| Balanced Armature | 10 mm Dynamic Driver |
🎧 We are reviewing the TRN V20, a budget-friendly hybrid headphone with 2 drivers and detachable cables.
The TRN V20 features an hybrid configuration with 2 drivers, 1 balanced armature + a 10 mm dynamic driver and detachable bi-pin cables.
The housings of the TRN V20 are made of plastic with a rubberized coating that TRN markets as a layer of hypoallergenic film that can withstand sweat, oil and abrasion; truly the construction quality and finish feels somewhat toyish.
The cable of the TRN V20 has a very similar design style to the KZ ZS10 (read our review) but it is stiffer and less rubberized, overall we prefer the cable of the KZ ZS10 more than the one of the TRN V20. The cable bifurcation and jack section are constructed in metal, honestly we would had grated if TRN had used the metal materials for the housings. The connector is a bi-pin 0.78 mm which is slightly different than the 0.75 mm of KZ cables.
The TRN V20 can be chosen with or without a mic/remote, the price will be lower for the TRN V20 mic-less version. The remote is compatible with Android and Apple devices.
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Accessories & Packaging
The size of the packaging of the TRN V20 might make you expect a large amount of accessories, instead, the TRN V20 unboxing results in 3 total pair of eartips and the detachable cable; everything comes packed inside a hard rectangular box.
Bass & Sub Bass
The TRN V20 bass is punchy and gets very deep, their mid-bass and sub-bass will cover every music genre without lacking strength or body. Any bass-intensive tracks will be fulfilled by the TRN V20 lower frequencies response without shortage. Their super punchy and profound bass can be joyful for most listeners.
Applying an EQ bass gets noticeably empowered with a prominent increment of sub-bass depth.
During our extreme bass tests the TRN V20 were able to handle 35% of the maximum power of a Fiio E12 amplifier while being set to high gain and with bass boost turned on; a custom basshead EQ was used. This extreme amplification and equalization made the TRN V20 gain a enormous amount of punch and depth but did never reach basshead impact nor rumble.
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Mids & Vocals
The TRN V20 mids have clear enough lower mids but lower vocals can get a bit congested at certain moments by their extended mid-bass (mostly depending on the mid-bass strength of the track being listened to and how high demanding the listener is), higher mids sound crisp but not forward nor harsh.
With an EQ mid-bass bleed is considerably subdued and lower mids get clearer.
Highs & Treble
The TRN V20 highs offer good brightness and detail, piercing highs can show up if strong treble peaks are present in the track being listened. Sibilance is also present on sibilant-prone songs but none of them are terribly intolerable, still to be considered if you are extremely treble sensitive or if you can’t stand sibilance.
An EQ reveals a huge increment of their highs detail and brightness, additionally making their sound more open but a spot-on custom EQ needs to be applied or their piercing and sibilant highs will get out of control.
The sound that leaks out of the TRN V20 is low, lower than many others. You can feel safe that your music sessions will not become publicly hearable to nearby people.
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Noise isolation is efficient, with a level of isolation that surpasses many average earphones. At moderate volume levels they will still strongly isolate from your surroundings.
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The TRN V20 are lightweighted and have a fairly contained footprint that offers a very secure fit. The cable section near the housings is incapsulated inside a transparent tube that adds rigidity to the section, usually you would think that this is a memory cable but it is not; this cable section cannot be “custom-shaped” they will always go back to their pre-fixed form.
The nozzles are very long and can be a feature than some users like but could be a discomfort issue for people not liking nozzles that get deeply inside the ears.
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Response to Equalization
The TRN V20 responded very well to EQ, providing more energetic and deep bass, some reduction of mid-bass bleed and much brighter and detailed highs.
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TRN V20 Technical Specifications
|Driver Unit||1 Balanced Armature + 10 mm Dynamic Driver|
|Cord||Y-type, round cord|
|Plug||Stereo mini plug|
|Supplied Accessories||3x Earphone tips; detachable cable|
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