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Dorado 2020

Our ‘Golden’ Hybrid In-Ear Monitor Returns
Ceramic Shell + Machined Brass Spout
Single Custom Balanced Armature Driver
10mm A.D.L.C. Diaphragm Dynamic Driver
9 customer reviews

$899.00 $1,099.00

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Dorado 2020

Hybrid Hero

Since 2016 – Dorado’s original release – we have developed a remarkable series of high-fidelity hybrid IEMs that have gone from niche to popularized as some of the very best in the world.

The Campfire Audio Dorado 2020 breathes new life into the name and the legacy of the original with a fresh take on its classic hybrid design.  One balanced armature and one dynamic driver. No cross-over, no complications.  We’ve found these distilled pairings reproduce sound more faithfully, with improved resolution and better cohesion than those with over-complicated cross-over schemes.

The result is a detailed yet natural sound. They are resolving and emotionally engaging—a true hybrid in design and sonic presentation.

Frequency Response

High
Mid-High
Mid
Low-Mid
Low

ListeningPop, Funk, RnB/Soul, Rock, Psych Rock, Blues, Indie, Alternative, Metal, Hip-Hop, Techno, IDM, Reggae, Country, Folk, Jazz, Classical, Soundtrack, Podcast, Experimental

ProductionMonitoring, Drums, Guitar, Keys, Bass

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Hi, Hybrid.

Greater than the sum of its parts.

A single balanced armature augments our custom-tuned 10mm A.D.L.C. diaphragm dynamic driver.  Leaving the sparkling highs to the B.A., this dynamic driver is afforded the space to dig in a bit deeper, reach a bit lower, and deliver rich and satisfying bass.  Its vocal delivery is precise and pronounced.  Dorado 2020 is very much a hybrid high-fidelity earphone.

campfire audio dorado iem

Hi, Hybrid.

Greater than the sum of its parts.

A single balanced armature augments our custom-tuned 10mm A.D.L.C. diaphragm dynamic driver.  Leaving the sparkling highs to the B.A., this dynamic driver is afforded the space to dig in a bit deeper, reach a bit lower, and deliver rich and satisfying bass.  Its vocal delivery is precise and pronounced.  Dorado 2020 is very much a hybrid high-fidelity earphone.

Ceramic is Zirconia

Super Sintering Process

In 2015, Campfire Audio was the first company to introduce a ceramic body earphone with the original Lyra. With our new Dorado and Vega, we’ve returned to this excellent material.  

Ceramic is a dense material. That’s part of its appeal when designing an earphone. The density pairs well with dynamic drivers because it doesn’t let vibrations run wild. It also has the added benefit of ownership by being extremely scratch-resistant. 

Our ceramic shells get their strength through a sintering process. Two days are spent at 600 degrees, followed by three days at 1200 degrees. This extended exposure to high heat dramatically reduces the parts’ size and increases their density as a result.

The shells then spend up to 3 days in a tumbler along with small alumina stones and water. This polishing process gives them an attractive high gloss surface finish.

With the Campfire Audio Dorado 2020, we’ve turned to a machined brass spout with a ‘gunmetal grey’ P.V.D. finish.  The conical shape and reduced diameter of the spout provide further tuning enhancements while also improving wear comfort.  The super small balanced armature sits centrally in the spout, and its proximity to the exit gives it an enhanced presence in just the right proportion.

campfire audio dorado iem

Ceramic is Zirconia

Super Sintering Process

In 2015, Campfire Audio was the first company to introduce a ceramic body earphone with the original Lyra. With our new Dorado and Vega, we’ve returned to this excellent material.  

Ceramic is a dense material. That’s part of its appeal when designing an earphone. The density pairs well with dynamic drivers because it doesn’t let vibrations run wild. It also has the added benefit of ownership by being extremely scratch-resistant. 

Our ceramic shells get their strength through a sintering process. Two days are spent at 600 degrees, followed by three days at 1200 degrees. This extended exposure to high heat dramatically reduces the parts’ size and increases their density as a result.

