TINHIFI P1 MAX "Giant Panda" Universal In-Ear Monitor

General Information

TINHIFI P1 MAX

14.2mm planar Magnetic driver HiFi In Ear Earphone



  • 14.2mm Planar Driver, A New Planar Choice
  • Advanced Acoustic Structure, Full Of Details
  • Comfortable To Wear
  • High-Quality Cable, Interchangeable Wire Design

14.2mm Planar Driver, A New Planar Choice
P1 MAX uses 14.2MM planar drive unit, uses a diaphragm of only 2μm thickness, and adopts a double-sided array N52 magnet to generate huge magnetic flux. The "lightweight aluminum diaphragm" reduces the weight of the diaphragm. This combination produces excellent dynamic fast response over a wide frequency range with precise junction positioning and provides excellent audio detail and clarity, suitable for pop vocals, chamber strings, and many other music types.


Elegant Design
TINHIFI P1 MAX's shell is made from lightweight resin and the panels are hand-crafted using a 3D-printed stainless steel torch wire drawing process, with a high-gloss-like jewel finish. P1 MAX is not only a good companion for music but also your decoration!


Advanced Acoustic Structure, Full Of Details
TINHIFI P1 MAX displays each detail thorough with a unique acoustic structure, with a wide sound field, bringing a full-bodied and natural listening experience that makes people revel in the music world.


Comfortable To Wear
Ergonomic design, the earset weighs only 4.8g and feels "free" when wearing. The earphone is molded based on professional ear canal data analysis. The special shape is comfortable for a long time to wear too and at the same time, it can increase the passive noise reduction effect. It’s improved by adjusting the angle and position of the sound tube to the ear canal, achieving a high fit.


High-Quality Cable, Interchangeable Wire Design
Adopting 108 single crystal copper wire core, the sound is warm and natural, the background is clean, three frequency is uniform. Two pins changeable thread design is adopted, can be replaced with other earphone wire, get more sound quality experience. It provides 2pin connectors, matching the mainstream IEM in the market.

If you purchase from Linsoul you also get free world-wide shipping, and a 1 year warranty.
Linsoul website: https://www.linsoul.com/
Linsoul Aliexpress Store: https://ddaudio.aliexpress.com/store/2894006
Linsoul USA Amazon Store link: https://www.amazon.com/s?i=merchant-items&me=A267P2DT104U3C

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Latest reviews

NymPHONOmaniac

Headphoneus Supremus
The fun tuned P1
Pros: -Cohesive and musical warmish tuning
-Nice female vocal
-natural and dense timbre enough for a planar
-wide and tall soundstage
-notably bassier than P1 and P1plus
-light and comfortable fit
Cons: -average technical performance
-boomy sloppy bass
-lack of treble snap, sparkle, decay
-thin male vocal
-poor imaging
-muffled dynamic rendering
-P1plus sidegrade, not upgrade
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TONALITY: 8.2/10
TECHNICALITIES: 7.8/10
CONSTRUCTION: 8.2/10
SOUND VALUE: 7.8/10

TINHIFI
is a chinese earphones company that have been around for more than 5 years. Their biggest success is the legendary dual dynamic drivers Tinhifi T2, but they were the very first chifi IEM company to introduce planar earphones too in 2019 with their P1. After, they launch multiple other planar earphones, with different level of success. The last one I review, the P1plus, was among my favorite 2021 IEM and deliver incredible technical performance that i find superior to any hybrid or single DD or planar IEM under 200$.
Today, I will review their latest Planar IEM, the Panda P1Max, which is a departur from P1 and P1plus since it use a bigger Planar driver of 14.2mm instead of 10mm.


More than ever, Planar IEM competition is high and overcrowded, so let see in this review if the musical and technical performance of the Panda worth a serious consideration.

