Cascade

Unmistakably Campfire Audio Sound
42mm Beryllium PVD Diaphragm Dynamic Drivers
Aluminum and Stainless Steel Construction

Rated 4.67 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings

$799.00

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Cascade

$799.00

Unmistakably Campfire Audio Sound
42mm Beryllium PVD Diaphragm Dynamic Drivers
Aluminum and Stainless Steel Construction

Rated 4.67 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings

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Introducing: Our Headphone

Cascade is a culmination of a 3 year engineering effort to bring our signature sound to a headphone.

The result is a portable, closed-back headphone that sounds and performs like it’s open. Even better; it has the unique sound you expect from a Campfire Audio headphone.
Cascade by Campfire Audio

Introducing: Our Headphone

Cascade is a culmination of a 3 year engineering effort to bring our signature sound to a headphone.

The result is a portable, closed-back headphone that sounds and performs like it’s open. Even better; it has the unique sound you expect from a Campfire Audio headphone.

42mm Beryllium PVD Driver

Cascade delivers exceptional musicality and openness. It has a soundstage that expands well beyond the listening space. It possesses sonic traits not found in typical ‘closed-back’ headphone designs.

Specially crafted custom drivers are at the heart of Cascade. Powerful and impactful sound with excellent speed and micro detail retrieval. Superior highs extend over precise and controlled bass notes.

Cascade by Campfire Audio

Premium Materials, Durable Build

Creating a portable audiophile headphone requires using materials that are up for the job.

Light weight forged and machined aluminum cups paired with stainless steel components. This provides added strength in the places where you need it most.

Premium sheepskin ear pads are not only comfortable, but they provide excellent isolation. Listen to your favorite track on the bus without disturbing your fellow passengers. Escape office boredom without complaints.




Cascade by Campfire Audio

Premium Materials, Durable Build

Creating a portable audiophile headphone requires using materials that are up for the job.

Light weight forged and machined aluminum cups paired with stainless steel components. This provides added strength in the places where you need it most.

Premium sheepskin ear pads are not only comfortable, but they provide excellent isolation. Listen to your favorite track on the bus without disturbing your fellow passengers. Escape office boredom without complaints.

Your HiFi Companion

Designed with portable use in mind, Cascade is a durable headphone for use at home and on the go. The more you listen, the more you’ll find you’ll want to keep it with you, where ever that might be.

Cascade has excellent high-frequency extension; cymbals sparkle and expand on a wide soundstage. Mids are clear and uncolored.

The bass response is special; rich in texture and well defined. All qualities you won’t find in a typical closed back design.

Cascade by Campfire Audio



What People Are Saying…

Highlights

Premium Select Materials

We wanted to be sure our first headphone was as good as the earphones we make. Close attention to each component is critical to achieving this goal.

The headband, joints, and pivot are all made of stainless steel. This makes the traditionally weakest parts of a headphone the strongest. The cups and hanger arms are aluminum; cast and then machined to reduce weight.

Our headphone pads are soft sheepskin, attached via magnets and replaceable. Each element’s design is there to improve your ownership experience.

Detachable Cable

Cables are where we started with ALO audio so we know the importance of including an awesome cable.

That is why we include our acclaimed Litz cable with Cascade. It has the same conductor design and materials as the Litz cable included with each of our earphones.

Here we’ve added a special cloth jacket to the cable. It minimizes microphonics and adds a level of durability to the cable for headphone use.

Designed for Portable

Cascade is the headphone that we wanted while traveling. It folds up to a compact size and is an isolated closed-back design.

It sounds excellent with your portable DAP or phone. And it scales with ease in your home set-up.


Included Accessories

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Campfire Audio Zipper Headphone Case

Litz Cloth Cable for Cascade

Campfire Audio Litz Cable with Cloth Jacket; Silver Plated Copper Conductors with Circular Push-Pull Connectors and 3.5mm Stereo Plug

Acoustic Dampeners for Cascade

Custom fit acoustic dampeners to find the sound that is right for you.