The shells then spend up to 3 days in a tumbler along with small alumina stones and water. This polishing process gives them an attractive high gloss surface finish.

With the Campfire Audio Dorado 2020, we’ve turned to a machined brass spout with a ‘gunmetal grey’ P.V.D. finish.  The conical shape and reduced diameter of the spout provide further tuning enhancements while also improving wear comfort.  The super small balanced armature sits centrally in the spout, and its proximity to the exit gives it an enhanced presence in just the right proportion.

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Fun for All

True ‘North of Neutral’

Give yourself the freedom to have fun listening to music again.

Dorado’s acoustic design shares a relatively simple philosophy with Vega; use the best components possible and let them shine. Similar to Vega 2020, there isn’t a cross-over or other electronic clutter in the signal path to endanger the driver’s musical performance.   

Being a hybrid IEM Dorado 2020 is unique from Vega in adding another component; a single high frequency focused balanced armature.  Dorado uses a custom-tuned dynamic driver as well – one that shares similar elements to its full range sibling found in Vega.

Ear Fidelity
Campfire Audio Doroado 2020

“Campfire Audio Dorado 2020 is a great IEM for everyone looking for a more fun side of neutral sound. Great set of accessories, perfect build quality and beautiful design will win you over without even listening to them. And when they’ll sing, you’ll be amazed by the amount of fun factor. What’s the most important though – these are not crazy sounding bass monsters, but a very sophisticatedly tuned, fun hi-end pair of IEMs…Highly recommended.”

Ear-Fidelity

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Campfire Audio’s New Dorado Earphones Come Close To Perfection

“The Campfire Audio Dorado 2020 are a worthy upgrade to their predecessor and are an incredible investment for anyone who owns a high-quality audio player. I love the fact that Campfire Audio has managed to get a perfect tone by using a hybrid arrangement of one dynamic driver and a single balanced armature. This arrangement makes the Dorado more robust than IEMs that feature multiple balanced armature drivers and complicated crossovers. The sound is more natural, especially when reproducing vocals and strings. There’s a definite analog feel to the Dorado that can tame the harshest of digital recordings without losing any detail. The soundstage created is and beautiful and wide, but not so wide that it sounds unnatural or artificial. If you’ve been looking for a great pair of earphones to pair with a great digital audio player or smartphone, then I’d highly recommend the Campfire Audio Dorado 2020. These are the real deal.”

Mark Sparrow – Forbes

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Campfire Audio’s New Dorado Earphones Come Close To Perfection

“The build, the style, the fit, the isolation, THE SOUND! The Dorado 2020 has it all. Im excited, and you can probably read that above, but if you didn’t pick up what I am saying, I’d be a little clearer. In my opinion and for the way I listen to music, these are the best sounding earphones on the market: an easy recommendation and an absolute work of art.”

AudiophileOn

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Campfire Audio Dorado 2020 Review

“The Campfire Audio Dorado 2020 is an IEM with a very high fun factor thanks to its V shaped sound signature that shares some similarities with the Vega 2020. The leading part is the lower frequency region that is powerful, meaty yet surprisingly controlled. The midrange is a bit recessed and offers a moderate sense of clarity and detailed retrieval, while the treble area is fairly bright, crisp and shows a good level of extension.”

 

“The Dorado 2020 is the ideal choice if you are looking for an IEM with a deep, impactful and full bodied lower frequency response with high fun factor.”

GÖKHAN AYDIN – MoonStar Reviews

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Campfire Audio Dorado 2020 Review

“The Campfire Audio Dorado 2020 is certainly a unique creation with its resolving energetic highs and dynamic bass. Its signature may not be for everyone but it certainly does do well in modern tracks which capitalize on bass, synths, and tenor instruments. The build quality is excellent and the Dorado 2020 are one of their most comfortable high-end monitors to date.”

