Review : TinHifi P1 – Shiny and Chrome

Sound performance

For this review, I used some DAPs and some DAC/Amps. Since the TinHifi P1 are planar IEMs, it’s always more interesting to plug them to a powerful source.

My main sources were : FiiO M6 / FiiO M11 / iBasso DX220 / Chord Mojo. I paired them to the P1 in random order. Most files used were FLAC 16bit/44kHz streamed from Qobuz and Spotify or from the internal storage.

Overall signature

I have something to confess, I received the TinHifi P1 a while ago. But, as it turned out, this was a pre-production model which had one massive caveat: the bass was almost non-existent. Thankfully, a few days after I received them, Linsoul sent me a message to warn me, followed by a second email with the tracking code of the second pair. Hurray !

So, with the new pair, I could finally begin my testing.

A low-priced planar IEM, is something to behold. Even more when it’s laded in a shiny steel robe. And you know what’s worse ? It sounds good, really good in fact.
Yes, you have to plug it to, at least, the FiiO M11 to really enjoy them, but you’d be amazed by how even the sound signature feels.

There is a slight emphasis on the upper mids, right around the 8kHz, but apart from that, it’s pretty neutral. If you ever tried an MSR7 from Audio-Technica, I’m sure you will find some common traits between those two. Personally, I really like this kind of signature, as it leaves more room for a good EQ (bouuuh he uses EQ !).

Dynamics are great . You really feel the advantage of planar magnetic drivers in this aspect. The infamous intro of “Money for Nothing – Dire Straits” is a great example. On low gain, at 55/100 steps, I never had to change the volume once, I enjoyed every second without touching the volume.

The stereo image is good but remains a tad under that of multi-balanced IEMs in my opinion. You can easily distinguish each instrument, on each side, but I found the DMG to be wider, especially with symphonic tracks.

That said, the TinHifi P1 easily tackles the BGVP DMG on the accuracy field. Micro details, small nuances and tiny variations, the IEM is full of them. It’s almost overwhelming sometimes, but thankfully, the flat tuning avoids any issues and even after a few hours of listening, I didn’t find them tiring at all.

Like every planar, the better the source, the better the sound. Going from the FiiO M6 to the iBasso DX220 made a HUGE difference, on every level. Better layering, lightning-fast transients, deeper lows and most of all, improved dynamics. I heard some details, previously veiled by other instruments, that I could only ear on higher tier IEMs. Impressive.

Seriously, the chi-fi train is going so fast these days, that I’m pretty sure the P1 will be taken out by another IEM in a few months. But for now, it’s one damn good IEM, even more for the price.

Tonality

Highs : clean and shiny. The upper mids can get a little too intrusive on heavy compressed tracks. If you like Skrillex, you better have a little EQ and lower the 8kHz by 2-3dB. On a good player, the experience is rewarding, you enjoy every nooks and cracks of your music, as if someone put a magnifier on your ear. A shiny magnifier

Good test-track: Money For Nothing – Dire Straits

Mediums : the big and the bang. Mids are superb, on every track I tested. The accuracy and fast transients, helped by the low distortion, gives the right balance between precision and musicality. Even if it leans more onto the technical side of the scale, I never had the sensation that the P1 overdid it. Very enjoyable.

Good test-track : Teardrops – Peter & Kerry

Lows : deep but dry bass. Planar headphones are known for their fast lows, and that’s still true with the TinHifi P1. You get massive sound pressure and you truly feel the sub-bass, even at a lower volume, but the IEM always remains in control. Like a big sports car, with a powerful V6 but nice ceramic brakes. Stay in control !

Good test-track : Time – Solee

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Review : TinHifi P1 – Shiny and Chrome
4.5 (90.91%) 11 vote[s]

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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.

    14 Comments

    • Reply July 4, 2019

      David

      Any thoughts on the synergy with the Chord Mojo? I have a Mojo, thinking about buying a Fiio M11

      • Reply July 4, 2019

        Kevin

        I have a Mojo but I do not like the Mojo. It has excellent detail retrieval but at the cost of feeling closed/zoomed in to achieve it. The P1 needs all the help it can get in the soundstage & imaging department so It should be paired with something like the M11 because it has a more analytical and spaced out/distant presentation.

        It might seem less detailed than the Mojo because instruments appear to be further away, but at the same time that gives it room to breathe and appreciate each element of the song more on its own. With the Mojo the instruments are more pressed in your face and seem to be fighting for your attention in a smaller space. Couple that with the shallow soundstage of the P1, you get too much of a good thing.

        Get the Fiio.

    • Reply July 4, 2019

      Wonderer

      Wait…

      So these come with 4.4/2.5 balanced accessories?

      I am not sure I came across that fact from other previous reviews…

      Am I able to used balanced connection via stock cable?

      • Reply July 12, 2019

        Bill

        They don’t. They were included with the pre-release version but there were issues and they didn’t work as intended. Tin omitted them from the retuned retail version. I’m having a hard time trusting this review…

    • Reply July 5, 2019

      James

      3.5mm to 2.5/4.4 balanced players? Isn’t that meant to be very very bad? I thought you could only go the other way?

    • Reply July 5, 2019

      Loganaden Balakrishna VEERAPEN

      Nanotechnos on a few occasions you mentioned ‘balanced drivers’ – you know they are in fact called ‘balanced armature drivers’ right?

    • Reply July 5, 2019

      Aaron

      Where you using the p1 and the m11 with the balance output?
      is it better than using the 3.5mm output?
      thanks

      • Reply July 15, 2019

        DJ Core

        Balanced will always be better than 3.5 output.Wider soundstage as well.Look into the advantages of Balaced and you’ll appreciate it more.

    • Reply July 6, 2019

      David

      Anyone have both the Fiio F9 Pro and the TinHiFi P1s and have a preference (when paired to a Chord Mojo)

    • Reply July 7, 2019

      Ben

      I’d be interested in comparison to the BVGP DMS rather than DMG. Any listening experience?

      • Reply July 15, 2019

        DJ Core

        i have the DMG and skipped DMS.DMG is better than DMS and the P1’s resolution is 5x what DMG can do.DMG has more Bass which is good but sometimes muddies the lower Mids unless you have the Latest audiophile Filter which reduces that effect.

        P1 has redefined my appreciation for Music.You hear new things in music you’ve been listening too since you were a kid.Best buy for me.

    • Reply July 15, 2019

      DJ Core

      Received mine from Linsoul this past saturday July 13th.For the first time.The hype is Very very real.These sound like $1000 IEM’s.

      I’m hearing things i didn’t hear in a bunch of songs i’ve been listening to sinc i was a kid.Stuff with guitars,Sax etc sounds like it’s being played right there in the room.Stage is wide depending on source.Desktop DAC/AMP was the widest.ZX300 just sounds beautiful.I’m truly satisfied with these.

      They also respond well to EQ and actually do have just enough Bass when added.(Did +3b on the ZX300 on SE output 50mW+50mW and i was happy with the result) at 65% volume.should be significantly better on balanced 200mW+200mW which i’ll try today

      Didn’t tape any vents yet but will try it.

      Sounds ok too on my LG V35 but volume is at 90%.Will trick it into High impendance and see what happens.

      Won’t be buying any more IEM’s.Got others for HipHop stuff

    • Reply July 16, 2019

      Michel

      NanoTechnos , which of these are better
      Fiio fh5 , etymotic ER4XR, Tin P1 ?
      For
      Details , transparency , separation , durability

    • Reply July 16, 2019

      Kurt Gingher

      Is it new technology for it’s own sake or is there a technical or at least intellectual case for this approach ?

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