Packaging Details


Authentic Campfire Audio Headphone Packaging

USA Made “French Paper Company” Paper

Printed Locally in Portland, Oregon USA

Authentic Warranty Number Sticker – Matches Interior Warranty Card


Technical Specifications

Specifications

5Hz–33 kHz Frequency Response (attn -26dB)

100 dB SPL/mW Sensitivity

38 Ohms @ 1kHz Impedance

13.5 oz (without cable) or approximately 383 g

Earpad Dimensions Outside OD approx – 2.75-inch wide x 4 inch tall

Inside ID is approx – 1.5 inch wide x 2.5 inch

Features

42 mm Beryllium PVD diaphragm dynamic driver

Sheep Leather Detachable Headphone Pads

Cicular ‘Push-Pull’ Connections

Cast + Machined Aluminum Cup and Hanger Arms

Steel headband, pivot and joints

Litz Cable – Silver Plated Copper with Cloth Jacket (4′)


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6 reviews for Cascade

  1. Nathan L.

    Rated 5 out of 5

    For three months, I had been searching for a set of portable mid/hi end cans to travel with. Nothing sparked my interest until I found the Cascade, and I had to have it! The sound is lush and warm while maintaining great detail, and astonishing sound stage for its size. Its build quality, and cables are superb and it competes very well with my other cans. It plays well with tubes, Daps, and my solid state combo. Waiting for my balanced cable still though. I would have liked to see an extra set of ear pads for the price is my only complaint. :) Glad to support a committed US based company.

  2. yongshunteo

    Rated 4 out of 5

    I have to admit that I was so impatient and I had a try once I opened it. It gave me a shock because the presentation is merely messy. After 200 hours burn, everything get better. The soundstage is opened up and the separation is there. Campfire Audio always have very good separation, soundstage and details. I am using Campfire Audio Nova now and I love it. However, Cascade sounds a bit different from the traditional Campfire Audio’s sound signature.

    Lows
    The lows is strong as compared to Campfire Audio balanced armature driver lineup. I think the bass is closer to Campfire Audio Vega, boomy and engaging. This will definitely suit those who like the bass of Vega. I am not a bass head so this is a No-No for me. The upper lows is slightly too strong to the extend it bleeds to the mids. I appreciate mids a lot and hence this deducts some points as well.

    Mids
    As usual, the mids are smooth and forward. I love mandopop and mid to me is the most essential part. Campfire Audio has never disappoint me in this that’s why it is always the best for me. Male vocal are solid and powerful while the female vocal are extended but not to the extend of causing fatigue for long listening. The only cons is as mentioned, the upper lows have slightly bleed towards the mids.

    Highs
    The highs are well extended. I like the highs because it is not too sharp or roll off. This solve the problem that I am facing with my Nova now because the high is rolled off by a huge extend.

    Soundstage and Imaging
    I do not think I need to comment much on this portion because Campfire Audio always ace the soundstage and audio imaging. It will not disappoint you.

  3. Eric M.

    Rated 5 out of 5

    I was in the market for a pair of headphones for a while now. I spent a lot of time reading reviews and comparisons and was no closer to a decision. When Cascade was released, it just made sense that I go with what I know. My Jupiter’s are a purchase that I would absolutely make again.
    The Cascades are like Jupiter times ten. I could have gone bigger and more expensive elsewhere, but the Cascades just fit. They have the kind of warm, inviting, and fun sound that I want. The build quality is extremely solid. Even the packaging just makes sense. Everything about them is a fit. I love when people do work they can take pride in and Cascade is something Campfire Audio can be proud of.

  4. Yves

    Rated 5 out of 5

    They’re *everything* I was looking for in a pair of headphones for years.

    They sound fantastic (soundstage, bass, mids and treble), they’re comfortable, they’re travel friendly and they don’t leak.

    Get them!

  5. jwilkinson (verified owner)

    Rated 5 out of 5

    Wanted headphones for travel, and as I love the Vega IEMs the Cascades were the obvious choice. My only worry was head fit, but they are just big enough for my very large head, and comfortable. So far they have only 24 hours on them so I expect continuing improvement, but already are wonderful from my Sony DAP, warm and engaging. Btw the unusual lack of microphonics from the supplied cable makes it perfect for travel use.

