Campfire Audio’s CASCADE Headphone REVIEW

The crunching, grinding harmonic chaos that is an electric guitar with pedals down is just so ….damn…hard to get right. It does not matter the design or driver type, something is always missing. It’s not missing now




Time:          1977

Place:         Some kids room, somewhere in America

Reason:     Reason?      Mom….GET OUT OF MY ROOM!!


cascade and farrah

That kid is so stoked!



This guy is so stoked!

Campfire Audio CASCADE life




The kid?

unfurling the biggest selling pin-up poster girl in history…

and you can see her nipple….for an 11 year old boy that’s like big time stuff.



The Guy?

I think the guy in the 2nd picture and the kid in the 1st are actually… the.. same.. dude!













Same lines that Campfire Audio has become famous for but in “L” size. Absolutely beautiful down to the last detail. Everything is awesome.

Seriously…it is.




“The real cycle you’re working on is a cycle called yourself. The machine that appears to be “out there” and the person that appears to be “in here” are not two separate things. They grow toward Quality or fall away from Quality together.”
Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


  • Well respected guy as it relates to voicing and building IEM in the audio industry.
  • Dreams of doing some over ears headphones.
  • Takes lots of time to get the reality and the dream lined up.
  • Pic posted above would indicate said dream.. has met reality


Respected, smart, dreamer…nails it.


I want some of that.


You want me to paint a picture?




**Bob Ross voice**

There’s a happy little aluminum cup over there, yeah..

moving up,…what do we have….oh,

it’s a nice yolk connected by a strong pivot section, for you folks watching at home any old brush will do….lets just enjoy, that’s what it’s all about …yeah?

The padding seems really nice and hey…those plush pads , like clouds…happy clouds being warmed by Mr Sun…….those clouds come right off! Lets just use black, it’s a dark color but it is one of my favorite colors because I can make almost aaaaaany other color with a little help from Mr. Black.

Alright then, lets dip our brushes now…just a bit,



Excellent pics and from all angles are at the site where you will buy it:


I have to this point,



Farrah, Robert Pirsig and Bob Ross into this.


1977…the ….house!!!





Moving right the fuck along…..








Closed headphones always have and always will fall short of open backs when it comes to a sense of space around the listener.

That said, Pink Floyd’s On the Run which is fantastic for panning and spacial audio cues sounds great. Using mostly IEM lately and not my MA-900 has sort of conditioned my mind to getting a sense of space from tuning more than actual air coming into my ear in addition to the sound.


The left to right and back pans,  and  both sides panning to opposite sides simultaneously is well captured as is the woman’s gate and boarding announcement which resides partly in the early mids but is very clear which is not the case with over extending bass.






Tupac Amaru Shakur (beloved god of THUG LIFE)…his favorite song was:

“Vincent” by Don McLean

Just a knowledge bomb for ya.

About that bass…


I bought these because having a driver with good mids and great bass is something beryllium drivers are becoming famous for. That and it’s cups being made of a metal along with the reputation of Campfire Audio is mostly why I pulled the trigger.


On 2pac’s Ambitionz az a Ridah’ the bass thump is clean and falls fast. The speed of the driver is preventing an elevated bass from becoming a mid frequency issue. Nothing else is clouded or less resolving because of the bass hit that pins down the entire track. I like bass but I like mids even more. Scooped mids kill. They kill hopes, they kill smiles they ..

I would rather it sound as if the lead singer were standing on my fucking face than sound like he was in another room behind the band. This set makes me not have to deal with either discomfort but if they had thin mids or distant vocals I would be shredding them in a video..I NEVER DO WRITTEN REVIEWS OF GEAR UNLESS IT IS BOSS. Vids are easy. Writing is an A.D.H.D torture event.






AC/DC’s  Girls got Rhythm,

I have come to realize how much this track which is a fantastic vinyl rip, throws guitar and vocals a notch or more back whenever there is a dip in the mids. If the 300-2Khz range is warped it will show on tracks like this and Fleetwood Mac’s Gold Dust Woman loud and clear.

Noteworthy to say the least is the ability of this set to play back guitar with distortion pedals in a way, I have not heard on many sets of head gear of any type, be it B.A. , PLANAR , DD..IEM, on-ear or overear.

The Beryllium driver coating is clearly cleaning things up via speed and recovery of all the minutia that happens during distorted guitar playback. It is almost like a unicorn for folks who have never heard good audio gear as they have never heard it and literally have no idea what they are missing. Ignorance is not bliss but it helps to not drain the wallet like this hobby does.


The crunching, grinding harmonic chaos that is an electric guitar with pedals down is just so ….damn…hard…to get right. It does not matter the design or driver type, something is always missing. It’s not missing now



Hearing this vinyl rip like this and knowing I can grab this set anytime and hear this kind of replay is worth the price of admission alone.





