Tin HiFi P2

Kathiravan JLR

New Head-Fier
TIN HIFI P2 - PLANAR MAGIC
Pros: U shaped signature with pleasing mids
Engaging bass with awesome sub bass
Build and Fit
Mids are sweet with that warm tonality
Great treble extension
Cons: Power hungry – Definitely needs a desktop amp
Upper mid aggressiveness
INTRODUCTION:

Tin Hi-Fi is known for its excellent build, sound and packaging. It’s been followed for its many products including the T2 plus and P1. Here they have tried to give a substantial upgrade to their P1 which doesn’t have great sound in my opinion and the build. This has a unique tuning with exceptional tonality and mids. Let’s see what Tin P2 is offering in terms of sound…

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • 12mm planar driver
  • 32ohm impedance
  • 90db sensitivity
  • 10hz-20khz frequency range
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PACKAGING:

  • A pair of Tin P2 iem
  • 6N OCC 2.5mm balanced cable
  • 2.5 to 3.5mm adapter
  • 4.4 to 3.5mm adapter
  • 3 pairs of silicone tips and 3 pairs of foam tip
It also came with a good leather case which is quite good. It doesn’t have any magnetic locking but looks retro and classy. I would still prefer the old leather box which came with the P1.

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BUILD AND FIT:

The P2 is made of metal which gives the chillness while touching it. It’s very soft to touch and triangular in shape. In the center of the iem there is a granular finish which is catchy and for me it provides an extra grip while holding it in the hand.

The build looks exactly like the T2 Plus which has the same material and branding on the top side of the earpiece. It has a pressure vent towards the ear canal area.

The best part here is the 2 pin .78mm connector instead of the controversial tin’s MMCX connection! Cheers to the Tin team. Now removing the cable is very easy and convenient.

The fit is good and not excellent. It’s made in the shape of an ear canal but isolation is not perfect. The large size silicone tips gave me good fit and the comfort and personally I didn’t like the stock foam tips and I’m usually not good with foam tips.

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DISCLAIMER:

This unit is provided to me as a part of the review circle initiated by the Hifigo team. The impressions of the earphone made here is purely based on my experience with it and not influenced by anyone or paid by anyone to do this. If you are willing to purchase this please feel free to buy using the link:

https://hifigo.com/products/tinhifi-p2-tin-hifi-p2

SOURCE:

Device: Samsung Galaxy S10

Dac/Amp: Topping NX4 DSD, FiiO A5

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SOUND:

Even though NX4 doesn’t do enough justice it does sound good with good enough technicalities. P2 is definitely a desktop iem rather than a portable iem. This needs a hell lot of power from desktop amps and doesn’t unleash its full potential if you use portable amps.

BASS:

The bass is really pleasurable in P2. The sub bass is definitely slightly elevated which gives the enough thump in the tracks. There is good enough sub bass and mid bass impact which gives the enough detail and resolution. There is good speed in the bass and the sub bass has more tightness while the mid bass has enough punch.

While listening to the busier bass tracks the P2 struggles to get enough details and jumbles the sound but it’s only for the specific tracks which has very deep bass impact and busy tracks. Overall I loved the bass from it and I never wanted more or less bass while listening to this. Has the right amount of impact in the bass and presented well.

TRACKS USED:

  • MOUNTAINS – HANS ZIMMER
  • WHY DO WE FALL – HANS ZIMMER
  • ASTRONOMIA – VICETONE
  • FLIGHT - MAN OF STEEL
  • RAINY NIGHT IN TALLINN- LUDWIG GORANSSON
  • ROYALS - LORDE
MIDS:

The mids have natural tonality in this and it has a slight warmer tone to it. The tonality is good and it’s balanced well across the genre. The mids are slightly behind the bass but it doesn’t mean that they are unbalanced or non-cohesive. It brings out the airiness between the instruments and has good detail retrieval and resolution is great.

There is a slight aggressiveness in the upper mid region but it is not unbearable in condition. The tonality has slight dryness too due to the planar driver inside it but the warmer tonality removes the dryness in it to some extent.

TRACKS USED:

  • DREAM ON - AEROSMITH
  • THRILLER- MICHAEL JACKSON
  • BLANK SPACE – TAYLOR SWIFT
  • LOVE BUG BLUES – CHARLES BRADLEY
TREBLE:

The highs are really extended to the maximum level. You can be hearing good enough details in the highs. The upper high has some slight aggressiveness and this may be a problem for the treble sensitive people. At this price point this is the best one I have heard which has some good extension in the treble region but if you are sensitive to the 16k region then this might hurt your ears. During my listening it doesn’t bother me in the 16k region and it may not for you too!

TRACKS USED:

  • LONESOME LOVER – MAX ROACH
  • FAUST – THE SAD SKINHEAD
SOUNDSTAGE AND IMAGING:

It is very interesting to see that P2 being a planar has not enough width in the soundstage. But it has one of the best depths in the soundstage. The layering is top notch. The imaging is great too where the instrument travels across the track is presented at its best.

The depth in the soundstage made me forget the lack of wideness in P2 and I enjoyed the layering and imaging in the P2 a lot.

Since this is a mid-focused one some might doesn’t like but for me this sounds absolutely beautiful and stunning and this is definitely not a big deal breaker.

TRACKS USED:

  • HIDEAWAY – JACOB COLLIER
  • VEENA IN VIENNA – GLOBAL GEAR
  • CROSSING – YOSI HORIKAWA
  • BUBBLES - YOSI HORIKAWA
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VERDICT:

Overall I loved the sound coming out of this. Tin made the P2 a beautiful sounding one with airiness and sparkly highs with good sub bass presence. The brighter treble made me love this more and some might find this region very sensitive to hear but I’m being a bright treble head it doesn’t bother me and sounds pleasing to me. Even the build is nice, same as the T2 plus with some extra weight and thickness. Fit wise it’s good too if you have good experience with the T2 Plus.

Finally, if you have enough power to drive this then it’s an absolute gem but if you have an underpowered gear then this will definitely don’t do justice and sounds very tiny and bass will not be having that planar impact and for the fact you will definitely hate this if you don’t have enough power to drive this.

If you have a good desktop amp to power this then close your eyes and GO GET IT!

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abheybir

Head-Fier
Tin Audio P2- The Hungry Beast
Pros: 1. Warm Lush Sound
2. Very good micro detailing and timber
3. Very well controlled and textured bass
4. Very good soundstage, imaging and separation
5. Very well build quality and fit
Cons: 1. Needs desktop grade amplification, hard to drive even with portable amps
2. Foam Tips recommended instead of silicon ones
Introduction
After P1, Tin Hifi re-imagined its planar design and hit the market with a much-anticipated piece of wonder P2. P2 has a unique design and sound signature. Earphones body is metallic, unpolished but smooth with a rich appearance. Its premium looking build design is as gorgeous looking as its comfortable on ears. Faceplate is raised and appears to have a sandpaper texture, but this in-fact looks like a porous surface, but the IEM is purely closed back. Its smooth triangular design and silver surface is stunning and very comfortable to wear.

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IEMs are paired with 2.5mm balanced cable with two adapters 3.5mm and 4.4mm. This gives us a lot of flexibility in choosing the sources. A fancy blue leather pouch accompanies IEM and cable set. This pouch is as sturdy as it is good looking. In terms of look and feel, P2 is premium earphone and has set new standards in the planar market.

Package Contents:
• One pair of Tin P2 IEMs.
• 6N OCC 2.5-millimetre balanced cable.
• 2.5mm to 4.4mm adapter.
• 2.5mm to 3.5mm adapter.
• Silicon and Memory Foam ear tips.
• Leather carry case.

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Disclaimer:
I have received Tin Audio P2 as part of review circle from the Hifigo in exchange of honest reviews. All impressions of sound are subjective to my own listening and my sources and is based on my experience with IEMs of similar hardware configurations and price range. You can buy same from the following link.

Sources:
For this review the unit has been paired to A&K SE100 (ES9038 Pro) and Fiio Q5 (AK4490), Dragonfly Red (MQA Support)

Amplification:
The P2 is extremely power hungry, one cannot rely on DAP only to drive P2 to even its half of potential. In my experience even portable amps are not doing any justice to it, initially I paired it to my portable amp Aune B1/B1s, but the presentation entirely changed once paired to Schiit Vali2(Tube Hybrid) and Anode Acoustics SS AMP#2. In a nutshell P2 is very hard to drive and you need a desktop grade amplifier to get the best out of it, else you are not doing any justice to the IEM.

