The market for affordable IEMs (in-ear monitors) has exploded in recent years, with many models priced under Rs.2000 offering impressive sound quality. One such model is the CCA CRA IEM, which is gaining popularity for its clear, energetic sound and great fit. In this review, we'll take a closer look at the design, fit, sound quality, and overall value of the CCA CRA.
Design and Build Quality-
The CCA CRA earphones feature a clear plastic and chrome plated half faceplate that allows you to see the driver and cable. The cable comes with a microphone and a non-tangled material, along with a 3.5mm gold plated L-shaped audio jack. The earphones come with three sizes of silicone eartips that provide a comfortable fit for long listening sessions.
Comfort and Fit-
The CCA CRA IEM fits well in most ear sizes, offering decent passive noise isolation. The earphones provide a comfortable fit that allows for extended listening sessions without discomfort.
The CCA CRA IEM delivers a bright and energetic sound with controlled bass, clear midrange, and crispy treble. Let's explore each aspect in detail.
The bass on the CCA CRA is textured and tight, which benefits the midrange and treble by giving them extra presence. The bass is not overly done, which results in a balanced sound.
Both male and female vocals sound great on the CCA CRA, with vocal arrangements slightly ahead of treble and bass. Vocals sound like they are in the center of the head, with other frequencies surrounding them.
Instruments on the CCA CRA are crispy and clear, with decent body and weight. We enjoyed the sound of Ghunghroos, Dholak, Sitar, and Tabla in "Mere Dholna" by Pritam, Shreya Ghoshal & M. G. Shreekumar.
The soundstage on the CCA CRA is not wide, but it's great for the price. It feels like sitting in the first row center while watching an orchestra in front of you. The depth and height are also decent for the price.
While the CCA CRA mixes everything, it still outperforms other entry-level IEMs like EDX Pro in terms of imaging.
The CCA CRA's microphone is good for calls and recording, making it a great choice for those who need a quality microphone for work or leisure.
Value and Competition-
The CCA CRA is the best-sounding IEM under Rs.1500, with a comfortable fit and decent cables and eartips. It is an excellent choice for casual listeners, musicians, gamers, and beginner audiophiles who want a great performance at an affordable price.
Pros and Cons-
Good amount of detail retrieval for the price
Lacking in soundstage and imaging
Great fit and comfort
Decent mid range
Overall, the CCA CRA IEM is a great value for its price, offering good sound quality, a comfortable fit, and a decent microphone. Its bass is textured and controlled, while the mids are clear and the treble is smooth and airy. While it may lack in soundstage and imaging, it still outperforms other entry-level IEMs like the EDX Pro.
If you're a casual listener, musician, gamer, or beginner audiophile looking for a budget-friendly IEM with decent sound quality, the CCA CRA In-ear monitors are a great option to consider. We highly recommend them and have them in stock at The Audio Store with free express pan-India delivery and 1-year manufacturing warranty. If you have any questions or need help selecting IEMs, our team is always available to assist you.