TRN V80: Tiny but Terrific

Hello everyone!
I know i am a latecomer on these, but the first pair i had (when they were released) was defective and i didn’t wanna buy another one.
Sherry from Yinyoo sent me these and i was really happy to have them again as i fell in love for the v80s at first listen some months ago.

You can buy the TRN V80 from Yinyoo at the link you’ll find at the end of the review.

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
I even connect my Fiio A3 when i need it if i hear some earphones need a little more power.

Technical specs:
Drivers: 2 DD + 2 BA
Sensitivity: 108dB
Impedance: 24ohm
Frequency Response: 7 Hz – 40000 Hz
Cable lenght: 1.25m Detachable (0.75mm PINs). This is the NON-mic version but there’s a MIC versiona avaiable too.
Plug Type: L-type 

PACKAGING

Solid package with the v80s black and white paint.
As soon as we open it we find: IEMs, cable, 3 pair of tips. No carry case included.

CABLE

Cable is the classic one that TRN features in their products. It is a black cable made of copper with a twisted texture. It feels solid and features premade hooks. Connectors are ok, there’s no chin slider.
Mic can be featured but this version didn’t. You can request the mic version when you add them to your cart.

CONSTRUCTION AND INTERNALS

Shell is completely made of metal. It features 3 little vents in the back and a little one just before the nozzle tube starts buildin’ up, in order to prevent driver flex.
Nozzle grill is precise and well made and the overall construction feels very well assembled, giving a good impression about their longevity.
We have 2DDs and 2BAs and that’s crazy considering these are very little: overall these are well studied.

COMFORT AND ISOLATION

The v80s are kings of comfort in my opinion. If we compare them to something like the ZS7, then, we have so many compliments for the V80s.
V80s are really lightweight in the ears, and the premade hooks just help making them really comfortable.
The shape doesn’t have sharp edges like the ones that ZS7 feature, but the nozzle is a bit longer on the V80s, so you should maybe do some tip rolling (the ones included are a bit little even in terms of diameter and barely fit the nozzle).
There’s a nozzle lip that prevents eartips to fall.
In the pics below you can see the V80s near the KZ ZS7.
The V80s have a smoother shape and a smaller shell while the ZS7 are very edge sharped and bigger than the V80s.

SOUND

Let’s get into it.
Now 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: Fantastic. Sub-bass is one of the most extended and technicals i’ve ever heard. There isn’t just rumble, but great rendering of the sub-bass that goes really deep without any problem.
Kickdrums are very impactful and well textured with very nice speed. We really have a great low-end here!

Mids: Balanced. We’re not in a V-shape situations like we’re used to. Mids are forward and take place in the first sits. Voices are well reproduced: male ones have a warm timbre while female ones are intimate and delicate. Instances of sibilance are present in many cases and may be annoying. This maybe due to the lower treble emphasis. This can be fixed a bit using foam tips.

Highs: Very bright. Highs are forward with a big emphasis on the lower treble region. Definitely not for treble sensitive people, highs extend very well showing technical abilities which are really difficult to find in other products in this price range. The lower treble, anyway, can be really over the top for the majority of people out there and i do not advice them if you’re someone who’s highly treble sensitive.
This little fault makes them a little sibilant in some tracks that went through an aggressive mastering process.

Soundstage is narrower compared to other products. Imaging and instrument separation is excellent but tracks sound more intimate and seems like instruments are just a feet after the ears.
Width is good, height as well, but depth could be definitely improved. Playing Rainbow Six Siege with these is quite impossible as sound pinpointing is not precise due to limited depth.
If you compare these to something like the ZS7, you can really feel the difference in soundstage.
This is anyway intended in the signature, and forward mids contribute making the soundstage a little bit more close to the ears.

SUMMARY

TRN did a great work with these. The price at which they’re being sold now makes them a no-brainer, at least for who can stand a bright pair of IEMs. Foam tips can do the job making them less bright but i personally advice to buy these if you’re used to very warm IEMs.
Technically, these are really terrific, and i think nothing can beat them at this price range in terms of analytical listening, moreover if we consider these are well balanced on the spectrum (even if with much brightness). Other IEMs in this price range are usually V-shaped super colored ones while these are just balanced, natural and engaging without being very colored along the spectrum (except for the lower treble).

 

PS: if you didn’t understand why didn’t i put a photo of the tips included with these, it is because they barely fit the nozzle. I advice you buying a pair of alternative tips as these are a bit hard to push in and the same goes if you have to put them out. Tip rolling can be frustrating due to the big nozzles, so the stock tips aren’t made for that.

TRN V80

8.4

Sound

8.0/10

Build Quality

9.0/10

Comfort (subjective)

9.5/10

Packaging/Accessories

6.0/10

Price

9.5/10

Pros

  • Incredible technical ability
  • Superb sub-bass extension with great forward mids
  • Super comfortable
  • Well built
  • Cable is good and not prone to tangle

Cons

  • Piercing lower treble makes them very hard to listen if you're treble sensitive
  • Sibilance is annoying, can be fixed with foam tips
  • Provided eartips are too small for these as the nozzle is quite big
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