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Highs:
I generally start listening with one of my favorites tracks the “Shape of My Heart by Sting”. And this time when I plugged in and listen to it, it immediately took me to another realm. The highs are so refined and textured and the way it filled the complete headroom with all the airiness and microdetails was something heart touching. The treble response I would say was bit tamed to some extend that there was no sibilance or harsh tones at any point of time. it’s well extended, and airiness is all around the headroom with crisp details. I have used P2 for more than 8 hours straight when paired to Vali2 and Anode SS Amp while working from home these days, and not any point of time there is any treble fatigue, or I could complain loss of details.

The overall presentation of highs is also bit relaxed, tracks like “Rehna Tu from Delhi-6” or “Quartet 1 by John Cage” had an amazing presentation on it that can even beat a lot of full-size cans behind.

Mids:
The mids are have a bit laid back presentation but have a very nice body to it. Tonality wise these are one of the best vocals I have heard on this price range. The instruments have got a good timber and wonderful imaging producing an organic and tube-like sound giving a rich and lush experience. At any point of time it does not feel congested in any way no matter whatsoever track has been thrown to it.

Tracks Rebecca Pidgeon in "Spanish Harlem" to Eric Clapton singing "Wonderful Tonight" sounded angelic over these IEMs. And It was another level listening to Amber Rubarth’s “A Kiss to Build a Dream On” and “Hold On” with all lush sound experience followed by amazing soundstage and imaging capabilities that it took to another dreamland in just a matter of seconds.

Lows:
The Bass response of P2 is punchy and has a nice slam to it. It is full bodied and have a nice texture. Even sub-bass region is not shy at all. The bass is controlled but very much detailed that it immediately elevates the mood and the overall warm presentation of IEM compliments this region and sets one to groove mode.

I enjoyed listening to my favourite bass-oriented track - “Tokyo Drift” by KVSH, the bass was tight and precise. Tracks like “Bass Rani by Nucleya” had such an amazing feel when listened using P2 with all that detailed relaxing highs and mids with deep detailed bass drops in an overall warm lush presentation. “Infinity (Dubdogz & Bhaskar Edit)” is another track that I have had on frequent replays on it and enjoyed every bass drop.

Soundstage/ Detailing/Imaging:
The P2 has a very airy and wide soundstage. Infact its quite hard to find out this kind of width and depth in any other IEM of this price range, and when combined with awesome imagining and detailing it becomes very good. On tracks like “Bubbles” or “Fluid” by “Yosi Horikawa” had an amazing presentation with all the lush warm sound and the amazing details combined with good staging, layering, depth and imaging capabilities.

P2 had done a marvellous job in tuning and implementation of 12mm planar unit, it offers brilliant micro details. To me the best part of P2 is the way it brings out all the technicalities in a relaxed and laid-back manner. Till now it hasn’t disappointed me in any track that I have played on it.

It was a nice experience I must say while listening to “Reaching Out by Bassnectar” and “Draft Punk’s Giorgio by Moroder” with great bass response along with the micro detailing and the dynamics.

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Final Verdict:
To me P2 somehow felt even better than some of TOTL IEMs and even it beats some of full-sized cans in its price range in terms of tonality, details, and presentation. I have been so impressed by it that soon planning to get myself a same unit. In a nutshell it’s a power packed IEM which has awesome imaging, detailing, staging and layering capabilities with an airy warm lush presentation. Bass and sub bass slams are cleaner and detailed. It is by far my number one recommendation if one is looking for not so portable IEM in mid-price range and myself has decided to make it as my daily night time driver due to its laid back and relaxing nature without compromise in any details or soundstage. Only drawback so far is the power-hungry nature of P2, in my experience it is not portable at all, somehow it reminds of Jerry’s younger cousin, but once properly fed, its just a beast in every aspect.

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RoXor

New Head-Fier
Tin P2
Pros: 1. Good textured bass
2. Good mid-range
3. Warm lush sound with crisp highs with foam tips.
4. Good extensions
5. Good details
6. Good soundstage and imaging, good layering and separation
7. Well-built and comfortable
Cons: 1. Bright with silicon tips, foam tips recommended.
2. Needs good amount of power to drive.
Disclaimer:

The unit has been sent to me from Hifigo as a part of a review circle. I am not working or affiliated to Hifigo and I am not being paid or influenced otherwise to say anything positive or negative about this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
You can buy the Tin P2 from here.

Note: Please note that my opinions and ratings are based on price, category, market competition and personal expectations and are subjective in nature.

Build Quality and comfort

Tin P2 like any of Tin Audio’s offerings has a really good build quality. It has a metal shell which is on the smaller side, and should fit everyone, with variation in the tip sizes if required for better fit. P2 houses 12mm planar diaphragm. The stock cable is 6N OCC 2.5mm balanced braided cable. The package also comes with 2.5mm female to 3.5mm male single ended connector and 2.5mm female to 4.4mm male balanced connector. The cable and connectors are very well built, connectors looks sturdy and overall the package looks quite premium.

Score: 9/10
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Source, drivability and pairing

I believe warm sources will pair well with P2. I have Ibasso’s DX160, a Pico Power portable amp and a DIY Sapphire desktop amp. P2 need a lot of power, playing it merely from the phone or the DAP wouldn’t satisfy its power requirements. In any case, today most of audiophile listeners use portable amp or desktop amp for listening, for P2 I’m ready to consider these minor inconveniences because of how good it sounds with minor tweaks. By default with the silicon tips it sounds bright and the bass occasionally bleeds into mids, but all these issues were solved with foam tips. With foam tips, the sound signature becomes slightly warm, but lows are improved now, highs are taken care of too, and doesn’t sound peaky anymore. For the review, I used the foam tips paired with either Pico Power or Sapphire amp with Ibasso DX160 line out as source.

Lows

P2 has good amount of bass and of good quality. P2 doesn’t shy away from presenting some good bass, but at the same time doesn’t overwhelm you. The lows are tight and impactful with decent rumble and control. On the track, Moon Light on Spring River by Zhao Cong, the lows are mostly done correctly by the P2, there are very few IEMs that were able to perfectly render this complex track. On other tracks and all forms of genres, the P2 has been able to present the bass in a beautiful and satisfying way.

Score: 8.5/10

Mids


The mids on the P2 are laid back yet detailed. The sound signature isn’t mid forward, and that’s my preference. Mids have good body and texture. Even on long listening sessions, the sound wasn’t fatiguing.

Score: 8/10

Highs
Highs are the main highlight of the P2. It can be utterly devastating if you are using silicon tips, as it would sound peaky and bright, or smooth yet very detailed if you are using foam tips. P2 with foam tips, have one of the best highs I have ever seen around this price range and maybe higher. Its very detailed and yet doesn’t sound bright and doesn’t cause fatigue on longer listening. The air or the openness is good for its price range, but anything better could have placed it among TOTLs. However its wrong of me to expect that, but I have loved Tin Audio since I owned the legendary Tin T2 and have high expectations, atleast in the highs.

Score: 8.5/10

Soundstage, Imaging, Separation

P2 when driven from a powerful amp has a headphone like presentation. The soundstage has good width and height, the imaging is really good. Instruments can be distinctly identified and have a fair headspace. Music usually didn’t sound congested, no matter how busy they are.

9/10

Comparison

Sometime ago, I reviewed the Moondrop Blessing 2 (hereon as B2). B2 was an exceptional pair and has set a benchmark in the price range it was available for. But P2 now competes strong against B2. Speaking about the differences, P2 has more bass quantity, B2 has more detailed and textured bass. Mids in B2 are more forward, someone like me who isn’t much of a fan of mid forward presentation, would prefer the P2. Highs are crisper and more detailed in P2 with foam tips, B2 with stock tips may appear slightly brighter than P2. B2 is easier to drive than P2. P2 with smaller shells seemed more comfortable. Because of the sound presentation, P2 seemed less fatiguing than B2 and are suitable for long listening sessions.

