What's up guys? Today I am reviewing the TRN V80, a budget earphone that has received nothing but praise on the Internet. I have tested the V80 myself, and today you'll find out if this praise is deserved...
I received this pair as a gift from the NiceHCK Audio Store on AliExpress. If you all have a minute, consider checking out their inventory at the link below:
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Overview and Design
The TRN V80 can be purchased from AliExpress for $26-$28, which is a bit pricey compared to headphones I've reviewed in the past. Click the above link to purchase the V80 from the NiceHCK Store on AliExpress, it's the main supplier of the V80 so you're guaranteed a quality product.
The TRN V80 is a beast of an earphone. It's made entirely out of heavy, solid metal and ceramics. It feels heavy and solid in your hands and in your ears. The cable is a braided cable and also feels good quality, though not as good as the KZ braided upgrade cable. The 3.5 mm jack is also made of metal. When it comes to design, the V80 is exceptionally well crafted and feels like a quality earphone.
Boy, this is a great-sounding earphone! The bass is deep, rich, and solid -- one of the best aspects of the V80. This is definitely a basshead's earphone.
Highs are clear, sharp, and even crisp -- although they can get sibilant in some songs. Fix this by using an equalizer (which improves the overall sound greatly).
Vocals are clear and audible, not recessed. The soundstage is very wide and open, even though the V80 is a closed-back headphone. Sound is balanced overall. An equalizer is highly recommended, as I use an equalizer with all my earphones so I can fine-tune the sound to my preference.
This is an example of an earphone that is not only well-crafted, but also provides a more than enjoyable listening experience. For $26, this earphone tops all of my KZ models (except perhaps the KZ ED16, which I'll get around to reviewing later...).
The V80 is comfy enough, the unique design provides a good fit in your ears and a great seal, too. However, they are quite heavy, and you may have to adjust them occasionally due to their weight.
Noise isolation on the TRN V80 is just great, even close to the KZ ES3, but not quite on the same level. But the V80 provides satisfactory isolation; you won't hear outside noise at all, and if you keep your volume on a decent level, others won't hear your music. This is a good choice for public listening; on the bus, in the park, wherever.
I am seriously impressed at how TRN managed to fit all this amazing sound into this sturdy, tough, metal tank of an earphone. Bass can only be described as rich -- bassheads, this is an earphone for you. Amazing solid bass combined with a wide, open soundstage and clear, crisp highs... Now that's the TRN V80. I can't rate this earphone anything below 9/10, so that's my final rating. My only complaints are the sibilance in some songs, but even that can be tuned down a bit with an equalizer. Personally, if the V80 could include a wider, more airy soundstage, maybe clearer, more present vocals, and a slightly more comfortable design, then I would rate this earphone a 10/10, no doubt about it. But these small but annoying details forced me to bump the V80 down from a perfect 10 to a 9. Don't get me wrong, though, this is an absolutely amazing earphone for the price. I have yet to hear better.