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CSN

CVJ

Rating

Price

7.1

45 €

Review published:

08/2020

Driver

6

per Side

1

Dynamic

5

Balanced

Impedance

22 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

8

Bass

6.5

Mids

6.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

108 dB

7

Handling

8.5

Haptic

C

Value

-

Daily Life

Frequency

7 - 40000 Hz

Intro

CSA, CS8 & CSN. This is the name of the current line-up of newcomer CVJ. The CSN is the flagship for just under 50 € with 6 drivers in a hybrid configuration. If the 6 drivers are a real added value and if there is tuning quality under the hood will be shown.

Handling

If the scope of delivery of a 15 € IEM like the CSA was still sufficient and could even stand out positively through the wooden box, exactly the same scope of delivery of a nearly 50 € IEM is meanwhile a bit sobering. Don't worry, I have not been spoiled and find it minimalistically rather better than from the accessories "ooh" and then tonally "pooh", but I would have wished myself here perhaps still a pair of foamtips, or at least a small adjustment.

However, we experience the adjustment in the design and the used material of the IEM. It is made of robust aluminum and feels much more valuable than the CSA.The ergonomics do not really change, which makes the CSN comfortable to wear, but there are better alternatives that fit the ear even better. The isolation is on a good level.

Sound

The CSN is a nice attempt by CVJ to make an exception in the V-signature budget world, but the result is an IEM that is exaggerated in high frequencies, thin and too bright, which doesn't sound very natural.

The bass can be considered a highlight. It's very restrained, but sounds most natural and is tuned rather neutrally. Nothing for bassheads, but just for those who like it more accurate than overloaded. The mid-bass is slightly emphasized, but in total it is more in the background and does only the most necessary, but of high quality.

In the midrange the BA drivers take over and unfortunately this can be heard, because I don't find them very well tuned. They sound too thin, have this slightly metallic basic tone, which becomes even more obvious in the trebles, and slip into the bright & unnatural, as they lack warmth and body. Vocals sound so nasal and emotionless.

In the high frequencies the somewhat artificial sound of the CSN is most noticeable. Apart from the fact that here and there unpleasant peaks are interspersed here and there, I miss the physical and the tinny timbre of cheap BA drivers comes through. Here details are more artificially suggested than that they really have substance.

The stage of the CSN is quite nice, as there is a lot happening in the panorama. But in the depth it's missing and sometimes the details that appear here and there sound more out of place artificially than it would be an added value.

Outro

The CSN is a very bright and more neutral tuned IEM, which not only needs getting used to, but unfortunately sounds partly wrong. I can highlight the subtle but detailed bass with a good conscience, because it's really very convincing. Unfortunately, there was a bit of exaggeration here in the mid and high frequencies, which clearly wastes the potential of a neutral but natural IEM.
Even the good and robust workmanship doesn't hide the fact that the sound has been left with grains and certainly doesn't require 6 drivers.
For some acoustic tracks and film music, the CSN does quite well. But it is definitely not an all-rounder. Here you need to have a clear preference for bright signatures and emphasized high frequencies as well as tolerance.

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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