Conclusion

Tin P1 had a place of its own in the market, being a planar IEM. P2 carries on the legacy and for me, is a really good sounding IEM. It has a mild V shaped sound signature, but at the same time having really good mids. Treble has good energy and very detailed whereas bass has good quantity and extension. The sound signature with foam tips is warm and lush and quite enjoyable to listen to. For the price its available, I think it’s a good sounding IEM provided you use the foam tips.
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machinegod

New Head-Fier
Pros: Warm lush sound on foam tips.
Impactful low end.
Midrange quality.
Cons: Needs desktop grade amplifier to sound best.
Sound on stock silicone tips is not pleasant.
Bass has a tendency to bloom into the mids.
Disclaimer : The unit was provided courtesy of Hifigo as a part of a review tour. I am not being influenced in any way to say anything specific, all thoughts and opinions are my own. You can purchase the unit by clicking here.

Build and Fit
TinHifi's P2 features a 12mm planar diaphragm which is housed in a stainless steel shell. The chassis isn't bulky, in fact it's on the smaller side and will benefit from big sized tips for a nice seal.
The ultra fine mesh on the back gives it a nice sophisticated look, and the P2 is a closed back iem. The cable is a 6N OCC 2.5mm balanced cable with a gorgeous braid and is worthy of the robust 2.5mm to 3.5mm 90 degree and 2.5mm to 4.4mm pentaconn connectors you get in the box.
The overall build of the P2 is very nice, excluding the fact that the chassis is a bit slippery and people with big ears might find it small on the size. I found the best fit with the included foam tips and my findings are based on using the foam tips (for more reasons that follow in the sound section).

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Amp Needs
The P2 is extremely power hungry, phones/dongles and even most run of the mill portable amps cannot drive it, no question.
Consider yourself chained to a desktop grade amp or a really capable portable amp. Tin Hifi hasn't stated the rated sensitivity but evidently it is quite low. It takes in as much current as the usual over ear headphone due to this.
P2 is very hard to drive and you need a desktop grade amplifier to get the best out of it, and there is no getting around it.

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Sound
The sound varies totally when using stock silicone tips or foam tips.

On silicone tips :
The P2 does not sound good on stock silicone tips. The treble spike which renders the sizzle is sharp and piercing, the mids are hollow and the bass is boomy. Not a pleasant experience and I would not recommend using the stock silicone tips on it.

On stock foam tips :
Woah! It's like listening to an entirely different IEM! Everything changes drastically, and I mean drastically! The sound analysis follows :-

Bass
The bass is very present, subbass rumble isn't as deep, it focuses mostly on impact and quantity, it casts a warmth to the overall sound. Can't help but notice that the mid-bass is a bit one-note and still kind of boomy, similar to that of the KBear BElieve.
However this tuning feels to be aimed for casual fun listening experience and not the analytical/critical kind. You trade in some of the speed and cleanliness for impact and quantity. It's quite ironic, the bass sounds like it's off a big ol' dynamic driver.

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Mids
Kind of laid back and not in your face, vocal presentation takes a step back. Mids have body, avoids sounding thin. When it comes to performance in vocals I found it to be good tonality wise, except occasionally female vocals did seem to lack some energy. This form or presentation complements badly mastered tracks/shouty vocals with an upfront and aggressive presentation.
This form of tuning aids long term fatigue free listen and never sticks out seeking attention.

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Highs
The treble region improves multiple-fold when using the foam tips. The sizzle is gone, the sharpness and treble "needle" is gone. What you get instead is a smooth, laid back and relaxed listening experience. Some might even call it dark, although there is no . I have never experienced such a drastic sound change on changing tips.
There is no hint of harshness, and this presentation of treble I quite fancy. It almost feels like this is how the P2 was intended to sound like.

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Dynamics
This isn't the fastest I have heard, but it isn't slow. In a similar price range the BGVP DM8 is faster overall (maybe a bit too fast?). As mentioned, it sounds like a big ol' punchy dynamic driver. It sets the pace : it rolls, you roll.

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Soundstage and Imaging
The soundstage width is so-so, not congested by any means. The depth rendition is nice. The layers of the music come about quite nicely and easily discernible. Both the horizontal and vertical separation is really good.
Imaging is also a bit mediocre, while it doesn't feel smeared, it does feel a bit foggy and the competition provides better imaging, for example the BGVP DM8.

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Conclusion
At 379 USD (at the time of writing) the P2 is a worthy addition in this segment, even considering that the competition is fierce. The sound performance on the foam tips is pleasing and aimed at a more fun experience.
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aakashk

New Head-Fier
Tin HiFi P2 Review
Pros: - Impactful low end that doesn't bleed into Mids
- Good Resolution
- Nice, airy and open soundstage
- Great build quality and premium accessories like cable, connectors & case
Cons: - Power Hungry
- Occasional Treble spikes that can be bothersome for sensitive ears
Introduction
Tin HiFi is a Chinese earphone maker and P2 is their second planer IEM after the P1 and is supposed to be an upgrade over the latter with a different tuning that's warmer and has better low end response . Their first IEM (non planer), the T1, still remains one of the most talked about IEMs in the audiophile community, in that price range.

Disclaimer
This unit of Tin HiFi P2 was provided to me as part of a local review tour in my city and I will be passing it on to another member. I am not paid or influenced by anyone to write this review. Following are my own impressions and observations based on my taste of music and gears I use. The unit is originally provided by HiFiGo and if you like you can check or buy a pair by clicking here

Tech Specs & Accessories
  • Driver - 12mm Planar Magnetic Driver
  • Frequency - 10-20KHz
  • Impedance - 32Ω±15%
  • Sensitivity: 90 ± 3 dB
  • Rated power - 5mW
  • Max power - 10mW
  • Max distortion - 1%@1kHz 0.179v
  • Interface - Gold-plated 2Pin connector
  • Plug - 2.5mm gold-plated plug with carbon fiber tube
  • Connectors - 2.5mm - 3.5mm connector & a 2.5mm - 4.4mm connector
  • Cable length - 1.25m
  • Cable material - 8 core 0.08/16C 6N OCC PVC cable
  • Housing material - Stainless Steel
  • Storage bag - Imported Leather Bag
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Build Quality & Fit
The P2 is built like a tank. The shells are made of stainless steel and they are robust yet fairly lightweight. The nozzle is not too long that makes for a very comfortable fit overall. The supplied cable is of very good build quality and looks premium. It connects to the drivers through the 2-pin 0.78mm connector and secures a good fit.
I had to struggle a bit with the stock silicone tips in terms of getting a good fit however I don't see that as an issue since it can be fixed using other silicone tips. The supplied foam tips are very good however I do not prefer foam, YMMV.

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Sound Impression
First things first - being a planer magnetic driver, P2 needs serious power to shine therefore if you are looking for something to use with smartphones, look elsewhere.
I used the following sources with the P2...
- iPhone 11 with Lotoo Paw S1
- Sony WM1A
- EarMen TR-Amp
- Graham Slee Solo SRGii Desktop Amplifier
...and I found the best pairing with the Graham Slee AMP (you can check my review of the AMP here)

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Bass on P2 is impactful and is fun to listen. I am personally not a big fan of planer bass but with good power P2 low end really shines with good bass quality & quantity. It is well controlled & punchy; slightly elevated but does not bleed into mids that makes for a fun listening experience.

Mids, although slightly recessed in my experience, but very natural and airy. Vocals are life-like and full of details with good presentation of instruments and separation.

on P2 can prove to be the deciding factor for some of the listeners before they probably want to pick up a pair. The treble on P2 is airy and you get a fairly good soundstage. However, the treble beyond a point has a peak and doesn't roll off that can certainly bother someone who is sensitive to treble (me included). I wouldn't call it harsh but for some of the users it can be bright enough depending on the tracks you're listening to. As I mentioned earlier, this can be a make or break reason for someone deciding on purchasing the P2.

