Review: Tin HiFi T2 & T3

Tin Hifi

Specifications

For the nit-pickers and nerdy ones here, I’m giving the specs and technical sheets. For all the other, you can just go to the next page to see how the new TinHiFi performs.

Dual dynamic drivers (T2)

The Tin HiFi T2 uses a dual dynamic driver configuration. One driver for the lows and mids, another one for the highs. Both enclosed inside the centerpiece. The smaller driver (6 mm) is fitted inside a plastic guide, which also holds the bigger DD (10 mm), in a push/pull configuration.

Again, dual DD can be hit or miss. The massive airflow can annihilate the bass, or overpower them. Also, dynamic drivers are not as precise as balanced armatures so to choose a dynamic driver for the highs is pretty bold.

The good news? Dynamic drivers can be less tiring than BA’s on the long run.

Dynamic + Balanced Armature (T3)

The Tin HiFi T3 replaced the 6 mm dynamic driver for a balanced armature, a Knowles BA to be more precise. This is a much more common configuration, where the lows are left to the dynamic driver capable of moving large amounts of air. The BA takes care of the treble section since it’s more suited for this frequency range.

The dynamic driver was upgraded too, with a PU+PEK diaphragm, that should be more responsive and give lower distortion. Again, we’ll have to check for ourselves if that’s true or not. We had pleasant surprises with BGVP or FiiO who also played with materials in thei IEMs. So let’s hope Tin HiFi can do the same here.

Sensitivity  takes a toll, as the IEM is rated at 95dB/mW. That’s 7dB less than the Tin HiFi T2, so a better DAP will make a clear difference. Or at least get a headphone amp, even if the impedance remains at 16 ohms.

Isolation

Like the P1, the Tin HiFi T2 and T3 are good noise-blockers.

Sure there are better options, especially if you lean towards acrylic-made IEMs, but I had worse models too. Metallic enclosures can be hit or miss, and sometimes the shell can amplify high or low frequencies, which is not what we want.

As usual, the foam tips gave me the best results, properly stopping unwanted noises. Even if the Tin HiFi T2/T3 got small vents, they blocked out ambient and other unwanted noises pretty well.

Silicon tips also gave good results, but not as good as the foam.

Full specs

  • Type: IEM
  • Style: Double Dynamic (T2) / Dynamic + Balanced (T3)
  • Drivers: 10mm + 6mm dynamic drivers (T2) / 10mm dynamic driver + Knowles balanced driver (T3)
  • Socket: MMCX (detachable cables)
  • Cable : 5N Silver-Plated Copper / 6N Gold-Plated copper
  • Shell: Stainless Steel
  • Frequency response range : 10Hz – 40kHz
  • Sensitivity : 102dB/mW (T2) / 95dB/mW (T3)
  • Impedance : 16 ohms
  • Price : 49,99$ (T2) / 69,99$ (T3)

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4.1/5 - (16 votes)

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A nerdy guy with a passion for audio and gadgets, he likes to combine his DAC and his swiss knife. Even after more than 10 years of experience, Nanotechnos still collects all gear he gets, even his first MPMAN MP3 player. He likes spreadsheets, technical specs and all this amazing(ly boring) numbers. But most of all, he loves music: electro, classical, dubstep, Debussy : the daily playlist.

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