General Information


Features:-​

>Bullet-shaped small, lightweight design.

>Durable Titanium-Alloy rear cavities.

>Aviation-grade aluminum alloy shells.

>Exquisite Craftsmanship.

>Excellent sound quality control.

> Newly designed sound acoustic structure.

>High-quality cable with In-Line Mic option.

>Natural, Smooth sound quality.

>Tuning based on Harman IE Curve.

>Impedance: 16 ohms.

>Frequency response range: 20Hz-42kHz.

>Sensitivity: 112dB@1kHz.

>THD+N: <0.3%.

>Litz oxygen-free copper wire with 3.5mm termination plug.

Tanchjim Tanya is the latest pair of single DD IEMs in the amazing lineup of HiFi IEMs by Tanchjim. The pair features beautiful bullet-shaped ear shells housing a 7mm micro dynamic driver tuned to deliver a smooth, natural sound experience for its users.

Micro But Powerful:-​

Don't go on the small size of the Tanchjim Tanya, it is a supersize performer. The pair houses a 7mm micro dynamic driver that is tuned to perform big. It is tuned to deliver a punchy, lively sound output with natural tonality and timbre. The pair offers a smooth, non-fatiguing experience to please its users with an amazing acoustic experience.

Follows Harman Curve:-​

The Tanchjim Tanya has been tuned to the reference Harman IE curve. It has gone through many revisions based on multiple listener feedback. The result with the Tanya is a superbly warm, smooth sound signature.

Crafted With Perfection:-​

Tanchjim Tanya features a small, lightweight bullet-shaped design crafted with anode-sandblasted aviation-grade aluminum alloy material. The Inner cavity is made using durable titanium-alloy material with anti-dust mesh to avoid any dust issues in the driver. Tanchjim has created them using an advanced integrated holding process with customized soft TPE and Hard ABS material making it possible to design small cavities while making ample space for closely fitting the cavity with driver and brass resonance ring.

Newly-Designed Acoustic Architecture:-​

Tanchji Tanya utilizes FEA(Finite Element Analysis), countless simulation tests for cavity structure, driver structure, diaphragm texture, material, coil, and magnet, all this is done to ensure high-quality performance with sturdy build quality.

High-Purity In-Line Mic Cable:-​

Tanchjim Tanya is available in two different variants, one with an in-line mic cable and another without an in-line mic. The cable used here is a high-purity Oxygen-Free Copper cable providing excellent sound characteristics to the pair. Both the variants have same 3.5mm termination plug.
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SenyorC

Head-Fier
Tanchjim Tanya - This bass from only 7mm?
Pros: Comfort, price, bass, overall sound quality
Cons: fixed cable (to be expected) and may not be a sound signature that suits all
As usual, this review is also available in Spanish, both in written form and on YouTube, please visit Acho Reviews to see it.

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The Tanchjim Tanya has been sent to me free of charge by HifiGo in exchange for this review. They have not requested anything other than to include links to the product in this review published on my blog and YouTube and, as always, my opinions will be as unbiased and sincere as possible, but it is always good to consider that it hasn’t cost me anything to try out these IEMs.

The Tanchjim Tanya, at the time of publishing this review, is available on HifiGo for 18€. You can find a like to it by visiting the version of this review published on my blog here.

Intro…

The Tanya is a very recent release from Tanchjim, announced around a month ago, and is a set of IEMs that feature a single 7mm micro dynamic driver. It is available both with and without a microphone, the set I have being without the mic.

I recently reviewed the Final Audio E500 which is an IEM that has a very similar format to the Tanya, you can view my review of it here: Review - Final Audio E500. In the review I explained why I always like to have a set of IEMs of this style, as they are something I use when travelling and when wanting to listen to musicin bed. The Tanchjim Tanya comes in at a cheaper price than the E500 and, in my opinion, is something that works for me more than the E500 does.

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Presentation…

The Tanya arrive in a grey box inside a white cardboard sleeve that shows an image of the IEM and the make/model. On the back, they list the specifications in English & Chinese.

Inside the box we find the IEMs, with their attached cable, along with various sets of silicone tips, user manual & warranty card, replacement filters and a small velvet storage bag. This is actually quite a lot of content for the price that these IEMs come in at.