Conclusion
Overall I think the P2 is a pretty good option in the price range and I don't think we have too many Planer IEMs in this space. It has great build quality and comes with equally well-made accessories and connectors. I appreciate that the supplied cable is terminated with 2.5 Balanced connector and comes with 3.5mm & 4.4mm connectors in the box. It has a fun sound signature overall with good bass response, clean mids and airy highs however the treble peaks can bother a few people and I recommend you try the pair first, if you have a chance, before buying them
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05.vishal

New Head-Fier
Planar Magnetic Magic!
Pros: 1. Excellent staging
2. 3D Imaging
3. Superb Separation.
4. Fit
5. Build quality
6. Open-back
7. Great Unboxing experience.
8. Great Accessories Package.
Cons: 1. Power Hungry.
2. Upper-End Frequency Boost
The current flagship from the house of TIN, presents a very peculiar case in the IEM genre. The new iteration of Tin’s Planar magnetic IEM (after the P1) comes with an outlook towards the tuning of the driver. The bass, which was amiss in the P1, has a much more substantial presence here and the overall Package gives you a very nice unboxing experience.

Disclaimer:-

This unit of Tin HiFi P2 was provided to me by HiFiGo.com for the purpose of this review. I am not paid by anyone to write this review. Each and every impression has been derived using my own judgment. You can buy a pair of the P2 from HIFIGO.com by clicking here

Technical Specifications:-

  • 12mm Planar Magnetic Drivers.
  • Impedance: 32Ω±15%.
  • Rated-power: 5mW.
  • Max power: 10mW.
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz-20kHz.
  • Sensitivity: 90 ± 3 dB.
  • Connector: 2 pin, QDC
  • Cable: 1.25m (0.08 /16C 6n single glazed copper + 200D Kevlar) 8-core translucent orange single glazed copper PVC cable
  • Shell Housing: Stainless steel.

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Build Quality:

The stainless-steel build gives heft to the shell but they are extremely comfortable while wearing and you can use them for long listening sessions. The default cable is of excellent quality and complements the overall package.

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Sources:
  • Cayin N5ii
  • Samsung Galaxy S10
  • Modded Q5
  • Earmen TR-AMP
  • Sony Discman

Playlist:
  • In your eyes: Peter Gabriel
  • Heroes: David Bowie
  • Little Bird: Annie Lennox
  • Thousand beautiful Things: Annie Lennox
  • Beats of Passion: Taal
  • Kalank: Arijit Singh
  • Aabad Barbaad: Arijit Singh
  • Ajnabi Seher: Sonu Nigam
  • Abhi Mujhme Kahin: Sonu Nigam
  • Ghoomar: Shreya Ghoshal

Sound Impressions:

The one big takeout that I got from using the P2 is that this one needs all the power that you can throw at it. The P2 is set @ 90dB with 32 Ohms, so it is imperative to use a very capable amplifier with the setup. I have a modded FiiO Q5 dac/amp that enabled me to get a complete feel of the P2. I have used my Samsung Galaxy S10, Cayin N5ii, and my favorite Sony Discman as sources. When driven with the right amp, the P2 is no less than a mid-ranged headphone.

Bass:

The big difference that P2 has from the P1 is the Bass quality and quantity. While it was nearly absent in P1, the bass makes its presence felt in the P2. When paired with an amp, the P2 fires all its cylinders and presents you with the Bass that is lively. The slams…the sub-bass rumbles…the quality…the quantity…you name it. You have to feed the P2 to get the Bass out of it… but the Bass…while it is not a DD-powered bass, is excellent. It is fun and musical bass.

Mids:

The Best part of the P2…Mids. The vocals, the transparency, the separation, the musical placements…everything is just top-notched. The Vocals are life-like and warm. They do not sound mechanical at all. The detailing is to die for. All of my MTV unplugged Collection sounded so good. The acoustics arrangement was replicated exactly as it would have sounded in a live environment. The Orchestra arrangement was holographic in nature. You could feel where the guitarist is, where the bassist is, and so on.

Highs:

The highs have a sparkle to it. The treble extension gives an airy feel to the sound. The separation is exceptional, and the soundstage is 3D. The sound is warm and musical and that gives it an overall fun signature. But now comes the tricky part…the highs have an extreme boost at the upper end. Depending on what you are currently playing, you might feel it or you might not. I was lucky as 90% percent of my playlist is Bollywood Redbooks and 90’s Rock and New-Age. However, this is not a deal-breaker.

Conclusion:

The P2 deserves the flagship tag and everything about is premium…be the unboxing experience, the accessories, the build. The stage is excellent, the imaging is 3D and the bass is awesome…provided you feed it with a powerful source. Just be careful of the upper-end boost as it may catch you with a surprise.

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gadgetgod

100+ Head-Fier
Tin HiFi P2 Review: Powerful, Detailed, Demanding!!
Pros: Powerful Lower End.
Excellent Layering & Imaging of Instruments.
Superb Build Quality.
High-quality cable.
Cons: Extreme power requirement comparable to full-sized headphones.
Sounds muffled if not powered properly.
Tin HiFi, a brand with which I started my journey as an audiophile. Though my love for music was there since my childhood I started exploring the land of audiophilia about two years back with my very first pair of HiFi IEMs, the Tin T2. Before that, I used to buy Skull Candy earphones that would always die between a month or two. But the T2 lasted for me for about six or seven months before I sold them(I had explored a lot till then). After the Tin T2 I just never stopped, DUNU DK3001 Pro, CA Polaris V2, BGVP DM6, and on and on….

But every now and then I was keeping an eye on the industry and I was always looking at a pair of Tin HiFi IEMs, whether it be their T4 or the P1. I always wanted to buy the P1 but just never got the opportunity to get one for myself. And then I heard about the upcoming P2, an upgraded Planar Magnetic Driver IEM. But it costs double that of the P1. But I managed to grab a pair of P2 for the purpose of this review. So before wasting any more time, let’s begin.

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Disclaimer:-

This unit of Tin HiFi P2 was provided to me by HiFiGo.com for the purpose of this review. I am managing a review circle for the Tin HiFi P2 here in my country on behalf of HiFiGo. For my benefit in this, I got this unit at a discounted price to keep the unit for myself once the review circle ends.

I am not paid or affiliated by anyone to write positive or negative about the pair, All the impressions in this blog are based on my personal experience with the pair. You can buy the Tin HiFi P2 from HiFiGo for 339$ from the link here. I am not getting any benefit or affiliation from this link but including it as a gesture for getting the unit at a discount. You can also read my review at my personal blog here.

Tin HiFi P2:-

The Tin HiFi P2 is a successor to the highly appreciated planar magnetic IEM Tin HiFi P1. It is their latest flagship to lead their product range. The pair costs about 339$. It features a second-generation Planar Magnetic Driver from Tin HiFi inside stainless steel ear shells. Now the question is, the brand has almost doubled the price from its predecessor P1 model But is it worth it? I will try to answer that in this review.

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Technical Specifications:-

>12mm Planar Magnetic Drivers.

>Impedance: 32Ω±15%.

>Rated-power: 5mW.

>Max power: 10mW.

>Frequency Response: 10Hz-20kHz.

>Sensitivity: 90 ± 3 dB.

Accessories:-

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Since I received the unit for the purpose of this review, I received only the product with the stock cable, a high-quality leather case, five pairs of ear tips, a 2.5mm-3.5mm connector, and a 2.5mm-4.4mm connector.

Build Quality:-

The earpieces look quite good with stainless steel metallic body. They are a bit heavier when compared to Resin bodied ear shells. They have a triangular curvy shape with a grainy, sandpaper design on a beveled faceplate. The pair is smooth to touch even on the grainy portion on the faceplate. There is a small vent on the inner side of the cavity just adjacent to the ear nozzle. Though the nozzle here is not too long it makes the pair sit firmly into my ears and provide me with a comfy fit. For cable connectors, the pair has a QDC 2-pin 0.78mm connectors. I have no personal preference to connector type. But I liked these QDC 2-pin connectors as they make the connection looks secure with no chance of damage to the covered connectors.

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The included cable is quite strong and heavy. It is an 8-core braided 6N high-quality copper cable with 2.5mm balanced termination. At the top, the cable has angled transparent QDC 2-pin connectors with color-coded housing(Red for the Right side and Blue for the Left side). IT is heavier than what we get in normally get with IEMs and has a tight braiding. I find the pair and accessories to have very good, premium build quality.

