BUDGET
IN-EAR

Version

5.1

Battery

4 h

Reach

13 m

T2000

TIN HIFI

Rating

Price

7

90 €

Review published:

07/2020

Driver

2

per Side

2

Dynamic

0

Balanced

Impedance

21 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

7

Bass

7.5

Mids

7

Trebles

Sensitivity

103 dB

7.2

Handling

6.5

Haptic

C

Value

-

Daily Life

Frequency

n/a

Intro

TIN HIFI has now also arrived on the scene and releases their first TWS In-Ear, which can even be operated via cable, as seen for example in the BGVP Q2. With its dual-dynamic configuration, and certainly also due to the naming, the T2000 can be placed in the T2 family. Whether this is also the case in terms of sound, apart from the new driver diaphragm, remains to be seen.

Handling

>> We've improved upon our own high standards of manufacturing from the T-series in ear monitors. Our team has worked tirelessly to guarantee the finest build quality to make sure your T2000 is durable for any terrain and long-lasting. <<

I even believe that your technicians spent the nights working hard to turn the T2000 into a small technical "masterpiece". The only question is what should have been the focus. The Realtek chip is certainly not the measure of all things and we only get SBC and AAC. On the other hand, it has a low latency, which has a positive effect on movies! Sometimes the chip also gets muddled, so that timing errors occur.
The UV sterilization system is certainly a novelty, but the question is only how useful the feature really is. The fact that it eliminates bacteria may well be, but it's probably more of a marketing thing and even if I don't want to assume that the feature was integrated very late in the development phase to refer to the current world situation, it is and remains just a gimmick for me.

The transmission range of just over 10 meters is not very long, but it is unconditionally stable within the range. The durability of the battery is okey and in my tests (moderate volume) it lasted over 4 hours without problems. The case also holds another good 4 charges.
Also the connection works perfectly and I very much appreciate the haptic push buttons instead of a touch operation. However, you have to press them quite hard, which pushes the earphone more into the ear and thus changes the sound for a short time.
This brings us to the biggest topic, which won't necessarily win the T2000 countless awards. Ergonomics, seating comfort and therefore a very strong dependency on sound. What do I want with a tank stuffed with "high-end" technology if I can't get into a parking space?
An amazing amount of things went wrong here, which I would not have expected from TIN HIFI. The sound openings are too short, oval and large. Although the usual tip sizes fit, they are inevitably deformed by the oval shape, which can affect the secure fit.
I think it's great that I can choose whether I want to operate the T2000 via Bluetooth or cable, but the cable connections are too far out, which prevents me from getting the T2000 deeper into the ear, apart from the too short and not ergonomically angled sound openings. The housing also generally locks a bit.
I think I have to raise the white flag with my elephant ears for the first time. The T2000 seems to work better with smaller specimens.

The T2000 comes with 2 pairs of double-flange tips and 3 sizes of silicone tips. I can completely forget about the silicone tips, because I don't like the sound of an antique phone. But the Doupe-Flange tips do not offer the desired isolation either. So I have to use longer and firmer foam tips from my own collection to be able to evaluate the sound objectively and to get some bass.

The isolation is quite good, but you can't expect complete isolation here, especially not if you have such problems with the seat as I do. Admittedly, it's not bad with the foam tips in the end, but it's a long way to go and above all I don't have the safest feeling when wearing it.

The included cable (the T2000 is carried straight down), is a step back since the T3, but it serves its purpose and is certainly not the worst, also haptically.

Please note that these are my everyday experiences and that these in the "bad" form do not have to apply to you.

Sound

However, the fact that we are sometimes more or less lucky with in-ears is nothing new when it comes to a good fit and is a very individual experience for everyone. Somehow you can get it right most of the time, so let's concentrate on the sound now.
The sobering thing, this one is also a step in the wrong direction for me and I'm beginning to wonder what TIN HIFI has been up to in their little room. Especially the trebles cause me some problems. Of course it is important to develop as a company, to experiment with new technologies and to implement them. The sound of the T2000 is not a catastrophe. On the contrary, it has quite something to offer, but unfortunately the quality cannot be maintained over the entire bandwidth.

