ahammedsojib

New Head-Fier
Tinhifi P1 Max ii review
Pros: ~ Comfortable & light weight resin shell.
~ Descent build construction.
~ Fast & deep mid bass punch (typical planar charecter).
~ Fun "V" shape tuning.
~ Good quality stock cable.
Cons: ~ Recessed lower mids and the upper mids become a bit shouty.
~ No carrying pouch out of the box.
~ Average soundstage and depth.
~ No bal cable option for purchase.
~ A bit source sensitive.
~ Minimal planar timbre and slight bass bleed issue.
★ Introduction :-

TinHiFi
is a well-known Chifi brand in the audio industry, Their once big hit product was T2. This IEM caused quite a stir at an affordable price.The brand is particularly recognized for good quality in-ear monitors (IEMs). They gained popularity for offering better sound performance at an affordable price, and making audiophile-based equipment accessible to a wider audience.
Tinhifi products often receive positive recognition for their sound quality and value for money, But they still lagging though Relatively compared to other IEM manufacturers. But today I'm here with the review of Tinhifi p1 max ii planar IEM. Although this is the first set from the Tinhifi product line-up that I have reviewed. I'll try to highlight all aspects of this IEM in my review. So that it is convenient for you to understand how equitable it is for this price category.


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★ Disclaimer :-

I purchased Tinhifi p1 max ii IEM from Linsoul audio. I had no financial agreement with them to promote their product.The entire opinion of this review is completely my personal.

★ Box content at a glance :-

The unboxing experience of P1 max ii was very ordinary. Which is a bit disappointing because this $100+ IEM doesn't come with a carrying pouch out of the box.There is an opportunity to complain about this to Tinhifi.

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1. A pair of P1 max ii IEM.
2. Two pairs generic eartips of different sizes and a pair of foam tips.
3. Decent 3.5mm 4-core Oxygen-free silver-plated copper cable×1
4. User manual guide ×1

5. Warranty card ×1


★ Specifications :-

~ Driver :-
Φ14.2mm Planar Magnetic driver.
~ Impedance :- 16Ω±15%
~ Rated power :- 5mW
~ Max power :- 10mW
~ Sensitivity :- 98+3dB@1kHz 0.126V
~ Distortion ratio :- 3%@1kHz 0.126V
~ Frequency response :- 10-20kHz
~ Connector :- 2-pin 0.78mm
~ Cable type :- 4-core silver-plated copper cable with 3.5mm gold plated jack.

★ Design, Build & Comfort :-

The Tinhifi P1 Max II IEM showcases a sophisticated design and descent build quality. The 3D printed resin shell looks like it's made with precision and its sleek housing and durable materials ensure both aesthetic appeal and long-term durability. Attention to design details, such as ergonomics and cable quality, enhances user comfort and overall experience.

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The stock 4-core silver plated copper cable has good build quality & The cable does not rub against the t-shirt while using the IEM and does not create any unwanted microphonics which is a big positive aspect of the cable. Although the cable is less prone to twisting, Tinhifi added a nice locking strap bracket to prevent it from twisting.

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Therefore, it will be considered ideal for use in indoor or outdoor travelling. But the quality of the eartips was not good. Generic eartips seemed useless to me, but the interesting thing is that it comes with a pair of foam tips that can be used to continue the initial level of listening. These features combined make it an ideal choice for users. So it will be the top choice for those who prioritize comfort for long time listening.


★ Sound Aspect :-

P1 max ii basically "V" shape tuned set. Since this is a set of "V" shaped tunings, there is naturally more bass and treble emphasis and the mids are a little behind, There is no exception here. The internal configuration of this set has 14.2mm Planar magnetic drivers which handle the entire sound frequency.
The tuning of this IEM is fun & engaging also tonality was a bit bright-ish but it is safe to say that I did not get any major listening fatigue from its sound. However, those who are very treble sensitive may get somewhat fatigue from this. The foam tips that come with it are quite effective for the bright nature of the treble region, because these tips greatly reduce the brightness of the treble area. I've used stock eartips as well as
aftermarket eartips during the sound testing period and it makes a good difference between fit, comfort, isolation and sound. I used which gave me good experience.


★ Gear used :-

1. Cayin Ru7 (Se & Bal both)
2. Questyle m15 (Se & Bal both)
3. Quloos Mc01 (Se & Bal both)
4. Epz Tp50 (Se & Bal both)
5. Fosi Audio Ds2 ~ 2024 (Se & Bal both)
6. Tanchjim space lite (SE)

Tinhifi p1 max ii planar IEM which is a set of 16Ω impedance whose sensitivity level is 98+3dB so a bit powerful amplification needed to drive it, but if a good quality dac amp or portable player is used, then it gets scaled up with the source and becomes better sounding, but a bit warmish or neutral sounding source will be more suitable with it.

Now, I will discuss the sound in detail, I will start with the Low end of this set, i.e. the bass....


★ The Bass :-



The P1 Max II offers well-controlled and tight bass response. A good amount of rumble is found in the sub-bass region. While not overwhelming, the bass is present and can handle complicated bass lines with clarity. As a planar, the fast attack & decay of bass was quite admirable but mid bass texture is noticeably lacking and some bleed with the lower mids which makes the bass note definition seems a bit weaker. Although it provides fairly clean low-end without any muddiness.

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★ The Mids : -

The mids are clear and fairly detailed, offering good vocal clarity and instrument separation. However, there is some shoutyness in the upper mids section, It may become a little peaky source wise. Which has made the female vocal thin, on the other hand lower mids was recessed and the body of the male vocal has a tendency to be a bit lifeless. This IEM captures vocal and instrumental nuances less effectively. So the mids section will be considered as one of its downside.


★ The Treble :-

The treble region is typically described as bright and detailed, providing good resolution and extension, But the treble part is somewhat disturbed by planar timbre. At the same time, the body of the treble also tends to be thin As a result the guitar string instrument & cymbals sound bright-ish & unnatural. However, some listeners may find the treble to be slightly sharp or sibilant, depending on personal preference, track and source materials .

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★ Technicalities :-

The P1 Max II offers a wide soundstage as 100$+ Planar in-ear monitor, with below average depth and height . Imaging is precise, allowing you to distinguish the positioning of various elements in a recording. On the other hand micro and macro details can portray fairly well most of the time. But tonality & timbre was not good, This is due to its planar glare. Overall, its planar magnetic drivers contribute to sound accuracy and speed, making it well suited for a wide range of genres.

★ Comparison :-

~ Hidizs MP145 (Regular varient 159$) ~


MP145 IEM is currently one of the best planar IEM under 200$. It is basically harman target 2019 v2 tuning which is considered mild U shape. The biggest strength of this IEM is bass or low end. It offers very clear, tight & controlled bass delivery where the physicality of the bass is blown out, even though the speed of the bass is less as a planar magnetic driver. But the midrange was clean and forward. Its vocal section is quite enjoying especially female vocal. So, the body of the male vocal is somewhat thinner side. On the other hand, the treble section was quite clean and well-extended, although due to the slightly planar timbre, the sound of some instruments seems more energetic, but technically it provided solid performance. Although the sound stage was fairly wide, the depth and height were surprisingly good and less amount of macro details. Overall its tonality & timbre was fairly accurate which is quite commendable as a 160$ planar IEM.

Vs ~ Tinhifi P1 Max ii~

The MP145 has several major differences with the P1 max ii. In mids section MP145 gave much better performance compared to P1 max ii. MP15 will be in a better position in terms of detail retrieval of treble section and better also impact & texture of bass, only P1 max ii will advance due to the speed of bass. Mp145 technically gave better performance but the amount of macro & micro details was more in P1 max ii. Even if it falls behind in sound performance, P1 max ii will be accepted by many people due to fit & comfort (3D printed resin shell) . On the other hand, the big and heavy metal shell like the giant tank of MP145 will not fit well in the ears of many people, as a result, it will disturb the fitting & long time usage experience.

