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- Overview of Truthear HOLA
- Features of Truthear HOLA
- Build quality
- Sound quality
- Sound quality features
- General comment
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Recommended for people like this
- People who like smooth sound
- People who want to hear mainly vocals
- People who focus on cost performance
Overview of Truthear HOLA
- Total Score: 9.5 / 10.0
- Package: 8.5 / 10.0
- Build quality: 8.5 / 10.0
- Fitment: 8.5 / 10.0
- High range: 9.0 / 10.0
- Mid range: 10.0 / 10.0
- Low range: 10.0 / 10.0
- Less distortion: 9.0 / 10.0
- Cost performance bonus: 12.5 / 10.0
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- Frequency response: 8Hz to 46kHz
- Impedance: 28Ω±15%
- Sensitivity: 105dB
- Connector: 0.78mm 2pin
Features of Truthear HOLA
- A Cost-effective Dynamic Driver In-ear Monitors: HOLA, Adopting the polyurethane suspension composite liquid crystal dome diaphragm and dual-cavity internal magnetic circuit dynamic driver of N52 magnet. Utilizing the DLP-3D printed cavity commonly used in high-end multi-driver and custom earphone. Come with the newly designed oxygen-free copper cable. Present the excellent objective index.
- An Exceptional Driver: HOL A uses an improved 1 1mm internal magnetic circuit matured dynamic driver which is barely used at the same price, which can bring punchier bass diving than smaller dynamic driver under the same pressure condition. The mature structure offers an excellent linear distortion and nonlinear distortion index, while ensures the high-energy conversion efficiency, moreover, by improving some components driver size, and at the same time, it can present excellent high-frequency response.
- The Costly New Generation DLP 3D Printing Technology: HOLA still utilizes DLP 3D printing cavity from“"HeyGears", which is matched with its solid opaque resin and delicate surface grinding process, which brings excellent texture and lightweight, while offering a high precision efficiency.
- Excellent Objective Index: The linear distortion of HOL A is exceptional, with moderate bass gain and high-frequency amplitude response with kind of HRTF characteristics. HOL .A is able to highly conform to IEF_ Neutral_ Target thanks to the improved components, which sound surprisingly punchy, clean and speedy, and gentle in highs, thus users won't feel fatigued for a long time listening.
- Brand-new Cable: HOL A comes with a high-quality oxygen-free copper cable with an increased number of cable cores and optimized cable cover. Combined with the universal 0.78 2Pin jack (the cavity is 0.78 2Pin sunken socket), to achieve the convenience for replacing cable and maintaining earphone.
The quality of the packaging meets the price standard. Gorgeous for the price.
- Truthear HOLA
- Carrying pouch
Build quality meets the price standard.
The fit is good.
REW Frequency Response
Sound quality description
In this review, I use the standard eartips size L and drive it with the FiiO M15.
Truthear HOLA has a near-neutral sound signature.
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Lows / Bass
The low frequencies of the Truthear HOLA are quite deep and well extended, and can achieve quite a sense of realism.
Drum kicks have plenty of impact and a fair amount of weight, and rumble is of a satisfactory level.
The electric bass also sounds black and well-spaced.
It can be said to be well balanced with the midrange in terms of presence, and can be highly recommended for low-frequency enthusiasts.
The midrange is fairly close to neutral and the texture representation is quite accurate.
When I listened to HOLA, this midrange was so interesting that I couldn't help but laugh. Even though it was quite bright and vocals came to the fore, it sounded strangely smooth and slippery, with corners removed, which made it a very enjoyable and unique listening experience that was soft to the ear.
The sense of construction is worse, so if you compare it to the sound of a solid studio monitor-type IEMs like the TinHiFi T4 Plus, for example, you will immediately notice that the three-dimensionality is a little worse, but the smooth sensation of instruments and vocals that "move smoothly" is a novelty.
However, when listening to a song like Riko Azuna's seifish, in which the three-dimensionality of the music is quite carefully constructed, it instantly becomes lacking. The TinHiFi T4 Plus also has a slightly softer edge, but it is much more decent than the HOLA. As for the sense of detail, it is superior to the HOLA, and after hearing the T4 Plus, you may not be so inclined to listen to the HOLA.
The TinHiFi C2 comes to mind as IEMs with similarly soft edges, but this one has a more solid crunch, and its resolution exceeds that of the HOLA, so you can still feel a significant difference in listening experience. In this sense, the midrange of HOLA is not bad for the price range, and it is rather excellent and well put together, but it is not so impressive. It is rather interesting, and rather than being a genuinely good sound, it has a quirky and enjoyable feel to it.
Highs / Treble
The highs on the Truthear HOLA are tuned for fairly smooth attenuation, but they fall short in extension. Overall energy is also a bit weak, and the sense of detail may seem a bit lacking for monitoring purposes.
There is almost no peakiness, so the sound image is quite smooth, and you can enjoy a well-connected and natural overtone expression. Cymbal crashes are a bit subdued and the highs are much more restrained and balanced than the mids, but this makes it quite safe for those who are sensitive to high frequencies.
Sound quality general comment
If you like a smooth, mellow sound, the Truthear HOLA is an easy model to recommend. The sound balance is mostly neutral, with a slight emphasis on the midrange, which is well balanced for the price range.
However, compared to competitors such as the TinHiFi C2, C3, and CCA CXS, the Truthear HOLA may sound a little too smooth and rounded, and some people may find the sound too angular, with poor separation and a lack of precision in expression.
It's hard to say, since there are some preferences, but in general, I don't feel that the HOLA is the first choice, because there are many even better models in a close price range, including the CXS, which is a complete competitor. If you are using it for vocal-centered listening, I think it is a pretty strong choice, but for many people, especially if you are looking for studio monitors, the CXS is probably a better choice.
Sound quality features
- Good sound balance
- Comfortable to listen to
- Smooth mellow sound
- Good original sound fidelity
- Resolution above price
- Bright and clear midrange
- Good focus on midrange
- Speaker-like localization
- Lack of detail
- Lack of luminance
- Lack of sense of construction
The Truthear HOLA is an excellent in-ear monitor that gives you a smooth, midrange-centric neutral sound. The package is quite luxurious for a very low price, and the overall experience is highly satisfying.