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Been using Comet for the last 2 weeks. Just wanna share some experiences:

1. Out of the box, Comet does not work with my HTC10. Problem solved after I download an app called "Lesser Audio switch", which bypass the default headphone recognition software of HTC10 and route audio output either towards headphone port/speaker. Works flawlessly.

2. All un-boxing video of Comet I've seen show that Comet comes with Spin-fit tips. Surprisingly, my unit comes with Final type-E tips. I tried wearing Comet with the bundled Final tips as well as my own Spin-fit CP100s. I find that with the Finals, Comet stick out of my ears less than with the Spin-fits. Result - better comfort, more secure fit. No significant sonic difference though.

3. Comet's rated nominal impedance is higher that 40 ohms, yet it's surprisingly sensitive to source's output impedance. General rule - higher OI = brighter sound, vice versa. Out of my Chord Mojo, which has less than 1 ohm OI, Comet sounds gentle, forgiving, sibilance-free, slightly bassy (very slight). In contrast, out of my Lenovo laptop, which gotta has an OI of >10 ohms, Comet sounds harsh, sterile, bass less, even more sibilant than my un-modded HD800. My favorite source for Comet is my HTC10 - tonal balance stuck between Mojo & Lenovo with a slight bright tilt. Disclaimer: I am a treble-head.

4. Comet is not a technically-competent pair of IEMs. It does not "scale up" (in terms of detail-retrieval, spatial-cues depiction, bass pitch-differentiation, timbre-differentiation, dynamic contrast......etc.) at all. It's part of the reason why I prefer driving it directly off a phone over driving it off Mojo.

5. Without doubt the most ergonomically designed IEM among all Campfire IEMs (I tried em all). I only have 2 complains: a.) cable is slightly (just ever so slightly) too heavy for an IEM that is designed to be wear cable-down, due to the added weight of the attached mic-remote. / b.) Shape of the earphone housings makes wearing Comet cable-up kind of troublesome - finding the right insertion angle is somewhat time-consuming (well, still a matter of couple seconds...).

6. Build-quality wise......well, it's made by Campfire Audio - nothing else need to be said......you know something is genuinely a piece of fine art the very first moment you encounter it.

Conclusion: Extremely impressive in terms of design/aesthetic/build-quality/accessories. Moderately impressive in terms of "fidelity"...same amount of money gets you a pair of Brainwavz B400s, which actually does "scale up" as you improve the quality of front-end, unlike Comet. I am still impressed by Comet's sound quality despite it's lack of technicality, as it got an easy-going, pleasing sonic character that plays well with vast majority of modern music genres (assuming low-ish source's OI). Also, I think that ultimate resolution isn't really that matter for obtaining musical enjoyment......for me at least.
Your impressions line up pretty well with mine. I really enjoyed the Comet while I had it-- in a way it felt like a baby Andromeda. Ultimately it was my gateway drug for more of the Campfire sound and here I am now with the Atlas and the Solaris and in love with both.
 
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Your impressions line up pretty well with mine. I really enjoyed the Comet while I had it-- in a way it felt like a baby Andromeda. Ultimately it was my gateway drug for more of the Campfire sound and here I am now with the Atlas and the Solaris and in love with both.
Just read your excellent review of Solaris haha. Your impressions make me re-consider acquiring Solaris - last time I auditioned it I was seriously impressed by the sheer amount of musical information coming out of it as well as how un-forceful/non-intrusive such fidelity was presented, yet at the same time seriously unimpressed about its ergonomics (I got smallish, Asian-sized ears). I shall bring along a wide variety of ear-tips to give it another try, may figure out a way to overcome the ergonomic issue.
 
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Just read your excellent review of Solaris haha. Your impressions make me re-consider acquiring Solaris - last time I auditioned it I was seriously impressed by the sheer amount of musical information coming out of it as well as how un-forceful/non-intrusive such fidelity was presented, yet at the same time seriously unimpressed about its ergonomics (I got smallish, Asian-sized ears). I shall bring along a wide variety of ear-tips to give it another try, may figure out a way to overcome the ergonomic issue.
That's a bummer about it fit. Fortunately for me I have a large head and Dumbo ears so the Solaris just disappears into them comfortably. I'm even coming to appreciate the memory for the extra stability they provide. I could probably do jumping jacks or hang upside down and they wouldn't budge. Good idea with the eartips-- I use short and stubby eartips (my faves are Spirals) but perhaps you might benefit with something a little longer so the Solaris doesn't have to be pushed right into your ear. I hope you're able to get them to work for you.
 
