Tin Audio T1

Caio Ricardo

New Head-Fier
Warm neutral budget gem
Pros: -Nice subbass extension
-full-bodied midbass with no bloat
-Emotional mids with very well done male vocals
-Non fatiguing treble
-Excellent tonal balance
-Good build quality
Cons: -Lack of air and openness to the sound
-Female vocals doesn't sparkle
-Non removable cable

Very well done package for an IEM at the time of release, with a nice selection of eartips. 3 pairs of coloured eartips (vocal focused, it makes the T1 more shy sounding) and another 3 pairs of black eartips (balanced ones, I find these a lot better)


Bass - Thicker but well controlled

It's well extended and with good body, never sound anemic or boomy, it's more on the polite side of fat bass. Not that great with rap, hip hop or EDM kind of music, it might sound flat and boring with heavy subbassy tracks but okay for the most genres (nice texture btw)

Mids - Weighted with good vocal reproduction

Lower mids got ample body, instruments are nicely detailed and vocals are forward most of times but non shouty, this is the best part of T1's frequency range in my honest opinion

Treble - Laidback, Yet Detailed

You can hear the details in the treble, but aren't "in your face" kind of presentation, cymbal crashes are a bit shy for my liking (not most of times) but it's okay for this kind of relaxed tuning (I'm a V shaped lover). For rock it doesn't work for me, maybe with classic rock it works better

Still Worth It?

I don't think so, since nowadays you can find better options of this kind of tuning (Tripowin Lea, KZ CRN, 7hz Zero). But for the value that I paid (7 USD), it was almost free (I bought it last year)


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Caio Ricardo
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Headphones and Coffee

Previously known as Wretched Stare
Pros: Decent build , incredible details for a DD and a cool looking designs.
Cons: Non-removable cable aesthetically not universal for some people.
Impedance: 16Ω
Driver: 12.5mm DD
Frequency Response: 18-25000Hz
Plug: 3.5mm
Cable: 1.3m TPU coated

The package is top notch, looks like a little book opening it one finds the T1 safely in foam and presentation is far more than I expected at this price

The T1 is certainly a interesting looking earphone with it's button look somewhere between a earbuds and a IEM .

I comes with a round matching splitter that looks great and a remote that worked well with different phones and a few music players I used.

It has a warm sound natural in presentation yet more focused on mids and accurate vocals bass is there punchy mid-bass but not very boomy in the sub extension just excellent details to it, the highs were non harsh but seemed to be particularly good in the lower-end of treble. Soundstage was pleasant with a better than average size.
I find nothing wrong with the signature it's perfect for a lot of types of music but this price range is extremely competitive and I've liked a few better because of my taste. There's nothing lacking in aesthetics and signature. You be the judge I'll hold the light.


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Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: Build Quality
Sound Quality
Cons: Impossible uncomfortable
REVIEW: Tin Audio T1

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  • Driver Unit: 12.5mm Dynamic
  • Sensitivity: 102dB
  • Impedance: 16 Ω
  • Frequency: 18Hz~25kHz
  • Plug: 3.5mm
  • Cable Length: 1.3m
Price: ~U$D 37, at PenonAudio or their Ebay and Aliexpress stores.

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The Tin Audio T1 arrives in the same kind of box as the T2 model. The box includes 6 pairs of silicone tips which is enough for the budget IEM options.

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As can be seen, the Tin Audio T1 has a complete round shape with an angled nozzle to sit better towards the ear canal. The earpieces are all made of a strong metal alloy and do feel just a bit heavy. They are well rounded with no apparent sharp corners, and can be used either with cable up or down. The y-split and plug are also made of same metal material, though the split does look too large and heavy. There is no cable slider, but even if it had it would be limited by the mic and control in the middle of the cable. The cable is quite thick, especially on the lower half. There is no strain relief on the split and it’s a bit short on the plug and shells’ sides. No way can you ignore the so similar design on the T1 with the Dita Audio IEMs, from the shape on the earpieces, the y-split and the thick cable, and also, the short relief of the cable entries.

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Unfortunately, as for the fit and comfort, I found the T1 to be a total miss. The fit is a bit tricky with the kind of shape, but more important it results very uncomfortable. None of the aftermarket eartips help in this regard; SpinFit, Comply Foam, Spiral Dot, double flange, etc. So using the T1 for more than a few minutes is practically impossible. Quite a disappointment considering the very good sound quality it offer (read below…).

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Sound Quality

The overall signature of the Tin Audio T1 is very warm with detailed mids that balance well with the treble. The T2 dual dynamic was quite a surprise in its detailed and so accurate sound, and while the T1 offers a completely different presentation, the quality still reflects the good value that this small company showed with the T2.

