The Campfire Lyra II will please listeners who like it warm and smooth. Get your minds out of the gutter, I’m talking about headphones. At a pricey 700 bucks, just how good is the Lyra II, and how does it fair in relation to other Campfire models? Let’s find out in this Campfire Lyra II In Ear Headphones Review.
Campfire Lyra II In Ear Headphones Review
IN the BOX – Campfire Lyra II In Ear Headphones Review
Campfire Audio Textured Black Earphone Case
Campfire Audio Litz Cable – Silver Plated Copper Conductors with Berylium Copper MMCX and 3.5mm Stereo Plug
SPINFIT Tips (xs/s/m/l)
Campfire Audio Earphone Tips(s/m/l)
Silicon Earphone Tips (s/m/l)
Campfire Audio Lapel Pin
FIT and DESIGN – Campfire Lyra II In Ear Headphones Review
The Lyra II fits easily and snugly. Use the foam ear tips to get the best seal. Campfire in-ear models are solid and a little heavy. But I’ve never found weight to be an issue once they’re in my ears. Campfire designed the Lyra II to be warm, emotive and natural. To get this effect, they used an 8.5mm Beryllium PVD driver in a liquid alloy metal enclosure. Extremely strong “Earth magnets,” which are used in the famous Vega model, are implemented in the Lyra II’s driver as well.
SOUND – Campfire Lyra II In Ear Headphones Review
The sound on the Campfire Lyra II is characterized by its beautiful sleekness and warmth. If it spoke a language, it would be Italian. Very melodic, the Lyra II is also well-balanced. It may not be the fastest sound in the Campfire line-up, but it definitely serves the purpose for which it was designed.
I usually love the bass on Campfires. And while I like the lows on the Lyra II, they’re not particularly dry or thick. So it’s missing grip. For me, it’s a tad too smooth and sweet for pop, hip hop and EDM. However, if you like that kind of sound profile, you’ll probably enjoy these genres. The bass is still deep and warm. So, bass-heads, don’t freak out.
Again, the Lyra II is nicely balanced headphone, especially in the mids. They’re balmy and silky in this range too. Rock sounds great. The polished feel makes it very easy to listen to. Vocal notes fall like rolling waves, as do electric guitars. Percussion is clear, but also slightly softened. It’s a gorgeous combo. The separation isn’t amazing, but that’s not Campfire’s priority with the Lyra II. Listening to folk music, the acoustic guitars were a little smeared and missing some nuance.
The highs are nice, but I heard just a tiny bit of sizzle. Vocals were a little sibilant in spots, and high percussion was slightly hard on the ears in certain songs. But classical music was moving. High strings were round and undulated gracefully. And full orchestras really glowed.
The imaging is nice in live recordings, though the soundstage isn’t huge. In classical recordings there wasn’t an amazing sense of width, but still a decent amount of spaciousness.
SUMMARY – Campfire Lyra II In Ear Headphones Review
If you like a smooth, finished sound, you’ll absolutely love the Campfire Lyra II. Again, the separation and clarity won’t blow you away, but there are other Campfire models which fulfill that priority, like the Jupiter and Andromeda. The Lyra II is indeed about warmth and emotion, and in that respect, it’s perfect. Would I spend $700 on these? Sure, but I’m one sick puppy.
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5Hz–22 kHz Frequency Response
103 dB SPL/mW Sensitivity
17 Ohms @ 1kHz Impedance