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Build and aesthetics...

As mentioned, these are small IEMs with a fixed cable, which insert quite deeply into the ears. In a size format, they are slightly larger than the Hifiman RE series but shorter than the Final E500. This allows them to protrude less from the ears and makes them more comfortable to wear when lying down on your side than the E500. They are very similar in comfort to the Hifiman RE series.

As far as build, they are nicely built, with a metal covering to the small shell (at least I believe it is metal). On the back of the shell there is what looks to be an air vent. At first I thought that these IEMs were open back, judging by the size of the vent, however, covering this vent does not seem to change the sound at all, so that leads me to believe that it is just for aesthetics and that the only ventilation is from the small hole on the bottom of the nozzle.

The cable is attached as I already mentioned but I don’t have any issues with the quality of the cable. It doesn’t tangle easily but is also not too rigid as to become a nuisance. It also doesn’t present the microphonics that other options do.

The included tips are also fairly decent. I find them to be comfortable and the sound to be decent with them so I haven’t had to go off on a search of which tips work. For my sound evaluations I have used the stock tips.

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Sound…

As far as sound, the Tanya seems to fix the things I didn’t like about the E500, without breaking anything else. In the review of the E500, I did some comparisons to the RE600s which I said wasn’t a fair comparison and it isn’t fair to compare the Tanya to the RE600s either, at least in price, but I can say that the Tanya does not feel like a huge step down from the RE600s like the E500 did. There are still moments of clarity and detail that I find superior on the RE600s but I have had no issue using and enjoying the Tanya for my general use of this kind of IEMs.

With the brief (and possible unfair) comparisons out of the way, let’s get on with how the Tanya sounds and performs.

In the subbass, the 7mm dynamic driver does a very good job of presenting rumble where needed. Listening to “Chameleon” by Trentemoller, where the subbass comes in around the 0:31 mark, the Tanya give enough rumble to make even bass heads happy, or at least I think it would as I am not much of a bass head myself. This track is actually a very good way to test if IEMs/headphones can deal with all those low frequencies without falling apart and the Tanya actually holds up pretty well. Yes, the rumbling can be a little overpowering and present a bit of a “wall of sound” in those lowest frequencies but that is the track more than overly boosted subbass. If we move to a track like “No Sanctuary Here”, where the lowest notes are clearer and more defined than in the previous tracks, again the subbass can come across as a little strong and is a bit more than I would personally request, but they do a good job for the size of the driver with so much bass.

In the general bass frequencies, things are a lot cleaner if there isn’t as much boost in the lowest ranges of the track. “Sun Is Shining” does sound a lot cleaner than the previous two tracks while still being a track with plenty of bass, just slightly higher in the frequency range. On tracks that use real bass guitars instead of electronic instruments, such as “Black Muse” by Prince, the bass guitar does come across as slightly too boosted in the mix to be considered natural, the same happens with the bass guitar of “Smooth Operator” by Sade. This is not terrible and is not usually too overpowering but will not be something that fits the tone for those looking for neutrality and a natural bass sound.

The transition to the mids depends on the amount of bass we are pushing to the low end. The more we make it work in the lowest ranges, the more difficult it becomes for the Tanya to make the clean transition into the lower mids, sometimes coming across as a little muddy if we are pushing too much bass.

The mids in general are nice and smooth, with voices presenting a nice tonality and being very clean and detailed (again, depending on how much we push the low end). For example, the track “Way Down Deep” by Jennifer Warnes has some rather large hits in the low end while the mid range is quite simple, this song can come across as a little recessed in the mids. However, a song like “Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes” by Paul Simon does not have such a large presence in the lowest registers, this makes the vocals and other instruments move more into focus and the result is quite pleasant. The bass of this track is located mainly in the lower midrange, with a few climbs, and this is very easily defined in the background.

Moving up to the top of the midrange and lower treble areas, there is enough of a climb in presence to keep vocals present but without them becoming overly harsh or nasal. A track that I find good to test the harshness of vocals is “Don’t You Worry Child” by Beth, as her voice can become harsh very easily. The Tanya does a decent job of keeping her harshness in check and makes the song quite listenable.

