BUDGET
IN-EAR

CSA

CVJ

Rating

Price

7.8

15 €

Review published:

08/2020

Driver

2

per Side

1

Dynamic

1

Balanced

Impedance

22 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

7.5

Bass

8

Mids

7.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

101 dB

7.7

Handling

8

Haptic

A

Value

+

Daily Life

Frequency

7 - 40000 Hz

Intro

CVJ is a new and fresh brand that wants to conquer the budget market with three IEMs immediately. We are talking about the CSA, CS8 and CSN. All of them are hybrids and quite promising, because CVJ brings a fresh breeze into the budget CHI-FI world with their tuning. The CSA makes the beginning with a dynamic and a BA driver.

I must reprimand CVJ however somewhat. It is quite clear to me that the young company does not have the experiences yet and is on the way of the self-discovery, but please not at expense of the buyer.
It's not about bringing IEMs to market as fast as possible and abusing the buyer as guinea pigs, but to get feedback in advance and to adapt the product if possible, so that a final product can be released and not 3 different batches with completely different signatures, as happened with the CSA.
Since all batches are/have been available from different vendors, this confuses the buyer and makes the reviewer's work more difficult.

Forget about it, because all beginnings are hard, but I hope that this was a unique slip-up, because the company has potential. This review is about the 3rd and according to the company the final product.

Handling

The CSA is very similar in its design to the KZ ZST and is therefore just as comfortable to wear.
Plain and simple, without much frills. Thus not only the CSA presents itself, but also its accessories. The cable (2-pin) is on BQEYZ level, which concerns their budget models and fulfils its purpose. In addition, there are a total of 3 sizes of silicone tips and a small fabric pouch.
The fold-out packaging is made of wood, which is not necessarily to be expected in this price segment, but we are of course not talking about mahogany either.

The isolation is average and there is not much more to mention here. All in all, it is quite good for the price.

Sound

The CSA has a warm, soft and quite linear signature with a bass emphasis, which, for my taste, has a quite positive effect on the sound. Since the bass only drops very slightly to the mids and even still has a decent level around 200 kHz, we get a warmer and more voluminous sound, but it doesn't drift off into the unnatural. The bass is well balanced and has enough output even in the lower frequencies. It could be a bit more pithy, but has a solid punch and moderate speed. Even though it is still quite present in the upper bass, it only sounds a bit bloated in rare cases.

Even though I usually like it a bit crisper, clearer and more vocally focused in the mids, I like the relaxed, warm and musical mids of the CSA very much. They invite you to listen to music for a long time and offer a lot of details, but without bothering you artificially. Balanced, round and yet lively. Here the comparison to the TRI i3 comes to my mind, which has similar characteristics, but sounds a little more transparent. Voices neither come too much to the fore nor do they fall back. They are quite intimate and sound full-bodied with a natural timbre, despite the somewhat warmer tuning. I would like to have a bit more presence in the upper frequencies, but I feel the midrange of the CSA as its strength, even if in the upper range sometimes something slightly metallic resonates.

The highs don't have the greatest extension and are certainly not the most detailed, but contribute to relaxed listening and provide enough information. Nothing special, but they don't dip down and open up the stage in a quite natural way, whereas the KBEAR KS2, for example, artificially expands them. Peaks and sibilants are in short supply, virtually absent.

The stage offers a good 3D image, but the separation could be even clearer and the spreading over different layers is quite average.

Outro

I have made a budget recommendation for 2020 (under 20 €) for the KBEAR KS2 and I can do the same with a clear conscience for the CVJ CSA. It is certainly not as exciting as the KS2 with its strong but fun V-signature, but more homogeneous, more mature, more relaxed and round. Here I can listen to music for hours, without signs of fatigue, and still have a solid variety of information, a natural voice reproduction and a balanced musicality.
However, I must point out that you could still catch an old batch when ordering. So please ask the seller which one it is. But I think that the old "attempts" will be pulled out of the market.

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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