General Information

Tripowin Piccolo​

Driver Config: 11 mm Dual-Cavity LCP Dynamic Driver Earphones
Sensitivity: 110dB±3dB
Impedance: 32 Ω±10%
Cable: 0.78mm 2-pin, 3.5mm

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Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: Wonderful full-metal build, reaching resonance control, at 9 grams each
Provocative rhythm and pace due to sculpted and controlled low-end
A more forward midrange than BLON X HBB Z300
A slightly more worked-out treble than BLON X HBB Z300
Better textured bass (more detailed) and faster/cleaner than BLON X HBB Z300
Lower weight than BLON X HBB Z300 at 9 grams appose to 12 grams
Fabulous price to performance ratio at $35.00
Comes in your choice of two colors, black or silver
Cons: A slightly squirrelly cable which performs better when attached to the Piccolo

Tripowin Piccolo


I kinda can see where this is going. New Chinese audio manufacturers in the future!






Tripowin,Tripowin,Tripowin, the name is still strange and regardless of it’s time in existence, I still don’t know what the meaning is? To me it sounds like an amusement park ride, like it could even be spelled as Trip-o-win…….simply fun. Today we are investigating the latest out-put from them. As a whole there have been many, starting with the TC-01 I reviewed back in 2021. Literally when the box came it was the very first Tripowin in my existence......and I did the first Tripowin review at Head-Fi. The TC-01 is also single dynamic driver for which I totally loved, to me it was better than everything in its price category, from the few that I had heard. And even now, we are going up against BLON as the heavy weight contender in the budget realm. As much as times change, they also stay the same. What does budget mean exactly? To me it means two things, one it means sound quality for a value, and two, really centers around the price being on the low side. Budget means great sound for cheap. Romantically it means you can find an IEM that has better than average sound for a less than average price. This in itself means you may actually use it more, taking it to places that you would normally not take an expensive IEM. Places like work, or trips……maybe Trip-o-win actually does have a meaning? I took this IEM out on a trip and it was win-win.

Today we are investigating the Piccolo, coming in at $35.00 its dead center in the budget realm. But I have to say I’ve never seen a design like it. The faceplate looks like waves, or a rock formation somehow in perfect symmetry? I mean I understand the function, where you are to find grip and texture to get correct placement in your ears. Also it comes in a bright chrome which looks as you would expect, totally opposite of our flat-black. As far as build we are offered two vents in the back-side, with one mounted into a gold bracket which sits very spectacularly letting only so much air-pressure escape or in. Such a fascinating device means we are dealing with carefully orchestrated measurements. And looking at the picture, it sits in the exact middle ground framing the faceplate “groove” activity forming an abstract scientific apparatus? Such aesthetics become a strange mixture of manmade and almost natural formations……becoming the strangest (looking) IEM I have ever reviewed….and I see a lot of them things. This look is maybe unique as far as marketing goes, everyone makes a smooth black or silver shell. They are attempting to get recognition, as what’s the point of garnering attention if you look like everyone else? So even though wild looking, like a sea creature or an alien egg, I’m OK with the look and feel, as I understand they are attempting to create something which is cutting edge and challenges our understanding of what an IEM is shaped like. Does the Piccolo still look a little creepy to me, even after all this validation of intent? You bet, but it sounds the best of the three we are comparing, so that makes up for it. You already know how this stuff goes, strange look, strange sound=trash, strange look, great sound……a keeper. Yep, funny how that goes, where you start guessing the shape and look somehow contribute in ways we don’t understand into getting the sound to sound just right! One thing for sure is if you saw these in use out in public, you wouldn’t forget them, as they look like no other.


Coming-in at 9 grams a piece, such weight is neither heavy or low-weight, but comes in as medium heavy. Such weight is a fact of life counter-acting against any unwanted resonances. You see every IEM emits to its build, often with aluminum sounding brighter and of a higher vibrational rate, and medical grade resin showing a more forgiving demeanor, then wood being a whole different thing. Obviously the resonate chamber has more traits than just the material used, but you can get the idea. In fact here we are gifted with a specific clean sound that is endearing to say the least. An aluminum nozzle goes to become a secondary add-on along with the pressure port. Such metal creating a two piece design, three pieces if you add the nozzle and four complete pieces if you add the pressure port. Finally a 5th piece is encountered with the use if a qdc exterior 2Pin cable mount.