E.L.O Telephone Line


All kinds of trebles ready to make you want to rip your skin of your face if the driver has spikes in the wrong areas.

Seriously…50Hz tone at 145dB for 20 minutes or

8.5Khz at 145dB for 5 minutes?

Man, I’d get to minute 2 of 8.5Khz and cry before going insane and jumping out a window and impaling myself on something.

The FiiO F9 original version is good for 2 songs in a row and that is it. Game over, fatigue has arrived and annoyance and anger are following close behind. I bought the Beyer T1 and long term listening sessions with that beauty was just impossible.

The Campfire Audio CASCADE is built for long listening. Maybe it’s the basshead in me but this is not a bassy set it is a mid centric one. This is built for full album sessions. I believe this is the first review I wrote while listening to the item reviewed the whole time.





1 = Get these things off my fucking head

10 = Sound so good I forgot something important and…don’t even give a shit. I’m in this hobby for the 10’s brah!


Well…I got an e-mail asking to change a boxing spar session to tomorrow instead of Sunday (J.S.T) and forgot to reply till typing that 1-10 stuff and he has a new baby and I am not gonna mail him at 11:50 P.M and wake his kid and piss off his wife.

My Review of the Campfire Audio CASCADE Headphones.  is done. A pretty good video review will soon follow.



A star and a movie from 1977.  EPIC,…like these headphones.


RBH Sound HP-2 Ultralight Beryllium Headphones

Just ordered these and waiting for delivery.  Will post my thoughts soon.  Maybe compare them with the Taction Kannon and Fostex TH-X00 Mahogany.  Will these break into the Top 10 at The Hardest hitting Headphones are.. ( “The EXTREME BASS Club”)?

Stay Tuned.

Model Name: HP-2
Driver Size: 1.8″ (45mm) Beryllium
Impedance: 32 Ohms
Sensitivity: 98dB
Frequency Range: 10Hz-45kHz
Weight: 8.82 oz. (250 grams)
Dimensions: 6.3″ W x 7.6″ H (160mm W x 193mm H)
Package Contents: Includes 1 pair of HP-2 headphones, protective carrying case, user’s manual, 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch phono jack plug adapter, and two detachable cables: (1) 3.9-feet (1.2m) deluxe black cable with controller and microphone and (1) 3.9-feet (1.2m) High Resolution Cable.

Sennheiser HD 630VB REVIEW



After all the self anointed “Audiophiles” turned their nose to this set of headphones lets step over the charred remains of their dimwitted, uninformed  and baseless words and take another look at was is actually….a REALLY nice set of cans 🙂











Some specs

  • Wearing Style: Headband
  • Ear coupling: Circumaural
  • Transducer principle: Dynamic, closed
  • Frequency Response: 10-42,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 23Ω
  • Sound Pressure Level: 114dB (1 kHz / 1Vrm)
  • Total harmonic distortion: <0.08% (1kHz, 100dB)
  • Bass Boost: +/- 5dB at 50 Hz
  • Contact pressure: 5.5 ~ 6.8N
  • Weight (headphones excluding cable): 400g
  • Accessories include carry bag and 3.5mm to 6.3mm adapter.


  1. Photobombing in 3…2…1







Wearing Style: Headband

  1. While the weight is weighty…the headband is comfy enough to make this a non issue. Not sure if these are as portable as advertised but that is up to the user.

Ear coupling: Circumaural

  1. Fancy way of saying this set is an over the ear design. It could be considered such unless you have very large ears. The pads are removeable/changeable

Transducer principle: Dynamic, closed

  1. Driver sizes are generally not released by Senn but taking off the pads reveals a 40-45mm driver

Frequency Response: 10-42,000 Hz

  1. There are no noticeable dips or roll offs between 20hz and 16Khz. I am sure of my own ears in that range and nothing jumps out as being off or spiked or recessed.

Impedance: 23Ω

  1. As these were designed for use with Apple or Android devices they are relatively easy to drive and most DAP’s will be fine. You can also use this off a smartphone though dynamics may suffer a bit due to lack of driving power

Sound Pressure Level: 114dB (1 kHz / 1Vrm)

  1. These get loud. As noted above, playing these from a smartphone is fine. Quality of the sound is another thing.

Total harmonic distortion: <0.08% (1kHz, 100dB)

  1. Mmmm, not much to say besides they sound very detail rich and with the bass adjustment turned off


  1. Bass Boost: +/- 5dB at 50 Hz


This is the point where fans of the brand turned their back. Not at the ridiculous giant headphone character commercial pouring salt into an urbanite cup to show bass response…perhaps one of the worst ad vids ever. THAT did not raise the ire of Senn fans….it was the bass dial on a HD series set. Essentially it was a rebuke by folks who had an image they helped create and foster and then were apparently duty bound in defending it. Head-Fi psuedo audophilia at it’s worst.

