BUDGET
IN-EAR

VX

TRN

Rating

Price

8

70 €

Review published:

06/2020

Driver

7

per Side

1

Dynamic

6

Balanced

Impedance

22 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

8

Bass

7.5

Mids

8

Trebles

Sensitivity

107 dB

7.8

Handling

9

Haptic

C

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

7 - 40000 Hz

Intro

The CHI-FI world seems endless and overwhelming in its diversity and technical progress.
At first glance this may seem so, but if you take a closer look, you quickly start to get behind the connections and agreements. Above all, the variety of brands reduces quite quickly, especially in the budget area.

Products are constantly being redesigned and re-marketed under new names and with praise, without any noticeable sonic progress or technical innovation. Above all, the number of drivers still seems to tempt many consumers to press the buy-butt, as there is often a consensus that many drivers also mean a better sound. This may even be true in the high-end sector, but then there is a completely different development behind it and especially driver implementation (but there are also negative examples, just not in the same proportion).

CCA and KZ (subsidiaries) show with the CCA C12 > KZ ZS10 Pro and countless other examples, how almost identical products can be sold outrageously simply multiple times without the consumer really noticing. It gets even worse when OEM products are sold to several companies and then the exact same product comes 3 or 4 times on the market (CCA A10, KBEAR K10, TRIPOWIN TP10 and so on) and it is not even a really good product.
Every now and then the usual suspects bring out really small Hi-Fi pearls, but the hit rate is very low and the focus is more on mass than on class.
This is impressively demonstrated by the new releases, where some companies release more new products in one month than some "renowned" companies do throughout the year and beyond.

The fact that the customer is deliberately manipulated is also shown by the many distributors on AliExpresss, who are apparently under the same big cover. Under YOOAUDIO, for example, distributors such as AK Audio, WOOEASY, or MISS AUDIO and certainly several others gather.

Finally, I don't care where I get a product from, whether paid, borrowed, or freely provided, as I have no personal relationship with the individual companies or distributors and want to remain objective. Furthermore, I am also convinced that many of the in-ears not only have a right to exist, but that they can also put the "big ones" in their place when it comes to the price/performance ratio!
I just want to raise awareness of the fact that the in-ear market in China is more designed to make a quick profit than to produce sustainably. That's fine, but you shouldn't always fall off your chair, because once again a 6, 7, 8-driver hybrid configuration has come out and the price seems too good to be true, at least if you have the patience to wait until reviews are in circulation and also personally want to do a little sustainable business.

Why am I writing all this anyway?! Maybe I just needed to get out...

This flood of IEMs from China is of course also due to the enormous competition between the individual companies. Be it KZ/CCA, KBEAR/TRI, TRN etc. (I would like to assume that these companies are all independent, even though I know that I am lying to myself). If one of them brings out its new wonder-IEM with 7 drivers, the other one has to follow suit. Currently the phenomenon can be observed with TRN VX (1*DD & 6*BA), CCA CA16 (1*DD & 7*BA), or CVJ CSN (1*DD & 5*BA).

I don't want to say that TRN is an exception in the CHI-FI cosmos and of course the focus is on the fast financial profit, but I have the feeling that TRN sometimes takes a risk and produces their in-ears not only according to Scheme-F. Apart from the design, I can say with a clear conscience that with TRN I always had the feeling of holding a different product in my hands, especially when it comes to sound. TRN also looks beyond the horizon and even includes other reviewers in their developments. That doesn't make their products or the VX any better, but you can see the good will to listen to your consumers.

The TRN VX is an IEM, where it will not spark immediately and one must deal with it more urgently, in order to develop something like a relationship with it. This is astonishing, because the VX is the most expensive in-ear of TRN ever released and they still took a certain risk with it, which I find positive. For me, the VX won't be a friendship for life, but for a fun evening in between, it's always there to take your mind off things and readjust your hearing.

Handling

As with the TRN V90, the new TRN Flagship-In-Ear is not only visually impressive. The workmanship is very successful and has a high-quality feel.

However, when it comes to the cable, one relies on old and proven technology, which is no advantage here. Somewhat fiddly, it deserves the predicate. It serves its purpose.

Knowledge Zenit had once decided to give their more expensive models a more noble look in terms of packaging. TRN does not have this claim, and so the same economy version is used as with many KZ, CCA, KBEAR or whatever products, which brings us back to the introductory topic. Here there is not even the slightest attempt to create an own design, or to please the buyer with a little something in the scope of delivery, like foam tips or something like that. Here you don't even notice that you have just invested 70 €. Cable and silicone tips, that's it!

However, the wearing comfort is really very pleasant (comparable to the V90) and the sound isolation is excellent.

Sound

The TRN VX is an IEM that I put in my ear and immediately have mixed feelings towards it.

The bass is astonishingly well-behaved and tamed for a TRN. For me it's a bit too tame, as the signature generally lacks a bit of warmth and pressure from below. Nevertheless, the bass is really fast, has a good texture and is always on the point. If TRN marketed the VX as a pure BA configuration, I would believe them at first sight, although over time one notices that a dynamic representative is at work here, as the upper bass is usually more pronounced on a BA bass. Really a very good and homogeneous bass, but it should have a bit more gain, but that can be corrected.

I find the mids a bit thin, also due to the lack of bass influence in the lower range, although this makes them appear very transparent and clear. Male voices, however, lack body and natural timbre. They sound brighter and do not have the assertiveness that is the case with female voices. Those can even really convince me, but they also lack some warmth. The mids are given a good presence in the signature, but they are a bit borderline in the upper frequencies. Basically I like to have it a bit more crisp in the mids, so this is partly to my advantage, but here I miss the naturalness, whether in the voices or instruments.

The trebles contribute their part to the fact that the TRN VX has become a rather bright IEM. The sibilants are mostly under control due to a corresponding frequency drop, but the 2kHz peak is a bit too much for me as an intersection between mids and highs. The extension is quite nice, but the high frequency can get a bit tired in the long run. If I wanted to relax, I wouldn't necessarily go for the VX. Even though it can get a bit tinny with cymbals, you really have to praise the VX for its detail reproduction and resolution.
The VX has excellent separation. For me it is almost a bit too sharply separated, as this can look a bit unnatural. The TRN VX also clearly has a plus in terms of spatial representation.

Outro

Although the VX at TRN not only has the most horsepower under the hood and is also an exclamation mark up in price, it is not the most mature and grown-up of all for me. The VX is actually the exact opposite of the V90. Exciting, cool, sparkling, transparent vs. warm, relaxed, a bit grumpy, musical. I can do something with both, although I can keep the V90 in my ears longer. However, the VX has clear advantages in resolution and definition, which certainly makes it more audiophile, but also more exhausting in the long run.

The VX is basically a bright, rather analytically drifting and not always authentic sounding IEM, with a tight and dotted bass, transparent mids and detailed highs. A little more warmth and calmness would do it quite well.
Nevertheless, I see it as a nice change in the IEM shelf, but the price for it is unfortunately not a no-trainer, it certainly wouldn't have needed 7 drivers for the performance and the VX is also not an absolute all-rounder. The lack of pressure from below and the too bright tuning make a small thwart here, although exactly this can be a strength of the VX in some genres. As I said: The TRN VX will split the tastes!

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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