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Overall rating out of 5 is what I would give 👇

Bass :
3/5
Mids : 3/5
Treble : 3.5/5
Technicalities : 3.5/5

Build & Aesthetics : 3.8/5

★ Conclusion :-

The Tinhifi P1 Max II offers decent sound quality with its fairly well-tuned Planar driver . Its comfortable design and durable build make it a solid choice for those who prefer comfort & long-time usability. However, its high price tag may deter some buyers. Because it has given ok type overall performance for the price but there are better options in the current market. I can recommend it for those who are planning to buy planar IEMs for the first time and also value comfort. But if you give more priority to the sound quality, there are better options in the current market. So Tinhifi should launch more value for money IEMs in market in the coming days.

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I've provided purchase link below for everyone's convenience 👇👇👇

Linsoul Audio (Link isn’t affiliated)

Hifigo (Link isn’t affiliated)

Shenzhen Audio (Link isn’t affiliated)
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You're presentations are a whole lot better then than before.Thanks for providing us with ideas.(I forgot my password so couldn't log in for a while.but still read them)
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Looks cool for the price

trippleed

New Head-Fier
Tin P1 Max 2 - The most balance Planar IEM?
Pros: - Well balance ushape harman warm
- The bass quality, control, and texture are good for a planar iem
- The vocal is lush, clean, sweet, and engaging
- With the right tips, the treble is quite smooth, and has a good body and extension
- The housing is comfortable and light
- Immense technical performance
- Can be analytical or musical depends on the tips
- Nice stock cable
- The timbre is quite natural
Cons: - Quite power demanding for a good source
- Tips sensitive type. Once it pairs with the wrong tips, its treble will sound harsh, peaky, and grainy
- There is no case and modular jack option
- Slight sibilance still there like any other planar sets
- Slight planar timbre though it's already minimal
Intro:
This IEM arrived together with the tin t5s which was also sent by the Tinhifi Serve team
In terms of packaging, there is a picture of an anime panda on the front cover. Yes, this tinhifi is trying to go against the flow, instead of getting bored looking at anime waifu, it's better to look at cute pandas. 🗿🏃‍♂️💨💨

The packaging of the p1 max 2 is considered minimalist, and perhaps the most economical compared to other planar iEMs. Because there is no case and the cable is not a modular cable. Luckily the cable quality is good, and matches the sound of the iem. Doesn't make us look for another cable to unlock the iem's potential, like Letshuoer's planar... 🙈

In the box there are 3 pairs of gray red eartips with a slightly bright character, 3 pairs of plain gray eartips with a balanced character, and a pair of foam tips with a warm character. In this review, it's clear that I used the plain gray tips. The fitting of the P1 Max 2 is quite comfortable and the housing is also light, not heavy like a whale 🤣🙈

Oh yes, this iem is a bit heavy to tow. Not as heavy as the KZ PR2 or S15, but not as light as the MP145. It's in the middle, and I still recommend a minimum source dongle of 500 thousand and above for a P1 Max 2 crane.

OK, now on to the sound impressions...

Bass:
This IEM is tuned towards a slightly warm harman shape. The bass has just enough quantity. The bass is slightly dominant in the sub bass with quite deep extension. The rumble from the sub bass is quite pronounced.

As for the mid bass, it feels quite punchy, even though it doesn't give the bouncy sensation like the dd bass. The bass texture is quite good for a planar iem, on the same level as the mp145.
As for the bass decay, it just feels medium, it doesn't wear off quickly, the decay is like the previous planar2 of the timeless era.

The bass also feels clean, controlled, and has a fast speed typical of planar iems. No bleber2 club.

Mid:
One of the sectors that is leading on p1 max 2. Its position is just a little bit back compared to the bass. The vocal weight feels right, not thin or thick. The mid feels clean, open, and quite energetic because the upper mid is boosted quite high.
It feels thicker and more natural compared to the mid of the MP145. It also feels a bit cleaner and more open.

The mids have a fairly even portion between male and female vocals. Although the female vocal position feels a little more advanced because of the uppermid boost.
Apart from that, the mid feels sweet and has good emotion. The mid presentation is similar to Heyday, with a slightly more forward position, a little cleaner, and more interference-free from the bass.

The mids also feel swingy with a fairly natural timbre, although the planar timbre of the mids is still a bit pronounced here. The acoustic guitar and piano beats are still natural.
Typical of planar iems and it seems difficult to get rid of it, the sibilance is still quite noticeable on p1 max 2. Although it's still not that annoying to my ears.

Treble:
The treble presentation on the P1 Max 2 feels like the cymbal ringing is just right and not as aggressive as other planars. It feels quite smooth and quite natural, although the planar timbre is still quite pronounced.

The treble body is just right and not that thin, with a good treble extension. Even though it's not as good and airy as the treble extension of the MP145. The grainy and peak treble are quite minimal, so it is still safe for long use.

Technical:
The most superior thing about the P1 Max 2 is the technical aspects. I can say that the stage is one of the widest compared to other planar iems I've tried. The depth and height of the stage are also quite good. The stage feels slightly wider than the MP145 with more precise imaging instruments.

The detail, resolution and micro details are at the level of an MP145 and above the average IEM for its price. The separation is also good with the layering feeling separate.
In yungblud songs, which are mixed up, the bass can be enjoyed with good separation.

The transient speed is fast, typical of planar, although it's not as fast as the transient speed of MP145. For metal and rock songs, you can clearly keep up with the speed. The clarity is clear, and doesn't give a dull impression to the sound.

Outro:
The P1 Max 2 feels like it is following in Timeless's footsteps as an all-around planar device that is comfortable and safe for various song genres.

In my opinion, the existence of the P1 Max 2 could also be a link between planar timbre haters, because to my ears I feel like this timbre is quite safe for single DD lovers or multi driver lovers.

At the current price of 150$, I can't deny this P1 Max 2 is one of my favorite IEMs. The only thing I can complain about it is the accessories, since it is not as complete as other planar IEMs from its price range.
There's no modular jack and there's no case, it's really a hassle 🙈

That's all my impression.

Source:
Tempotec v3
Akliam pd4 plus
Custom amp
Custom m2m cable
Custom 4.4 cable

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Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: -cohesive balanced V shape
-thick and rumbly bass with good tactility and speed
-lush and energic vocals
-comfortable and light design
Cons: -lack of air and sparkle
-poor bass separation
-average resolution
-average technical performance
-average imaging
-average everything
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TONALITY: 7.5/10
TECHNICALITIES: 8/10
TIMBRE: 7.5/10
SOUNDSTAGE: 8/10
IMAGING: 8/10
MUSICALITY (subjective): 7.5/10
CONSTRUCTION: 8/10
SOUND VALUE: 7.5/10


Tinhifi is a well known IEM maker from China that has released very popular budget IEMs like the Tinhifi T2 and T3plus as well as a good amount of planar IEM.

I still consider their P1plus as the best sub-200$ planar for technical performance, but the housing design makes the fit cumbersome so I don’t tend to use it often for this reason.

The first P1max improved the design ergonomy for smooth fit and comfort but chose a warmer neutral tonality than the more vivid and resolved P1plus.

Today I will review the P1max successor humbly called P1max 2.

Priced 140$, the P1max II is supposed to use an upgraded 14.2mm planar driver and promise a ‘’wider soundstage, clearer sound and crystal clear note’’.