The T2000 has two Nitinol (nickel-titanium alloy) dynamic diaphragm drivers (8mm & 9mm) available for sound reproduction. I suspect that the two drivers cannot be separated quite so strictly in the frequency range, but that both are more or less active in the midrange. The bass is solid. It has a fun punch, which is less common with TIN HIFI, but is not the most precise or accurate of its kind. Instead, it develops a pleasant pressure in the low bass (with good sealing), which gives the bass an appealing weighting in the signature and is a novelty in TIN HIFI. Such a clear V-signature, which emphasises the bass and treble to such an extent, has never been seen before from this company. It's quite fun, at least as far as the bass is concerned, but also with the quantity of the T2000, the bass can be presented less boomy and more defined. The floor doesn't get cleaner the longer you wipe it, you just have to get into the corners. Quantity clearly wins here against quality.

The mids are actually the bright spot of the T2000, but are influenced by the top and bottom so much that they can rarely present their class. They are both thickened by the bass and overshadowed by the treble. Also, as expected, they are pushed back a little bit in this context, so that voices (especially men) don't have a special radiance, but are still the more bearable of the two sexes. They also lack the transparency that is known from P1 or T4, for example. I admit that the T2000 may not be aimed at an audience that wants to consume their music in a particularly neutral way, but according to the marketing, the T2000 is nevertheless very clearly aimed at audiophiles, which I think the T2000 can't handle, or if only to a limited extent. As with the bass, one can say the same about the mids: solid, but strongly song dependent, with light and shadow.

Unfortunately, the trebles are now the spoilsport in terms of audibility, even though they have already been reworked by TIN HIFI and cost the T2000 the rating "GOOD". They are no longer as exaggerated as in the test rabbit version, which I got for testing before the final version, but still sibilant, and unpleasantly sharp. There are recordings where this is not too noticeable, but often with vocal music (sibilants), female pop (sharp), or rock music (peaks) they are sometimes really a stress test. In itself they are quite detailed and also have an appealing extension, but this also takes away the naturalness of the T2000 and it drifts into the artificial. There's still some re-tuning to be done here and memories of the T2 Pro come back. I don't understand why TIN HIFI didn't follow the recommendations of the reviewers, but I also suspect that the technical features of the drivers don't allow much more. TIN HIFI has only lowered the peak around 12 kHz by 5 dB and softened the range between 2 and 3 kHz, but nothing more.

The stage can still save the T2000 a bit, as it is quite well positioned in both width and depth, whereby the former is more pronounced and there are a few weaknesses in the vertical. But it's not very constant and, depending on the musical content, it can also seem a bit restrained.

Outro

The T2000 certainly doesn't disappoint across the board, but it can't live up to my expectations either. I don't need to mention the obvious weaknesses in handling again here. I'd rather give you the impression that the T2000 certainly has its positive tonal aspects, especially in the mids (although I don't see any clear advantages with the new driver diaphragm), but that these are very dependent on source and song and therefore the all-round qualities are lost. In addition, the orientation moves away from a more neutral, towards a rather pronounced V-, or W-signature. The T2000 lacks homogeneity and naturalness and can't really distinguish itself in any area because the drivers play more against each other than with each other. Thus, the T2000 is a solid TWS, but also one of the weaker, if not the weakest new release of TIN HIFI in recent years. Average and certainly not necessarily the claim when you look at the latest releases of the company. Let's hope that the T2 Plus pulls the cart out of the mud again.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tinhifi-t2000-dual-dynamic-hi-fi-wireless-wired/x/23578898#/

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​

T2

T2

T3

T3

T2 PLUS

T2 PLUS

T4

T4

T2 PRO

T2 PRO

T515

T515

T2000

T2000

P1

P1

Second Opinion

Contact:

chi-fier@gmx.de

CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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