Tin HiFi, a brand with which I started my journey as an audiophile. Though my love for music was there since my childhood I started exploring the land of audiophilia about two years back with my very first pair of HiFi IEMs, the Tin T2. Before that, I used to buy Skull Candy earphones that would always die between a month or two. But the T2 lasted for me for about six or seven months before I sold them(I had explored a lot till then). After the Tin T2 I just never stopped, DUNU DK3001 Pro, CA Polaris V2, BGVP DM6, and on and on….
But every now and then I was keeping an eye on the industry news and I was always looking at a pair of Tin HiFi IEMs, whether it be their T4 or the P1. I always wanted to buy the P1 but just never got the opportunity to get one for myself. And then I heard about the upcoming P2, an upgraded Planar Magnetic Driver IEM. But it costs double that of the P1. I somehow managed to grab a pair of P2 for the purpose of this review. So before wasting any more time, let’s begin.
This unit of Tin HiFi P2 was provided to me by HiFiGo.com for the purpose of this review. I am managing a review circle for the Tin HiFi P2 here in my country on behalf of HiFiGo. For my benefit in this, I got this review unit at a discounted price to keep the unit for myself once the review circle ends.
I am not paid or affiliated by anyone to write positive or negative about the pair, All the impressions in this blog are based on my personal experience with the pair. You can buy the Tin HiFi P2 from HiFiGo for 339$ from the link here. If you are in India and worried about shipment issues contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tin HiFi P2:-
The Tin HiFi P2 is a successor to the highly appreciated planar magnetic IEM Tin HiFi P1. It is their latest flagship to lead their product range. The pair costs about 339$. It features a second-generation Planar Magnetic Driver from Tin HiFi inside stainless steel ear shells. Now the question is, the brand has almost doubled the price from its predecessor P1 model But is it worth it? I will try to answer that in this review.
>12mm Planar Magnetic Drivers.
>Max power: 10mW.
>Frequency Response: 10Hz-20kHz.
>Sensitivity: 90 ± 3 dB.
Since I received the unit for the purpose of this review, I received only the product with the stock cable, a high-quality leather case, three pairs of ear tips, a 2.5mm-3.5mm connector, and a 2.5mm-4.4mm connector. But you can check out the unboxing by HiFiGo on their youtube channel from the link below.
The earpieces look quite good with stainless steel metallic body. They are a bit heavier when compared to Resin bodied ear shells. They have a triangular curvy shape with a grainy, sandpaper design on a beveled faceplate. The pair is smooth to touch even on the grainy portion on the faceplate. There is a small vent on the inner side of the cavity just adjacent to the ear nozzle. Though the nozzle here is not too long it makes the pair sit firmly into my ears and provide me with a comfy fit. For cable connectors, the pair has a QDC 2-pin 0.78mm connectors. I have no personal preference to connector type. But I liked these QDC 2-pin connectors as they make the connection looks secure with no chance of damage to the covered connectors.
The included cable is quite strong and heavy. It is an 8-core braided 6N high-quality copper cable with 2.5mm balanced termination. At the top, the cable has angled transparent QDC 2-pin connectors with color-coded housing(Red for the Right side and Blue for the Left side). IT is heavier than what we get in normally get with IEMs and has a tight braiding. I find the pair and accessories to have very good, premium build quality.
With Stainless Steel ear shells, the pair holds some weight as compared to Resin made ear shells. They provide a comfortable and firm fit despite being small. But I had issues in fit with the stock silicone tips as the pair kept on falling off my ears, though using Spin Fit CP100 fixed this for me. Fit with the stock Foam tips is good, but I am not habitual to Foam tips so I use the pair with Spin Fit CP100.
In terms of Noise Isolation, I find the pair provide above-average isolation. Isolation is not that good in very noisy environments like streets, but at home, you can expect good isolation for a regular volume of Television in your room.
Driving the P2:-
In my experience so far, I have never experienced a pair of IEMs with so much scaling power. Its power intake is similar to my Hifiman Sundara(planar magnetic). I mean you can listen to music with your regular smartphone, your hi-res player, but they just won’t do justice to the P2. For the purpose of this review, I used the pair with Honor View 10 smartphone, iBasso DX120 hi-res player, and a Topping E30+L30 desktop combo on my windows system(using Foobar, Youtube). Here’s my finding for these combos:-
Honor View 10:-
The P2 can not be played at adequate volumes using smartphones like the View 10. It just doesn’t provide the stage and extensions that the pair is capable of. I found the output to lack depth, dynamics, and resolution. It was just being played but was not at all enjoyable.
With the DX120 I found the output to be restricted, Restricted in terms of staging and extensions again. Mids sounded muffled and muddy, I am pretty sure an entry-level DAP like the DX120 doesn’t give enough power to the pair to shine.
