BUS RIDE IMPRESSION: Trinity Audio Vyrus V2

And it seems we are all in for a Trinity Audio week this week! This time, we are having the new Vyrus V2 in tow as we take it to the acid tests here at Bus Ride Impression.

The Vyrus V2 seemingly is a tamed down version of the original Vyrus if based on how it is built. However, with what Trinity Audio toned down in the V2 model in terms of physical design actually is compensated by efficiency and sound, so I will still say that it still is a major upgrade from how it was to how it is. True that Trinity Audio decided to take a few things out, but allow me to justify it with my point of view plus to add my take as to how much better it is from the first iteration.

Without further ado, let’s get on with it.

Build

Let me address a few things first before delving into scrutinizing the Vyrus V2 further. First of all, one significant change Trinity Audio applied to the Vyrus V2 is eliminating the detachable cable option. Some might cry out “what?!?!?!” upon hearing this, as people are used to allowing mod options with the older version. This may be a bit of a huge setback from what already has been a promising entry level IEM from TA. However, there still is an advantage with a directly connected cable to an IEM. Yes, mod options are thrown out of the window and repairs may be a little bit more cumbersome, but for me I would probably not be unhappy with it as there are cons with detachable cables. For one, you can be assured that whatever material used in the cable is, it will have no issues like a possibly slight difference in the SQ should the 2-pin terminal bear a different material from the cable. Also, it eliminated the previous issues of the first iteration wherein the 2-pin cable possibly loosens over time especially for those who has the habit of switching cables from time to time. Another angle is that TA decided to use a significantly better wire with the new Vyrus, so I say it still is all for the good. Call me nitpicky, but then again I would say it is all about looking at the silver lining.

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A great improvement that TA did for their newest line of IEMs is that they decided to go for a standard 12 pair tuning filter system. In the past, each model would normally have their own color coding as to what kind of tuning you would like to get out of the IEM. In the case of Vyrus V2, Master, Master 6 and Hunter, TA decided to go for a standard 12 pair color coding system in case one would go for more than 1 of TA’s products. This should make it easier to recall which colors sound like what.

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Other than this, the package looked well worth the price for the Vyrus V2 (79 GBP). This includes what has already been mentioned, plus a wide range of ear tips, the shirt clip, and the 3.5mm-6.3mm adapter. I kind of missed the storage case from the older days of Trinity Audio, but I am really not complaining in the case of Vyrus V2. It is a shame though that I can’t bring the filters along all the time; it kind of makes me feel empty knowing that I left something at home whenever I go out with the Vyrus V2 in tow. Maybe it will be best to just get a bigger case compared to the ones issued by TA before as the filter plates are definitely big.

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Sound

Now regardless of the built changes on the Vyrus V2, I say the true test of the improvements from the first iteration should be on how the sound improved. It should be a given as this is an audio product albeit some would see an IEM as a fashion accessory (it is a plus, but should not be the primary consideration, I say) to match their outfits.

The original Vyrus sounds a bit warm with ample extension on both low and high end. The Vyrus V2 practically bears the same signature, although I will say it is now more refined, offers better details and has an improved imaging compared to the older model. Plus, the wider array of tuning filters gives the user more options now compared to the previous seven from the older Vyrus.

Let’s go ahead then and take the Vyrus V2 for a spin. With the test, I will again be using the Onkyo DP-X1 for relative purposes. I am also using the default tuning filter on the Vyrus V2 (black) straight out of the box.

Don’t Stop Me Now (Queen, Jazz)

Vyrus V2 seems to be as versatile as it was before, capable of adapting to tracks of different tempo. With the track, the Vyrus V2 was able to play well along the up and downswing of the tempo of the track. While the resolution on the low end is not as dreamy as one would hope for, I think it is just given with the fact that it uses a dynamic driver. Nevertheless, the track was fun to listen to using Vyrus V2, with the pianos sounding crisp enough and the guitar solos by Brian May having that raunchy edge. Freddie Mercury’s vocal prowess is not left out, delivered with such power as expected. Sub bass is also seemingly better than some of the IEMs of the same price range.

Crash Into Me (Dave Matthews Band, Crash)

The manner how the acoustic and bass guitar melded seems to be reproduced melodiously by the Vyrus V2, with Dave Matthews’ voice given a nice forward placement. Snares seems to be crisp and well positioned. Again, the extension on the low end seems to be well done, not lingering too far yet giving a nice extension to allow it to be enjoyed properly.

Forever (Kenny Loggins, Vox Humana)

This was fun to listen to; the rolls of drums at the beginning of the track is very well placed; you can hear how it rolls across the two earpieces. Piano sounded crisp like the first track, while Kenny Loggins’ voice is still properly forward. The imaging is quite good for an IEM of this price, although it really can’t be expected to pit up against more expensive IEMs.

Wrap-Up

As much as some would think that there are quite a number of cons on the Vyrus V2 compared to the first version, I still think this is significantly better than the first one. I can see how well built the V2 is, plus the fact that the sound quality is definitely superior when compared to the first version.

I think the price is a bargain for the Vyrus V2. Anyone who wishes to get their hands on a really good IEM for the said price, Vyrus V2 should be one of the main choices. Heck, I think anyone will be hard pressed to find a better IEM than these babies for the same price or lower. I would even think you might have to extend your budget a bit to find one that should match the Vyrus V2. Then again, that is me, so I urge you guys to give it a try and see it for yourself.

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