HIGH-CLASS
IN-EAR

P2

TIN HIFI

Rating

Price

8.4

290 €

Review published:

11/2020

Driver

1

per Side

0

Dynamic

0

Balanced

Impedance

32 Ohm

PZ/ES/PL

1

Sound

8.5

Bass

9

Mids

7.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

90 dB

8.3

Handling

9

Haptic

C

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

10 - 20000 Hz

Intro

The TIN HIFI P1 split opinions. It delivers a quite unique sound that I have never heard before in any other IEM. Especially in the midrange where it shows excellent transparency, separation and resolution. Also the airy and detailed highs convinced me. But you have to do without bassimpact and it is certainly not the most musical IEM. There are also some technical flaws.
The P2 is now the long awaited successor of the P1, which also uses a planar driver. Can it bring the "modern classic" to a new level?

Handling

The P2 gets an appealing facelift compared to the P1, which looks rather angular and not as round and filigree as the P2. This optical and also haptic progress could already be observed with the T2 PLUS. But the P2 is not only nice to look at, it is also very comfortable to wear, although I don't find it particularly ergonomic.

When it comes to accessories, Tin HIFI is not to be sneezed at this time. In addition to a drawer-sized packaging, we get a noble leather case, a 2.5mm balanced cable with included adapters to 3.5mm (unbalanced) and 4.4mm balanced. As tip selection we receive a set of foamtips, as well as the same number (3 sizes) of the silicone version.
The cable has 8 strands and is haptically similar to the cable of the T3. The P2 is also equipped with a 2-pin connector, which will certainly be a welcome added value for many.

Due to the "open" construction, the isolation is not the best, but it is quite good with running music. Only the direct neighbor could lodge a complaint.

The 32 ohms should be used with caution at a sensitivity of 90 dB. You can certainly get a sound out of the P2 on your cell phone, but the volume and also the dynamics then do not reflect the full performance potential of the P2.

Sound

The (planar) magic of P1 is no longer noticeable with P2. The P2's sound is much more mainstream, which is mainly due to the bass boost.

The early bass rolloff of the P1 is history. The P2 not only has a much higher level, it also plays audibly more linear down to the very low frequencies, which could only be guessed at with the P1 if you didn't help with an equalizer or close the bass vent. Nevertheless the bass seems to be slightly separated from the mids and despite the gained punch I miss a bit of firmness. Here the attempt is made to imitate the bass of a dynamic driver, which did not succeed 1 to 1 in terms of dynamics and physical presence. The bass is fun and gives the P2 a lot more musicality and warmth, but for my taste it is not always the most accurate and can get a bit woolly. But that is grumbling on a high level.

The mids let the class of the P1 shine through. For me, they are the clear flagship of the P2, just like the P1. The additional warmth of the bass gives them a bit more authenticity and liveliness. In comparison, the P1 sounds a bit uninspired and flatter, but tonally just as correct. The mid-range reproduction seems to be the absolute strength of TIN HIFI's planar driver and there is little to criticize here. They are wonderfully transparent, separated and detailed. Not only do they sound correct to me, but they also manage to captivate you with their content. Especially voices invite to intensive listening and you can easily get lost in the mids of the P2. It's a pity that the review is not over here!

The treble is now the Achilles' heel of the P2. I admit that the performance depends a lot on the song selection, but sometimes it's close to the pain threshold. Not because it sounds exaggeratedly sibilant or consistently unpleasant bright or pointed, but because of the extreme boost in the upper treble. Depending on the mix, this is sometimes more, sometimes less effective. As a result, voices (which are actually reproduced very authentically in the mids) can sound unpleasantly hissy, or instruments can sound distorted and sharp. Why this extreme push is necessary remains a mystery to me and also contradicts the general approach to coherent tuning. I like to be open for new things, but this is a clear step too far. Now I don't want to make everything bad at the high frequencies, because if the uppermost frequencies don't play a big role in the mastering of the song, this is not permanently noticeable, but especially female voices should be treated with caution. What the high frequency can benefit from is a good richness of detail, invigorating energy and also transparency.

What the P1 has lost a bit in stage presentation, the P2 catches and audibly improves here. This may be due to the open back, which gives the sound a better openness, or to the reworked driver itself, but stage and also imaging are really worth mentioning, without appearing artificial. Especially voices still have a nice intimacy and the instruments are always placed around them in a good position, both in depth and width.

Outro

How should the P2 be classified now? If we had simply given the P1 a little more bass response and revised the technical features, we would have a great IEM with the P2. But it wastes its potential and is no longer competitive in terms of price. The high frequency simply breaks down too much at times and thus prevents a new success, or rather a successful further development of the P1 by TIN HIFI, who have recently had a little up and down with their new releases (T2 PLUS: top, T2000: flop).

So I prefer to stay with the P1 and accept the compromise between bass response and stage presentation, but still keep the magic of the planar driver and have an outstanding vocal-oriented IEM that also responds well to an equalizer.
Nevertheless, the P2 is a very good IEM, but due to the mentioned limitations it would certainly represent a better value in another price segment.

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​

T1 PLUS

T2000

T2

T3

T2 PLUS

T4

T2 PRO

T515

P1

P2

Second Opinion:

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CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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