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Tansio Mirai TSMR 3

Rating:
5/5,
  1. Animagus
    Tansio Mirai TSMR-3 - Balanced & Musical
    Written by Animagus
    Published Dec 27, 2018
    5.0/5,
    Pros - Sound- Balanced tuning, clarity with smooth treble
    Tuning switches- Balanced Mode 020 and Bass Mode 100 sound fantastic
    Great build quality, fit and finish
    Very comfortable over long periods
    Cons - It could've used a more premium looking cable
    My background- I am a professional musician, producer and audio engineer with experience in the performing, recording and pro-audio industry. I test products on a technical and musical level and try to write reviews as simple as possible from a music fan's perspective.

    Disclaimer- I bought the IEM at full price of $189 from Penon, so this review is definitely my unbiased objective opinion.

    Genre preferences- I majorly listen to rock, acoustic, pop and metal genres and occasionally checkout EDM music which is doing the rounds on the radio and charts.

    Reference Songs list-
    1. Foo Fighters- The Pretender, Best of You & Everlong
    2. Imagine Dragons- Radioactive & It’s Time
    3. Coldplay- Paradise, Up in Flames & Everglow
    4. Ed Sheeran- Thinking out loud, Bloodstream & Don’t
    5. Gavin James- Always & Hearts on Fire
    6. John Mayer- Slow Dancing in a Burning Room, Stop this Train & Say
    7. Switchfoot- Meant to live & Dare You to Move
    8. Linkin Park- Papercut & Somewhere I belong
    9. Porcupine Tree- The Sound of Muzak & Blackest Eyes
    10. I Am Giant- Transmission
    11. Karnivool- Simple Boy & Goliath
    12. Dead Letter Circus- Real You
    13. Lamb of God- Redneck & Laid to Rest

    About the Company & IEM-
    Tansio Mirai, as I’ve come across online, is a company run by a university student who makes these IEMs by hand. It’s amazing how talented people are at such young ages. They have a nice range of options starting from a 3 BA configuration going up to a 12 BA flagship. Looking at their prices and components used, they have a very high quality to price ratio. Earlier the downside was that you could only order on Taobao, which can be a very confusing experience for international buyers as everything is in Chinese and even Google Translate fails to translate all the text since a lot of it is image based.

    Luckily for International buyers, Penon is now stocking the TSMR-3 and you can now order yours from the link below. There are two color options, transparent clear and transparent black.
    https://penonaudio.com/tansio-mirai-tsmr-3.html

    TSMR-3 has 3 Knowles Balanced Armatures (1 Knowles ED 29689 & 2 CI low frequency drivers) with 3 crossover, 7 tuning switches, 12 frequency division components on both sides which all use high quality USA and Japan components. You can alter the bass, mids and highs with the combination of three switches. The Switch combination chart for your reference is provided below.

    Mode 1:

    100: Bass enhancement mode
    120: Mixed tuning

    Mode 2:
    020: All balanced mode
    103: Mixed tuning

    Mode 3:
    003: Mid-treble enhancement mode
    023: Mixed tuning
    123: Mixed tuning (lowest impedance)


    Included in the box-
    TSMR-3, 0.78mm 2-pin cable, hard disk carry case, 2 packets with an assortment of ear tips, 1 pouch, 1 cleaning tool and 1 switch changing tool.

    The IEMs came in an extremely simple cardboard box packaging. I don’t really care much about the packaging till they arrive safely as my main concentration is on the quality of the IEMs.

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    Build Quality-
    The shells of the TSMR-3 are made up of resin. The fit and finish is amongst the best I've seen in this price range. The seam isn't visible and there aren't any bubbles in the body. The nozzle is finished in matte so that the eartips don't slip away as it isn't a traditional lip design. Also, the nozzles are colored blue and red to denote the left and right side.

    Sadly, the 2-pin cable doesn't look all that premium. Some cheaper IEMs like iBasso IT01 have better cables. But this isn’t a deal breaker because the cable isn't microphonic, feels decently rugged and does its job well. Also, nowadays a lot of very well-made cables can be bought for very little money.

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    Fit and Comfort- I prefer over the ear design IEMs. I get the most comfortable fit with the TSMR-3 out of all my IEMs in this price range. The shells are light and well-shaped for my ears. They also block quite a lot of outside noise, so much that my friends got tired of ringing my house bell while I was listening to music on the TSMR-3 and had to call me on my phone to let me know.