Sibilance is also well controlled, with my usual “Code Cool” test track being presented in a way that is not too sibilant but is also not overly reduced. There is a slight hint of sibilance on a few of the lyrics by Patricia Barber but they are not too uncomfortable.

There is the typical high frequency roll off found in (almost) all single dynamic driver IEMs, where more air and extension would be a plus but there is at least enough presence in the highs to not make the whole sound signature seem dark.

The speed and dynamics are a little lacking, as is to be expected of a single dynamic driver that is only 7mm, especially when the lower regions are working hard. There is only so much we can expect from a set up like this in the price bracket that it sits in and I think they do well enough to be considered more than adequate but they are certainly not amazing detail monsters and they can get congested when we push those lower ranges past their comfort zone.

The width of the soundstage is actually rather good in comparison to so many other budget IEM offerings, it is not a huge soundstage but it is above average in this regard. Placement of images is also decent, it is not pinpoint accuracy but is decent nonetheless. The problem comes when trying to locate smaller details in the background, these are more difficult to place but this ties more into the dynamics and lack of background details when a busy track is being played.

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Conclusion…

As I mentioned at the beginning, I recently reviewed the Final E500 and the Tanchjim Tanya is a similar set up at a very similar price (actually a little cheaper). My personal preference between the two is easily the Tanya, of that I have no doubt. The Tanya is still not perfect, it has many things that can be improved on, but again we need to consider the price, the size of these IEMs and how much we can actually expect from something like this.

Yes, the driver does struggle when we push it too far, and the limits are lower than on other options, but when the driver is not overworked, I find it to have much more clarity and better sound (to my ears) than the Final E500.

In comparison to the Hifiman RE600s, which is the IEM of this style that I usually use when wanting something which is tiny and disappears in the ear, then the Tanya is just as comfortable, seems just as well built and is available for a less than 20€ whereas the RE600s retail price is closer to 200€ (even though you can get them discounted quite often). Yes, the RE600s is more detailed and also matches my tuning preference more, but, as I said in my E500 review, it is by no means a fair comparison.

I have no issues using the Tanya for my late night listening in bed, or for watching movies. In fact, the explosions in movies can be quite a surprise when you are not used to the sound of the Tanya.

I am leaving on another business trip in a few days and this time I will be taking the Tanya with me instead of the RE, as I did with the E500, so I will put it through the real life circumstances that I actually use these kinds of IEMs for. On my recent trip, the E500 was sufficient, I am sure that the Tanya will prove to be more than sufficient.

All in all, the Tanya is a set of IEMs that I can see pleasing a lot of people if they are looking for a budget set of IEMs with this style of build and sound signature.
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NymPHONOmaniac

Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: Balanced tonality, natural timbre, good layering, lower bass extension-slam, fatigue-free, Piano-Vocal-Saxophone sound marvelously full and emotional, Immersive yet laid back sound, Unboring Harman target approach, generous accessories, price value
Cons: Lack of high-low and lower mids, bit boomy-sloppy-juicy bass, average clarity-resolution, unprecise imaging, soundstage lack deepness, attack lack bite-snap, treble lack air-sparkle
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TONALITY: 8.5/10
TECHNICALITIES: 7.5/10
CONSTRUCTION-DESIGN: 8/10
SOUND VALUE: 8.5/10




INTRODUCTION&EXPECTATIONS

TANCHJIM is a relatively new earphones company from China, it already has a solid fan base due to their highly praised Tanchjim OXYGEN flagship dynamic driver earphones as well as their more budget-friendly CORA model that follow Harman target signature.
Like the CORA, their new entry level ultra affordable earphones follow this harman target signature, but for less than 2 times the price of the CORA.

At 22$, my expectation for the TANYA is mostly about an even tonal balance that deliver an enjoyable and accessible musicality without any harsh boost in treble or mids. I don't expect insane technicalities, neither I expect distortion or extremely weak dynamic. Let's see in this review if the Tanya is the budget IEM to look for if we love laid back musical balance.

