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Ourart Tini

Rating:
4/5,
  • Full Frequency Single Balanced Armature MMCX Detachable HiFi In-ear Earphone

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    Specification

    • Model: TINI
    • Impedance: 40Ω
    • Driver: 2*3*4mm customized full frequency balanced armature
    • Sensitivity: 95dB/mW
    • Frequency response range: 20-20000Hz
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    Package

    • OURART TINI
    • 5 pairs of double layer transparent silicone eartips
    • 2 pairs of three layer transparent silicone eartips
    • Carry Bag

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Recent Reviews

  1. IryxBRO
    Ourart Tini — sparkling and clear
    Written by IryxBRO
    Published Aug 6, 2019
    4.0/5,
    Pros - crisp and transparent treble, vivid and bright sound, good overall clarity
    Cons - lacking bass, thin sound, strange fit
    One of the least common and most peculiar shape of IEMs nomination spotted in the wild goes to Ourart — a brand mostly respected for its excellent and breathtaking earbuds (ACG/Ti). While the first IEMs on my review (WINE) had standard bullet-like shape, Ourart Tini is far from the regular design, to the extent of some frustration when opening the box. But before going into the debris of design and fit deviations, let’s go over the specs, packaging and box contents.

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    Ourart Tini technical specifications:
    • Shells: silver plated, 316-grade steel
    • Driver type: 2x3x4mm open hole BA driver
    • Sensitivity: 95dB
    • Impedance: 40Ω
    • Frequency Response Range: 20Hz — 20kHz
    • Cable connectors: MMCX
    • Audio Jack: 3.5mm, angled
    • Cable Length: 1.2m
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    Packaging, design and build quality:

    Not sure if this part about the packaging would be correct cause I’ve received Tini IEMs as three separate pieces: storage case with IEMs, bag with all eartips and audio cable. It is not clear whether this model is always supplied like this or it should have more common packaging. Anyway, in my case Tini arrived in small white cardboard box, free of any prints, that contained beautiful polished black plastic storage case with IEMs.

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    First impression is like holding storage case dedicated for some precious jewelry. This feeling gets even stronger with the first glance at IEMs when opening the case. Really reminds of some pure silver studs that you’d take out of the drawer before escorting a friend to his final journey (wedding, I mean ). Just kidding. Other accessories were located in separate bags. So, the full set is like this:
    • Ourart Tini IEMs
    • audio cable, MMCX
    • 5 pairs of two flange silicone eartips
    • 2 pairs of three flange silicone eartips
    • storage case
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    Such beautiful storage case has couple of drawbacks as for me: it collects finger prints and scratches with its polished and very soft surface and it doesn’t allow you to store IEMs together with exchangeable eartips and audio cable. Therefore, I would say that you would need something else to do the same job well.

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    Ourart Tini are made of steel and have shiny polished surface all around. It is a unibody construction with the only opening for MMCX cable ports at the bottom which are drowned inside the shells.

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    Output channels also end up with the opeinings that are protected with the aluminum grills. There are no engravings, prints or other visual elements on either channel. Either can act as Left or Right since the shape of both is the same.

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    One suitable design finding, apart from all other irregularities and presentation, are the beveled upper edges that allow to form the geometry when channels are placed close to each other. Some people might even have troubles with guessing what it is…

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    One complain from my side towards the choice of material and crafting is about the coating that looks as silver before the first contact with fingers. Gets spotted afterwards and needs constant polishing with soft cloth. Same effect is obsered with silver items — they get darker due to skin acid.

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    Stock audio cable is packed into pretty thick silicone braid, equipped with plastic Y-splitter, aluminum limiter, transparent resin MMCX connectors and rubber audio jack housing. Red dot at one of the MMCX connectors identifies Right channel. This cable doesn’t feel as a premium one but neither it shows any issues in terms of the build quality. Mic effect is here and quite apparent.

    Fit:

    At first I was afraid that such shape would have very negative effect on fit comfort. I was partially wrong. Fit-wise is totally ok despite such rectangular and sharp-edge design. The source of success with ergonomics here comes from a combination of low weight and thin profile. If I had never seen the shape before wearing — I would never tell that it differs much from bullets with wires connected at 90 degrees to the shells. The problem for some people might be in pretty short output nozzles that require 2 or 3 flanged silicone eartips instead of using regular ones. Such eartips are not that comfortable for me, furthermore, I feel that the bass portion gets partially lost unless the best position is found.