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Just read your excellent review of Solaris haha. Your impressions make me re-consider acquiring Solaris - last time I auditioned it I was seriously impressed by the sheer amount of musical information coming out of it as well as how un-forceful/non-intrusive such fidelity was presented, yet at the same time seriously unimpressed about its ergonomics (I got smallish, Asian-sized ears). I shall bring along a wide variety of ear-tips to give it another try, may figure out a way to overcome the ergonomic issue.
Save a bit more and get the Equinox :p
 
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Save a bit more and get the Equinox :p
Almost forget it exists lol......it's the only Campfire IEM I haven't tried. To be honest, I am not very enthusiastic about Equinox. Numerous head-fiers report Atlas' issue of driver suffocation. Equinox uses similar design and I worry that driver suffocation is even worse on this model, since custom-molded IEMs typically creates higher degree of air-tight than universals when being inserted.
 
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Almost forget it exists lol......it's the only Campfire IEM I haven't tried. To be honest, I am not very enthusiastic about Equinox. Numerous head-fiers report Atlas' issue of driver suffocation. Equinox uses similar design and I worry that driver suffocation is even worse on this model, since custom-molded IEMs typically creates higher degree of air-tight than universals when being inserted.
All is really comfy with the Equinox. Bye bye tips rolling, deep insertion or driver flex.
 
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I've never had issues with driver flex with the Atlas.
 
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All is really comfy with the Equinox. Bye bye tips rolling, deep insertion or driver flex.
How strong is the noise isolation, compared to...say Atlas/your Dunu IEMs? Also, does you experience ear fatigue after extended listening as many have complaint about, towards Atlas (thunderous bass slam + tight seal = air pressure build up in ear canals)? These are my major concerns. Thanks!
 
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I've never had issues with driver flex with the Atlas.
The only way I am able to avoid driver flex while inserting Atlas, as well as Polaris & first-gen Lyra was using foam tips. Otherwise, no matter how gentle I perform the insertion driver flex occurs (the moment I push them firmly inward). Oh, with the exception of using inappropriately sized tips - since no seal is created...
 
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How strong is the noise isolation, compared to...say Atlas/your Dunu IEMs? Also, does you experience ear fatigue after extended listening as many have complaint about, towards Atlas (thunderous bass slam + tight seal = air pressure build up in ear canals)? These are my major concerns. Thanks!
Just noticed there are only 5 left on the site, so looks like the run might be coming to an end soon. It's really the price that's making me hesitate on the equinox as I'd love to try a ciem with that short a stem.

Got a set of comets and do like them when I can get them to seal!
 
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The only way I am able to avoid driver flex while inserting Atlas, as well as Polaris & first-gen Lyra was using foam tips. Otherwise, no matter how gentle I perform the insertion driver flex occurs (the moment I push them firmly inward). Oh, with the exception of using inappropriately sized tips - since no seal is created...
Yeah unfortunately it's another one of those fit related things that seems to affect some more than others. I was tangentially aware of it when I purchased but fortunately was able to have an extended demo session first to verify that it wouldn't be an issue for me.
 
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To add, I have some minor driver flex, and depending on the tips I use, I can get the suffocation issue briefly too where all sound is cut out. Biggest hurdle for me is just that I get some mild discomfort with them due to their size. They rest on my ear in a way that causes some issues. Not enough to be painful but enough that I find myself adjusting them pretty often.

There has been talk about custom tips, and I am getting impressions made on Friday, and will be getting tips made for the atlas. I am not expecting any real changes to the sound, but am mainly interested in comfort. And if isolation increases, then I guess that means potentially lower listening volumes as well which I find helps even more with comfort especially over longer sessions.
 
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How strong is the noise isolation, compared to...say Atlas/your Dunu IEMs? Also, does you experience ear fatigue after extended listening as many have complaint about, towards Atlas (thunderous bass slam + tight seal = air pressure build up in ear canals)? These are my major concerns. Thanks!
With the Equinox, in the subway, the isolation is better then my Dunu’s DN2002 with Spinfits. The longest session I did is 2.5 hours without fatigue.
The seal is good with no air pressure.
 
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Bought a nicely used Atlas today from our want adds. Now have Comet, Vegas and Atlas. I like one driver IEMs.
 
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Will the atlas be the end of it’s kind, 1DD iems in the future? All of the new iems seems to be used indoor since they are so big with lot’s of BA/DD it is ridiculous to be used in public. No wonder people have an affection with the likes of ie800, xelento, atlas ...they serve the purpose
 
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