Campfire Audio - Solstice CIEM
Dec 21, 2020 at 9:55 PM Post #136 of 141

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I was always wondering this too.

not that I don’t believe you, but were you told this from campfire or is this speculation? 2019 makes sense to me also.

I don't remember exactly when the Solstice was first announced, but I'm pretty sure it was before they released the many different iterations & special editions, which would suggest Andromeda v2 or v3 at the latest. My understanding is the v2 & v3 only had minor updates to the shell & connectors, but the tuning remained the same & Ken hasn't mentioned any changes to the Solstice since it was first released.

~edit - Solstice was announced late-November 2019, so you'd have to go back and see which version of Andromeda coincides with that time frame; I don't remember when v2 & v3 were released.
 
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which version of andromeda is the solstice based on?
I was always wondering this too.

not that I don’t believe you, but were you told this from campfire or is this speculation? 2019 makes sense to me also.

I also think based on 2019 version, but still tuned slightly different than both 2019 and 2020. I have tried all 3 (2019, 2020, Solstice) and they all sound a little different, but they are all related. Personal favorite sonically is the Andromeda 2020, but wow the Solstice is comfortable with the audiophile fit
 
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To address the Andro/Solstice situation, it was released prior to the 2020 refresh with the driver setup from the 2019 Andro. However, it does have a solid body design like the Andro 2020, so think of it as an Andro 2020 beta. In terms of tuning, it is unique and not entirely just an Andro custom. It has a noticeably flatter bass and more focused treble presentation. Here are my measurements for reference:

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Campfire Audio Andromeda 2020 (green) vs Andromeda 2018 (black).png
 
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In terms of tuning, it is unique and not entirely just an Andro custom. It has a noticeably flatter bass and more focused treble presentation.

I can definitely second this. In your opinion, does the Solstice sound a bit less engaging than the Andromeda? That's the case with mine
 
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I can definitely second this. In your opinion, does the Solstice sound a bit less engaging than the Andromeda? That's the case with mine

I do like a bit more bass personally, so it took me some time to adjust to the Solstice. It has good extension and great speed but I agree, could do with more fullness. For me, the 2020 strikes the most ideal balance, good to see CFA revisit this design and continually improve it. But I do still think the Solstice has its own character that some will prefer.
 

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