Tripowin x HBB Olina

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  • 10mm High Performance Dynamic Driver with Cavity
  • Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Diaphragm Material
  • New IEM Collaboration between Tripowin & HBB
  • High Quality Build Materials: Aluminum Alloy & Resin
  • Detachable 2-Pin Cable

Shopping link: Linsoul
Release price: 99 USD

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100+ Head-Fier
Decent but flawed
Pros: 1. Good tonality
2. Good resolution for the price
3. Commendable technical chops
4. Comfort
Cons: 1. Bass lacks impact and depth. One note in character
2. Shrill lower treble and shouty upper midrange
3. Engagement factor is less than ideal
Olina has been all in rage lately and is being commonly touted as the new sub 100 USD benchmark. Is it really though?
Olina is the 2nd collab between reviewer HBB (Badguygoodaudioreview on YT) and Tripowin. There are generally a lot of hype when a reviewer's name is involved. We have observed such hype after Crinacle tuned stuff had been released.

Well, my experience with Olina is a mixed bag to be honest. There are a lot of good qualities to it but also a few caveats that can honestly be quite jarring at times.


Unboxing experience was good. I liked the case. Its pretty and has a soothing blue theme going on. The earpieces are also built well and aesthetically hits the spot just fine. I also liked the soft and supple cable. Its nothing fancy but doesn't feel cheap and shoddy either. Supplied tips are average at best but serviceable. Comfort is amazing, very small and lightweight earpieces thus I barely felt their presence even in prolonged sessions.

Now moving on to sound, Olina is a W shaped monitor. The first issue I noticed immediately was the lack of bass impact. It wasn't reaching low and there was hardly any rumble. I switched between different sources but results remained consistent throughout.

Midrange is fairly clean and natural but upper midrange is untamed and can sound shouty at times. Many people suggest modding to resolve this issue (double filters on grill for example) but I am not a fan of fixing things in jerry rig manner personally. Lower treble, especially 8k is peaky and can cause fatigue. Upper treble is fine.

Olina is fairly competent technically. Separation and imaging are satisfactory, good detail retrieval for the price. I liked the overall timbre as well, didn't sound plasticky and unnatural like budget BA IEMs tend to do. Tonal balance was much better than Dunu Titan S in my book.


TL/DR: Good for the price. There are a few caveats but those are to be expected in this price range.

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Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: -Great resolution
-Fast attack with good control
-realist timbre with good transparency
-sax and woodwinds sound excellent
-Good imaging-layering
-well balanced bright W shape signature
-good sound value
-legit hype
Cons: -a bit distant in dynamic impact (light note weight)
-slightly dry timbre
-bass lack rumble and body
-slight timbral imbalance
-8khz peak that can create treble imbalance


begin to get recognition with it’s numerous best seller IEM like TC-01, Mele and Lea which all get praise for their high sound benefit return. Their latest offering, the Tripowin Olina that I will review today, receive overwhelming praise. This is mostly due to a good marketing strategy that highlight the fact Olina use a similar Carbon nano tube dynamic driver than the legendary Tanchjim Oxygen. While it was confirm the DD have the same diaphragm, it doesn’t mean those 2 share similar tonality or as refined technicalities since acoustic design as a whole is of prime importance here. Let see in this ”post-hype” review if the Olina will really be an IEM that will pass test of time.



In term of packaging, it’s minimal yet enough. The carrying case is of good quality, the cable is basic but doesn’t affect negatively the sound and the 6 pairs of ear tips are appropriate to achieve a diversify sound experience. As well, it does include extra nozzle filters.


In term of design, this seem to be exact same one than Mele, which is good. It’s all aviation grade alluminium body with a beautifull decorative back plate which make all IEM unique in their look.
The shape is ergonomic without any sharp corner, the metal being smooth, the fit is easy and secure for long listening session.