    Mind you, the nozzles are a little bigger than the average 5mm and not all tips available in the market will fit them. You need wide bore and longer bore length ear tips for them to fit nicely on the nozzles but the TSMR-3 already comes with a couple of them and they are also easily available in the market.


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    Sound-
    I must say that from the first listen, I was very comfortable with the sound signature in the default 020 mode. Most of my review is with the default mode 020 but there were some instances where switching modes really made a difference.

    Bass-
    Checking with a test signal, these IEMs are capable of producing lows from 20 Hz. The sub-bass and mid bass are both presented with a neutral presentation. The bass notes are well defined and you can hear every deep note clearly. It’s fast, tight and has good punch.

    Since the low frequency driver is a BA, the bass is well controlled and not as massive as how DD bass can be. But here is the exciting part. Move to mode 100 and here comes the SLAM! Listening to Karnivool’s Simple Boy and Goliath which are bass heavy rock tracks were a delight in Mode 100. Not being over dramatic but I jumped out of the seat in excitement. For a BA bass, it has good slam and note clarity.

    Mids- Again the mids are well tuned towards a neutral presentation. They sound natural with good detail. Instruments have good separation with a natural timbre. Singer-songwriter and vocals based music like Ed Sheeran's, sounds particularly good. Vocals have a nice smooth texture and don’t get lost in a busy mix. Kick and snare are also well presented in the center and have good slam. Drums in songs like I Am Giant’s Transmission sound so good that it gets awkward when I’m out in the public and can’t resist the temptation to air drum. Jokes aside, people who like good mids presentation with good separation are really going to enjoy this IEM.

    Treble-
    Since a nice Knowles balanced armature has been tasked with treble duties as well, the treble is clear and well extended. It is smooth, never gets harsh and the sibilant region of 8 kHz is well controlled. High pitched vocals, falsettos and cymbals sound nice and clean without sibilance. If you like more treble, which according to me isn’t really needed, you can always switch to Mode 3 for more of it. Treble is well extended in the air region as well and there are no particular intrusive frequency boosts which makes for an enjoyable and fatigue free listening experience.


    Soundstage, Imaging and Separation-
    Soundstage, imaging and separation are all good. In modern music's busy mixes with guitars, synths, bass, drums and percussion, you’ll be able to hear everything clearly and positioned in the image accurately. The reverb trail on Gavin James’ Always sounds beautiful and deep which is a good indicator of depth. Switchfoot’s Meant to Live intro’s hard panned guitars have good imaging and whole mix is portrayed with good separation. Soundstage is of the kind which makes you feel a ‘part of the band’ rather than an ‘audience member in the crowd’.


    Comparisons-


    BGVP DM6 ($199)- TSMR-3 has better sub bass and mid bass presentation. It’s more fun, engaging and impactful. As I explained before, Mode 100 sounds really good for bass. TSMR-3 also has better bass note definition and clarity. Mids on the TSMR-3 are more refined and have better separation. Snare, vocals as well as acoustic timbre tonality sounds better on the TSMR-3. I don’t know if its just my DM6 unit but there is a little wide hump in the mid-bass to lower mids which makes them sound a bit cluttered in that region. Treble again sounds more refined, smooth and without any harshness on the TSMR-3. Though the DM6 has good treble extension but the peak in the 6-8 kHz sibilant region makes falsetto based Gavin James’ song Always, very sibilant. As for imaging and soundstage, both are good at it but TSMR3 has better separation.

    iBasso IT03 ($249)- IT03 is a v-shaped sounding hybrid with a dynamic driver in charge of the bass. As a result, IT03’s bass is boosted and more prominent whereas TSMR-3 has a more neutral bass response. Both, IT03 and TSMR-3 (in Mode 100) can satisfy majority of the bass needs. Mids on the IT03 are scooped owing to the v-shaped signature whereas TMSR-3 has a natural mid frequency presentation. IT03 is brighter but the TSMR-3 has smoother treble extension. Both have good wide soundstages where IT03 has a little more width and TSMR-3 has a bit more depth. IT03 and TSMR-3 are very different from each other and meant for different audiences. If you like a nice V-shaped signature, go for the IT03 and if you like a flatter response, neutral presentation, choose the TSMR-3.

