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V90s

TRN

Rating

Price

8

45 €

Review published:

11/2020

Driver

6

per Side

1

Dynamic

5

Balanced

Impedance

22 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

8

Bass

7.5

Mids

8

Trebles

Sensitivity

108 dB

7.8

Handling

9

Haptic

A

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

20 – 20000 Hz

Intro

With the V90s, TRN presents us an "upgrade" to the good, but somewhat under the radar remained V90. At that time, the BLON hype was already coming up, where there was unjustly little room for other good budget IEMs in the community. The V90 is a warm and balanced IEM.Now the V90s wants to give it a little more life and refresh the high frequency and control the bass.

Handling

TRN is, like KZ, not known with their accessories to throw around. This always turns out very spartan, no matter in which price range. So we get the usual TRN cable (4-core, 0.75mm 2-pin) and a set of silicone tips, so everything we need, but absolutely not any more.

From the design the V90s sticks more to the BA8 or VX than to the V90. This one was much rounder and for my feeling more comfortable. The difference in wearing comfort is however very small and also excellent with the V90s. With its good isolation, the V90s has the nose somewhat in front.

Sound

Compared to the V90s, the V90s sounds a bit livelier, but also brighter and has the technical advantages on its side.

I really like the bass of the V90s. It is faster and tighter than the bass of the V90, which makes it sound more linear and also more defined. Nevertheless it doesn't miss the impact and provides a fun punch without hurting the eardrum. On the bass of the V90 I like the more natural response a bit more, even if it is slower. But this produces a fuller body and it even reminds me a bit of the excellent bass of the KBEAR DIAMOND. I would say undecided depending on taste, as the difference is not serious except for the tightness.

Compared to the V90, the mids subjectively get a bit more presence, which is probably due to the more controlled bass. They have more clarity and also the cleaner separation. However, they don't sound quite as organic anymore and can become a bit demanding at higher volumes in the upper range. Vocals are better emphasized, but drift slightly in brightness. There the V90 is more full-bodied. The presentation of the mids is somewhat reminiscent of the current models from KZ, such as the ZAX, as it seems that a fable for bright V-signatures is currently breaking out in Asia.Although, it has always existed and the V90 was more of a positive exception, as it sounds a bit more harmonious despite the "V".
Again, I can't see a clear winner, but I tend more towards the V90 here, as it seems more correct in terms of tonal accuracy, even if I have to do without the liveliness and better resolution.

The energy from the mids continues in the high frequencies, but then flattens out quite quickly, the higher we go on the frequency scale. The V90 high frequency range does not have the biggest extension, but it unobtrusively provides enough information and has the slightly better cards in its hand when it comes to audibility. The V90s, on the other hand, is a bit too puffed up and sometimes a bit thin for my taste, since it focuses more on very high frequencies and is not as present in the lower and mid highs as the V90. In addition, the metallic timbre is more apparent than on the V90. Nevertheless, the V90s has a better reproduction of detail and transparency. Here I would like to see more of a middle ground between the two IEMs, but the V90s is definitely the more exciting representative in this area.

Imaging and stage expansion goes to the V90s. It has the greater width and also has more depth. The music takes place on more layers than the V90, which is more one-dimensional here.

Outro

The V90s should be understood as an upgrade to the V90. However, as so often, this is more in the eye of the beholder than could be formulated in a general way. The bass has become more agile and more controlled, the mids have subjectively gained more presence and the high frequencies have been extended. A new IEM has not been purchased, despite another BA driver, because the basic signature of the V90 has remained true to the V90s. I'm a bit split in two, because I had some criticism of the V90, but I think the V90s is a bit over the top. It behaves a bit like the BLON BL-03 and BL-05. If you like it more relaxed and warmer with a strong bass foundation, you will feel more at home with the V90 if you don't keep the technical demands as high. If you want more energy and prefer a brighter sound presentation with a good balance, you might find happiness in the V90s, but you will have to bring along some more stable nerves for the high frequencies. Depending on taste, the V90s is therefore more of a sidegrade in terms of tonality, but from a technical point of view it can certainly be seen as an upgrade.

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

V60

V60

VX

VX

H1

H1

V80

V80

V10

V10

V90

V90

V20

V20

V90s

V90s

BA8

BA8

Second Opinion

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CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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