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    Sound quality:

    Tested with HiBy R6Pro DAP

    Lows and midbass:

    As one can expect from a single BA driver — lows have apparent boundaries and highly emphasized textures but the reach of deep bass and the volumetric feel of it is far from any dynamic or hybrid contender. This further accompanied by the fit and use of flanged eartips. Once you’ve found the best position — lows step in and become totally evident but the lack of presence still leads to it hanging behind in the entire picture of the sound. Bass decay is fast, textures are reach, but the overall amount might have been better. Midbass is consequently given out by the sharp higher portion and lack of volume to recreate the natural drum tightness and power. It is normally exposed and balanced with mids and treble but the lower part — floor and bass drums require extra power while snare, hi-hats and crash cymbals are perfectly exposed.

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    Mids and vocals:

    With such leaning towards the higher frequencies, mids are expectedly thin, emotional and vivid. Good that BA driver is capable of delivering extra clarity and details here instead of falling into to much lisping and screaming on female vocals when pushed to the limits. Male vocals are kept similarly reach with details but kind of slightly compromised by the excessive brightness. This cannot be called full-bodied sound, rather — sharp and cold. Strings, violins, bow movements, wind instruments — this is what Tini IEMs are capable of. Good overall dynamics, micro details and resolution + the accent on treble — all dedicate to most of the instrument and voices in mids to stand out and glisten.

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    Treble:

    Main virtue of Tini sound is excessively clear and sparkling treble range. It is well balanced to mids but forces the extra influence there. Overall clarity and transparency of the sound is very high and reminds of other bright and crisp IEMs like LZ A6Mini with piezo driver to reproduce treble. Resolution and amount of details are exceptional which also leads to the perception of high resolving potential of Tini in overall. But the final tuning with the accent on such capable treble forms very bright and cold tonality.

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    Soundstage:

    Ourart Tini show only a moderate soundtage due to a lack of volume in the bass region that also affects midbass positioning on stage. Instrument separation and range layering are both quite good with no tendency to mix but the width and depth of the stage are not perfectly defined in the condition of thin and cold sound.

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    Sound in overall:

    Ourart Tini sound could be described as having cold and bright tonality, with crisp, transaprent and detailed treble, quite thin and emotional mids with no negative outcomes and high resolution, highly textured and contoured lows lacking in presence and volume. Best to be used for such genres as country, instrumentals, jazz, etc

    Compared to Earnine EN1J:

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    EN1J are also based on single BA unit and have pretty narrow perceptional appeal in terms of different ranges. Those IEMs seem to be developed strictly for the monitoring type of use with mids plaiying the main role while both extremes are quite limited and less pronounced. Bass presence and reach is higher that in Tini but the treble is not that extended and crisp. Although, mids are perfectly exposed and there is no feel of it being thin and cold.

    Compared to Rose Mini2 MKII:

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    Mini2 by Rose are pretty impressive IEMs concerning single BA nature, small dimensions and shape. It has better and more regular fit + the sound is less scewed towards the treble and more capable in terms of lows. I would say that Mini2 sound more balanced in overall while Tini are brighter and crispier.

    Compared to Tanchjim DarkSide:

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    DarkSide IEMs are producing totally opposite sound — warm and dark with lots of bass presence, large bass volume and weak treble. DarkSide and Tini are like two extremes soundwise. One lacking treble, the other lacking lows. Both far from being marked neutral or balanced.

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    Conclusion:

    Ourart Tini adds to the collection of single BA driver IEMs with different sound tuning and tonality. Bight, crisp and vivid in its nature, Tini maintain high resolving potential on mids and treble providing large amount of details and clarity of the sound. Thickness of mids and bass presence are not among the virtues compensated by the evident textures, contouring and emotional appeal. Looking at the competitor models, this one has its unique signature for those who prefer cold and bright sounding IEMs.

    Ourart Tini available at PenonAudio store
  2. cqtek
    Beauty Is Not Just Outside
    Written by cqtek
    Published May 19, 2019
    4.0/5,
    Pros - Great mid zone, slightly warm, very detailed, with great analytical capacity and very revealing in details.
    - Construction, design and elegance of both the IEMs and the packaging.
    - Small size, very light.
    Cons - Due to their limitations in the low zone, they are not recommended for genres whose presence in this range is big.
    - Its delicacy limits volume, if moderately high values are exceeded, distortion can be heard in the lower zone, when this is predominant.
    Introduction

    Again, another model of Ourart. In this occasion some IEMs. Again, with a very special and daring design. And as for the technology used, in countercurrent to the current trend multi drivers, as they use a single driver Balanced Armature. It is true that we have seen some models that have chosen to use a single BA, in a price range similar to that of the Tini, but really is not the general trend of the market. But in the variety is the taste and in that, Ourart is very difficult to overcome.

