I’m really happy to bring here a review of the CCA C10, which were sent me by Sunny from Better Audio Store on Amazon.com.
I was really curious in hearing if the hype around this product was justified.
You can buy the CCA C10 from Better Audio Store at the link below.
Here you can even find a sum-up video for these IEMs
Just wanna precise that my impressions are subjective and that listening experience can change depending on source, tips and so on.
Test were made on:
– Galaxy S7 Edge Smartphone
– Presonus AudioBOX iONE connected to my PC with no Enhancements actived
– AGPTEK M30B/Benjie S8 DAP
Drivers: 1 x 10mm DD + 4 x 6mm BA
Frequency Response: 7 Hz – 40000 Hz
Cable lenght: 1.2m±3cm Detachable (0.75mm PINs)
Plug Type: L-type
Carton package with CCA C10 indication and a photo of the C10 printed on.
There’s no carry case, just the IEMs, cable and tips (4 pairs of tips, 3 of them are the KZ Starline ones). A little carry case would have been appreciated as some companies like NiceHCK usually provides it even with some 4$ earphones.
Cable is pretty similar to the one used on the ZS7 with a softer touch compared to it.
It seems like this cable is the classic copper cable that KZ has been selling as upgrade cable on their store.
My version features a microphone on the cable, and there’s no chin slider on the cable, making the Y of the cable being a bit prone to tangling.
CONSTRUCTION AND INTERNALS
Shell is made of plastic with metal faceplate that remembers you how many drivers do they feature.
The overall build feels very solid, well assembled and transmits a sense of longevity.
There are 2 vents on the plastic shell that were maybe done to prevent driver shell and help the DD.
There’s the usual nozzle grill while the nozzle lip isn’t featured. A little downside, but very important for me. This do not influence so much my impressions but it is something to fight with if you’re an addicted tip roller like me eheheheh 😀
COMFORT AND ISOLATION
The C10 are really comfortable to me, making them easy to use and non fatiguing even after some hours.
I find the ZS7 comfortable too but these are a step up in terms of comfort and isolation.
The smoother shape makes them really sweet in terms of fit.
Let’s get into itNow the critical factor that decides if something has to be tried or not: how do they sound?
I mainly listen to EDM subgenres, Dupstep, Future Bass, Euphoric Hardstyle, Bass House, Midtempo and downtempo, darkwave, drum’n bass, but i even listen to many vocal tracks, moreover female ones.
I always search for IEMs that have a little bit of emphasis in the lower region, and can sacrifice mids with some recession if they still sound clear and natural. I love vivid and sparkling highs if they’re not at a headache level.
V-shape signature is my favourite one.
Lows: Low region is pretty engaging. Sub-bass has good extension without being emphasized like on the ZS7. I personally prefer the rumble of the ZS7 but that’s just because i do like exaggerated sub-bass, so the C10 do really well in any case. The bass is slightly emphasized giving the basses a good punch. Kickdrums sound full and very impactful.
Mids: Mid-bass region is a bit over the top, but not in a bad way. Male voices sound full making the mid region a bit warmer and immersive. There’s a bit of recession as the bass gains a more relevant place in many cases. The bleed is anyway coherent, you can understand precisely that this is the signature CCA wanted and that the mid-bass bleed is not negative.
The upper mids are a bit emphasized giving female voices a touch of freshness and energy. They do not sound intimate as i like but natural and well reproduced. Sibilance can be there but very few times (in 20-30 song, just 2 songs had sibilance in my case, and their mastering was pretty aggressive in the high region without so much compression).
Highs: Highs are splendid and not fatiguing at all. Lower treble has a bit of emphasis while the upper treble gets down smoothly running over the spectrum. There’s a lot of air and sparkle alongside with a good amount of detail but microdetails could be a little bit more studied. These are really suited for treble sensitive people imho: brilliant in a good way.
Soundstage is above average in my opinion with great depth, width and height. Imaging is wonderful with good instrument placing and separation.
A little comparison with ZS7: Sub-bass on the ZS7 is way more extended with greater rumble. Bass is well textured in both IEMs but CCA C10 has bit more boosted bass. Mid-bass is more forward on the C10. Mids are more recessed on the ZS7. Female voices sound more intimate on the ZS7. Highs are more detailed on the ZS7. Soundstage is wider and deeper on the ZS7.
ZS7 are more capable if we speak about technical ability, while the C10 have a smoother signature and timbre that could maybe be better for an everyday use (imho) in mobility, even thanks to the better isolation and comfort.
ZS7 are more suited for analytic e technical listening experience than the C10.
CCA, which should be KZ’s sister company, did a very good job with the CCA C10. The driver configuration is even the same as the ZS7’s one, and drivers should be the same, just tuned differently.
I personally cannot put these out of my ears as they’re very engaging, natural and organic. It’s hard to say, but i think i like these more than the ZS7 as daily drivers overall.
I hope CCA keeps doing well like they did with the CCA C10 and i will update my review if these get better over 100hrs like many people say.
I will even try to amping as soon as i buy a portable amp.
At the price they’re being sold, they’re a steal in any case.
- Balanced, warm and punchy sound
- Great build quality
- Comfort and isolation
- Threedimensionality, imaging and soundstage
- Mid-bass can be a bit over the top sometimes
- Would have liked some more microdetails instead of a lower treble hump
- Cable prone to tangling
- No carry case included