Current testing methodology is v1.2
October 17, 2019
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5.3g per earbud
After my long stint with IEMs, I’ve decided to explore the world of True Wireless Earbuds (TWS), as wired earphones don’t cut it for me in terms of portability.
Lately, I’ve been getting very active in working out and exercising and I figured that TWS earbuds would be perfect to use during my gym sessions, which is one of the many reasons I decided to purchase one myself.
During my search, I came across the TRN T200, which retails for a fairly reasonable price and a decent spec sheet to add to its value. So I decided to get it and here’s my in-depth review of it.
Affordable everyday carry TWS earbuds
The TRN T200 is one of the best TWS earbuds I’ve tried in terms of ergonomics. Since it’s made by TRN, a well-respected brand in the IEM community, it features some of the ergonomic shell designs in the brand’s catalog.
Sure enough, fit and comfort are strengths of the T200 but its sound quality is pretty decent for the price too. Although it’s not comparable to IEMs, you get the portability and wireless aspect that IEMs lack.
I think the TRN T200 is a decent option if you’re looking for a relatively affordable pair of TWS earbuds for daily use.
- Bluetooth Version: Bluetooth 5.0
- Battery Life: 7 hours
- Audio Formats: aptX/AAC/SBC
- Driver: 1 Dynamic Driver + 1 Balanced Armature
- Range: Up to 10 meters
- Charging Case Battery Capacity: 600mAh
- Earpiece Battery Capacity: 50mAh per earpiece
- Frequency Response: 20-20,000Hz
- Noise Cancellation: CVC 8.0 Noise Cancellation
- App Support: None
What’s in the Box?
- TRN T200 earbuds
- Charging case
- 3 pairs of silicone ear tips (S, M, L)
- USB Type-B to Type-A
- Instruction Manual
Stuff I like
- Very portable and lightweight
- Excellent ergonomics
- Decent playtime and good Bluetooth range
- Decent audio format support
Stuff I like less
- Treble is prone to sharpness and treble peaks
- Absence of app support
- Doesn’t support fast-charging
The TRN T200 comes well packed in a white-sleeved box, which is what you’d commonly see on TRN products. The presentation is straightforward and there’s nothing special about it.
In terms of its aesthetics, the shell of the T200 comes in an ergonomic shape that’s reminiscent of custom in-ear monitors. I find it quite comfortable but more on that later. The earbuds and the charging case have a sleek black finish. The earbuds also feature the TRN logo on the faceplate, which is a nice touch.
The included accessories are pretty basic: the charging case, a few pairs of silicone ear tips, and a charging cable.
The TRN T200’s shell is made of hard plastic that feels durable. It’s also lightweight, which adds to its comfort.
The charging case is made of the same plastic material. However, unlike the earbuds, it’s not as durable which was evident when the lid on my charging case broke off. This was when I accidentally dropped it from chest height. Thankfully, the lid has a magnetic closure, which allowed me to keep the IEMs secure in the case.
Fit and Comfort
The TRN T200 has an ergonomic design with fins on its shell, so the fit and comfort are better compared to other TWS earbuds I’ve encountered. It has a similar fit with IEMs.
As mentioned earlier, it has a plastic shell construction, which makes it lightweight and easy to wear and carry. The included silicone ear tips were decent, and with the variety of sizes that were provided, I was able to get the right fit for my ears.
Overall, the T200 has a pretty stable fit with its ergonomic design and insertion depth. I used it while doing different activities, such as working out and jogging, and it didn’t fall off my ears.
These earbuds managed to stay secure in my ears, which is one of the things I’m looking for since many TWS earbuds in the past had this recurring problem with one earpiece falling off and getting lost, rendering them useless.
For a pair of TWS earbuds at this price point, the battery life of the TRN T200 is quite decent. It has a playtime of around 7 hours. The charging case holds up really well and can fully charge the earbuds up to five times.
Connectivity and Performance
Like any other TWS earbuds, the TRN T200 is compatible with most devices that use Bluetooth connectivity, ranging from iPhones, Android phones, laptops, and even PCs with the help of a USB Bluetooth dongle, if needed.
The T200 has a noticeable latency, which is typical for TWS earbuds. Upon testing it for gaming, it has shown a bit of delay so I wouldn’t recommend this for competitive games. When used for usual music listening, the latency is bearable. This would work well with average users as it did for me.
Overall, the T200 performed just as well as the typical TWS earbuds we all know and love.
Now let’s talk about the sound quality and performance of the TRN T200 across the different frequencies.
The bass is mid-bass focused, with a decent amount of sub-bass rumble, but not as prominent. Since the TRN T200 has a V-shaped sound signature, the bass is elevated.
The sound quality of the bass is pretty average and I wouldn’t say that it’s the best since it lacks detail and clarity at times. It also often bleeds to the mids, which makes the already-recessed mids sound muddy or smeared.
The bass on the T200 is average and can sound all over the place in terms of presentation.
With its V-shaped sound signature, the midrange of the TRN T200 is noticeably recessed on the mix. It lacks detail and clarity and, just like the bass, it seems unrefined and all over the place.
The vocals can sound nasal and congested at times, and the same happens to the instruments.
I was quite disappointed with the T200’s presentation of its midrange. I was expecting more clarity and detail but I guess, at this price point, you can’t really expect that much. Overall, the T200 has potential and with a bit of tweaking and polishing, the following models could be more refined.
The treble of the TRN T200 is significantly extended with tons of splash and air. Although they were excessive for my taste, they’re prone to treble peaks and presented some harshness to some tracks I tested them with.
This was no surprise, though, as the V-shaped sound signature of the T200 is expected to have elevated highs.
Like the other frequencies, the treble sounds unrefined and it doesn’t complement the other frequencies. On its own, it has decent detail retrieval and clarity for a TWS earbud. It doesn’t have a metallic timbre but it has some treble peaks and harshness. It just sounds too bright for my liking.
On the other hand, the reble has some good splash and airiness, which was pretty impressive but it needs a bit more polish to perform better. Still, I was impressed by the performance of the BA driver on the T200 for having a decent presentation of the treble.
The technicalities of the TRN T200 are average. The soundstage is decent and the sound separation is average. The sound imaging, on the other hand, is better than most TWS I’ve tried.
While the T200 can’t compete with TWS earbuds above its price point, it can go toe-to-toe with its competitors in the same price range.
While the TRN T200 isn’t perfect by any means, it was able to justify its price with its features and sound quality. With some improvements, it has the potential to stand out in the TWS market.
I’ve enjoyed using them for my activities since they solved my problems with IEMs and messy wires. However, nothing can still beat the sound quality of wired earphones.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly pair of TWS earbuds with decent performance, I’d recommend the TRN T200. It’s a great option for portable, easy-to-use TWS earbuds for casual listening while doing day-to-day activities.
A man of many interests, Querho is passionate about discovering new things that stimulate the mind. When he is not writing about the things he is passionate about, Querho can be found making music at his home studio.
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