BUDGET
IN-EAR

V90

TRN

Rating

Price

8

30 €

Review published:

08/2019

Driver

5

per Side

1

Dynamic

4

Balanced

Impedance

22 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

8

Bass

7.5

Mids

8

Trebles

Sensitivity

110 dB

7.8

Handling

9

Haptic

A

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

7 - 40000 Hz

Intro

TRN already has a good hybrid in its portfolio with the V80, which has sharp highs to be assumed, but can score with a good balance in all frequency ranges. The V90 now represents TRN's new flagship with a dynamic and 4 BA driver. It joins the CCA C10 and the KZ ZS10 Pro. In terms of sound it is on par with these, with the C10 having the better tonality. For me the V90 is a further development of the TRN V20, which is also highly recommended in the budget range.

Handling

In TRN's in-ear family, the V90 has not only the most appealing design, but also the best wearing comfort. Haptic and workmanship are not subject to criticism. Ergonomic, compact and robust - these are the buzzwords that define the V90. Also worth mentioning here is the low weight, where Knowledge Zenith could cut itself a slice with its multi-driver in-ears.
If TRN were to consider including one of their 8-core cables, many Chi-Fi enthusiasts would be happy! So it remains unfortunately with the somewhat fiddly, thinner standard cable, which we are already used to from TRN and which takes itself little to nothing from the Knowledge Zenith competition.

Basically you notice the V90's flagship claim and underline this with an excellent isolation with a good fit.

Sound

The V90 does a lot right, but voices don't have enough presence for me, they get lost in the mix every now and then.

The bass is slightly inflated, so it loses a bit of resolution and precision. It's raised in the signature, but not too obtrusive or dominant at the same time. It could be a bit punchier and faster. So he is very relaxed, warm and soft, which is good for jazz music, but also for electro, pop or rock he is still quite well behind. However, if there is already a lot of bass in the music, he sometimes wants too much and thus annoys the mids.

These are already noticeably reduced in the mix, which makes voices sound more reserved, in contrast to the ZSX, ZS10 Pro. Even the C10 puts voices more forward. Some people like it when voices are on the same level as instrumentalization, I prefer them more in the foreground. Nevertheless, the mids sound quite natural and homogeneous. I'd like to see a little more liveliness, because this way the mids seem a bit duller/flatter. That doesn't have to mean anything bad, because the mids are quite detailed and clear, but it doesn't quite suit my taste. Sibilants, or slips into the unpleasant are foreign words to the V90, which also applies to the treble one to one.

The treble surprises with a pleasant tuning, as they are very transparent, open and detailed, but do not strain the hearing in a very sympathetic way. You can listen to music for hours with the V90 without getting tired. If this is the case, it's more due to the bass. The highs sound very natural and the expansion is also very impressive. I would say they are really the best the V90 has to offer and worth listening to for less than 50€!

The separation suffers a bit from the sluggish bass. We don't have any sonic mud here, but if the bass would be a bit more direct in the response and the midrange would stand out more, this would provide more clarity and subjectively a better separation. However, the highs know how to absorb this very well, resulting in a fine sound image and a very good spatial reproduction.

Outro

The V90 is a very good representative in the 50€ segment, which has a very relaxed, warm signature and is a recommendation especially for sensitive people in the high frequency range, because they do not have to miss details and transparency. The slightly inflated bass, which nevertheless scores with its naturalness, and the mids, which for my taste are somewhat too much reduced, remain small points of criticism, which is not noticeable in the tonal quality, but in the positioning of the voices. The TRN V90 is definitely worth a recommendation for all those who are looking for a relaxed in-ear with very good technical characteristics, especially with regard to the transition between the frequency ranges. Here the ZS10 can be compared quite well.

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. 

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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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