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IN-EAR

Version

5.2

Battery

4 h

Reach

12

T300

TRN

Rating

Price

7.5

60 €

Review published:

02/2021

Driver

3

per Side

1

Dynamic

2

Balanced

Impedance

n/a

Piezo

0

Sound

7.5

Bass

7.5

Mids

7

Trebles

Sensitivity

n/a

7.3

Handling

8.5

Haptic

B

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 20000 Hz

Intro

The T300 is the latest Bluetooth model from TRN with a hybrid configuration (1*DD & 2*BA).
On the one hand, the sound signature is refreshing in the BT bass jungle, however, it is equally somewhat boring, emotionless and technically rather average. That means that the T300 focuses less on entertainment value, but acts more reserved, almost afraid to make a mistake.

The price of 60 € is quite high by TRN standards, but partly justifiable due to the technical features on the spec sheet.

Handling

The T300 is a haptically and visually appealing TWS IEM, which is also quite comfortable to wear. With a TWS, besides the ergonomics, the tip selection is especially important, as these play a decisive role in keeping the headphones in the ear. With over-the-ear IEMs, the cable also helps to keep the IEM in position. With TWS, the design and fit in the concha is even more important, with support from the tragus and antitragus. This optimal fit can of course be influenced with concave or convex curvatures on the housing, but is still different from person to person and therefore always very difficult to describe or even design generally. While I have had more comfortable IEMs in my ears, the T300 does a good job in my case in terms of comfort. However, I am not 100% taken with the included tips. Although I also achieve quite a good seal here, but I still prefer to reach for 3rd party suppliers.
Besides the tips (S, M, L), we also get a short charging cable (USB-C). It should be mentioned, that the T300 can also be charged wirelessly, but I could not test that.

The charging case is quite ordinary, but I find the digital display for the charging status a good addition. Likewise, I can also put the T300 in the case with third-party tips, which is just wishful thinking with many models from KZ, for example.

BT 5.2, with aptX (as well as SBC and AAC) reads quite well and especially the connection is really very stable, up to over 12 meters with a wall in between, but I would have liked to put more focus on the playing time, which is somewhat modest at just under 4 hours (manufacturer's specification - I reach just under 3.5 hours). Although the case serves as a charging station and I can fully charge the headphones several times until I really need a power connection again, 4 hours is no longer the current standard.

As I'm sure you know, I'm not the biggest fan of touch control, as I've often had negative experiences with the response, and as a result other things often happen than I intend. On the T300 this works quite well, but if you want to change the volume (4 taps) this becomes a test of patience. However, long pressure (song forward (R) / back (L)) or double touch (pause) works reliably.

Sound

The Bluetooth Tweaker (program) returns that Windows uses aptX in stereo mode. This means that it is not only stated on the packaging, but that the chip also supports it.

The bass has a decent punch and doesn't seem overpowering, though you do have to get a good fit so it doesn't seem too weak on the chest. However, it is not the most detailed and partly a bit dry, which sometimes makes it more of a one-note bass, as it also slightly loses dynamics despite the dynamic driver. While this is a welcome change (especially in Bluetooth) to not focus on the bass, it is still not the most qualitative and is more of a support than contributing musically.

The mids are not the liveliest and a bit thin, but still not so wrong tonally and equally with a good detail reproduction. The focus is somewhat on them in the signature, as the treble as well as the bass serve more as accessories without particularly distinguishing themselves. Since the mids are thus left a bit to their own devices and also suffer from the lack of support, they are unfortunately a bit emotionless and not the most musical.
Voices lack body and sometimes presence, but they don't sound particularly distorted, which can be credited to the T300. The resolution is also acceptable. Good average in total.

The tweeter is a bit confusing. On the one hand, it's very restrained and not really present except for the "8kHz peak", but it still manages to brighten up the signature. On the one hand, this is certainly due to the defensive bass, which doesn't give much warmth, making it easier for the treble to influence the midrange more or to get involved despite the somewhat low level, and on the other hand, it is certainly due to the driver choice (30095), which usually brings more artificiality and brightness than real substance in the treble. It is possible to get a lot out of this driver through good tuning, but in my opinion it usually fails here because of the basic requirements. In the case of the T300, the 30095 has been heavily trimmed so that it doesn't give the treble any real body, but more the aforementioned slight brightness with moderate resolution. For high-frequency sensitive people (among which I would actually count myself to some extent) basically a safe tuning, but it lacks quality and substance. Thus, while the T300 has a refreshing lightness with simultaneous restraint, it just lacks a feel for the music.

Imaging is okay and the stage is designed more for a wider stereo image than for multi-layeredness. If you are not too demanding, the technical capabilities are sufficient for movie consumption and effect locating. Here, then, the punch in the sound is probably rather lacking.

Outro

The T300 is a pair of headphones that can put music in your ears for (4) hours in a relaxed manner, but its sound characteristics don't necessarily invite you to listen more closely, but rather serve as background sound. Except for very slight sibilants, you don't have to fear unpleasant peaks or the like, but the music more or less ripples along without captivating you.

A well-manufactured TWS with strong connectivity that won't bring beads of sweat to your brow or poke new earholes sonically, but it lacks a bit of inspiration and musicality. It is all the more suitable for communication, consuming audiobooks and relaxed, but not particularly demanding music listening.

Moreover, I would have maybe even wished for ANC at the called price, but definitely a longer playtime.

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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CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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