The CCA CRA is the most recent solitary vibrant chauffeur IEM from KZ’s sibling brand name. The CRA is the business’s entry-level version, beginning at simply $15. The mix of cost and also CCA’s credibility for generating high-value items has actually led to a considerable buzz around this cost effective IEM. We simply needed to obtain a device in to see what all the difficulty has to do with.
Design and also convenience
The CRA have a beautiful typical style for CCA/KZ items, with a beefy style formed to the form of the ear. The beefy form makes it really simple to hold and also position the earbuds inside your ears contrasted to several of the daintier competitors. In spite of this, the earbuds aren’t that large and also do not protrude excessive from the side of your head.
The CCA have a clear material covering with an item of zinc alloy stuck outside. The bit of steel has a very refined surface and also looks wonderful. The remainder of the earbuds additionally look rather good with the clear plastic supplying a bird’s-eye view of the single-driver device inside.
The packed cord is of sensible high quality for the cost. It is a little bit thick yet does not kink and also has no distinct microphonics. The cord links into the earbuds with a QDC adapter discovered on various other KZ and also CCA earbuds. This cord is discovered on a number of various other KZ and also CCA items. It’s a good cord and also also has ear hooks integrated, unlike the sub-par set cord on the lately assessed Moondrop Chu.
The cord features a microphone built-in and also there’s no alternative without a microphone regarding I can inform. If the gadget you are attaching to does not sustain a TRRS cord, you can constantly simply change the cord.
The general develop high quality of the CRA is amazing for the cost. With no development expertise, it would certainly be difficult to presume that these retail for simply $15, with general worldly high quality going beyond that of items 3-4x the price.
The CRA are additionally really comfy. The form formed rather well to my ears and also the packed silicone ear pointers fit. I had the ability to use them for hrs with no exhaustion.
Audio high quality
The CCA CRA include a solitary 10mm vibrant chauffeur on either side. The CRA are tuned to have a v-shaped audio, which isn’t uncommon for CCA/KZ items yet this is just one of one of the most polished and also refined accents I’ve found from both brand names.
The bass on the CRA is onward yet not extremely so. The mid-bass has actually little included heat that hardly ever obtains interfering or overlaps substantially with the low-mids. The low-bass efficiency goes over, with a great quantity of thump and also roar yet without overdoing.
The bass on the CRA is much more noticable than that on the KZ ZEX Pro (also known as the CRN), especially in the upper-bass area. The ZEX Pro, because of this, appears cleaner and also the CRA has ever before so a little even more bloat. The likewise valued Moondrop Chu is without a doubt the leanest with a borderline neutral bass discussion.
The mid-range on the CRA has great accent and also timbral qualities yet is a little drawn back in the mix. This is most visible when paying attention at reduced quantities and also the vocals, as an example, are simply not as entailing or existing in the mix.
The mid-range efficiency is a guaranteed renovation over the various other CCA and also KZ items (other than the ZEX Pro). The CRA is not as significantly v-shaped as its stablemates, that makes for an even more well balanced audio trademark.
The treble efficiency is additionally rather suitable. There is a tip of sibilance and also intensity in specific notes at top regularities yet the audio never ever obtains rough or fatiguing.
The general accent of the CCA CRA is really pleasing and also among the very best I’ve listened to in this cost variety. The ZEX Pro is general the far better tuned of both and also the Chu is still the one to choose if you choose a neutral audio, yet the CRA is simply enjoyable to pay attention to, and also in some circumstances in fact has far better, much more all-natural wood than the ZEX Pro.
In regards to technological efficiency, the CRA does rather well. There is a great degree of information and also resolution in the audio, something the ZEX Pro is not especially proficient at as well as additionally an aching factor for a few other prominent spending plan IEMs like the BLON BL-03. Imaging and also soundstaging are sub-par, as is generally the instance for the majority of IEMs.
Overall, the CRA audio truly outstanding for the cost. It’s nearly indecipherable that you can currently obtain appear this proficient at this cost. As well as it do without stating yet despite the fact that these price simply $15, they quickly outmatch also one of the most costly wired earbuds on the marketplace. Any person that’s right into wired sound currently understood that.
At simply $15, the CCA CRA are outstanding worth IEMs and also an also far better offer than the $20 Moondrop Chu. The Chu have an excellent neutral audio for the cost yet the CRA have an even more enjoyable adjusting without being bass or treble cannons like several of the various other designs in this cost. The CRA additionally have a much better cord and also style, and also simply really feel far better constructed general regardless of the reduced cost. They are a piece of cake acquisition and also very advised for any person searching for a set of entry-level IEMs.
Thanks to Headphone Zone for supplying the evaluation device.