Holocene

Three Driver In-Ear Monitor
Machined Aluminum Body
Optimized 3D Printed Acoustic Chambers
Glow Treatment

7 customer reviews

$649.00

In stock

Holocene

The new epoch of hi-fi

The Campfire Audio Holocene has a sound that is layered with rich, inviting detail, channeling the spirit of explosive expansion humankind is experiencing in our current geological epoch.

Holocene’s remarkably even and balanced frequency response curve conceals the speed and resolution of a true audiophile’s reference earphone.

Frequency Response

High
High-Mid
Mid
Low-Mid
Low

ListeningJazz, Classical, Rock, Blues, RnB, Indie, Alternative, Folk, Psych Rock, Metal, Opera, Synthwave, IDM, Grunge, Neo-Soul, Podcasts, Vocal, Prog Rock, Yacht Rock, Soundtrack, Experimental, Country, Reggae, Podcast, New-Age

ProductionPure Reference, Guitar, Keys, Bass, Drums, Mixing & Mastering

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Traveling in Time

Interior Mysteries Revealed

Holocene features a single custom-tuned driver for highs, and two independent custom-tuned drivers covering mids and lows. The drivers are combined and optimized using our signature 3D printed acoustic chamber design. Holocene’s harmony of driver and design will elevate your listening experience, taking you on a journey through the past, present, and future of Hi-Fi.

Traveling in Time

Interior Mysteries Revealed

Holocene features a single custom-tuned driver for highs and two independent custom-tuned drivers covering mids and lows. These drivers are combined and optimized using our signature 3D printed acoustic chamber design. Holocene’s harmony of driver and design will elevate your listening experience, taking you on a journey through the past, present, and future of Hi-Fi.

Beam Me Up!

Radiant Luminance Glow

The Holocene is adorned with glow-in-the-dark elements: the Campfire Audio inlay logo, the new ‘Smoky Glow’ cable overmolds, and the ‘Epoch’ case features. Charge them with light and enjoy the show when the lights go out, and the stars come into view. 

The Holocene shell is machined from aluminum and anodized in an ‘umber’ finish. It is set with black tri-lobe screws and a black PVD finished stainless steel spout. Holocene is completed with our custom beryllium copper mmcx connector, ensuring years of stable performance from your cable connection.

Beam Me Up!

Radiant Luminance Glow

The Holocene is adorned with glow-in-the-dark elements: the Campfire Audio inlay logo, the new ‘Smoky Glow’ cable overmolds, and the ‘Epoch’ case features. Charge them with light and enjoy the show when the lights go out, and the stars come into view. 

The Holocene shell is machined from aluminum and anodized in an ‘umber’ finish. It is set with black tri-lobe screws and a black PVD finished stainless steel spout. Holocene is completed with our custom beryllium copper mmcx connector, ensuring years of stable performance from your cable connection.

campfire audio epoch iem case

Epoch Encompassed

Supporting the SEAQUAL® INITIATIVE

Upcycled Marine Plastic in the form of SEAQUAL® YARN makes up the rugged outer layer of our Campfire Audio Holocene zipper case. Lume zipper and plaque provide exceptional glow performance, while the new smooth pulling plastic tooth zipper offers a superior experience.

Each case pattern design is unique, and truly one of a kind. Our ‘Epoch’ color palette ranges from rainforest greens to aquatic blues. Mysterious geometric shapes float freely and collide in unexpected ways. These are fun cases that protect your earphones and give you something fun to enjoy.

campfire audio smoky glow cable

Smoky Glow

Cable Glow Up

Our new ‘Smoky Glow’ Litz cable features Silver Plated Copper Litz wire conductors and our popular tangle-resistant twisted cable weave. To compliment our new line of earphones we’ve added new Glow-In-The-Dark overmolds on both the MMCX connectors and the 3.5mm plug. The result of our overmolded ear-hook design is a lightweight cable that is a pleasure to use every day!

Its Glow Time

Lights out to watch it glow

Glow-in-the-dark elements bring some added fun to Holocene’s look – the Campfire Audio inlaid logo, the MMCX and 3.5mm overmolds, and details of the Epoch Zipper case all glow.

campfire audio holocene iem exploded view

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. Holocene features an acoustically optimized interior chamber design that allows its three drivers to deliver the very best sound quality.