The whole low end is enhanced with a typical stronger emphasis on the mid-bass region but still not overwhelming, and for a sub $40 it performs pretty well. It reaches a good depth and also has decent speed with fairly natural attack and decay. The mid-bass lift is not really annoying and manages to show good level of control and accuracy too. It does give a nice balance between quality and quantity being warm enough yet detailed and well layered.

The midrange does sit a little behind the bass and there is a some bloat at the lower midrange. However, it also gets more body, warmth and richer texture for lower instruments or vocals. Overall there’s a very good balance through the midrange carrying surprisingly good clarity, timbre and level of resolution; of course, when referring to its $30~40 price tag. The T1 cannot match the micro detail of the T2, but for its warm signature it does quite well, and also is more immersive thanks to the richer and fuller tonality. Upper mids sound clearer yet not too forward and there is no siblance with female singers.

The treble keep a good balance with the midrange, so still behind the bass. The focus is more towards the lower treble but doesn’t sound aggressive enough. The extension is limited and can be a bit too smooth and roll-off at the upper registers. Quite the opposite from the brighter and leaner T2 but much more forgiving. The T1 is not source dependent at all, a good characteristic for more casual listening, but doesn’t scale much higher with more dedicated sources.

Simply put, the Tin Audio T1 is a great sounding IEM with solid build quality. Unfortunately, I find it impossible to use for more than a few minutes due the so uncomfortable fit. Yes, it’s a total personal thing and my guess that most people should get a decent fit with the T1. In terms of value I could definitely rate this IEM a 4+ score for its sound alone, but the fit is a complete deal breaker. Give it a try if you can, and if lucky enough you got a great deal.


100+ Head-Fier
Pros: Solid metal construction, pretty design, useful and functional controls, smooth and easy listening, fun mids, a lot of reverb, good price for what you get.
Cons: Could use a bit more bass impact

Introduction: Tin Audio is a Chinese IEM company that's becoming a familiar name in the audio realms. They currently have 3 IEM's in their line and I'll be reviewing their T1 dynamic driver driven IEM for today. I'd like to thank Tin Audio and Penon for providing me with a review sample in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. You can purchase the Tin Audio T1 HERE or locally if your retailer has them in stock.

Impedance: 16Ω
Driver: 12.5mm Dynamic Driver
Frequency Response: 18-25000Hz
Plug: 3.5mm
Cable: 1.3m TPU coated

The 16Ω impedance means that even the least powerful mobile phone will be able to drive the Tin Audio T1 to good performance and relatively loud enough at 102dB that even my XZP is able to pump out satisfying levels of sound. But like in most things that generate sound, a better source can provide better driver performance.

Unboxing: The T1 came in a white carton box that has the Tin Audio branding in front and a QR code on the back. Inside that box is the blue Tin Audio branded box that's made of thick cardboard, it opens like a book and closes in tight with a simple fitted inner block at the cover. The first thing you'll see once it's open is the instructions manual covering the IEMs themselves.

Under the manual and seated in a foam tray is the IEM and cable splitter on full display with a bit of wire showing. It's symmetrically positioned and artsy in a way, under the foam tray is the rest of the cable, plug, extra silicone tips (there's a total of 6 pairs), with one pair already attached on the T1.

Build/Design: The cable is a TPU coated wire that is typical at this price range and has a slightly springy nature, though it can coil easily for storage, it has a tendency to straighten out. It has strain reliefs at the ends of the IEM and plug and feels rather strong and supple overall. The plug is a nicely designed unmarked full body metal plug with a 3.5mm 4 band gold plated jack. The Y-splitter is made of solid metal and designed with a tight spiral on both sides, the 3 button (volume up, play/pause, volume down) microphone and controller is similarly jacketed as the plug and feels sturdy, it is pleasantly responsive to button presses.

The IEM itself has non-removable cables and a solid disk like shape made entirely of metal. It feels sturdy and looks pretty with the same tight spiral design like the splitter and has a nice heft to it. Still, it's something that isn't too heavy to use or fatiguing to wear. The nozzle is cleanly cut with a tip lip and a metal screen at the end to prevent ear wax and other debris from falling into the T1. The tip lip is deeply grooved so most tips I've tried didn't come off easily (and were a bit hard to remove). The fit can be a bit confusing at first if you've used other IEM's before since the design is meant to have the cables dangle from the IEM directly down, though you can curl it over your ear too but the control area would be a bit too high at the side of the head for that to be practical for use (but if you won't use the controls, then that's perfectly fine), even with that design, the T1 stays comfortably in place in my ear and doesn't threaten to fall off anytime with the stock tips.

Sound Stuff: Previously when I first tried it, I could almost immediately say that this is gonna be more of a daily beater for commutes than most, the nice balanced sound was unobtrusive and has enough interesting bits to keep one listening. But as the in use hours piled up, (aka burn in) to around 140 hours, there's a bit more nuance on this not so little driver that I didn't realize on the first day. This review utilized all of my DAPs and DAC/Amps but the biggest surprise is when I used it on my laptop directly (a Lenovo Ideapad 100) and Deezer, with that, lets go the sound analysis.