(gear used: Ibasso DX90, Tri TK2, Xduoo Link2 BAL, Tempotec E44, Fiio KA1)



The Olina offer a softed bright W shape with slight mid bass and lower mid boost, and more important upper mids and mid treble boost. It doesnt sound overly bright even if the approach is near analytical in it’s details rendering. Attack peaks are a bit tamed to avoid important agressivity but still, this isn’t warm or dark IEM at all and treble is what is put fowards, which will be surely too much for some listener that are sensible to high frequencies. No wonder why you read everywhere about how to mod the Olina to tame it’s treble, but for this review all impressions are based on stock sound. To my ears, tonality is more technical than musical in it’s presentation.

While cable doesn’t really affect tonality, the ear tips choice are of prime importance here since wide bore will tend to make the Olina a bit more shouty while the one with long nozzle will improve imaging but make upper treble a bit sharper and bass a bit more distant.

TIMBRE is very realist with great transparency and generous amount of texture nuance, a hint dry-bright and thin, so it’s not lush nor warm at all, but it isn’t grainy, clinical or artificial too. I would have prefer a bit more density, since the timbre remind me the one of Lea.

BASS is fast and thumpy, but the punch doesn’t move lot of air and feel a bit scooped in impact. As well, this isn’t a low end i would call fulld bodied since the slam is dry and rumble lack presence and vibrant density. Extension is a bit roll off and will favorise kick drum more than bass line. Still, electric bass like slap bass sound very good because the texture is well done, this isn’t warm bass, definition and presence is well resolve. Toms will cut short in natural resonance and cello will lack a bit of body and sometime this will affect it’s tone negatively. Their just a sligth bass to lower mids embrace here, this affect mostly the definition edge of kick drum, which have it’s presence preserved with texture.

MIDS are gently bright with a focus on texture and well rounded but elevated upper mids, it’s energic and clear with high level of sound info. Both male and female vocal are fowards and wide in presence, while not recessed, female vocal is a bit thin and a hint lipsy. For male vocal, body is fuller but still a bit dry and overly textured. When it come to saxophone or woodwind magic happen and the restitution is mavervellously full, dense in air, natural in timbre yet rich in texture and wide and airy in it’s layering. I don’t know what explain this result, but I can’t get enough sax music with the Olina since it sound too good. Now, for the piano, result is more mixed, the note weight isn’t there nor the natural decay, so this make piano a bit recessed and not lively, though it’s detailed and well articulated whatever the speed of playing. Another instrument that sound great with the Olina is electric guitar, and to some extend violin too, but let’s talk about these in treble section.

TREBLE is all about texture and micro details, yet it seem aware of dangerous peak that can create sibilance, while a bit less aware of those that create shoutyness which is very minimal and only can occur with excited percussion like crash cymbals. Olina dig reveal alot of micro details, to the point it can be unpermissive of bad recording since it tend to show the background hiss of them or their distortion. I have none of this issue with let say Anouar Brahem ”The astouding eyes of Rita” in 96khz/24bit hi res flac, and it proove Olina doesn’t add any grain or hiss but just restitute the music in high fidelity. This album is good to judge treble sparkle, brilliance and decay, let say Olina is more about snap and brilliance than appealing sparkle since decay cut short, but acoustic guitar or Brahem tunisian Oud are greatly detailed in texture, which make string pulling details very fascinating, we can hear how it vibrate, the articulation of every strings being magnify in lead attack. Still, I will not call the highs very airy. Sound info are rather condensed, even if never muddy due to great transparency, crisp resolution and fast snappy attack.


Olina are sure no slouch when it come to technical performance, the CNT DD showing it’s muscle in level of resolution we get as well as very impressive attack speed that permit this IEM to deal with fast busy track with ease. Their not a single track that can overwhelm Olina transient response, my go to album for testing complex speed is ”Dodovoodoo” by Elephant9 and it was a pure bliss in term of accurate resolution that never go muddy or distorted, every layer of instrument playing at crazy speed in their own space. So, while the speed is impressive, the dynamic rendering can feel a bit compressed in amplitude as if all instrument play in same sound pressure level which isn’t always the case, as well, i would not call the presentation as holographic due to a lack of relief in definition. When it come to bass and treble extension, i feel it doesn’t fully extend in both end. Sustain-decay balance isn’t the best too, since it’s a hint shouty in articulation and lack both weight lead and post-attack natural decay, it focus on a rough snap.

