Design & Build Quality
So yeah, the TinHifi P1 also wears a metallic suit, that’s TinHifi’s uniform after all. What’s the difference ? First and foremost, they are much, much more desirable. The shells are made of steel and they have been neatly polished. It even might be one of the shiniest IEMs I’ve seen up to this date. The closest model that I can think of are the Atlas and Comet from Campfire Audio, and that’s big praise.
If Mad Max Fury Road was to release an official earphone, I’m pretty sure it would look like this one. From tip to toe, it’s all aluminum. Even if my heart sticks to the acrylic shell, my eyes cannot stop leaning to the TinHifi P1. Audiophile rubber-necking.
The faceplate displays a very cool triangular shape, carved directly in the metal. If you’re a bit quirky, you’ll also find out that there is absolutely no right angle wherever your look. It looks like they are, until, your finger gently swipes around it, to unveil the truth.
All in all, it’s a big surprise. A very good surprise.
Sure it looks good and all, but is it well-built ? Fortunately, it leans more towards German cars than Italian cars on this one: it’s built like a tank. A fashionable tank, but still a tank.
No shards, no little imperfections, clean cut on the nozzle, even gap between each hole on the filters. Yeah, it’s all good. Even the L and R, carved on the inner side, have been polished to avoid those sad little brittles.
The cable has gotten the same attention and displays some nice features too. The MMCX plugs are chrome-plated, not to break the overall momentum, and the copper alloy cable is one of the finest designed models on the market. In my opinion.
For the asking price, this is a great option. No visual flaws, a solid steel frame. If the sound matches the design, it might be a killer. Or not, we still have to check it out.
Bundle and Comfort
Inside the box
The TinHifi P1 comes in what could be a watch-box. Made of solid cardboard, filled by a grey soft velvet, it gives a smooth vibe once in hand.
Inside of the box you find :
- the TinHifi P1
- 6x pairs of silicon tips + 2x pairs of comply foam
- 1x 3.5mm MMCX, 5N OFC mixed braid
- 1x 4.4mm Pentacon to 3.5mm Jack
- 1x 2.5mm TRRS Jack to 3.5mm Jack
Want more ? Ok. You even get a nice leather box to carry your IEMs, which close like a tiny, tiny, luggage. Ain’t that cool ?
Out of curiosity, I checked Linsoul’s website to see what kind of accessories you could get with the P1. I was a bit disappointed, as the only “bonus” you could buy, would be the box.
The good news ? The MMCX socket allows you to plug in any cable you want, as long as it’s the same micro BNC plug.
But, to be fair, the provided cable is already pretty good, so I wouldn’t bother changing it unless you really need a microphone. The braiding is tight, each side gets a clean silicon sleeve, the plug gets a nice carbon plating, and above all, I really love the color of the cable.
Comfort is good, but not perfect, alas. It fits right away in my ears, but the small form factor doesn’t fill my entire ear all the way, as the BGVP DMG does in example. It’s a first world problem, as smaller is always better in case of an IEM : you can always put a small earphone, although the reverse isn’t true.
That said, the rounded shape combined to the dense shell gives a strong sensation in the ear. Much like those luxury watches which don’t seem so different from the classic one, until you wear one. It’s a subtle feeling but I kinda like it.
To my surprise, the TinHifi P1 holds its ground in this area. It’s not as good as acrylic-made IEMs, but it blocked the train growl without any issue. My previous experiences with aluminum made IEMs were not so convincing, and I was afraid the double vent would give me some trouble… but it did not.
The best isolation was achieved with foam tips, but I prefer silicon ones as foam tends to age a bit to fast. Obviously, steel is better than aluminum for isolation and for once, I can say I was not disappointed by a metal-made IEM.
So, time to check the specs !
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 P1 performs.
Planar magnetic drivers
The TinHifi P1 doesn’t use a dynamic driver, nor balanced drivers. No no, the P1 sports a planar driver. Yes, like the Audeze LCDi-4 or a iSine 20, no joke.
On paper, this type of driver shall give you the powerful lows of dynamics and the clean highs/mids of the balanced armatures. To achieve those feats, the P1 adopts an ultra-nano diaphragm, announced to be just 1 micron thick. This allows higher resolution, faster transient response, and a more coherent sound stage, at the cost of lower sensitivity.
Yes, the 96dB is real, so you better get your best amp and DAP ready. By the way, the 10mW max power announced is FAR from the reality, I tried it with the xDuoo TA-10 and trust me, this amp goes way beyond the 10mW. That said, the impedance is fairly low (20Ohms) so even a small DAP such as the FiiO M6 should be enough… or isn’t it ?
Stainless steel shell
OMG, the TinHifi P1 is not 3D Printed ? Yes, it’s just machine milled. So instead of creating fusing matters, you remove matters, to create the right shell.
The 304 stainless steel is said to be “food-grade”. So, if you want to eat with your ears, this is possible, even if I don’t want that and won’t do that. Why 304 ? because it contains 18% of chromium and 8% of nickel, whereas the 316 contains 16% of chromium, 10% of nickel and 2% of molybdenum.
So those shells won’t be as resistant to corrosion as 316 stainless steel, but you won’t sea-swim with the TinHifi P1. Or will you ?
The shells are hand-polished to “achieve superior appearance with mirror-like design”. Like a jewel, some guy/gal checked every corner of those ears, to ensure there’s no hidden flaw. I like this kind of dedication, even more, when it’s a sub 200$ IEM.
Before we get to the sound part, here are the full specs.
- Full specs
- Type : IEM
- Style : Planar Magnetic
- Drivers : 1x 10mm planar diaphragm
- Socket : MMCX (detachable cables)
- Cable : 5N OFC Copper Alloy + adapters
- Shell : 304 Stainless steel
- Frequency response Range : 10Hz – 40kHz
- Sensitivity : 96dB
- Impedance : 20 ohms
- Channel imbalance between the two ears : 1dB max
- Price : 199$
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