Review: Tin Audio T2 Pro

Firstly I would like to thank Linsoul for this sample to review, they have had over 50hrs of burn-in before writing this.

Gear Used: iBasso DX200 / Yulong DAART Aquila > T2 Pro (Foam tips)


*disclaimer: This sample was provided for the purpose of writing a review, no incentive was given to write a favourable review. All opinions expressed are my own subjective findings.




Tech Specs:

  •     Driver: Dynamic 10mm woofer, 6mm tweeter
  •     Impedance: 16 ohms
  •     Frequency response: 12 Hz–40 kHz
  •     Interface: 3.5 mm
  •     Plug: ⅛ in (3.5 mm) carbon 
  •     Cable: 4.1 ft (1.25 m) 5N OFC silver plating


https://www.massdrop.com/buy/tin-audio-t2-pro


Packaging, Build Quality and Accessories:

The T2 Pro come in the same box as the original T2, it is a small rectangular white box with the name and model on the front. Out from this white box slides a much nice textured blue and cream box which houses the IEM's and accessories. The top of the box flips open to reveal the IEM's in a foam insert, you can also see the 3.5mm jack. Underneath this insert you'll find the rest of the cable and the accessories. I really like the packaging, it's small but feels excellent for the price.



Build quality is similar to the T2, metal housings that feel sturdy and are well finished, along with MMCX detachable cables. The cable is superb, it is flexible and the jack has been improved over the T2. I really like how comfortable and soft the cable is, the jack is metal and has a carbon fibre look, the y-split is metal, and the MMCX connectors feel sturdy. There is no chin slider on the cable, but I didn't find that to be an issue, overall these are really well built.


Accessory wise these are lacking a little, you get pre-installed Medium size foam tips in blue, along with regular silicone single flange tips (S, M and L of both Narrow and Wide bore). Plenty of sizes and enough for most to get a good fit, but there is no carry pouch or jack adaptors. I suppose you cannot complain here for the price when you take into account the build and sound quality.




Comfort and Isolation:

The T2 Pro have an odd shell and fitting, with the MMCX connector exiting towards the front of the housing instead of the back like most. But I have found this to not cause any comfort issues and once you get a good fit they can be worn for long periods without issues. The cable helps a lot with the comfort too.

Isolation is quite average, even with foam tips, this is due to the housing being vented. They are fine for day to day use, but if you are wanting something to block out very noisy commutes there are some better options. 




Sound:

Split into the usual categories with a conclusion at the end.

Lows: First off I'll say that even with foam tips, these will not appeal to bass heads at all. However if you appreciate a tight and controlled bass response then you will be impressed by the quality that is on show here. They are not lean down low, and the extension is there, they just don't jump out at you with massive amounts of volume and presence. Articulation is good, and the bass prefers to be there to back up the track without being the centre of attention. They steer clear of muddying up the midrange which is excellent, and kicks are backed up with good punch just not huge volume. Overall a slightly more reserved bass response that values detail and control over volume.


Mids: The lower mids are not warmed by excessive lows which means they come across with incredible detail retrieval, I have to pinch myself to remind myself that these retail for $59.99. I think you would be hard pressed to find a cleaner midrange for this price and under. Vocals are clearly separated and you can hear an impressive amount of detail, guitars come in around them to complete the picture, everything is well layered. The midrange is maybe a tiny bit on the clinical side, but never do they sound wrong or artificial. Electric guitars really excel here, with a nice crisp edge to notes and good power behind them, acoustic guitars could benefit from a tiny bit more body.


Highs: The treble response is quite refined here, they are definitely not laid back and they add a great sense of air to the sound. There is perhaps a hint of metallic tone up top, but overall it is really detailed and refined. You can tell apart different cymbal crashes, and they are not grainy or congested like on many budget offerings. Spatial cues and imaging are very accurate, and the highs are not toned down yet their presentation and tone mean they never become bright.


Soundstaging is very good, there is a good amount of width but not a lot of height. The separation is where these really do well, the layering and air between instruments is excellent, the transient response also means they never become congested.




Conclusion: When putting everything into perspective regarding price vs performance the T2 Pro score very high. They do not have a full bass response, they are definitely tuned to be a little on the more analytical side of sound. But what you get for the price is a very open sound that has great separation and control, along with a beautifully detailed midrange and treble. I am genuinely impressed by the T2 Pro, if you want controlled sound and excellent detail for a low price these are really hard to beat.


Sound Perfection Rating: 9/10 (odd shape, not a particularly full sound, but incredibly detailed and open)

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