Let's see in this review if these planar earphones offer a worthy musicality and performance among the numerous other planar offerings under 200$.


CONSTRUCTION&DESIGN

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The construction is made from 3D printed high precision resin plastic. It’s lightweight and very smooth. The ergonomics are very same as the first P1max but use a different back plate design which is really beautiful.
The nozzle is on the short side which means no deep insertion possible.
On top of housing we have a non recessed 2 pin connector that feels solidly embedded.

The included cable is of nice quality but comes in single ends which isn’t the best choice for planar IEM that benefit from extra power or balanced output. It’s a 4 strands silver plated braided cable that fits well the overall IEM look.

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In terms of packaging, it’s cute and minimalist. The accessories are minimalist too since we don't have carrying case. So we have the cable and 5 pairs of silicone eartips and 1 pair of memory foam. This is OK for the price but a carrying case would have been appreciated.

SOUND IMPRESSIONS

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Overall tonality can be described as bright V shape with thick thumpy bass that feel speedy and round, forward upper mids that favor presence over substance but doesn’t sound overly thin and sharp, vividly crunchy treble that add sense of air but don’t offer a lotta sparkle and clean brilliance.

This is quite a big departure from smoother and more warm neutral P1max and crisper more analytical, clean and lean sounding P1 Max.

In fact, we are in rather common V shape territory here, since the Max2 sounds very similar to Letshuoer S12 and doesn't offer anything new or particularly special to planar games which feel stagnant lately. Yet, it doesn’t mean these are bad, technical performance is still excellent for the price and they are easier to drive than S12 as well as a notch bassier, more dynamic.

So, we have a fast euphonic bass boom that offers both punch and speedy rumble. It’s not the cleanest bass since we have hints of warmth that glue kick drum and bass line in the same sound envelope. This adds slam weight and dynamic heft, which is very weighty and tactile.
The sub bass is vibrant, a bit compressed in extension which make bass line thick but not very accurate in note release extension, which is more an issue for double bass with lean reverberation that will go suddenly louder and more boomy than cello which will earn lushness and appealing density to it’s attack sustain.
Simply put, the bass favors the impact over its fine resolution and positioning, the kick drum sound colored in timbre but gain in punch, so these are good contenders for rock, pop, R&B.

The mids are warmed by bass, this makes male vocals full sounding while it steals air and definition edge sharpness, yet both male and female vocals are still bright and edgy enough due to upper mids boost that forwards their presence.
This can make female vocals a notch intense in loudness and borderline shouty. But at least it doesn’t sound thin and it’s abrasive in texture, which impacts transparency negatively. We have a bit of planar fuzzy grain that adds noise to air.
There is no clean air around the instrument which affects positioning clarity.
Tenor instrument and vocal will sound more natural and lush, cello being at top of its game here as well as saxophone while for violin planar timbre and harmonic intensity affect timbre fullness by favoring the attack bite.


The treble is focused on the lower part and boosts mostly the presence grain and edge of instrument and percussion without achieving proper snap and sparkle or a clean crispness that will add a well perceived variety of timbre polyphony.
Past 10kHz, the treble seems to roll off rather fast, so highs offer more thick attack crunch than fine speedy snap and bite that would sharpen attack lead impact and add macro dynamic amplitude variety. In that regard, P1max 2 sure isn’t feeling W shape, dynamic has 2 steps to it, bass in package+upper mids and highs in package.
Think about balanced armature highs and you get similar attack sustain-release as well as diffuse euphonic timbre. It’s no end game in terms of treble refinement here and shows to what price range this planar IEM belongs.


The soundstage is very wide, average, tall and not deep. It’s not very holographic and open sounding and acts like a wide sound tapestry with lively dynamics that go towards center stage, where all sound info concentrates to the point of stealing all air in the space.

This means imaging is average too, instruments lack proper clean space between them but can be layered fastly without mixing in overtone (apart bass). Classical quartet is easier to read than Symphony which goes blurry in fine instrument cutting, percussions can get lost in the mix due to sustained blur, bass is warmed by its impact which make it hard to pinpoint precisely too. In other words: these aren’t adequate for monitoring purposes.


COMPARISONS

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VS NICEHCK F1pro

The F1pro is more W shaped and bright, the treble is spikier and airier, the timbre is more noisy and typical planar like…

The bass is more boomy and resonant, less round and warm and thick than Max2 which has more vibrant and colorful rumble too with less scooped upper bass-lower mids so transition into mids is warmer and more natural. Max2 has more mid bass punch and weight and it's less boosted in sub bass, less resonant and wide in slam, thigher but warmer too.

This means P1max feels more mid centric even if balanced V shape and darker on top, we don’t have this extra treble edge that negatively texture balance and put harmonic overly forward, this makes both male and female vocal smoother, lusher and more natural and bodied. F1pro mids are thinner but crisper and more open sounding, it can’t handle a wide variety of vocal style due to scooped lower mids so it's more about bright presence boost, this makes resolution and layering cleaner, less colored with warmth that affect transparency of Max2 more. Edgier and harsher are the mids of F1pro, smoother and wider and denser in presence and as well as more weighty in note impact is the Max2.

Treble is smoother, leaner and more organic in balance but not as sharp, airy and crunchy. Percussions are thinner, brighter and more spoil with planar timbre with F1pro, it sounds half cooked while round and full but not as upfront with the Max2. Highs are spikier and harsher with F1pro, it tends to add unwanted sound info in mids instruments too. Treble heads will prefer F1pro while those seeking lush balance and fluid musicality will prefer Max2.

Soundstage is wider and deeper with F1pro, in that regard Max2 feel intimate and overly compressed in center stage, you are into music with Max2 while center stage is more recessed U shape way with F1pro.

Imaging is superior with F1pro, sound layering is more transparent so macro dynamics don’t feel as mushy and dark.

All in all, musicality and warm tonal balance as well as timbre naturalness go to Tinhifi P1max2. NiceHCK F1pro is more technical but more unpleasant musicaly, timbre is thinner, dryer and harsher, vocal can be sibilant more easily and percussions are overly forwards due to spikier treble response.

VS HIDIZS MP145

The MP145 is more U shape, crisp and airy in tonality, what hit first is how more open and gigantic the soundstage is and how cleaner and more holographic the imaging is.

The bass is faster and thinner, more transparent, less thick and more energy in slam and punch which is wider, more transparent and resonant. Bass lines are better articulated and deeper. Their less lower mids warmth and slam is better layered. Max2 feels quite muddy bass wise compared to those and the mid bass definition is more mushy.

The mids are edgier with MP145, timbre is thinner and brighter, less smoothen in sibilance, less lusher and warm than darker and thicker mids of Max2 which again feel mushy and lacking in air and proper definition but we have more lower mids and male vocal are more upfront and fully bodied with the Max2, that's about only advantage it got since mids are more open and crisp yet not too thin with Mp145.

The treble is notably airier, sparklier and snappier with the MP145, percussions are sharper in definition and more energetic in attack, we have more micro details and texture info, we have more air around instruments, we have more attack lead accent and well everything feel less dark and foggy.

The Soundstage is way wider, taller and deeper, no competition here.

Imaging is superior due to more space between instruments as well as more transparency and space between sound layers levels, again non competition here.

All in all, the MP145 is superior in both tonal balance and technical performance and feels from another league as if MP145 was mid tier planar and Max2 an entry level one.

CONCLUSION

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The Tinhifi P1max II are more than decent sounding planar IEM but come a bit late in the game and doesn't represent consequent performance upgrade among other planar offering.

If you were hoping for a more V shape and energic sounding P1max, this could be the musicality sidegrade you were waiting for.

