Introduction

TFZ started out in 2015 with a debut line up that consists of TFZ Series 1,3 and 5. Since then, they have come up with more products in the Exclusive 1,3,5, King and Series 4. Recently, they have released the King Pro and Tequila 1. Their latest addition is the Queen. In this review, I will be reviewing the TFZ Queen. I would like to thank Penon Audio and TFZ for this review unit. You can purchase the Queen from https://penonaudio.com/tfz-queen.html or https://thefragrantzither.aliexpress.com/store/3900009 . The TFZ Queen that I will be reviewing is grey in colour.

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Specifications

  • Driver: Dual magnetic circuit graphite dynamic & high strength magnet
  • Frequency response range: 5HZ ~ 40000HZ
  • Impedance: 30 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 110dB ± 3dB

Unboxing & Accessories

The Queen comes in a white package that sports the brand name and model name. Inside the package, there are the iem, detachable 2 pins 0.78mm cable, instruction manual and a white soft pouch. The pouch contains tips and shirt clip.

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IEM Build & Design

The Queen is made of CNC metal aluminium and there is a smooth surface. At the back of the shell, there are L & R markings on the left and right side respectively with the brand website. The shells are grey in color. The faceplates have a wave-like design and sport the model name. There is a screw at the edge of each faceplate. On the front and inside of the iem, there is a vent. The nozzle is slightly angled with metal mesh. The Queen utilizes 2 pins 0.78mm connectors. The Queen has an ergonomic design with good construction.

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Cable Build & Design

The cable is 4 core twisted and made of 5N OFC. On each of the 2 pins connectors, there is a L & R marking on the outside of the left and right respectively with strain relief too. The connectors have a transparent housing. There is a memory wire area and the cable is enclosed in a transparent heat-shrink tube which is very flexible. The y-splitter is black in color and sports the brand logo. Lastly, the jack is 3.5mm gold plated with strain relief and has a silver housing. On the housing of the jack, there is the brand logo printed. There is a smooth surface to the jack housing. Overall, the cable is flexible with little microphonics.

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Sound Analysis

Lows

The Queen showcases a good amount of sub-bass quantity with moderate extension. The sub-bass reproduction is full-bodied and it takes on a smooth approach. The tinge of warmth contributes to the overall reproduction. The bass decay has a moderate speed and lacks in agility. The bass texture is rendered in a smooth manner and it is able to provide a relaxing listen. The mid-bass has great quantity and it creates a weighted slam. It might be too dense at times. Each bass note is articulate with a smooth hit. The bass definition has a fair standard.

Mids

The midrange on the Queen has moderate level of transparency and it is rendered smoothly. The details retrieval is adequate with musicality brought out well. The lower mids has great quantity and it is able to tackle male vocals with ease. The body helps to convey emotions more effectively. There are no dry or nasal feeling. The upper mids has slight forwardness and there is a good control which prevents female vocals from sounding shouty. The vocals give a soothing listen with a full presentation.

Highs

The treble extends moderately with no sibilance and harshness. The amount of air rendered is fair and it is sufficient to give space at the top end. There is a moderate level of crisp with lack of sparkle. The finesse shown is good as it is able to produce a good control. The treble presentation takes on a polite approach without being aggressive. The level of details retrieval is moderate. The smoothness ensures a fatigue-free listening.

Soundstage

The soundstage expands in a natural manner. The width magnitude is moderate and it is able to give an fairly open feeling. The depth offers a decent amount of space. Positioning of instrument and vocals is rather precise.

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Comparisons

TFZ Queen vs TFZ King Pro

The Queen has more sub-bass quantity while the King Pro has a slight edge for its extension. The King Pro is able to showcase a good mastery. The sub-bass reproduction is fuller on the Queen. The mid-bass on the Queen has more body than the King Pro and it contributes to the slam with a more weighted feeling. The Queen brings a good punch. The bass texture on the Queen is rendered more smoothly while the bass decay on the King Pro is quicker with agility. The midrange on the King Pro is expressed cleanly while the Queen demonstrates lushness. The lower mids on the Queen has more body than the King Pro and it benefits male vocals. Emotions are conveyed effectively. The upper mids on the King Pro has more forwardness and female vocals are lively. The King Pro has better definition. Next for the treble, the King Pro has more extension with crisp and sparkle. The amount of air rendered on the King Pro is greater. There is no sibilance and harshness. The details retrieval on the King Pro has a higher level. Lastly, there is a natural expansion on both. The width magnitude on the King Pro is greater and the Queen has a more closed in depth.

TFZ Queen vs Shozy Hibiki Special Edition

The Hibiki SE has less sub-bass quantity than the Queen but it is extended more. The sub-bass reproduction on the Hibiki SE is punchy and elevates the engagement level. The mid-bass on the Queen has additional body which helps to give its slam a weighted feeling. The slam delivered on the Queen is less agile than the Hibiki SE. The bass texture on the Queen is rendered more smoothly than the Hibiki SE. The bass decay on the Hibiki SE is more pacey and each bass note is articulated with a quicker attack. The Queen has the fuller bass performance but the Hibiki SE is more lively. The midrange on both is rendered cleanly and the Hibiki SE commands slightly better definition. The lower mids on the Queen has more body than the Hibki SE which results in a thicker presentation that is able to do male vocals competently. The upper mids on the Hibiki SE has the additional forwardness which helps to give an intimate female vocals presentation. Next, in the treble section, the treble on the Hibki SE is brighter than the Queen and the extension is slightly greater. There is no sibilance and harshness. The Queen renders extra air. Lastly, the Hibiki SE has a natural expansion for its soundstage and it has an edge for the width magnitude. The depth of the Queen is more closed in.

TFZ Queen vs iBasso IT01

The IT01 has slightly less sub-bass quantity than the Queen and the IT01 has greater extension. The Queen has a fuller sub-bass reproduction while the IT01 presents it in a more clinical manner. Rumble on both is quite natural. The mid-bass on the Queen has extra quantity and the slam is expressed in a rich manner. Each bass note on the IT01 is articulated with better precision. The bass texture on the Queen is rendered more smoothly than the IT01. Bass decay on the IT01 is quicker and provides a higher engagement level. The midrange on the IT01 is expressed in a cleaner manner with better transparency. On the other hand, the Queen takes on a more full bodied manner. The lower mids on the Queen is slightly thicker than the IT01 and provides a denser feeling. The upper mids on the IT01 is boosted and the extra forwardness helps to create a more intimate female vocals presentation. There is additional liveliness. In the treble section, the IT01 has better extension. The amount of air rendered is greater on the IT01 and it gives an airy feeling. There is no sibilance and harshness. The Queen has more body in the treble and it is much smoother. Lastly, both expands naturally for its soundstage. The IT01 has a greater width magnitude while the depth of the Queen is more closed in.

Conclusion

The Queen is a thick sounding iem that is able to provide full-bodied bass reproduction, lush midrange and smooth treble. It can express emotions effectively and the fullness creates a satisfying listen. In addition, it is made of CNC metal aluminium and the build quality is solid. The TFZ Queen is the latest addition to the TFZ’s lineup and it is able to produce an unique sound.

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