Fit:-

With Stainless Steel ear shells, the pair holds some weight as compared to Resin made ear shells. They provide a comfortable and firm fit despite being small. But I had issues in fit with the stock silicone tips as the pair kept on falling off my ears, though using Spin Fit CP100 fixed this for me. Fit with the stock Foam tips is good, but I am not habitual to Foam tips so I use the pair with Spin Fit CP100.

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In terms of Noise Isolation, I find the pair provide above-average isolation. Isolation is not that good in very noisy environments like streets, but at home, you can expect good isolation for a regular volume of Television in your room.

Driving the P2:-

In my experience so far, I have never experienced a pair of IEMs with so much scaling power. Its power intake is similar to my Hifiman Sundara(planar magnetic). I mean you can listen to music with your regular smartphone, your hi-res player, but they just won’t do justice to the P2. For the purpose of this review, I used the pair with Honor View 10 smartphone, iBasso DX120 hi-res player, and a Topping E30+L30 desktop combo on my windows system(using Foobar, Youtube). Here’s my finding for these combos:-

Honor View 10:-

The P2 can not be played at adequate volumes using smartphones like the View 10. It just doesn’t provide the stage and extensions that the pair is capable of. I found the output to lack depth, dynamics, and resolution. It was just being played but was not at all enjoyable.

iBasso DX120:-

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With the DX120 I found the output to be restricted, Restricted in terms of staging and extensions again. Mids sounded muffled and muddy, I am pretty sure an entry-level DAP like the DX120 doesn’t give enough power to the pair to shine.

Topping E30+L30:-

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Now, this is the combo that does justice to the Tin HiFi P2. The pair shows great slams in the lower end, The stage has a great sense of depth, resolution, and clarity are just amazing. For volume levels, my Knob is at 12 ‘o'clock at high gain(+9dB) and at 3 ‘o'clock at mid-gain(0dB). These are actually the same settings I use for my Sundara. Quite insane a pair of IEMs taking power similar to a pair of full-size headphones.

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Though I must say this here, I don’t have access to other powerful DAPs like the FiiO M11 Pro, iBasso DX160, or any other. But back then when I used to own both of these, they can power up my Sundara with the 4.4mm balanced cable. SO, I guess they can power the P2 well with their balanced port too. But this is just a wild guess, I have not tried these or any other powerful DAPs with the P2.

Sound Quality(Based on my usage with Topping Combo):-

Once you have powered the Tin HiFi P2 well, now it’s your time to enjoy a blissful, super immersive music experience. I love how the Planar Bass works, it has more emphasis on the mid-bass slams as compared to the sub-bass. But the sub-bass also comes on the front with a powerful rumble in tracks like Bad Guy By Billie Eilish. The pair maintains a crisp high-resolution clarity throughout the frequency range, though it holds a slight bit of sparkle in the treble portion that actually makes the pair sound bright. I am a bit sensitive to harsh treble, but I don’t find the pair to be harsh or fatiguing even in complex tracks like the Wonder Woman Theme by Tina Guo though this sparkle brings a slight bit of resonating effect on flutes and other similar instruments.

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Lower End:-

Tin HiFi P2 produces an impactful lower end. The bass slams are precise, controlled, and so powerful. One thing I love about Planar drivers is the cleanliness of the bass slams, Yup they take too much power for these slams. But once powered, believe me, you are in for a treat!! The pair releases all of its horses with a perfectly presented lower end. There is a good extension, there is good depth, and there is a powerful rumble in the lower end. And not to mention nothing is overpowering, you are getting a super clean response with no muddiness in the lower end.

Mids:-

Mid frequencies are a bit recessed, but the clarity is outstanding. The details are presented beautifully with well-extended acoustic instruments. There is a slight bit of warmth with lush vocals. It sounds like there is a slight bump in the upper mids as the Vocals are on the front line with beautiful crisp detailing. Vocals by Yao Si Ting in I Cry smoothens out the soul with their crisp clarity. Damien Rice, one of my favorite artists has rich vocals in his songs such as 9 Crimes, Cannonball, Blower's Daughter, and more. If you try out complex tracks like Zombies by Bad Wolves, the detail retrieval is amazing. But if you don’t provide ample power to the pair, the mid-frequencies become muffled and muddy(Happened for me when I paired it with DX120).

Highs:-

The Highs portion adds a sparkly touch to the output. This area adds a bright factor to the output, bright yet not harsh. The Cymbal drops in Dreams by Fleetwood Mac sounds precise and to the point with very good extensions. There is no harshness but I find a resonating effect with instruments like Flutes. The output is more immersive rather than being aggressive.

Soundstage & Imaging:-

Tin HiFi P2 has a wide soundstage with a good sense of depth. In terms of imaging, the pair shows very good detailing and layering of instruments. Instrument separation is fantastic.

Comparison Time:-

BGVP DM8 Vs Tin HiFi P2:-


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What’s a better time to review the Tin HiFi P2 when you also have the BGVP DM8 in your house for review(It’s coming sooner than you expect). Here are my findings between these two:-

>The DM8 has a more relaxed tuning as compared to the P2.

>Bass slams are cleaner, powerful in P2 as compared to the DM8.

>Sub-bass is better in P2.

>DM8 has more airiness on the stage.

>P2 sounds more immersive.

>DM8 is very easy to drive as compared to the P2. P2 needs a boatload of power to shine properly.

Tin HiFi P2 Vs Hifiman Sundara:-

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Well, I know no one expected this, an IEM vs a full-sized open-back headphone. But they both feature a Planar Magnetic driver, and at the end isn’t it all about the sound output so why not?? Here are my findings:-

>Sub-bass is better in P2, Sundara sounds shy in terms of Sub-bass.

> P2 here has a better sense of intimacy and immersiveness as compared to the Sundara.

>With Open-back architecture, the Sundara wins in terms of airiness on the stage.

>Sundara’s output sounds cleaner than that with the P2.

>Both take almost similar power intake, One might need a powerful source for both of these.

Final Verdict:-

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I loved the Tin HiFi P2 with its performance and looks. The lower end slams are so perfect and soul-soothing that it just takes the listening experience to an all-new level. I am actually a fan of Planar Bass(Love when the slams drop in Sundara too). Some people might find the treble area too bright or overdone, but to my preference, it sounds perfect. Will I recommend the Tin HiFi P2 to you?? Well if you have something to power it properly, I will recommend this eyes closed!!. But if you don’t have anything that can give ample power to the Tin HiFi P2 then I would suggest you look somewhere else.
almarti
almarti
I will use the P2 paired with HiBy R5 4.4mm balanced output listening rock & jazz guitar, do you think is enough power to feed them?
When at home I will paired them with Chord Mojo (3.5mm unbalanced) so I think there is not issue here.
gadgetgod
gadgetgod
@almarti in my opinion add a powerful amp like FiiO Q5s, Topping NX4, Pico Power in your chain with HiBy R5 for best experience!!!
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@almarti I used to pair mine with a New HiBy 6. Was OK, but had to set gain on ‘high’ and volume on 85-90. So I’ve bought recently a THX 789 amp and a SMSL S-9 DAC, which really was a watershed in my relationship with these tiny notable wonders. Today they are my first choice on IEMs, and can’t hear otherwise.

cqtek

500+ Head-Fier
Magnetic Sound
Pros: Excellent midrange, exciting and with a soul.
- Warm sound, with remarkable bass and a very characteristic sonority.
- Construction, ergonomics, accessories, cable and totally premium packaging.
- Open feeling of the sound, width of the scene.
Cons: Its low sensitivity requires powerful sources to deliver the best of it.
- The high part of the treble has an atypical tuning which can be inconvenient for sensitive ears.
Introduction

Back with Tin HiFi, one of the brands I have analyzed the most in recent months. Now it's the turn of their top-of-the-range model, the P2, the new model with a magnetic planar driver, an evolution of the P1, which already had a driver built with the same technology. This new model is not a direct revision of that version, but version 2 has a different tuning, much warmer and more powerful in its lower zone. Its aesthetics have been completely renewed and improved. Also, its price has been clearly increased. For a start, its better presentation, its more luxurious accessories: cable, carrying case, adapters... could justify its higher price. But in the end, it all comes down to sound... Is it as good as it looks? These and other questions will be dealt with in depth in the following review.

