Campfire Orbit


The Campfire Orbit is a dear however entertaining first true wi-fi that possesses a heat, wealthy audio efficiency. These wi-fi earbuds are geared in direction of the audio purists, missing consolation options corresponding to energetic noise-cancellation and transparency modes.


  • Wealthy and daring presentation
  • Good consolation ranges
  • Strong passive noise isolating design
  • Above common name high quality


  • Sound is wanting outright readability and definition
  • Expensive for true wi-fi with out ANC or transparency mode
  • App EQ choices aren’t defined


  • UKRRP: £249
  • USARRP: $249
  • EuropeTBC
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  • AustraliaTBC

  • 10mm Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) dynamic driveUsed for a clearer, spacious and energetic efficiency

  • Equaliser7-band customized EQ and preset choice


Campfire Audio has established itself as a supplier of high-end in-ear screens (IEMs) however to date, they’ve operated within the wired market. That’s all modified with the Campfire Orbit.

The Orbit is the model’s first true wi-fi, and whereas it’s a small step for a wi-fi earbud, it’s an enormous leap for Campfire Audio. It’s now in a market and at a worth the place Sony, Bose and Bowers & Wilkins are on related trajectories.

The Campfire Orbit are like Astell & Kern’s first foray within the true wi-fi market, eschewing energetic noise-cancellation and diving headfirst into prime quality wi-fi sound. With that in thoughts, simply how excessive does the Orbit attain?


  • Compact profile
  • Beauty
  • Strong noise isolation
  • IPX5 water resistance

Compact and light-weight are watchwords for the Campfire Orbit. They’re not as chunky as their Andromeda counterparts, however they tackle the identical look.

The matte end is a nice twin tone: mild and darkish orange colors, which is the one end the Orbit is available in. The hexagonal, chunky design ensures they match tightly within the ear, though I’m at all times conscious of them as soon as they’re in.

Campfire Orbit on its side
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The Orbit can really feel slightly unfastened, so whereas there’s some wiggle room to discover a higher match, there’s additionally some motion strolling round (the bigger ear-tip reduces that feeling, however not altogether). A number of ear-tips are supplied from marshmallow ideas (small to giant) and silicone ear-tips (additionally small to giant) to seek out the specified match and luxury ranges.

And regardless of their chunkiness, I’ve had no points when it comes to consolation. When in place, the passive noise isolating qualities of the buds work nicely sufficient. Some noises go by their defences, however voices are diminished generally – the screaming of a child was extra tolerable on a prepare – and music wasn’t overwhelmed on the tube. They’re efficient at blotting out noise to the purpose the place I don’t overly miss noise-cancellation.

Campfire Orbit two tone finish finish
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I did discover the controls may very well be too delicate. The issue appeared associated to how they had been seated, as brushing towards my earlobe appeared to set off the controls. The priority appeared to have weeded itself out and having tried this bud on Android and iOS units, no additional troubles had been had.

Controls cowl playback (faucet) monitor skipping (double faucet), quantity (lengthy press) and interesting with a cell gadget’s voice assistant (triple faucet). You may as well handle calls and within the Campfire app customisation of controls quantities to toggling them on or off. It’s not the identical as assigning controls, however helpful when you discover there are controls you don’t use and subsequently don’t want.

Campfire Orbit charging case
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The case may be very petite – sufficiently small that extracting the buds takes just a few tries – and slips simply right into a pocket, sharing the identical angular design language and color scheme. Inside is a mint inexperienced color scheme, and whereas the distinction is unusual, I prefer it. Additionally inside (quite than out) is a row of 4 LED lights that sign how a lot cost is left. Under is the Bluetooth pairing button for connecting to a brand new gadget.

The buds are rated to the IPX5 normal; sturdy sufficient to withstand a sustained, low-pressure water spray. Some moist climate and maybe even a mild rinse must be okay, together with out of doors train and fitness center use.


  • AptX Bluetooth appropriate
  • Above common name high quality
  • Battery life rather less than anticipated

The best stage of Bluetooth help the Campfire Orbit has is aptX, and whereas it’s not the very best performing Qualcomm codec, it’s sufficient for 16-bit depth and sampling charge of 48kHz – although aptX’s bitrate is wanting CD high quality. With SBC and AAC, you’re coated when you don’t have an aptX-compatible cell gadget.

The steadiness of the Bluetooth connection was regular at Waterloo and Victoria stations, although fluctuated strolling by The Reduce in Waterloo and sign distortion was evident. The Campfire Orbit’s connection is stable sufficient however journeys up in some sudden locations.

