Campfire’s brand new Honeydew is yet another expansion of their price spectrum’s lower end. These run for $249, and we’ve seen past Campfire models in the price range, like the IO, which runs for $299, that perform exceptionally well. I was quite curious to see how the Honeydew would hold up to Campfire’s prestigious reputation.
Look and Feel
These have a similar fit to most campfire IEMs, with more geometric edges that are rounded to keep them from rubbing up against your ears uncomfortably. In terms of looks, their bright yellow color is in line with Campfire’s go-to bright appearance. The shade of yellow feels toned down enough to not look tacky, and has a nice glossy finish.
The Honeydew uses custom built 10mm LCP diaphragm dynamic drivers and have a beryllium copper MMCX cable. Their sound emits from a stainless steal spout and each IEM is hand assembled in Portland Oregan, like all of Campfire’s IEMs.
These have an impedance of 17.44 Ohms and a frequency response of 5Hz – 18kHz
Campfire says the Honeydew is supposed to have “enhanced lows.” Enhanced is an understatement, the low end on these is pumped up and driven pedal to the metal. If you want one of the strongest low end responses you can get at this price point, look no further. I would recommend these fairly strictly to bass and low end lovers, as you’ll get heaps of it. Their bass is expansive and booming, percussion hitting with a deep, immersive character. Luckily, the low end on the Honeydew doesn’t feel muddy, but is definitely extended with a focus on the sub range and a substantial attack.
The high mids and low mids on these take fairly different journeys. While both are more subdued, the high mids are significantly more taken back than the low mids, making the low mids feel somewhat pushed forward because of all the extra space they’re given. The Honeydew has a very dampened mid range that obliterates resonance and then some. Those looking for extreme detail in the mid range may not be drawn to this, but they still offer a surprisingly intricate retrieval despite cutting down the edges of the sound.
The Honeydew is a dark EM, and I mean dark, so don’t say I didn’t warn you. Their high end is clearly rolled off and subdued, giving them a high end level far lower than the average. If you find yourself always wanting less brightness no matter the IEM, the Honeydew could finally satisfy your needs. If you listen to a lot of brightly mixed music that needs some significant taming, these can also help cut down harsh songs or sounds a good few notches. Your ears will adjust to their darkness after a bit of listening and they will start to sound less modulating of music, but these are not for high end lovers.
The Honeydew has a very particular sound but is incredibly successful at it. For those that want a booming, dampened sound with intense warmth and huge low end extension, these are hard to beat. Especially for bass heavy genres or hyper-modern sounds, like EDM, hip-hop, and pop, these give that more club-like sound system feel. These could also be perfect for live applications for bass players, drummers, DJs, or anyone who needs to focus on good quality low end. My advice is that if you’re looking at the Honeydew, make sure you have the correct taste or application for it. If it is in fact your cup of tea, you’ll likely find yourself never wanting to drink anything else.
You can purchase Campfire Audio’s Honeydew at Audio46