Tin Hifi T5 Review – A New Direction

Tin Hifi is a brand that has become synonymous with value for money. The companies T series led the line and offered budget audiophiles earphones that always seem worth more than the amount paid. Excellent build quality and great accessories were the norms, but the sound quality blew most of us away. Since its initial launch, the brand has slowly added its lineup with the planar magnetic P series and a further extension of the T series. Today we are reviewing the newest model, the much-hyped TinHifi T5.

Where to Buy?

The Tin Hifi T5 is available to buy from Linsoul with global shipping and we would expect them to be available on Amazon soon in your respective country.

The packaging for the earphone is great. It’s a high-quality cardboard box that feels far beyond anything budget standouts KZ and CCA ever offered their customers.

On the inside, there is a comprehensive set of accessories. Buyers are treated to two different silicone ear tips in 3 different sizes, along with one set of medium-sized genuine Comply foam tips. You also get a stunning-looking leatherette to carry a case with an interesting design. It’s semi-rigid and has plenty of room for accessories, but we feel like they killed all the goodwill in this area by making it white. I can guarantee it wand stay pristine looking for long, and I wish they had gone for a darker color option. Other extras include a cleaning brush, tweezers, and spare sets of grills to stop dirt from entering the housing.

TIN HIFI T5

The included cable is perfect. It’s a 4 braid twist design below the splitter and 2 after. All the hardware is fully metal. It has a beefy 3.5mm jack plug with nice knurling on it for added grip. A small metal splitter and a metal cinch slider are in place to add a touch of class, and even the 2 pin connectors are made of metal. Speaking of the connectors, I like that they are recessed on the Tinhifi T5 earphones because that will help prevent the damage that flushes sitting 2-pin connectors can incur. It is very little in terms of cable memory, and they remain free of tangles if managed correctly.

The T5 housings are all metal. This is in keeping with TinHifi’s other offerings as they continue to go this route over the cheaper feeling resing housings that other budget manufacturers are pursuing. It feels like a premium earphone with a stunning ergonomic design. It’s all-day comfortable if you have anything larger than small/medium-sized ears. Some people will miss the barrel-style design of old, but others prefer to monitor construction due to decreased microphonics and increased stability.

Sound-wise it’s. Maybe not what people were expecting. I think many people see the numeric listing of the T series as a progression. IE, the T5 would instinctively be riding flagship over the t3, etc. I don’t think that’s the case, given the way it is tuned. Many earphone companies like Shure employ this method (315 below 425 etc.), but other companies like Campfire Audio try to create options for users within its line to satisfy differing listening tastes. Why lose a customer to another company because someone doesn’t want to buy into your “house sound,” right?

So in the case of the Tin Hifi T5, this is the most bass-heavy and V-shaped tuning of all the companies’ offerings. One targeted to please bassheads and lovers of EDM and Pop. The low end is certainly impactful. It has a strong sub-bass presence but lacks refinement and texture in the mid-bass on more neutrally balanced IEM’s at this price. The mid-range is recessed, but it’s smooth and pleasant with an overall warmth. It sits back from the treble, which is pushed very far forward. This upper-frequency response is slightly fatiguing but not sibilant. The soundstage is decent, and we can credit the strong treble performance for opening it up and the decay from the low end, which creates a sense of depth.

In terms of value for money and comparison, I think that’s where the T5 starts to fall away. The Shuoer Tape Pro and the TiniHifi P1 are right at this price point and offer a significant improvement in infidelity. If your more bass orientated, go for the Tape Pro, and if it’s detailed, pick up the P1 but be sure that your DAP or Amp has adequate power to drive them.

TIN HIFI T5

Overall it’s an excellent earphone, well built with a lovely design. It sounds good as well, just not quite as good as some of the competition. However, that’s always the trade-off when you consider them as a total package. I would take them every day over something like a KZ or CCA. If you like v-shaped earphones and want a metal construction, something less fragile than the acrylic IEM’s that have flooded the budget space in the last year, then it’s a good pick up. But if you want to spend a little more, you can really step up infidelity as well.

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