Stepping into the world of IEMs, you sometimes stumble upon names that have a magic about them. Truthear is unmistakably one of those names. For those unfamiliar, Truthear is not just a brand; it’s an experience, an audiophile’s delight sculpted into tiny earpieces. From the first time I heard of them, their dedication to merging technical prowess with artistic approach in sound has been evident. It’s no surprise they’ve carved a niche for themselves in an otherwise crowded marketplace.
So, when whispers of a collaboration between Truthear and the esteemed Crinacle began circulating, I was intrigued, to say the least. It felt like a harmonious merging of two capable parties from different realms. The result? The TruthearxCrinacle Zero:Red.
Now, with the Zero:Red in hand after many listening sessions, let’s delve into this collaboration and see if it truly lives up to its promise. It should be better than the OG Zero.
From the very first touch, the TruthearxCrinacle Zero:Red screams premium. Nestled inside a sleek, minimalist box with embossed branding, the earphones are presented front and center, cushioned in a foam mold. Beneath this primary layer, you’ll discover the accessories: a set of ear tips in various sizes, the impedance adapter, meshes, and a leather carrying pouch. The presentation feels meticulously thought out, making the unboxing a true event.
The cable accompanying the Zero:Red feels sturdy and well-constructed. It’s a braided silver-plated copper cable with a 3.5mm termination. The braiding not only adds to the aesthetics but also to the overall durability, promising reduced tangling and longevity. The 2 pinned connectors ensure a firm connection with the earpieces and allow for cable swapping if desired. A transparent chin slider and Y-split are added touches that enhance both functionality and the visual appeal. The cable feels pliable and lightweight, ensuring it remains comfortable during extended listening sessions.
TruthearxCrinacle ZERO:RED Sound
Right from the get-go, the Zero:Red presents a sound profile that seeks to envelop the listener. Vocal emphasis, coupled with a significant bass boost, seems to be its signature card. However, with the included impedance adapter, there’s a clear elevation in bass, pushing the mids a tad backward and making treble subtler.
Without the adapter, Zero:Red offers a deep bass that resonates well, albeit lingering sometimes longer than expected. With the adapter, the bass becomes more robust, sometimes overshadowing the mid frequencies.
The heart and soul of Zero:Red is its midrange, rendering vocals with an ethereal-like clarity that’s hard to find in its price range. But the adapter, while enhancing the bass, somewhat compromises this clarity, making vocals slightly recessed.
In its native state, Zero:Red’s treble is comfortable and avoids any piercing highs. With the impedance adapter in the mix, the treble is pushed further back, resulting in a smoother but less detailed sonic experience.
Let’s enter the Comparisons of Zero:Red (With and Without Adapter) vs Zero vs Simgot EW200
The Zero, even without the bass boost of its Red sibling, offers a sound profile that’s more restrained but still quite engaging. The Simgot EW200 is the neutral member of this trio, with a balanced sound signature that’s neither too bass-heavy nor too bright.
Zero:Red, especially with its adapter, easily takes the crown for the deepest bass, whereas the Zero offers a more conservative, controlled bass response. The EW200 strikes the middle ground with a tight, punchy bass that doesn’t overshadow mids.
In the land of mids, the Zero closely follows Zero:Red’s footsteps in clarity but doesn’t have the same vibrancy. The EW200, while being warm, ensures vocals and instruments are still distinguishably clear.
The EW200’s treble shines brightest among the three, rendering details with precision. The Zero and Zero:Red, especially with its adapter, are more subdued, focusing on providing a comfortable, fatigue-free listening experience.
TruthearxCrinacle Zero:Red – Upgraded for Bassheads Conclusions
The TruthearxCrinacle Zero:Red seamlessly melds the allure of vocal clarity with the depth of bass, offering a listening experience that’s both immersive and unique. Its packaging exudes luxury from the get-go, ensuring the user feels the premium quality even before they’ve plugged in. The accompanying braided cable isn’t just a functional tool but a statement of durability and style. The inclusion of an impedance adapter showcases the flexibility in tuning, although it’s a double-edged sword, boosting the bass at the expense of some midrange essence. Nonetheless, for its price range, the Zero:Red manifests as a force to be reckoned with, striking a delicate balance between performance and aesthetics, a true testament to the collaboration’s success. Whether you’re a bass lover seeking that depth or a vocal enthusiast wanting those lyrics front and center, the Zero:Red has a flavor for every taste.
Emphasized and clear vocals that stand out in the mix.
Deep and resonant bass that provides a fuller sound experience.
Comfortable treble ensures fatigue-free listening, even for extended periods.
The impedance adapter offers flexibility in tuning, catering to those who desire an even punchier bass.
Bass can sometimes linger or overshadow other frequencies, especially with the impedance adapter.
Treble, while comfortable, may lack the detail desired by some audiophiles.
The impedance adapter, while offering a boost, can compromise midrange clarity.