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CONSTRUCTION​

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Tinhifi have taken seriously the fitting issue complaint about their P1 serie and change the whole shell for a more common plastic housing with UIEM organic design. While it feel cheaper than thick metal built of P1(+) that feel invincible, it’s fit like a glove in my ears and doesn’t tend to fall or create displeasant pressure. That’s surprising since its about 3 times bigger than P1, but it’s lighter too. The plastic used feel thick, but doesn’t impress they eyes As well, the choice to put venting hole in front of the shell might be risky, since if you block it by pushing to far the IEM, it can inflict on tonal balance. The one near the nozzle is more prompt to be block that other one. 2pin connector too is a change from P1 and a very welcome one.

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When it come to the cable, it’s a crystal copper of good quality, a cable i’m use too and like since it’s smooth and flexible and the ear hook doesn’t tend to be too tight. This type of cable tend to warm overall clarity a bit.

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The packaging is minimalist and yet generous in term of ear tips number, you have 9 pair of silicone ear tips of different model and 2 pairs of memory foams tips. You have a basic carrying pouch….which is a bit of a bummer since the magnetic carrying case included with P1 was very nice. The box design is a bit questionnable in term of drawing talent but that’s nit picking, in fact, it’s kinda cute I guess.



SOUND IMPRESSIONS​

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(Gear used: Tri TK2, Tempotec E44, Xduoo Link2 Bal and Questyle M15)
The PANDA is nothing like the rest of P1 serie and focus on a cohesive musical presentation, warm and laidback, immersive and well bodied. It’s a darker bassier version of P1plus.

I would summarize the Tonality of P1max as lush balanced V shape with an energic foward presentation to warm W shape with upper treble roll off. It have boosted warm mid bass, well rounded boosted (upper) mids and lean crisp crunchy treble. Tonal balance have nothing to do with the P1plus, it’s warmer, more hefty and heavy in dynamic impact and less crisp-analytical.

The bass is all about dark thick slam, it’s not basshead level but still very heavy in impact, yet warm in definition and a bit lacking in attack edge and control. Boomy? Yes, a little bit but not in a normal way since planar driver shout the bass hit quite fast, but lack that well define roundness so you don’t reall hear the falling impact lead, just the vibrance and resonance. Kick drum doesn’t benefit from this presentation, it will lack definition, texture and get mixed up with mid range, for better and the worst. Tinhifi seem to have gone all bass impact and warmth approach with the P1max, since biggest complaint about P1 serie was lack of bass presence, but presence should include resolution of instrument singularity, which it isn’t the case here…since all instrument sound a bit the same: is it a bass line or kick drum? Good luck to find out. Still, guilty pleasure is present too, it’s not displeasant bass at all, the boom did add physical slam fun, and can mix beautifully into the mids, not in a overly blurry way.

The mid range is quite natural sounding for a planar, and that even if lower mids aren’t really full. Thanks to planar unique way to project sound, mid range have wide presence, good macro resolution and lush timbre. We have good notes weight too. Upper mids are gently lifted, so you have hint of bright energy to female vocal but no invasive sibilance. While clarity can be incredible in instrumental music, when big bass occur it did veil and warm a bit resolution.
Mids are rich in sound layer, but not very accurate or precise in proper definition and separation, as well, it can get a bit condensed with blurry sound layers in very busy track.
A bit dark and less vivid in dynamic energy than bass and treble, the mids are well balanced for a V shape tonality, have lush natural timbre and full female vocal that I would have like a bit more fowards and well extracted, so yes, not your typical V shape mid range but still a bit recessed and leaner in dynamic than rest of audio spectrum. But again, female vocal doesn’t have this distant fate, and for example, with a song like ”Power” from Joy Crookes, her vocal presence is wide, lush and full with inviting hint of breathyness and warmth, it’s upfront and piano note at her back are very warm in definition as well as overall macro-resolution is thick with darken edge. I tend to prefer the debut of this song when their less instruments and sound layer since it become easyly condensed-foggy’ish with multiply timbre density and layers. I’ll say the Panda excell with woodwind instrument and vocal that doesn’t need well sculpted definition or high level of precision in attack.

