Campfire Audio releases their latest model today - Ara. Powered by 7 balanced armature (BA) drivers, I believe it should have a richer texture and more impactful bass as compared to the well-received Andromeda. This is not the first time Campfire Audio utilising 7 drivers in their IEMs. In 2019, they released Andromeda Gold Edition which is powered by 7 BA drivers too. The driver configuration is the same for Ara. I am looking forward to audition on the new Ara!
10Hz–28 kHz Frequency Response
93 dB SPL/mW Sensitivity
8.5 Ohms @ 1kHz Impedance
Dual High Frequency Balanced Armature Drivers + T.A.E.C.
Single Mid Frequency Balanced Armature Driver
Quad Low Frequency Balanced Armature Drivers
Beryllium / Copper MMCX Connections
Machined Aluminum Shell
Tuned Acoustic Expansion Chamber™ (T.A.E.C.)
PVD Black Stainless Steel Spout
Here are some photos of Ara:
Incorporating a ‘Crossover-less’ driver design with new Solid-Body acoustic design into a Titanium shell makes for an excellent earphone. Ara has a speed and accuracy to its musical delivery that is exceptional.
Its sound has just the right touch of warmth and richness to recall the best in classic HiFi. It reminds you why listening to earphones can be so much fun.
Ara is a seven balanced armature design; two high (+T.A.E.C.), one mid, four low. It does not use typical passive electronic components to crossover the drivers. Instead, Campfire Audio shape the driver’s performance by articulating the acoustic properties of Solid-Body internal chamber design. An approach Campfire Audio first created with during development of custom-fit earphones.
Machined from Grade 2 Titanium billet, Ara’s shell is immediately appealing. Leaving the machined titanium raw lets the natural beauty of the material shine.
Over the life of the earphone, owners will enjoy a changing finish that will only get more interesting with time. Rest assured, your earphone drivers are safe in this finely crafted body.
At first glance, four bass drivers would suggest a signature with prominent bass. However, the solid sonic grounding of the well-controlled bass drivers provides ample space for the mid and high drivers to shine brightly. Ara is an earphone well suited for the audiophile and reference listener.
Campfire Audio's exciting new premium cork protective zipper case is an environmentally friendly update. Sustainably harvested Cork surrounds a substantial and protective rubber barrier that ensures that your earphones will remain safe while in transit. The interior is a thick faux wool lining that preserves the anodized finish of your earphones. Each case is made in Portugal by a small team of skilled craftspeople that share Campfire Audio's commitment to quality.
The Cork used for the cases is the outer bark of the Cork Oak Tree (Cork Suberus L), and its extraction is harmless to the tree. The harvest occurs every nine years during the expectable lifetime of the tree (around 150 years). Harvesting the Cork of the tree is fundamental for the sustainability of the cork oak forests. A naturally durable material that feels good to hold in your hand.
Shipping from June 18th. Place your order now on Campfire Audio Official Website.