and more detail than I sometimes care to hear. But, as with everything else, Supermoon is not forcing its treble detail on me, and I find myself listening to tracks on shuffle for hours on end without fatigue as a result.



As much as I enjoy Supermoon’s sometimes quirky but always engaging tonality, the wow factor has to be its technical ability. Supermoon’s technicalities are not just excellent, they’re supreme. It’s technical acuity is not one-dimensional either, and it excels in all but one measure, which I’ll get to later.

Stage size is wide and very deep by any standard. Supermoon can cast the tiniest notes about as far wide as I’ve heard them, maybe just shy of Traillii and 64 Audio’s Tia Fourte. Stage depth is where I feel Supermoon takes it up a notch. It has this ability to put different sounds closer or further away on the stage, giving it a great sense of instrument and vocal separation and an almost onion-like sense of layering.

Imaging and separation are both of the highest calibre, the latter even more so than the former, but resolution and clarity, as I’ve hinted before, are really what separates Supermoon from some of its highest profile competitors. This IEM is a sonic microscope, revealing even the smallest detail in a track without much fuss. It doesn’t always do this with the deftest touch, however, so the shortcomings of compression artefacts, cheap samples or sub-par recordings in poor quality tracks are often brutally exposed.

Where Supermoon doesn’t shine quite as brightly, if you’ll excuse the pun, is dynamic contrast. It suffers from what I believe to be a common planar magnetic trait in that the difference between the softest and loudest sounds in a track are not articulated quite as well as they are with some other driver types (notably dynamic drivers, but also balanced armatures).


Compared to…

Sennheiser IE 600
($699). It’s probably fairer to pitch Supermoon against Sennheiser’s $1500 IE 900 flagship from a price point perspective, but since I currently only have its sibling with me, it’ll have to do. Aesthetically I really like the IE 600, which mirrors its flagship brother’s super small size, supreme build quality and comfort. If Supermoon wasn’t a CIEM, chances are IE 600 would be more comfortable, but nothing quite compares to a custom once you’ve tried it.

Tonally IE 600 ‘correct’, to the point where some might find it unengaging or boring, and that’s very much the case when I compare it to Supermoon. While I appreciate the safety in IE 600’s tuning, it doesn’t grab me quite like Supermoon’s. IE 600 has a touch more warmth and that single dynamic driver naturalness to it, but Supermoon isn’t far off.

Technically, though, the two couldn’t be further apart. Supermoon is significantly more resolving, to the point that you’ll be surprised just how much information you’re not hearing with IE 600 when switching between the two. Supermoon’s stage is also much larger in all dimensions, IE 600’s otherwise decent stage coming off as flat and intimate by comparison. Whereas I’d easily recommend IE 600 as an every day carry IEM, Supermoon is a more serious, refined, exciting and superior IEM all round.

Sony IER-Z1R ($1800). Sony’s flagship is getting a bit long in the tooth now, but still holds its own against the very best in the business. It also happens to be my all-time favourite IEM. From a fit perspective, Supermoon makes quick work of Z1R’s unconventional ergonomics. The Sony fits me just fine, but the same can’t be said for many who have tried and failed, often repeatedly. Build quality, however, goes to Sony, as few IEMs come close to rivalling its expert craftmanship and drop-dead good looks.

Tonally I hear Z1R to be warmer, lusher and also slightly edgier than Supermoon, especially in the lower treble. Its bass and treble are of such high quality, however, that even Supermoon’s pristine presentations struggles to match them. Sony’s big dynamic driver bass is fast, but not nearly as fast as Supermoon’s planar, although Z1R’s timbre is a shade more natural. I also prefer Sony’s vocal timbre, and although treble is more emphasised, it’s a dead heat from a tuning perspective.

Technically the Sony is excellent, one of the best when it comes to its sheer depth of stage and powerful dynamics, but Supermoon out-resolves it, has a wider stage, and also better imaging, layering and separation. What the Sony has over Supermoon in return is a unique presentation that puts vocals dead centre with instruments and effects all around you, sometimes even further beyond your head than Supermoon can manage. It’s also better suited to more dynamic music, and any track with a subwoofer is simply made for the Sony.

