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  1. Dobrescu George
    You don't need moe power as in actual power, they are driven quite well from M9, just more detail, larger soundstage, a more revealing sound, things a higher-end Player can offer :)
     
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  2. Rockwell75
    Campfire Atlas how I love thee, let me count the ways... It's been almost a week and I've only fallen more in love with my stainless steel titans. I don't have a lot of experience with different IEMs but I'm having a hard time imagining any that could make my music more immersive, engaging and, above all fun. Disregard any complaints you've heard that these are "too bassy"...at least until you've heard them for yourself. I can't stress this last point enough. I spent days on the internet researching different IEMs and almost got lost in the multitude of differing opinions and preferences-- it's so easy to get lost in a byway of someone's conflicting opinion. There is simply no substitute for trying something out and seeing if it works for you. On that note if you're at all into rock, EDM, reggae. anything rooted in rhythm and bass or that is otherwise guitar driven...you owe it to yourself to check these out :)
     
  3. JaZZ Contributor
    The Atlas is my favorite IEM as well. Apart from being «musical» and engaging, I also find it very honest – after a little equalizing. However, you certainly aren't interested in my compensation curve, are you?

    CA Atlas EQ Curve.jpg

    It may look like a nice geometrical figure, but it is carefully elaborated during many hours of occupation since I own it, with the goal of ultimate neutrality – using the FiiO X3 II's on-board octave equalizer. (If I use it with a Hugo₂, some modifications are needed, particularly for the 16 kHz band, which then is set to –0.8 dB.)

    In numbers (from lows to highs):....–2.8....–4.4....–6....–4.4....–3.2....–1.6....–0.2....–1.8....–3.8....–0.4

    It's hard for me to find any flaws with the Atlas after that. I'm particularly surprised by the quality of the treble, which in fact exceeds that of the Andromeda (to my ears). A revealing test was the reproduction of a fire crackle (on Ron Geesin's «To Roger Waters wherever you are»): Crisp and dry through the Atlas, somewhat «reverberative» and wet, almost like in a kitchen with the Andromeda. Don't get me wrong, I like the Andromeda as well, but consider the Atlas more honest and lifelike. So it seems that I don't have to care for the Solaris... The quality of the bass doesn't need to be pointed out any further, but I have to say that the purity, transparency and extension of the Atlas' low-frequency reproduction is really something special. And the midrange holds its own, at the latest after above ~4 dB boost.

    After trying a few different cables I ended up with the standard Silver Litz as the best match, especially considering its upper-treble-friendliness and over-all high resolution.

    So congrats to Campfire Audio!
     
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2019
  4. Rockwell75

    Thank-you for sharing that :) It's very heartening coming from someone of your obvious experience. I don't have much experience EQing at this point-- when I turn the EQ of my Fiio M9 on the sound becomes very muffled, so I just turn it off lol.
     
  5. JaZZ Contributor
    I also should have mentioned that I use Comply Foam Ts-400 tips – since the tips can alter the tonal balance considerably. So I just had to install a fresh set of tips, and the new ones rather need –0.4 dB at 16 kHz than –0.2 dB.

    Personally I avoid tips with a sleek inside (thus the typical silicone tips) since they add too much high-frequency reverb, whereas foam tips tend to provide better absorption.
     
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2019
  6. davidcotton
    You can get some custom tips from Custom Art with the impressions you've sent in :)
     
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  7. talmadge
    Is there anybody in the US that can make custom tips for Atlas? Campfire Audio said Snugs but they are in the UK and don’t make them for Atlas. They do make them for Vega and some other CA models. I wish there was someone in the US.
     
  8. davidcotton
    Try Perfect-seal.com. Might not be listed on the site but might be worth firing them an email. As a bonus https://www.head-fi.org/threads/my-experience-with-perfect-seal-custom-ear-tips.886577/
     
  9. Luisonic
    My approach is basically the same... I've done some e-quing with the Atlas only to go back and leave it alone. They're so balanced and well tuned, that I find it hard to move things without messing the stability of sound they convey, to my ears.
    I'm now using the sp1000m, JVC spirals, no e-quing, match made in heaven.
     
  10. Rockwell75
    I just ordered a pair of Spirals :)
     
  11. Luisonic
    Yup try them, the best for the Atlas IMO. You feel the transparency even more. I'm addicted to that feeling... :wink:
     
  12. stargazing
    What is the general consensus on Snugs here? Do they offer much improvement over say Comply (it comply seal well for the user?). It is difficult to keep buying tips which eventually fail - so wonder whether the investment is worth it
     
  13. HeartOfSky
    Am absolutely loving Atlas. So much that I might be selling my Andromeda-S, but will take some time to be sure of that decision.

    Anyway, I really don't like that I have to keep referencing that tiny little blue or red dot, just to know which goes in which ear. I was marking them with blue and red sharpies, respectively, but it wears off in less than a day. So, today, I picked up some metallic nail polish on clearance (because: sparkle) and think it's going to do the trick. Looks a bit intense in the photo, but I think it came out pretty good. I used a flat tooth pick, grabbed a tiny bit of polish from the brush, and then used the flat edge to apply the color and spread it around.

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2019
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  14. Caruryn
    I would keep both since they have different signatures and both are very good at their specialties and probably use them with different daps.A neutral dap for Atlas like Ibasso DX200 or the soon to arrive DX220 and a more musical dap for the neutral Andro S.
     
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2019
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  15. Rockwell75
    I was thinking of picking up an Andromeda at some point as it seems it would be the perfect compliment to my Atlas.
     
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