BUDGET
IN-EAR

H1

TRN

Rating

Price

6.6

9 €

Review published:

03/2019

Driver

1

per Side

1

Dynamic

0

Balanced

Impedance

32 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

6

Bass

6

Mids

7

Trebles

Sensitivity

98 dB

6.3

Handling

7.5

Haptic

B

Value

+

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 20000 Hz

Intro

8 € for an in-ear with graphene diaphragm? TRN makes it possible with their new H1. But can the H1 compete with the star under 10 € (EZAUDIO D4)? We will see.

Handling

The H1 is somewhat similar to the NICEHCK EP35 in design, but it is much more ergonomic, safer and more comfortable to wear, as the nozzle extends further into the ear and the design is oval rather than round.
The cables are not removable, but in themselves the classic TRN cable (4 cores), which we know from many other models. Do what it should, but for a long time I have been looking for an L-connector at TRN.

The micro/3-key remote works perfectly and also guarantees good speech intelligibility.
The isolation is not the best in terms of shielding, but it is better on the outside. Some also don't like to be completely isolated from the outside world, especially in traffic. Depending on your point of view, this can be positive or a little more negative.

Sound

From the sound aspect, the H1 performs very well, but is only slightly above the 10 € mark in comparison. In other words, it performs exactly as much as it has to in order to fully meet expectations (in terms of price), but not more. Like a good horse.

The bass is a bit sluggish and so it seems a bit bloated in the midbass. This is a pity, because especially in a V-signature the bass should be more precise at best and have a faster decay to stay away from the mids, which already have to fight for recognition. Nevertheless, it has a pleasant punch and can also generate enough pressure in the lower range to make hip-hop or electro fans happy. It is usually in the foreground of the signature and thus influences the general sound without disfiguring it.

In contrast to the EZAUDIO D4, the V signature is somewhat stronger. This means that voices move more into the background and the H1 as a whole also lacks some clarity. In addition there is the participation of the mid-bass, which gives the mids a bit too much warmth. If you have a more potent DAC at hand, you can bring the mids more to the front and also provide more clarity, as the bass then acts more snappy and doesn't push so much into the mids.
All in all warm and soft, the mids meander through the thicket of sound, without sibilants or rich attacks.

The highs are peak-free, not the brightest, but also not too dark. The extension doesn't lead to a new world view, but you don't have the feeling to miss too much. They bring enough airiness and lightness with them and don't hide in the background. As I said, nothing earth-shattering, but pleasant to listen to for a long time.

The stage is average and fortunately not too intimate, what you could expect. Nevertheless, most of it takes place in your head. Resolution and transparency are also within a reasonable range.

Outro

The TRN H1 is once again a shining example that good sound quality does not always have to be expensive. With the H1 TRN has an in-ear below 10 € in its portfolio which performs very well for its price, similar to the EZAUDIO D4, although this one has a lot more to offer. At least the H1 can be an inexpensive alternative/replacement to the mostly worse mobile phone in-ears. Good all-rounders with warm sound, soft tuning, comfortable, not tiring and simply very solid. An external DAC can still get a lot out of this, but it remains to be questioned whether you want to invest in a DAC at this price, if you don't already have one. On my LG D6+ (extra built-in DAC for Hi-Res music, which can also handle up to 600 Ohm) the H1 sounds better and tidier than on my standard laptop sound card. If you have 5€ more in your pocket, you should take the V20 if you want to stay with TRN. However, the seat is not for everyone and so is the way of wearing it over the ear, but the sound is cleaner and more balanced.

Legend

Haptic:

Here the processing plays a role and the usability of the scope of supply. Additionally the appearance, wearing comfort and robustness.


Value:
Here I evaluate for me subjectively the price/performance ratio - does not flow into the evaluation!

Z: No Brainer

A: money well spent

B: all right, you can do

C: gives better for less money

D: overpriced

E: collector's price

Daily life:
Here, I focus on the long-term audibility and whether I can hear it well out of the box. This is of course very subjective and therefore only a minimal deduction or bonus. 

(-0.1, 0, +0.1)

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Rating in Letters

S: 9.5 - 10

A: 9.0 - 9.4​

B: 8.0 - 8.9​

C: 7.0 - 7.9

D: 6.0 - 6.9​
E: 5.0 - 5.9​

F: 0.0 - 4.9​

BA5

BA5

V10

V10

V90

V90

H1

H1

V20

V20

V90s

V90s

T300

T300

V60

V60

VX

VX

TA1

TA1

V80

V80

BA8

BA8

Second Opinion

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