    Conclusion- In the default 020 mode, everything sounds well balanced and natural. I've taken them for a spin across various genres and everything sounds exactly like how I expect it to. Mode 100 and 120 make the bass even more engaging and fun. In the end, TSMR-3 is well built, fits comfortably and has a balanced, enjoyable musical tuning with an added advantage of tuning switches, which give you the ability to alter the sound slightly to your liking. Recommended!
    1. paulindss
      I am enjoying your reviews! Nice written
      paulindss, Jan 8, 2019
    2. Animagus
      @paulindss Hey there! Thank you! I have a couple of nice iem reviews in the pipeline. I'll try my best to keep it interesting. Cheers!
      Animagus, Jan 8, 2019
  2. audio123
    Tansio Mirai TSMR 3 - Smooth & Versatile
    Written by audio123
    Published Dec 17, 2018
    5.0/5,
    Pros - Smooth, Versatile, Musical
    Cons - More sparkle
    Introduction

    Tansio Mirai is a Chinese company that produces in-ear monitors. I would like to thank Tansio Mirai and Penon for the review unit of the TSMR 3. At the moment, you can purchase the Tansio Mirai TSMR 3 from Penon .

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    Specifications
    • Driver Configuration: 3 Balanced Armature
    • Frequency Response: 15Hz-20kHz
    • Impedance: 15 Ohm
    • Sensitivity: 113dBL/mW
    Unboxing & Accessories

    The TSMR 3 comes in a white package which sports the brand logo and name. Inside the package, there is a carrying case which contains the iem, cable, 2 packs of tips, cleaning tool and soft pouch.

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    IEM Build & Design

    The TSMR 3 is made of acrylic and there is a smooth surface. It is transparent black. At the back of the shells, there are switches . The left faceplate has the brand name and the right faceplate has the brand logo. The nozzle is slightly angled with 2 bores. The TSMR 3 utilizes 2 pins 0.78mm connectors and it has an ergonomic design.

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    Cable Build & Design

    The cable is a detachable 4 core cable with 2 pins 0.78mm connectors. On the connectors, there is L & R marking on the left and right respectively. The connectors have black housing. The cable has a memory wire section that is enclosed in a transparent heat shrink tube. The chin slider is translucent. The y-splitter has a black housing and there is strain relief. The jack is 3.5mm gold plated right angled with strain relief.

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    Sound Analysis (Balanced Mode)


    Lows

    The TSMR 3 has moderate sub-bass quantity with a fair extension. The sub-bass reproduction is smooth and the rumble is expressed naturally. The execution shows great finesse which helps to keep the bass under control. The bass texture is rendered smoothly and the bass decay is not the fastest. Each bass note is articulated with a good balance of weight and impact. The mid-bass has moderate quantity and the slam is delivered aptly. It is musical to listen to.

    Mids

    The midrange is presented in a lush manner and vocals are sweet to listen to. Emotions conveyed effectively. It is rendered cleanly and the transparency has a moderate level. The lower mids has moderate quantity with no signs of hollowness. Male vocals are being expressed naturally. The upper mids is boosted slightly and female vocals are displayed in a pleasant manner with no shouty feeling. The midrange is luscious and creates a composed vocals performance.

    Highs

    The treble is extended well and there is no sibilance and harshness. The presentation is smooth and it provides a fatigue-free listening session. There is little sparkle and the amount of air rendered is good. The crisp is well-defined and it is not overemphasized. Treble is articulated cleanly with body. The smooth approach contributes to a relaxing listen.

    Soundstage

    The soundstage has a natural expansion in its width . The width magnitude is moderate and the depth is not closed in with a good amount of space offered. Positioning of vocals and instruments is quite accurate.

    Switches

    There are 3 switches for lows, mids and highs which provides a total of 7 different sound signatures.

