Cat Ear Audio MIA

General Information

Specification:

  • Driver: φ8mm Dynamic Driver
  • Frequency Range: 16-22,000Hz
  • Impedance: 16Ω±15%
  • Sensitivity:105dB/mW
  • Distortion:<1%
  • Plug:3.5mm stereo,golde-plated
  • Type:Closed,In-ear
  • Earphone material: Aluminium Sandblasting
  • Cable material: OFC silver-plated, -196℃Cryogenic treatment
  • Cable length: ≈1.2m
  • Mmcx connectors cable

Latest reviews

Pros: Soundstage
Tunning options
Bass
construction
polite treble
Cons: Bass can be too much for someone
Cable
Cat Ear MIA review
About me:
Music lover and earphone reviewer, most of my previous reviews are in spanish

Disclaimer: Cat ear audio sent MIA in exchange of my honest opinion

Gear used:
Hiby r5, fiio q5s, tempotec IDSD plus, fiio m3 pro and xiaomi redmi note 5.

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About Cat Ear Audio (CEA):
Cat ear audio is a new audio brand form Asia and is part of Shunshi (Shenzhen) Technology Co., Ltd. You can find more in: https://www.catearaudio.com/about-2

About MIA:
This is the first earphone from Cat Ear Audio, it has an sandblasting aluminum housing, only one color available and uses a single 8mm Dynamic Driver.

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Specifications:
Driver: φ8mm Dynamic Driver
Frequency Range: 16-22,000Hz
Impedance: 16Ω±15%
Sensitivity:105dB/mW
Distortion:<1%
Plug:3.5mm stereo,golde-plated
Type:Closed,In-ear
Earphone material: Aluminium Sandblasting
Cable material: OFC silver-plated, -196℃Cryogenic treatment
Cable length: ≈1.2m

Packaging and accessories:

MIA comes in a very estetic box, they put deddication to the packaging and it contribute to a very satisfy unboxing experience. I would like to see more brands doing this instead of just giving us a poor packaging. Inside of the black box we can find a cardboard card, a handcrafted pouch, 3 pairs of black silicon tips and 3 pairs of pink tips wich are more rigid than the black ones. Also we can find a black cable and one pair of rubber tunning rings.
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The cable is probably the weakest part of this accessories, it´s an OFC silver plated cable but with microphonic issues. The mmcx connectors, 3.5mm plug, pin interface and driver are also elaborated with a cryogenic process that according with CEA, this proccess takes 72 hours.
The mmcx connectors feels very durable and i had no issues with them
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Comfort:

This earphones are very small and light, they are comfortable. Noise isolation depends entirely on the ear tips used. The tips included in the box are good to achieve an above average issolation.

Sound:

With MIA you´ll get a bassy sound, wide soundstage and inofensive treble. The sound of this earphone can be change using the rubber tunning rings and this is a very efective modification to the sound.
With the rubber tunning rings:
Bass: very accented, punchy and massive bass. Mid bass is the most elevated part, this gives a very good impact and texture to the batteries and percussions.​
Sub bass is also extended but not as much as midbass, it has a very good rumble with all kind of songs and will satisfy any bass lover.​

Mids: Warmer sound and recessed mids but with enough clarity and weight. Voices sound natural without being forward and instruments have very good separation thanks to very accurate imaging and probably one of the biggest soundstages under 100$ specially in widht.​
Sometimes with bassy songs, bass can be too much, affecting the cleanliness and saturating the mids, also air instruments and violins will sound with thicker tones sacrificing nature for a much fun representation.​
Treble: Slightly accented without harsh peaks helping to achieve long listening sessions without fatigue. Its not as elevated as bass and do not sound bright, it has good speed and enought air to avoid sounding dark.​
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Without the tunning rings the sound of this earphone becomes more balanced and looses the powerfull bass, now mids and treble becomes more present.

Bass: Still accented but now mid bass isn´t as elevated as before, sub bass becomes more present and overall bass has more control now.​
Mids: Improve a lot in transparency and clarity, it becomes an all rounder earphone. With pop, rock, orchestras or latin rhythms you'll definitely enjoy without being concerned of the excessed bass.​
Treble: It has more air now, better extension and faster attacks. Overall feels with more freedom.​

Compatibility:

Easy to use with any phone or computer.
Tempotec IDSD plus: The naturallnes of the IDSD and the warmer reprentation of MIA is a winning match.
Fiio q5s: Q5s adds extra bright to the sound of MIA and like with IDSD, this is a very enjoyable sounding match.
Hiby R5: The warmer sound of hiby gives the sensation of more bass to the sound of MIA, also treble becomes softer and soundstage feels very wide and deep here.
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Comparisons:

Thieaudio Legacy 3: L3 has more extended treble and a less bass compared to MIA. It also has more detail in mids and smaller soundstage.
Urbanfun YBF ISS014: Much more balanced sound, less quantity bass and similar treble representation.

Conclusions: MIA is a very polivalent earphone that can be the top choice for someone looking for a bassy sounding earphone around 100$. The tunning rings are a very good and efective addition and thanks to a solid construction, nice packaging and positive sound experience, MIA stands as a very good contender in the 100$ range.
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Interesting!!
Great review by the way.
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MundoHiFiOz
Thanks!

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