Tanchjim Origin Review

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Ear Tips

The T-APB tips come in two variations, each offering three pairs of tips designed to enhance either the treble or the bass frequencies. After testing both variations, I can confirm that they indeed have a noticeable impact on the sound quality. The treble-enhancing tips proved effective in widening the soundstage and extending the treble frequencies, while the bass remained largely unaffected.

Conversely, the bass-enhancing tips increased the quantity of mid-bass and extended the sub-bass frequencies, which was a notable improvement. However, I found the widened soundstage achieved with the treble-enhancing tips to be more appealing. Nevertheless, it’s nice to have the option.


While I hold the Performer 5 in high regard as one of my favorite IEMs in the sub-$300 range, it’s important to note that its packaging and accessories don’t quite match the premium feel of the Tanchjim Origin. Indeed, the Origin stands out with superior packaging, a quality cable, a well-designed carrying case, and a comprehensive set of accessories.

In terms of sound, the Performer 5 (P5) offers a bass response characterized by greater texture and depth, with a sense of airiness that adds dimension to the soundstage. In contrast, the Tanchjim Origin presents a more subdued and limited bass, albeit with a focus on musicality and natural tonality in the mid-range frequencies.

While the P5 may excel in delivering extended treble and a spacious stage, the Origin holds its ground with its more musical and natural mid-range presentation. Ultimately, the choice between the two depends on individual preferences, with the P5 offering a more dynamic and expansive sound signature, while the Origin leans towards a more balanced and coherent sonic experience.

FIIO’s FH15 offering boasts a packaging success comparable to, if not surpassing, the Tanchjim Origin, with a wealth of premium content enclosed. In terms of design, it exudes a flashier aesthetic, showcasing FIIO’s latest design language. From my perspective, the FH15’s ergonomic shape provides a better fit and superior isolation compared to the Origin.

In terms of sound, the FIIO FH15 delivers a warmer tonality with a notable emphasis on bass quantity, particularly in the sub-bass frequencies. The bass response is characterized by enhanced depth, impact, and rumble, contributing to a more immersive low-end experience compared to the Tanchjim Origin. However, the FH15’s mid-range exhibits a darker tonal character with reduced resolution, definition, and clarity, where the Origin holds the upper hand.

Regarding treble performance, both IEMs present somewhat subdued characteristics but in different manners. The FH15’s treble is notably soft and laid back, creating a relaxed listening experience, while the Origin offers good definition without exceptional extension. Tanchjim’s presentation tends to be more energetic and clean-sounding, contrasting with the FH15’s warmer, bass-focused, and softer tonality.


I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with Tanchjim’s new Origin, particularly its captivating mid-range performance and faithful reproduction of instrument timbre. The package comes complete with a generous array of accessories, all crafted from top-notch materials that surpass the device’s modest price point. Moreover, the build quality is impressive, thanks to the sturdy metal construction that ensures durability and longevity. Additionally, the compact design of the Origin lends itself to comfortable and hassle-free wearing, further enhancing the overall user experience.

When evaluating sound quality, the Tanchjim Origin emerges as a formidable contender within its price range, particularly appealing to those who prioritize an immersive and lush mid-range experience. With its emphasis on delivering a rich and engaging mid-range performance, it caters to enthusiasts who favour the sound profile of a single dynamic driver IEM. As such, I can recommend the Origin for a captivating mid-centric audio reproduction.

  • Good packaging
  • Comfort
  • Metal build
  • Good mid-range with impressive timbre
  • Nice dynamics, resolution and cohesiveness
  • Bass is subdued in the sub-bass range and lacks depth
  • Rolled-off treble
  • Shouty upper mids
  • Tuning nozzles doesn’t change anything
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Page 2: Sound Quality
4.5/5 - (206 votes)

A keen audiophile and hobby photographer, Berkhan is after absolute perfection. Whether it is a full-frame camera or a custom in-ear, his standpoint persists. He tries to keep his photography enthusiasm at the same level as audio. Sometimes photography wins, sometimes his love for music takes over and he puts that camera aside. Simplistic expressions of sound in his reviews are the way to go for him. He enjoys a fine single malt along with his favourite Jazz recordings.

1 Comment

  • Reply May 1, 2024


    How is origin compared to softears volume?

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