BUDGET
IN-EAR

V20

TRN

Rating

Price

7.9

15 €

Review published:

02/2018

Driver

2

per Side

1

Dynamic

1

Balanced

Impedance

24 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

8

Bass

8

Mids

7.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

108 dB

7.8

Handling

7.5

Haptic

A

Value

+

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 40000 Hz

Intro

After the somewhat disappointing V10, TRN dares a new attempt with the V20 and promptly hits the mark. The fact that the V20 has only half the drivers than its predecessor also shows that many drivers are not always synonymous with sound quality. A dynamic and a balanced armature driver are used, and these are so well tuned that the V20 can call up its performance potential in every genre.

The sound signature could be described as balanced with a slight boost of the mids. What you get here for just under 15 € is almost unbeatable when you get a good fit.

Handling

In terms of design, TRN is also taking a new approach, unlike the V10. The little things not only look attractive, but can also be worn very comfortably without slipping. However, the sound openings are somewhat thick and it is not the most ergonomic, which means that the comfort level can certainly vary from person to person.

The supplied cables are good! Easy to handle, without memory wire reinforcement, but already pre-bent, they fit over every ear and stay there. The fact that they can be removed is a further plus point as well as the compatibility with all 2 pin KZ products. They are fiddly nevertheless.

Sound

Let's start with what the V20 does best, and that's the mids!
In fact, I've rarely heard such great mids in the budget range, which are emphasized, but this is not a disadvantage in the form of shrill vocals or screeching electric guitars.
No, they are relaxed and still present.
Because they offer a comparatively large stage and a great 3D feeling, everything is wonderfully separated. The vocals are a bit in the foreground, but don't overlay anything.

The bass is doing exactly what it should. It brings a nice warmth to the music without ever attacking the mids or getting muddy. For songs like "Billy Holliday" by Trettmann, the V20 also shows what it can do in the low bass range. But it also has a good punch. However, you only get this experience if you can position the in-ears correctly in the ear, which may lead to experiments with tips.

The highs are fantastic, especially the price in mind. Detailed, clear and natural, without getting sibilant or sibilant.

The sound has more than convinced me and will please the majority. This is perhaps the only thing that could be criticized out of necessity. The V20 is about too polite and wants to please everyone. This is called weakness of character ;)

Outro

The V20s are really good all-rounders that allow you to listen to any kind of music in a balanced sound quality that only few budget-in-ears can offer. Neither the highs, mids, nor the basses try to play themselves into the foreground, but subordinate themselves harmoniously.

Is that why the V20s are boring? Maybe a little bit, but this unexcited sound presentation of the V20 is more of an advantage for me in the v-signature flooded budget market.

Once you get the perfect fit, you won't want to miss the V20 anymore, also because of its good detail reproduction and the neat stage. Who would have thought that after the TRN V10?

So: Grab it! It is really worth it!

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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