Bass: The T1 produces a good amount of sub-bass that reaches rather deep which is almost expected with it's 12.5mm diaphragm. The rumble is playful, letting you hear and feel the note's decay into the next parts of the song like Way Down Deep. Bass decay and clarity is average, though the overall bass impact is a bit on the light side, it's still present and felt, and gives a sense of musicality in how it's rendered. There is a level of warmth with the T1 that lends to a smooth texture and good feeling with the music.

Mids: Are one of the things that draw me to an eargear, and the T1 does pretty well here. With a good amount of body and warmth in the lower mids, it gives male vocals good presence and thickness. Instruments here gain a good amount of reverb, songs like Lithium or any song that has stringed sustains, distortion and general vibration will sound really good. Female vocals and the upper mids are the same as the lower-mids wherein their position is neutral and natural sounding but the warmth and body from the lower mids also give women like Heart a more felt performance with songs like Alone. Overall there is a nice amount of clarity and transparency in the mids so music sounds nice, smooth and pleasant.

Highs: There is a light amount of extension and a decent amount of air in the treble region which gives the T1 a bit of an energy boost when the song calls for it. There may not be enough crisp in the notes to give the T1 sparkle in this region but there is enough clarity and detail retrieval to keep things interesting. Snares, cymbals and even screeching violins will play nice with your ears with a touch of warmth and there is no sibilance or harshness to be found here.

Soundstage: The stage is decently wide though not as deep, which can lead to a bit of congestion with complicated music but a bit of headspace to distance them from your ear. The imaging of the T1 is generally accurate.

Conclusion: The Tin Audio T1 does not want you to think it's meant for the high end audiophile in both price tag and performance but the fact that it's pretty good on mobile devices, laptops and budget DAPs means that it's forgiving for casual listening and a good experience for beginning hobbyists. This should be good for most people looking for a smooth and easy listening earpiece that can last them a long while and still look good, be functional for daily communication and sound good for their music needs.

The T1 scales a bit with better gear but seems to be better suited for warm sources, and since most phones, laptops, PCs and budget DAPs are warm in nature, they would be the best sources for the T1 as it helps with providing a bit more bass impact and additional body. Using an Acoustune AET-07 also adds a bit more impact and still opens the stage a bit on the mid and upper frequencies.

Pros: Solid metal construction, pretty design, useful and functional controls, smooth and easy listening, fun mids, a lot of reverb, good price for what you get.

Cons: Could use a bit more bass impact

Nitpicks: A cloth carry pouch would have been nice, replacing the 3 pairs of silicone tips to 1-2 pairs of foam and one pair of double flange tips might have increased ear fitting compatibility without increasing overall cost.

Sound testing was done using a Sony WM1a (Primarily), a Hiby R6 and Zishan Z1(for comparison) and various other stuff like DAC/Amps, my laptop and a phone (for checking driveability and synergy) volume matched to 90.X db of max volume for safe hearing below 8 hours of use and calibrated using a 1kh tone on a dedicated DB Meter, all sources patched through a switcher. More information will be available on the About Me page (once I find the time to write it up.)

Otto Motor

Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: Refined, warm to neutral and spacious natural sound with plenty of midrange. Excellent build and ergonomics. Unique design. Versatile applicability. Stellar value.
Cons: None at this price.
You also find this review and much more on my blog audioreviews.org

Executive Summary

The Tinaudio T1 is a single dynamic-driver earphone that features a sleek, modernist industrial design with button-shaped metal housings and a fixed cable with a three-button remote incl. microphone (that appears to work with iphone and Android devices alike). Sound wise, the T1 strikes the balance between warm and neutral with plenty of vocals and soundstage, and a punchy however not exaggerated bass. The T1 is the warmer, bassier, and cheaper alternative to the popular, more neutrally tuned, class-leading
Tinaudio T2 earphone. Ergonomically, it is well suited not only for the sofa but also for the bed or for on the road under a toque or helmet. Overall, it constitutes an outstanding value for money.



I was asked by Jim NiceHCK to review the Tinaudio T1 earphone and purchased it for $0.10 from NiceHCK store. The price at the time of ordering was $36. I was further asked to link to the product: here! This earphone is presently being prepared to be given to charity to avoid conflict of interest (I have yet to find a communal service to put it to good use). I always test earphones across a section of music that broadly covers the frequency spectrum, including natural sounds generated by voices and orchestral instruments.


Tinaudio, until recently, had offered only a couple of earphone models for export, the older T515 and the popular, acclaimed dual-dynamic-driver T2 (T2 reviews here).