Campfire Audio Holocene Review

“The Campfire Audio Holocene is an impressive Universal IEM, when it comes to both sound and build quality. It offers a pretty linear bass response with good level of resolution, layering and detail retrieval. The midrange on the other hand is the area that dominates the character of the Holocene, which shows a pretty balanced, transparent and relaxed tuning, while the treble range adds the overall presentation a fresh breath and airiness. Noteworthy are also the new Glow-In-The-Dark plastic details and the environment friendly & colorful protective zipper case, which are some nice additions.”

Gökhan Aydin – Moonstar Reviews

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Campfire Audio Holocene Earbuds Review: Audiophile Quality At Audiophile Prices

“While the Campfire Audio Holocene earbuds are simple, they most certainly don’t have a simple quality to them. These earbuds are astonishingly powerful, and can easily compete with some of the higher-end over-ear headphones I have reviewed in the past…”

“Audio is very balanced with the Holocene earbuds, which is what they were designed to be. That means neither the bass nor the treble are particularly dominant with the overall audio mix. Both are still present in spades, but these aren’t going to overwhelm with booming bass.”

Bob Fekete – International Business Times

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Campfire Holocene – Clarity, Details, and Musicality

“At the end of today’s full written review, Campfire Holocene is the answer to your search, if you have a budget of about $600 and are looking for what is the widest sounding, analytical, comfortable, detailed, clean, quick and resolute IEM at this moment”

Audiophile-Heaven

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Campfire Audio Holocene Review

“I’m going to declare myself a big fan of the Holocene. As opposed to the less expensive IEMs I tried from Campfire recently…this one felt versatile and balanced. The Holocene seems like it could be a good compromise for those wanting to pay under $1000 for a campfire IEM but still get something fairly close in quality to their priciest models. If you’ve been looking for a gateway into the Campfire world, the Holocene could be your golden ticket.”

Luke Davis – Major HiFi

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Campfire Audio Holocene

“What an IEM! Here stands the cheaper Andromeda. Personally, I put Holocene as my third favorite from Campfire offer, after Dorado 2020 and Solaris LE. We’re getting almost everything we could at this price. Awesome build quality, universal timbre, outstanding detailing, and rich set of accessories. Besides that, we got some nice features like glowy elements and a beautiful case.”

Ear Fidelity

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Campfire Audio Holocene Review

“The Holocene is probably the most mature sounding sub-1k IEM Campfire Audio has done to date and certainly one of the most flexible sound signatures for pairing. This is more of a classic audiophile tuning and it will appeal to those looking for something with a focus on articulation and detail.”

Marcus – Headfonics

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Campfire Audio Holocene IEMs: Review

“The bass response is one of the Holocene’s best features and I applaud Campfire Audio for the decision to focus on resolution, texture, and speed versus overwhelming impact that would become fatiguing during extended listening sessions.

As I head into my cold weather running routine, I look forward to many months of Holocene/Bolt/iPhone and I can’t imagine needing anything more than these excellent IEMs as I pound my way through the snow and sand listening to Qobuz and TIDAL.”

Ian White – eCoustics

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CFA Holocene: Tamed and Wild

“Holocene has only 3BA drivers but its ability to deliver details without getting stressed is something everyone will admire. It’s a sweet yet precise sounding IEM. If you have had the DM8 or a DM7, the Holocene is a pure upgrade. It can be considered as an upgrade to the DUNU SA6 too thanks to its more mature and refined tuning. Loving this IEM for its technical abilities is as simple as breathing.

Suman Sourav Meher – The Headphone List

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Technical Specifications

Specifications

5Hz–20 kHz Frequency Response

94 dB SPL @ 1kHz: 6.99 mVrms

5.4 Ohms @ 1kHz Impedance

Features

Machined Aluminum Body

‘Umber’ Anodized Finish

Single Custom Balanced Armature (High)

Single Custom Balanced Armature (Mid/Low)

Single Custom Balanced Armature (Mid/Low)

Custom Beryllium / Copper MMCX Connections

Black PVD Finished Stainless Steel Spout

‘Smoky Glow’ Silver Plated Copper Litz Cable – 3.5mm Stereo to MMCX connectors


Included Accessories

Campfire Audio ‘Epoch’ SEAQUAL® YARN Earphone Case. Made in Portugal.