I find Supermoon and Z1R complementary. They’re both operating at a high technical level, and trade blows with each other tonally, but each brings its own version of events to every track. Z1R gives you that in-the-room feel and a wonderful sense of space, while Supermoon creates its own space and spreads the sonic elements all around you. With Z1R you’re fixed in front of the singer, far removed from the band. With Supermoon you’re on stage but free to walk around at will. Take your pick as to which you prefer, but in my opinion you can easily live with both and switch them up as your mood takes you.


Closing thoughts

Everything about Supermoon, for me, is ground-breaking. It’s my first CIEM, sure, but more than that it’s the first time I’ve heard planar technology shrunk down to IEM form. Not only that, it’s outperforming full-size planar headphones that pride themselves on driver size and magnet power, with a driver the size of a fingernail.

Overall, I find Supermoon’s combination of engaging, coherent tonality and world-class technical ability to be one of the high watermarks of IEM evolution. Sure it has some issues – a touch of glare, a treble niggle here or there, and a more genteel take on dynamic contrast. Like Ken says, it’s ‘far from perfect’. But show me a perfect IEM and I’ll show you one that doesn’t exist.

Are any of its issues showstoppers? That’s not for me to say on your behalf. I can only tell you that, from my perspective, the pros far outweigh the cons.

Supermoon is likely not for you if you prefer a neutral sound with less bass focus and a more even-keeled midrange and treble. It’s also not for you if you want a thick, luscious sound that romanticises everything you hear. And it’s not ideal if you mainly listen to compressed files, or low bitrate streaming, directly out your phone or computer. Supermoon is unforgiving in how it presents music, so be mindful of what you feed it.

All that said, if you’re the type of person wanting something completely different from the vast majority of high-end IEMs out there, Supermoon is just the tonic. It won’t wow you with textbook-perfect instrument timbre, but it’ll seduce you with how those instruments sound alive regardless.

A friend of mine recently called Supermoon a market disruptor, and I couldn’t agree more. I’ve heard none better at its price, and I’ve heard few better at twice and three times the cost. If you want the best value high-end IEM money can buy right now, this is it.

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Superb review and pics as usual, very useful to know about the Cleo II pairing as I own one, there might be a Supermoon in my future :)
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Campfire Audio Supermoon
Pros: Build Quality
Cool design
Carrying case
Planar-magnetic drivers
Superb technical performance
TOTL detail and resolution
Bass impact
Cons: Non-customizable design
Very technical-sounding (if driven properly) - might be a pro for some
Chunky shells

The IEM market is a true gem of the audio industry. No other market segment is growing so rapidly and none is as entertaining. We’re getting new and exciting stuff pretty much month by month, with manufacturers racing with new ideas and technologies.
Campfire Audio has been out of the “innovation” game for a while now. Till now, they limited their lineup to all BA, DD, and hybrid designs. The rest of the market hasn’t slept through it though, and now we’re not only getting tribrid designs but also quadr-brids (?) with bone conduction drivers, etc.
I was starting to think that Campfire Audio is not going to rejoin the game anytime soon and that they’d like to focus on what they’re good at.
Luckily, I was mistaken, as they’ve recently announced their new CIEM – the Supermoon. As far as I’m aware (I might be wrong, comment below if I am!), they launched the first planar-magnetic custom IEM ever. Additionally, I had a chance to listen to their new Trifecta in Munich last month. It’s a 3DD IEM that just screams crazy at you. Everything from the looks all the way to the sound of these is just mental.
So, apparently, Campfire Audio is back in the game with some brave and unconventional designs, trying to push the limits again. Today we’re going to check if the Supermoon is a step in the right direction.



The unboxing experience was always important for Campfire Audio, and it’s no different this time. The Supermoon is packed similarly to all their other IEMs, but this time the box is slightly bigger, mainly due to the carrying case being bigger as well.
So, the box is sporting some cool graphics as always, but this time it’s rather minimal and elegant, with no fancy colors as we’re used to. Inside the box, you’re getting a classic CFA experience – a cloth pin, the Supermoon itself with a cable attached, a microfiber cloth, and a carrying case.