The T2 quickly became the neutrally-tuned reference in the $50 category. Some people, though, found its sound too analytical, and in particular its bass too weak. Many closed the vents with blue tack to create a more V-shaped sound signature. The T1 was introduced to cater to the aficionados of a tonality warmer than the T2’s (at a lower price).


Product Name: Original TIN Audio T1 In-ear Earphone
Model: TIN Audio T1
Earphone type: In-ear
Driver: 12.5 mm single dynamic driver
Impedance: 16Ω
Earphone sensitivity: 102 dB
Frequency response: 18–25000 Hz
Cable: 1.2 m long; non-detachable
Remote: three-button with microphone
Price: $36 at the time of ordering
Product Link: HERE!

Packaging and Accessories

The T1 comes in the classic blue and white flip-open box known from the T2. Included are two sets of rubber tips in each size (S,M,L) and a manual. Please don’t complain about the lack of an included case at this price, just order one that is right for you for a couple of bucks with the earphones.


Physical Appearance, Haptic, and Build

The small earpieces (and the cable splitter) are made of metal and therefore feel exquisite and luxurious in my hands. They sport a minimalistic yet stylish, modern industrial, somewhat distinctive design: shallow cylinders (“buttons”) with angled nozzles. The fixed, round cable is coated with soft rubber (similar to the one of my much pricier Focal Sphear) and it features a three-button remote that works with my iPhone (and reportedly with Android devices, too). What takes slightly away is the somewhat flimsy appearing strain reliefs.

Ergonomics, Comfort, and Fit

The isolation is average and the combination of button-shaped housings with angled nozzles works well for my ears. I literally use “buttons” to push the T1 into my ear canals - handy. These buttons have a very low relief, they don’t stick out of the ears, and are therefore well suited as “bedphones” and for under helmets and toques. The cable is worn over/around the ears and the left strain relief has a small protuberance (”nipple”) for easy distinction of the earpieces in the dark (see first photo). Since there is no memory wire and also no weight to pull the cable down, owners of “Prince-Charles-type” ears may have difficulties keeping the cable in place around them.

Source and Eartips

I used an iPhone 5S and a MacBook Air with the "audioquest dragonfly 1.5 black" dac/amp. The T1 is easily driven even without the dragonfly. The large included tips work well for my ear canals.


The T1 strikes the fine balance between a neutral and warm sounding earphone (it is less neutral sounding than the popular Tinaudio T2 and less warm than the popular iBasso IT01). There are no spikes on the frequency response curve [source: primeaudio.org; thank you Crabbos] between sub-bass and midrange, the upper midrange has a small peak at 2 kHz, and the treble starts rolling off at 5 to 6 kHz. There is no sibilance owing to the lack of an elevated 7-8 kHz region.

The T1 features prominent, neutral sounding mids (reminiscent of the T2’s) with a natural timbre and without any harshness. The 2 kHz peak adds a bit of gloss to the higher voices. The treble is smooth and relaxed with no pierce, Diana Krall’s high piano notes shine, dance, and sparkle. The bass is punchy, never muddy or smudging, well textured (with the dragonfly), and well extended into the lower frequencies. Bass quality can vary depending on the size and shape of your ears because of the inside position of the bass vent.

The image is surprisingly big, soundstage is relatively wide and less (but reasonably) deep. Instrument separation, layering, resolution, and spatial representation are all good. Voices and orchestral instruments sound rather natural.

Select Comparisons

Fidue A65 ($60): Another single-dynamic-driver earphone of exceptional value. The A65 is warmer, therefore darker, with fuller, richer voices, with a more accurate, deeper, however narrower stage, unbeatable resolution in its class, and a marginally more natural timbre…but at almost twice the price.

Sennheiser CX 5.00 ($90): A single-dynamic-driver brandname earphone with old-school “fun tuning”: solid but rumbly bass, recessed mids with dense voices, healthy sibilance, and a veiled image. It does not strive on detail but on its overall comfortable warmth. The T1 is more accurate and resolving in every respect.

Tinaudio T2 ($50): The more neutral sounding and more analytical older sibling of the T1 with a similar midrange, less bass, and slightly more detail. Whether you want the T2 or T1 hinges mostly on the different bass tuning. Just get them both if in doubt. The T2 product link is here.

Urbanfun Hifi, original issue ($20): Hybrid featuring one balanced-armature and one dynamic driver. One of the 2016/2017 budget kings, respected for its sound and build but not for its looks. The “Urbs” have a stronger, more thumping bass, and a “softer” tonality than the T1. But they have a comparable natural timbre and image size, surprisingly. And they are smooth. These are darn good, too (if you like bass).

Brainwavz B100 ($50): Plastic construction that incorporates a single balanced-armature driver. Warmer, slightly darker, and grainier than the T1 but irresistibly fluid and homogenous - and therefore forgiven for the lack of detail to some extent (the $110 B200 will fix that but is out of contention here).

