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Campfire Audio Honeydew Review

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Campfire Audio has built a reputation for catering to users with more expensive tastes. Usually, when big companies like this try to venture into making more budget items, it goes really well or really badly.

Making a pair of headphones that are a more budget option, is bold enough, but IEMs(In-Ear Monitor) are usually viewed as expensive. Meaning that budget options haven’t sold too well over the years. 

Professionals and audiophiles just don’t want to take the chance… 

Perhaps Campfire Audio believes that having proven themselves in the higher-end market makes them deserving of some faith in making affordable high quality IEMs

At around $249, the Honeydew is most definitely not at an average price for a pair of IEMs, which can easily run well over $1000. And some of the best are made by Campfire Audio. 

Has Campfire Audio managed to make a pair of truly professional-quality IEMS for an affordable price? I decided to find out in my in-depth Campfire Audio Honeydew Review. So, let’s see if you should be adding these to your shopping list…

Design and Build

Campfire Audio Honeydew
Our rating:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

The packaging of the Honeydew doesn’t suggest they’ve cut many costs. It is the same two-layer design that we’ve come to know from their other products. 

The outside layer opens up like a flower. Likewise, the inside of the folded flap “pedals” are richly decorated in elaborate patterns. Reminds me almost of a very expensive box of Swiss chocolate. 

The square box, which is the second layer, opens up to reveal the message “nicely done” on the inside. This attention to detail and personal touch is quite pleasing and makes one feel that while this may be a budget option, it’s still quality. 

Inside the box…

You will find the two IEMs, the smoky lite Litz cable, a handmade canvas bag with a padded inside, and a black drawstring pouch. Inside the pouch, you will find a handy cleaning tool and a selection of 11 pairs of tips. 

Having this many tips with a pair of IEMs is not unusual. That’s because finding the right fit is essential for professionals who need to wear them for long periods, like musicians. Campfire Audio, it seems, has spared no expense in this department. 

Probably because they know most users will value comfort above all. There are three pairs of memory foam tips and three pairs of silicone tips. Finally, there are five pairs of tips from Final Audio. 

As far as the overall build quality is concerned…

It’s almost hard to think of the Honeydew as the less expensive option offered by Campfire Audio. The canvas bag feels tough and rip-resistant; it’s also more compact than previous carry bags and more pocketable. As a result, these are some of the best travel IEMs on the market.

The “Mellow Yellow” paint scheme is nice and shocking without looking tacky (as yellow plastic is often prone to doing). Another aspect of these IEMs that contradicts their price is that each pair is hand-assembled in Portland, Oregon. 

The weight and solidity of the Honeydew simply reinforce the notion that money has been well spent. It’s fair to say that these are some most durable IEM earbuds you can buy.

Fit and Comfort

Some would argue that having foam tips are redundant in the modern age. But with IEMs, this is not the case. Since IEMs are much more effective at removing ambient noise, foam tips are a good addition for users who might let some of the outside noise come in while they’re drumming, etc. 

Finding the right fit might take a while, but this is the case with most IEMs. As soon as you do, they are easily wearable for hours, and their weight almost dissipates the longer you wear them. Meaning these are some of the most comfortable IEM earbuds on the market.

Sound Quality


The Honeydew has a total frequency response of 5Hz to 18kHz and makes use of 10mm dynamic drivers. In terms of the sound signature, it’s one that you’re going to like or not. 

Overall, there are three main aspects to the sound that immediately jump out at you. First, there is a massive bass boost. Secondly, there is a pronounced boost in the treble as well. Finally, there is a sense of warmth present in all the frequencies. 

Let’s take a look at why…

The boost in the bass is quite prominent. This is where a lot of the warmth in the Honeydew sound comes from. That being said, if you want some of the best bass heavy IEM earbuds, you’re in for a treat. 

On the other hand, if you like a more neutral response or a mid and high-focused sound, these are not for you. The bass boost also adds to this overwhelming sense of largeness about the sound. 

The treble side is a bit of a contradiction, but we’ll get to that in a bit. The high-end is boosted but not so much as to be bright. 

The mid frequencies… 

This is where the Honeydew is perhaps the weakest, but by no means bad. Due to the pronounced “scooped” sound signature, the low mids seem somewhat subdued or overpowered by the bass. The high-mids seem to be rolled back as well, but this doesn’t cause unpleasantness in the sound. 

Similarly, due to this recessed character in the mid frequencies, songs can sometimes feel as though they lack air or space. It somehow feels as though the vocals never have breathing space. 

Furthermore, there is a darkness to the high-end that becomes prominent after a few hours of listening. The overall warmness is the result of the high-end roll-off and the big bass boost. If you’re someone who likes crispness, this might not be your cup of tea. 

The soundstage… 

Quite impressive but by no means what you’d call expansive. There is good detail at lower levels. But as soon as you push the volume up, you will start to hear a pronounced loss in resonance and separation. 

Overall, the sound of the Honeydew can be described as having fulfilled the requirements of its target demographic very well. If you like the prominent boost in the lows and highs, you’re going to love these things. But if not, it’s going to be a solid pass.

Campfire Audio Honeydew Review – Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Excellent build quality.
  • Great sound, if you like the character.
  • Well-priced.

Cons

  • Very specific sound means they’re for a small group of users.
  • The mid-range could be better.

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Campfire Audio Honeydew Review – Conclusion

A pair of budget IEMs that have a great sound for bass-heavy genres. For Hip Hop, Dubstep, EDM, and Rap, Campfire Audio has fulfilled its mission statement with the Honeydew. 


Despite being a cheaper option, you get great packaging details and fantastic build quality. It makes you feel that Campfire Audio will give you your money’s worth. 

If you like the scooped sound of these IEMs, you’re going to keep them till you fall over. And the best part is they’ll last long enough for that to happen. The final score is 8 out of 10.

Until next time, happy listening.

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About Jennifer Bell

Jennifer is a freelance writer from Montana. She holds a BA in Creative Writing and English, as well as an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Games and Simulation Design.

Her passions include guitar, bass, ukulele, and piano, as well as a range of classical instruments she has been playing since at school. She also enjoys reading fantasy and sci-fi novels, yoga, eating well, and spending time with her two cats, Rocky and Jasper.

Jennifer enjoys writing articles on all types of musical instruments and is always extending her understanding and appreciation of music. She also writes science fiction and fantasy short stories for various websites and hopes to get her first book published in the very near future.

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