As expected with a planar, treble attack is quite fast, with energic and crunchy sustain-release. It’s bright and abrasive, not very brilliant and sparkly, so a bit dry too. Amount of micro-details it reveal is average for a planar and will favorize certain percussions and sounds in 8khz area. While fast and without problematic resonance, the attack release is a bit fuzzy and lacking in definition edge. As well, air is lacking and highs extension is a bit rolled off. Violin sound quite good especially under higher harmonic notes (8khz and up). Electric guitar are less convincing and a bit fuzzy or uneven in timbral balance, dynamic a bit shouty in attack, making definition of guitar strike diffuse yet compressed too and tamed in dynamic scaling.
Nonetheless, treble sound full not thin nor artificial.

The soundstage is quite wide and tall, giving the Panda an open presentation that feel like a wide wall of music surrounding you. It’s immersive even if it lack clean deepness to spatiality.

This lack of depth will affect imaging limitation and tend to make sound layers more compressed against each other. Separation isn’t very perceivable and we struggle to precisely pin point instruments position. It lack clean space between instrument as well as well sculpted definition of individual instruments. Layering can be decent with not too crowded or energic music.



COMPARISONS​

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VS MUSE POWER PLANAR

The Muse is crisper and brigther, with a more neutral-analytical and less bassy balance. Panda is more warm and V shape as well as more natural in balance, less thin in timbre and heavier in overall dynamic. Compared to Panda, the Muse seem a treble head monster and push fowars the micro details way more agressively, so it’s feel less well rounded as a whole. Attack seem faster and more edgy with the Muse, less prompt to bass warmth too, more textured and precise in definition, its rendering is cleaner yet more clinical and artificial, less musical and lush than Panda. Resolution is sharper and treble is snappier with the Muse, which make me conclude it offer better technical performance but bass and mids are way more lean in dynamic than whole treble, so while soundstage seem wider deeper and imaging more accurate, it’s hard to enjoy this overly technical musicality too.
Muse is more shouty, dry, trebly and agressive in micro-details than Panda P1max, it’s tonal balance is polar opposite boosting top end while Panda boost low end. It’s harder to enjoy music immersively with the Muse planar clinical tonality.

VS TINHIFI P1 Plus

Now, the P1 Plus might use a smaller Planar driver, but technically it’s clearly the champ here since resolution is even better than the Muse. P1 Max feel like a very warm V shape compared to more plain neutral P1plus, here the clarity is miles ahead the Max delivering higher sound info number, greater transparency and macro and micro resolution, Max feel very fuzzy-blurry as a whole with less well resolve but chunkier sound layers. Bass impact sure have more slam and physicality, and the bodied presence help to make it more part of music experience while P1plus have better resolve low end, with more nuanced texture and linear extension, bass line being less warm and sloppy and mixed with kick impact, yet we don’t feel impact of bass with the P1plus. Mids are more lean and cold sounding, again with cleaner more informative resolution and greater transparency and separation, yet the Panda offer lusher timbre and vocal, more breathy and more emphasise in low harmonic while P1plus focus is high harmonic, so thinner timber but better separation, more intimate female vocal that feel less diffuse in their presence. Treble is notably more refined, controlled and extended with the P1plus, cleaner, airier, sparklyier, with sharper faster attack and more natural decay, Panda feel very rough and darken, lacking in air and attack snap. This make the P1plus Imaging way superior in accuracy and separation definition, though not as lush in musicality.
So, here, your tonal preference will decide which is better musicaly, but P1max sure is warmer, bassier, more accessible and less niche tuned than more technical sounding P1plus.

CONCLUSION​

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Unlike P1plus which was very similar to P1 with slight technical upgrade, the Panda is a refreshing Planar tuning that doesn’t choose to offer an overly technical sound but instead a lush analog like musicality with hint of bass warmth.
While not exactly basshead, the P1Max is still the bassiest planar IEM I test until today, but with a smooth weighty dynamic that doesn’t go sharp V shape with crisp upper treble.
If you don’t seek for technical performance champion, the P1Max will offer you a very immersive sound experience with it’s wide and tall soundstage and wooly bass slam that add fun to music experience.
For me, the P1Max are easy to love unless you are a critical listener, but for those seeking clean detailed sound, Tinhifi have already P1plus.
I respect Tinhifi diversify soundsignature offering and will sure follow their next release with great interest!