Concluding Remarks

The appeal of the Tinaudio T1 is not only its nuanced sound (which alone is good enough to make it thoroughly enjoyable). No, this earphone also excels by its sturdy metal construction and related haptic, as well as by its attractive and functional design, namely the tiny, button-shaped earpieces, which sit flat in the ear. This does not just look good, it is also very practical in constricted environments such as beds or under hats…or wherever you stick your head in. Its versatility and modest pricing not only distinguish the T1 from its (mostly more expensive) competitors but also create its own market niche.

The T1 can be purchased from NiceHCK store here. And no, I don’t get a cut.



Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: Great build and materials - Warm, smooth signature - Comfy fit
Cons: Few extras - Low on micro-detail - Strain relief, or lack thereof

Today we’re checking out the T1 from Tin Audio, a worthy follow up and pre-runner in the lineup to the outstanding T2.

TinHIFI/TinAudio has been around since 2010 acting as an OEM/ODM for other brands, finally crafting their own brand and entering the market last year (2017). I can believe they acted as an OEM given their initial release, the dual-dynamic T515, looks and sounds to me just like the NarMoo B2M. Great build, fun bassy sound, but lacking a touch of refinement. Perfectly fair given the low price. The T2 was next in line for release and was another dual dynamic swapping out the bassier sound for a refreshingly refined and mature neutral tune. Now we have the T1 which ditches the dual dynamic setup for one large 12.5mm dynamic driver. With a warmer, more bass heavy and silky smooth signature, the T1 is certainly targeting a different crowd than the T2.

Based on my extremely positive experiences with the T2, I had high hopes for the T1 going in. Was I disappointed? Far from it. Let’s take a closer look.


Thanks to TinAudio for giving me the opportunity to check out the T1 and for sending over a complimentary sample unit. The thoughts within this review are my own and do no represent TinAudio or any other entity. There was no financial incentive provided. You can check out TinAudio on their official Facebook page here; https://www.facebook.com/tbqtlh/


For at home use the T1 was powered by a TEAC HA-501 desktop amp or straight out of my Asus FX53V laptop. For portable use it was paired with an LG G5, F.Audio S1, or Shanling M1. The T1 isn’t particularly difficult to drive, nor does amping seem to make much of a difference to overall performance.

Personal Preferences:

I listen primarily to various EDM sub-genres (liquid drum and bass, breakbeat, drumstep, etc.), hip hop, and classic rock. While I enjoy a variety of signatures in my headphones I generally lean towards slightly warm with elevated treble and sub-bass, an even and natural mid-range response, with reduced mid-bass. The HiFiMan RE800, Brainwavz B400, and thinksound On2 offer examples of signatures I enjoy.

  • Sensitivity: 102 dB/mW
  • Impedance: 16 ohm
  • Frequency response: 18-25 kHz
  • Cable: 1.3m TPU
  • Driver Type: 12.5mm dynamic
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Packaging and Accessories:

The T1 carries over the simplistic but stylish and high quality packaging found on the T2, initially greeting you with a simple white cardboard box. On the front in the bottom left corner is the TinAudio logo, while in the top right you find the model. On the back is a QR code and a brief statement about where the T1 was made.

Inside you find the same blue and white, elongated, book-style case seen with the T2 that I loved so much. It’s such a unique take on packaging an earphone when comparing it to other brands, and makes it feel like you’re getting something special despite not spending a ton. Opening this you find the T1 tightly set safely within a foam cutout with the cable wrapped neatly underneath along with the instruction manual and spare tips. In all you receive;
  • T1 earphones
  • Black single flange silicone eartips (s/m/l)
  • Translucent black single flange eartips with a red core (s/m/l)
Overall it’s not a content rich package lacking extras you might get with competing products, such as more varied tips (bi-flange, foams, etc.), a traditional carrying case, or even a 1/4” adapter. The blue book-style case the T1 is stored within looks great though, and isn’t something you’re likely to throw away. It’s more than large enough to carry the earphones and a compact player like the Shanling M1, F.Audio S1, or HiFiMan MegaMini, or maybe a compact amp like the Walnut F1 and some spare ear tips, coming in handy when traveling as something to protect your gear.

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Build, Comfort, and Isolation:

Like the other models in TinAudio’s lineup, the T1 features durable and flawlessly crafted, all-metal shells in a gunmetal color. The matte, power-coated finish on the inner portion of each ear piece is smooth and free of any edges or poorly matched up seams. The nozzles are on the short side and exit at a natural 60 degree angle with a prominent lips to keep your ear tips held securely in place.

