BUDGET
IN-EAR

T1 PLUS

TIN HIFI

Rating

Price

7.2

25 €

Review published:

12/2020

Driver

1

per Side

1

Dynamic

0

Balanced

Impedance

32 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

8

Bass

6.5

Mids

6.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

105 dB

7

Handling

8.5

Haptic

C

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

10 - 20000 Hz

Intro

TIN HIFI remains a bit of a grab bag when it comes to the sound quality or rather sound characteristics of their products. The reputation through their T2, they have slowly used up and one no longer has the feeling that every new release from the company must be a world hit.
However, it should also be mentioned that TIN HIFI tries to cover a wide range with their products and that therefore not every IEM can meet your own taste, should also be clear. From this point of view, you can not blame them (as long as you do not expect a neutral and natural sounding IEM from the company with every new IEM release), but should simply see which IEM of the TIN HIFI family meets your preferences best, because there is enough choice.
The T1 PLUS is a bass-rich and dark IEM that will please some bassheads, but has some tonal weaknesses.

Handling

Actually, TIN HIFI often makes the effort with their products to leave a professional and high-quality impression, both in the processing of the headphones as well as in the packaging and accessories.
Thus, we have so far been spoiled by the scope of delivery and the consistent metal construction usually above average in the respective price segment.

The T1 PLUS is a pure budget IEM and this time you can see that at first glance. TIN HIFI makes no effort to disguise the low price here, but it doesn't need to, because even if the plastic case and sparse accessories don't make your jaw drop, this is good standard in the price range.

The packaging reminds a bit of the current budget models from Moondrop (SSR & SSP), but in plain (cheap), without artwork or the like, whereas the cable (4-core/2-pin) as well as the silicone tips show parallels to the BLON BL-01, which especially does not speak particularly for the cable. It is usable, but fiddly and tends to get knotted.

The case is made of full plastic, but that doesn't bother me much, since the comfort is absolutely right for me, which is also achieved by the low weight.
Sure, the T1 PLUS looks a bit cheap and even KZ and TRN have in the past at least put value on metal faceplates, but on the exterior it matters little to me, as long as the IEM is comfortable to wear.

The isolation is quite okay, but would perhaps have turned out even better with a resin or metal housing, as these can swallow more level, rather than the thin and hole plastic.

Sound

At first listening impression, I was a bit baffled, as I didn't expect such a sound presentation from TIN HIFI, in a negative sense. I don't know how the T1 (predecessor) sounds, but the T1 Plus is very bass-heavy and darkly tuned. So far, TIN HIFI was more known to me for a brighter and more neutral presentation, but I am open to new things.

The bass can be a bit of a force of nature, especially when you add fire under its butt. It's not always the firmest, and the mid-bass emphasis can be overpowering at times, but it's a tasty snack for the bass hungry. The punch is really noticeable, although that alone doesn't make a bass, at least not for me, but can be a lot of fun with hip-hop or electro. The T1 Plus provides me with a quantitative bass that can definitely excite depending on the genre, but I still find it lacking in subtlety and some texture, especially when it doesn't really need that much bass. Still, I see the bass as a clear strength of the T1 PLUS and it feels particularly at home in hip-hop.

The mids are clearly a victim of the propulsive bass, as they get too much body and warmth. In addition, they lack assertiveness and thus sound somewhat muffled depending on the song material. This is slightly cushioned by the boost in the direction of the high-frequency transition, but this also leads to a garishness that often resonates slightly, especially with voices, which I don't find particularly authentic. Instruments also have a somewhat slanted tonal character. Here I feel negatively reminded of the new SHUOER TAPE PRO. Especially when a lot of information comes together, the T1 PLUS often gets a bit carried away and it becomes exhausting for the listener.

The comparison with the TAPE PRO is not so far off the mark, as both share the extreme level drop after 4-5 kHz. This makes them unnaturally mid-focused with bass emphasis, which cannot be picked up in the treble. There is a lack of extension and brilliance, although I always find that word a bit fuzzy. I miss transparency, the feeling of clarity as well as openness and I have to listen very closely to locate details. For me, the treble is just within the acceptable range. It may not get much darker, but for that sibilants are not an issue at all.

The stage is more extended in width, though clearly compressed. In addition, there is an average separation that lacks "sharpness", so that instruments often blur into each other. Imaging is a bit of a mess in places, and so critical listening isn't really possible for me either. However, it is sufficient for background music.

Outro

Where the T1 PLUS can actually add value is with poorer/compressed recordings (whether that's in favor of the T1 Plus or not remains to be seen), as it handles this input very generously, also due to the strong rolling high frequency. Likewise, it works well in parts with rock/punk. Drums can make a decent ruckus without the cymbals getting too tinny, at least not really audibly, and electric guitars have a fat sound (if you're into that).

Otherwise, TIN HIFI has released an average budget IEM that you can visually see and hear the price. For pure bassheads, however, it is perhaps just the right niche product in the TIN HIFI product family.
Admittedly, one also gets used to the sound presentation, so that the T1 PLUS doesn't sound so dark and depressed after a short time. However, this then becomes apparent again quite quickly when switching to a tonally more natural IEM.
TIN HIFI shows KZ that it only needs one driver instead of 10 (ASX) for such a signature and that at a quarter of the price if you are looking for such a sound.

https://shenzhenaudio.com/products/tinhifi-t1-plus-10mm-beryllium-dynamic-driver-diaphragm-in-ear-emi-earphone-with-detachable-0-78mm-pin-cable

Legend

Haptic:

Here the processing plays a role and the usability of the scope of supply. Additionally the appearance, wearing comfort and robustness.


Value:
Here I evaluate for me subjectively the price/performance ratio - does not flow into the evaluation!

Z: No Brainer

A: money well spent

B: all right, you can do

C: gives better for less money

D: overpriced

E: collector's price

Daily life:
Here, I focus on the long-term audibility and whether I can hear it well out of the box. This is of course very subjective and therefore only a minimal deduction or bonus. 

(-0.1, 0, +0.1)

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Rating in Letters

S: 9.5 - 10

A: 9.0 - 9.4​

B: 8.0 - 8.9​

C: 7.0 - 7.9

D: 6.0 - 6.9​
E: 5.0 - 5.9​

F: 0.0 - 4.9​

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T2 PRO

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P1

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P2

P2

Second Opinion

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CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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