In this review, we take a look at the TinHifi P1 Max IEM, the updated version of the brand’s flagship, selling for $189 USD.
Disclaimer: the TinHifi P1 Max was sent to us, free of charge by the brand, in exchange for an honest opinion.
Based in Guangdong, China. TinHifi, is an IEM maker with a strong experience in OEM/ODM. In 2017, they decided to lift the veil and become a real brand, with a small, but solid line-up, made of… metallic IEM, as the name suggested.
We previously reviewed the T2, T3, T4, followed by the P1, the affordable planar. But, over the course of the last years, TinHifi has been updating their initial line-up with “plus” version, promising better sound and flush design. And if the T1 / T2 / T3 were enhanced into T2 Plus and T3 plus versions, the P1 didn’t get the same chance… until this day. In this review we are looking at the TinHifi P1 MAX IEM.
The TinHifi Tx/Px Serie
TinHifi T1 Plus
The TinHifi T1 plus is an upgraded version of the first T1, adopting a new beryllium-coated driver, embedded in a lightweight acrylic shell. In fact, that’s one of the main features of this IEM: its feather-like design with just 3.2g on the scale.
Available for just $39, it’s one of that amazingly cheap chi-fi IEM that could be either plain or a bang-for-a-buck reference. Maybe will we know one day?
TinHifi T2 Pro/Plus/Evo
Strangely, the TinHifi T2 is not available in one or two versions, but four! You have the classic one, a pro one, the evo one, and finally the T2 Evo. And if each of them exhibits the same metallic tank-like shell – apart from the smoother T2 Plus – you get a different dynamic driver in each one of them, tuned differently to accommodate everyone’s taste.
Here’s a quick look at our T2 Plus review:
“The TinHifi T2 Plus is a good upgrade, if not a revolution.
You get the TinHifi T4 sound signature but less resolving. Mids are superb, the soundstage is great but, the lack of bass is a deal-breaker for me. Maybe I had too many expectations, as both the T4 and P1 were a complete blast in terms of performances.
Still, if you balance things out, for $10 more, you get a T2 with: better design, better fit, better sound, and a cable league above the previous one.“
Price range from $49 up to $59, with detachable cables and 5N 8-core silver plated wires.”
TinHifi T3 Plus
Then, here’s the T3 Plus, the latest model from the brand, an upgraded version of the T3 – which we reviewed a while ago – ditching the metallic shell for an acrylic one and replacing the previous driver, with an LCP one.
I had the chance to get one for review, so here is a quick quote:
“For $79, the TinHifi T3 Plus is a sure choice, trading the usual quirks for something much more important: great performances.
Build quality is excellent, comfort is good, and the sound is even better, with impressive lows and sharp highs. Paired with a quality source, the IEM behaves really well, and this makes the T3 Plus a real competitor for other chi-fi in-ear, in this price range.
A sure choice that I’ll recommend for every newcomer.”
The TinHifi T4 was the last IEM we reviewed from the brand. Topping the Tx catalogue, the T4 offers “audiophile performance” for a relatively low price. To do so, the IEM embeds a 10mm high-quality carbon nanotube dynamic driver, offering “crystal-clear sound and detail with authority”.
“The TinHifi T4 is a great IEM, period. If I didn’t want to believe the hype at first, I had no choice but to admit that TinHifi completely overturns the tide in their favor. The T4 sounds and feels like a major in-ear: a clean shape with sturdy construction and the right amount of sophistication, combined with one the best dynamic driver you can find in this price range.”
Available for $99, it’s slightly more expensive than the T2 and T3, but it’s definitely worth it.
TinHifi P2 Plus
Top of the line, the TinHifi P2 Plus is almost three times more expensive than the P1. Inside, unsurprisingly, you get a planar-magnetic driver, tuned to offer flagship performances, while the outer side exhibits an 18k electroplated shell. Add to that a Mogami 2381 coaxial cable, with an interchangeable plug (2.5mm, 3.5mm, 4.4mm) and you get a very nice pair of headsets, even if competition is stiff in this price range.
Price? $619, so expensive for chi-fi, but maybe are they worth their price?
This article of course is all about the TinHiFi P1 MAX. Let’s discover the TinHifi P1 Max together!
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Page 3: Sound performances