Also metal and well constructed are the chunky y-split, slim straight jack, and in-line microphone and three button control unit. The controller’s buttons are plastic and extremely slender, similar in design to the unit found on the Xiaomi Piston 3. They work well, but can be difficult to differentiate from each other without taking a moment to feel for the button you want. With my LG G5 they have full functionality able to raise and lower volume, skip through tracks, turn on voice control, pick up and close calls, etc. The mic sounds really good too, though should the textured metal sheath happen to rub against the collar of a jacket or other piece of clothing, the lightly ribbed texture creates some noise. I didn’t find that an issue in normal use given the near perfect placement of the mic on the cable

The traditional fixed cable features a black rubber sheath and protrudes out the top of each housing from small rubber knobs, showing their intention to be worn over-ear. Strain relief is present at the jack but is short and not particularly effective. It’s missing entirely at the y-split and leading into each ear piece, which in my eyes is a major oversight in terms of longevity. The cable overall is quite nice though with limited noise transmission, great tangle resistance, and no memory. With proper strain relief it would be fantastic.

Comfort on the T1 is excellent due to the low profile fit, light weight, and smooth housings. The twins vents on each housing ensure driver flex and pressure buildup are not a thing. Oddly enough, the only aspect of their design that causes any issues are the rubber protrusions for the cable which aren’t rounded off. If left tilted forward to touch my ear they tend to cause a very mild hot spot. Twisting the T1 back just a touch on insertion prevents this letting them disappear for long listening sessions.

Isolation is pretty average, and better than I expected to be honest. Well-ventilated, low profile designs like this tend to isolate poorly in my experience, but the T1 fares well. With only a small bump in volume to compensate for outside noise bleeding in, I was able to use them in a noisy coffee shop comfortably. I wouldn't recommend them for daily transit use, but in an office or as a general runabout earphone they’re great.

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Damn. These are good. Seriously, attach a brand name and you’ve got yourself a costly little earphone. The T1 takes the tonality of the mids and treble of the T2, dials down the upper ranges a couple dB, and ups the low end a few dB to make a fun yet capable sounding earphone.

Bass on the T1 is elevated but retains the smooth, easygoing presentation you’ll find everywhere else. There’s just enough slam to give your ear drums a bit of feedback, but not a hard smack. Extension is pretty good for a large driver with a smooth rolloff that sounds quite good with Kavinski’s “Solli”. It’s polite but not boring. Like a Canadian :wink: While the presentation is silky smooth, there is still a lot of texture further showing that while Tin Audio is a fairly new company in an independent sense, they've got some talented engineers tuning their earphones.

The midrange of the T2 is to my ears near neutral in presence with a slightly distanced physical presence. Tone and timbre are very natural, leaning towards a mild, warm tonality. It’s a very full, lush presentation that retains it’s presence regardless of the track. Detail is good as well with minute intricacies being smoothed out by the glossy presentation. There are no particular peaks causing male or female vocals to be shouty and sibilance isn’t present.

Treble is decently well-extended with what comes across as a pretty swift roll off. There is just a touch of sparkle and shimmer. Enough to retain track engagement, yet reserved so as to avoid being unpleasant and/or uncomfortable. Upper frequencies thin out somewhat compared to the mids and bass which helps retain overall clarity and coherence.

Sound stage on the T1 is very competent with a presentation that is more broad than deep. The slightly set back mid-range helps round out the staging. Imaging is quite accurate with clear steps in the transition from channel to channel. Layering and separation are also solid in performance, handling the congested closing to King Crimson’s “Starless and Bible Black” without muddying up.

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Select Comparisons:

KZ ZS10 (~40 USD): Despite their varied ways of getting there, i.e. 5 driver hybrid vs. single 12.5mm dynamic, the ZS10 and T1 sound remarkably similar with their warm signatures and natural tonality. The ZS10 ups the T1 with improved imaging and separation, though lags behind on sound stage. T1 is also slightly brighter with more forward mids, with better extension into sub-bass regions. ZS10 is a little quicker overall and with more impact, though neither is particularly strong in that regard. T1 lags behind in detail retrieval.

In terms of build, I have no qualms with the ZS10’s plastic shells. Fit and finish is good and the plastics feel dense and durable. The T1’s metal shells look and feel more premium as might be expected, and fit is improved due to the significant decrease in size over the ZS10. Both have good cables that each have their own positives and negatives.

TinAudio T2 (49.90 USD): The T1 and T2 are definitely cut from the same cloth, with the T1 coming across as a more relaxed, bassier version of the T2. Mids are exceptionally similar with the T2’s being slightly more lean, more quite as warm, and with additional micro-detail and clarity. Treble on the T2 is more emphasized with again, it being touch leaner and with more detail. This gives them a slightly more airy feel too. Bass on the T1 digs deeper, is more mid-bass emphasized, and has more punch to it. Texture and speed goes to the T2. Sound stage on both is good with the T1 sounding larger but less nuanced in terms of layering and separation. The T2 is clearly the more technically adept of the two with a neutral, but far from boring signature.