IMAGING is very good, thanks to high resolution and treble bite, but it’s a bit compressed in center, with a very dense amount of transparent sound layer, so for me it’s difficult sometime to pin point exact position of instrument in this region, but stereo separation is great.

SOUNDSTAGE is quite wide, not very tall and minimally deep, it have a triangle shape where the stereo rendering is wide and central one is closed.




Yep, these always come back when it’s about technical prowess and again, I will surprise some people here since it’s evident to me HZ is technically superior to the great Olina. But did it mean tonality is more appealing? That’s your story here not mine.
HZ is more W shape and energic, with crisper, airier and cleaner tonality. The bass is fuller, better separated, weightier in punch and extend fully while it’s more about slight mid bass boom with the Olina. Mids are more fowards and better extracted, cleaner, with better clarity and imaging, notably better transparency too, but perhaps less wide and open vocal presentation, so it can feel a bit centered and less immersive than Olina here. Male vocal (lower mids) of Olina have more presence too, so it sound fuller and better musicaly. Treble is less grainy and bright, more liquid yet more snappy and sparkly and full in restitution. Timbre here is very different, Olina is brighter and a bit more grainy while HZ can sometime lack a bit of texture nuance due to it being well polished, this translate to in being just a hint thinner than Olina, though notably more transparent. Soundstage is another big difference, Olina sound more wide and tall but we can’t travel as deep in sound spatiality, still presentation is more holographic and enjoyable here. Imaging is near equal, but as said, cleaner resolution of HZ tend to make it more accurate and sharper in separation. To some extend, we can say tonality of Olina is more musical and immersive while HZ force you to be a critical listener. Bass performance is certainly superior with HZ, yet dynamic weight isn’t magnify. Olina is less capricious about source even if i need to crank up Tri TK2 more….but was is because HZ is more agressive in SPL?
All in all, I love both but again, their not a single doubt HZ offer snappier, faster, clearer, cleaner, sharper and more refined technical performance.


First thing that hit is how smoother and more organic and open sound the Aria. Yes, Olina is brighter and more analytical in it’s treble, which focus more on texture than sparkle and airy extension. Bass presentation too is very different, Aria have more sub bass presence and the slam is weightier and more rounded yet warmer in resolution and slower-softer in impact. For rock Olina will sound better due to its fast punchy textured bass, while for jazz acoustic bass line will extend lower in a more natural way with Aria. Mids are better for male vocal with Olina, it’s less recessed and more bodied with better presence extraction and more texture. For higher pitch instrument or female vocal, Olina is again brighter and this time leaner and more recessed than Aria even if their more upper mids energy, which translate in higher risk of sibilance with Olina, Agnes Obel sound more upfront and wider in presence yet smoother and more transparent in vocal presentation, all in all, mid range tonality is more natural with Aria though not as well define in definition edge and more polished in texture. Treble is more crunchy and texture focus with Olina, this give instrument more immediacy and bite in attack, but sparkle decay and brilliance is less present than Aria. Their more 8khz and overall mid treble boost with Olina, so it will extract background hiss more and inflict on clean presentation, in that regard, Aria take the opposite road and tame texture and micro-details amount of this section which result in a more relaxed, laid back and clean tonality and extra air dip that make treble seem more extended, which might be an illusion in fact. Simply put, Aria is safely tuned, hint better balanced and cohesive as a whole, but not as fast in attac and rich in details. Micro-definition and overall resolution is higher with Olina as well as dynamic energy is more fowards and excited.
It's hard to choose a clear winner here since I love both and tonality is too different to not feel they complement well each other.