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PACKAGING is something I don't usually even cover in this price range, but the number of accessories is so generous with the Tanya I need to share my joy about it. Box and presentation is well done, professional and refined, yet minimalist, some would think its come from Japan with this type of approach to esthetic. Anyway, as seen, we have 8 paires of eartips, a carying pouch and even 10 pairs of nice quality IEM nozzle filters. These filters are very good and doesnt interfer with sound rendering (i try the Tanya without them and it sound the same). so you can use them on IEM that have poor quality filter that negatively interfer with sou d rendering.

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CONSTRUCTION is more than decent for the price, but not as impressive as some IEM in this price range that have mmcx or 2pin connection. Its a cabled IEM. Its very small. But it's while the front is made of plastic, the rear inner cavity is made of Titanium-alloy and the cover shell of aviation grade alloy. Design is refined with great care to details and the open back is a true one, not a decorative gimmick. Cable doesnt create lot of microphonic even when wear cable down. Due to the small size, the Tanya will be comfortable for any type or size of ears.

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SOUND (source used: Tempotec HD PRO)

These are source dependant, so we will read some conflictual impressions. But they sound only bad on Ibasso DX90 for now (thin, brightish, restrain in dynamic weight). With SMSL SU9-SH9 they are at their top, but with something like Audirect BEAM2 and Tempotec HD PRO they are great as well. To stay budget-minded i will only share impressions with HD PRO here.

So indeed, these are Harman tuned (warmed W shape with an emphasis in sub-mid-mid treble and no sharp peak) and can be compared in tonal balance with Final E4000, Moondrop Starfield or Sony MH750.


PRESENCE: Sub bass and mids, especially vocal, are the most upfront, they have an appealing hint of warmth in timbre. Female vocal sounds great, full-bodied and in the front stage.

TREBLE is a bit roll-off on top, but not dull at all, and still has hint of brilliance so its a versatile presentation that favors body and weight. Percussions can seem a bit overly in the background sometime, so for those searching super sharp articulate snappy highs with lot of air in separation, the TANYA isnt that. Its more talented in cohesive well layered macro-resolution than well define and focused micro-resolution. The TANYA aren't suggested for treble head and those that want their highs to be clinically extracted in a clean spatiality.

MIDS are very natural, full-bodied, violin sound excellent without abrasive bite, it's lush, dense, bodied; even electric guitar is enjoyable, though not ultra textured which is a plus for less fatigue. No sibilance to be heard. Smooth as butter. One instrument presentation stand apart and it's the acoustic piano, which sound extremely natural yet never sharp or thin, the note are dense and we feel the weight drop, less so the decay so its more for low and mid range of piano. Oh, and saxophone too sound marvellous, i guess instrument that benefit density and smoothness will all sound good with the Tanya.

BASS is where polemic will happen IMO, its very light in kick drum impact, but not in slam or boosted sub extension. On some track its very welcome (Jazz, slow soul r&b) other not so much (fast electronic, fast rock). Separation is just average here and the bleed on high bass lower mids warm this part of the spectrum. The definition is hollow, but bass hit is weighty. Tone are very realistic though texture and articulation is softened alot. While the attack is slow in transience, it doesn't muffle the sound or distort.

IMAGING is great in layers numbers and nuances, as if specific section in low-mids-highs are better extracted than other, giving a rich holographic sound with impressive density in transparency. Strangely, you spot layers of sound in TANYA spatiality instead of well define and positioned individual instruments. In busy tracks, it can feel a bit compressed and lacking air due to overwhelming amount of thicks wide layers.

SOUNDSTAGE (with right eartips) is good in wideness, not mind-blowing due to lack of deepness and clear air in separation-spatialization. Using the right eartips can notably expend its size.


SUBJECTIVE APPRECIATION (Source used: SMSL SU9-SH9, Audirect BEAM2, Xduoo X20, Tempotec HD PRO, LG V30+)

