In this review, we check out the new TinHifi T4. It fits right between the T3 and the P1, another gem ? Let’s find out!
Disclaimer : the TinHifi T4 were sent to us, free of charge, by Linsoul in exchange of our honest opinion. The MRSP is 119$ but you can preorder them at a special price, on Indiegogo, for 79$.
Based in Guangdong, China. TinHifi, formerly known as Tin Audio is an IEM maker with a strong experience in OEM/ODM. In 2017, they decided to lift the veil and become a real brand, with a small, but solid line-up. We previously reviewed the T2, T3, and even the P1, but now it’s time to look at the all-new TinHifi T4 !
The T Series
Unlike many Chi-Fi brands, the TinHifi line-up doesn’t show a plethora of models. Up to today, we can count five models, including the new TinHifi T4 we are reviewing.
The TinHifi T2 is the entry-level IEM from the brand. Priced just under 50$, it’s got two dynamic drivers, an aluminum frame, removable cables with MMCX socket and rad reviews. Sold for just under 50$, there is a lot of choice in this price range.
What did we say?
Once properly driven, the Tin HiFi T2 sounded much more like a proper Chi-Fi IEM. Good extension, tight bass, and clean voices. But too much treble again. It’s a shame as you can clearly hear micro-details, hiding behind those 6-8kHz boosts.
Sold for just 10$ more than their younger sibling, the TinHifi T2 Pro looks exactly the same. You keep the cool features like the aluminum frame, the MMCX socket, and the dual driver. So what’s the difference?
The T2 Pro gets a better cable and a slightly different tuning. We didn’t receive them yet, but that may soon happen. Or not.
The TinHifi T3 looks exactly the same as the T2 and T2 Pro. Yet, it’s what’s inside that matters. Instead of the dual dynamic driver, TinHifi combines a classic Knowles BA driver and a Dynamic Driver and create another hybrid IEM.
Priced just under 70$, it’s still v-shaped, but more precise.
It’s a bit sad as apart from those annoying quirks, everything else is enjoyable. The dynamics are better, the sound stage cleaner – with a better depth effect – and there are a lot more micro-details than you’d expect from an IEM this cheap.
The TinHifi P1 is vastly different from its smaller siblings. Instead of a dynamic, driver, the brand chose to implement a Planar transducer. Not an usual choice, even more in a sub-200$ price range, which makes it one of the cheapest chi-fi options for a planar IEM.
That said, the brand succeeded and to quote my self :
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.
The TinHifi T4 is the latest model of the range. The brand made a crowdfunding and just smashed its goal, by a large margin (+2029% !). So far we can already say that the TinHifi T4 is already a commercial hit, but will it be a musical boom too ?
We’ll see but on paper, the T4 displays some pretty nice features. Let’s hope that’ll remain true once they hit the shelves.
On those good words, it’s time to unbox the TinHifi T4.
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