With the advance in technology, new iems keep coming and coming with all their surprising capabilities, this review is no example. Here we have Truthear Hola and its Review in MBA.
Before we start, a little info about the Truthear: Truthear is a-the 2022 founded company which allegedly is using Moondrop tech and / or engineers. And current products are a few but their successes overpass their numbers. Zero, Hexa and Shio can’t be a coincidence. Its showing us that they have an agenda. And they aren’t using the common approach of “throw the mud and one will stick”. Now let’s see their truly budget iem Hola. Details are below.
All arounder with wide bore eartips
Able to be great with power
Mediocre with narrow bored eartips and an ordinary source
Treble is lackluster
Timbre can be dark for some tastes
Amazing compatibility with the DX300 and its reference-grade sounds, which are often softer in tone. Without a doubt, I find myself astonished. It can tolerate up to 50/100 loudness while still maintaining its H gain without distorting! I know it seems crazy, but if I really put my mind to it, I could crank it up to more than a 50/100 volume, which indicates slightly more than moderate ear pressure in Hola. Texturing is of high quality considering its low cost. The body has a healthy balance with its slight warmth. The details are lacking and somewhat veiled. Holy crap, that’s about $18.
It shakes you even without dubstep because it mostly thumps when it needs to and can give you feedback. With the help of its already strong body, Haggard is an earfest due to its strong upper mids and mid bass. The bass is powerful, precise and punchy, giving a certain dynamism to the sound. Though the bass resolution isn’t magnificent. But, you know, getting more than you paid for is a victory. In vocal dubstep; holy cow! As the track progresses to the bass drop, you’ll feel the vibrations. With a very wide, impressed smile, you release your breath after that section ends. Are you satisfied? No! Tracks like “Sunken Technology” can transport you deep beneath the sea and fill you with bassy explosions. With all the thematic bass shapes. It can recreate the soul bass of the 1970s with just enough midrange and treble to transport you back in time. As Sunken Technology builds to a crescendo, the energy it produces is a nod to classic dance and bass music
Midrage is spreading wide open in your hearing range with the help of its wide soundstage and richness. Given the clarity and detail of the sound (if you don’t mind the darkish timbre), it’s difficult to believe I’m listening to a sub-$20 iem here. Constantly growing more complex math rock is a breeze because it can unfold its true capability when properly paired up. And Hola can handle it all without congestion, with only a slight recession in the midrange. Boogie woogie is another genre I test with. And it passed with flying colors. After all, I tested the IEMs with a variety of musical genres and discovered that the midrange was clear and powerful even at 150 beats per minute (BPM). This means that the keyboard’s 150 bpm speed is not clogged. How much better can an iem be in the midrange when powered and DACed?
Definitely not a sprinkler. I can hear the actual treble here, but it’s not very satisfying. The upper treble is especially light in the body. But blues rock is able to sound as groovy as it should be. The electro solo near the ending of Catching Fireflies is the poor man’s eargasm 😉 You can feel the delicate guitar play there. Or have an 80’s fest with this combo. The synthesizer and the treble based effects in Save a Prayer is teleporting you to that period. However, do not expect much anyway. Truthear Hola Review told you what I have heard..
vs Saltones Zero: Hola can keep their instruments apart with smoothness but sacrifice some layering. Its basses are weighty and non-boomy with transparent textures.. Saltones Zero is more proficient at technicalities. And it’s certainly sharper, crispier and tasteless depending on your perspective.
vs Tangzu Audio Wan’er: Wan’er is easier to drive with weird texturing on drums, boomy basses. It definitely has a flight to catch and this fast pace is harming it. Texturing is it’s main drawback and can make you feel confused in complex tracks. Hola needs more power to shine but still refined and controlled is a moderate volume level. (gain is M and 45/100) It’s playing in a tempo that keeps the tracks in one piece and is truly helpful in complex math rock.
vs. QKZxHBB: QKZxHBB is by far the easiest to drive of the three. That efficiency is resulting in a nice hiss at the volume and gain levels where the Hola had barely found room to breathe. And the most flat (linear) of all. Dynamism will be missed. Timbre and speed is very unlike Hola. However, 3D imaging is non-existent and extremely unlikely Hola.
Truthear Hola Review
Hola or Hi or Hello or Hei etc is a common greeting in many languages around the world. Considering Truthear’s very good products so far, this is a common example of their capabilities. But even tough all their hits, I think putting the very safe tuning aside would guarantee that they would be absolutely better than a particular iem in the comparison table, so would carry the fantastic performer flag. Unfortunately, this is not the case, and they should remember that. You know what they say: Every mistake is an opportunity to learn. Thanks to Truthear for the review unit(s)