Let me get to that case for a second here. This is one of the biggest IEM/CIEM cases I’ve seen, and it’s just a classic CFA design. It has that wool lining inside, and outside it seems to use genuine leather. The case is very spacious and it can easily fit two pairs of IEMs. I don’t know why Campfire has gone with a bigger case than usual, maybe because the Supermoon is bigger than their universal models. Overall, the quality of the case is great and I’m glad that Campfire Audio has included it in the box. While I would personally prefer a hard case similar to a Peli case, this is good as well, just not as protective.
No tips are included in the box this time…it is a custom IEM, so you won’t need any

Design, Build and Comfort​


Another thing that Campfire Audio has mastered throughout the years is the built quality and the design of their products. This is the first time that I’m handling CIEMs made by CFA though, so this is definitely something new for me.
So, the actual build quality and design are both great. The finish on the shells is flawless and the surface is as smooth as it gets. While I won’t say that these are on the same level as Fir Audio customs, there’s absolutely nothing to complain about.
I also really like the design of the Supermoon. This is a Custom IEM, but you’re not able to actually customize the looks, as every pair of the Supermoon will look the same, except for the shape. The shells are not really black actually, but rather a very dark indigo color. When looking at the Supermoon in full sun or under a flashlight, you can easily see that they are definitely not black. While I’m not a fan of this color in general, these shells are so dark and close to being black, that I’m more than okay with the color.
Custom IEMs are masters of comfort usually, but the Supermoon is not the most comfortable CIEM I have, definitely not. I’m not saying that they are uncomfortable, not at all, they still offer fantastic ergonomics surpassing most of the universal IEMs I’ve ever tried. However, the shells are chunky, really. Because of that, they do protrude from your ears significantly more than other, more traditional CIEMs, which results in a fit that is not extremely secure.


This is more of nitpicking than a real problem because the Supermoon is very comfortable and it won’t fall out of your ears anytime soon. However, for me personally, the fit is on a looser side and they are not as comfortable as my Fir Audio CIEMs, which go deeper into my ear canal and I stop actually feeling them after 15 minutes.
Another thing worth mentioning is that the nozzle looks unprotected at first glance, but if you’ll look into it with a flashlight you’ll find a sort of cloth lining that will make sure nothing will go into the shells and destroy those planar-magnetic drivers. This solution is not ideal though, as it is going to be very, very hard to remove earwax if it makes its way into the nozzle. I’d rather have traditional mesh protection at the end of the nozzle, which makes it much easier to keep tidy and fresh.
Lastly, I’m happy to see Campfire Audio still using their MMCX connectors. I always said that they have the best MMCX sockets in the market, and nothing has changed from the last time I said that. These babies hold all of my MMCX cables perfectly, they are very secure and convenient with the whole twisting situation. While I see why many people prefer 2pin over MMCX, I feel like CFA connectors are going to last a longer time than your usual 2pin, which tend to loosen up with time.
I still remember when after 3 months of using my Lime Ears Aether R and cable rolling, my right CIEM actually disconnected on its own and went flying into the ground. Luckily, it survived, but ever since I was constantly stressed that this is going to happen again. With these MMCX sockets, I don’t think you’ll have that kind of problem.



There’s not a lot to say about the tech that sits inside the Supermoon, but we have to discuss two things.
Let’s address the elephant in the room first – the driver. As I said previously, I believe that this is the first planar-magnetic CIEM on the market (if I’m wrong please comment below), so it’s very nice to see Campfire Audio pushing some new things into the market, that they haven’t done for a while now. It’s more than interesting to see the leading driver type of over-ears in this segment of the market. Planar-magnetic IEMs have been more and more popular lately, mainly to the (already) legendary 7hZ Timeless and the Shuoer S12.
The stainless steel part of the faceplate actually has two jobs – to look cool and to secure the driver inside each shell. While I can’t comment on the latter, it certainly delivers on the first aspect.
Secondly, the Supermoon uses a new, patent-pending technology called Solid-Body design. Instead of trying to explain what it is, here’s Campfire Audio:
Our new solid-body design provides optimized acoustic performance by incorporating the tuning chambers of the earphone directly into the final IEM print.
This just shows that the Supermoon is not a lazy product, but rather a well-designed and thoughtful idea that’s meant to set the bar for CFA’s custom lineup.



