Mangird Tea Review – These should hype!

Mangrid Tea

I just finished the listening tests with the Mangird Tea and for the first time in a long time, I’m excited to write a review. 2020 has been a slow year, not just because of the countless lockdowns and the days rolling into another.

No, there seems to have been a slow down in earphones that have piqued my interest. 2019 was a big year with lots of exciting innovations in driver technology and hybrid configurations. 2020 on the other hand has seen its fair share of disappointments.

Companies releasing sequels that don’t live up to the originals, lots of overpriced garbage designed to hit a price point, and absolutely nothing interesting from the big name brands. So just like we have seen many times in the past few years its an unassuming and unknown Chinese HiFi earphone that comes along and makes everything a bit better.

Where to buy the Mangird Tea?

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Well known earphone brands are pretty much dead to me at this point

I’m not kidding. Technology advances faster than ever and in all other realms such as laptops and smartphones when something hits the market it is usually surpassed within 6 months.

My argument is that this phenomenon is even more aggressively prevalent in the portable audio world. Big companies like Shure, Sennheiser, Beyer, Bang & Olufsen are slow lumbering unadaptable dinosaurs and I cannot think of a single reason I would lump myself with their outdated tech when shopping for IEM’s.

The companies I have listed above are trying to sell you outdated tech off the back of their well-known name brands. They do so whilst charging outrageous premiums and cut enormous margins.

I have said it for almost a decade. People are being ripped off and it’s not just from the idiotic “luxury” audiophile brands, think most people can see through that, but through the obsolescence in established brand lineups.

Want some examples? No problem:

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  • Shure SE425 – Still on sale today, pioneers at the time, still shares mid-price earphone retailing at around $300 10 years after their release
  • Westone W20 – Debuted in 2014 to not much fanfare from audio enthusiasts and still RRP is 349USD in 2020
  • Sennheiser IE80s – RRP 349 released more than 3 years ago and a disappointing sequel to the original IE80

I’m sorry but if you buy any of those earphones as opposed to some of the earphones coming out of China these days then you have something seriously wrong with you. The Chinese are now famous for being able to take something released a month prior, break it down, and produce something better a month later.

They have had more than enough time to better those listed above and since they are the ones innovating and producing the majority of the driver tech the always seem to be one step ahead.

You might wonder why that particular rant right now in this review of the Mangird Tea well it just so happened given the price points I reached for my old set of unloved Shure SE425 for comparison… then the IE80s….by the time I got to the Westone there was no point in even making those comparisons.

The truth is the Tea is just a stellar piece of kit that I hold them up to Tin-Hifi P1 levels in terms of bang for your buck. Let’s get into the full review and I’ll explain why.

Mangird Tea: Technical Specifications

Connectivity: Wired

Driver Configurations: 2x Knowles RAD-33518/4x Sonion 2600 /1xGerman Bio-titanium dynamic driver

Drivers: Hybrid – 6 Balanced armatures and 1 dynamic driver

Resistance: 18 ohm

Sensitivity: 112+/-2 dB/mW

Frequency Response Range: 20-20KHz

Connectors: 3.5mm but available to order ar Linsoul with 2.5mm (balanced) and 4.5mm respectively

Plug Tyle: Two-pin detachable cable

Packaging

Accessories

The accessories are simple and to the point. The main things are covered in that there are tips and a carry case.

Eartips:

Mangird gives you plenty of options for eartips so you can find the best possible fit. Included in the package are two Comply style foam tips, 3 regular black silicone tips in three different sizes, and two size options of Spinfit style tips.

I found the best fit with the medium spin fits but all of the eartips (in my correct size) were of good quality and worked appropriately.

Carry Case

This is a unique and good carry case. It’s a puck style design with soft faux padding inside on the top and bottom. That keeps your earphones free from scratches and also gives a bit of protection if you accidentally drop them. In between the top and bottom, there is a rubberized gasket that will help keep water out.