Inside sports a 11mm full-range LCP dynamic driver. Such an invention holds and amazing complete and full-frequency response, with gaining just enough air and resonance into such a chamber, more on that in the sound analysis section. The second air-vent is found directly under the nozzle, as shown in pictures here. While thicker than the BLON X HBB Z300 and way, way bigger than the SIMGOT EW100P, the Piccolo fit me the very best. Seemingly a better air-tight fit (than the other two) and siting more isolating inside the ear. To be truthful really the two, BLON X HBB Z300 and Piccolo seem to fit close to the same, with the SIMGOT EW100P seemingly just barely getting fit due to short nozzle syndrome, but then fit perfect with longer ear-tips..........perfect. The difference in weight between the HBB at 12 grams a piece and the Piccolo coming in at an almost normal 9 grams, is a fully noticeable difference, adding to fit. The SIMGOT EW100P coming in at a stealthy 3 grams a piece,1/4th the weight of the BLON X HBB!

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Shown from left to right the Triptowin Piccolo, the SIMGOT EW100P and BLON X HBB Z300.

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1) Triptowin Piccolo Cable black
2) SIMGOT EW100P silver/gray
3) BLON X HBB Z300 copper

Ha, at first I was going to try and somehow get the Piccolo cable to look more normal? Then after 18 days out of the box, I thought I should at least try and take a picture of the Piccolo IEMs joined-up to the cable? Thinking we may have some progress here, I coiled the cable and tried to set it into a formation, with still a section of the cable going squirrelly on me. That’s when it dawned on me to simply show the cable next to the others and let it be what it is. While when not coiled-up it actually performs normal, it just doesn’t like coils. Somehow the twisted formation fights a coil, yet it really isn’t as bad as it looks to be in regular use. qdc style 2Pin mounts hold a bend into comfortable cable guides. A downplayed metal spitter and 3.5mm plug add to the ergonomics. There is even a real working chin slider that works. The cable comes with very little cable noise and goes where you ask it to, despite how it looks in the photographs. As far as cable actions, I would rather show this cable how it looks, and have it become better in use for buyers, than show it looking (formed) into place, in a way it never is.

The box opening experience:
Really quite simple with one pair of tips being on the IEMs and 2 more pairs in a plastic bag. You get a warranty stamp included and an instruction manual. That is it!



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The sound:
A more forward and vibrant sound than the Z300, a bigger more developed stage and while owning a slight brashness to the texture, it is a full-on entertaining experience. Not as smooth as the prior Triptowin TC-01 I reviewed back in January 2021, the Piccolo is showing a cleaner and faster response. One revelation in sound was attempting to put the silky Z300 cable on the Piccolo. Lol And while the 2Pins don’t really work as they don’t stick out quite far enough except for a short test, the end results were truly getting somewhere. Especially that in-fact this sound actually was held back by the black included cable. Finally accessing 4.4mm with a simple $49.00 aftermarket cable brought the sound up to a whole new level. Showcasing the true potential found inside the Piccolo! To get an idea as to sound, it’s much like the $79.00 SIMGOT EA500! Only more subdued in the treble region, but not by much, meaning the joy here is that imaging into the soundstage and walking that line with a slightly less detailed but similar EA500 sound. In fact anyone who is a fan of the SIMGOT EA500 and wanted another slightly smoother rendition at a better price could do themselves a favor trying this Piccolo out!

The EA500 purchase location:

My EA500 review:


While being smooth there is a lift in the at the 13kHz mark. Really don’t spend too much time looking at the graph as the response is way more together and uniform than you would ever guess by this graph. But the bass shown graphically is a good approximation into the personality, yet even that doesn’t quite get to the showing of overall balance to be found. The best part is the harmonically rich outer expansions found in the upper midrange/lower treble, directly at 4.5kHz, showing a style of clarity and imaging that goes to ask the listener for center stage! And while not as separated as found in BA Hybrids there is a correct timbre that makes it a value. The other treat is the connectedness that can be found with single DDs springing forth and showing their charms. All is one so to speak! I hate to say this but gone is that slight recession which creates the slight off-tone found at times with the BLON X HBB Z300. Yep, this becomes a more straight-forward style of mid-forward listen which in-the-end become more complete? IMO?