It is the sound quality that matters the most at the end of the day. While the use of a planar-magnetic driver can make you pretty calm about the technical aspects of the sound, it is the tuning that happens to be the hard part with these drivers in IEMs.
So, did Campfire Audio nail the tuning of the Supermoon? Well, it depends. This is definitely not a neutral type of sound, and the Supermoon is actually one of the most unique sounding IEMs I’ve tried in some time.

The bass is very tight, fast and it packs some serious punch. While I won’t call the Supermoon a bassy IEM (surely not after comparing to the UM MEXT or Fir Audio XE6), it has a great quality to low frequencies. The bass notes are rich in textures and they are incredibly fast and accurate. It certainly sounds like a planar-magnetic bass that we all love – hyper-detailed, snappy, detailed, and well-controlled.
Take note though, as the bass response will vary a lot depending on what you’ll plug the Supermoon into. I initially tried it with my Cayin N3 Pro via the balanced output and the sound was pretty warmish. Then I plugged the Supermoon into my Hifiman EF400 and they immediately started to sing with a lot more body, richness, and a better timbre throughout the entire frequency response. Another great pairing was the yet unreleased EarMen Angel, which provides a ton of power for the Supermoon to shine.
This bass response is just perfect for music like Daft Punk, Rufus Du Sol, or Flume, where all the little details in the bass department matter a lot. You’re then rewarded with an exceptionally diverse, crisp bass delivery that sounds intoxicating. The Supermoon can also do rock and metal, as it gives that extra “oomph” to the music, without being bloated or muddy at all. Overall, the bass of the Supermoon is its strongest point, being one of the best on the current market in my opinion.


The midrange is again, very planar-like. It has a lot of resolution, it’s crispy, and again, very detailed. The overall midrange presentation is quite forward and insightful, making the Supermoon a highly extreme and crisp-sounding IEM. While you won’t find any warmth or lushness in this sound, it will certainly please the fans of some Hifiman over-ear, such as the Arya SE. Most current planar-magnetic headphones tend to have a very open, crisp, and textured-sounding midrange that pairs exceptionally well with their sublime technical performance, and the Supermoon is very similar to that. While the timbre of vocals often leaves something to be desired, I don’t feel like this CIEM is made for vocal music in mind. This model is definitely suited best for people that are into electronic music, with that V-shape sound that is very fresh and snappy sounding. My flagship vocal test, “A Thousand Shards Of Heaven”, by Lunatic Soul showed that the Supermoon tends to overexpose the upper vocal range, resulting in a somewhat tiring and aggressive sound that might be highly desired by the fans of Asian tuning, but isn’t something that many audiophiles are used to. Take note that this will hugely depend on the power output of your DAP or Amp. With weaker sources, the Supermoon has that slightly smooth and warmish tonality, but it’s for the price of the bass texture and dynamics. If you’ll give them a couple of watts of power to truly get that driver going, they do transform into more extreme-sounding beasts that will give you one of the best (if not the best) technical performances in this price range. You can actually underpower the Supermoon if you’d like a smoother and warmer sound, keeping most of that technical greatness. If you’d like to go all-in though and get every single bit of detail there is, prepare for the sound that is going to be on a thinner and leaner side.

The treble is very forward and clean sounding, but it might be a tad too sharp for some of you. The Supermoon is definitely not a smooth-sounding IEM (when driven to perfection), and it doesn’t try to make the music sound “prettier” than it really should. Because of that, this is an exceptional CIEM for people looking for an extreme and very clean presentation to get even the tiniest details out of the recording. Yet again, it highly reminds me of the Hifiman Arya SE, which is often just a bit too much for me but objectively speaking has brilliant technical capabilities. Because of this hyper-detailed character, you’ll be getting some fantastic performance out of your well-mastered music, but at the same time, you have to watch out for some poorly mastered music. For me personally, the Supermoon tends to sound either exceptional or just slightly tiring, depending on the music choice and the rest of the system. Keep in mind though, that I’m pretty sensitive to forward-sounding treble, so this could be just me. Nonetheless, as a reviewer, I’m always trying to ignore my subjective tase while rating a product, so when trying to rate the treble performance of the Supermoon as objectively as I can, I have to give credit when it’s due. If you plug them into something with less power, the treble actually starts to settle a bit and sound smoother, so if that’s your cup of tea, this could be a solution for you.


