Ara

Precision In-Ear Monitor.
Seven Driver Design.
Machined Titanium Shell.
Classic HiFi Sound.

9 customer reviews

$1,299.00

In stock

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Plug in. Turn on. Listen.

A Classic HiFi Experience

Seven drivers, no crossovers, and our 3D Printed Solid-Body acoustic design all in a machined Titanium shell – nicely done!

Ara’s sound has just the right touch of warmth and richness to recall the best in classic HiFi. It reminds you why listening to earphones can be so much fun!

Frequency Response

High
High-Mid
Mid
Low-Mid
Low

ListeningRock, Psych Rock, Indie, Alternative, Jazz, Classical, Pop, Blues, RnB/Soul, Funk, Indie, Metal, Ambient/Experimental, Opera, Synthwave, Country, Neo-Soul, Prog Rock

ProductionMonitoring, Keys, Guitar, Vocals, Drums

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Unencumbered Performance

Less is very much more

Ara is a seven-driver design; two high (+T.A.E.C.), one mid, four low. It does not use typical passive electronic components to crossover the drivers. Instead, we shape the driver’s performance by articulating the acoustic properties of our Solid-Body internal chamber design – an approach we first created during the development of our custom in-ear monitors.

At first glance, four bass drivers would suggest a signature with prominent bass. However, the solid sonic grounding of the well-controlled bass drivers provides ample space for the mid and high drivers to shine brightly. Ara is an in-ear monitor well suited for the audiophile and reference listener and is an invaluable tool for studio and live musicians.

Unencumbered Performance

Less is very much more

Ara is a seven-driver design; two high (+T.A.E.C.), one mid, four low. It does not use typical passive electronic components to crossover the drivers. Instead, we shape the driver’s performance by articulating the acoustic properties of our Solid-Body internal chamber design – an approach we first created during the development of our custom in-ear monitors.

At first glance, four bass drivers would suggest a signature with prominent bass. However, the solid sonic grounding of the well-controlled bass drivers provides ample space for the mid and high drivers to shine brightly. Ara is an in-ear monitor well suited for the audiophile and reference listener as well as an invaluable tool for live and studio musicians.

Built to Last

The Future of Classic HiFi

Machined from Grade 2 Titanium billet, the Campfire Audio Ara has a shell that is immediately appealing. Leaving the machined titanium raw lets the natural beauty of the material shine.

Over the life of the earphone, owners will enjoy a changing finish that will only get more interesting with time. Rest assured, your earphone drivers are safe in this finely crafted body.

Built to Last

The Future of Classic HiFi

Machined from Grade 2 Titanium billet, Ara’s shell is immediately appealing. Leaving the machined titanium raw lets the natural beauty of the material shine.

Over the life of the earphone, owners will enjoy a changing finish that will only get more interesting with time. Rest assured, your earphone drivers are safe in this finely crafted body.

blue cork iem case

The Case for Cork

Environmentally Friendly Sustainable Material

Our premium cork protective zipper case is an environmentally friendly update. Sustainably harvested Cork surrounds a substantial and protective rubber barrier that ensures that your earphones will remain safe while in transit. The interior is a thick faux wool lining that preserves the finish of your earphones. Each case is made in Portugal by a small team of skilled craftspeople that share our commitment to quality.

The cork used for the cases is the outer bark of the Cork Oak Tree (Cork Suberus L), and its extraction is harmless to the tree. The harvest occurs every nine years during the expectable lifetime of the tree (around 150 years). Harvesting the cork of the tree is fundamental for the sustainability of the cork oak forests. A naturally durable material that feels good to hold in your hand.

Tuned Acoustic Expansion Chamber

T.A.E.C.

Tuned Acoustic Expansion Chamber

Our tuned acoustic expansion chamber technology lets us deliver extended high frequencies without sibilance or fatigue. We optimize our driver performance by adjusting the volume of space available in front of the driver. This is superior to the typical “Tube+Dampener” system because it provides a direct passage from the driver to your ear, which results in unsurpassed clarity and extension.

Solid-Body Design

Patent Pending from Campfire Audio

Our new solid-body design provides optimized acoustic performance by incorporating the tuning chambers of the earphone directly into the final earphone print.

3D Printed Interior

Carefully Designed for Optimum Sonic Performance

Close attention to detail is critical to delivering you a superior musical experience from our earphones. The Campfire Audio Ara features an acoustically optimized interior model that allows each driver to provide the very best sound quality. When heard together, the drivers offer a seamless musical experience due to this process.