Build is excellent on both with neither having an edge, though I do appreciate that the T2 is equipped with removable cables. Comfort and fit goes to the T1. The T2’s longer housings fit me well but never feel as secure as the T1’s resulting in the occasional adjustment to put them back in place. If you enjoyed the T2’s general sound but found it a bit bass-lite,treble heavy, or struggled with fit, the T1 is worth a look.

Final Thoughts:

The T1 is the perfect budget friendly earphone to pick up leading into the summer months. It’s got the kind of signature that you can lean back in a chair with, cold drink in one hand and a book in the other, up at the cottage or while out camping. Easy on the eyes, easy on the ears. The build quality is outstanding, they feel right in the ear, and they sound very capable. That they’re quite affordable doesn’t hurt either.

Thanks for reading!

– B9Scrambler

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Some Test Tunes:

Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid (Album)
Hail Mary Mallon – Are You Going to Eat That? (Album)
Skindred – Roots Rock Riot (Album)
King Crimson – Starless and Bible Black (Track)
Supertramp – Crime of the Century (Album)
Infected Mushroom – Legend of the Black Shawarma (Album)
Gorillaz – Plastic Beach (Album)
Massive Attack – Mezzanine (Album)
Fleetwood Mac – Rumors (Album)
Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels (Album)
The Prodigy – The Day is My Enemy (Album)
Tobacco – screw*d Up Friends (Album)
Felt – Felt 2 (A Tribute to Lisa Bonet) (Album)
Michael Jackson – Thriller (Album)
The Crystal Method – Community Service (Album)
Jidenna – Long Live the Chief (Track)
Skrillex – Ragga Bomb (Track)
Big Grams – Run for Your Life (Track)
Funkadelic – Maggot Brain (Track)
Aesop Rock – Fishtales (Track)


100+ Head-Fier
Pros: Great built quality (all-metal shell) and presentation,
Good detail level for the price,
Warm and emotional sound tuning,
Build in Microphone,
Cons: No detectable cable,
Carry case is missing
The Tin Audio T1; good price for a nice package...


1. Disclaimer:

The Tin Audio T1 IEM was provided to me by the Tin Audio via Penon Audio for free of charge as a review sample. I am not affiliated with Tin Audio or Penon Audio beyond this review and these words reflect my true, unaltered, opinions about the product.

2. Introduction:

Tin Audio is China based Audio Brand that is know is known for its IEM’s like Tin Audio T2 and T515 that are sold for a reasonable price.

3. Price:

The MSRP price for the Tin Audio T1 is 36.,90 USD.

Purchase Link: https://penonaudio.com/tin-audio-t1.html

4. Package and Accessories:

The Tin Audio T1 comes in a small white card box with a Tin Audio Branding.

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Inside it is another box that looks like a jewelry case with a blue pleather (faux leather) surface that looks and feels very nice.



This box includes the following contents;

  • 1 pcs. of Tin Audio T1
  • 6 pairs of silicone eartips

5. Specifications:

  • Driver : 12.5mm
  • Impedance : 16Ω
  • Frequency Response : 18-25000Hz
  • Sensitivity : 102Db
  • Plug : 3.5mm
  • Cable : 130cm TPU Coated Copper Cable

6. Drivability:

The Tin Audio T1 has an impedance of 16 Ohms and is a very easy to drive IEM. Even Smartphones and Tablets should be able to give this IEM enough juice.

7. Design, Fit and Build Quality:

The T1 has a modern, round shaped design. The all-metal aluminum CNC processed monitor housing is very nicely crafted and doesn’t look cheap. There is a bass vent on the sides and a small grill right under the left / right markings on the inner surface of the T1.


The monitor is neither small nor big and sits quite comfortable in my ears. The noise isolation of the T1 is above average.


There is no cable upgrade option like on the more expensive T2 model, but the TPU coated copper cable is stiff but well made.

The cable has a nice looking built in microphone that has a good voice transmission.



The Y Splitter of the T1 cable has the same design philosophy like the monitor and has also a round shape.

8.Albums & tracks used for this review:

  • Saskia Bruin – The Look of Love (DSF)
  • George Michael – Older Album (Apple Music)
  • LP (Laura Pergolizzi) – Lost On You “Live at Harvard and Stone” (Tidal Hi-Fi)
  • Dire Straits – Money For Nothing (DSF)
  • Mile Davis – Kind of Blue Album (Tidal Hi-fi)
  • Emmanuel Pahud (Claude Debussy) – Syrinx (Apple Music)
  • Aretha Franklin – I Say a Little Prayer (Apple Music)
  • Diana Krall – So Wonderful (DSF)
  • Otto Liebert & Luna Negra – Up Close “Album” (DSF) – Binaural Recording
  • Alboran Trio’s – Cinque Lunghissimi Minuti (Tidal Hi-Fi)
  • Opeth – Damnation (Tidal Hi-Fi)
  • Megadeth – Sweating Bullets (Flac 16bit/44kHz)
  • Daft Punk – Get Lucky (Flac 24bit/192kHz)
  • Michael Jackson – Billie Jean (DSF)


9. Sources used for this review:

  • IEM : Tin Audio T1, Dunu DN12, KZ ZS6
  • DAP/DAC : Cayin N5II, Aune M2Pro, Chord Mojo, iPad Air 2


10. The Sound:

This review is written after a burn-in process of apprx. 100 hours. I have used the stock silicone ear tips.