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PS: I wanna thanks Keephifi for sending me this review sample. I’m not affiliated or pay to write this review, and as always share with you my 100% honest sound impressions.

You can order the Tinhifi P1Max for 190$ here:
https://keephifi.com/products/tinhifi-p1-max

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SherryLion

New Head-Fier
Review Of TINHIFI P1 MAX
Pros: Warm and Neutral
Great Upper Mid Range and Lower Treble
Well Control Bass
Natural Sounding nature
No Sibilance or Sharp Sound Elements Found
Cons: Lack Of Air
Lack of Upper Treble Energy
Not So Okay Bass texture
More Laidback Sounding
Narrow Soundstage

Review Of THE TINHIFI P1 MAX

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Introduction


TinHiFi is a renowned Chinese company known for their IEMs like T2, T3, T4, P1, P2,etc. The TinHiFi P1 Max is their first full planar magnetic driver IEM. These have a redesigned acoustic cavity structure, which I find very light and cheap looking and feeling butt the sound being non offensive and loving. These are priced at $169 -$179 at the below link mentioned :-

https://hifigo.com/products/tinhifi-p1-max
And
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09XQZD1QY/tinhifi+p1+max/

Disclaimer


*Thanks to HiFiGo team as this unit tour has been arranged by HiFiGo, lovely people. And as mentioned in all of my reviews, same goes with this one too and that is, each and every thoughts below mentioned are my personal own thoughts and they are not fiddled with any outside influences. The following link is where you can go and own one for yourself :-

https://hifigo.com/products/tinhifi-p1-max
And
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09XQZD1QY/tinhifi+p1+max/
*I will be referring these IEMs to as 'P1 Max' for the rest of the review.
*Other than my own 7hz Timeless and P1 Max I have not heard any other planar magnetic IEM. So I will be comparing the P1 Max with the Timeless only.
*And at last I will only be reviewing the P1 Max on the basis of their performance, I do not care what these are made of or packaged with when newly purchased unless it affects the sound in any sense what so ever.

Specification


The P1 Max is a full planar magnetic IEM which houses a 14.2mm planar magnetic drivers with ultra thin 2-micron aluminum diaphragm. These have an impendence of 16 ohms and sensitivity of 98db/1khz. The frequency response is from 10Hz to 20kHz.


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Sound


The sound profile of P1 Max is warm-neutral with great sounding vocals. The bass is more mid bass focused and the treble have a less control in the air region although the lower treble and upper mid range are forward but neither are fatiguing or sharp. Vocals sounds very natural and relaxed. A planar magnetic IEM with relaxed and non offensive tuning.


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Treble


The treble is not very well extended, The air is there but not to an extend where there is a sense of sparkle or crisps notes which I am not surprised with. The lower treble on the other end feels more fuller, more rounded, clean and relaxed whereas other IEMs I have tried whether planar or any other driver configurated IEM sounds sibilant or sharp most of the times. These do a very well job when it comes to its performance in the lower treble and upper mid range. The female vocals in this region doesn't sound artificial but warm and soothing.

Mid Range


The mid range is where this IEM shines, The vocals are upfront and never sounds sharp or sibilant but very natural and warm. Instruments are not subjected to play in the back but within the mix melodiously. Although even after being so natural sounding, the sense of deep sound or higher notes aren't much identifiable. They are intimate sounding as well. Everything happening all round you but close but there is a good sense of each and every instrument. The upper mid range elevates the experience being very lively and at the same time relaxed, which I find really good tuned. The lower mid range have that girth and thick base which helps the male vocals find their place in the mix. Overall the mid range is really well tuned being non offensive and beautiful.