Smoky Glow Litz Cable

Campfire Audio Smoky Glow Litz Cable – Silver Plated Copper Conductors with Berylium Copper MMCX and 3.5mm Stereo Plug Featuring Glow-in-the-Dark overmolds.

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

    The holocenes are quite sensitive IEMs, with a sensitivity of 5.4 ohms. Would there be any issues driving these with more powerful DACs such... Read more
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    Q The holocenes are quite sensitive IEMs, with a sensitivity of 5.4 ohms. Would there be any issues...... Read more answer now
    Asked on April 17, 2022 4:18 am
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    Hi! We have found that Dragonfly Red can overpower some of our earphones.  We usually recommend our sister company, ALO Audio's Pilot. O... Read more

  2. I just purchased my first pair of CA IEMS (Holocene). My question is: my Astell & Kern DAP has a 2.5mm balanced output. WIll I get bette... Read more
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    Q I just purchased my first pair of CA IEMS (Holocene). My question is: my Astell & Kern DAP ha...... Read more answer now
    Asked on October 25, 2021 4:40 pm
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    Hi! Many notice improved performance by incorporating a balanced cable into their set-up, and prefer it to the unbalanced cable. However,... Read more

  4. Which of your universal earphones has deepest, heaviest BASS? :)
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    Q Which of your universal earphones has deepest, heaviest BASS? :) answer now
    Asked on September 15, 2021 8:41 pm
    A Hi! Mammoth and Vega 2020 are our most bass focused universals. Thanks!
  6. Is there the option to order with a 2.5 balanced cable?
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    Q Is there the option to order with a 2.5 balanced cable? answer now
    Asked on August 3, 2021 1:48 am
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    Hi! The Holocene comes standard with the Campfire Audio Smoky Glow Litz Cable with 3.5mm termination. Check out our Read more

  8. I want a step up from the Honeydews. Would this give me "More"? I like the bass and deep sound of the Honey dews, but want more "openness".
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    Q I want a step up from the Honeydews. Would this give me "More"? I like the bass and deep sound of...... Read more answer now
    Asked on July 7, 2021 6:46 pm
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    Holocene has a distinctive reference sound that certainly is open sounding. 

    However coming directly from Honeydew, Mammoth is pr... Read more

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Holocene

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7 reviews for Holocene

  1. Terrell Cunningham (verified owner)

    Excellent. Shipping was very fast. So I had quick satisfaction. I paired them with a Plussound x8 series custom bluetooth cable, silver plated copper, type 6 litz cable.
    This powers them very well. The sound is nice and full. Nice separation between mids and highs. Great bass response. A great value. They punch way above their weight class.

  2. Pat Hogg (verified owner)

    Performance is far better than I had even hoped for. The more I ask the more they deliver! So fun. Performance and comfort! I stream Hi Res through Qobuz.

  3. Doge (verified owner)

    They are very detailed, listening to ASMR made it pretty strange to hear the amount of raspyness in their voice. But also need to be paired with a good source, using from my computer audio port had very harsh highs, while my phone with apple adapter sounded much better. It also has a great and wide soundstage, with some depth to them. They deliver a very emotional and engaging listening experience in my opinion. The case is very vibrant in real life, which I wasn’t expecting! And the glow is a nice touch, the coating or whatever makes it glow – lasts for a while! It’s a pretty good duration of glow if that makes sense lol.