    The first time I saw the Tini, I was reminded of a miniature bathroom faucet, LOL! Its rectangular shapes, its clear and polished aluminium, its 90-degree cylinder-shaped channel, the 45-degree cut at the top, the MMCX bottom pipe connection...But it's not water that flows through them, just music...luckily for our ears...And with this risky design, Ourart decides to implement a very neutral, relaxed and clean Full Frequency Single Balanced Armature, very appropriate for classical music, instrumental, vocal styles, Folk, Jazz, Blues, etc...All those styles that I never hear, because I have always been of electronic music, alternative, Indie, Rock and some Pop. We'll see how these tiny IEMs behave when the opposite is true, musically speaking.

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    Specifications

    • Driver: 2*3*4mm customized full frequency balanced armature
    • Frequency range: 20-20000Hz
    • Sensitivity: 95dB/mW
    • Impedance: 40Ω
    • Type of capsule connection: MMCX

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    Packaging

    The Tini come in a small white cardboard box. Both the cable and the silicone tips come in separate zipper bags, apart from the box. This box has a sticker on the bottom with specifications in Chinese, among other data, such as the logo of the CE certificate. Once the box is opened, a glossy black lacquered box appears, protected by a sheet of padded paper, with the brand name written in white letters and capital letters on its upper side. The chest already advances the idea that it is a jeweler, rather than a box of IEMs. And this sensation is amplified after opening it, since the Tini are completely embedded in a velvety mould, protected by a white bubble sheet. The arrangement of their placement is complementary, as they are joined by their upper bevelled face, forming a rectangular bar, with their cylindrical channels on opposite sides. After removing the protective foil, OURART can again be read in capital letters, but this time in silver, to match the smooth, shiny and polished colour of the IEMs.

    Like I said, cable and tips come separately. In a summary:

    • Ourart Tini.
    • Cable.
    • 4 pairs of transparent silicone bi-flange tips, each pair of a different size.
    • 2 pairs of translucent white silicone tri-flange tips, each pair of a different size.
    • 1 pair of translucent white silicone bi-flange tips, size L.

    The presentation is like a jewel and has been designed to protect something very delicate and beautiful.

    It's surprising that the cable and the tips come apart. Also that all of them are bi or tri-flange, giving an idea that the Tini are appropriate for a deep insertion.

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    Construction and Design

    The design is surprising and minimalist. A rectangular column, with slightly rounded edges, bevelled at 45º in its upper face, whose base is the MMCX connection. At a height of over 80%, two cylinders with grooved rings protrude, protected by a fine metal grille. Once again, a lot of art in a minimum space.

    The cable, unfortunately, is not as luxurious as the capsules. It is a cable with black plastic coating, 3.5mm Jack connector at open angle, splitting piece formed by a slightly curved cylinder, cylindrical pin lined in black plastic and MMCX connector covers in semi-translucent plastic, with a simple red dot on the right side to indicate the channel.

    The tips, however, are very varied and of good quality, well made, of consistent and firm plastic.

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    Adjustment and Ergonomics

    The adjustment is simple, it can be with the cable down or over the ear. In my particular case, I use the tri-flange tips to achieve a deeper insertion. With the cable down, I find them more uncomfortable because the bottom collides with the cut of the shell, preventing a complete insertion. To avoid this, I place them with the cable upwards. So the only problem is that sometimes the bevelled part of the IEMs can rub inside the cavity. In my case it is corrected by slightly rotating the IEMs

    As can be seen from my appreciations, such a special design does not have such a natural fit and may in some cases become problematic. In my particular case, a good fit on the ear, coupled with the use of large tri-flange tips, achieves the optimal fit and almost free of undesirable chafing.

    Of course, the deep insertion provides remarkable insulation and lasting fixation.

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    Sound

    Profile

    The profile of the Ourart Tini is neutral with some emphasis on the upper mids, though globally mid-centric. But their true virtue is their analytical capacity: without being cold or surgical, they have a great facility to reveal even the most hidden and hidden details, discovering unknown nuances even in our favourite songs.

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    Bass

    Achilles heel of all BA drivers, especially if it is unique and intended to cover the entire range. The physical characteristics of the Tini, IEMs with a design that doesn't leave much room for a larger BA, are seen in the lower zone, although Ourart has thought of it, providing a rear space to improve airflow and thus increase bandwidth. Be that as it may, the Tini are not recommended IEMs to enjoy the bass, nor the music that has great predominance in this area. And although the bandwidth is effective up to 20Hz, tested and perceptible, the quality of the low frequency waves are the weakest point of these IEMs.