Disclaimer

Penon Audio Store, offered me this model, in exchange for writing an honest review. I want to make it clear that all my opinions written in this review have not been conditioned by this fact, nor will I ever write anything that I do not really think or feel here. I will only write about my personal opinion in relation to the revised product.

Purchase Link

https://penonaudio.com/tin-audio-p2.html


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Specifications

  • Drivers type: 12mm Planar Magnetic​
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz-20kHz​
  • Sensitivity: 90±3dB @1kHz 0.179V​
  • Impedance: 32Ω±15%​
  • Nominal power: 5mW​
  • Maximum power: 10mW​
  • Maximum distortion: 1% @1kHz 0.179V​
  • Capsule Connection Type: 2-pin connector 0.78mm, gold-plated.​
  • Connector: 2.5mm carbon fibre tube, gold-plated. Adapters to 3.5mm SE and 4.4mm balanced.​
  • Conductor/Cable: 1.25m (0.08 /16C 6n single glazed copper + 200D Kevlar) 8-core translucent orange single glazed copper PVC cable​
  • Housing: Stainless steel.​

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Packaging

The P2s come in a large box, measuring 183x154x82mm, whose colour is between white and lighter grey. In the centre, only P2 can be read, written in black letters defined with a single line, which draw only their edges. In the lower left corner, there is the TIN HiFi logo. On the back, there are only logos of the various certifications and bar codes, apart from their origin and place of manufacture. The background of the box cover is a repetitive pattern, formed by the brand logo, wrapped in adjacent V lines. The ink used is a slightly darker but subtle grey. After removing this cardboard, a box of one colour turns between brown and grey, with a large golden brand logo in its centre. It has two compartments. The upper one is opened by lifting the lid and the lower one, like a drawer, with the help of a fabric bow. The upper tray holds the capsules and the large blue leather case, protected by a dense foam mould. On the lower tray are the accessories, silicone and foam tips, adapter pins and an additional box, which contains a zip bag with the cable inside and the instruction/guarantee manual. In short, the complete content is:

  • The two P2 capsules, made of stainless steel.​
  • A blue leather case.​
  • 3 pairs of tips made of translucent silicone, dark grey, with red inner core, sizes SxMxL.​
  • 3 pairs of grey foam tips, sizes SxMxL.​
  • One 2.5mm female angled adapter balanced to 3.5mm male SE.​
  • One straight female adapter 2.5mm balanced to male 4.4mm balanced.​
  • An 8-core PVC single-glazed orange translucent copper cable, measuring 1.25m (0.08 /16C 6n single crystal copper + 200D Kevlar).​

The whole box has the logo pattern and V-lines, including the box containing the cable.
On the back of the top cover, there is a fold where you can see the capsule's exploded view, frequency response and specifications.
In reality, the box is very large, enough for the amount of accessories that are in it. Actually, the premium sense is clear, but I would have preferred more silicone tips. Both the cable and the adapters are a good fit and I think they are absolutely in line with the price of the product. The carrying case has a somewhat particular design, but its quality and use is undoubtedly good.

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Construction and Design

The shape of the capsules reminds me of the T2 Plus model, but with a slightly different external face. It is an oval with very rounded shapes, whose perimeter resembles a drop of water. The inner side is a convex curve, while the outer side is a concave curve, until it reaches a flat part, flanked by an edge, whose interior is full of micro spheres glued together. According to the specifications, the capsules are made of stainless steel, although, by weight, it does not appear so. The division between the two faces is clear, although no holes or irregularities are observed. The capsules are medium sized, the width of their external face is slightly more than 18mm. The surface of the capsules has a sandy nano texture, which is completely smooth to the touch.
On the upper edge, at the foot of the 0.78mm connector, the model name is engraved, using a micro-perforation technique. Also at the foot of the connector, but, on this occasion, on the inside, are the letters indicating the channel, inside a circle. Between these and the foot of the nozzles, there is a hole. The nozzles are made of the same material and belong to the same body of the inner face. It has two steps/rings of decreasing diameter, ending in a larger crown. The diameter of the first step is 5.75mm, the second and smaller step is 4.95mm and the outer ring measures 5.75mm, although it does not appear to be so. Its interior is protected by a very dense metal grid, the holes are barely visible. The height of the nozzle is approximately 4mm.
Returning to the connection part, this is located in a protruding, cylindrical area, on the upper edge, almost in its supposed corner. On its flat surface, a transparent plastic piece with a square base protrudes, which is then projected into an oval shape, inside which are the two 0.78mm gold connectors. The cable connectors are the negative copy of this design: a transparent angled cylinder, with a red or blue ring, which indicates its channel, on the flat base of the connection. The two pins are inside a pool with rounded corners, which fit perfectly with the body of the capsules, forming almost a single piece. From the other end of the connector cylinder, 4 orange and braided strands emerge, covered by a transparent plastic protector that shapes them over the ear. The pin is spherical with a hole through it. It is just the right size to keep the cable securely in place, making it fit perfectly. The dividing piece is cylindrical, made up of three parts and is symmetrical. Both ends are metallic and gilded. The central part simulates a textile braid at 90 degrees, in almost black. The cover of the pin is the same but larger. The jack plug is 2.5mm totally golden and with a base that separates it from the sheath. The cable has a light grey velcro strip, with the brand logo in a subtle white.
The cable has the right balance between weight, strength, thickness, manageability and rigidity, as well as a highly attractive colour. The Kevlar used in its 8 strands seems to be noticeable in its strength and rigidity.
Finally, there are two accessories that are becoming more common and necessary: a 3.5mm SE angled jack adapter and a 4.4mm straight balanced jack adapter. The pins are gold-plated and the sleeves are of the same material and surface as the capsules. The 3.5mm adapter is angled and its ball joint is a golden cube with rounded corners.
The design is quite particular, but I like it, it exudes elegance. The bright orange colour of the cable further enhances the beauty of the set. The intense gold of the connectors and the metal parts stand out even more, giving the P2 a rather premium air, although not everyone can like the colour of gold…
In short, it is undeniable the effort made by the brand to offer a product, at first sight, at the height of its price.

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Adjustment and Ergonomics

The fit is very similar to that provided by the already mentioned T2 Plus model. It is very comfortable, light and soft. The insertion will depend on the tips used. I still keep extra large tips, whose adjustment is superficial. But this time the rotation is not so easy, the larger width of the capsules improves this aspect. This way, the socket is firmer, fixed and durable. In this model, the cable pin does its job perfectly, keeping the set tight and undisturbed. The guides on the ear appear to float, so contact is minimal in this respect, contributing to lasting comfort over the hours.
The minimum degree of freedom and deeper insertion is what separates the P2 from perfect ergonomics.

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Sound

Profile


The Tin HiFi P2 has a clear U-profile, which is quite marked at both ends, but especially in the range above 10kHz. This is a fact that is surprising and can bring more disadvantages than benefits, depending on the musical genres heard and how fine our hearing is. Those whose audible frequency range is better may have some sensitivity with this model. But it must be made clear that both the musical information in this higher range, and the average sensitivity of adult humans, is what can determine a greater or lesser acceptance of the large and peculiar tuning of the P2, at the upper end.
Another factor to consider is the power required to move the P2s. With its 90dB sensitivity and 32 Ohms, it is necessary to have an amplifier to get the best musical results. Those who like music at low or moderate volumes will have no problem using the P2 with their usual players. Those who are used to enjoying higher volumes will need to use a more powerful device. Luckily, the P2 comes standard with a balanced cable, the output of which is often significantly higher than traditional single-ended players.
All these features, its tuning and its special Planar Magnetic driver, generate a sound that at first may seem classic, easy, even commercial. In fact, as the songs go by, one is able to realize that the P2s have a very special sonority, where the openness of their sound and the treatment of the middle zone, shine especially.
Finally, I would like to highlight a particularity of the construction of the P2s, which greatly affects their sound. The outer face of the capsules, in the area of which the surface is grained, is not a simple aesthetic touch up, but is a micro open surface, necessary for the bass to "breathe" and expand. Completely covering this area almost completely eliminates the perfect development of the bass.

