Bass-heads unite over these two gems. Not long ago, I first listened to Noble Audio’s Dulce Bass, and I decided it was one of the most fun bass-heavy IEMs I’ve ever tested. But my all-time favorite bassy earphones are made by Campfire Audio. So I was interested to see how these two similarly priced models match up. Which is the right bass profile for you? And which IEM shows the most overall skill? Let’s find out in this Campfire Audio Jupiter vs Noble Audio Dulce Bass Review.
Campfire Audio Jupiter vs Noble Audio Dulce Bass Review
IN the BOX
Campfire Audio Jupiter
Noble Audio Dulce Bass
Both IEMs offer an equally comfortable fit. Some people complain about the comfort factor with Noble Audio buds. I personally find the size and shape of the shell on the Kaiser and Katana to be an issue. But the rest of the models (Dulce Bass included) have smaller shells, and I had no problem wearing them for extended periods of time. The Dulce Bass takes a bit less time to pop in your ear because the over ear wires are kind of elastic. With the Jupiter, you have to form the memory wire around your ear. But both earphones feel secure and provide a good seal.
The Jupiter sports 4 balanced armature drivers; 2 high and 2 low. The Dulce Bass has 5 drivers, though Noble doesn’t specify how these driver are directed. In fact, Noble Audio gives out almost no specs. But there’s romance in mystery.
In terms of longevity, the Jupiter seems like the more solid headphone. It’s coated with Cerakote, which is a super durable polymer-ceramic composite. The Dulce Bass, on the other hand, is partially made from plastic. But it looks damn pretty.
The Jupiter has a detachable cable with MMCX connectors, while the Dulce Bass has 2-pin connectors. The jury is out on which is the more durable connection, but many say that the 2-pin is the longer lasting of the two. The cable material that Noble Audio uses is another mystery. But Campfire employs the ever-trendy copper Litz cable, which does an amazing job at dampening sound and helping to give Campfire the sound signature that made it famous.
Overall Impressions: The Jupiter’s dry bass and sparkling highs vs the Dulce Bass’ smooth and reverberating lows.
Both IEMs present very a forward leaning bass with a similar level of depth. But in true Campfire fashion, the bass on the Jupiter feels dryer, denser and more textured. In fact, when picturing Campfire’s sound signature, I think of a cement brick. The Dulce Bass, on the other hand, offers a more refined, slightly reverberating bass, and it has a more buttery feel. Therefore, it might be more suitable for hip-hop or electronica.
Both earphones have very present and broad sounding midranges. But the Dulce Bass puts a little less emphasis in the low mids, bringing vocals slightly forward. On the Jupiter, vocals are a more embedded into the mix. Listening to pop, the Jupiter had a raw and rock-solid power behind it, while the Dulce Bass gave a cleaner, smoother performance. But both sound frequen’ mind-blowing when listening to “Toxic.” In fact, if pop is your only genre, these 2 IEMs are probably the best buds you can get in this price range. In terms of detail, the Jupiter is a more skilled headphone. Listening to acoustic guitars, I heard a lot more detail and resolve on the Jupiter than I did on the comparatively cloudy Dulce Bass. So, any acoustic instrument, especially in the lower-midrange, is probably going to sound more transparent on the Jupiter.
The Jupiter displays more detail when listening to strings in the high registers. Again, the Dulce Bass is on the smoother side, while the Jupiter is more raw and nuanced. That being said, trumpets at their highest peak were relatively smooth on the Dulce Bass and more piercing on the Jupiter. The Jupiter is the brighter headphone, making percussion instruments sound crystal and snappy.
The Jupiter is the clear winner in this department. It portrays a much more spacious soundstage with a multidimensional feel that the Dulce Bass can’t match.
The Jupiter shows more dexterity, capturing the highs more adeptly and displaying more overall clarity and detail than the Dulce Bass. So, if you listen to many different genres, the Jupiter is the more versatile IEM. But if you prefer a smooth and easy sound, and you listen to a lot of hip-hop or electronica, then the Dulce Bass might be your baby.
Campfire Audio Jupiter
Noble Audio Dulce Bass
|Driver||4 Balanced Armature||5 Balanced Armature|
|Frequency Range||5 – 22,000 Hz||Unspecified|