The TANYA is this type of IEM that is both easy to love or hate, depending what you expect from them If it's in natural tonal balance and musicality you will surely love them but if its technicalities and clarity you will be underwhelmed. In that regards, Final E3000 is a good example of this type of warm yet balanced and lively tonality. To me this is a safely tuned earphone and inded they don't agress me when i listen to them even for multiple hours. As a big fan of piano, violin and female vocal, ive felt spoiled by natural tone AND timbre of these instruments, without emphasis in treble and due to the fact we a rarely play instrument in ultra high range for melody or long solo, the note trigger high level of emotion in me due to how wide, weighty and smoothly rounded these instruments sounds. Something like harpsichord will not pass the test and acoustic guitar will sometimes feel weakly tuned or lacking in both string slap and decay. To my ears, one of biggest drawback of Tanya is it's lack of mid-high bass and lower mids, this recession did steal important presence and impact to kick drum as well as body density to cello or male vocal. Yes, overall bass presentation is achille talon of the Tanya, being bit overly boosted in sub lower end, hint sloppy boomy and not very refined.
It feel as if Tanchjim were like: Hey team! Do we do a basshead tuning or a mature tuning? And the team answer: BOTH!
Well, we can't do that with limited technicalities (and overly recessed high bass-lower mids) and this is why I conclude Tanya is a GUILTY PLEASURE to be heard laid back way, not in an analytical way like i do...right now.

SIDENOTES:
These aren't easy to drive and tremendously benefit from both good amping and good DAC, which is a bit of an oxymoron for an IEM in this price range. As noted above, Eartips will notably inflict on final sound rendering, especially imaging-soundstage. T'sound muddy with stock eartips. I try them with Ibasso DX90 and didnt like the result. With SMSL SU9DAC+SH-9 AMP they do blow my mind but still have slight drawback, like in bass kick definition cause of U shape approach to bass (more sub-mid presence), so acoustic bass in jazz sound great but slap bass will must likely lack bite. This is strange to say for an IEM in this price range, but the Tanya is very revealing of the source you use, try to avoid DAC or AMP that have an emphasis in bass or warm resolution, Tanya need a good dynamic attack and a little help in clarity and treble sharpness. Yep, you need to waken them up a little, cause Tanya is a sensual sleepy voluptuous woman it seems!

COMPARISONS

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VS FINAL E1000 (30$)

The E1000 is more neutral, transparent and smooth. Bass is faster, thigher and less boosted-extended in sub bass region. Mids and vocal are a bit less fowards, they are thinner and more liquid too, but imaging is better due to less warmth and sub-bass bloom. Both have a natural timbre, but the E1000 sound overall cleaner and less colored-romanticized. Soundstage is a hint wider-taller with Tanya but lack the deepness of E1000. The attack is faster, more snappy and controlled with E1000 which delivers higher resolution and details retrieval. The E1000 tonality is a hint colder, more mature target while Tanya is more U shape vocal axed.
The E1000 has more balanced towards neutral tonality and faster, more accurate tonality making it near impossible to beat at its price point. The bass has less slam and vocal has less presence than more mass-tuned Tanya.

VS BLON MINI (25$)

The MINI is brighter and more V shape, with thinner more sibilant vocal, more aggressive and shouty treble and more boomy bass whit less sub bass body density. Clarity is sharper, Soundstage is deeper and imaging more 3D and spacious. Attack is faster and more edgy. Timbre is a bit more artificial and dry. The MINI feel very unbalanced and wonky in tone compared to the Tanya which have a smoother, more organic macro-resolution and notably more realist tone, which is evident with how piano notes are presented, with more body and weight and less emphasis on high pitch texture.
If you want some hefty V shape wow effect that will get annoying with time, go Mini, if you want something more laid back and musical with natural tone, the Tanya is sure better tuned though a bit limited from its entry-level DD technicalities.

CONCLUSION

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The Harman target inspires alot of IEM companies these days, not always in a logical price range for what they give in terms of technicalities. This type of musicality is safe, smooth and laidback, sometimes too warm and thick in macro-resolution. Tanya uses its own trick to permit a more layered and weighty tonal balance that will please both fans of warm mid centric and U shape signatures, as well as those favoring natural timbre and tone over crisp clarity and technical accuracy. Tanya offers a thick balanced bassy & mid-centric sound with smoothed treble yet well-articulated dynamic. Tanya will most likely pass test of time due to how easy and enjoyable (and safe) is her tonality. Apart Sony MH750, i can't think off of any other IEM offering this type of lush, balanced tonality and Tanya sounding fuller (not cleaner) than the 2 times cheaper Sony, it sure represents a great bargain for the ''harman target naturalist''!


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