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Bass

As a good representative of a U-shaped profile, its sub-bass capability is remarkable, although it is not blatantly inclined towards this end, but has good linearity to the mid-bass. There is a clear emphasis on the lower zone, offering a warm yet attractive tuning, but without being a clearly bass profile. It is true that the initial focus seems to be on this zone, but as one listens more to the P2's, one may realize that although the extremes are abundant, it is possible that the midrange will benefit most from this equation.
On the other hand, the bass coming from this driver is peculiar to me. It is clear that the sound produced by the second generation Planar Magnetic driver from Tin HiFi is different from that produced by dynamic drivers or Balanced Armature. The bass has a good speed and an equal amount of absorption. However, the resolution is not too high, and so is the level of detail. But the tone is very adequate, achieving a different realism, but one that is not out of place. Perhaps it has a hint of darkness in its tonality, offering a sensation more dull than vivid, more restful than splashed, softer than bright. This is obviously that particularly warm sound that the P2 has. In this way, and despite the clear presence of the lower zone, its impetus is contained, as is its reproduction. It is not an overwhelming power, a powerful hit, but rather a complete and compact presence, clearly perceived, but with a gentle, smooth and respectful character. And if there is one thing you can feel that distinctive quality in, it is the texture of the bass: it is clearly very uniform, with hardly any roughness, with a slight tremor that cannot be seen in other types of drivers. It's not the typical hum of a BA driver, nor the powerful punch of a dynamic driver. It is a different sound, more compact and wide, with good depth and punch, but with greater density, union and flatness. It does not have such a marked lamination, but gives the sensation of moving like a uniform wave, with a large and heavy mass. That is why its dynamism, level of detail and speed seem limited. However, it is not a bass that has a lot of deposits in the sound, but it has a good level of elasticity that allows it to be picked up in time, without sounding too rubbery, or flooding the area too much.
In short, the P2 offers bassovers a distinguished and very enjoyable low range, alternative to the big dynamics, a sound worthy of being appreciated and respected.

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Mids

The middle zone of the P2 is the most special range, in my humble opinion, that these new IEMS have. At the bottom you can clearly see the warmth they possess. But, also that slight initial sensation of flat or nuanced sound, not too dynamic or vivid. It's true that the P2s are moving away from the tendency towards splashy, over-excited and bright mid-range, leaning towards a more neutral, calm, linear and, why not say it, darker sound. Perhaps this is not the most attractive profile you'll hear in a superficial session. But you'd be underestimating the area if you didn't connect the P2s to a good DAC+AMP combo, so you could see their full potential. In exchange for that lack of sparkle at the edges of the midrange, the P2s are able to offer a level of transparency, body and, above all, soul, on the vast majority of the midrange notes, to the point of emotion. The sense of openness is heightened as time passes and one enters into the sound offered by these Planar Magnetics, achieving a surprising sense of immersion in a very full, yet excellently spaced and airy sound, which enjoys a remarkable three-dimensionality. You may have to look at the open micro design of their outer sides. Be that as it may, the P2s exude sweetness, naturalness and softness in the voices, once that initial feeling of sterility has been overcome. Male voices enjoy a body that projects from the lowest frequencies, feeling especially full, the lower voices. Similarly, the instruments of this first half receive the same treatment. The P2s do not distinguish, nor do they offer a greater prominence to voices or instrumentation, being totally equable in their reproduction. This fact generates that all the elements are described with the same sensation of presence and importance, but recreated in their real location, never mixed, nor superimposed, but generously spaced and separated, offering that sensation of openness typical of large format headphones. In this sense, the P2s offer an ambivalent quality in the recreation of details. On the one hand, there are nuances that feel almost overexposed, very well defined and totally clear and present. However, there may be others that become less perceptible or, rather, cloudy. Perhaps, the resolution level of this driver suffers in these aspects, not being able to offer a sound as analytical as a priori could be expected. However, it is also true that due to the warm profile of the P2, this quality also suffers. Although, in my opinion, warmth and analytical ability should not be exclusive parameters in a product of this price level.
The softness in the upper part of the mids makes the female voices sound very analogical, but somewhat restrained in brightness, with a point of nuance in their silhouette. While the over extension of the treble, makes the final echoes, both of the voices, and of other instruments, have a high glow, like a flash, a bright spark at its end point. The tone up to this point had been very restrained, even below what is desirable for some more avid ears. But, from here on, this is where the expansive and excited high zone of the P2, can come into play for good or ill. Actually, it's not fair to end the judgement of the middle zone in this way, because this range, both in musicality, and in delicacy, openness, transparency and three-dimensionality, leaves such a pleasant and enjoyable memory, that it makes many other IEMS in my collection pale into insignificance, without that feeling of soul and realism that can easily be found in them.

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Treble

The first area of presence follows this path of containment, showing itself to be very restrained and controlled, totally in accordance with the above. This first zone of treble is clearly neutral. But it is from here that an unusual increase appears, which gives the sound properties that are not always pleasant. It is true that the outstanding extension of the treble is capable of providing that enormous amount of air that the P2s possess, but it is also guilty of over-excited harmonics, which can be critical in some recordings or musical styles whose instrumental extension is high or elevated.

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Soundstage, Separation

The P2 scene has a great feeling of air, a quality that provides a high capacity for separation and three-dimensionality. The level of transparency is also very high, but the sound is not totally crystalline. The good degree of warmth and its limited analytical level means that the notes are not drawn so thinly as to provide a more defined, high-resolution sound. In this way, the tonality falls to the soft side, but wrapped in a silky volatility. In this way the stage is more ethereal, wider than deep and with a notable height, but somewhat diffused in its form, where the detail is presented in a dual way: excellent at times, more unnoticed at others. This is how the good properties of the P2 seem to enter into a confluence that prevents the scene from reaching a higher level, limiting the creation of depth planes and keeping the listener in a close and relatively close state of immersion.

Comparisons

Shozy Neo BG


The Neo BG is a Full BA IEMS with 5 drivers. They have a slightly warmer profile, but not as strong as the Tin HiFi P2. After a quick comparison the differences are big. The bass of the Neo BG is not as emphasized as in the P2, but its medium-high range and the first highs, stand out in presence above the Tin HiFi. In this way, their profile varies towards a more explicit, analytical and brighter, more balanced and clearly less dark profile. The Neo BG has a greater vitality, sounding more precise, defined and giving a sense of speed and immediacy in its notes. Everything sounds finer, but also with less body in the Shozy. On the other hand, in the P2 the lower zone is more present, a little slower, but definitely more dense and powerful. The body, sweetness and smoothness that the P2s bring to the voices is totally different to what the Shozy offer. The presentation of the sound in both IEMS is totally different. While the Neo BG offers a totally crystalline, higher resolution sound with sharper, more defined notes, the P2 offers a more physical, dense, but sweet and warm version down to the midrange. In terms of bass control, the Shozy has great performance, but the P2 has a fuller, more complex range beyond control, with a different but more organic and natural tone. The flashes in the middle zone of the Shozy, sometimes sound incomplete, since they lack more body in the lower zone of the mids, something that never happens in the P2, sounding rounder in this sense, but also too polished at times, losing the detail that provides the brilliance of the Neo BG. In the upper-middle zone the Neo BGs are more explicit and energetic, while the P2s are overdone in the higher frequencies, above 10Khz. Depending on the music and tolerance of each, both IEMS can be fatiguing, the Shozy in their emphasis on high mids and early highs, the P2 in the higher range. However, the treble of the Neo BG is more traditionally and realistically presented.
The scenario drawn by both models is also diverse. The width of the P2 is more marked, but the greater proximity and body of the middle area limits its depth. The increase in clarity and silence between notes of the Neo BG favours its better separation, gaining in height and distance, also in a more precise and exact positioning and location, far from the greater density and melosity of the P2. The more explicit and analytical character of the Shozy, reveals more detail at first sight and is perhaps a little better at presenting micro nuances.
The differences between the two IEMS, rather than competing, make them complementary, because both allow you to enjoy the music from two different points of view. The best thing is to have both, of course. But the choice between one and the other will depend on our listening tastes.
Finally, in terms of comfort, I prefer the P2 cable, which is more manageable and less rigid. The Shozy's capsules are larger, but their better anchorage, far from disturbing, fixes them more firmly. There is hardly any difference between the weight of the two models, once they are adjusted.
Lastly, it should be noted that the Shozy move more easily, with the P2 needing much more power to sound at the same volume level.

