Review : TinHifi P1 – Shiny and Chrome

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.

Association

  • 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.

Comparisons

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.

Conclusion

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!

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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