The Tin Audio T1 has an engaging ound signature with a warm sound tonality.


The Tin Audio T1 has a warm and strong bass response that reaches quite low. The bass reproduction and quantity is quite balanced. The bass amount is not on a basshead level, but, it should be quite enough for most listeners.

There is only a small lack of sub-bass quantity that has otherwise a good depth, softness and emphasis.

The T1’s bass performance in some Megadeth or Opeth drums performances is pretty good. The speed, accent and tightness are quite impressive for this price point.

The bass quantity for genres like EDM, Pop and Trance music is quite good. There is only missing a small amount of depth.

The good thing about the bass of the T1 is, that there is no midbass hump that would otherwise make the midrange sound muffled.

The Tin Audio T1 has a nice warm sounding midrange, which gives male vocals strong presentation. Female vocals sounding warmer than normal but there is a nice sense of emotion. That means that the T1 performs better with male vocals than female. There is a small lack of clearness & transparency for female voices that is tolerable for this price range.

The instrument performance of the Tin Audio T1 is pretty good on non instrument intensive genres like rock, metal, pop and acoustic songs. The instrument separation is quite good, especially in acoustic recording.

People who prefer a warm and full sounding midrange will like the Tin Audio T1 very much.

The Tin Audio T1 has a well controlled upper mid- / treble range, which has good extension. It is not too bright and doesn’t sound ear piercing and this makes it ideal for long listening periods.

The treble speed, extensions and emphasis of instruments like crash cymbals or hi-hat etc. is quite successful.

Brass & wind instruments or violins are also very satisfying. Even high-pitched string notes don’t sounding too harsh or bright.


The soundstage presentation is above average that is quite normal for this price range. There is a nice sense of space and enough air between instruments.


11. Comparison:

Vs. Dunu DN12:

The Dunu DN12 has more bass presence and depth compared to the T1. But the bass of the Tin Audio T1 sounds tighter and has also more speed, balance and control compared to the Dunu DN12.

The Midrange of the Dunu DN12 has a more forward presentation than the Tin Audio T1. Both IEM’s have a relative warm sounding midrange that sounds great with female vocals, but both IEM’s is missing some additional clarity and transparency, that I think is quite normal for this price range.

The midrange of the Dunu DN12 is loosing the control faster and starts to shine in higher volumes, while the Tin Audio T1 has the better overall control.

The treble range of the Tin Audio T1 sounds more forward and has also the better extension with more definition than those of the Dunu DN12. The Dunu DN12 has not enough treble speed for some complex passages.

Vs. KZ ZS6:

The KZ ZS6 is a V shaped IEM that has a relative bright tonality that is quite the opposite of the Tin Audio T1.

The T1 has more bass quantity, while the KZ ZS6 has a more sub-bass oriented presentation. The Bass speed of both IEM’s is quite good for this price range, but the T1 has the better overall control.

The midrange of the Tin Audio T1 sounds fuller without to be muffled. Male vocals sounding better with the T1, while the ZS6 has more sparkle that is needed for female vocals. But there is a problem with the KZ6, the upper treble range is too present, that makes it to a very bright sounding IEM. This makes the vocal presentation of the KZ ZS6 a bit unnatural, while the T1 sounds more natural and emotional.

The treble range of the ZS6 sounds a bit too boosted, compared to the more balanced sounding Tin Audio T1. This makes the ZS6 sometimes uncomfortable and not to a ideal source for long listening periods. The Tin Audio T1 has the better control and tonality.

The KZ ZS6 sounds airier due its sound tuning. The ZS6 has more soundstage width while the Tin Audio T1 has more soundstage depth. The instrument separation and placement is almost the same.


12. Conclusion:

The Tin Audio T1 is a well made IEM with a warm and full sounding tuning that is ideal for male vocals and acoustic song, that makes it to one of the best IEM’s in this price rabge.

13. Summary (plus and minus):

+ Great built quality (all-metal shell) and presentation
+ Good detail level for the price
+ Warm and emotional sound tuning
+ Build in Microphone

– No detectable cable
– Carry case is missing

This review was originally posted on my Review Blog "Moonstar Reviews" :
Thank you. Yes they are easy to drive.
Thanks Moon, do you know if they are better than the T2?
Thank you crossmxn ! Sorry, but I didn't had any experience with the T2.