Sensitivity / Hiss
If the impedance is low on the P1, sensitivity is also low, so I encountered no hiss during my review. Get a good DAP because if not, you won’t even grasp the true potential of these IEMs.
- TinHifi P1 + FiiO M6 : the perfect lightweight combo… but not this time. The FiiO M6 is great, mark my words on that, but it doesn’t match well with the TinHifi P1. It lacks this little flame of magic that gives you this top-tapping feeling, although all the details remain clear all the time. I plugged the latest iBasso DAC in to the M6 and got surprisingly good results, so it’s clearly the amp section which is to blame.
- TinHifi P1 + FiiO M11 : spaciousness and accuracy. This is one of the best combos I tried with the P1. I can’t say much about the FiiO M11, as the review is coming soon, but if you want a combo under 1000€ that can play every genre, you should REALLY try it.
- TinHifi P1 + iBasso DX220 : spoiler alert, the DX220 is the best player iBasso made to date. Even so, if you get more details and boost up the accuracy, this doesn’t feel as right as the M11 combo in my opinion. That may be the sparkling upper-mids ? That is to say, it’s still a terrific combination.
Want to compare it with other chi-fi gear ? Here you go:
- BGVP DMG : the BGVP DMG cant’t match the TinHifi P1 accuracy, as the latter took the edge every time. Yet, the DMG has more spaciousness and seems to immerse you more. This is more a choice of personal taste, even if I’d prefer the P1 overtime, especially for the better isolation.
- Simgot EK3 : I tried the EK3 just before the P1, and those two don’t sound the same. At all. The EK3 feels more relaxed, more smooth, the details get to you in a tender way. The P1 does the exact opposite, as if you were in a restaurant and the waiters would politely but firmly push you toward one specific meal. Also, the P1 doesn’t come with multiple signatures (and isn’t as beautiful, but that’s my own opinion.
- KZ AS16 : the AS16 is a very different kind of animal with those 8 balanced drivers. Yet, I found a lot of similarities : same upper mids boost, accuracy is key and transients are damn fast. But, the AS16 is much more easy to drive, giving it the edge on lower tier DAPs. On a Shanling M2X, I’m pretty sure most of you will prefer the AS16, but on the M11, the P1 will definitely feel more adequate.
The TinHifi P1 is very good overall, excellent for the price. The sound is nice with overwhelming precision, impressive sound pressure and a sound signature that 90% of listeners will love, and 10% will tweak. The build quality is superb, with the shiny Stainless Steel shell and the copper braided cable. I love it.
It needs a (very) good source to fully deploy its wings but, do it and you’ll be pleasantly rewarded. For 199$, you really can’t go wrong on this one. Enter the chi-fi train, it keeps speeding up !
To the recommended list it goes!