As well, the wide soundstage promise aren't achieved by this IEM, so if you seek very open and spacious musicality, it's not the IEM I would suggest, for that regard, Hidizs MP145 still is the benchmark.

The P1max2 is a fun and bassy sounding earphone with thick bass and mids and a well rounded tonality that is cohesive and free of harsh spike, and at 130$ it might not be as competitively priced as Artti T10 but still is a valuable contendor for audio enthusiast.

Semi Recommended.

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PS: I want to thanks Tinhifi for sending me this review sample. As always i'm not affiliated in any form to this company and these are all subjective audio impressions and opinions.
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vandung2510

100+ Head-Fier
TinHifi P1 Max II Review
Pros: - Fast, punchy bass
- Very minimal bleeding
- Forward vocal
- Airy, well extended treble
- Quite decent timbre, especially for a planar driver iem
- STAGE
- Decent fit
Cons: - Value
- Treble is a bit unrefined, some sibilances
- Not the thickest midrange
Introduction:
TinHifi is one of the old players amongst many chifi brands. They were known for selling iem at quite an affordable pricing, as well as experimenting with a lot of different tunings.
There are quite a few products from their catalog that manage to earn the recognition of many audiophiles as well as casual music enjoyers like their 1 dynamic driver lineup: The T2, T3 Plus, C2, C3 as well as their planar lineup: The P1, P1 Plus, P1 Max.
And now, after 2 long years, they have release their latest planar creation: The P1 Max II. P1 Max II is said to be the successor or upgraded version of their P1 Max, which was released back in 2022 and was known for its near neutral yet still musical tuning.
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I would like to give a special thank to TinHifi for providing this unit of P1 Max II in exchange for an honest reviews. This will not affect my evaluation of this iem. Everything i said in this review is my subjective opinion only.

Packaging

The P1 Max II comes in a relatively simple box.
Together with the iem, it comes with a few pairs of eartips (6 pairs of silicone tips + 1 pair of foam tips) and a really nice quality cable.
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Truth be told, I wish they could've included a small case in the accessories, especially for the 140$ price tag.

Design/Build quality/Comfort
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The P1 Max II has a 3d printed resin shell in a black color way, with a 14.2mm planar driver housing inside of it. The iem feels really light in the hand, 3.8 grams according to the marketing material, yet it doesn't feel flimsy.
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The faceplate on the other hand looks really nice. It has this sort of 3d wavy design in a gray-ish color way with actual depth to the pattern. The faceplate looks simple and minimal enough yet still looks great upon closer inspection.

Comfort wise, i think it’s alright. It’s not too small nor too big. It doesn’t have the most ergonomic design ever (no bulbous, rear wing design) but it does provide decent isolation.
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The cable is a 4-strand silver plated OFC cable with a 3.5mm termination. It feels quite nice in the hand, soft and supple, has no memory and no microphonics. It’s quite a decent cable for the price.

As for tips, the provided tips did not provide me with sufficient seal as well as sound performance. I have opted for the Divinus Velvet tips instead. The following sound impression will be made with the Velvet tips.

Sound impression:

*Test gear:
Source: Poco F3, Dell laptop
DAC/Amp: Chord Mojo, Ibasso DC04 Pro, E1DA 9038D, Hiby FC6
Eartips: Divinus Velvet
Cable: Stock

Tonality: Mild V-shaped
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Bass: 7.25/10

It’s fast, punchy, rumbly, has good extension. It’s subbass over midbass as the graph would imply. The midbass slams are easily felt with good heft to it and it’s not weak by any means, nor is it too boomy. Like the characteristic of planar driver, the bass has a very quick attack and decay characteristic however that “quickness” of it do makes me miss that lingering sense of the dynamic driver. As a trade off, that quickness gives the P1 Max II a very well defined bass notes during complexed tracks.

Personally, i’d enjoy a bit more midbass for the additional thumps and hit. Drums and bass guitar would have more body to it. Stock bass is absolutely fine, but because this is planar, i do think the P1 Max II would benefit from a bit more bass to compensate for that quick decaying nature of planar.

In “Strong and Strike” of Naruto OST, the drum hits, although sounding quite distinct, do lack that very bit of oomph to it. Or during many more fast pace tracks, the P1 Max II can keep up with no problem.

Mids: 7/10

With how the bass was done, the midrange is a bit on a leaner side. Even with the so-called “bass bleed” on the graph, the midrange actually sounds clean. It’s on the bright and energetic side yet doesn’t sound shouty at all. Vocals are relatively forward sounding, nor is it too recessed. Male vocals like Michael Buble and Frank Sinatra sounds fine, though like i said, they do lack that very bit of weighty sense to their voice.

With female vocal like “All by Myself – Celine Dion”, her voice sounds vibrant yet not harsh sounding. The high notes hitting from 2:30 onwards just sound emphasized enough.

Or for example with “Nee – Maiko Fujita”, her voice sounds just as angelic and lively as ever. Her voice does stand out more from the mix compared to the rest of the instruments.

At a high volume though, female vocals in general does sound more intense and fatiguing.

Piano and violin sounds natural in tone, but not exactly satisfying in its note weight

Treble: 7/10

The treble part is... fine. I didn’t get wow by it. It is crisp, airy and well extended. Together with the boosted bass, it gives me this slight V-shaped sense to the whole tonal balance.

In “Caravan – John Wasson” , cymbals and hihats has its basic properties like the attack and the shimmering decay. However, the decay or the tail notes of those percussion instruments sort of disappear a bit too fast, like it’s not lingering around or emphasized enough.

There is also some weird sense of sibilant to it. I do notice this at higher volume.

Tech: 7.5/10

Soundstage wise, it’s actually quite decent. Yosi Horikawa’s Bubbles and Wandering sounds great with the P1 Max II. I can feel the spatial cues hitting me from left to right and back and forth like it should. However, the height is quite subpar to my ears with the P1 Max II, which makes the soundstage quite flat.

Dynamic is also good with the P1 Max II, although i’d say microdetails aren’t its greatest strength.

Layering is nice, although it doesn’t have the sharpest layering between instruments.

Source pairing:
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From my limited amount of DAC/Amp, i enjoyed the Chord Mojo and Hiby FC6 the most with the P1 Max II.

The Mojo has the best synergy with the P1 Max II as it has the best control over the planar driver, which in turn provides a very dynamic and full sound reproduction.

The FC6 on the other hand provides a bit of warmth and musicality with their R2R tech. The bass seems to have a bit more lingering sense to it, which makes the P1 Max II sounds more organic.

The DC04 Pro on the other hand was a bit too neutral and the E1DA 9038D was definitely too bright for the P1 Max II

=> Conclusion: The P1 Max II does benefit from a bit more current/power from a better and maybe a bit warmer DAC/Amp.

Comparison:

Vs 7hz Timeless

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The 7hz Timeless was one of the first planar iem that manage to capture the hearts of many comsumers as well as started the first “Planar war”. At the time, it was famous for its technical performance and the value it brings. So how does the P1 Max II, a three years later product, different from the first planar iem king?

Comparing the two, the 7hz Timeless has a full aluminum housing, have better accessories, which includes a full metal carrying case as well as better stocking tips. The stock cable looks higher quality too. But this is to be expected since the retail price of it was 200$, comparing to P1 Max II’s 139$

As for sound quality, the P1 Max II has many improvements compared to the Timeless. The Timeless sounds brighter than the P1 Max II, yes. But the midrange on P1 Max II sounds way more natural with better texture. The Timeless’s midrange sounds more uneven in comparison.

The timbre is wayyyyyy better on the P1 Max II because of this. The P1 Max II has nearer timbre to a dynamic driver, whereas the Timeless still has that famous planar timbre. The timbre on the Timeless has this metallic and almost aggressive sense to it.

