I love reviewing audio-related products and every once in a while I'll run across something very special. That happened yesterday with the arrival of Tin Audio's T2 in-ear monitor (IEM). The $29.99 T2 features MMCX connectors, 1.2M 5N oxygen free copper silver-plated cables, a dual driver system that's comprised of a 10mm woofer and a 6mm tweeter in each ear bud, and the whole thing rests inside solid, well-built steel housings.
- Brand: Tin Audio
- Model: T2
- Impedance: 16 ohms
- Earphone Interface：MMCX
- Frequency Response: 12 Hz–40 kHz
- Driver: Dynamic 10mm woofer + 6mm tweeter
- Plug: 3.5mm Carbon fiber gold-plated straight plug,
- Cable: 3.9 ft (1.2 m) 5N oxygen-free-copper silver-plated wire
- Hardware: 2018 MacBook Pro and an iPhone X (via Apple Dongle)
- Software: iTunes w/Bit Perfect
- Formats: FLAC and/or APLC encoded files.
- Streaming: Deezer Premium (320kbps & higher)
- AMP/DAC: Apogee Groove
Packaging, Presentation, Build Quality
First off we need to talk about the packaging, presentation, and build quality, all of which are superb. The T2 arrived in a nice presentation box that resembles a book and opens right to left. Inside you'll find the documentation and under that the T2 ear buds divided by the 3.5mm plug. The whole thing is unique and just might be my favorite packaging/presentation of all time. Build quality is some of the best that I've ever seen. Everything from the brushed-steel housings to the MMXC connectors to the silver cable just screams outstanding build quality. These are ear buds that will, with care, last a long time indeed.
These are well balanced and don't overemphasize anything in particular. The highs are pleasant, the mid-range is fantastically detailed, and the bass response dips down into the sub 30kHz range but doesn't quite make it into the 20kHz range. The only other pair of IEMs that I own that come close to that is the IE800 which easily hits 20kHz and lower. The IE800 is also a sub 1k ear bud. That we're talking about these two in the same sentence should speak volumes. The T2s sound like they cost four times as much as the do. These very well might be the best IEMs available for under $100. The end result is a great looking pair of earbuds that sound far better than they have the right to sound.
Any downsides? Sure. I'm not a fan of the "loop" or "over-ear" methods of wearing ear buds and would much rather wear them like tradition ear-buds. You only get three pairs of silicone ear tips and one pair of foam ear tips. Oh, and Availability. Tin Audio is just moving into the North American market and not many vendors carry their products. If you're not lucky enough to snag a review unit you can look on eBay. I'm seeing them there for roughly $35.
If you're into audio, and you have a spare $29 burning a hole in your pocket, then you can't go wrong with the Tin Audio T2.
Soundstage: 3.5 of 5
Bass/Lows: 4 of 5
Midrange: 4 of 5
Highs: 3.5 of 5
Comfort: 3.5 of 5