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Tin T5 IEM Review: Big Shoes To Fill!!

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Tin HiFi formerly known as Tin Audio is a well-experienced Hi-Fi IEM manufacturing brand with lots and lots of experience in the budget segment. They have garnered praises internationally for…
Tin HiFi T5-9

Tin HiFi formerly known as Tin Audio is a well-experienced Hi-Fi IEM manufacturing brand with lots and lots of experience in the budget segment. They have garnered praises internationally for their “T” series of high-resolution IEMs featuring highly acclaimed pairs at affordable prices. Famous products from the series include T2, T2 Plus, T4, and more. T2 Plus and T4 used to be my favorite in their respective price segments too. Just a few months back Tin HiFi released its flagship from the “T” series, the Tin Audio T5. Bringing forward the legacy of the “T” series, the T5 features a single DD configuration with a specially developed 10mm DOC diaphragm. It has some really big shoes to fill left by successful products from the series.

Tin HiFi T5-1

With the T5, Tin Audio also breaks the 100$ price barrier for the “T” series, priced at 129$. Following the success of T4, the T5 has big shoes to fill. Being a fan of the T2 Plus and T4, I was excited ever since the announcement of the T5. Today, I am gonna share my impressions, my review for this latest Tin Hifi IEM. So before wasting any more time, let’s begin.

Disclaimer:-

I got this unit of Tin Hifi T5 from a friend for the purpose of this review at my own request. All the impressions in this review are based on my own experience with the pair, free from any kind of influence from anyone. Hope you like this write-up.

I got only the pair along with one pair of stock ear tips and carry case from my friend so I will be skipping over the unboxing and accessories section today and jumping directly to the build quality of the pair.

Tin HiFi T5-2

Design & Build Quality:-

Earlier the “T” series of IEMs by Tin Audio had a bullet-shaped small form factor. But with the previous Tin T2 Plus model, Tin switched to the more comfortable ergonomic shape. The T5 improves over that with better fitting, metallic ear shells. The earpieces are completely made up of metal. They have a unibody form factor with an ergonomic shape. The earpieces at first glance give an impression of being heavy, but once you hold them in your own hands, they are actually quite lightweight and have a smooth shiny finish to them. Gunmetal color is also a new welcome(all previous models in the series were available in a simple silver finish).

Tin HiFi T5-3

Earlier the “T” series of IEMs by Tin Audio had a bullet-shaped small form factor. But with the previous Tin T2 Plus model, Tin switched to the more comfortable ergonomic shape. The T5 improves over that with better fitting, metallic ear shells. The earpieces are completely made up of metal. They have a unibody form factor with an ergonomic shape. The earpieces at first glance give an impression of being heavy, but once you hold them in your own hands, they are actually quite lightweight and have a smooth shiny finish to them. Gunmetal color is also a new welcome(all previous models in the series were available in a simple silver finish).

The ear nozzle has a shiny golden color that I would have loved more in the same body color. It is quite short in length. There are two vent holes for DD cavity air pressure management, one at the side of the cavity and the other just close to the ear nozzle. Another change with the T5 from the rest of the series is the connector type. Tin HiFi has switched from MMCX to 2-pin for the T5. These 2-pin connectors are located at the top of the earpieces in a deeply recessed manner. 2-Pin connectors I love when they have such recessed placement as they provide a stronger fit with the cable. The T4 early batches had some issues with the MMCX connector too. Face panels have Tin HiFi printed at the center with the same gunmetal color as the cavity.

Tin HiFi T5-4

Despite being simple, the look and feel of Tin T5 are quite good and elegant. I simply loved the simple approach with ergonomic cavities here. Now, coming to the cable. It is a decent-looking simple braided 4-core cable with 2-cores on each side. It has memory hooks near the connectors for easy fit. Connectors have L and R printed on the Left and Right sides respectively. The cable has metallic shielding at the y-splitter and termination plug. It has a 3.5mm termination plug. The included carry case here is by far the best case Tin Hifi has ever included with any of its IEMs. It is better than even the premium P2 model. It is a white leather case with a magnetic lid.

Fit & Noise Isolation:-

As I stated earlier, the Tin T5 has an ergonomic shape. It fits like a charm. With its lightweight aesthetics, It isn’t felt much even after long music sessions. The ear cavities sit firmly into the ears covering the entire ear canal providing a good level of isolation from the surrounding noises.