Campfire Audio’s New Ara Earphones Blow The Competition Out Of The Water

Once in a blue moon, a product comes along that resets the standard in a marketplace with a new level of performance. The audio industry is blessed with some ground-breaking products that have stood the test of time because they provided outstanding performance that lifted them above the competition.

I think I may have just come across another product that does exactly that, and this time it’s a pair of IEMs (In-Ear Monitors) from Portland-based Campfire Audio.(…)

The Campfire Audio Ara were released this spring and they manage to make such a leap forward in terms of sonic performance, that it’s possible to hear the difference clearly. I’ve spent years reviewing headphones and earphones, and much of the time the difference between the various products can be fairly subtle. Seldom do I come across earphones that can blow my ears away with how they reproduce the music and the soundstage, but that’s exactly what these Campfire Audio Ara have managed to do.

Mark Sparrow – Forbes(Read Full Review Here)

Ara Review on Everyday Listening

Campfire Audio Ara Review – Audio Therapy

Tonality – The Ara is a balanced and neutrally toned earphone, slightly bright leaning to my ears, but certainly the most reference design we’ve seen from Campfire yet. Though it doesn’t trace any conventional curve, the earphone carries an almost dead neutral tone throughout and is naturally voiced too. It has a focused top-end with a slightly more aggressive detail presentation, tipping it towards the analytical side when compared to the fuller and warmer but also airier Solaris and Andromeda. The bass is very linear with a small bump in the sub and mid-bass for a bold note presentation. As it has a slightly full-bodied midrange presentation, this will never be mistaken for an anaemic or strained sound. The top-end also has quite remarkable technical ability.

Ryan Soo – Everyday Listening(Read Full Review Here)

Ara Review from Headfonics.com

Campfire Audio Ara review

Campfire Audio has always been really good at stamping a new IEM with a distinct personality or unique sound signature. The Ara is no different in that respect with a neutral almost reference like expansive tuning and a hint of natural warmth, quite unlike anything they have done before.
More than that and this is something you are going to hear a lot about on this page, is the remarkably coherent tuning of the Ara.

Marcus – Headfonics.com(Read Full Product Review Here)


The Ara has landed, Campfire Audio Ara unboxing and initial impressions

I find the bass on the Ara really nice. It’s not elevated, but it isn’t missing or rolled off. It’s got good extension with a touch of warmth to it. The texture and resolution in the bass are excellent. Its the neutral version of audiophile bass. The overall character of the Ara is smooth and musical.

Glass Monkey – Audio Primate(Read Full Initial Impressions Here)


These are heavy, but not too heavy. Boxy, but not too boxy. The craftsmanship and design are simply put – spectacular, can’t really find any other IEM on the market to compete with these in that regard. Ara is the best made and greatest designed IEM I’ve ever seen in my life, and I’ve seen a lot of them.

Campfire Audio Ara is a complete package indeed. In terms of the design and craftsmanship, it’s an unmatched masterpiece, with a spectacular sound quality to pair with that. Fast, resolving, neutral and very, very clean sounding yet providing a high dose of fun and a beautiful timbre. What’s not to love?

Highly recommended.

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Technical Specifications

Specifications

10Hz–28 kHz Frequency Response

94 dB SPL @ 1kHz: 7.094 mVrms

8.5 Ohms @ 1kHz Impedance

Features

Dual High Frequency Balanced Armature Drivers + T.A.E.C.

Single Mid Frequency Balanced Armature Driver

Quad Low Frequency Balanced Armature Drivers

Beryllium / Copper MMCX Connections

Machined Titanium Shell

Tuned Acoustic Expansion Chamber™ (T.A.E.C.)

PVD Black Stainless Steel Spout

Black Screws

Included Accessories

Sustainable Cork Blue Dyed Zipper Case. Made in Portugal.

Smoky Litz Earphone Cable - 3.5mm Stereo Plug to MMCX Connector

Campfire Audio Smoky Litz Cable – Silver Plated Copper Conductors with Berylium Copper MMCX and 3.5mm Stereo Plug

Final Audio Tips (xs/s/m/l/xl) – Campfire Audio Earphone Tips(s/m/l) – Silicon Earphone Tips (s/m/l) – Campfire Audio Lapel Pin – Cleaning Tool



Packaging details

Authentic Campfire Audio Earphone Packaging

USA Made “French Paper Company” Paper

Printed Locally in Portland, Oregon USA

Authentic Warranty Number Sticker – Matches Interior Warranty Card

Questions and answers of the customers

    Can you use these with a 2.5mm balanced output such as with an A&K SR25?
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    Q Can you use these with a 2.5mm balanced output such as with an A&K SR25? answer now
    Asked on January 19, 2021 5:21 am
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    Yes, you certainly can use Ara with a balanced cable and balanced sources.  The cable Ara ships with is a standard 3.5mm stereo jack, bu... Read more