Now, we are into similar tonal territories, both being brightish ''harman target'' take, what hit first here it's how the dynamic range is presented, Kato having a more thumpy and balanced bass presentation as well as fuller thicker timbre and more notes weights in attack. In term of resolution, the 2 are on par, Olina perhaps have upper hands in transparency and micro details since it's treble is more boosted in mid highs. Bass is where I can confidently say that both quality and quantity is superior with Kato, bass line are more flexible in articulation, resonance is less muffled and texture is better balanced in timbral balance, sens of impact is weightier and better define and separated, while Olina lack this important physicality of slam and thump. Mids are very similar in lower region, delivering great male vocal presence, for female vocal the Olina extract their presence better and make them wide open and more transparent yet beautifully textured but thinner timbre and less full body and more emphasis in higher harmonic. Simply put, the mids of Kato are a bit more agressive but fuller and more natural. Treble is where big different occur, the Olina is less well balanced in that regard and tend to put fowards some grain and texture, it dig greater amount of micro details in a lean way with extra 8khz spice that doesn't always feel in it's place.
Wow, this comparison is very difficult since those 2 sound very similar on tonality and both have great technicalities, it's more about how the dynamic is presented, here Olina being leaner and more compressed than Kato, but far from muddy or incompetent. So, let's just say the Kato is a sligthly more refined Olina with fuller tonality and more cohesive balance as well as more lead attack weight and impact. This make the Olina sound more bright-neutral and bass light. Taking the fact Kato sell for near 2 times the price, Olina represent a better sound value.



While my expectation might have been too high for the Olina, it sure doesn’t disappoint me in term of technical performance which are excellent in term of attack speed, accuracy and resolution. Yes, the hype is legitimate for sure, though the bright bass light tonality will not appeal everyone.
If you search for a well balanced W shape signature that offer crisp resolution and will deal like a champion even with your fastest jazz rock or metal track, the Tripowin Olina might be among cheapest introduction to high fidelity audiophile sound. Just don’t expect it to be lush, warm or super bassy and be sure to give them the best music quality and audio source since like all high fidelity IEM, the Olina will scale up with clean audio free of grain, hiss or distortion.
Highly recommended!


PS:I wanna thanks Linsoul for providing me this review sample. I’m not affiliated to this audio distributor and have not been pay by them. As always, this is my 100% subjective truth.
You can buy the Tripowin Olina exclusively in Linsoul store for 99$ HERE
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@Audio fledgling Your welcome. Well, i feel quite alone with this comparison tbh lol but this is my honnest subjective perception. Olina is side grade to HZsound Mirror imo But i didnt try any mod yet, which ALOT of people suggest to do to get full potential of great DD in there. I use Kbear KB07 ear tips mostly. Soundstage is wider but ear tips are very personal thing due to all people having different canal shape. i dont have fit issue with Olina.
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Got mine today.

Pretty impressed with the Olina, it's pretty darn technical given the price AND the fact it's a single DD.

Tuning in general is quite good but the upper mids are a bit hot.

A nitpick really, the Olina is easily worth the money and will be enjoyed by most people sans the ones that hate bright IEMs.
Audio fledgling
Hello again, I've been spending some more time with the Olinas, and I've definitely revised my opinion of them up quite a bit. They've definitely got the "wow factor", if you feed them the right track. Based on Carpets observations, I spent a bunch of time listening to jazz through them, and their jazz juggernauts. I just wish the wow was more evenly distributed.

For a quick example, compare the Cookin on 3 Burners cover Enter Sandman (jazz soul style), with the Metallica original, on the Olinas. Is that kind of inter-track variability in terms of how well songs come across normal, with audiophile IEMs? They certainly play the original reasonably well, but comparing that to how amazingly they play the cover, they almost feel like different IEMs.


