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Tin T2 Plus Review – The Balanced Budget Gem

T2 Plus is the TIN HiFi’s latest offering after the release of the Tin T4. It doesn’t have too much in common with the Tin T2 or any of Tin’s other offerings. This has a unique tuning with exceptional tonality and mids. Let’s see what Tin T2 Plus is offering in terms of sound…

Packaging and Build:

The box it comes in is reminiscent of the original T2: a simple white box. The inner box opens to reveal the IEMs themselves with a compartment below that holds the MMCX cable, foam tips, and a few pairs of silicon tips. As usual, Tin HiFi is stubbornly sticking to the MMCX standard despite the multitude of issues it has given them in the past. This time however, the cable is quite nice. It’s soft and supple with no cable memory and low level of cable noise. The MMCX connection feels solid and does not swivel freely. It does have included ear hooks of soft molded kind without memory wires. Like the Tin T3’s cable, the T2 Plus’ is one you likely won’t want to replace. 

The fit of the T2 Plus is shockingly good. Despite looking like a Blon BL03 rip off, I was floored at how well it fits me and how comfortable it is. Between its ergonomic shell and a nozzle diameter that’s smaller than the previous T2/T3/T4, I wouldn’t mind if all future Tin HiFi IEMs uses the same cable and shell. This is one of the best fitting and comfortable budget IEMs I’ve tried.

Overall Impressions:

Right from the get-go, the T2 Plus is not the T2. There is too much bass here compared to the relatively bass light T2. The best way to describe it is as a mild V-shape with a bright slant. It has a sizable bass boost that extends into the mids to give it an overall warmish tone. Upper mids aren’t overly blown and transitions nicely into a lively treble. As a whole, its signature maintains part of that Tin HiFi reference tuning masked under an elevated low end. For most people, the T2 Plus will have “fun” tuning that works well as a jack-of-all-trades with an overall balanced tone.

Bass:

My biggest (and only) gripe with the T2 Plus is its bass response. It has a reasonable amount of bass to give the T2 Plus low end presence and extends down to about 40 Hz with a minor roll-off at 20 Hz. The T2 Plus maintains this bass response all the way in to the mids, giving it a more mid-bassy signature rather than a sub-bassy one. The problem is that the T2 Plus’ bass response is undefined when it comes to drums. It’s loose, boomy, and weirdly enough… bouncy(?). The kick drum and low toms seem to lack that part of that deep, weighted oomph to them. It’s as if you hear more of the beater head or stick impact and the immediate bounce back of the drum head rather than the full resonance of the drum. It doesn’t have the slam or tightness necessary to convey a sense of authority. Nor does it have much rumble. In this respect, the T2 Plus is unique as I have not heard a bass response like this before. Despite graphing with a sizable bass response, low notes sometime just doesn’t have as much depth I’d expect. Perhaps it has something to do with the upper harmonics in the treble. I think that perhaps if the T2 Plus had about 2 dB less bass, this effect would be somewhat mitigated or at least, less noticeable. Overall though, this isn’t a deal breaker by any means. Bass presence is clean and notes are well defined in bass guitar or synth lines.

Mids:

I quite like the mids of the T2 Plus. The low mids are slightly warm and bring a touch of richness to a variety of instruments. The upper mids cut cleanly through without ever being harsh. Instruments are realistically presented and balance nicely with each other in the mix. Vocals are neither too forward nor recessed, with no preference towards male or female vocals. Typical vocal pitfalls aren’t a problem here; vocals aren’t shrill, shouty, or sibilant. The upper mids may graph odd with its early rise and plateau starting around 1.5 kHz, but there’s nothing odd about the sound. As a whole, the T2 Plus’ mids fall within a Goldilocks zone for me. Everything is about right. Maybe minor tweaks here and there would make them sound phenomenal but I’m happy with what the T2 Plus brings.

Treble:

really like the treble of the T2 Plus. It leans bright with a sustained lower treble presence that continues seamlessly from the upper mids. I particularly like how smooth the T2 Plus’ treble sounds; there are no noticeable peaks or dips that jump out at me. My simple test for treble is how well it can render hats and cymbals and the vast majority of IEMs I’ve tried fail this test. The T2 Plus does not. The notes of the ride cymbal have that clean, delicate, crystalline shimmer to them. Hats have a crisp, lively sound that brightens and adds flavor to music. Crash cymbals have a gracious decay and rarely involves into a trashy mess. Chime and bell-like instruments are able to cut right through the mix without seeming out of place. Rarely do I enjoy the treble of an IEM this much but the T2 Plus simply does a tremendous job without relying on an overly bright and exaggerated signature. Its presentation by far the best of any budget IEM I’ve heard and I certainly wouldn’t mind it on some of the higher end IEMs I’ve tried.

Presentation:

Soundstage is above average for width, average for depth and height. Imaging is really quite solid with a nuanced spatial distinction. There is a nice sense of space in this IEM that isn’t in-your-face or closed off. I think the former is due to the non shouty nature of the tuning. The latter is from the rather sizable vent holes that allow the driver to breathe.  

Resolution is fantastic for its price. Instrument separation is above average with decent layering, taking good advantage of the overall staging.

Verdict:

I really like the T2 Plus. I consider it to be one of the best IEM in the very competitive $50-60 segment despite my reservations about its bass. Sure there are other good IEMs at that price point but if you want a more balanced IEM that still maintains that fun factor, the T2 Plus makes a very compelling argument. And if you really value your treble, well, the T2 Plus may be the only budget IEM worth looking at.

This Review is Written By KATHIRAVAN.C

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I’m Kathiravan from Tamilnadu. A budding audiophile here with high love towards music and audio equipments. My first experience of enjoying the hifi audio came when I started to use budget chi-fi gears and now it came all along the way of reviewing the gears with high end stuffs. I love reviewing audio products.

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