BUDGET
IN-EAR

CSE

CVJ

Rating

Price

7.2

10 €

Review published:

02/2021

Driver

2

per Side

1

Dynamic

1

Balanced

Impedance

22 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

8

Bass

7

Mids

6.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

108 dB

7.2

Handling

8

Haptic

C

Value

-

Daily Life

Frequency

10 - 40000 Hz

Intro

CVJ didn't take too much time to launch two new products. The CSE and MIRROR represent the company's new line-up and are meant to follow up on the debut successes of the CSA and CS8 (I'm excluding the CSN here).
For me, rather a shot in the oven as far as the CSE is concerned, since the CSA (with which the CSE competes in the budget segment), sounds much more mature and natural and does not try to artificially suggest things that have no substance.

Handling

The CSE is a typical budget IEM, sharing a similar body with many other models in the price category, such as the KBEAR LARK, KZ ZSN (PRO), etc. This fit has been proven for several years and wears comfortably. The CSE does not appear particularly valuable (also due to the plastic faceplate), but it still makes a robust and durable impression. The faceplate even feels quite interesting haptically due to the ribbing.

The accessories are not particularly lush and are limited to the most necessary, such as 3 pairs of silicone tips and a budget cable, as known from TRN, or BQEYZ. However, we still get a useful cloth bag for storing the IEMs.

The isolation is good and can be further reinforced with foam tips.

Sound

If the CSE is supposed to be the successor of the CSA, then a lot has gone wrong. An admittedly somewhat too warmly tuned IEM (CSA) with a good tonality was bred up to a mid-range and treble testosterone monster, which is completely lost the naturalness.

I would have liked the bass of the CSE in the MIRROR (at least in terms of quantity). It would not make sense to sing the praises of the bass performance of the CSE, because it is good, especially in the budget range, but nothing more. It concentrates more on its area of responsibility and doesn't press the mids so hard. To be honest, that's also difficult in this case, but at least the lower mids remain equally largely unimpressed. Bass performance is actually quite solid on all CVJ models, and so the CSE's bass also scores with an appealing texture and firmness, but without the very greatest dynamics.

The CSE is a bit of a screamer. It's not as bad as the graph would suggest, but the CSE pretty much loses everything that could be considered natural in the midrange. The good clarity here is dearly bought and, to me, out of proportion. The mids lack body and sound overly bright. Here it makes sense to experiment with the Micro-Tape (3M) (2/3 coverage of the sound opening), but the treble is quite unimpressed by the mod, which can then become a problem.

The treble brings a similar high energy as the MIRROR. However, since the relationship with the mids is a different one, the sibilants and tinny are not quite as noticeable at first, but you can quickly tell where the fish stinks here as well, even though the mids naturally do their part as well.
I find the treble artificial and exhausting. There aren't many more words to say here then. Yes okay, they are quite airy and you can't deny a certain transparency either, but nothing sounds natural here and it stings and hisses constantly.

The stage shows upwards quite open and also the stereo image fits. However, there is a lack of depth and honestly, the "technical" capability of the CSE seems artificially created. Clearly, one should not expect miracles from a budget model, but especially in the segment for small purses, I think that more emphasis should be placed on a correct tonality than on technical features without substance.

Outro

I really hoped for something more from CVJ's new releases. The CSE in particular, which I see as a bit of a successor to the CSA, really only needed to subtly tweak a few screws to become an excellent budget IEM. A little less bass here, a little more treble there, done. The result, however, is an overly bright and unnatural-sounding IEM that sounds highbrow and is supposed to artificially create details and tension, which it does not succeed on.

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

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