Not everything of course but quite enjoyable for the money. Its difference here is the Piccolo comes off more well rounded sonically than many IEMs out there. Doing so much right by adhering to the finite balance that can be arrived at with a good frequency range. With-in such displays we are gifted with natural tone and special realism that just makes this playback work. It works for me anyway? Because the bass is cleaner than the Z300, we are offered up a more forward midrange section, going full-tilt to simply showcase the goings-on. An even, correct and complete midrange, which of course makes this my winner out of the three test units today! Yep, better vocals than any tested, both male and female!

Cleaner than the Z300, offering-up a straight-forward texture not clouded by excess. Thus you draw the covers back and see the body of the bass for what it is. Clarity in reverberation, clearer in pace than the Z300 ever hoped to be. Get out your EDM and prepare to be satisfied. Marvelous warm textured sequences of talent, the goods so to speak. Yep, technically better bass than you may guess at this price point. Like I said earlier this is the mini SIMGOT EA500, so imagine that bass only slightly trimmed-up and not quite as contrasty. And while this goes well with most genres of music, you can totally notice how the Piccolo doesn’t enhance poorly recorded music, leaving what is to be found, just like it is. In my listening I have an album with an extra track added on at the end, and while interesting, when it would come on I would realize the sound quality wasn’t up to par with the rest of the album. And of course the Piccolo will go ahead and make that difference known.

The winner of the battle here. That is right, who would have known when looking at the outside, or even studying other reviewer opinions? Yet the proof is in the try-out as that is the only way to really know.

Target curves:
Did you know I have never given an exact target curve like many reviewers. Offering a personal target curve is a great form of marketing. Yep, people lost in the ocean of frequency ranges need a mentor, a vision as to what is good and finding a reviewer who likes the same response as you gets the reader one step closer to figuring out the riddle. All that is true, and while often collaborations offer the house sound of a reviewer, often they are both good and bad, one IEM a success and one maybe a lackluster success? How's that? Because IEM replay is more than simple frequency response, that's why. But more than that have you ever guessed you would fall in love in more than one frequency range response? Why is that? Part of it we just don't know, and in a way it doesn't matter. It does matter if you are trying to save time and effort (and money) by not going ahead and buying the wrong target response. For any of us that have done this for years, we know a demo is needed. Now that doesn't mean that you can't find success in knowing someone who has the same affinity to the same headphones as you, because obviously you can. It also doesn't mean you should avoid graphs or your favorite reviewers graphs, as graphs are tools to success. It's just graphs aren't everything and have never been purported as such. And the most fascinating phenomena occurs when you do it all in reverse. Yep, find an IEM your in-love with and try and learn why. Maybe it will be shown in a graph, maybe not. The reasons for this may have to do partially with frequency balance, as graphs often do go about delineating balance in the three bands. But more than that there can be a replay of realism in the timbre which is somehow localized and showcased bringing the listener closer to the musical message, possibly left out of the members target curve or the graphical response obtained. That or maybe you don't have a target curve, but think you do because you have been told you need one. I say all this because I am consistently amazed how little I know.


That a budget IEM can come along and show me how it's done, that an IEM like the Piccolo does so many things right, but looks like many others graphically. That this is actually a business of super small values and details. That not all the details can be recorded on paper or even talked about clearly. That a demo is needed to discover truly what is up in the end. Of course when success is reached by a few, that leads way for the same success to be reached by others. This is because this game, this IEM game is both a science and an art. When values are adhered to and formulas are introduced as fact, progress takes place. Such progress can be witness by many, that's what reviews are for, a simple sharing of success. But more than that maybe deep down there is a few target curves that work, I mean we often we can guess when an IEM is not going to work out before hand......just by looking at a graph. Except what happens with the opposite, I mean what happens when the IEM is a multitude of times better than we could have ever guessed, what's with that? Probably the 11mm driver was worked-out so that an even, complete and correct response was obtained. Then it was placed inside a resonance chamber that coalesced that response and absorbed unwanted reverberations to gain clarity. And while the included cable is nice, my most fun with this review was discovering the scalability the Piccolo held. Add a 4.4mm balanced connection, add an upgraded cable and the Piccolo actually goes somewhere. Even a $49.00 cable at times will make the Piccolo jump to a new and more transparent place! Now normally all this would be of little consequence, as come-on it's a $35.00 IEM? Except that's the deal..........when a budget IEM performs like this it's the inspiration for a review. It makes-up for all those just-ok IEM ideas as to sound replay.......and has me ask myself a serious question. Does Redcarmoose truly have a target curve anyway? If so would this be it? I don't know, though I do know one thing. Hearing this IEM made me a believer in Triptowin. It's not that the tune is so very unique or anything, except there is just enough spice in the mids, just enough fire in the treble and a careful sculpturing in the bass that moves this whole shebang forward, more forward into a formalistic idea of just how to offer an IEM. I know I sound maybe ridiculous with such a statement about a $35.00 IEM, I mean how can something so value priced sound so good?


