CCA stands for Clear Concept Audio, but no one calls it that! Indeed, CCA is a sister brand of Knowledge Zenith that again just goes by KZ everywhere. If you are new to the world of in-ear monitors and earphones in general, chances are you may have googled "Best budget audiophile IEMs/earphones" and found plenty of recommendations for KZ and CCA products. Let's just say that the two brands cooperate heavily, and that is even before GK, the third sister brand, enters the picture. Think sub-$30 more often than not for a picture of product releases since the launch in 2018. Lately, however, CCA has been used more upstream in an effort to be more competitive at a higher price bracket, but also as an experimental brand to test the limits of "more is better" when it comes to IEM drivers.
So what better way to introduce the CCA brand to TechPowerUp than by the most obnoxious such entry? The CCA CA24 is named such because there are a total of 24 drivers, and the marketing is sly enough not to indicate clearly that there is a total of 12 as opposed to 24 drivers per side. This set only employs balanced armatures. In terms of numbers alone, something like this could cost four digits easily. Breaking the $100 barrier itself was big for CCA, so you now know that the CCA CA24 costs somewhere between $100–999. There's plenty more to examine in this review, including whether the CCA CA24 still follows the CCA mantra of providing good value for money. Let's begin with a look at the product specifications in the table below. Thanks go to HiFiGo for providing TechPowerUp a review sample!
CCA CA24 In-Ear Monitors
Zinc alloy faceplate in black/silver finish + translucent resin shells
200 cores silver-plated copper
12 Black Gold King Kong series balanced armature drivers per side
10 Hz–40 kHz
3.5 mm TRS from source to two QDC (covered 0.75 mm 2-pin) connectors for IEMs