    3 main modes:
    • Bass (Up, Down, Down)
    • Balanced (Down, Up, Down)
    • Treble (Down, Down, Up)
    Comparisons

    TSMR 3 (Balanced) vs BGVP DM6

    The TSMR 3 has more sub-bass quantity than the DM6 and the extension on the TSMR 3 is greater. The sub-bass reproduction on the TSMR 3 is more engaging and it is able to deliver an impactful performance. The rumble is expressed more naturally on the TSMR 3. The bass texture is rendered smoothly on both while the bass decay on the DM6 is quicker. The mid-bass on the DM6 has extra body and the delivery on the TSMR 3 is more agile. Each bass note on the TSMR 3 is articulated with greater impact and the punch contributes to a higher engagement level. The midrange on the TSMR 3 is more musical than the DM6 and there is extra richness. The transparency level is higher on the DM6. The lower mids on the TSMR 3 has more quantity and male vocals are expressed with lushness. The upper mids on the TSMR 3 has extra forwardness and female vocals are presented with higher intimacy level. The TSMR 3 excels in the midrange department with a stronger vocals performance. Next, in the treble section, the TSMR 3 has more extension than the DM6. The crisp on the DM6 is a little more defined with additional sparkle while TSMR 3 has a smoother presentation. The amount of air rendered on the TSMR 3 is greater. Lastly, for the soundstage, both expands in a natural manner. The width magnitude is greater on the DM6 and the depth on the TSMR 3 is greater.

    TSMR 3 (Balanced) vs Magaosi X3

    The TSMR 3 has more sub-bass quantity than the X3 and the TSMR 3 is able to command greater extension. The sub-bass reproduction on the TSMR 3 is more impactful and it is able provide extra punch which contributes to a higher engagement level. The mid-bass on the X3 has more quantity and the slam is expressed in a tighter manner on the TSMR 3. Bass decay on the TSMR 3 is quicker with more agility. Bass texture on the X3 is rendered more smoothly. Each bass note on the TSMR 3 is articulated with a stronger hit. The midrange of the TSMR 3 has higher transparency level than the X3 while the X3 takes on a lusher expression. The lower mids of the X3 has slightly more quantity than the TSMR 3 but male vocals have more presence on the TSMR 3. The upper mids on the TSMR 3 has additional forwardness and female vocals are expressed with higher intimacy level. The TSMR 3 has a more engaging vocals performance than the laid-back X3. Moving on to the treble section, the TSMR 3 has the better extension. It boasts more defined crisp and the articulation is of higher precision level. The amount of air rendered on the TSMR 3 is greater. There is extra sparkle on the TSMR 3. Lastly, there is natural expansion for both. The width on the TSMR 3 has greater magnitude while the X3 has a more closed in depth.

    TSMR 3 (Balanced) vs Campfire Comet

    The TSMR 3 has more sub-bass quantity than the Comet and it commands greater extension. The sub-bass reproduction on the TSMR 3 is able to provide a higher level of impact. Each bass note on the TSMR 3 is articulated with more authority. There is greater punch from the TSMR 3. The mid-bass on the Comet has more quantity and it creates a denser feeling. The bass decay on the TSMR 3 is quicker and bass texture on the TSMR 3 is rendered in a smoother manner. The midrange of the TSMR 3 is presented in a fuller manner than the Comet and it is able to provider a richer expression. The lower mids on the TSMR 3 has additional body and it is able to tackle male vocals more effectively. The upper mids on the TSMR 3 is more forward and female vocals shine with an intimate performance. The TSMR 3 excels in the vocals aspect. For the treble section, the Comet has better extension and the presentation is more energetic. The crisp is slightly more defined on the Comet. There is no sibilance and harshness on both. The amount of air rendered is greater on the Comet. Treble expression on the TSMR 3 is smoother. Lastly, in terms of soundstage, the TSMR 3 expands more naturally. The width magnitude on the TSMR 3 is greater while the depth on the Comet is more closed in.

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    Conclusion

    The TSMR 3 is an enjoyable iem that showcased great musicality. In the balanced mode, there are velvety bass, lush midrange and smooth treble. It is versatile with 3 switches that can allow the user to experience a total of 7 sound signatures. The Tansio Mirai TSMR 3 is delightful to listen to and it is a fantastic entry-level in their lineup.

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    1. mRaaghava
      Great review indeed. How about a comparo with Moondrop Kanas Pro Edition?
      mRaaghava, Jan 27, 2019
    2. audio123
      @mRaaghava Thank you! With the balanced mode of the TSMR 3, in short, the overall sound of Kanas Pro is cleaner but it is less rich than the TSMR 3. The bass and midrange of TSMR 3 are fuller. Treble articulation on the Kanas Pro has higher precision.
      audio123, Jan 28, 2019
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