I first crossed paths with Trinity at the beginning of the year reviewing the Delta in ear monitor. At the time we were on the cusp of seeing the Atlas take over as the new flagship of the company but for the last few weeks the Delta held that title. You can read the Delta review here but I was blown away by the value proposition it offered and sound quality it offered at the humble price tag. With its max RRP of £90 but regular sales getting it as low as £60 when this brand ups the anti and drops Atlas at £149 (currently on sale for £139) a lot of thoughts rushed through my head as I am sure they did yours. First is the anticipation and pressure based on Trinities reputation of great value, what magic will they be able to pull off at this new increased price range? Will it destroy all the competition? Then there is a tad of reasonable doubt, will they still be able to manufacture to a higher level? With a similar single balanced armature and single dynamic driver hybrid set up will it even push on from the much cheaper Delta? Now straight up looking at the new aesthetics of the Atlas and you will be leaning towards the positive thoughts, the same rings true for when you look at the even more stacked overall package. Now I will say that I did try and rid all these thoughts from my mind and take the Atlas as a new and fresh product but I am of course only human.
Something that intrigues me with Trinity is how they clearly strive for perfection. You may have seen it as a coincidence that I reviewed the Delta as it was about to be replaced by another new product but that is actually very much how they work. As I write this review Trinity are preparing the new Phantom series to take over at the top while also having just put out the mk2 version of delta and replaced their cheapest option Hyperion with the Vyrus. These guys are working mad on all levels. I wanted to mention this as I have a few thoughts on this, as always. While it is great they are taking all feedback on and putting into their new products, as a consumer it does make it hard. Should you risk buying an Atlas now when a V2 iteration could be literally round the corner. Hmmm, the Techne have not been touched in a while, best off holding off for its successor which could drop at any moment. I would like to see them settle on a line up of products and just ride with it for a while and refine their products in private so when they are released they don’t need a revision and they actually feel special. It is however not all bad as Trinity are at least giving something back to those who just missed out on a new model and what the latest. They have a trade in programme so you can upgrade from any of the models to either Atlas or Delta V II.
Oh quickly looking at the packaging in what is like a Dunu level description, ‘the Atlas is an in ear IEM’, come on IEM stands for in ear monitor, so no don’t put in ear in ear monitor. Yes we pay attention to every little detail.
In the Fast Lane
Atlas is marketed as a sports earphone, an interesting direction from a company who seemed to be targeting the audiophile community a bit more in the past. Thats not to say audio enthusiasts don’t like to keep fit, I swim 12 hours a week and gym another 4 times! While it is labelled sports earphone don’t let that stop you using in a chilled and relaxing environment, it is a standard earphone when it wants to be but it does have a bunch of extra features to boot. Take its metal housings being splash proof for example. I used this poolside on race day quite a few times but don’t stress, no swimming was done with them in but wet ears and a lot of splashing did not harm them in anyway.
They also come with a perhaps excessive 3 cable for whatever needs you may have had any present time. This is of course hints that the cables are removable and for Atlas Trinity decided to use MMCX connectors. I am not a big fan of them and much prefer a 2 pin connector but fortunately they will be using these in all future models so we are all good. First is the standard braided cable that I have solely used and then additional two that also have remote and mics. One of these is a standard 1.2m in length but the other is a much shorter 0.6m in case you want to connect it to a sports arm band that holsters your DAP. The braided model has a lovely weave and cool metal on the jack and y split. The other cables are not braided and don’t seem to be quite the same quality but it doesn’t look poor at all.
The biggest aesthetic change from the Delta was the move from a smaller bullet shaped housing to the over ear custom cum universal style ear piece. I much prefer this design, they have less microphonics, isolate better and also tend to be more ergonomic. That being said the nozzles on these are rather short and I struggled to properly seal with any of the stock tips and even when I do with Sony Hybrids, the shallow insertion does not provide the best isolation. I was not the only one to find this though and the fix is already in motion with some new longer filters set to be released, another perk to the filter system. We will have to wait and see how well it works. I think it will help the overall comfort as well because they sit a tad awkwardly at the moment and can rub, I think if they were deeper they would sit in my ear much better but they are still a very easy earphone to wear. Oh and Josh had no trouble at all thanks to his little ears in this case!
If you have just read my Campfire Audio Jupiter review then you will know that something I do really appreciate is this style of IEM in metal. So often a company just use acrylic and whether it is simply the risk of dropping or known problems like cracking, metal seems to improve longevity and peace of mind. They also just feel and look so much more polished and expensive, even in a lairy orange (other options are available). These are by far the cheapest metal offering in this style of earphone and while not as light as Jupiter, I can’t a fault with the metal work. Awesome stuff!
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