I've had the Truthear Zero for several months now (since mid September last year) and have been using them daily so thought I'd add some impressions that aren't first impressions. I made several posts in this thread, about the page 53 mark and onwards, when I received these. I had some concerns about the frequency response in the upper mids/vocal range and found them a bit shouty. Also these are *LARGE* IEMs and the nozzles have an unusually wide diameter so fit, and getting good aftermarket foam tips, were concerns. I was impressed but not convinced. And I thought the soundstage was not great and described it as left, right and a bit in the middle and not coherent.
3 or 4 months later: I'm convinced. Here is why:
Fit and comfort: these are not going to physically suit everyone but they definitely can be a good fit. I found sellers on aliexpress who offer foam tips with large diameter barrel and this has worked well for me. I prefer foams over silicones for comfort, and because foam tips tend to kill any cable "microphonics" (noise from touch). The Truthear Zero are large but they are also super lightweight and in regular use this means that if you can get a snug fit then they are as comfortable as can be. For wearing under a hat/helmet or lying on your side these are never going to be as "invisible" as Moondrop Quarks or similar, but on the other hand they are designed with human physiology in mind and I don't get any pressure point issues and can easily sleep with them in.
When you get a good fit with a good quality IEM then any soundstage issues disappear. In my experience if it doesn't sound coherent then the fit is not good or the IEM has a very uneven response.
The sound: I'm able to assess the Truthear Zero in comparison with some very well known headphones and IEMs that I own. Moondrop Kato, Moondrop Quarks, Sennheiser HD6xx, Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 (over ear, wired), JVC HA-FDX1, HIFIMAN HE4xx, Koss KSC-75 and quite a few others too!
Yes, without EQ the upper mids can be *a little* wearing. Sometimes. With some music. Over time. But you might not notice. I mean it's a really marginal call. It's being really, really picky - but we should be picky when we are spending our own money! I've ended up using the Autoeq settings as every device I own supports this so I get the same experience on PC, on home Hi-Fi, on phone and on dedicated player. I think it's pretty normal for most people to *not* be able to apply the exact same EQ across every system and device they own, and I was certainly in that situation until fairly recently. In that case I'd probably still prefer the Truthear Zero, although it would be a close run race with the Moondrop Kato and maybe JVC HA-FDX1. Over the last few days I have spent a lot of time comparing those three IEMs with my Sennheiser HD6xx and HIFIMAN HE4xx. I'm starting to think that the only good reason for using large open back headphones instead of IEMs is if you have a real aversion to putting stuff in your ears or you need to be somewhat aware of your environment. The HD6xx/HD650 are a well known reference, a genuine standard for comparison and evaluation. They are nice. Unobjectionable. More impressive the longer you use them. Deserving of their reputation. The Truthear Zero are far better. Yes, if I was a person who could not stand to wear an IEM I'd use the HD6xx. I do use them sometimes. Variety is the spice of life. But the Truthear Zero is in a different league.
Some people have reported lack of bass response. This is because they haven't got a good fit. These things, without ever being muddy or bloated, have a bass with real weight. It can grip your guts. That dual driver set up is really well done. It never sounds bloated but it can rumble.
In conclusion, these are worth a try. I think only issue is size and fit. If you can't get comfortable you'll never like them. If you can get comfortable and get the fit right then prepared to be impressed. Very, very impressed. Over time, not just with a quick impression. I'm sitting here with thousands of £ of headphones and IEMs and what I choose every day tends to be the Truthear Zero. It's all about the music!