Technical Details
Tripowin Piccolo


11mm Dual-Cavity LCP Dynamic Driver
CONNECTOR 0.78mm 2pin
CABLE High Purity Detachable 2-Pin Cable

Linsoul website:
Linsoul Aliexpress Store:
Linsoul USA Amazon Store link:

I want to thank Kareena of Linsoul for the love and the Triptowin Piccolo Universal IEM review sample.

These are one persons ideas and concepts, your results may vary.

Equipment Used:
Sony WM1Z Walkman DAP MrWalkman Firmware 3.5mm and 4.4mm
Sony WM1A Walkman DAP MrWalkman Firmware 3.5mm and 4.4mm
Sony TA-ZH1ES DAC/AMP Firmware 1.03
Electra Glide Audio Reference Glide-Reference Standard "Fatboy" Power Cord
Sony Walkman Cradle BCR-NWH10
AudioQuest Carbon USB
Shanling UA3 Dongle DAC/Amplifier 3.5mm and 4.4m
Samsung Android Smartphone 3.5mm output

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One final comparison wrap-up!
Since I'm on the subject of sound comparisons between the four, I've saved the very best for last. You see many perspectives may suggest an over-all win for the $35.00 Triptowin Piccolo over the ($19.99 original priced) 7Hz Salnotes Zero, if you never heard of the Zero before? Except the 7Hz Zero is in-fact famous. Yep, the true performer at a budget, slaying others in its path. Why? Balance is one reason, except the Zero is really maybe almost all midrange? Whatever the reason, the Zero puts out an even and complete idea of quite possibly the ultimate midrange. Just a beautiful spacious warm and inviting midrange. And in so many ways it ends up the complement to the Triptowin Piccolo. Why? Where the Triptowin Piccolo has better more sculpted bass, the Zero almost lacks in that department. While both the Zero and Triptowin Piccolo benefit from 4.4mm balanced power even over a simple phone.......both IEMs also wake-up to improved cable uses, even showing excellent benefits from a $149.00 cable additive, just like a true audiophile IEM should do. But the Zero doesn't offer quite the treble of the Piccolo either, the Zero performs this rolled-off smoother idea of treble notes. Yet in so many ways they are equal in success, both fit fine and both have my vote for greatness! Yet probably the 7Hz Zero edges its way ahead of everything. Yep, sound signatures can be that way, even being perceived as better while not being as complete. Oh and the other two.......the BLON X HBB Z300 and SIMGOT EW100P? The BLON comes out almost equal to the Piccolo as both offer a great tone, with the midrange of the Piccolo a little more forward and expanded upon. The Bass of the Piccolo is fully more detailed and textured as a faster more agile bass performer could do. Where the BLON X HBB Z300 offers a slower more excessive style of L shape response that you kinda have to really be after to appreciate. There is nothing wrong with it, accept it's funny how Rock tracks seem to have pace issues, where with the Piccolo we have none? Maybe I'm simply in love with the Piccolo, who knows? Oh.....and the SIMGOT EW100P? The SIMGOT EW100P ends-up holding-up the rear. Yep, while offering a version of the 2016 Harman curve the EW100P still doesn't offer as much bass needed to counteract the upper midrange intensity. Yep, such an off balance is also enhanced by a lacking 6kHz to 7kHz anti-sibilance dip, which means its always an issue no matter what source or ear-tips, with any choice of music too. Where the Piccolo comes as a breath of fresh-air seemingly doing very little wrong and a grocery-bag of stuff right! Take a chance on finding one of the true 2023 winners in IEM payback today, at $35.00 you have very little to lose, and a lot of potential win-win.
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Well, I can’t figure out a reason why you wouldn’t like them? Let me know how they work-out. Cheers.
Aaaarrrrrgg or Yea!? Already have the Truthear Hola, another 11mm DD LCP that's said sounds almost identical and graphs similar to Piccolo. At 12:00 COMPARISONS WITH OTHER IEM

The Hola has an interpretation of the Harman tune, so I guess so.


