You’re about to throw down a freqwad of cash on an IEM. But depending on whether you’re a seasoned audiophile who owns everything or a first time buyer in this echelon, preferences in sound signature will vary. Do you value personality over neutrality? Or is versatility your main priority? The very charismatic Trinity makes this decision very difficult. Let’s find out why the Trinity is one of a kind in this Jomo Audio Trinity Review.
Jomo Audio Trinity Review
IN the BOX
No problems here. Though the shells are large, they’re light with smooth contours. They seal well and effectively isolate sound (though perhaps not on a Westone level). I also like that the memory wire keeps its elastic shape, so you don’t have to bother with molding it around your ears.
The hybrid Trinity sports 7 drivers. A dynamic driver powers the lows, while the mids and higher frequencies are driven by 4 balanced armatures. Finally, we’ve got 2 electrostatic drivers as super tweeters to handle the highest registers. And Jomo employs a 4 way crossover network to steer all of this technology.
You have the option of choosing either stainless steel or brass nozzles. For this review, I went with brass. How it will sound with the stainless steel nozzle, I can’t tell you. But there's probably a difference, however slight. If you’re a lucky owner of the stainless steel model, shoot us an e-mail, and tell us your thoughts.
The 2-pin stock cable that comes with the buds is made from silver coated copper Litz. The termination doesn’t look particularly impressive in terms of build or solidity. But if we audiophiles didn’t have a cable to replace, what would we do all day?
These buds are easy to drive. Just to give you a sense of their impedance and sensitivity, the iPhone was more than enough to power these babies. But for this review, I used my old fave, the FiiO Q5.
Overall Impressions: Deep and highly detailed bass, yuge soundstage.
Very unique sound here. Generous and punchy, certainly. But there’s a depth to the bass that you can almost sense in your chest. I’m not referring to “subbiness,” though there’s nice sub frequency response when listening to hip-hop tracks. Rather, it’s a uniquely substantive bass tone that not only brings added tangibility to pop and rock, but also creates a really majestic feel when listening to classical music. Indeed, the bassline is extremely detailed with tons of resolve, even with all of its warmth and seeming fatness. Still, if you tend to go for a more neutral sound signature, the low end may be too much. That being said, I’m no bass-head, and I dig it.
A lot of the presence here lies in the upper mids, while the lower mids are a little overshadowed by bass frequencies. Still, you’ll still get a full-bodied sound when listening to rock and pop-rock. And vocals avoid sitting too far forward in the mix. The layering is okay, but separation in the lower mids could be a little cleaner. Listening to acoustic guitar strums in the low mids, for example, there was a bit of mushiness. But that’s quite common in the lower mids, even in the priciest of IEMs. And, anyway, maybe I should stop listening to Nick Drake. Frequen’ depressing. But as you move into the upper mids, the profile becomes much tidier and more precise with a level of detail that you’d expect from an IEM at this price point.
The Trinity conveyed nice transparency when listening to string solos, while also presenting a lot of meat and color. So, in this range, it’s not a light and delicate sound like you’d find on the 64 Audio Tia Fourte, for example. These buds have tons of weight and richness in this range. Returning to pop, percussion provided a little snap. But again, it had a heavier, more blunted feel than a brighter, crispy sounding IEM, like the Noble Audio Khan. So, you won’t get much sparkle, but your ears may thank you for such a forgiving sound signature.
Besides the bass, the soundstage is my favorite thing about these buds. And for this alone, the Trinity is worthy of its price tag. (Well...You know, in audiophile dollars). The imaging may not be as precise as a 64 Audio model, but what blows me away is the sense spaciousness. This is an unapologetically massive sounding IEM. And the degrees in depth are particularly impressive.
With such distinguishing characteristics, the Trinity is a perfect IEM for audiophiles who already have everything else. At the same time, the sound signature is so pleasing to the ear that first time buyers will probably fall in love as well. However, if you’re looking for a highly versatile sound profile, it may not be the best choice across all genres. Folk and classical, for example could use a gentler touch. And if you like your highs higher than Snoop Dogg, you may prefer a brighter sound signature, like the Noble Audio Khan. But at the end of the day, the Trinity is one memorable IEM. And in today’s increasingly saturated IEM market, that’s saying a lot.
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