The soundstage is very wide and deep. This further empowers the feeling of a forward and extreme sound signature, as you’ll be getting a lot of action right in front of your head, as well as on the sides. The imaging is very good with great accuracy and a lot of air between the instruments, resulting in a fantastic separation. The Supermoon produces a huge sound that gives you a more intimate type of experience, and this might be just your cup of tea. If you prefer a vast and spacious type of soundstage, you probably won’t find it here. The Supermoon improves on every other Campfire Audio IEMs when it comes to imaging and separation though, as the crispiness of the entire frequency response and that amazing technical performance let it offer an outstanding insight into the recording. Also, thanks to the godlike resolution of the sound, everything sounds extremely clean and crisp, giving you a type of sound where you can easily focus on every single instrument one by one, as it never gets crowded or overcomplicated. No matter how busy the music sounds, the Supermoon will easily keep up,


Campfire Audio Solaris 2020


The battle of two current Campfire Audio flagships. What’s worth pointing out from the beginning, is that the tuning of these two is vastly different, so much that it’s actually pretty hard to compare the two.
First things first – the Supermoon is definitely an improvement over the Solaris 2020 when it comes to the technical performance. The latter has been on the market for some time, and it uses a hybrid construction, which has aged a bit. Because of that, while it is still a lovely sounding IEM with that wonderful midrange tone, technically it’s just not good enough to be called a competitive flagship in mid-2022. The Supermoon on the other hand is much more technical sounding, with better detail retrieval and resolution (well, better by quite a lot actually), but it’s just tuned vastly different.
For me personally, the star of the show of the Solaris 2020 is its moist, romantic, and lush midrange that just makes every vocal sound incredibly involving and beautiful. The Supermoon, on the other hand, presents vocals in a leaner, crisper way that is probably more popular among audiophiles lately. While I like my midrange thick and moist, the Solaris 2020 just cannot compare when it comes to the objective side of audio to the Supermoon.
The question is: which one should you get? I think that the answer is simple. If you want an ultimate detail retrieval, resolution, and hyper-high-energy type of sound, the Supermoon is definitely a more compelling choice in 2022. If you love vocals and it’s the most important aspect of music for you, the Solaris 2020 will suit your need a lot better, especially if you like your lower midrange thick.

Cayin Fantasy


I decided to compare these two, as they somewhat give me similar feelings. Both are great technically, but it’s the midrange that doesn’t suit my preferences too much.
When I compared them side by side, it struck me how much better the Supermoon actually is. While the Fantasy has great detail and resolution, the Supermoon takes it to the next level with that planar-magnetic driver. Also, the energy of the sound and the dynamics of the Supermoon surpass the Fantasy by a lot, being a lot more enjoyable and fun sounding.
The bass of the Fantasy has always been lacking for me, and the Supermoon wins in this department by a lot. It packs more punch, it’s heavier, more nuanced, and just crisper. A lot. The Fantasy in comparison sounds thin and just uninvolving. The midrange has a somewhat similar vibe with these two, as both are rather thin with male vocals, which makes both sound slightly unnatural with vocal music. The treble is forward and bright sounding on both, but the Fantasy takes it to the extreme, sounding very bright and harsh. The Supermoon is definitely more tonally correct than the Fantasy, but it often still sounds a bit too hot in my opinion.

Hifiman Arya SE


I know that comparing custom IEMs to over-ear planar-magnetic headphones seems weird, but hear me out. Right from the first moment of having the Supermoon, I felt like this is an IEM version of the Arya SE, or at least it’s close to that.
Both are exceptional when it comes to technical performance, both are snappy, extremely fast, and vivid sounding, and both are a bit too hot in upper frequencies (for me at least). The Supermoon is slightly more extreme sounding than the Arya SE, which has a more correct tonal balance (especially in the vocals area), but the overall presentation remains somewhat similar.