Bass


The bass tuned here have more emphasis on the mid bass which is quite nicely done. Even though I love sub bass more, I am quite happy with what the P1 Max can do. The mid bass is really well controlled. They are thick and warm, slams really good. The nature of this IEM is to produce relaxed sound where the bass tuned here plays an important role. Having that natural feel and thumping organic bass is really nice sounding to my ears. I cannot say whether these are for bass head but the bass suffice the need. As the bass is more focused on the mid bass the rumbling nature is somewhat felt but it is overtaken with that thick and thumping bass. The bass guitar sounds more warm than metallic. The drums sound really well placed while being thumpy and punchy in nature. But when it comes to my taste, I would still prefer the bass on my Timeless.


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Technical Performance


The tonality of the P1 Max is much more pleasing and relaxing than the Timeless and to be honest felt much better. But when it comes to Technical performance, the P1 Max loses to Timeless. Although being okay in technically performing, still it is really great sounding IEM.

Soundstage, Sound Imaging & Separation


The soundstage on the P1 Max is really narrow and intimate sounding, The holographic nature of 3d representation is really well done but still needs more work upon the P1 Max. The Imaging is really nice, instruments and vocals can easily be differentiated and pin pointed. The separation is okay for a planar magnetic driver, doesn't disappoint though.


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Speed & Resolution


Being a planar magnetic IEM, the resolving power is marvelous but at the same time, it cannot compete on the level of 7hz Timeless. And like I said planar magnetic IEM resolves pretty great. The attack and decay of notes are surprisingly fast.

Conclusion


To conclude, the P1 Max is a very pleasing and relaxed sound IEM. And to be honest non offensive to anyone especially audiophiles. A must buy, if someone would want to buy a planar driver IEM with warm-neutral tuning. Also a standard where one would want to start their journey into the planar IEMs. And yes, definitely for the price they are being offered, go for it.

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Sources And Tracks Used

Sources


Apple iPhone XS Max
LG G8X
iPad (4th generation)
Ikko ITX01
Apple Dongle Dac
Shanling UA1 Pro
iFi HIPDAC
Venture Electronics Megatron
Apple Lossless
UAPP
Localy stored Flac and Wav Files

Tracks


Curtis Mayfield - Pusherman
Earth, Wind & Fire - September
Earth, Wind & Fire - Let's Groove
Boston - More Than A Feeling
Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere(Remastered)
Toto - Africa
The Police - Every Breath You Take
George Benson - Affirmation
Daft Punk - Doin' It Right
Daft Punk - Derezzed
Daft Punk - Tron Legacy (End Titles)
GOJIRA - Amazonia
The Mars Volta - Inertiatic ESP
Fergie - Glamorous
50 Cent - In Da Club
Jay Z - Holy Grail
Christina Perri - Human
Erbes - Lies
Nitti Gritti - The Loud
Juelz - Inferno
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jmwant
The Timeless sounds amazing with the xbass on in Hipdac. How does it perform in the P1 Max?

corgifall

500+ Head-Fier
Giant Panda with Max effort.
Pros: Decent tuning, different driver flavor, wonderful comfort, price
Cons: Boring neutral tuning, almost lean sounding, lacks some meat down low and sparkle up top
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I never got around to checking out the original P1 or the newer P2 planar IEMs from TINHiFi but I know there was a decent following around both IEMs. I have listened to a few older first generation planar IEMs like the Audeze iSine 10/20 and the RHA CL2. I only liked the iSine series with heavy EQ and I just didn’t like the rough tuning of the CL2. I’ve seen the release of the newer planar IEMs recently from 7HZ(Timeless) and LETSHUOER(S12) and a few others. While I’ve been interested, I’ve simply been too busy with other reviews so I never got around to requesting samples when they were hot. That being said, I did like the design of P1 MAX so I wanted at least a taste of the newer planar IEM attempts. The P1 MAX is using a 14.2mm planar and comes in at $169.00.

Quick shoutout to Kareena from Linsoul for sending the P1 MAX to review. While I always appreciate the chance to test and review products sent in from manufacturers, it never affects the rating of my reviews.

The P1 MAX can be picked up from Linsoul at their website below.

https://www.linsoul.com/products/tinhifi-p1-max

Onto the review of the TIN Hifi P1 MAX! My personal preference is a hybrid/tribrid IEM where I get good hitting bass and have a detailed treble with decent mids. When it comes to an over ear headphone I prefer a spacious sound with a deep low end, the mids to be more forward and the highs to be a little bright with some sparkle. I listen to a lot of genres but I hover in the classic rock, blues and edm music with some rap here and there.