Contact pressure: 5.5 ~ 6.8N

  1. This is…pressure on head? I had not thought about it? Ultrasone often makes me think about that and head vices and torture devices from the 12th and 13th century but this set seemed to fit nice.

Weight (headphones excluding cable): 400g

  1. As mentioned earlier, I find the weight to be an issue less than the size which makes outdoor use a tough sell for image purposes. The profile is large and lots of folks may balk at that. Weigh?….meh, not that big O’ deal!

Accessories include carry bag and 3.5mm to 6.3mm adapter.

  1. The carry case is stout and nice and that with an adapter is all you get. The non removable cable was the 2nd biggest complaint and THAT is valid and listening or holding it does not need to occur before jumping on that. @PETEREK has told me that making a removable cable is no big deal.

The inline control and flexibility with 2 operating platforms may be related? No idea but this is a legit complaint. The bass dial bashers were just homers homering on and on but the cable is an easy and legit target.

It can be changed though!

Head-Fi User @PETEREK formerly known as CasperTFG is a well known customizer that has said he can do removable cable mods for this set


The reality it seems is that that the bass dial is quite polite and is no more impact full than the MEZE 99 Neo.

That well regarded set (by some, most) is in stock form about the same as this Senn set with the bass dial 1/2 turned or ¾.


With the dial fully turned off it is so polite it sounds small. The driver size would be suspected by anyone who likes bass dominant sets.

Actually the acoustic tuning done by Senn is impressive because it can go from polite to robust with a vent adjustment and still keep everything beyond 2Khz stable and clear. There is no compensation EQ needed to get back the sparkle. It never leaves.

While the 99 neo sounds intimate with a comfortable if not slightly smallish stage the Senn manages to display a bigger presentation with all forms of music from 70’s rock to hip hop.



Foreplay/It’s Been such a long Time

The studio created but seemingly live played
Foreplay/It’s Been such a long Time sounds big and spacey. The notes in the high treble come in clear and the sense of electronic drops of water falling off of a cliff into space all around sounds fantastic. The sense of space around your head is a good real music take on Dr Chesky’s panning test tracks.
This track sometimes/often sounds compacted in IEM and over ears but the 630 has just enough high end and good design to make this feel right.

Noted that these cans benefit from adjusting on head more than most due to driver position and baffle board design.

Outta 10?……Mmmm 7?



Wanna be Startin’ Somethin’

The first track on the classic album is held down by a prominently placed and talented 4 string bass guitar. It is of a quality hard to match when judging bass on a real music album. It took me years to get past mike’s issues and re-appreciate his and on this LP’s producers skillz.

synesthesia is a term used to describe people who see sounds as colors.
I happen to be one. It gets freaky responses so I keep it to myself. Was pleased to read the following when learning about Thriller.

“I have synaesthesia, and Quincy does too,” confirms Swedien. “The low frequencies are represented by dark colours like black and purple, while high frequencies are bright colours such as silver and gold. When I listen to a mix I want to see all those colours.

“I’m not a big fan of compression or limiting at all — I can’t emphasise that enough. On many of the recordings that you hear today, all the excitement and all the colour is gone because they’re so over compressed. I never did that. I would never have a compressor or limiter on the [master] bus, for instance. I want all that transient information there.

-Bruce Swedien

The Purple and Gold is a masterwork on this track and turning the 630 dial to about ¾ puts the darker colors near the front but never taking over the silvers and golds of the track.

Outta 10?……Mmmm 9?



While I usually use “On the Run” to check for staging in this instance I chose to focus on the woman announcing the departure of a flight to Rome. My recent experience with planar IEM showed how clear this can be and checking that on these returned a nice replay. No sense of veil or distance in the fundamental or harmonic region of the woman’s voice

Outta 10?……Mmmm 7?


Yep, trebs with 2pac

Heaven Ain’t Hard 2 find

This track is just stuffed with sample deck goodies. Stuffed. The better the driver and treble tuning the more of the stuff you will hear. There are spinners, dew drops, and sounds like from a carnival just far enough in the background that if your driver cannot reach their you’ll never notice. No biggie usually but a definite bonus when it is there because the tuning took you there

Biggest surprise of the 3 fundamental ranges.

Outta 10?……Mmmm 8?

I would rec this set to anyone who likes an audiophileish sound with an ability to adjust the sub-bass and bass.

That’s a lot of folks.