The Comet is the newest member of the Campfire Audio family. Since its price is the most affordable of their audiophile earphones, the swarm of comparatively priced earphones might cloud a buyer’s decision making process. So today, I’m going to try to help by conducting a test. Hopefully I can shed some light with this Campfire Audio Comet vs Final Audio F3100 comparison review.
Campfire Audio Comet vs Final Audio F3100 Comparison Review
In the Box – Campfire Audio Comet vs Final Audio F3100 Comparison Review
|Campfire Audio Comet||Final Audio F3100|
|Campfire Audio Comet earphones||Final Audio F3100 earphones|
|Detachable audio cable||Eartips (silicone and foam)|
|Eartips (Spinfit and silicone)||Safe fit ring|
|Lapel pin||Silicone carrying case|
|Zipping carrying case||Documentation|
Specifications – Campfire Audio Comet vs Final Audio F3100 Comparison Review
|Campfire Audio Comet||Final Audio F3100|
|Driver||Balanced armature||Balanced armature|
|Impedence||48 ohms||42 ohms|
|Sensitivity||97 dB SPL/mW||106 dB|
Design – Campfire Audio Comet vs Final Audio F3100 Comparison Review
Build and Look
Both the Campfire Audio Comet and the Final Audio F3100 earphones have driver housings made of metal. The Comet is made of stainless steel and the F3100 is made of machined aluminum. As a result, both are strong and solid. The Comet has a one-up in the durability department because of its detachable litz-style cable, which basically means, if the cable gets snagged and needs replacing, it is easy to do so. On the other hand, the F3100 has an attached cable. However, its cable is an OFC (oxygen free copper) cable which contributes to Final Audio’s dedication to high quality and attention to detail.
While both earphones are relatively small compared to others on the market, they have very different looks. The Campfire Audio Comet is a bit flashier and mechanical looking. It has a shiny silver body with a quirky machined shape. On the other hand, the Final Audio F3100 has a very simple design. It has a barrel shape and is minimalistic and classy in design with its black matte finish.
Comfort and Fit
The small size of both of the Campfire Audio Comet and the Final Audio F3100 made them a great fit for my small and weirdly shaped ear canals. The Comet has a bigger nozzle and so I found it a little less comfortable than the skinny nozzle of the F3100. However, because of both earphones’ metal housings, they both felt cold upon entering my ear. They quickly warmed up, though after a minute or two.
Sound – Campfire Audio Comet vs Final Audio F3100 Comparison Review
The long sustained synth bass in the song Still Sane by Lorde was a good testing ground for the low end responses of the Campfire Audio Comet and the Final Audio F3100. The F3100 seemed to have a tight low end. It wasn’t particularly emphasized, but get realistic and natural. On the other hand, the Comet’s response, while still tight and controlled, was boosted a bit and had a quicker response. As a result, that synth bass felt clearer, although less loud in the F3100. In the Comet, it sounded lively and seemed to have some extra energy.
In general, the Campfire Audio Comet has more low-mid energy than the Final Audio F3100. For example, when I was listening to the song One Lonely Light by Amos Lee, the bass guitar and low register of the piano, as well as the thud of the snare drum, felt louder and more emphasized on the Comet. And while both earphones had lots of energy and clarity in the high-mids, I enjoyed a general smoothness in the F3100’s response.
Both the Campfire Audio Comet and the Final Audio F3100 earphones have a healthy sense of high frequency extension. The F3100 seemed to have a smoother high end, whereas the Comet felt quicker and more intimate. For example, when I was listening to the song Diving Duck Blues by Taj Mahal/Keb Mo, the breathing of the acoustic guitar player on the left is clearer and more exposed on the Comet. While the vocal felt airy on both earphones, the Comet felt more breathy and the F3100 felt more smooth.
Because of the smoothness in the Final Audio F3100, it doesn’t have a profound sense of depth. However, it is accurately wide and tall. The Campfire Audio Comet has a more deliberate soundstage with a more obvious nod to depth. This was evident in the song Slow Burn by Kacey Musgraves. Once the full instrumentation kicks in, the layers of reverb underneath everything really make a vivid soundscape which is especially audible in the Comet.
Overview – Campfire Audio Comet vs Final Audio F3100 Comparison Review
Despite the similar size of the Campfire Audio Comet and the Final Audio F3100, there are a few key differences in their sound signatures. The F3100 gives a more accurate, but still interesting depiction of mixes. The Comet, on the other hand, is more quirky and colorful with a quick transient response and responsive sound stage.
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