    In this way, the bass is coloured, shallow, very neutral, more perceptible as a vibration than as an LFO sensation. Even so, they are able to withstand the type with simple drums because of their good analytical capacity, but they are much more critical and limited in musical passages, where the bass layers are much more complex and abundant. A good example is Bjork's song, Hunter, with the late Mark Bell at the controls of his precious LFO. Another negative point in the Tini's lower zone is that, due to their delicacy, they are not able to hold a large bass load. If the listener likes loud music, the Tini will not be suitable, because the bass can become distorted, especially if the reproduced basses are not filtered and/or are too powerful.

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    Spectrum Analysis at 40Hz

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    Spectrum Analysis at 100Hz

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    Spectrum Analysis at 250Hz


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    Mids


    We enter the sweet zone, where the Tini stand out, where they express their full potential. The midrange is balanced with some emphasis on the upper part. Although it also shows a wide hump that begins in the lower half, to finish something before the 2Khz. The variation of this range oscillates between 5dB, which can be considered quite balanced. This characteristic gives the mids its ambivalence, on the one hand there is a point of warmth, especially in male voices. On the other hand, the gain rebound between 3 and 4kHz adds brightness and a lot of cleanliness to the range. The level of detail in the midrange is revealing, as could not be expected otherwise, but not part of an ultra-analytical presentation, but of that certainly warm base, well conjugated. Thus, the definition is very good, with remarkable resolution, the notes are distinguished unique, clean and precise. The gain point in the upper mids is higher and its influence, on the negative side, together with the limited presence of the lower zone, is a lack of greater body in the voices, sounding finer, but without ever being shrill or sterile or dry. From this it can be deduced that instruments are almost more protagonists than voices, and are also highly recommended for instrumental genres.

    As a whole, the mid zone could be defined with one word: delicacy. Something that does not cease to be a global characteristic of the Tini.

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    Spectrum Analysis at 1000Hz

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    Spectrum Analysis at 2500Hz

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    Spectrum Analysis at 4000Hz

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    Treble

    The highs are similar to other IEMs with a similar profile: they start descending after the greater emphasis on the upper mids. This typical feature rests the central zone, discharging part of the brightness and softening a fairly sensitive zone. Then, a spike above 11kHz provides a fairly noticeable air feel, ensuring that the Tini will never sound dark or lacking in sparkle.

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    Spectrum Analysis at 7000Hz

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    Spectrum Analysis at 14000Hz

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    Soundstage, Separation

    The Tini scene is wider than deeper. Nevertheless, they generate a good feeling of spatiality, due to their great separation and air between notes. The almost outstanding level of detail and micro details are easily revealed, effortlessly offering an open and expressive musical approach, with a great sensation of individually observable nuances and without any congestion.

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    Comparisons

    BQEYZ KB100

    The BQEYZ KB100 are hybrid IEMs, which have a frequency response with certain similarities to the Tini. Although the curve in the lower part, has a similar shape, except for volume differences, the KB100, have more linear bass and not so decayed at the sub-bass end. This is only on paper. In reality, the reproduction of the lower zone hardly keeps an auditory resemblance, being much more realistic and deep in the KB100. Already in the mids, its upper part is emphasized in the two IEMs, but this band is wider in the case of the KB100, while in the Tini it is more measured. This difference is not trivial and the sweetness, warmth and delicacy in the voices that the Tini give off, is something that is not within the reach of the BQEYZ. And in this sense the KB100 sound harder and comparatively tense, but also more frontal and explicit.

    The upper zone of both is also similar in response, but the Tini offer more natural trebles and not as sharp as the KB100. There is also a greater feeling of air in the Ourart.

    As far as the scene is wider and aired in the Tini and something deeper, but narrower and frontal in the KB100. The music is perceived more spaced and flows more melodiously in the Ourart, while the KB100 are more aggressive and tense, more direct and close. The separation is very good in both, superior in the Tini for the same reasons, the greater feeling of air causes more separation between planes, also.

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    Conclusion


    Ourart Tini is a delicate and very specialized jewel. Its delicacy has nothing to do with its construction, as it is pure and resistant. But with its sound. Tini should not be mistreated with exaggerated, continuous, unfiltered and distorted basses. It is necessary to treat them with affection and to reproduce with them, musical genres that respect their limitations and extol their virtues, so that they can correspond to us with all the sweetness that they are able to provide.

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    Sources Used During the Analysis

    • xDuoo X3II
    • Burson Audio Playmate
    • Zishan Z2
    • Sabaj Da3

    Ratings

    • Construction and Design: 95
    • Adjustment/Ergonomics: 80
    • Accessories: 65
    • Bass: 55
    • Mids: 90
    • Treble: 80
    • Separation: 90
    • Soundstage: 80
    • Quality/Price: 80

    Purchase link


    https://penonaudio.com/ourart-tini.html

    You can read my full review in spanish here:

    https://hiendportable.com/2019/05/18/ourart-tini-review/
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