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.
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.
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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