Beyond the hype
Pros: - good 3D representation, vocal pushed to front while some instruments stay at the back
- Solid Separation
- nice looking case
- very nice staging, sounds are coming from all around your head
Cons: - Low quality eartips
- mid frequencey, especially female vocal lost its resolution a bit under loud volume usage
- a bit too hot on upper mid frequency, should have more bass or heavier tonality to even things out
- shell feels cheap and light

First of all I must admit, Im tad bit disappointed with Olina. It's a good pair of IEM, but not as good as some people/reviewers praised it. it sounds like what I expected from a $100 IEM. Use my review as other reference on how Olina is actually sound. As a matter of fact, I love IEM with good technical capabilities like Olina, however, its weakness and cheap material it used simply a bummer to overall experience in enjoying Olina.


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Olina's eartips are such a joke for its price range, i wonder why nobody ever mention it, it looks like the eartips you got from a $5-$20 IEM. You may disagree with my review regarding how Olina sounds, but its low quality eartips is a fact. it's so thin, fragile,its core is too soft and may deformed inside our ear canal, the texture of the eartips feels more cheap than any $100 IEM i've ever encountered. My picture above may not give you idea how bad the provided eartips, but trust me, if you hold it in your hand and compare it with any decent eartips, you will know what i mean, one of the provided eartips looks like FiiO's eartips (used in FiiO FH1s and FD3), but FiiO eartips which only a bit thicker are firmer yet still flexible, its texture also smoother and more delicate when touched with hand.


Olina got light fitting, it stick to your ears well but you wont feel heavily isolated and still aware of your surrounding. I think that's why they consider to use a cheap eartips, because even with better eartips like Spinfit CP100, Olina's noise isolation is not that good tbh. Personally, i don't need IEM with good isolation and fitting, but if you use IEM in noisy environment, you might need to reconsider buying Olina.

Sound Quality

The strong Point from Olina is its relative wide sound stage, strong imaging, and solid separation. Sound stage is certainly wide, not huge like some said but certainly above average. Vocals are pushed upfront while some instruments pushed behind, simply a good experience especially when listening to a song with a lot of instruments. Imaging and separations are good, i can easily pinpoint where are each instruments.

Upper mid frequency is lifted and a bit too shouty for some songs, not to mention the texture is a bit crude and harsh especially under the usage of loud volume. contrary to most believe, Taming the treble by using Mesh Mod is not a good solution tbh, attack on some electronic instruments feels more blunt and vocals feel a bit behind, your Olina may sounds more balanced and faultless but at the same time you lost a lot of good points what makes Olina is a good IEM.

I can enjoy an IEM with weak bass such as Tin P1, but I think Olina should have more bass to tame the upper mid a bit or at least make it to have heavier tonality.



Olina is a good IEM for its price, yes it has a strong technical capabilities but it also got some weakness which reduce my enjoyment towards olina, not something that would leave me in awe. I've tried to tame the upper mid frequency like changing eartips, mesh modding and using Copper cabble but I can't tame the treble without losing a lot of good aspects from this IEM. Honestly I think Olina stops being Olina if you try to meddle with its sound. My score might be a bit too low than most reviewers, but i think it's a fair assessment considering Olina still got major negative points and its shell feels too cheap for its price (compared to other IEMS at its price such as Aria, reecho SG-03, FiiO FD3, and a lot more)
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the olina is better paired with a warmer source, cold netural or low power isnt the best pairing
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Your score is not too low. It's adequate or too high for earphone with good technicalities and bad tuning. Still waiting for realy good mod which remove shoutiness and doesn't make them boomy at bass and cropped at treble.
@xxAMAROKxx recently i use Final type E (black), it add quantity to bass repsonse and kinda tame the shouty-ness without ruin Olina's signature. Although it just a small improvement to overall experience, if you have one from other IEM you should try it



100+ Head-Fier
for olina users experiencing condensation problem (one side or both sides becoming quieter after a few moments in your ears and returning to normal after you let the iem dry) i can sell you hydophobic tanchjim tanya filters that solves this problem for $3.5 a pair including shipment wordwide (+ $1.5 extra per pairs if you want more than one pair of filters)
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