HIGH-CLASS
IN-EAR

P1

TIN HIFI

Rating

Price

8.8

150 €

Review published:

11/2019

Driver

1

per Side

0

Dynamic

0

Balanced

Impedance

20 Ohm

PZ/ES/PL

1

Sound

8

Bass

9

Mids

9

Trebles

Sensitivity

96 dB

8.7

Handling

9

Haptic

B

Value

+

Daily Life

Frequency

10 - 40000 Hz

Intro

After the IKKO OH10, let's move on to the P1, which, although fundamentally different in terms of sound, does have some common features that make it the second daily go-to guy for me, depending on my mood.
TIN HIFI has already had a very high standing in the community for several years. If you're looking for balanced in-ears that are more neutral and natural, TIN HIFI is the place to be without any qualms. The T2 Pro falls a bit out of line due to its exaggerated high tone, but the T2, T4 and, with reservations, also the T3 are consistently exceptionally good in-ears at a very affordable price, which are above average in their respective ranges.

Handling

The P1 houses a 10mm planar magnetic driver in its small metal housing. Besides the electrostatic drivers in in-ear format, the hottest thing in the in-ear monitoring world.
The size and design of the P1 makes it very comfortable to wear. With the right choice of tips, at some point you even forget that you have something in your ear. Likewise, the isolation is outstanding in both directions due to the completely closed design.

The packaging, as well as the enclosed accessories, leave nothing to be desired. Even if I don't attach great importance to it, I am still happy about the large selection of tips, the smooth cable and the storage case, which reminds me more of a jewel case and is therefore perhaps only conditionally suitable for everyday use.

Sound

The haptic and outward impression is more than successful, but what matters to me is the sound and exactly this makes the P1 a timeless masterpiece for me, even if not the perfect all-rounder.

TIN HIFI does not simply follow the trend with the P1 in order to have a planar IEM in their portfolio, but sets a benchmark in the price range. But I can fully understand if not everyone is able to get on with the P1.

If you like powerful, dominant bass, you will certainly have a hard time with the P1. If you like, the P1 is the most bass-shy among the TIN HIFI in-ears. Sub-bass you look for with a magnifying glass, but it is available in sound. It only lacks the assertiveness. With the mid-bass it looks different. It is more than sufficiently present to create a warm sound carpet and also has sufficient impact for various music styles. However, the fun factor is lost. What makes the bass stand out is its accurate presentation, speed and attention to detail. It is so smooth, clean and accurate that you can hear every single note in the right tonality and follow basslines as if it were the most natural thing in the world. Am I missing the sub-bass? Yes, and that's why there are deductions in the B-note, but even with electro you can develop a completely different, new hearing sensation due to its quality.

Let's get to one of the core competences of the P1 and that's definitely the mids. I haven't heard such accurate, natural-sounding, high-resolution mids too often. Every single instrument, every voice sounds like you're sitting in the studio looking over the artist's shoulder. There are many different opinions about the P1 mids and I can also understand some negative reviews. The P1s are quite sensitive to tips, but I also think that there is something in the P1's selection of tips that provides a good fit and above all the necessary isolation. Everyone hears differently and has a different opinion, which makes the topic of in-ears so exciting and equally unsatisfying. But in the end it's all about finding your own personal sound heaven and not someone else's. Maybe I'm a bit too euphoric, but for me the P1s present the midrange exactly as they should be and that from the low to the upper mids without any restrictions. The bass also makes for a pleasant, warm and full body. In addition to the fantastic detail reproduction, the transparency is also worth mentioning. In short: I fell in love with the midrange of the P1. A small point of criticism: Sometimes they are a little bit too bright for me, although I would describe the P1 as darker compared to many other Chi-Fi models and they could be a little more lively. But that brings a rather neutral sound signature with it. As I said, the P1 is certainly not a fun listener, although it depends on what you mean by fun.

I also like the trebles. Smooth, airy, detailed, transparent and with a nice extension. The P1 brings all this without rubbing it in your face. It is aware of its strengths, but presents them almost submissively. No unpleasant peaks, no sharpness, no sibilants. Almost unagitated, it reveals micro details and brings brilliance to the top end. Pure nature. Still, I wouldn't call it a safe choice for treble-heads, as there might not be the preferred energy or emphasis. Thank god ;)

The P1 certainly doesn't shine with a wide stage, but manages to create an incredible feeling of spaciousness within the more intimate setting. This is mainly due to the resolution and the impressive separation. Every voice, every instrument, every effect has its place, whether in width or depth, without any overlapping. You inevitably get lost in the music and this is probably one of the biggest compliments you can pay to an in-ear.

Outro

The P1 inspires with its natural instrument and voice reproduction. Especially with music, which brings exactly that to the spotlight. Multilayered orchestras, no problem! Complex rock music, no problem! Singer-songwriter, unconditionally! Piano music, without words and so on and so on.
Nevertheless he is not the best all-rounder. He is rather the right choice for analytical, relaxed listening. On some days this can be just as much fun as feeling the bass, or being carried away by the energy of the mids (music). But the last two points are not the core competence of the P1. What also inhibits the P1 is the power required to unfold its full potential. It really needs a potent DAC, which is certainly not always at hand. Only then does he open up completely. You can also get him powered by the normal mobile phone output, but then he will act below his capabilities, possibly disappointing and remaining rather thin, inconspicuous, or boring in memory.

Yes, the P1 still has room to move, mostly in terms of bass and liveliness, but it provides an extraordinary listening experience that I have not been able to experience before.

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​

1/3

T2

T3

T2 PLUS

T4

T2 PRO

T515

T2000

P1

Second Opinion:

Contact:

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