Campfire Audio has always been acclaimed by audiophiles for its IEM-style wired headphones, but the dedicated headphone specialist is finally entering the world of cable-free audio, with the new truly wireless Orbit.

Both a luxury lifestyle brand and a high-end headphone maker, Orbit continues the Portland company's tradition of design. The two-tone buttons feature an unorthodox geometric shape that the company says contributes to comfort and increases the feeling of solidity and weight.

The cabinets contain 10mm dynamic drivers with a liquid crystal polymer (LCP) film diaphragm, which Campfire says deliver "dynamic listening" with plenty of low-end power, while their LCP diaphragms deliver clarity, headroom and energy. for a “commitment and rhythm”. . Listen".

The Orbits are compatible with Bluetooth 5.2 and can support wireless transmissions up to 24-bit/48kHz with support for AAC and aptX adaptive codecs.

There's a fairly standard battery life of 8.5 hours on a single charge, while the charging case offers an additional 30 hours of playtime via USB-C or Qi wireless charging.

You won't find any physical buttons on the buttons, with all playback and volume controlled by touch controls on the bezels. In the box, you get a selection of foam and silicone ear tips in different sizes for the perfect fit, along with a USB-C to USB-C charging cable and a fancy Campfire Audio pin.

There's no noise cancellation, but there are dedicated Android and iOS apps that let you adjust a seven-band equalizer, create and recall presets, and perform firmware updates.

The Campfire Audio Orbit is available now direct from the Campfire website (opens in a new tab) for $249 / £249 (roughly AU$450).

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Ever since Campfire Audio's opulent Trifecta Deluxe wired in-ear monitors wowed us earlier this year (now officially available, for $3375 / $3399 (opens in a new tab)), we've been hoping the brand will one day. venture into the world of true wireless Bluetooth models.

That day has finally arrived with the launch of the Orbit, and with a surprisingly affordable mid-range price to boot.

That MSRP seems a little less impressive when you notice that active noise cancellation is conspicuous by its absence in Campfire audio, ahem, Orbit. It's a feature we'd expect at this price, especially when it's a key selling point for the Sony WF-1000XM4 Wireless Headphones, our current pick for the best noise-cancelling headphones on the market.

Campfire Audio's reputation for performance gets overlooked, though, and we're excited to see how the Orbit stacks up against those on our Best Headphones 2022 list.

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