Introduction

Tin Audio is a Chinese company that produces iems. Currently, they have 3 iems in their lineup. They are the T515, T2 and T1. In this review, I will be reviewing the Tin Audio T1. It is a dynamic driver iem. I would like to thank Penon and TinAudio for this review unit. You can purchase the T1 from https://penonaudio.com/tin-audio-t1 .

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Specifications

  • Driver: 12.5mm Dynamic
  • Impedance: 16 Ω
  • Frequency response range: 18-25000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 102 dB

Unboxing & Accessories

The T1 comes in a blue rectangular box that has the Tin Audio logo printed at the bottom right. The surface of the box is very smooth. It has a white protective package that sports the brand name and logo at the bottom left and the model name at the top right. After opening the package, you can see the instruction manual and the T1. Beneath the foam, there is a pack of silicone tips of size S, M and L.

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IEM Build & Design

The T1 has a glossy gun-metal faceplate. It has a smooth surface to it. The shell has a circular shape. On the inside of the shell, there is a vent. There is also a vent on the outer edge of the iem. There are L & R marking above the vent on the left and right side respectively. The nozzle is slightly angled with metal mesh for earwax prevention. The overall build is quite solid and it looks nice.

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Cable Build & Design

The cable is black in color and it is not braided. There is strain relief on each side. It has microphone on the right. The cable has no chin-slider. The y-splitter has a gun-metal and circular in shape. Lastly, the jack is 3.5mm straight gold plated with strain relief and the housing is gun-metal in color too.

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Sound Analysis

Lows

The sub-bass of the T1 extends rather well and there is body to it which helps to create a full display. The sub-bass reproduction is not the most hard-hitting and it is able to deliver a good sense of musicality without sounding too technical. The bass texture is generally smooth and bass decay has a moderate speed. There is sufficient agility for engagement. The mid-bass has moderate amount of body and presents itself with a laid-back slam. The bass is quite controlled but may lack the punch at times. There is a nice tinge of warmth.

Mids

The T1 has nice body for its midrange. The transparency is moderate and there is a decent level of cleanliness. The lower mids has a good amount of body which helps to express male vocals in a rather full-bodied manner. The upper mids is not expressed in a forward manner and female vocals are not as intimate. There is a slight lack in crisp. The midrange definition has a moderate standard.

Highs

The treble on the T1 is extended moderately and there is no sibilance and harshness. It presents itself in a smooth manner. There is body to it and the amount of air rendered at the top end is decent. The crisp is slightly lacking with no sparkle for excitement. The treble is soothing to listen to. The clarity is average with a moderate level of details retrieval.

Soundstage

The T1 has a natural expansion and the width has a decent magnitude. The depth is slightly closed in and might cause congestion.

Comparisons

Tin Audio T1 vs Tin Audio T2

The T1 has more sub-bass quantity than the T2 and it presents itself in a fuller manner. The T2 is able to execute a greater extension. The bass texture on the T1 is slightly smoother due to the body. The T2 expresses itself with agility and its bass decay is quicker. The mid-bass on the T1 has extra quantity and it is able to deliver a more weighted slam. The T2 is more clinical. The lower mids on the T1 has more quantity with warmth. The upper mids on the T2 has forwardness and it results in female vocals operating on a higher engagement. The T2 presents more crisp with a good details retrieval. Next, moving on to the treble section, the T2 has more extension. There is no sibilance and harshness. The amount of air rendered on the T2 is slightly more. Lastly, the T1 has a more natural expansion while the T2 excels in both width and depth. Positioning of vocals and instruments is better on the T2.

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Conclusion

The T1 is a balanced sounding iem that operates on a polite approach. It is able to ensure a fatigue-free listening session. In addition, the tinge of warmth provides a soothing feeling. The Tin Audio T1 features a microphone and it is great for daily usage.

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