Detail wise, the Timeless does have more details than the P1 Max II, but in hindsight, the detail on the Timeless feels a bit too artificially boosted and almost fake, whereas the P1 Max II sounds more natural and less harsh.

Vs Hidizs MP145
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Hidizs MP145 is one of, if not the most widely enjoyed, allrounded planar i’ve ever seen. At the point of its release, it has captured the heart of many audiophiles around the world due to its almost unprecedented performance for the price, which is around 100$ when it was first released on KickStarter.

So as a new planar contender in the planar iem market, the P1 Max II from Tinhifi does have a big shoe to fill. What does it have in its arsenal to go up against the MP145?

Well first is the price. The P1 Max II has a retail price of 139$, as opposed to the MP145’s current retail price of 159$. Outside of sound, the MP145 does provide a better overall package, which includes a better cable, more varieties of tips and a carrying pouch. The iem shell is of higher quality too. So MP145 wins in terms of overall package

Second is the sound. To my ears, the MP145 has a warmer overall tonality, more bass centric with smoother vocals and better treble. Instruments sound more dense with the MP145. The treble on the MP145 sounds more emphasizes, airier and crisper. The timbre is more natural on the MP145.
The P1 Max II on the other hand sounds leaner, brighter and more vocal/treble centric.
Female vocal sounds noticeably more forward and energetic.
Stage wise, i think the P1 Max II has better stage. On Yosi Horikawa’s songs, i heard and felt spatial cues better with the P1 Max II. Many people have commented on the MP145’s giant stage, but i personally didn’t hear it, part of which i think is due to the third part: The SIZE.

The P1 Max II is definitely smaller and easier to fit than the gigantic shell of the MP145. Even if the MP145’s sound more align to my liking and perhaps to a lot more people’s liking, i sold the MP145 in a heart beat due to how uncomfortable and hard to fit it is.

If you like a warm, bassy planar set with great technicality AND a big set of ears, the Hidizs MP145 would be a better choice. However, if you like a brighter leaning set with great stage as well as having an average size ears, the Tinhifi P1 Max II would be a logical choice.

Conclusion

Is the P1 Max II a great iem? In short, yes. I would say it is definitely a successful product from TinHifi. However, it does not stand out much compared to the rest of the market. It does compete with them, but not outstandingly so. It is not a truly “for everyone” type of product and it boils down to your preference and your library.

Library wise, i think the P1 Max II is suitable for US/UK Pop, K-Pop, orchestra and maybe some EDM. Rock and metal doesn’t sound the best with the P1 Max II. But this is of course just my personal taste, as i’m usually more of a soft bass head.

If you’re looking for a neutral iem, or iem with a warm, dense noteweight, relaxing treble, or you’re the type of person who listen to iem at a higher volume, then the P1 Max II might not be the iem for you. However, if you’d like a colorful, energetic sounding planar iem, yet still maintain a reletively balance tonality, then the P1 Max II is a great option for you to choose.

That’s it for my review and thank you for reading.

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baskingshark

Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: Solid built
Ergonomic and light
Textured and clean bass
Good technicalities
Cons: No case or even a pouch for a $100ish USD set!
Not the easiest IEM to drive, due to lowish sensitivity
Below average isolation
Planar timbre
Potentially sibilant and fatiguing in the upper frequencies - not for treble-sensitive peeps
DISCLAIMER

I would like to thank Linsoul for providing this review unit.

The Tin HIFI P1 Max II can be gotten here: https://www.linsoul.com/products/tinhifi-p1-max-ii (no affiliate links).

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SPECIFICATIONS

Driver configuration: 14.2 mm planar driver
Frequency response: 10 Hz - 20 kHz
Impedance: 16 Ω
Sensitivity: 98 dB/mW
Cable: 2-pin, 0.78 mm; 4 stranded oxygen-free copper silver-plated mixed cable; 3.5 mm termination
Tested at: $139 USD


ACCESSORIES

Other than the IEM, these are included:
- 3 pairs of wide-bore silicone eartips (S/M/L)
- 3 pairs of narrow-bore silicone eartips (S/M/L)
- 1 pair of foam tips
- Cable

While the eartip spread is decent - we even have foamies here - it is disappointing to note that there is no carrying case, or even a pouch. Gear at this pricing usually also comes with additional goodies such as a modular cable for example. If this were a sub-$30 USD set, the provisions would be acceptable, but in this case (no pun intended), for a $100ish set to lack a case is not acceptable.


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The foam tips tame treble the most, and furnish the best isolation. Of the 2 types of silicone tips, the wide-bore ones boost treble and improve soundstage, whereas the narrow-bore ones increase bass but with some compression in the staging.


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Thankfully, the oxygen-free copper silver-plated mixed cable is quite good. It is well braided and supple, with minimal tangling. Microphonics are also dampened, with a chin cinch for added grip. However, it only comes in a 3.5 mm termination, with no modular option.

The rest of this review was done with the stock cable and stock narrow-bore silicone tips. No aftermarket accessories were used, so as not to add any confounders to the sound.


BUILD/COMFORT

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The shells are fashioned from Heygears' 3D-printed resin. The faceplates have an eye-catching whorled appearance, and only weigh 3.8 g apiece. Coupled with no awkward protrusions along the internal aspects, this set is very comfortable to use in the ears.

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This IEM is heavily vented, and this results in below average isolation. The vents however, assist with acoustic airflow, and there is no driver flex noted.


INTERNALS

The P1 Max II houses a 14.2 mm planar driver, which has an ultra-thin 2-micron diaphragm. This is paired with dual N52 magnets within a dual-chamber design.


DRIVABILITY

I tested the P1 Max II with the following sources:
- Apple dongle
- Cayin RU7
- Chord Mojo 2
- Fiio KA11 dongle
- Fiio KA17 dongle
- Khadas Tone Board -> Schiit Asgard 3 amp
- Questyle M15 DAC/AMP dongle
- Sony Walkman NW A-55 DAP (Walkman One WM1Z Plus v2 Mod)
- Sony Walkman NW A-55 DAP (Walkman One Neutral Mod)
- Sony Walkman NW WM1A DAP (Walkman One WM1Z Plus v2 Mod)
- Smartphone

With a sensitivity of 98 dB/mW, this planar is not the easiest to drive. While one can get adequate headroom from a weak smartphone, this IEM will scale in soundstage, dynamics and bass tightness when adequately amped.


SOUND & TECHNICALITIES

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Graph of the Tin HIFI P1 Max II via IEC711 coupler. 8 kHz is a coupler artefact peak.

Tonally, the P1 Max II has a bright V-shaped profile.

This IEM is sub-bass focused. There is a healthy rumble and descent to the lowest registers. Bass quality is the star of the show, with a clean, textured and fast bass heard. There is no mid-bass bleed even on tracks with complex bass movements.

As per the V-shaped signature, the lower midrange has some recession. This won't be an IEM for mid-lovers as such. While there is no bass encroachment to muddy this frequency band, this area does lack heft and some note weight. Ear gain hits around 9 dB in the upper mids, and there are instances of shoutiness for female vocals especially at louder volumes (Fletcher Munson curve).

The P1 Max II is a treble-head's dream, with good air and sparkle on tap. Sibilance is however present, and high hats and cymbals may be a tinge hot. The included foam tips or a warmer source pairing may mitigate this area to some extent.

As per most planar IEMs, timbre is not a strong suit. There is a metallic tinge for acoustic instruments, with nasal vocals noted. Timbral freaks best keep to single DD types in general, if timbre is a priority.