New Head-Fier
Another Budget Killer IEM or Not? The Tripowin Piccolo
Pros: 1. Prominent and effective bass
2. Nicely forward mid range
3. Organic timbre
Cons: 1. Average technicalities
2. Lack of details
3. Off treble

Review OF The Tripowin Piccolo



One company, Chinese brand that comes to mind when it comes to high-quality audio products—whether they are IEMs or cables—at reasonable prices is Tripowin. They have pushed themselves into a variety of audiophile market segments, whether it be IEMs, Cables, or Headphones, and they continue to maintain their position in the industry. Particularly when it comes to their quest for sound euphoria through IEMs or their budget-friendly cables. Additionally, Mele and Olina SE have worked with YouTuber/reviewer Bad Guy Good Audio Reviews on a number of projects. They recently released the Piccolo IEM, a single dynamic driver IEM, which I will be reviewing today. But before going any further, let me clarify a few things.



*Since this unit was organised by the kindly people at Linsoul, I am grateful to them. And 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 "Piccolo."
*I am using different Ear-tips for convenience and better versatility.
*Finally, I will only evaluate the Piccolo based on their performance, even though I will explain how it feels and seems physically and aesthetically.


The third generation LCP diaphragm is used in Piccolo, a single dynamic driver IEM. 11mm dual cavity LCP dynamic driver serves as the driver. Heavy metal, which appears to be stainless steel, is used to make the shells. The shells are of high quality and are quite heavy. A pattern is embossed on the faceplate. I didn't experience any fatigue while wearing the IEMs, and they easily fit inside my ears, though I did need to use different eartips to make it more comfortable. A high purity OCC copper cable with detachable 2-pin 0.78mm QDC type connectors and a straight 3.5mm plug serves as the IEM's cable's termination end.The cable is thin and frequently tangles easily. The cable is also 1.2 metres long. Along with the IEM and cable, the package also includes eartips in various sizes. Technically speaking, the sensitivity is 110dB, and the impedance is 32 Ohms. 20Hz to 20kHz is the range of the frequency response.



A well-tuned IEM, Piccolo boasts a lot of each region and produces a more refined tuning than a V-shape. While Piccolo is not particularly unique compared to the competition, what it does is actually quite good given the wide range of IEMs available at this price point that may differ in their tuning and specifications. I believe the Piccolo sounds more energising than the Cadenza while being more active in the treble region. IEM like the Kiwi Ears Cadenza share a similar resemblance to how they sound. Its treble and midrange are less energising than those of the Tin Hifi C2, while its bass is more pronounced. In my opinion, compared to other IEMs in this price range, the Piccolo's sound is more immersive and softly presented. The vocals are more forward in the mix, the midrange is more pronounced, and the bass has a strong hold that works well with the mix. The treble on the Piccolo is solid in presentation and has enough energy to bring out the details of the instruments and vocals. Let's investigate the sound more in depth for more information.

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The Piccolo has a soft presentation and a slightly dark treble range, but the energy in this range is strong enough to bring out the subtle details that make the instruments and vocals shine. To maintain a more natural presentation, each note has a good note weight and density. The vocals do not stretch out as much to sound complete or more open sounding as a result of the upper treble being less extensive than any other IEMs in this price range. Although the narrow stage makes it difficult for the instruments to sound detailed, they still stand out in the mix.According to appearances, when compared to other IEMs, the Piccolo sounds less drab and dark, but the Cadenza has less compression in the mix, and the C2 sounds wide and expansive. In the mix, where the vocals and instruments typically sound clean but a little relaxed, the lower treble adds more energy. When compared to the details, the vocals come off as dense and blunt. One thing is certain, though: the instruments back the vocals effortlessly. The instruments are more present and sound more active when the vocals are present. Due to the nature of the tuning, I didn't experience any offensive characteristics. Overall, the treble region is dim, delicate, and close.

