BUDGET
IN-EAR

T2

TIN HIFI

Rating

Price

8.5

45 €

Review published:

10/2018

Driver

2

per Side

2

Dynamic

0

Balanced

Impedance

16 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

8

Bass

8.5

Mids

8.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

102 dB

8.3

Handling

9

Haptic

A

Value

+

Daily Life

Frequency

12 - 40000 Hz

Intro

The TIN AUDIO T2 are on everyone's lips and hardly anyone in the Chi-Fi universe knows about it. When it comes to choosing the best IEMs under 50 €, there is hardly a way around them. They are one of the most balanced and high-quality in-ears in the price category. If the hype is justified, of course I was also very interested and now I got the opportunity to check it out. Let's see...

Handling

The T2 are made of full metal and can be worn over the ear and classically. The first one is a bit tricky to get the right fit, so I recommend the classic variant, because it is more ergonomic and the supplied silver-plated 8-core cable does not have any reinforcement for the ears.
Also included in the hinged box, which is covered with artificial leather, are a pair of foam tips and silicone tips in different sizes.

They are very comfortable to wear, but you should take care that they sit really deep in the ear canal to achieve a better bass, but also a firmer fit.

The removable and therefore exchangeable cables (MMCX) increase the lifespan of the T2 considerably. The isolation is also very good with a good fit. All around, the first impression makes a high-quality and professional impression.

Sound

I prefer a fun, warm and powerful sound, but one that remains "natural" and allows for a lot of detail and atmosphere.

Well, the T2 go a different way. They are very balanced in all areas, with a slight emphasis on the trebles. Is that why I find them bad? With nieces, because even if the flat, rather cooler and neutral sound signature is not always one of my favourites, I have to say that I am still enthusiastic. The T2 radiate a certain lightness, even if it sounds a bit pressed with loaded rock tracks and can really give pleasure with crystal clear sound and get a lot out of the music.

The bass is present right down to the low ranges and has an appealing volume, but it bends a bit quickly when it comes to pressure. This doesn't necessarily promote the fun factor but gives the music back some naturalness that you have quickly become accustomed to and then no longer want to miss. Often, we are pumped full of excessive and unclean bass, which wasn't really wanted by the producer of the music. With the T2 you have the feeling that the producer thought of it that way, or at least almost that way.

The mids are very lively and clear. They are pleasantly present and especially women's voices sound fantastic. They are not the warmest, among other things because the bass doesn't push itself into the foreground, but they still have enough body and above all a great detail range. The separation is very good due to the space between the instruments.

The highs are not sharp, or unpleasant, despite slight emphasis. They are very bright and have micro details with a lot of brilliance. They also sound very natural and have a very good range. For some this may be too much of a good thing, but I find them very appealing.

UPDATE:
If you use slightly larger tips that sit deeper on the tube to cover the bass holes, the T2 will become little beasts of the bass, in a positive sense. Now the fun factor is also there, because the bass gains a lot of volume, but stays punchy, dry and clean. The mids become a little warmer and the trebles remain almost untouched and don't lose their naturalness. So you have two in-Ears in one - Fun & Neutral

Outro

What can I say? The T2 are not unjustly held in high esteem in the Chi-Fi community. They have something very special due to their sound and their natural, unagitated nature is rarely found in the price range in this way. Due to their easy handling (classic way of wearing) they are perfect for the audiophile everyday life!

If the T2 Pro (now also available) now work a little on the bass and smooth out the treble minimally, they would be the ultimate here. The T2 are already close.

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. 

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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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T3

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T2 PLUS

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T2 PRO

T2 PRO

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T2000

T2000

P1

P1

Second Opinion

Head-Fier Otto Motor

Einfach die anerkannte Referenz für ein neutrales Klangbild in der $50 Klasse. Der schlanke und trockene Bass ist etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig und gefällt besonders den Feinschmeckern. Ganz grosses Kino für wenig Geld. ACHTUNG: der optisch identische Nachfolger (“T2 Pro”) soll eine Kreissäge sein.

Contact:

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