Technicalities are where the P1 Max II redeems itself. Soundstage width is good, lying just beyond the ears with amplification, though depth and height are average. There's great clarity and micro-details heard. Imaging is quite accurate too, with clarity in abundance.


COMPARISONS

The P1 Max II will be compared against other $100ish planar IEMs. Single DD, hybrids and pure BA setups are omitted as the different transducer types have their individual pros and cons.


Letshuoer S12 Pro

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Graph of the Tin HIFI P1 Max II versus S12 Pro via IEC711 coupler. 8 kHz is a coupler artefact peak.

The S12 Pro is more V-shaped, with greater bass and treble emphasis. The S12 Pro has a more sedate upper mids pinna gain rise.

The S12 Pro is bassier, but the bass isn't as tight with bleeding noted. The lower midrange is more recessed in the S12 Pro, and it is also more sibilant in the treble region.

The S12 Pro has a weaker soundstage and poorer micro-detailing.


Hidizs MP145

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Graph of the Tin HIFI P1 Max II versus MP145 via IEC711 coupler. 8 kHz is a coupler artefact peak.

The MP145 has 3 tuning nozzles to spice up - and give variety - to the frequency response. Across all nozzles, the MP145 is bassier, with less upper mids glare.

In technical aspects, the MP145 has a larger soundstage, with better layering, though micro-detailing goes to the P1 Max II.

The MP145 has a thicker note weight and sounds more natural in timbre, though it has a bigger shell, which may cause potential fitting issues.


CONCLUSIONS

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The Tin HIFI P1 Max II has solid technicalities, with bass quality a highlight. Those liking a transparent and detail-oriented signature will appreciate Tin HIFI's latest creation. Ergonomics and build are well-done too.

However, some tonal flaws hold it back from greatness - the upper midrange and treble may be divisive, especially for our treble-sensitive brethren. The omission of a case - or even a pouch - at its > $100ish asking price is also not acceptable in this day and age. The below average isolation and relatively power-hungry requirements are also possible blemishes.

In the big scheme of things, amongst the ultra cut-throat planar IEM market, the P1 Max II doesn't exactly sink, but it isn't class-leading in any department to stand out from the tough competition. In such a hot market, being average is actually similar to being forgettable, as next week promises a new IEM release to capture the hearts, ears and wallets of audiophiles.
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MidnightSun
MidnightSun
To your ears, is mid-blass bleed related to time (transient speed) or frequency (separation of mids and bass frequencies)? Some mean the latter, and in that case, the P1 Max II is definitely a mid-bass bleeding set.
baskingshark
baskingshark
Hi @MidnightSun , I would say it is probably both factors combined.

I find planar drivers (like in the P1 Max II) are usually more speedy than DD bass for example, and we also have to factor in the rest of the frequency response (not just the bass in isolation, but how it relates to the mids and treble). One also has to factor in hearing health, volume played at (Fletcher Munson curve), ear anatomy with eartips etc.

Nothing beats putting the IEM in the ears to have a listen, rather than just looking at a graph.
MidnightSun
MidnightSun
Thanks for the answer!

SherryLion

New Head-Fier
Great Successor To It’s Predecessor! TINHIFI P1 MAX II
Pros: 1. Clinical and detailed tuning
2. Extensive and airy treble
3. Light and open-sounding vocals
4. Punching and impactful bass
Cons: 1. The sharp sense of notes in the higher frequencies oftentimes heard.
2. Due to a cohesive and airy sounding treble, the details are’t the greatest.

Review Of The Tin Hifi P1 Max II


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Introduction


TinHifi is a familiar brand notoriously known to huge numbers of audiophiles catering to them since 2017 as one of the first companies to offer quality at an affordable price in an electro-acoustic product like IEM. One of their famously known IEM is T2 which has many iterations, was originally praised for its sound performance. Since then, they have released many IEMs in their T series line up with their latest releases like T2 Mark 2 and T5S. Other than the T-series line up they also have a C series and P series line up where the P series is dedicated to planar technology, now recently they made another iteration known as the P1 Max II of the first full range planar driver IEM called as the P1 Max, fortunately I was able to get my hands on one pair for review, but before we proceed further I would like to clarify some points.

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Disclaimer


*Since this unit tour was organised by the kindly people at Linsoul, I am grateful to them. As I've said in all of my evaluations, the same is true for this one: all of the concepts I've expressed below are entirely my own, original ideas that haven't been influenced by anyone else. If interested, go to this link.
*I am not associated with the connection, and I receive no financial assistance from anyone.
*For the remainder of the review, I will refer to these IEMs as “P1 Max II.”
*I am using different Ear-tips for convenience and better versatility.
*Finally, I will only evaluate the P1 Max II based on its performance, even though I will explain how it feels and seems physically and aesthetically.


Specification


The P1 Max II houses the next generation 14.2mm planar driver which uses 2 micron diaphragm and a dual N52 magnet array. The shell also incorporates a dual chamber design and is made of resin 3D printed by Heygears, weighing only 3.8 grams each side. The shells are semi transparent yet the faceplate brings a new 3-D like patterned design on it which is new to my eyes. When it comes to the fit and comfort, I discovered that these are on a big side yet they fit perfectly well while the comfort is the best. I think these are one of the lightest shells I have ever encountered. Coming to the cable, it feels really good in hands and kind of feels premium, it is a 4 strand OFC cable ending in 2 pin on one side and 3.5mm straight termination plug on the other. The other accessories included are various types and sizes of eartips. In terms of the technical specifications, the sensitivity is approximately 98dB, and the impedance is 16 Ohms. The effective frequency response spans the range of 10Hz to 20kHz and total harmonic distortion is around 3%.

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Sound


Based on my recollection, the previous version of the P1 MAX II, the P1 Max, had a warm and neutral sound that produced a pleasing response with rounded notes and a safe response. However, the P1 Max II takes that safe tuning and adds more detailed aspects to the sound. Compared to its predecessor, the P1 Max II has a more balanced response with an emphasised mid-range. This results in a more engaging and lively sound. In today's world of Planar IEMs, many companies have started using this technology and released successful products. This has led to a highly competitive market, with each company striving to excel in their technology and tuning on planar drivers. Despite this, I believe that the P1 Max II stands out as a unique and intriguing IEM in the market. Let's take a closer look at the sound of the P1 Max II and discover what makes it so unique and interesting.

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Treble


The tuning of the mid-range plays a crucial role in how the treble sounds in the overall mix. In the case of the P1 MAX II, the treble response is smooth, expansive, and airy, creating a spacious and wide sound. While other Planar IEMs tend to focus on emphasising either the lower treble or the entire treble region, resulting in sharp and crisp notes, the P1 MAX II strikes a tonally balanced tuning by not highly emphasising the treble but giving it just enough presence in the mix. This produces a lively and open sound for both vocals and instruments, with nuances often surfacing in the mix. The upper treble has a pleasant airy and smooth response that brings a softness to the notes but can be unrefined at times. On the other hand, the lower treble has great energy, adding more liveliness and detail to the vocal and instrument sound, while still maintaining tonal balance. However, there are instances where the notes sound a little hazy and sharp, making them lean. Overall, the treble region is extensive, airy, and smooth-sounding, giving the listener a detailed and pleasant listening experience.

Mid Range


Many people may dislike the emphasis on mid-range sounds between 1.5kHz to 3kHz, but it gives a light and airy quality to female vocals that is refreshing. This is similar to IEMs like S12 or Z12, although those have more bass emphasis to add warmth to the mix. The emphasis in the upper midrange and lower treble does introduce some sibilance, but it also makes the upper mid-range sound energetic and lively. This creates an open and vibrant sound with plenty of space for vocals and instruments to breathe, but it also introduces some hotness in the mix. In tracks like I Can’t Stop the Loneliness by Anri or Runaway by AURORA, the female vocals have a delicate and feathery aspect that becomes sharp and metallic when the notes hit high. The lower mid-range has a clean response but lacks the natural tonal quality of thicker or denser notes, also the lower mid-range may feel a bit subdued due to the emphasis on the 1.5kHz to 3kHz region. Overall, the mid-range is light, refreshing, and lean-sounding.