If you’re a fan of the Arya SE, then I think you’re going to love the Supermoon for its excellent detail retrieval and godlike resolution. But if the Arya SE felt a bit too much for you in the sound energy and in the treble departments, then the Supermoon is just that, but a touch more.


Cayin N3Pro


First things first – the N3Pro doesn’t have enough juice to get the Supermoon to its maximum capabilities. You have to give them a lot of power to make that driver sing, which will reward you with an extremely impressive detail retrieval and resolution.
But, there’s actually a point in “underpowering” the Supermoon. When not driven at 100%, they do begin to sound warmer, smoother, and less extreme, which will be highly desirable for some of you.
Take note that I’m talking about the balanced output with high gain, as the 3.5mm output of the N3Pro is nowhere close to making the Supermoon sounding properly. The balanced output is rated at 800mW and it just doesn’t sound like it’s enough as well. However, because the Supermoon gets less technical sounding with this kind of output, you can actually use it for your advantage.

Hifiman EF400


The latest All-In-One from Hifiman, A R2R balanced DAC with a powerful headphone amplifier, capable of getting the Susvara crazy loud. Let’s switch this baby to low gain and see how does it sound with the Supermoon.
First of all, the output power is huge and the Supermoon gets incredibly fast sounding. The detail retrieval and resolution are both top-notch, definitely sounding above what a $1500 IEM should be capable of doing. However, just like I said in the “sound” paragraph, with a powerful amplifier, the Supermoon gets highly technical sounding, which could end up being too tiring for some of you.
If you’re fine with a technical type of sound though, you’ll get rewarded with a technical performance that is just absolutely incredible for a $1500 IEM.

EarMen Angel


I’m putting this pairing here because the Angel is a perfect companion of the Supermoon when on the go. It delivers a lot of power for the Supermoon to shine, resulting in an incredibly detailed and clean sound.
Most DAPs won’t be able to drive the Supermoon to perfection, so you’ll have to find different options, and the Angel might be just the best pick you’ll have. Not only it’s hugely powerful, but at the same time it’s very clean and dynamic sounding, so this pairing might be the ultimate technical performance you can get in this price bracket in portable audio.
The bass is the most impressive aspect of the sound with this combo, as it is highly textured and hyper-fast sounding with a lot of rumble, introducing a proper weight to most recordings. If your favorite music is highly bass-dependant, the Supermoon is a brilliant choice.



Campfire Audio is back. Their newest Supermoon offers by far the best technical performance from their entire lineup. This planar-magnetic CIEM has a crazy resolution and detail retrieval that is definitely one of the best in its price bracket. Keep in mind though, that to achieve such an impressive technical performance, you’ll going to have to plug the Supermoon into an amplifier that has a lot of power.

You can actually underpower the Supermoon on purpose to get a warmer and smoother tone out of them. At the end of the day, when properly driven, the Supermoon is a highly technical sounding CIEM that will not make you fall asleep when listening to your favorite albums. This is made for fun, with its huge energy of the sound, and it will actually make for a great studio/mastering monitor.

Gear used during this review for the sake of comparison and as an accompanying equipment:
  • Headphones – Campfire Audio Solaris 2020, Cayin Fantasy, Unique Melody MEST, Unique Melody MEXT, Hifiman Arya SE, Hifiman Susvara
  • Sources– Cayin N3Pro, Hifiman EF400, EarMen Angel, EarMen Tradutto, Yulong Aurora, LittleDot MK III SE
Big thanks to Campfire Audio for providing the Supermoon for this review. I wasn’t paid or asked to say anything good or bad about this product, all of the above is just my personal, unbiased opinion. Campfire Audio hasn’t seen this review before publishing it.
@Rockwell75, by deeper you are referring to the Stage depth?
More holographic than anything else, correct?
Can I ask you the differences between Supermoon and Oriolus Isabellae? Thanks ....
While I'm sure they sound incredible they are sure ugly. Why are so many 'high end" products tacky?