Character vs Realism – Campfire Audio Comet vs Final Audio E4000 Comparison Review

Final Audio E4000 vs Campfire Audio Comet Best Audiophile Earphones

The Campfire Audio Comet and the Final Audio E4000 are both high quality earphones for a pretty affordable price. So which one is better for what purposes? And how do they compare to each other? Today I’ll find out with this Campfire Audio Comet vs Final Audio E4000 comparison review.

Character vs Realism – Campfire Audio Comet vs Final Audio E4000 Comparison Review

In the Box – Campfire Audio Comet vs Final Audio E4000 Comparison Review

Campfire Audio Comet Final Audio E4000
Campfire Audio Comet earphones Final Audio E4000 earphones
eartips (silicone and foam) eartips
cleaning tool earhooks
lapel pin silicone carrying case
zipping carrying case karabiner
documentation documentation

Specifications – Campfire Audio Comet vs Final Audio E4000 Comparison Review

Campfire Audio CometFinal Audio E4000

Housing stainless steel aluminum alumite finish
Driver balanced armature  6.4 mm, dynamic driver
Cable litz cable with MMCX connector OFC cable with MMCX connector
Sensitivity 97 dB/mW 97 dB/mW
Impedance 48 ohms 15 ohms
Cord Length 1.2 m  1.2 m
Price $199.00 $149.00

 

Design – Campfire Audio Comet vs Final Audio E4000 Comparison Review

Comfort and Fit

Both the Campfire Audio Comet and the Final Audio E4000 have small driver housings. As a result, they are a good fit for my weirdly shaped ears. The Comet has a bigger nozzle so it was a bit less comfortable than the skinny nozzle of the E4000. The Comet was also a bit cold in my ear. It’s not a problem during the Summer, but I could see it being bothersome during colder weather.

Campfire Audio Comet vs Final Audio E4000 Earphones

Durability and Build

The Campfire Audio Comet’s driver housing is made of steel and the Final Audio E4000 is made of aluminum. As a result, the E4000 is lighter, but the Comet is stronger. Both have detachable cables. Therefore, if they get snagged or break, they are replaceable. The Comet has a litz-style cable which I’ve had great experience with in the past. In fact, it is one of the main reasons why I tend to love Campfire products so much. On the other hand, the E4000 has a OFC cable, another great option and built with quality in mind.

Final Audio E4000 vs Campfire Audio E4000 OFC cable vs litz cable

Sound – Campfire Audio Comet vs Final Audio E4000 Comparison Review

Low Frequencies

Overall, the Final Audio E4000 has more low end and a deeper extension than the Campfire Audio Comet. However, it sounded like the Comet had a quicker transient response, so it was more reactive to dynamic changes. As a result it had extra power. For example, I was listening to Hypnotize by the Notorious B.I.G. The kick drum and lowness of the bass came through clearly (sub frequencies and all) with the E4000. The Comet seemed to reveal more of the compression going on in the kick and bass, but was less punchy.

Middle Frequencies

Both the Campfire Audio Comet and the Final Audio E4000 have impressive and full sounding midranges. When I was listening to Toto’s song, Gift of Faith, both earphones represented the guitars beautifully. Actually the middle part of the midrange sounded quite similar in the two. However, one difference in the midrange was noticeable in the low-mids. For example, in Gift of Faith, the Comet’s low-mids were more forward. As a result,  the bass guitar sounded louder than the kick drum and was reliant on the low-mids to give it strength. On the other hand, the E4000 had a less low-mids. The bass guitar’s power came from the low end. As a result, the bass and kick drum sounded more evenly matched level-wise. The high-mids of the E4000 sounded smoother than the emphasized high-mids of the Comet. As a result, the Comet seemed to have more character in its sound, whereas the E4000 felt a bit more realistic.

High Frequencies

Generally, the Campfire Audio Comet felt brighter than the Final Audio E4000. The highs on the Comet were detailed and emphasized. On the other hand, the highs of the E4000 were even and smooth. For example, in Rocco DeLuca’s song, Feather and Knife, the acoustic guitar felt more forward and present with the Comet. Additionally, there was more air on his vocal and the background vocals. The Comet had quicker transients. Therefore, the dynamics seemed to move and breath more than the E4000. On the other hand, the vocal and guitar still had an element of airiness. However, it was not as emphasized. As a result, the vocal mid-tone carried its emotion rather than the breath.

Soundstage

Both earphones have pretty soundstages. However, they’re quite different from each other. The Final Audio E4000’s soundstage is carried by its strong left-to-right imaging. Additionally, it has a deep top-to-bottom image (because of the sub frequency information). Conversely, the Campfire Audio Comet has a three dimensional sense of space with its feeling of front-to-back imaging. Additionally, its high frequency extension makes it feel taller than the E4000.

Overview

The Campfire Audio Comet and the Final Audio E4000 are both amazing sets of earphones. Both fit well, are durable, and have really special attention to detail quality-wise. The Comet, overall, has more character to its sound signature and a quicker transient response. The E4000 has a deeper bass, a more even midrange, and a smoother high-end. 

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