BUDGET
IN-EAR

T4

TIN HIFI

Rating

Price

8.6

90 €

Review published:

11/2019

Driver

1

per Side

1

Dynamic

0

Balanced

Impedance

32 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

8.5

Bass

8.5

Mids

8.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

102 dB

8.5

Handling

9

Haptic

A

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

10 - 20000 Hz

Intro

The TIN HIFIT4 is the in-ear which the T2 Pro could have been and the T3 should have been. So it took a while until a worthy successor of the popular T2 came out. The T4 is a perfect symbiosis of the T2 and the T3 and combines both advantages perfectly, without reproducing its disadvantages. The whole thing is done with a dynamic driver, which is almost perfectly tuned to the given possibilities of a single driver.

Handling

To see that the T4 belongs to the TIN HIFI T-product line, just take a quick look. The evaluated case design of the T2, T2 Pro and T3 is also used in the T4. As an optical eye-catcher, the T4 has fine lamellas that resemble a turbine, which sets it apart from its relatives. Also the metal is not matt, but polished, the rest remains the same.

For the cable, TIN HIFI does not rely on reinforced material, but likes to constantly go other ways with its models. The cable of the T3 was really an eye-catcher, both haptically, optically, but also on the workmanship.
With the T4 we get a cable, which NICEHCK often likes to add to its MMCK-IN-Ears.
It has "only" 2 cores, which have a good diameter and are silver plated. It has a rubberized coating, which doesn't feel as smooth and supple as the previous models. However, it is very comfortable to wear and does not really tend to knot.
Talking of comfort, the T4 is not to be outdone if you also rely on the right tips.
In this context, you can also influence the insulation, which is very good with the foam tips supplied.
The transport case is also a small highlight. It rather reminds of a jewel case, which is covered with leather and has a soft inlay. TIN HIFI knows how to put a smile on the face of their customers with the accessories, as with the T4.

Sound

Let's get to the actual topic: The T4 has really gripped me in terms of sound and so far represents the most mature in-ear of TIN HIFI for me, I'm deliberately ignoring the P1 here, because it stands alone and with the right DAC behind it is really a small work of sound art for me.
Back to the T4, which has hardly any weaknesses and if so, these are not of technical origin but simply a matter of taste. I always have a hard time with statements like: "This is the best in-ear under 100€" or something like that, because that can only be a personal feeling for myself, but the T4 does damn much right to negotiate such a status, because it doesn't only want to appeal to a small category of audiophile listeners, but the broad audiophile mass.

TIN HIFI is not known for its invasive bass in terms of quantity. However, it usually offers a controlled, detailed, dynamic bass that is more at home in the midrange. This is also the case with the T4. However, the expansion into the sub-bass range is more pronounced and, for my taste, more stable, fuller and rounder than its predecessors. It blends in perfectly with the sound without being too intrusive, but not too shy either. Very well-balanced and linear, it always finds the right balance between noble restraint and powerful substructure, depending on what is required of it. Rarely have I heard such a balanced bass that nothing really disturbs me.

Meanwhile you read more and more about the Harman curve when it comes to the tonal characteristics of an in-ear. This curve represents a curve which should come close to the current "ideal" sound image for the majority of society and is adjusted annually. The T4 is strongly oriented towards this, but for me it has to admit defeat in the mids compared to the Kanas Pro (also Harman). These are more advanced in the upper regions and not quite as relaxed and soft as in the Kanas Pro. On the other hand, they suggest more clarity and assertiveness with the T4. The voice reproduction is very successful with the T4, because although the upper mids are somewhat more prominent, which usually gives female voices more vitality, male voices are just as good. Be it by the solid body through the precise bass, which does not slip into the mids, or by the present lower mids. TIN HIFI has always had the knack of presenting mids in a very natural and tonal flawless way. They do the same with the T4 with ease.

The treble is also an outstanding feature of the T4. Somewhat bright, but not too exaggerated, they have an amazing extension. They open the sound far upwards, so that music never sounds pressed at any time, but can always move freely in space, which leads to a wonderful separation and spatial representation. They don't sound too metallic or unnatural in any other way. They bring this infamous sparkle to the top end and always surprise with fine micro details. There are no signs of fatigue even after a long time of music enjoyment. But you should keep an eye on the volume. Not that the T4 gets dirty at higher levels, but still the rise in the upper mid-range (5 kHz) could become a bit independent and the signature could drift a bit too much into brightness due to higher gain in the higher frequencies.

But what really makes the T4 a must-have for me, or let's say at least a listening test, is the stage, but especially the 3D presentation. Here you can hear everything you need to hear, neatly distributed throughout the room. Maybe some more expensive multi-driver models can do that even better, but here I see the T4 at eye level with the Kanas Pro, in detail even more brilliant, but the Kanas sounds rounder and more mature.

Outro

What else would I want from the T4? Slightly smoothed upper mids and a slightly warmer disposition. The T4 is far away from sterile, but it could still bubble a bit more vitality out of the small turbine. But that's really just a subjective perception and a lot of complaining on a very high level. I'm really fond of the T4 and can recommend it without a guilty conscience, for all those who are looking for a natural, directionally neutral V-signature, with balanced bass and good sub-boost, precise, tonal correct mids and an excellent expansion in treble without fatigue factor. In addition one gets an outstanding spatial representation, which scores with vocal intimacy and astonishing separation in depth and width.
However, it won't be a perfect match for those looking for pure fun headphones. Fans of absolute neutrality might also dislike the upper mids and the sub-rise.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tin-hifi-t4-in-ear-monitor-earphones#/

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​

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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