In this review, we take a look at the TinHifi T3 Plus, the updated version of the brand best-seller, selling for $69.
Disclaimer: the TinHifi T3 Plus was sent to us, free of charge, by Hifigo in exchange for an honest opinion. You can check their website if you want to get a pair, after reading our review.
Based in Guangdong, China. TinHifi, formerly known as TinAudio is an IEM maker with a strong experience in OEM/ODM. In 2017, they decided to lift the veil and become a real brand, with a small, but solid line-up, made of… metallic IEM, as the name suggested.
We previously reviewed the T2, T3, T4 from the same series, and we even had the chance to get our hands on the P1, the flagship of the brand. But, recently, the brand has been updating its first lineup, with “plus” version, offering better sound and flush design.
And today, we have the chance to review the TinHifi T3 Plus, sitting at the middle of their catalog, between the P1 Plus and T2 EVO.
The TinHifi Tx/Px Serie
TinHifi T1 Plus
The TinHifi T1 plus is an upgraded version of the first T1, adopting a new beryllium-coated driver, embedded in a lightweight acrylic shell. In fact, that’s one of the main features of this IEM: its feather-like design with just 3.2g on the scale.
Available for just $39, it’s one of that amazingly cheap chi-fi IEM that could be either plain or a bang-for-a-buck reference. Maybe will we know one day?
TinHifi T2 Pro/Plus/Evo
Strangely, the TinHifi T2 is not available in one or two versions, but four! You have the classic one, a pro one, the evo one, and finally the T2 Evo. And if each of them exhibits the same metallic tank-like shell – apart from the smoother T2 Plus – you get a different dynamic driver in each one of them, tuned differently to accommodate everyone’s taste.
Here’s a quick look at our T2 Plus review:
“The TinHifi T2 Plus is a good upgrade, if not a revolution.
You get the TinHifi T4 sound signature but less resolving. Mids are superb, the soundstage is great but, the lack of bass is a deal-breaker for me. Maybe I had too many expectations, as both the T4 and P1 were a complete blast in terms of performances.
Still, if you balance things out, for $10 more, you get a T2 with: better design, better fit, better sound, and a cable league above the previous one.“
Price range from $49 up to $59, with detachable cables and 5N 8-core silver plated wires.”
The TinHifi T4 was the last IEM we reviewed from the brand. Topping the Tx catalog, the T4 offers “audiophile performance” for a relatively low price. To do so, the IEM embeds a 10mm high-quality carbon nanotube dynamic driver, offering “crystal-clear sound and detail with authority”.
“The TinHifi T4 is a great IEM, period. If I didn’t want to believe the hype at first, I had no choice but admit that TinHifi completely overturns the tide in their favor. The T4 sounds and feels like a major in-ear: a clean shape with sturdy construction and the right amount of sophistication, combined with one the best dynamic driver you can find in this price range.”
Available for $99, it’s slightly more expensive than the T2 and T3, but it’s definitely worth it.
TinHifi P1 Plus
I had the TinHifi P1 for review, and really liked that model, so I’d be pretty curious to listen to the new P1 Plus. Inside, you get the same Planar driver with 14 magnets, distributed across the ultra-thin planar diaphragm, in a 304L Stainless steel shell.
So what’s the difference then? Not so much to be honest, the P1 Plus simply fixes the few issues found on the prior model, as the brand collected numerous enthusiasts’ suggestions, and used them to update their IEM.
Sold for $159, it’s a very good IEM, offering premium sound, as long as you give it a powerful source.
TinHifi P2 Plus
Top of the line, the TinHifi P2 Plus is almost three times more expensive than the P1. Inside, unsurprisingly, you get a planar-magnetic driver, tuned to offer flagship performances, while the outer side exhibits an 18k electroplated shell. Add to that a Mogami 2381 coaxial cable, with an interchangeable plug (2.5mm, 3.5mm, 4.4mm) and you get a very nice pair of headsets, even if competition is stiff in this price range.
Price? $619, so expensive for chi-fi, but maybe are they worth their price?
TinHifi T3 Plus
Finally, here’s the T3 Plus, the latest model from the brand. It’s – as the name implies – an upgraded version of the T3 ( which we reviewed a while ago) ditching the metallic shell for an acrylic one and replacing the previous driver, for an LCP one.
Let’s check it out!
The review continues on Page Two, after the click HERE or by using the jump below.
Page 1: About the brand, design, and build quality
Page 2: Design and build quality
Page 3: Bundle and specifications
Page 4: Sound performances
Only one short page to talk sound and so much fluff before… Definitely a forgettable review.
Which balanced cable world you recommend for these?