Truthear NOVA Review

Truthear NOVA review featured

In this article, I’m checking out the Truthear NOVA IEMs. NOVA features a hybrid 1DD+4BA configuration with a 3-way crossover. It’s priced at $149.

Disclaimer: This sample was provided by Shenzhen Audio for an honest review. All observations and opinions here are my own, based on my experience with the product.

Truthear NOVA Review
Verdict
The Truthear NOVA is a slight variation of the recent Zero Red--with more treble.
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Pros
Good detail retrieval
Articulate vocals
Comfortable shells
Cons
Bass lacks authority
Moderate resolution
Lean lower midrange
3.5
Our Score

Truthear NOVA

Specifications

Driver Configuration: 1DD + 4BA
Diaphragm Material: PU + LCP
THD: THD@1kHz<1% (94dB)
Sensitivity: 123dB/Vrms (@1kHz)
Impedance: 14.8Ω±15% (@1kHz)
FR Range: 8Hz-40kHz (IEC61094, Free Field)
Effective FR Range: 20Hz-20kHz (EC60318-4, -3dB)
Cable Material: 4-Strand (448-Core) OCC

In the Box
  • Truthear NOVA IEMs
  • Detachable fabric braided 0.78mm 2-pin cable
  • Zipper storage case with belt clip
  • 2x pairs of double-flange silicone eartips
  • 1x pair of foam eartips
  • 3x pairs of silicone eartips

Design

The faceplate design of NOVA bears a resemblance to the Truthear Zero Red but it adopts a striking blue hue and features larger, more gracefully curved shells. I find the shells very comfortable and can wear them for extended periods. The passive noise isolation is average, making NOVA suitable for everyday environments.

Stock cable

NOVA comes with 0.78mm 2-pin single crystal copper cable. The cable has a black and blue fabric braided cover that matches the colour of the shells nicely. I’m normally not a big fan of fabric sheaths but this cable is very supple and handles nicely. However, the aggressively curved and stiff ear hooks cause me a little discomfort during long listening sessions.

Sound

Gear used for testing includes the xDuoo TA-20 Plus, Moondrop Moondriver 2: TI and HiBy R3 II. The NOVA strictly adheres to the Harman IE 2019 curve that aims to create a balanced and neutral sound signature.

Verdict

The Truthear NOVA is a Harman curve-tuned IEM with a muted mid-bass, clear midrange and a shouty upper midrange. For the money, there are better options out there.

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