Current testing methodology is v1.2
12 June 2023
14 x 10.5 x 3.5 cm
At less than $15, you’d think that you wouldn’t find a pair of earphones that comes with a tuning switch. That’s what I thought too until I came across the CVJ TXS.
The TXS is an IEM from the Chi-fi brand CVJ. Retailing for around $10, it has a single dynamic driver and a tuning switch, which is a feature that you can usually find on pricier IEMs. This feature allows the user to customize the sound according to their preference.
From this piece of information alone, it sounds like the TXS is a good set but let’s find out how it really performs in this detailed review.
Customizable sound for less than $15
The CVJ TXS is an affordable pair of earphones that has a uniquely-shaped shell housing a single dynamic driver with a switching system. This switching system claims to produce different sounds and tuning.
Mostly, the claims are proven to be accurate but it doesn’t mean they sound that great. The tuning switches make it stand out from the rest of its competition. Without these tuning switches, the CVJ TXS is just your average V-shaped IEM. It’s still a decent set even without, especially at its price point, so it’s worth trying.
- Driver: 10mm Single Dynamic Driver
- Cable: 3.5mm angled plug / 0.75mm detachable cable
- Frequency: 20-20,000Hz
- Impedance: 22Ω
- Sensitivity: 108±3db
What’s in the Box?
- CVJ TXS earphones
- 2-pin QDC detachable cable
- 3 pairs of silicone ear tips (S, M, L)
- Switching pin
- Instruction manual
Stuff I like
- Tuning switch feature
- Decent bass presentation
- No sibilance
- Pretty intuitive to use
Stuff I like less
- Cheap accessories
The CVJ TXS comes in a simple white carton box that features an image of the IEMs on the front and the product specs on the back. Upon opening the box, you’ll find the IEMs neatly presented in a sort of plastic mold with the accessories underneath.
The accessories are pretty basic with the detachable cable and a few pairs of ear tips. There’s also a pin for the tuning switch.
The CVJ TXS, relative to its price, has a pretty average build quality. Even though its shell is made from polycarbonate resin for its shell, it doesn’t feel cheap. It actually feels durable, like it can withstand heavy use.
However, the cost-cutting was apparent with its cable and ear tips.
The cable is your typical oxygen-free copper cable that doesn’t seem durable based on my experience with this type of cable. I’d recommend swapping them out if you’re looking to heavily use the TXS longer.
Fit and Comfort
The CVJ TXS is a very comfortable set for me. Implementing fins and specific grooves on its shell makes a difference in comfort. Although they may not provide an excellent fit for others as ear sizes vary, they’re comfortable compared to my other IEMs, which cost significantly more.
The TXS has an odd triangular shape but it didn’t cause any problem regarding fit and comfort. The ear hooks also didn’t cause any discomfort.
The included silicone ear tips are stiff but they still provide a good enough seal. Plus, they came in varying sizes which helped me in getting the right fit down. I’d still recommend doing some ear tips rolling for a better wearing experience.
The CVJ TXS has three tuning modes and here’s what each mode does.
The Phone Mode presents an average-sounding V-shaped tuning, and with that, you get an elevated bass, particularly on the midbass presentation.
The vocals aren’t too congested and retain some clarity, although the details aren’t too captivating. Casual listeners will still find this enjoyable but its performance is average if I’m being nitpicky.
The Game Mode is the worst mode, in my opinion. You won’t get any value from this mode as the mids are boosted but they sound too nasal and congested. I wouldn’t recommend using this mode.
The presentation of the tracks in the HiFi Mode takes a bit of a turn from the V-shaped sound of the Phone Mode. The HiFi Mode has a more U-shaped and balanced sound as the frequencies appear to be relatively level with each other, plus the vocals aren’t too recessed.
The presentation is lacking in some areas, like details and soundstage width and depth, but considering its price, it’s pretty decent.
To assess the sound quality of the CVJ TXS, I used the HiFi Mode.
The bass of the CVJ TXS is more mid-bass focused. The sub-bass extension has a very subtle rumble which is noticeable but not too prominent. It’s even relatively lacking scalability on certain tracks.
The midbass is impactful although it has a slower attack and decay, adding a bit of weight to the mix. Overall, I don’t find the CVJ TXS bass presentation too appealing. It’s common to see similar tuning and presentation in this price range.
The mids of the CVJ TXS are pleasing and have a good body in terms of presentation. As it’s not too thin or shabby, the midrange can present good clarity and retain essential details regarding the instruments and the vocals.
Although, like many other budget sets, the TXS does suffer from mid-bass bleed and it’s easily noticeable depending on how prominent the bass is on the tracks you’re listening to. It’s not that much of a big deal in most cases but this can be a turn-off for those who are nitpicky.
Overall, the TXS has a decent presentation on the mids and can keep the performance well under control. The mids are well-balanced and retain presence for most of the tracks I’ve listened to.
The highs are a lot smoother in presentation. It’s inoffensive and doesn’t showcase any treble peaks. However, they lack air and sometimes have difficulty establishing a presence in the mix.
Some may find this fitting for their taste but I like more airiness to my treble as it gives the appearance of a more expansive sound stage. Because of this, the soundstage of the CVJ TXS is more compact and positioned close to the listener.
The CVJ TXS is a pretty nifty pair of earphones on a budget. Even though it has a pretty average sound, it stands out in the sub-$15 market because of the tuning switch.
While the addition of a tuning switch does sound gimmicky since it’s not a common feature for budget IEMs, it isn’t inherently useless as there are noticeable differences when switching from one mode to another.
Overall, the CVJ TXS is a decent IEM for its price and it’s hard to find any IEMs to compare it with at this price point.
A man of many interests, Querho is passionate about discovering new things that stimulate the mind. When he is not writing about the things he is passionate about, Querho can be found making music at his home studio.
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