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CS8

CVJ

Rating

Price

7.6

28 €

Review published:

08/2020

Driver

4

per Side

1

Dynamic

3

Balanced

Impedance

22 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

8

Bass

7.5

Mids

7

Trebles

Sensitivity

105 dB

7.5

Handling

8

Haptic

B

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

7 - 40000 Hz

Intro

The CSN was a slight disappointment for me, because although it looked quite good on the paper and on the visual side and had an interesting tuning approach in the budget area, it could not implement it properly. At least not as far as my taste is concerned. The CS8 now has the heavy burden to turn the wheel again. 4 drivers for under 30 €? Doesn't sound too bad, right? But that doesn't mean much, especially in this price range.

Handling

Same procedure as every year CVJ. Okay, the brand is not that old yet, but I have the feeling that the wooden box and its contents will accompany us through a few more IEMs.
You can't tell from the outside which of the three products you are holding in your hand, unless you turn the box over, where the name is engraved. So: 3 pairs of silicone tips, a nice fabric pouch and the usable but not special cable incl. cable velcro.

the case is a hybrid of CSA (plastic) and CSN (metal), resulting in a plastic case with a metal faceplate. We know this from the TRN V60, because the metal plate is not the "cover", but only glued on plastic (in the case of the V60, it is screwed on).
Wears well and isolates accordingly.

Sound

The CS8 does it better than the CSN, which wants to suggest an analytical sound with all its might, while ignoring naturalness. Nevertheless, it can't quite convince me.

The bass is on the same good level as the CSN, but has a better weight in the signature. The sound is more homogeneous and gives more warmth, which the mid frequencies gratefully accept. But it is never obtrusive, but always controlled. It can also be fun when it's required, but otherwise it concentrates on accurate bass reproduction, where the punch can sometimes sound a bit muted (a bit too short resonance, like from a BA driver), but otherwise very pleasant and self-confident.

Compared to the CSN, the mids are a bit more present in the lower range, which results in a better musicality and also physicality. Nevertheless they can still be a bit thin sometimes, but not as sterile as with CSN. The CSA applies here still somewhat thicker, which is however a matter of taste, since this has also nothing more to do with neutrality. I like the mids for the most part quite well, but I would like them a little bit more physical. Voices don't jump into your face (CSN), but they still stand in front of the mix to a certain extent.

The highs are similarly emphasized in comparison to the CSN, but since the lower mids don't give them any additional energy, they sound more natural than the CSN. I still think they lack some of the substance, though. It can be quite exciting when acoustically fine sounds buzz around in the head, but this sounds not quite natural and sometimes thin and a bit tinny with cymbals. Sibilants are also an issue with the CS8.

As with the CSN, the stage is quite distinctive, but the 3D image is not quite homogeneous. In the width it's really good, but this is also where most of the action takes place, without much multilayering.

Outro

The CS8 does it better than the CSN. It sounds more musical and relaxed, but still has that light metallic undertone and is also not the most physical in the mids. But it sounds more balanced and homogeneous. Still a bit too bright and with occasional sibilant accentuation. I am surprised that in this line-up of CVJ at the end I like the most inexpensive CSA best. However the way there was stony, because only in the third attempt the CSA could convince. In between (2) it was even more extreme than the CSN.
But here it is about the CS8: Detailed, somewhat artificial and bright IEM, with balanced bass and lively mids.

Legend

Haptic:

Here the processing plays a role and the usability of the scope of supply. Additionally the appearance, wearing comfort and robustness.


Value:
Here I evaluate for me subjectively the price/performance ratio - does not flow into the evaluation!

Z: No Brainer

A: money well spent

B: all right, you can do

C: gives better for less money

D: overpriced

E: collector's price

Daily life:
Here, I focus on the long-term audibility and whether I can hear it well out of the box. This is of course very subjective and therefore only a minimal deduction or bonus. 

(-0.1, 0, +0.1)

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Rating in Letters

S: 9.5 - 10

A: 9.0 - 9.4​

B: 8.0 - 8.9​

C: 7.0 - 7.9

D: 6.0 - 6.9​
E: 5.0 - 5.9​

F: 0.0 - 4.9​

CS8

CS8

MIRROR

MIRROR

CSA

CSA

CSE

CSE

CSN

CSN

Second Opinion

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CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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