Now, this is the combo that does justice to the Tin HiFi P2. The pair shows great slams in the lower end, The stage has a great sense of depth, resolution, and clarity are just amazing. For volume levels, my Knob is at 12 ‘o’clock at high gain(+9dB) and at 3 ‘o’clock at mid-gain(0dB). These are actually the same settings I use for my Sundara. Quite insane a pair of IEMs taking power similar to a pair of full-size headphones.
Though I must say this here, I don’t have access to other powerful DAPs like the FiiO M11 Pro, iBasso DX160, or any other. But back then when I used to own both of these, they can power up my Sundara with the 4.4mm balanced cable. SO, I guess they can power the P2 well with their balanced port too. But this is just a wild guess, I have not tried these two or any other powerful DAP with the P2 based on my previous user experience.
Sound Quality(Based on my usage with Topping Combo):-
Once you have powered the Tin HiFi P2 well, now it’s your time to enjoy a powerful, super immersive music experience. I love how the Planar Bass works, it has more emphasis on the mid-bass slams as compared to the sub-bass. But the sub-bass here in P2 also comes on the front with a powerful rumble in tracks like Bad Guy By Billie Eilish. The pair maintains a crisp high-resolution clarity throughout the frequency range, though it holds a slight bit of sparkle in the treble portion that actually makes the pair sound bright. I am a bit sensitive to harsh treble, but I don’t find the pair to be harsh or fatiguing even in complex tracks like the Wonder Woman Theme by Tina Guo though this sparkle brings a slight bit of resonating effect on flutes and other similar instruments.
Tin HiFi P2 produces an impactful lower end. The bass slams are precise, controlled, and so powerful. One thing I love about Planar drivers is the cleanliness of the bass slams, Yup they take too much power for these slams. But once powered, believe me, you are in for a treat!! The pair releases all of its horses with a perfectly presented lower end. There is a good extension, there is good depth, and there is a powerful rumble in the lower end. And not to mention nothing is overpowering, you are getting a super clean response with no muddiness in the lower end.
Mid frequencies are a bit recessed, but the clarity is outstanding. The details are presented beautifully with well-extended acoustic instruments. There is a slight bit of warmth with lush vocals. It sounds like there is a slight bump in the upper mids as the Vocals are on the front line with beautiful crisp detailing. Vocals by Yao Si Ting in I Cry smoothens out the soul with their crisp clarity. Damien Rice, one of my favorite artists has rich vocals in his songs such as 9 Crimes, Cannonball, Blower’s Daughter, and more. If you try out complex tracks like Zombies by Bad Wolves, the detail retrieval is amazing. But if you don’t provide ample power to the pair, the mid-frequencies become muffled and muddy(Happened for me when I paired it with DX120).
The Highs portion adds a sparkly touch to the output. This area adds a bright factor to the output, bright yet not harsh. The Cymbal drops in Dreams by Fleetwood Mac sounds precise and to the point with very good extensions. There is no harshness but I find a resonating effect with instruments like Flutes. The output is more immersive rather than being aggressive.
Soundstage & Imaging:-
Tin HiFi P2 has a wide soundstage with a good sense of depth. In terms of imaging, the pair shows very good detailing and layering of instruments. Instrument separation is fantastic.
BGVP DM8 Vs Tin HiFi P2:-
What’s a better time to review the Tin HiFi P2 when you also have the BGVP DM8 in your house for review(It’s coming sooner than you expect). Here are my findings between these two:-
>The DM8 has a more relaxed tuning as compared to the P2.
>Bass slams are cleaner, powerful in P2 as compared to the DM8.
>Sub-bass is better in P2.
>DM8 has more airiness on the stage.
>P2 sounds more immersive.
>DM8 is very easy to drive as compared to the P2. P2 needs a boatload of power to shine properly.
Tin HiFi P2 Vs Hifiman Sundara:-
Well, I know no one expected this, an IEM vs a full-sized open-back headphone. But they both feature a Planar Magnetic driver, and at the end isn’t it all about the sound output so why not?? Here are my findings:-
>Sub-bass is better in P2, Sundara sounds shy in terms of Sub-bass.
> P2 here has a better sense of intimacy and immersiveness as compared to the Sundara.
>With Open-back architecture, the Sundara wins in terms of airiness on the stage.
>Sundara’s output sounds cleaner than that with the P2, My guess this is because of the powerful bass in P2.
>Both take almost similar power intake, One might need a powerful source for both of these.
I loved the Tin HiFi P2 with its performance and looks. The lower end slams are so perfect and soul-soothing that it just takes the listening experience to an all-new level. I am actually a fan of Planar Bass(Love when the slams drop in Sundara too). Some people might find the treble area too bright or overdone, but to my preference, it sounds perfect. Will I recommend the Tin HiFi P2 to you?? Well if you have something to power it properly, believe me, you are in for a treat, I am sure you are gonna love the powerful bass, the crisp, detailed vocals, and that sparkly treble. But if you don’t have anything that can give ample power to the Tin HiFi P2 then I would suggest you look somewhere else.