Today, I review the Campfire Audio Orbit TWS earphones. The Orbit boasts Bluetooh 5.2, 10mm dynamic drivers and inherits Campfire Audio’s unique design aesthetic. The price is $249.
Disclaimer: This sample was provided by Campfire Audio for an honest review. All observations and opinions here are my own based on my experience with the product.
Campfire Audio Orbit
- 5Hz–20 kHz Frequency Response
- Bluetooth 5.2 with Bluetooth LE Support
- Supported Codecs: SBC, AAC, AptX Adaptive
- USB-C Wired Charging and Qi Compatible Wireless Charging Case
- IXP5 Water Resistance Rating
Upon unboxing the Campfire Audio Orbit TWS earphones, I was struck by the unique and mature colourway of beige and brown on the charging case. The case’s tapered ends and smooth finish make it easy to slip into a pocket. A USB-C port for charging and an LED indicator for battery status can be found on the bottom of the unit.
Inside the case, four additional LED lights display the battery level of the case and earphones. Speaking of inside the case, the vibrant lime green accents on the earphones add a touch of fun and personality to the design and serve to remind you that you haven’t accidentally picked up grandma’s hearing aid.
When it comes to the earphones themselves, the Orbit shares the same earthy colour scheme as the charging case. The shape is instantly recognizable as a Campfire Audio product, providing a sense of familiarity and comfort for existing fans of the brand.
Campfire Audio App and Battery Life
The CA mobile app provides some additional functionality. You can use it to see the battery status of each individual earbud, update the firmware and tweak the touch control settings. In addition, the app comes with preset and customizable EQ settings, allowing you to customize the sound to your preference. I found the software to be buggy and unresponsive at times but fortunately, I was happy enough with the default tuning so there’s no need for me to use the app apart from occasionally checking for firmware updates.
The battery life is rated at 8.5 hours and from my testing, I’d say that’s a pretty accurate number. There are an additional 30 hours with the case and the resulting 38 or so hours of total playback time.
Call, Video and Gaming Performance
The call quality is a little disappointing. Although the tone is pleasing, the clarity is low, there’s a lot of Bluetooth compression and voices are very quiet so people you are talking with might have difficulty hearing you.
Video and gaming performance are both up to par. I didn’t notice any significant latency when watching YouTube and movies or while playing online games.
The Campfire Audio Orbit TWS earphones are designed to deliver a fun and engaging listening experience. They have a warm and coloured sound signature, with a prominent bass presence that dominates the frequency spectrum. The bass is powerful and textured, providing a deep and satisfying low-end that is sure to please bass enthusiasts. Despite the boosted bass, the overall resolution of the earphones is quite good, with good definition and layering. This makes the Orbit TWS a great option for those looking for a dynamic and engaging listening experience, while still maintaining a level of clarity and detail in the sound.
The midrange of the Orbit TWS is tonally saturated, providing a rich and full-bodied sound. However, despite the saturation, the earphones still maintain a respectable level of instrument separation, allowing for a clear and defined soundstage. The treble of the earphones is softened to complement the warm overall sound signature, but still provides a refreshing amount of airiness and openness to the sound. This allows for a well-balanced and enjoyable listening experience, without any harshness or sibilance.
In conclusion, the Campfire Audio Orbit TWS earphones offer a great listening experience with their deep and powerful bass. However, it’s important to note that they may not be the best choice for audiophile purists or those looking for a neutral or high-fidelity sound. The bass is quite prominent and could be overwhelming for some listeners.
Additionally, despite their good sound quality, the Orbits are on the higher end of the price spectrum, and lack some standard features that are commonly found in cheaper TWS earphones. As such, it may not be the best value for those looking for a budget-friendly option.