Mid Range

The vocals and instruments have more musicality in the mix, and the midrange is as active and forward in the mix as I had anticipated. The musicality doesn't make it sound smooth or warm; rather, the instruments support the vocals and maintain a constant level of energy. The vocals and instruments sound more forward and energising in the mix when compared to the Cadenza, while the C2 sounds more vibrant and light in the mix. Not that the notes sound unclean, but rather that they sound closed and restrained rather than performing fully. Even though the presentation is not very detailed and tries to become more expressive, the upper mid range sounds clean and energetic while bringing the best out of the vocals and the instruments. The vocals may become a little exhausting to hear because of how close and forward they are presented in the mix, but I didn't find anything offensive in this area. Vocals and instruments sound flat with a drowned effect in the lower mid range, which is dense with good note weight and desirability. Instruments like the bass guitar don't stand out as much because the presentation makes all the instruments sound jumbled and mashed together. The mid range is presented in a strong, energising, and forward manner overall.


The Piccolo's bass stands out loud and clear in the mix, having an impact on other responses, particularly the lower midrange. If I had to make a comparison, I'd say the bass sounds more like Shimin Li Encounter Edition's response. Although the quality is lacking in details and texture compared to the Shimin Li Encounter Edition, the bass has a possessive feeling in terms of quantity. The punches are hard enough to keep the engagement going even though the emphasis is on the sub bass and it is extended well, even though it is not as deep as I had anticipated because the rumble sensation doesn't come out sufficiently. Even though the sub bass is given more attention than the mid bass, the mid bass still has a strong presence in the mix and is given more room to breathe. Boomy bass and slams are well-presented, but they lack a more impactful or clear approach. The lower mid range is influenced by the mid bass because it seeps into it and gives it a slightly bloated sound. Although it lacks quality, I believe the bass response is adequate. Although the bass response is punchy, boomy, and slamming overall, it is not of high quality.

Technical Performance

The Piccolo's technical performance is comparable to that of other products in this price range; to put it simply, in my opinion, some IEMs perform well when compared to similar products, and the opposite is also true. However, when it comes to Piccolo, I'd say that these are an average performer in terms of technical prowess, with a soundstage that is compact but immersive, blunt imanging, and insufficient separation to clearly distinguish every component in the mix. Although the resolution is not unexpected and the ability to retrieve details is nice, the speed of resolvability is still unevenly paced.


Soundstage, Sound Imaging & Separation

The imaging could have been sharper because the soundstage is small and immersive, placing each component close to your ears. However, the separation is poor because it is difficult to tell apart between notes and crowded sounds.

Speed & Resolution

The resolution is comparable to what a typical IEM in this price range can deliver; the macro details are clear, but the micro details aren't well explained. The notes attack quickly, but the notes decay with poor closure.

Sound Impressions


Tempotec V6 - When listening with the V6, the treble is improved, with better details and a sharper edge. As before, the midrange has a forward sound. Although the bass has more texture, the details lack much expression. The only technical change is that the stage feels wider than it did before. I much prefer Piccolo and the V6 together.


iFi Hipdac - When using the Hipdac, it sounds more condensed and less detailed. While the mid range responds with the same energy as before, the treble is tentative. With the mid bass bringing some impact in slams and punches, the bass became more noticeable. The technical performance is unchanged, but the stage is now smaller and the separation is worse. The Hipdac pairing is not worthwhile.


Tracks Used

Luna Haruna - Glory days
Luna Haruna - Overfly
Rokudenashi - The Flame of Love
LMYK - 0 (zero)
Marina Horiuchi - Mizukagami no Sekai
Indila - Love Story
Indila - Tourner dans le vide
Earth, Wind & Fire - September
Tom Petty - Free Fallin'
Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Blue Oyester Cult - (Don't Fear) The Reaper
Guns 'N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
The Police - Every Breath You Take
Gojira - Amazonia
TV on the radio - Wolf Like Me
Bring Me To The Horizon - Can You Feel My Heart
Bring Me To The Horizon - sTraNgeRs
Avril Lavigne - Dare To Love Me
Travis - Love Will Come Through
Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know
DJ Shadows - Six Days (Remix) [feat. Mos Def]
Lady Gaga - Just Dance
Lil Wayne - Lollipop
Flo Rida - Low
Sebastian Lopez & Flug - Electronic Measures
Federico Mecozzi - Blue (Da Ba Dee)
Wayve - Not Enough
Kai Wachi & TeZATalks - Ghost
NGHTMRE, Zeds Dead & Tori Levett - Shady Intentions
Zeds Dead, DNMO & GG Magree - Save My Grave
Skrillex, Noisia, josh pan & Dylan Brady - Supersonic
Skrillex & Nai Barghouti - Xena
Skrillex, Missy Elliott & Mr. Oizo - RATATA
Kaifi Khalil, Eva B & Wahab Bugti - Kana Yaari
A.R. Rahman, Javed Ali & Mohit Chauhan - Kun Faya Kun