  2. Is this a good match to por with astell & kern SP1000M? Will I take every detail from Cliff Burton’s baselines on Metallica three firs... Read more
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    Q Is this a good match to por with astell & kern SP1000M? Will I take every detail from Cliff B...... Read more answer now
    Asked on November 16, 2020 6:30 am
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    Hi! The ARA will sound great with any high-resolution portable audio player, including the AK SP1000M. The clarity and resolution of Ara'... Read more

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9 reviews for Ara

  1. Neil Plenn (verified owner)

    The IEMs are excellent. Very comfortable, fairly light weight and well finished. The sound is perhaps slightly bright, but they are still burning in. They are extremely revealing as well — I like them a lot. The only shortcoming (literally) is the cable. Though very well made, it is very short and ends in a right angle 3.5mm. Obviously designed for portable use (though even too short for that) I can’t imagine using $1300 IEMs for portable use. Given that the connections are MMCX, cables upgrades are hard to find, and Campfire hasn’t been responsive, so I thing I’m forced to use a 3.5mm extension cable — not my first choice. Would have rated these 5 star if the accessories were commensurate with the price.

  2. Gabe F (verified owner)

    Fantastic IEMs. I’ve owned them for about 6 months and they are really the best IEMs I’ve tried. Resolution is excellent, soundstage is quite wide for an IEM, and I’m a big fan of the neutral sound signature because I listen to a lot of rock. Highly recommended if you are in the market for a TOTL reference IEM.

  3. ssponte (verified owner)

    I’ve only had these Ara IEMs for a few days but that’s long enough to know these do exactly what I want from an IEM. They are very well made, the sound is excellent, wide soundstage, great resolution, a full-bodied but neutral sound. The frequency response seems pretty flat and accurate. The comfort level is high, the cable, despite what others may have said, is plenty long and sounds pretty decent. I will upgrade only because I have another MCXX cable that is of better quality, but otherwise I would be quite happy with the cable provided. I prefer MCXX over the two pin connectors because they last much longer. Two-pin connectors, if you change cables from time to time, tend to film MCXX connectors are more robust. I have the Campfire Holocenes and they are very good but these Aras are markedly better. With these, I’m done shopping for IEMs. These are the best I’ve heard.

  4. Jason Chan

    Excellent perfection, Ara!!!!!
    I want to purchase Andromeda Special Edition: Gold “Titanium Series”. When can it be available to buy as soon as earliest?

    • Chris Halasz

      Hi! Great to hear that you’re enjoying Ara! Unfortunately, we don’t have plans to do another run of Andromeda Gold Titanium at this time.

  5. Natan

    Top tier refference iem that manages sidestepping the pitfalls of refference iem – having a “no fun” or “no body”…
    every note has totaly natural body and texture
    perfect realistic reproduction to my ears.
    top tier technicalities as well, all of them.
    NICELY DONE !
    …is an understatement ;)

  6. Jack KC Leung

    Bought them two weeks ago, a great pair of iem and worked just fine until I wanted to change to tips one day. I pushed the base of the eartips, then gently twisted it to get it out and the whole nozzle just came out. Not the build quality I expected at this price point. Sent it back to my local distributor, they’ll either replace it or have it repaired which will take at least 2 months, no refund option. Very disappointed by the whole experience.

    • Chris H.

      Hi! Very sorry to hear this. We hope the dealer was able to remedy this for you. If not, we’re happy to help. Please feel free to contact us at [email protected]

  7. David Laswell

    Bought the ara iem and added a 2.55mm balanced cable and Astell & Kern Cube screams. These are Klipschorns for your ears. If you like a big full bodied sounds these should be your choice.

  8. alexvii

    4 years ago, I have orion before. It gave me an so so impression on CFA. However, ARA is really amazing. The sound is so clear. The bass is solid but will not boost to your ear. It is 100% perfect to listen Female Voice. I now using 3.5MM with my old AK240. I will plan to upgrade to KANN MAX and hope the 4.4MM will give me more fun.

  9. Mike M (verified owner)

    Great IEM. I’ve had the Jupiters, Solaris, Atlas, etc…..And these stand on their own two feet with a unique sound. Lot’s of texture, great imaging and separation. Not as ‘full sounding’ as the Solaris, but I prefer the Ara’s highs that feel like they have real presence, texture, and better layering. Highly recommended.

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