Bass


When it comes to the bass response, the impact and the presence are very well controlled and specific, I find the impact and quality great as it brings a punchy and thumping response which allows a clean and fast response. The response is very well-textured and detailed which is expected from a planar driver yet it sounds way too clean as the mid-bass lacks its presence even though the graphs show the opposite, the notes feel weightless, and slams sound weak but fast to act. The emphasis is on the sub-bass region which sounds deep and rumbling enough to cause a sensation in the ears, the impact of the punch is heavy and precise while the thumps and slams feel a little laid off. The mid-bass lacks the note weight in turn lacks presence. Whether I listen to tracks like Ghost by Ladytron or how2fly by ISOxo the impact of bass feels powerful and fast yet the weightlessness makes the overall experience less dynamic. Therefore the overall presentation of the bass region is impactful, punchy and well-controlled.

Technical Performance


While knowing that most Planars are very technically able to produce great details and resolution with snapping speed, this might not be the case with the P1 Max II. IEMs like S12, Timeless or MP145 sound very detailed and crisp but the P1 Max II sounds better spread out and airy. Let’s get more into the specifics

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Soundstage, Sound Imaging & Separation


The stage is more spread out from left to right which allows the notes to have enough room to breathe and bring a spacious and airy response, thanks to adequately sharp and clear imaging the notes bring preciseness, and the distinction between the notes helps to understand the separation which helps in pinpointing where the sound is coming from.

Speed & Resolution


The details are adequately expressed whether they are macro details or micro details, though the crispness and clarity are what it suffers from. Still, the attack and decay of the notes is quite fast-paced allowing a good resolution and a non-chaotic response overall.

Sound Impressions


Sources


Sony WM1A - while listening to P1 Max II with WM1A, the response sounds a little laid-back overall, with the mid-range still shining forward in the mix. Still the treble sounds extensive yet the response is smoother and a little relaxed, while the bass response has more weight in the lower notes which brings more lively slams and thumps. The overall response sounds as spacious as before but with a more tonally dense and better balanced response.

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Tempotec V6 - while listening to P1 Max II with V6, the response embraces the mid-range light and open sound further and brings a clear and airy response. The treble sounds a little less surfaced in the overall mix though the well-controlled bass sounds punchier but detailed and lighter. Due to how vocals are overly emphasised, the hotness in the higher notes becomes easily noticeable.

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Simgot DEW4X - As I was enjoying listening to my P1 Max II with DEW4X, I couldn’t help but notice the astounding clarity and lifelike quality of the sound. The notes were crystal clear, with a crispness that I had never experienced before with any of my other audio sources. The resolvability of the notes was simply remarkable; every single note was easily distinguishable, and the overall sound was a delight to the ears. The overall balance of the sound was impressive, with the treble response being particularly noteworthy. It was more pronounced and noticeable in the mix, yet it seamlessly blended with the rest of the audio. The bass was punchy and impactful, yet it felt lighter and more refined than ever before. Overall, my listening experience was incredibly immersive, and I couldn’t be more delighted with the clarity and precision of the sound.

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Qoobus MUB1 - while listening to P1 Max II with MUB1, the response sounds a little more weighted yet transparent with a more emphasised lower mid-range bringing a better tonally balanced response. The details and clarity are somewhat improved and the notes sound livelier. The bass impact has more oomph and meat in the mid-bass yet the impact is still light. The overall response is more enjoyable and natural sounding.


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Tracks


Millet - Anytime Anywhere
Anri - I can’t stop the loneliness
Kohana Lam - A Few Sentimental
Kohana Lam - Loving Me, Loving You
Uru - Kimino Shiawasewo
Uru - Kamihitoe
Kujira Yumemi - Kenka
Majiko - Kokoronashi
Anly - Sukinishinayo
Kohama Lam - A Few Sentimental
Kohana Lam - Loving Me, Loving You
Miliyah - Kono Yumega Samerumade
Rokudenashi - The Flame Of Love
Yu-Peng Chen - A New Day with Hope
Yu-Peng Chen - Another Hopeful Tomorrow
Yu-Peng Chen - For Riddles, for Wonders
Valentino Khan - Satellite
Kai Wachi - Happier By Now
Jawns - Erotica
ISOxo - how2fly
Kai Wachi - Happier By Now
Weeknd - Popular
YUNGBLUD - When We Die(Can We Still Get High)
Bring to Horizon - Kool-Aid
Middle Kids - Bend
FLETCHER - Leads Me On
Loathe - Aggressive Evolution
The Weeknd - Save Your Tears
Sigrid - Burning Bridges
AURORA - Black Water Lilies
AURORA - Runaway
X Ambassadors - Renegades
Lupe Fiasco - Words I Never Said
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Can’t Hold Us
Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know
Jay-Z - Run This Town
Lady Gaga - Poker Face
Lady Gaga - Just Dance
Ladytron - Ghost
Travis - Love Will Come Through
LINKIN PARK - Somewhere I Belong
DJ Shadow - Six Days (Remix)
Hoobastank - The Reason
Ricky Martin - I Don’t Care
Tool - 7empest
Tool - Vicarious
A Flock Of Seagulls - Space Age Love Song
Zack Hemsey - Vengeance
Elton John - I’m Still Standing
The Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin
Micheal Sembello - Maniac
Guns N’ Roses - Sweet Child O’ Mine
A.R. Rahman - Kun Faya Kun


Conclusion


To end this review, I believe that the P1 Max II has potential because of it’s different response from its predecessor and brings a more open sounding response filled with good impactful bass response, lively mid range and airy treble. If a person wants a detail monster I;d suggest to look elsewhere as it sounds appealing to people who prefer a less active yet execute similar sounding treble with good punchy bass and lively mid range. Therefore this has my recommendation to at least try them out.

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ywheng89

100+ Head-Fier
TinHifi P1 Max II's Review - Upgrade in sound and Comfort
Pros: Good technicalities for the price
Lightweight and comfortable fit
V shaped sounding but mids are not overly recessed
Not shouty
Cons: The treble might be a little bit hot on certain track, generally they're quite okay
No storage case/pouch
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Intro
TinHifi is a company that needs no introduction in the Chi-Fi space.Whenever anybody mentioned T2 Plus,they are well aware that TinHifi is the company that produces them.When it comes to Planar,they do have several offering as well,i have not had the chance to try them out previously,namely the P1,P1 Plus,both which receive quite positive feedback from the reviewers,albeit with some cons such as hard to drive. However, I have tried and reviewed the OG P1 Max and they are very good with some minor con. Today I have the P1 Max II, with me,with a completely redesigned shell and different tuning from the P1 Max first gen

Packaging/Build
The packaging is the usual TinHifi style kind of packaging.A hard box with the IEM itself,and generous sets of eartips provided.I’m not going to show the picture of it as I believe there are several reviewers who took a lot of photos of the packaging. The stock cable is quite good in terms of build quality as well as sound.
In terms of build quality,the shell is smaller compared to the OG P1 Max,it is made out of plastic.It is comfortable and fits my ear well.No weird edges that cause discomfort throughout my listening session. It is very very light weight.