Gear Used​

IPhone 12 pro with headphone adapter, Lotto PAW S1, Moondrop Moon River 2 and SMSL SU-9 feeding the SP400 amp.

Looks and fit​

The shell goes for a simple but glossy black resin that is smooth to the touch. The faceplate is the same glossy black but with a silver criss cross design that I find classy but not over the top. The IEMs feel of quality and I’ve been impressed how nice a lot of the sub $500 look quality wise over the last few years. The shells are really lightweight as well and I find the nozzle average in length and width so I was able to get comfy results combined with my favorite Spinfit tips. I like the simple design but I would have preferred to see a logo of some sort on the faceplate. Even a little P1 MAX logo would have been fine in the corner or something.
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Isolation and sound leakage​

The passive isolation is pretty good overall. It does have a small pin hole vent facing the user's ear so it does let a little more sound in versus a nice sealed IEM or sealed CIEMs. The P1 MAX does leak a little sound from the pin hole vents but it's not noticeable when played at lower volumes so for most instances, I would say these work great for quiet areas.

Packaging and accessories​

The P1 MAX comes in a white box with some basic info on it. I do have some confusion as the box calls the IEM the P1 MAX giant panda and the spelling even has some cute panda art worked into the name. When you look at the IEMs it would be hard to tell it had anything to do with pandas but oh well. Inside the box we get a cover that has some warranty info on the other side, the IEMs in some foam and in a little box there's the extra tips, cloth/canvas style pouch and the cable. Pretty straight forward and I think for the price it’s fine overall.
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Sound(overall)​

These final impressions were done off a mix of the Lotoo Paw S1 and the SMSL SU-9 connected to the SMSL SP400. These impressions are what the P1 MAX sounded like to my ears. This was also using the CP100+ eartips from Spinfit. Things like ear tip selection and DAC/amp selection will produce different results and impressions vs what my ears hear on my specific gear.

I mentioned at the beginning my only experiences with planar IEMs were pretty meh overall and after listening to this P1 MAX, I’m impressed with the improvements I’m hearing now versus my memory of those older IEMs. The P1 Max goes for a neutral tuning. The lows do feel somewhat leaner than I would personally like but I still get bass hits that feel much better than most “value” all BA designs I’ve heard. It has decent sub bass slam/impact when it's called for but it doesn’t quite hit the way some dynamic drivers would. The mid bass is decent and it's the same case as the subass, enough to make me happy but the lows overall feel like a leaner tuned hybrid with way better speed and control. This very much reminds me of actual planar bass from a full size planar headphone. Mids are pretty clear with good details coming from instruments and I found things like guitars sounding fast with extra energy all round. Vocals are pretty clear with maybe a hint of compression, mostly a loss of focus compared to the rest of the instruments. Mostly noticeable in busy tracks. Lastly the treble is just average here. It isn’t a bright tuning and lacks a little resolution. Everything sounds fairly decent but given the price of the P1 MAX, I would have expected it to be a splashier tuning. It does well for the price but it doesn’t quite impress me. I do like the tuning of the P1 MAX though and I’m bummed I don’t have the other big planar IEMs on hand to compare.

Soundstage/Imaging​

Staging is pretty good overall. Width and depth are about average if not slightly above the norm. This balanced stage sound doesn’t give the P1 MAX any special staging tricks but tuning and staging are good enough that I don’t have much to say in terms of positives or negatives. The imaging was actually above average and I didn’t have to try too hard to pick out specific sounds in busy tracks.

Sensitivity/Drivability​

The P1 MAX isn’t super hard to drive but it does require just a little bit more juice than normal. Most people will be able to run this off their dongle of choice without too many issues. This isn’t an overly sensitive IEM either and I wasn’t able to pick up any floor noise when running balanced.