AudioSolace Reviews

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Dorado 2020 review : A proper evolution

“In my mind this is what an IEM should sound and feel like. Dorado 2020 has rumbly yet dynamic bass, clean and clear mid range and impressive treble. It has an excellent balance of warmth and brightness. Dorado is so adaptive that it can sound mid forward, bassy or treble minded depending upon the demand of the song.”

Suman Sourav Meher – The Headphone List

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Technical Specifications

Specifications

5 Hz – 22 kHz Frequency Response

94 dB SPL @ 1kHz: 18.52 mVrs

10 Ohm @ 1kHz Impedance

Features

Black Ceramic Shell

Single Custom Balanced Armature (High)

10mm A.D.L.C. Diaphragm Dynamic Driver (Mid+Low)

Oversized Neodymium Rare Earth Magnet

Custom Beryllium / Copper MMCX Connections

Brass Spout with ‘Midnight Grey’ PVD finish


Included Accessories

Campfire Audio ‘Diver Orange” Upcycled Marine Plastic 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

    Are they good for jogging and exercising in?
  1. 0 votes
    Q Are they good for jogging and exercising in? answer now
    Asked on June 13, 2022 11:33 am
    A

    Hi! We do not recommend our IEMs for workout applications due to the risk of moisture getting into the internal components. Thanks!

  2. Does the Dorado 2020 comes in black only ??
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    Q Does the Dorado 2020 comes in black only ?? answer now
    Asked on June 25, 2021 2:28 pm
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    Hi! Yes, the Dorado 2020 is available in black only.

  4. Where are the Dorado's designed and assembled?
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    Q Where are the Dorado's designed and assembled? answer now
    Asked on January 15, 2021 11:26 pm
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    Hi! The Dorado 2020 was designed and assembled at our workshop in Portland, Oregon. 

  6. Are these new Ceramic IEM’s Made / Assembled in the USA?
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    Q Are these new Ceramic IEM’s Made / Assembled in the USA? answer now
    Asked on November 27, 2020 4:29 am
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    Hi! Yes, all of our IEMs featuring the new ceramic shell type were designed and assembled at our workshop in Portland, Oregon.

  8. How heavy is the Dorado compared to Atlas?
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    Q How heavy is the Dorado compared to Atlas? answer now
    Asked on November 24, 2020 11:56 pm
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    Hi! In addition to the smaller footprint of the Dorado 2020, its body is made of lightweight ceramic which, when compared to the larger s... Read more

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Dorado 2020

Included User Manual

9 reviews for Dorado 2020

  1. Ray Stewart (verified owner)

    I’ve been in the market for an IEM for months now, and in particular, something from Campfire Audio. Based on both my prior experience with the Campfire Comet, and also the reputation of the rest of the product line that’s hard to miss on YouTube I have been on sort of a holding pattern, waiting for something to come along that best matched my needs as a music listener since none of Campfire Audio’s offerings seemed to really check that box. Everything else seemed too analytic or too biased towards bass-heads. I needed something that would engage me emotionally rather than something that would put a microscope on the music or be too neutral. I listen to music for pleasure and the Dorado 2020 is EXACTLY the experience I have been looking for. Almost from the first note, I felt emotionally drawn into the music, very much like what I experience from my stereo system. There’s a nice roomy soundstage and set within it is all the clarity and detail I need, not to mention plenty of good bass. The Dorado 2020 is kind to badly recorded music, something else I appreciate greatly because it allows me the freedom to listen broadly across any genre and bounce back and forth between HiRes and compressed without being punished for it. I give it only four stars because the cable that’s included with it is no where near as good as the Dorado itself. It very quickly becomes a rat’s nest when taking the Dorado out of its case. Four and a half stars would be more appropriate, since the cable is mostly just an annoyance. I’m so pleased to have bought the “right” IEM for me the first time, rather than wind up with a small collection of expensive IEMs that mostly collect dust.

  2. Stephen A. (verified owner)

    This is my second CA IEMs, first being Lyra II which I bought in lieu of original Dorado or Vega because of price a few years ago. I own lots of other IEMs but I’m always in search of “the next best thing” at prices that won’t prevent the kids getting their university educations. The Lyra were pretty much my favourite IEM for comfort and long-term listening. I decided to get Dorado 2020 because of the hybrid set up as opposed to the single driver that Vega 2020 offer as well as the Lyra.