Campfire Orbit inside the case
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Name high quality efficiency is above common. The individual on the opposite finish heard me clearly and most background noises weren’t a problem. What did trigger issues was wind noise, which induced my voice to sound distant, and loud passing noises appeared an excessive amount of for the earphones to dam out.

Campfire charges the battery at round 30 hours in complete, with 8.5 hours per cost (at 80% quantity). Draining the battery with a Spotify playlist for an hour noticed battery ranges drop to round 84%. If the Campfire Orbit continues to empty at that charge they’re good for simply over six hours of listening. You will get them again in control by charging by way of cable (USB-C) or wi-fi (Qi charging).

Campfire Orbit USB charging port
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The companion app has a primary interface that’s principally understandable. There’s a collection of seven EQ presets, although they’re all numbered with no description hooked up (the handbook is of zero assist). All you are able to do is faucet by to listen to the variations. You may as well create one with a 7-band EQ that ranges from 32 to 14k.

Campfire Orbit companion app

Sound High quality

  • Wealthy, heat presentation
  • Large and agency vocal presence
  • Assertive bass

The Orbit‘s presentation is a daring, wealthy and totally fulfilling one, however comes with caveats, specifically that they’re quick on a extra exact sense of definition and element.

The Orbit performs music in broad strokes, its heat whereas fulfilling additionally serves to focus on a scarcity of outright readability and constancy the Sony WF-1000XM4 can supply, for instance. With Michael Giacchino’s Dedication, the heat of the Orbit provides a big, textured, energetic presentation; however the WF-1000XM4 supply clearer separation of the orchestra sections, which in flip relays a greater sense of definition and element.

Campfire Orbit on top of the case
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However when you like music with loads of gusto, verve, and drama then the Campfire Orbit is a tonic to the ears. And it’s attention-grabbing how the Orbit conveys its soundstage. The place some true wi-fi pitch devices and vocals in entrance of the listener, the Orbit’s soundstage is unfold out massive and tall, and nearer to the listener in a approach that places them proper in the course of issues.

The midrange is, unsurprisingly, fettered with heat. Voices are massive in dimension, and firmly outlined whether or not male or feminine. I might say they lack a level of subtlety, nevertheless it’s in step with the Orbit’s general view. They’re a daring and unambiguously big-sounding true wi-fi.

In the direction of the upper finish of the frequency the Orbit is richer than essentially brilliant and sharp, bringing out the horn notes of a trumpet within the jazz model of That is America (feat. Keyon Harrold). There’s a component of the treble sounding rolled off in GoGo Penguin’s Erased by Daylight, however there’s sufficient info and variation offered to forestall excessive frequencies sounding too muted, although I want the Sony’s extra balanced method.

Campfire Orbit earphones in front
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The bass is highly effective and assertive, and it will probably arguably dominate proceedings. I’ve seen bass can sound slightly arduous in locations – bass is punchy quite than deep and rumbly. A mess around with the EQ settings can supply some refined adjustments or just flip the processing off altogether.

Most of this assessment was carried out with the EQ 7 and ‘Off’ choices; the previous sounds barely larger than the remaining (possibility 6 appears to concentrate on voices). So far as I can inform, the distinction between all of the EQ choices isn’t huge, so whichever profile is chosen you’re getting an identical sound.

Campfire Orbit earphones design
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Must you purchase it?

If you happen to like audio that’s like a heat tub:

Wealthy, daring and expansive are just a few phrases to explain the Orbit’s audio profile. If that’s what you want, that’s what you get.

You need extra element and readability:

These are earphones that attraction to these after a high-quality expertise, however their heat method does depart them quick versus others when it comes to general element, definition, and readability.

Remaining Ideas

The Campfire Orbit is a wealthy, heat sonic tub and there are each advantages and handicaps to that method. However when you like music offered in an enormous, daring, and energetic method, the Orbit will not be shy about coming ahead.

They do lack outright readability and definition in comparison with equally priced true wi-fi, they usually lack handy options corresponding to energetic noise-cancellation and transparency modes. In that context, a purchase order of those earbuds will probably be right down to how you are feeling about its sonic method.

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In contrast towards different true wi-fi


Does the Campfire Orbit help ANC and transparency modes?

The Orbit helps neither noise-cancellation or any transparency mode, so when you’re in search of these options you’d have to look elsewhere.




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