Review: TinHiFi T4 – Doin’ it Right

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  • TinHifi T4 + FiiO M5 : simplicity at its best. The M5 replaced the M6 for my review. It’s a good combination with the T4 but the sound may sound a bit too dry for most people. The FiiO M6 is a better combination with fuller mids and better lows, but it’s also bigger!
  • TinHifi T4 + FiiO Q5S : spaciousness and accuracy. The FiiO Q5S is a good update of the Q5, and that’s confirmed when paired with the T4. Once you activate the bass-boost, the T4 becomes a bass-monster, and also one of the funniest model I tried recently. The soundstage is amazing and I even preferred the Q5S to the Mojo on this point, it sounded much more natural.
  • TinHifi T4 + Chord Mojo : refined but too synthetic. If the Mojo delivers tons of details once combined with the T4, it’s also way too clean in my opinion. This was like listening to the digital torrent of data, with no emotions. It could have been great, but not for me.


Want to compare with other chi-fi gears ? Voila :

  • KZ ZS5 : the best choice in the low-range in my opinion. It’s not as sturdy nor design as the TinHifi T2, but it still sounds amazing in my opinion. Less accuracy, less spaciousness, but also less expensive. One of those IEM you should keep in your pocket as a spare part.
  • TinHifi T2/T3: beaten hands down by the TinHifi T4, the T2/T3 remain good IEMs… but they can’t touch the T4. If your budget can’t reach the T4, maybe you should save some money and listen to the T4 meanwhile, just to be sure !
  • TinHifi P1 : the P1 and T4 share a lot of common traits: Accuracy, speed, details. If at the end of the day, the P1 remains better, the T4 sounds much wider and seems to give a stronger presence once properly driven.


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.The sound stage is amazing, sound pressure is astounding and once you’ve changed the tips and cables, they’ll fit perfectly in your ear. A massive update of the T2/T3, and a great choice for any Chi-Fier, or anyone.

It goes to the recommended IEM list!

4.8/5 - (5549 votes)


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.


  • Reply November 14, 2019

    Nisha Batel

    Thank you for the tinhifi t4 review.

  • Reply November 14, 2019


    Wow, the Tin T1 is forgotten even here.

  • Reply November 15, 2019

    antoine amanieux

    a $129 iem that requires a $100 external amp to sound good is not a $129 iem, it is a $229 iem. it should then be compared to $229 iems that does not require external amp 🙂

    • Reply December 5, 2019


      You wouldn’t use a 200+$ iem without a decent audio source period. Doesn’t matter what iem it is, if the signal going in is wack, the iem isn’t going to fix that.

    • Reply July 16, 2020


      Hi, i have the t2, will by the t4, works perfectly good with only my S8. Using Flac, Dsd filles and Fiio application.

  • Reply November 21, 2019


    ^Lol of course not!
    I do think the comparison choices is kinda sparse tho.

  • Reply December 20, 2019


    Last chance to get Tin HiFi T4 at $89 from HiFiGo if you miss the chance to get from indiegogo

  • Reply January 2, 2020


    Thanks for review of Tinhifi T4.
    As it is using Carbon Coated Driver which is 1 DD like IT01S.
    Which one is better of their tonality?

  • Reply January 10, 2020

    Anil Kumar

    Thanks for sharing the Info.

  • Reply February 14, 2020


    T4 is the best iem around $100 i’ve ever used.As you said it is very picky to the source.Out of my three sources i liked it only with one my trusted fiio x5 ii.I even completely prefer t4 over my kanas pro.With the right source t4 sounds absolutely fantastic.That rich premium timbre you will not get from other iems around or double this price.

  • Reply April 3, 2020

    Matúš Jurčík

    Hello, you wrote that the T4 is very sensitive to the source. Chord mojo – lost musicality, Q5s – is alright. What about LG quad DAC should it be alright on that? Lg g7, V30,V40 …

    Thank you

    • Reply April 3, 2020


      Hi !

      I tried the TinHifi T4 on my iPhone, who’s amp section isn’t known for its “power”. So yeah, you shouldn’t have any issue to drive it with a LG smartphone 🙂

      Especially if they have the Quad DAC.

  • Reply April 3, 2020

    Matúš nurčík

    Thank you for your reply but I meant it like if lg quad dac is soundwise good enought by its sound character or sound quality. I know that there is plenty of volume from it. Because in that article was written that is very picky to the source. I have lg g7 and it has sabre 9218 dac(quad dac) that has realy soft sound and I also have nextdrive spectra and i need to know if the t4 is good match with it… Ok but anyway thanks :).

  • Reply October 27, 2020


    I had the T3 then upgraded based on this and other reviews but I was really dissapointed. They did extend and smooth out the treble vs. T3 a little. However the midrange has such a huge bulge now that half the recordings that sound decent on the T3 sounds terrible with these. Also male voices lose timber completely. It sounds rather like one of those old portable record players. Also there’s a dip at around 6 kHz which loses some positional information making everything sound mono. I think these where designed with a very specific set of recordings in mind. I personally would not recommend them as they are not very versatile.

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