This review will conclude by recommending this product to those who value a well-balanced midrange, a strong bass response, and a lack of treble. The Piccolo is a well-balanced IEM that emphasises the midrange and bass to produce the strongest and most powerful performance possible. It is novel to see an IEM tuned to follow this price range. Therefore, I would suggest it to anyone who enjoys organic tones that have a strong bass and forward midrange and don't sound vulgar. IEM users who prefer loud, detailed sounds should exercise caution, but at least give them a shot.

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Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: Good price-to-performance ratio
Solid build
Great ergonomics
Easy to drive
Balanced tonality, should fit most music genres
Decent technical chops, good clarity and transparent midrange/treble
Appreciable timbral accuracy
Cons: Average isolation
Dearth of accessories
Intimate soundstage depth/height (width is above average)
Smattering of mid-bass bleed

I would like to thank Linsoul for providing this review unit.
The Tripowin Piccolo can be gotten here: (no affliate links).

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  • Driver configuration: 11 mm dual-cavity LCP dynamic driver
  • Impedance: 32 Ohms
  • Sensitivity: 110 dB
  • Cable: 2-pin, 0.78 mm, high-purity OCC copper cable
  • Tested at $35 USD


Other than the IEM, these are included:

- 3 pairs of silicone eartips (S, M, L)
- Cable

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Retailing at $30ish USD, the spartan accessories are kind of expected, though it would have been nice to perhaps had more selection of eartips, or even a case.

The stock cable is a 2-pin, high-purity OCC copper cable. It's nothing to write home about, it is serviceable with a chin cinch, though it is thin and tangly with microphonics in abundance. No biggie swapping it for aftermarket cables for some of our recalcitrant CHIFI aficionados here who have a drawer full of cables haha.

Well, there are some similarly priced rivals without detachable cables in this current day, so I guess we can't complain much for the $30 entrance fee. Cables terminating in a 2-pin connector are always a plus in my book, as the budget MMCX types tend to get loose with repeated cable changes.

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


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At ordering, one can select between a black or silver shelled variant. Fashioned from metal, the shells are tear drop shaped with an almond like etching on the faceplate.

Comfort is superb. There are no weird edges to poke the ears, and the shells are relatively light. I did not experience any discomfort despite using the Piccolo for longer listening sessions.

Isolation is average as this set is heavily vented. I did not encounter any driver flex but this is partially dependent on ear anatomy and type of eartips used, so YMMV.


The Tripowin Piccolo uses an 11 mm dual-cavity LCP dynamic driver.


I tested the Piccolo with the following sources:
- Apple dongle
- Colorfly CDA M1 DAC/AMP dongle
- Creative Sound Blaster X5
- E1DA DAC/AMP dongle
- Hiby R3 Pro Saber 2022 DAP
- Khadas Tone Board -> Schiit Asgard 3 amp
- Khadas Tone Board -> Topping L30 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

The Piccolo can be driven off the weakest of sources, and amplification is not truly required. Amplification may however, provide a tighter bass, increased dynamics and better soundstage, so juice might allow the Piccolo to scale.


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Graph of the Tripowin Piccolo via IEC711 coupler. 8 kHz area is a coupler artefact peak.

Tonally, the Piccolo can be described as U-shaped. It is very balanced and should suit most music genres.

Timbral accuracy is extremely organic, and I daresay the Piccolo has one of the best timbre for a $30 pair. Timbre freaks will have a field day pairing the Piccolo with vocals or music featuring predominantly orchestral or acoustic instruments.

Technicalities are quite good for a budget pair, with the Piccolo showcasing micro-details and clarity well, with resolution that belies its low price tag. Soundstage is decently wide but it is not the tallest or deepest. Thankfully, the Piccolo makes it up with a rather accurate imaging and acceptable instrument separation. The driver is speedy, with transients aced on the Piccolo, even on complex tracks.