  6. Tetsu Noguchi (verified owner)

    Rated 4 out of 5

    I like to chase equipment in the never ending search for whatever will sound perfect to my ears. In that sense, I guess you could say I’m an audiophile, but with weak listening ability, most people who consider themselves audiophiles would not include me in their camp. Still, I enjoy trying out gear and will likely continue to chase the holy grail for me, which is nothing more than the sound profile I want.

    In that vein, I have a fair bit of gear, including HD800, T1, Utopia, m50x, m70x, pm-3, meze 99c, tr80/250, kse1200, lots of etys, nighthawk carbon, nightowl carbon, etc.

    Most recently, I picked up the cascade and long story short, they’re great.

    Music preferences are mostly jazz and classical, though there’s a lot of crossover stuff like Bond and Lindsey Stirling I enjoy, blues, classic rock, country, folk, and sometimes, rap/house. But mostly jazz and classical.

    My favorite sound profiles are ones that focus on acoustical sound. Though, among electronic sounds, some instruments, like electric guitars, are important sounds to me.
    Favorite instrument sounds are most string instruments, piano, acoustica (vs. synth) percussion sounds, and female vocals.

    For the cascade, I enjoy hooking it up to the Hiby R6, Hugo 2 (H2), and MojoPoly (MP). I also have the ifi iCan Pro, and the RME ADI-2 DAC, but don’t use those with the Cascade much.

    PHYSICAL:

    I love the compactness of the cascade. because the headphones fold both inwards and twist flat, it’s very easy to find ways to fit the headphones in various packs and bags I have. My preference for the case would have been flat as most of my bags and packs work best when the headphones are flat. But the cascade is so compact that the case for being folded inwards is very usable. The case is great.

    When wearing them, the headband is really wide, so it does look a little weird, but otherwise fine. The unique lines of the headphones and the audio jacks on either speaker look very cool. They’re comfortable to me when worn for long periods. The cups being really small is also very nice. They’re actually not really small, but the rectangular shape makes them look small. The inside of the cups are small enough that the back of my ears touch the ear pad inside wall. Not an issue for me, and I definitely prefer the compactness of these headphones to larger ones.

    In fact, the compactness of these headphones is kind of important. When I’m planning on heading out for a little bit, I instinctively reach for the cascade first right now. Why? It’s the balance between travel convenience, ease of use (KSE1200 is a little more of a pain in some ways since they’re inner ear and require the amp), and closeness to the sound profile I want. I’ll admit that the KSE1200 is my favorite sound profile on the road, but the battery requirement, and the somewhat inconvenient use makes me reach for it less often, especially for day travel or jaunts around town.

    SOUND:

    There really isn’t much I can say that hasn’t already been said a bunch by others.

    The sound across the entire frequency range seems to be moved a notch to the left (towards lower frequencies). Just a notch, at least compared to my other favorites, like the Utopia, HD800, m50x, and m70x. To me, the sound profile is closer to the Meze 99c. Also, sounds that are supposed to be in the bass part of the frequency range seem somewhat boosted. Normally, I’m not a fan of this sound profile except for certain types of music.

    But the cascade does something the Meze 99c cannot.

    It’s fast.

    Really fast.

    It’s hard to describe what I mean by that. It’s really about how sounds sound to me. Things like snare drums, cymbal hit, guitar twangs, things that should naturally have a really quick snap to them, are some examples I can give. A lot of other headphones can’t convey that snap very well. Doesn’t mean they sound bad. I enjoy the Meze 99c, but it doesn’t have that snap, so I don’t listen to them for acoustical music very often, unless they happen to be the only headphones I have on me. The cascade, on the other hand, provides a really snap, energy, impact to acoustical instruments. It’s not just that the cascade has a heavier bass sound, it’s also this quickness that makes the cascade rather special.

    Rock on Campfire Audio. You’ve made an excellent pair of headphones that will remain firmly locked in my headphones rotation, and will be used and enjoyed, hopefully for years to come.