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Conclusion

The Tin HiFi P2 is presented as a true IEMS reference for the brand. There is no doubt about the premium level of their presentation, accessories and construction level. In terms of sound, the second generation of the Driver Planar Magnetic has clearly special qualities, providing a warm sound at its base, neutral in the mid-range and over-extended at the top. With the necessary contribution of power, the stage offered has an excellent amount of air and its level of transparency is totally up to what is expected of them. But the most remarkable thing is its capacity to give a soul to the recordings, achieving a very peculiar sonority, typical of its particular driver, capable of placing the listener in a singular and enormously pleasant plane.
However, it is true that the P2 are not totally perfect IEMS. Its particular tuning, the unusual extension of the high zone and the power requirements are points that tarnish the excellence of its middle zone and the rest of its notable qualities. But Tin HiFi has undoubtedly reached a point of maturity, in the courageous use of this Planar Magnetic driver, to keep expectations very high about its next moves in this direction.

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Sources Used During the Analysis

  • EarMen TR-Amp + Topping L30

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Ratings

Construction and Design: 90
Adjustment/Ergonomics: 88
Accessories: 90
Bass: 88
Mids: 92
Treble: 70
Separation: 91
Soundstage: 90
Quality/Price: 82

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You can read the full review in Spanish here

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DallaPo

New Head-Fier
Partial improvement to P1 with new construction sites.
Pros: fantastic mids viewed separately
good technical properties
planar with tuning suitable for masses
Cons: extreme upper high frequencies
the planar magic is gone
bass somewhat separated from the mids
too expensive
Rating: 8.4
Sound: 8.3

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Intro
The TIN HIFI P1 split opinions. It delivers a quite unique sound that I have never heard before in any other IEM. Especially in the midrange where it shows excellent transparency, separation and resolution. Also the airy and detailed highs convinced me. But you have to do without bassimpact and it is certainly not the most musical IEM. There are also some technical flaws.
The P2 is now the long awaited successor of the P1, which also uses a planar driver. Can it bring the "modern classic" to a new level?

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Handling
The P2 gets an appealing facelift compared to the P1, which looks rather angular and not as round and filigree as the P2. This optical and also haptic progress could already be observed with the T2 PLUS. But the P2 is not only nice to look at, it is also very comfortable to wear, although I don't find it particularly ergonomic.

When it comes to accessories, Tin HIFI is not to be sneezed at this time. In addition to a drawer-sized packaging, we get a noble leather case, a 2.5mm balanced cable with included adapters to 3.5mm (unbalanced) and 4.4mm balanced. As tip selection we receive a set of foamtips, as well as the same number (3 sizes) of the silicone version.
The cable has 8 strands and is haptically similar to the cable of the T3. The P2 is also equipped with a 2-pin connector, which will certainly be a welcome added value for many.

Due to the "open" construction, the isolation is not the best, but it is quite good with running music. Only the direct neighbor could lodge a complaint.

The 32 ohms should be used with caution at a sensitivity of 90 dB. You can certainly get a sound out of the P2 on your cell phone, but the volume and also the dynamics then do not reflect the full performance potential of the P2.

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Sound
The (planar) magic of P1 is no longer noticeable with P2. The P2's sound is much more mainstream, which is mainly due to the bass boost.

The early bass rolloff of the P1 is history. The P2 not only has a much higher level, it also plays audibly more linear down to the very low frequencies, which could only be guessed at with the P1 if you didn't help with an equalizer or close the bass vent. Nevertheless the bass seems to be slightly separated from the mids and despite the gained punch I miss a bit of firmness. Here the attempt is made to imitate the bass of a dynamic driver, which did not succeed 1 to 1 in terms of dynamics and physical presence. The bass is fun and gives the P2 a lot more musicality and warmth, but for my taste it is not always the most accurate and can get a bit woolly. But that is grumbling on a high level.

The mids let the class of the P1 shine through. For me, they are the clear flagship of the P2, just like the P1. The additional warmth of the bass gives them a bit more authenticity and liveliness. In comparison, the P1 sounds a bit uninspired and flatter, but tonally just as correct. The mid-range reproduction seems to be the absolute strength of TIN HIFI's planar driver and there is little to criticize here. They are wonderfully transparent, separated and detailed. Not only do they sound correct to me, but they also manage to captivate you with their content. Especially voices invite to intensive listening and you can easily get lost in the mids of the P2. It's a pity that the review is not over here!

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The treble is now the Achilles' heel of the P2. I admit that the performance depends a lot on the song selection, but sometimes it's close to the pain threshold. Not because it sounds exaggeratedly sibilant or consistently unpleasant bright or pointed, but because of the extreme boost in the upper treble. Depending on the mix, this is sometimes more, sometimes less effective. As a result, voices (which are actually reproduced very authentically in the mids) can sound unpleasantly hissy, or instruments can sound distorted and sharp. Why this extreme push is necessary remains a mystery to me and also contradicts the general approach to coherent tuning. I like to be open for new things, but this is a clear step too far. Now I don't want to make everything bad at the high frequencies, because if the uppermost frequencies don't play a big role in the mastering of the song, this is not permanently noticeable, but especially female voices should be treated with caution. What the high frequency can benefit from is a good richness of detail, invigorating energy and also transparency.

What the P1 has lost a bit in stage presentation, the P2 catches and audibly improves here. This may be due to the open back, which gives the sound a better openness, or to the reworked driver itself, but stage and also imaging are really worth mentioning, without appearing artificial. Especially voices still have a nice intimacy and the instruments are always placed around them in a good position, both in depth and width.

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Outro
How should the P2 be classified now? If they had simply given the P1 a little more bass response and revised the technical features, we would have a great IEM with the P2. But it wastes its potential and is no longer competitive in terms of price. The high frequency simply breaks down too much at times and thus prevents a new success, or rather a successful further development of the P1 by TIN HIFI, who have recently had a little up and down with their new releases (T2 PLUS: top, T2000: flop).

So I prefer to stay with the P1 and accept the compromise between bass response and stage presentation, but still keep the magic of the planar driver and have an outstanding vocal-oriented IEM that also responds well to an equalizer.
Nevertheless, the P2 is a very good IEM, but due to the mentioned limitations it would certainly represent a better value in another price segment.

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JasonLucas
JasonLucas
Don’t think these are open back, yes there is a vent but the isolation to me says no way open back and covering it with your finger doesn’t change that aspect at all. What did you power them with?
DallaPo
DallaPo
I can actually hear a difference when I put my finger on it. I have driven them differently: iBasso DC01 (balanced), SMSL SAP-12, Zorloo Ztella

I wouldn't call them Open Back either, but they definitely have vents in the "grid"
szore
szore
I just got these and love them. They need power and time to burn in, it seems. I i'm listening on my desktop Questyle 400! on high gain, with Silver Dragon USB, and an 8 wire copper/silver hybrid cable, and it sounds amazing...High end is smooth, super coherent, 3D soundstage...rich mids, microdetail...

JasonLucas

New Head-Fier
Tin HiFi P2
Pros: At times amazing for certain types of music
Cons: Treble spike that pops up from time to time especially with edm
Price
Hard to drive
P2
All testing done with topping l30 and balanced zen cam
Extremely clean, very loud but needs huge amounts of power
Neutral tuning , at times doesn’t sound like a planar but very life like. Not a distinct planar sound signature like p1
One of my loudest iems but even in balanced on the zen cam I run out of power.
Can listen at very loud levels comfortably for long periods of time with certain types of music but others I cannot.
Addictive vocals , 3D sound and excellent instrument placement and layering, good timbre,
Edm can have sibilance at times
P1 is better for edm
P2 better for rock
Neutralish version of p1
Much needed bass boost over p1
Strange 8k spike that I don’t like that randomly appears
Better than p1 on average and at low volume however when the p1 is properly driven and with eq low end boost the p1 tops the p2 at times.For my taste the p1 has better treble by far.
P1 sounds to me like a more normal planar speaker where the p2 has been tuned more neutral ish with low end boost
Can’t recommend at current price.
While it fixes the main issues most people had with the p1 that made it a niche iem it loses that magic planar touch in trade off.
Again, needs huge amounts of power.
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