The Piccolo is sub-bass focused, and the bass is just slightly north of neutral. Sub-bass extends very well, with a visceral rumble heard when sub-bass heavy tracks are played. The Piccolo has superb bass quality, with good texturing and an agile bass, even with fast bass lines. There's some element of mid-bass bleed, but this is a love-it or hate-it kind of thing, as this adds warmth to the tuning, though some purists dislike it.

As discussed above, the lower midrange is warmed by the hint of mid-bass bleed, which thickens this frequency band slightly. With just a 6 dB ear gain, the Piccolo has forward vocals but it is not shouty, which is a really tough line to balance. Vocals are not nasal, nor too far back in the mix. The midrange is very transparent, with great layering and vocals shining through, and the Piccolo is a great pair for mid-lovers and vocal genres.

The treble is boosted, and the upper treble has moderate air and extension. There's a sprinkle of sibilance, though the Piccolo's treble is quite well-dosed, in pursuing sparkle without veering to too much harshness or fatigue. Cymbals and high-hats have a bit of bite, but this is not overcooked to the point of splashiness.

Playing the Piccolo at higher volumes (Fletcher Munson curve) may overly boost the treble and lead to some exhaustion with longer listening sessions, but using it at moderate or low volumes is a match made in heaven, in providing an extended treble with fine clarity and resolution. Indeed, the actual "Piccolo" is a woodwind instrument that plays in the higher registers, and the Tripowin Piccolo does live up to its namesake in nailing this area.

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Comparisons were made with other budget single DD IEMs. Planars, hybrids and pure BA types were left out of the equation as the different transducers have their pros and cons.


The Z300 is more "fun" sounding, with a bigger bass, though the bass isn't as tight with more mid-bass bleed and a slower driver. The Z300 has less air and sparkle, though the lower treble is more emphasized. The midrange is more veiled on the Z300.

The Z300 has a thicker note weight, but isn't as natural in timbre. In technicalities, the Z300 has a slightly more expansive soundstage depth/height, though the Piccolo is wider in this department. Imaging, micro-detailing and instrument separation is inferior on the Z300.

Kiwi Ears Cadenza

The Kiwi Ears Cadenza is a warm Harmanish set. The Cadenza has more bass, though the bass is of poorer quality, with mid-bass bleed and a less textured bass line heard. The Cadenza has more upper mids and lower treble, and is shoutier, though the Piccolo has a more extended upper treble.

The Cadenza is less natural in timbral accuracy. The Cadenza loses in technicalities, with a weaker soundstage, micro-detailing, instrument separation and imaging noted.

Truthear HOLA

The HOLA is L-shaped, with bigger sub-bass and a darker treble.

The HOLA is a league behind in technicalities (imaging, instrument separation, micro-details, transients and soundstage). Timbre is also slightly less organic on the HOLA.


I was pleasantly surprised with the legitimate sonic fidelity of the Tripowin Piccolo, and wasn't expecting it to beat some $30ish USD benchmarks like the Kiwi Ears Cadenza. The Piccolo's technical prowess is nothing to be sniffed at for the price, other than a pinch of mid-bass bleed, and perhaps an intimate soundstage depth and height (width is quite well done).

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The balanced U-shaped tonality with excellent treble extension should hold the Piccolo in good stead when it comes to music genre synergy, and the transparent and clean midrange and treble are the stars of the show, promising a eargasmic session for vocal heads and mid-lovers. Moreover, timbral accuracy is majestic for acoustic genres, and the Piccolo - as per its orchestral namesake - is the chef's kiss for classical and orchestral pieces, in addition to acoustic and jazz music.

The solid build, great comfort and easy drivability are the icing on the cake for this nifty pair of IEMs. Admittedly, the accessories are quite disappointing, but I'm sure most consumers would rather have a good sounding set with sub-par accessories, than a pair packed to the gills but with bad sound.

Don't judge a book by its cover, the Piccolo looks unassuming, but it is a very formidable budget single DD that melds the 3Ts of timbre, tonality and technicalities well. I'm quite happy to recommend the Tripowin Piccolo to new ones who are just joining the hobby, it is a hidden gem and an affordable introductory pair that is quite bang for buck.
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