Driving the Tin T5:-

Tin Hifi T5 has a slightly high impedance rating of 48 ohms with a decent sensitivity of 103dB/mW. It can be driven off normal smartphones but at high volume levels for decent performance. Using a good source is what I would recommend for optimal performance. I personally used it straight out of my Shanling M3X that drove it easily at around 30-35/100 volume on high gain mode. Putting a Topping NX4 in between the M3X and T5 brought more improvements in the dynamics like better extensions at the lower and high ends, slightly better instrument separation and slightly more improvements.

Tin HiFi T5-5

In conclusion, Tin T5 can be powered straight off your smartphone, but you will miss out on the full potential of the pair. For this review, most of the critical listening is done using the M3X+NX4 stack.

Sound Review:-

Tin Hifi T5 has a different signature to that of the previous models in the series. It has a laid-back, smooth sound signature with an elevated bass response. It doesn’t sound V-shaped to me as only the bass portion sounds elevated. The bass drop in Send Me an Angel is just exceptional. I simply fell in love with the track during the first 40 seconds itself. Bass quantity is super good, quality is refined and above average for the price with a balanced emphasis on the mid-bass as well as sub-bass portion. The mid-frequencies have a smooth yet recessed presentation. They fall towards a slight lean touch to the tonality but with good clarity for vocals and acoustic instruments.

Tin HiFi T5-6

Treble frequencies are mostly overshadowed by the punchy bass and smooth mid-frequencies. They are the weakest point in the tuning of T5. Instrument clarity and separation are decent though suffer from early roll-off in the treble region. The good thing is the treble has a smooth presentation with no harshness or fatigue even at loud listening volumes. Let’s discuss different frequencies separately.

Lower End:-

As stated above the output has most of its emphasis on the lower end. Bass has good quantity in its slams and rumble. Even though the pair maintains a good balance between the mid-bass slams and sub-bass portion but I personally felt that Mid-bass slams had more emphasis in the presentation. Sub-bass while being quite good lacks the level of depth that mid-bass achieves. Don’t get me wrong, it is not a bass head level lower end, rather a punchy and lively bass presentation that hits at the right sweet spot to make our music enjoyable and fun. Such a punchy presentation complements the other frequencies well. Also, the lower end has a tight control well within its region. It doesn’t leak or overlaps over the mid-frequencies. “Why So Serious” by Hans Zimmer, “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish shows a pretty solid bass response.

Mid-Frequencies:-

Mid-frequencies maintain good clarity throughout their range. Vocals, Acoustic instruments though having a slight lean presentation show good clarity and separation on the stage. Both the male and female vocals have a clean presentation. There is no noticeable sibilance with the vocals even at loud volumes. Mids get enough space to shine, they are neither congested nor have a too airy presentation. “Let Me Get Me” by Selena Gomez has a rich female vocal presentation. “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor, the energy of her vocals can be felt with every single line. For male vocals, I loved Damien Rice in “Cannon Ball” and Enrique in “Addicted”.

Treble:-

Treble has a smooth, non-fatiguing presentation with early roll-off in the upper treble portion. Instrument separation and detailing is decent in complex tracks such as “Bohemia Rhapsody” by Queens or “Californication” by RHCP but lacks air between the instruments. The pair produces smooth details in the music but at the same time lacks in retrieving minute details. The Treble portion sounds congested in comparison to similarly priced BQEYZ Summer.

Soundstage & Imaging:-

With a laid-back presentation, the pair produces a sense of wider staging in the music. The stage also has a good sense of depth and height creating a 3D stage. Imaging and instrument separation both are quite decent with the T5. No complaints there.

Some Comparisons:-

I recently experienced BQEYZ Summer that has similar pricing to that of the T5. So I will be putting my impressions based on usage with both of them.

Tin HiFi T5-7

BQEYZ Summer Vs Tin Audio T5:-

>Summer has a more intimate presentation while the T5 has a more laid-back approach for our music.

>T5 has a more refined lower end while Summer has more quantity and more punch in the lower end.

>Summer is easier to drive out of the two.

>Mids have a smoother presentation with T5.

>Treble of Summer has a better presentation with improved air and extensions.

>Summer produces more minute details.

>T5 has a wider staging out of the two.

>T5 has a better build and fit out of the two.

Tin HiFi T5-8

A Few More Words:-

Well, that closes it for me. I loved my time with the Tin T5. The new shape and design of the Tin Audio T5 are a welcome upgrade to the series. I liked its ergonomic shape and metallic build, bass is also pretty good, mids are accurate and rich, but treble frequencies need some more energy, some more air to them. Unlike other products in the “T” series like the T2 Plus or T4, the T5 needs some extra juice to shine its best. I heard Tin HiFi is also planning a retuned, T5s that will be available soon.

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