While I doubt it will take full submersion it will protect for showers and spills. Inside there is also plenty of room in case you want to carry a spare set of ear tips or even a cable.

Aesthetics

The Tea is a beautiful looking set of earphones. At first glance, they look like another resin earphone which is common from these Chinese startups. Resin has a lot of desirable properties in they can be molded into ergonomically friendly shapes where using metal would require a costly injection molding process to achieve the same result. It is also lightweight like plastic but has much more rigidity in the body of the housing.

The real beauty of the earphones comes from the clarity of the resin. This shows the gave adequate time for the curing process to take effect and with Egger resin that was likely done under UV light. The resin has also been seeded with a lot of gold foils that seem to float inside the housing. They just look fantastic. A premium-feeling earphone that is matched with some good, tasteful looks.

The silver cable on the other hand doesn’t match with the aesthetic and whilst it is a quality cable with good properties I will primarily be using these with a Dunu Lyre cable. I know the thought of using a cable that costs 50% the price of earphones might boggle the mind but trust me the price of the Tea is in no way an indication of how good they perform.

With that said they definitely are worthy of the upgrade for me given the ability to quickly swap the connectors between balanced and standard form.

If you are after and aesthetic upgrade I would recommend the black Fearless Audio 8 core from Linsoul, that would be the icing on the cake in terms of styling. Either way, I don’t believe for a second any of this will affect the sound so you really do not need to waste money if you are happy with the color of the original cable..

Build quality is superb and the finish and design of the Tea have really impressed me. They are a resin body that is not uncommon in the Chinese IEM market but something about them feels more sturdy and higher quality than usual.

Mangird claim that they use imported Egger resin for the bodies but whilst that might sound pretty fancy to people not in the know I am aware that Egger resin is used in many earphones and hearing aide products around the world.

No, I think the quality is more dictated by the attention to detail, thicker layup, dense driver packing, and proper curing process. Whatever it is it works and there are a few design touches that show the quality of the Tea.

The housings are medium to small in size which is impressive due to the number of drivers located on the inside. They are formed according to Mangirds own specifications as to the best suitable ergonomic design that will best suit their demographics.

The inclusion of metal nozzles is very welcome as it provides a couple of benefits over a similar design with a resin nozzle. First is increased strength to the IEM body. Resin being natural brittle when cured will lose structural integrity at its thinnest point.

By cutting the nozzle and replacing that section with metal you are removing a failure point. You aren’t therefore likely to have wear on the nozzles that I have seen develop on some of my custom in-ear monitors. Oh, and they are way less likely to snap if dropped on a hard surface.

The other benefit is that the rougher metal surface of the nozzle grips your eartips better than resin so there is less chance of losing a tip in your ear when removing the earphones.

There is a venting port on the top of each earpiece which allows the dynamic driver to properly vent itself. It’s larger than I have seen on other earphones but Mangird has taken time to not only protect this hole from debris ingress via a mesh film but also to recess it into the housing. A subtle touch but indictive of the companies attention to detail.

Finally, We have a negative point, not major but it does lose marks in my eyes. Mangird has chosen to use two-pin connectors. People who are long time readers of this site know how much I hate 2 pin connectors and I wish that Mangird had opted to go with the more modern and robust standard of MMCX.

Internal design

You absolutely cannot look at any earphones driver setup and make an assumption on how good it is going to sound. I have listened to 18 driver earphones and had them sound worse to my ears than with a single driver. This is currently and never has been an indicator of an earphones worth or its sound quality, no matter how badly manufacturers want you to believe that.

The benefits of using multiple drivers or hybrid setups when designing earphones will only bear fruit if the engineers are skilled and capable. The Mangird engineers have definitely shown their skills with the Tea earphones but we will get into that a little later. For now, let’s talk about what’s going on inside the shells.

So in each earpiece, there are a total of 7 drivers. These are not all the same type and not even the same manufacturer.

You get 4 Sonion 2600 balanced armature drivers, these are a high-quality driver that has only recently been replaced by 2700 (which would show negligible capable differences in this case). They are the same drivers used in the well regarded ThieAudio Legacy 9.