  4. Richard Hawthorne (verified owner)

    The Holocene is truly reference audiophile quality IEMs. Upgrade with “balanced Super Smokey Cables” and something magical occurs. I’m a critical listener who looks for flaws and appreciates outstanding performance. There are no flaws – anywhere, only flawless sonic beauty. Why? The soundstage is big and realistic, as though you are standing among the musicians. The low-end is tight, accurate and with disciplined power. The mid-range is full and strikingly amazing. The high-end is perfect. Each range works together as one. Each note in all 12 octaves are seamless, accurate and flow together perfectly. The spatial imagery is exact. You are there! This is my 3rd pair of CA IEMs. The Holocene IEMs with the balanced 4.4mm Super Smokey cable are the finest in audio reproduction I know. For anyone quick to criticize, please try it for yourself first. I am delighted to own these amazing IEMs. Thank you Campfire Audio. – Richard Hawthorne

  5. Alberto Romero (verified owner)

    First IEMs, audio quality is amazing. Comfortable, full of detail, and the case is super cool.

  6. Titus de los Santos

    Really a fantastic IEM. Have owned some cheaper chinese IEMS in the price range around 400 euros but they didn’t sound as open and balanced as this one.

    Older recordings in CD quality also sound good, MQA and Ultra High Res are not a must for these IEMs.

    Now listening to Andreas Vollenweider on Tidal, Caverna Magica, a 1983 album.

    They also had good recording technique back then.

    This IEM is here to stay and now I’m only curious about the Andromeda……

  7. Smonke (verified owner)

    After going from headset to headset, I finally looked for something with a “balanced”, neutral sound signature that wasn’t 1K, and I found the Holocenes

    There are a few reviews on youtube on the Holocenes, and I would say that my experience and comments are similar to them.

    My Holocenes came with (what I believe) to be the Final E series eartips.
    With the eartips, I have used these things on long drives and they block out a lot of the wind drag noise that is associated with driving on a highway at speed limit speeds. I would say that the passive sound reduction and fit of these IEMs are excellent.

    The sound signature is more neutral than anything I have ever had. I’ve used Astros A40, Steelseries Arctis, Audio Technica ATH-G1WL (yikes, way 2 much bass) and ATH-M60X (much more balanced). Compared to anything else I’ve had, separation is better (probably due to the 3 drivers on each bud) than anything else I’ve had, Clarity and sharpness is just as good if not better than the M60X’s, and the Bass isn’t kicking down the details of anything else in music that I listen to (A lot of soundtracks and techno). Detail-wise on everything else except for Bass, these things are just flat out great.
    As many others have stated, if you REALLY, REALLY like Bass and want more of that, this will keep you wanting a Looooot as this thing doesn’t emphasize Bass at all, unless there are some clear bass elements that you would probably hear on $20 headphones. If you wanted extra bass “thump”, usually you’re not gonna get it out of these unless you go to the EQ settings and crank it up there

    These things are easy, almost too easy to drive. Using my Schiit Hels with these, I have to turn down the volume down a lot in order not to blow out my ear drums (and the drivers most likely). Using this with any Desktop or Laptop setup shouldn’t be a problem. Using this with a DAC from Astro, Sennheiser, Steelseries or even the ROCCAT Juke (It works just fine with that I’ve tried) will probably work great. When I use these with the Sony Walkman NW-A55, the small player that had trouble powering the M60X’s, it had zero trouble running the Holocenes into the loud/uncomfortable region. Basically, these things will work with DAPs like peas in a pod, I don’t think anybody will have any trouble.

    Build quality is great, the Aluminum and it’s finish make it a product that’s surely to last a long time (long as you don’t throw these on the ground all the time). Glow in the dark will work after exposure to bright light (like flood lights or sunlight) for a while, so the effect is ehhhh. The Mesh IEM bags that these things are a MUST to prevent the sound of the two IEMs Clacking in the case they come with
    Speaking of the case, while it is very nice (Cushioned with what feels like soft floor rug on the inside), it is very cumbersome to put in the pocket, and is a lot larger than the Holocenes bundled up onto the IEM bags they come with. I used a $3 Earbud case from Walmart and it holds the IEM bag with the Holocenes nice and snug, and will fit in the pocket just fine (I think the IEM bag mixed with the semi-hard case walls provides more than enough day to day protection while moving).

    Overall, I am very happy with these IEMs. For my music taste profile, they are gonna be my everyday go-tos when I have a chance to use them for years to come.

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