Stock cable​

The stock cable is a standard run of the mill 3.5mm dark brown cable that feels fine. I did leave the cable on there since I wasn’t getting any microphonics from the cable.
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IEM comparisons​


Ikko OH10​

The OH10 is around the same price but it’s a hybrid that also happens to be much older. It however still sounds wonderful and is a well tuned hybrid. The bass has better slam and impact vs the P1 Max. Mids are better on the P1 max but the vocals sound more lively on the OH10. The treble has more energy and while both lack any special resolution for the price, I think the OH10 is a better tuned IEM and I do enjoy it more personally. Even if it's getting a little older in terms of design and age.
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DUNU Falcon Pro​

The falcon pro is a single DD with a very warm tuning. In terms of overall detail, both pull in around the same micro details. So average between the two. The bass on the Falcon Pro is much stronger and that is mainly the focus over the P1 Max’s neutral focus. I prefer the vocals and mids on the P1 max but it has a different flavor over the Falcon Pro which makes it unique enough to recommend checking out.
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Amping Combinations​


Moondrop Moon River 2​

The MR2 was one of the better pairings due to its sound signature. It provides the brightest tuning so I got just a little extra energy out of the P1’s treble. While it doesn’t transform the P1 Max, it does give it a little sharpness to pull it out of the neutral tuning if not ever so slightly. It doesn’t help the staging at all but I think the P1 Max can benefit from source gear that adds a little extra flavor. That being said, I don’t personally like neutral tunings so my preferences may be different compared to others.
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Lotoo PAW S1​

The S1 was more my personal flavor since I liked warmer tuned gear. Where the MR2 had a brighter tuning with extra speed and bite. It doesn’t add any extra resolution or detail. The PAW S1 doesn’t help bring in details but it does add a stronger hitting bass with a warm if not gooey sound to the P1 Max. I like the warmer tilt for the P1 Max as it makes it a more relaxed and chill listen. Those wanting a brighter tuning will wanna hunt down a sharper source gear.
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SMSL SU-9/SP400​

As always, my sound section above is always based on this desktop stack pairing. As with most IEMs, A desktop amp isn’t really needed but the best sound I got from the P1 Max did come from the SMSL stack. It also was the most boring pairing since the SMSL stack doesn’t really add much in terms of sound signature to most headphones I use. All in all, a normal dongle will do just fine for the P1 Max.
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Overall thoughts​

The P1 MAX really impressed me and I’m very bummed that I don’t have the 7HZ Timeless or the LETSHUOER S12 on hand to see how the other new planar IEMs compare. I like the P1 MAX and for its sub $200 price tag, It just enters recommendation territory for me. I haven’t been a fan of the last few TIN Hifi IEMs I’ve both seen and received so this is a nice breath of fresh air and I hope they come out with more winners going forward. Thanks for reading!

Comments

olliegn

Member of the Trade: Kuba Audio (investor)
Great review, Redcarmoose. Kudos and thanks.
I've already (pre-)ordered one, waiting for it to arrive. I skipped the S12 for I already had and loved the Timeless, but I just could not pass up the chance of a less power-hungry P1 with both a modern case design and more current tuning. And as JW mentioned above, I've heard some people on twitter saying it's pretty mid-centric, cherry on top. Will grab Hook-X next.
 

Redcarmoose

Headphoneus Supremus
Great review, Redcarmoose. Kudos and thanks.
I've already (pre-)ordered one, waiting for it to arrive. I skipped the S12 for I already had and loved the Timeless, but I just could not pass up the chance of a less power-hungry P1 with both a modern case design and more current tuning. And as JW mentioned above, I've heard some people on twitter saying it's pretty mid-centric, cherry on top. Will grab Hook-X next.
Thank-you!
In a way the Panda and HOOK-X are complementary. Yes, the Panda is more midcentric than the HOOK-X due to the lesser bass. But the kicker is how well the Panda does it’s own bass. Just speedy fast and super detailed. The bass may be borderline “enough” for some? Though other reports are users going with super-wide-bore tips and making the soundstage even bigger!

Truly the best thing is to just burn them in when you get them. I wish actually that I did that to both the HOOK-X and Panda before listening.
 
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