    Sound-wise Dorado 2020 tick all the boxes I need: good wide soundstage, great low end bass (I’m not a bass head), easy-listening treble and midrange, and precise separation of instrument/vocal. These are also as comfortable as the Lyra even with slightly larger nozzle port. The included tips are good enough to find the perfect fit and isolation. The storage case has a cheap feel to it (probably because it’s made from recycled material) and glue lines are showing. I won’t be using it.

    I bought the Super Smokey Litz cable w/ 2.5mm balanced plug to use with these. The stock cable is nice but for the price of the IEM I think CA should have included the 3.5mm SE variant of the Super Smokey as default. A minor quibble because in the end I think the Dorado 2020 are worth the expenditure.

    Now compared to the other IEMs in my collection, Dorado 2020 are the reigning champs. I’m happy and the kids can still learn stuff in school.

  3. turksonturkson (verified owner)

    Im thoroughly enjoying this, in terms of sound and beauty of the iem. Im on the verge of calling in sick to work so I can listen to my whole music collection. The sound is nothing like my old earphones (AirPods pros). There is just detail in the music that I can now hear. Although they don’t sound like $1000 I definitely love them and would buy again.

  4. Jeff Rockwell

    I can’t get enough of these IEMs. CFA here has taken a really basic tuning and refined to absolute perfection. With Dorado 2020 you get modestly basshead level bass with a supremely textured and natural midrange that feels open, inviting and veil-free and a sweet natural treble that is sharp but never unpleasant, sibilant or fatiguing. Couple all that with an instantly accessible, insanely engaging versatile tuning I have a feeling these could eventually overtake, or at least equal the Andromeda as CFA’s most storied release. They are that good in my opinion.

    Dorado 2020 excel with (often less well recorded) pop and rock music that the bulk of us grew up with during the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, an on into the present really. Exile on Main Street, James Brown recordings from the 60s, Metallica, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads– anything with the label “pop music” that I can think of– sound incredible on these. All in all a very dynamic and “in your face” sound that I’m currently finding rather insanely fun to listen to—not since the Atlas have I experienced an IEM so totally devoted to quality fun.

    Where the Dorado knocks it out of the park, however, is with its natural timbre– voices, strings, horns, percussion– all have a depth, density, realism and, fundamentally, a deceptive naturalism that, to my ears is, utterly captivating. I think it will emerge that the Dorado’s ceramic shell and its unique acoustic properties is in some part responsible for how sure footed and disciplined the bass is on the whole while granting the signature on the whole a somewhat raw and wild character. More than with any other IEM I’ve tried the Dorado hooks me in with what is ultimately a sense of playfulness– I just want to tap my feet, bop my head, sing, dance, express myself in some way when I listen to these. Putting them on is a passport to a musical Disneyland.

    At the moment the Dorado 2020 is my favorite Campfire IEM. I love that CFA plays around with different tuning ideals. I have always been a fan of their more fun and bassy excursions and with the Dorado 2020 I feel they’ve finally reached a laudable level of perfection with that sort of tuning in that they’re allowing me to totally rock out and not feel like I’m missing anything substantial in terms of staging or details. I’ve had these in my ears for days straight and they have not hit a false note for me yet– in fact I can barely wipe the smile off my face most of the time. Nicely Done.