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Gears used for this review
  • Aune S9c Pro
  • Hiby FC6
  • Macbook Air M2
  • TinHifi P1 Max II Stock Cable and Eartips
Foreword
My review is solely based on what I hear via my equipment and I never consider my reviews to be objective in any way rather a subjective approach. Do take into consideration that everyone’s ear anatomy is not the same, so the psychoacoustics perception might be different as well, but i believe it will not stray too far

Sound Impression
Compared to the OG P1 Max, i would say the sound signature is completely different and the P1 Max II seems to offer better technicalities, i would say the signature is slightly v shaped and the mids are not that recessed. It scales very well with power as well. Note weight lies in between thick and thin, depending on your own definition or preference, to me, the note weight is alright as i mentioned earlier.

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Bass
  • Bass on the P1 Max II has good texture to it and has good slam and punchy
  • Sub bass rumble is good but no where near basshead kind of quantity
  • Bass is fast,tight,clean and not at all muddy,very good quality bass i would say
  • I like the bass presentation on P1 Max II overall,of course your experience might vary
  • The bass is done just right to my ears,balanced transition from sub to mid bass
Mids
  • Both male and female vocal has got good texture and not thin sounding at all
  • Vocal positioning is not laidback and not too intimate sounding. Just nice for my preference.I would put it as “not so in your face” kind of positioning
  • Mid range is slightly recessed but still retain plenty of details in this range
  • Upper mids are not boosted and remained pleasant even at higher volume,hence it will not give you that kind of sensation “shouty”
Treble
  • I complained about the treble response of OG P1 Max, P1 Max II seems to have that fixed, plenty of air and presence, good resolution as well
  • Detail retrieval is good, micro details can be picked up easily compared to the OG P1 Max
  • Depending on tracks, the treble on the P1 Max II can be a little hot sometimes
Soundstage/Imaging
  • The soundstage is rather wide and big, good width, depth, and height perception
  • Imaging is rather good as the instruments can be picked up easily due to good separation
Drivability/Dac Amp Pairing
  • The P1 Max II is not hard to drive, but it does benefit and scale with better source
  • Fiio KA11’s dongle can drive the P1 Max II without any issue, however, when the P1 Max II is connected to desktop setup, it sounds very alive (better dynamics as well as good control on the bass)
Comparison (OG P1 Max)
  • The shell of the OG P1 Max is slightly bigger and in terms of fitting, not so comfortable for me, but the weight is more or less similar compared to P1 Max II
  • The sound signature overall is warmer and thicker note weight than current the OG P1 Max
  • Bass is more on mid bass for the OG P1 Max rather than sub bass hence, it doesn’t hit or rumble that hard compared to P1 Max II
  • Mids are slightly forward compared to OG P1 Max and thick
  • Treble is where the OG P1 Max fall short, lacking resolution and extension, P1 Max II does a lot better in the treble region
  • OG P1 Max also fall short in terms of soundstage and detail retrieval, it presents just slightly out of your head kind of perception for soundstage, imaging does suffers a little when the track gets complex
Final Thoughts
All in all, P1 Max II is a definite upgrade over the OG P1 Max, in terms of detail retrieval, resolution as well as soundstage and imaging, of course, it is not always rainbows and butterfly, some compromises had to be made in terms of tuning(note weight, and mids), this is very normal and considering the price, i’d say it is fair. If you’re in the look out for your first planar IEM or even an upgrade from your current IEM, do not hesitate to grab this.

*P1 Max II was sent over by Linsoul for this review.I am in no way compensated/influenced in any way to produce this review.All thoughts and words are of my own.

If you are interested in getting one,head over to Linsoul’s store below:
P1 Max II - Non Affiliated

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P1 Max II : the playful and livelier Panda
Pros: • Beautiful, aesthetic faceplate and shells
• Lively, fun V-shape signature that may be more appealing to the majority of listeners
• Premium feel
• Technicalities that punch higher than its price point
Cons: • No pouch or case included, cable is non-modular
• Planar timbre and a bit of wonkiness in the mids is somewhat apparent
• Not for those looking for a refined version of the OG Giant Panda's neutral, smooth sound
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Introduction
As a fan of the underrated and underappreciated first P1 Max, it was such a delight when the cutesy box arrived on my doorstep. TINHIFI has already been around the IEM scene for quite sometime and my all-time favorite model from their stable was the T4. The majority though would recognize them more for the T3 Plus and T2 iterations but unfortunately, their releases were more of a mix of hits and misses. It seems that they just can't stick the landing on their desired tuning per product. Afterwards, they also made a name for the themselves for starting the planar IEM wars trend with the P1 and P2 which had a cult appeal but has yet to break the mainstream success of the Timeless. Now, coming off the tail of the original underappreciated but cult fave P1 Max is the release of the sequel. Will this Giant Panda have skadoosh or will it have a crash landing? Read on to find out.

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Packaging and Inclusions
The Giant Panda successor comes in a box with a slipcover outside showing the product namesake in an attractive art cover. Upon opening and sliding out, you are then welcomed by a top cover with some documentation attached to it via a ribbon at the back. The IEMs themselves grace the slots while the accessories section contains the nice-looking cable, 6 pairs of silicon eartips and a pair of foam tips though none worked for me so I had to tiproll in my case, especially since I'm an L-XL size eartip wearer but for others the stock contents would fit just fine. Sadly, they don't come with a case or not even a pouch. I believe any case or pouch is mandatory for IEM inclusion nowadays but no biggie, you may use any spare cases you have lying around.

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Build
The Giant Pandas out-of-the-box is a sight to behold at this price bracket. The swirly combination of black-and-white and the shells themselves are aesthetically pleasing. The cable itself is also well done and matches the IEMs as these remind me of the ones that came with the MagicOne. The IEMs and the cable seem sturdy and of premium quality but sadly, as for my set, is terminated to 3.5mm SE with no modular options. Nonetheless, the overall build is not something I would complain and scoff at below the $200 price tier.

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Sound and Comparisons
If you are a fan of the original P1 Max and is looking for its refined version here and more of the same, steer clear but if you are looking for an alternative take on a fun, lively, fast planar sound then stick around as you will be pleasantly surprised. It comes in a V-shape signature akin to the original Tangzu Zetian Wu and Letshuoer S12 Pro but done in a way that is more refined in certain aspects and less peaky. The bass is punchy and done well, mids are somewhat upper mids focused. Not the star or lead but also not that shouty while the treble is airy and quite well extended but may be sibilant at times. What will immediately get your attention is its technical ability as this set resolves far better than most in its price tier. Microdetails pop out, staging is a bit close but still somewhat expansive and imaging is quite accurate. Though this set may not be the first choice for those who want a well-balanced set with good mids as ot tend to be a bit wonky and off-timbre. I would say though that this will appeal to more users than the original. This set plays well with orchestral pieces, movie soundtracks, and instrumental acoustics while it may not be the first choice for vocal-lovers.

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Conclusion
No, this is not the same neutral Giant Panda you have been clamoring for. For those looking more of the same original P1 Max, this is a vastly different sounding set. But for those looking to dip their toes in a planar set or just want something so technically-sounding, so fun to listen at with some scaling when you feed it some more power and voltage, then this powered-up Giant Panda is more right up your alley and is definitely the more appealing sound for the majority of listeners. Both a good starter and an alternative execution in the crowded planar battlefield, have a listen to these and you just might be pleased. Think of it as the fun, outgoing Panda to the chill, laid-back original.

Sidenotes:
IEM set has been listened via the Sony ZX-707, AK Kann Alpha, and Questyle M15 separately in SE with Acoustune Type E eartips over the course of multiple genres across FLACs (16bit&24bit) and streaming (Tidal). The Giant Panda II is available in Linsoul for US$139 -
https://www.linsoul.com/products/tinhifi-p1-max-ii

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