Today, we take a look at the TinHifi P1. The all-new planar-magnetic IEM from the brand, and it’s looking pretty nice with its metal body.
This is part of our picture Sunday series, where we take a quick look at some products in the review cycle. You can find all previous Picture Sunday posts here.
Unknown to me, prior to this model, TinHifi – previously known as Tin Audio – is another chi-fi brand which has been doing OEM/ODM for years. In 2017, they finally chose to produce for their own, and it looks like this has been going well.
So, now it’s time to do our usual look up, and put the TinHifi P1 under the scope.
TinHifi P1 – The design
From afar, the TinHifi P1 gives the same vibe as the Campfire Audio Comet.
The metallic shell is made of 304L Stainless steel, milled through the usual CNC machinery. It’s very Mad Max, chrome and shiny. Surprisingly, the metal is hand polished to achieve this, very cool, mirror-like effect.
There is no logo or name engraved on the TinHifi P1. At least you have the L and R labelled on the inner-side of each ear, but that’s all of it. The shape is more ergonomic than I thought, and if not as comfy as the Fearless Audio Crystal I received last time, it’s still pretty good.
Obviously, sturdiness is on a whole other league compared to classic acrylic IEMs, unless you run over them with a car the TinHifi P1 will survive almost anything.
TinHifi P1 – A quick view
At the heart of the TinHifi P1, you won’t find a classic dynamic driver, nor balanced transducers. No, no, no. The P1 enjoys a 10mm Planar Magnetic driver, like the Audeze iSine 20 or LCD-i4. After the Simgot EK3 and their switches, it’s great to see some brands getting out of the comfort zone.
The planar magnetic driver enjoys a super thin diaphragm, just 1 micron thick, which should allow for faster transient response and a wider soundstage at the same time.
Obviously, like a classic Planar headphone, the TinHifi P1 will need a powerful amp/DAP to be correctly driven. The advertised sensitivity only reaches 96dB, which is pretty low for an IEM.
On paper, the TinHifi P1 should give you the lows of dynamic drivers, combined with the highs of balanced armatures, with only one driver. Yet, we’ll have to wait for the review to see if the IEM can live up to its promise.
Here is a quick look at the components of this driver :
Last but not least, the P1 is bundled with a cool MMCX Copper 5N cable, ending with a 3.5mm TRS plug.
The review? Soon!