  5. Charles Miller (verified owner)

    I’ve used Shure SE535 for many years, very happy with the smooth balanced sound but not so much with their quality. Was looking for both much better build and sound quality. Tried Andromeda, very nice and well worth the money but a bit big and industrial looking. Andromeda are incredibly detailed but in a obvious sort of way. When I described the sort of smooth and balanced yet detailed sound I was looking for the excellent Campfire customer service recommended Dorado. I was a little concerned at first because they described the midrange as “scooped out” and so I kept Andromeda until Dorado came, just in case.
    No need, I knew immediately Dorado are the IEMs for me! Andromeda let me hear the fingerprints plucking the guitar string, Dorado gives me the full body and texture of each note. With Shure I never played around with the tips but with Dorado the sound is so refined it is a pleasure to be able to fine tune it- the response changes pretty much as described in the included flyer.
    The space age ceramic is dense, vibrationally dead, and drop dead gorgeous! The bass is even a little more full-bodied impressive than Andromeda, the midrange is to die for, and the treble is perfect- there when it should be, not there when it shouldn’t. They will play frighteningly loud, but sound great at all levels, are comfortable, and block out noise exceptionally well. I have been showing them off to people and what a trip to watch their eyes go wide when they hear these beauties! Nicely done? Oh, yeah, you could say that.

  6. Aleksandr

    Наушники премиум качества об этом говорит качество полиграфии, дизайна на упаковке да и сама она это какое произведение искусства) Коробочку внешнею выкидывать не хочется. Материал самих наушников тоже очень интересный красивый, надёжный, ток собирает отпечатки на ура. В ушах сидят как влитые после 6 драйверных китайцев это настоящая услада для ушей, в них реально можно сидеть часами. А захочется ли, вопрос хороший. Звук одновременно огорчил так и обрадовал, слышно все возможности фирменного динамического драйвера это просто шикарная тональность, сцена, и даже детальность нижнечастотного и среднего регистра, этот динамик дают пендиля всем сдвоенным арматурам knowless, и почти не уступает по скорости. ВЧ арматура тут выполняют роль компаньона, хотя акцент на ВЧ есть. Но, не понимаю как можно было так настроить данные наушники, бас очень раздут в массе, иногда мешает восприятию среднечастотного диапазона и тупо не слышно того что можно было услышать. Про акцент на ВЧ тоже в некоторых треках идёт на пользу а где то перебор. Потенциал техничности этих наушников убили уж слишком резкой V. Инструменты чересчур раздутые и не натуральные, в некоторых треках , низкие частоты своей повышенной амплитудой глушат все. Стоит ли данные уши своих денег безусловно да, вот играют ли они на свои деньги тут однозначно нет, конечно все на любителя но подобный тюнинг в наушниках за 1000$ это по моему перебор, хотя такой же звук скорее всего найти дешевле будет очень сложно, но все же разумным выбором за эти деньги будет Adromeda 2020.

  7. andy-9622 (verified owner)

    Expressive sound in a comfortable package.

    I was intrigued with Dorado 2020 from reading the product description. After listening, the words fun, lively and engaging are all apt. There are so few tools at our disposal to represent the vastness of what we experience through our senses. I think Campfire Audio managed these constraints beautifully with the simple design philosophy of the Dorado.

    Why did I buy them, and what was the criteria used to guide my purchase? For me it was the promise of the musical experience. As musicians and choir members, we’re tasked with contributing our part to produce a desired effect. If all goes well, realizing this goal is apparent in live settings. But capturing it as recorded detail is another matter. These IEMs help me make out parts that I couldn’t register before – subtle passages of altos, horn or bassoon, for example.

    Measurements and targets aren’t really my thing. But when a live pipe organ or string bass plunges deep, you can feel it. I want that sensation to the extent possible in my home listening. The Dorados deliver. I use them with my mobile devices and laptop, usually with an attenuator for better control of volume level. I enjoy ambient, electronic and experimental music. With headphones and IEMs, I find myself in a good place. The Dorado 2020s are now a big part of that adventure.

  8. Anders Sederholm (verified owner)

    Received them today.
    Replaced cable to Effect Audio Ares II+ and tips to Spinfit CP100.
    Very fun sounding with good bass and clear highs.
    Slightly recessed mids (as expected).
    Fits perfectly between my Empire Ears Legend X and Lime ears Aether R

  9. Jonathan Bangayan

    Didn’t think I could love anything more than the Andro 2020. I guess I was wrong.

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