There are 2 Knowles RAD-33518’s which are a solid yet inexpensive driver option known to produce good detail and be responsive to tuning.

Finally, there is a bio titanium driver that I can’t find any info on diameter or origin. Titanium could be seen as beneficial due to its low weight and high hardness both of which can have a significant effect on the sound of a dynamic driver earphone.

Comfort and Isolation

Top marks for the Mangird Tea when it comes to both the comfort and the isolation provided by these earphones.

The ergonomics are on point and the outer housing confirmed well with the shape of my outer ear and when properly seated the sate perfectly between my tragus and anti-tragus. Something to watch out for though is these have what I would call a deep insertion. The nozzle is fairly long and as a result, they sit deeper in the ear than you are probably used to. That’s perfect for me as I like the security of this type of fit but not all people will be comfortable with it. Don’t despair though if you struggle at first because after some use it becomes natural and many people find they can’t go back to more shallow fitting earphones.

Due to such a deep insertion depth and the dense packing of the drivers within the earphone body, the Tea is fantastic at isolating you from your environment. They offer the user a significant reduction in ambient noise so will be perfect for use in noisy environments.

Sound Quality Review

If there is one reason to buy the Mangird Tea, if none of the above points above sold you on how good an earphone is then the sound definitely should. These earphones sound amazing. Fun and energetic with lots of detail and thankfully plenty of bass.

With so many fantastic sounding earphones released over the past few years, it’s becoming less and less common to get excited about a single model. With the Tea I expected it to be good but I definitely didn’t expect what I actually heard. There is a combination of things that work really well to produce a very desirable IEM.

Tonality is the first thing we should talk about because the tuning of the Tea is natural and smooth. There is a lovely balance of realism through it. Nothing sounds cold in the reference earphones style instead it has some warmth that adds thickness and intimacy to the presentation. It sounds engaging and real and that is most expressed when listening to the presentation of stringed instruments and vocals.

Clarity and detail retrieval are other star points and the six balanced armature drivers are tuned to create plenty of space and separation. The treble being of such a high standard allows a lot of room for everything to appear open and it was very easy to place instrumentation and identify it even in crowded tracks.

The setup is slight to the warm side but it remains neutral with the different frequencies not overreaching for prominence over search other. The highs are well extended and crisp, the mids are more forward than most (in comparison with the typical V-shaped sounding earphones) and the lows are really something special.

The bass is the highlight for me because it is so naturally produced. It makes this earphone unbelievable versatile. In fact, in terms of accurately replicating the quantity of bass, the Tea are very special and exceed most of what I have tried under $500. They have and ability to hit you really hard when called upon but when it’s not required they have great speed texture and clarity. Many earphones can be described as basshead earphones, the Mangird aren’t that but they can be.

Basshead earphones usually have a strong bass leaning sound even when you are not listening to particularly heavy bass focussed music like EDM or Dubstep. This can be great for those aforementioned genres but they lack diversity in the production of more mid and high focussed music like classical and rock. The Mangierd are sleepers. You listen to Rock, pop, classic, jazz, etc and they sound like an amazingly natural and refined audiophile IEM. Composed, calculated, and revealing. You switch to more bass-heavy stuff and they flip a switch like Jeckl and Hyde. It becomes a basshead earphone. It adapts, it gives you what you need when you need it. It’s versatile and in every genre, I tested for this review I was extremely impressed.

 

Conclusion

What an incredibly impressive earphone this is. To think where we were just half a decade ago to where we are now is really amazing. Something like this makes mince meat of the majority of Shure and Westones mid and high-end offerings.

The Chinese makers have these products dialed in now and the consumers will be the ones that benefit. It looks great, build quality is excellent and the sound is detailed, clear, and displays great tonality. They are a fun listen, and accurate listen and some of the best value on the market right now. Personally I think this one a no brainer if you like the sound profile and are ok with the 2-pin connectors.


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