TIN AUDIO T3: Precision King

Hello everyone and welcome back!
After a very hard-studying period i’m back with something that i’m really proud reviewing.
I’m speaking about the new Tin Audio T3, the new flagship from Tin Hifi brand, that was gently sent to me by Sherry.
STOP LOSING TIME, let’s get into the review!

You can buy the Tin Audio T3 by Sherry on Amazon from the links at the end of the review!

Wanna precise that my impressions are subjective and that listening experience can change depending on source, tips and so on.
DISCLAIMER: i do not own the t2s or t2 pros, so i cannot compare them directly.

Test were made on:
– Galaxy S7 Edge Smartphone
– Presonus AudioBOX iONE connected to my PC with no Enhancements actived
– AGPTEK M30B/Benjie S8 DAP
I even connect my Fiio A3 when i need it if i hear some earphones need a little more power.

Technical specs:
Drivers: 1 DD + 1 BA (finally a Knowles BA in here)
Sensitivity: 95±3dB
Impedance: 16ohm ± 15
Frequency Response: 7 Hz – 40000 Hz
Cable lenght: 1.25m±3cm Detachable 5N 8core (MMCX connector)
Plug Type: 3.5mm L-type 

PACKAGING

Very appreciated package by Tin Audio. Inside the carton package we find a very elegant box which shows the 2 earpieces: the T3.
Box contains a good variety of tips: 3 pairs of Sony Hybrid-like GEL tips, 2 pairs of foam tips (M and L size, the L one is already mounted on the T3), 3 pairs of generic spinfit-like tips (the kind of tips that are usually shipped with trn and kz products alongside with their representative stock tips).
An instruction manual is included and shows technical informations of the IEMs.
To be honest, a carry case would have been appreciated considering the price, but that’s not strictly necessary, i have plenty of ’em.

CABLE

One word: wow!
Cable is a 5N 8core cable that feels really amazing in the hands. I do not like MMCX connectors usually but these feel solid. Cable ends with a golden plated 3.5mm jack.
Cable has no microphonic effect while listening to music.
A great chin slider is featured on the cable: this is really something i love, i know i’m a kind of maniac but what can i say? I’m a perfectionist in certain things!

CONSTRUCTION AND INTERNALS

Again, wow! The T3s are amazingly built with high quality metal. They’re lightweight and everything is at its place. The nozzle grill is also something serious and it shows the accuracy of assemblying. The MMCX pins on the shells are well made and feel durable.. so much different compared to some IEMs that have plastic everywhere around the MMCX connector.
There are 2 vents actually: one before the nozzle starts extending up, and one in the backside of the IEMs.
We can finally have a Knowles driver while listening to music, and i have some good words to spend about this.

COMFORT AND ISOLATION

Comfort-wise, they are not difficult to wear.
They can be worn over-ear or just worn with the cable falling straight down just like a standard mainstream in ear headphone.
They’re very comfortable and lightweight to me, but you know.. comfort is really subjective.
In any case, they’re not something very difficult to wear like some KZs like the ZS6, ZS7, which require a certain kind of patience because of the sharp edges.
Isolation is not the best, but that’s justified by the little vent in the backside: they’re not completely closed so noise surrounding you will probably need some more volume in the IEMs to enjoy music completely.

SOUND

Let’s get into it.
Now the critical factor that decides if something has to be tried or not: how do they sound?
I mainly listen to EDM subgenres, Dupstep, Future Bass, Euphoric Hardstyle, Bass House, Midtempo and downtempo, darkwave, drum’n bass, but i even listen to many vocal tracks, moreover female ones.
I always search for IEMs that have a little bit of emphasis in the lower region, and can sacrifice mids with some recession if they still sound clear and natural. I love vivid and sparkling highs if they’re not at a headache level. 
V-shape signature is usually my favourite one but in the last period i’m appreciating a more balanced presentation with less recessed mids, more of a U shape.

Lows: many people in the past complained about the T2 not having a proper low-end. I skipped the T2s because of it, even if some modders always said covering the pressure vent would make them kind of bass cannons.
As soon as i received the T3, I felt immediately bass was shy compared to my other IEMs that were more bass-oriented.
The T3 has a very balanced bass presentation which not exceeds the limits in a balanced signature.
Bass is well textured with medium decay, sub-bass is there when you need and provides excellent extension even if with a lot less rumble compared to my ZS7.
I wouldn’t call the bass “shy” anymore: I would call it present, balanced and just right.
If it was a little bit more authoritative, I would have liked it even more than how I actually do.

Mids: Not recessed imho, well balanced with great detail and precision while playing instruments. Vocals are not what i like most though, i usually prefer a warmer timbre for added intimacy and immersive vocal experience. The T3s show anyway so much precision even in vocal tracks without coloring it just like i’m used to.
These are the kind of IEMs that you want if you’re searching for something that really lets you listen how the artist wanted a track to sound.

Highs: here we are. Highs are definitely bright, with strong detail retrieval and exceptional performance. The Knowles driver really rules!
The only downside i could find was a bit of sibilance: sibilance is there when female aggressive sss come in, and that could be fatiguing for many of you out there.
Air and sparkle are really a Pro of the T3 and to me, they just compensate what i do not like about the sibilance “con”.

Soundstage is deep, with good height and width.
instrument separation is exceptional: a friend made me listen to a Hans Zimmer concert flac and I was astonished listening how the T3s could separate each kind of instrument and sound in the track.
Imaging is great and I have nothing to complain about.
These are technically exceptional and as soon as you go up with track quality and source they even get better. I’m sure you won’t carry out all they can offer just putting them some compressed music through a smartphone. Trying them with my audio card + some flac files really carried out some of their technical capabilities while my smartphone + mp3 files just made them sound ok.
They will not forgive bad recordings as well.

Now some comparisons:
vs KZ ZS7
ZS7 is one of my favourite IEMs and i couldn’t avoid including this in the comparisons.
The ZS7 are warmer. Highs in the ZS7 are way less fatiguing with a warmer timbre. Mids are more recessed one the ZS7.
Highs are more detailed on the T3, showing more air and sparkle compared to the ZS7.
Sub-bass and bass are more emphasized on the ZS7, with the ZS7 having a much more extended and emphasized sub-bass response (and i like it a lot).
Instrument separation is better on the T3, while i would say imaging is on par imho.
Soundstage is bigger on the ZS7, moreover if we speak about width and hight which are clearly an advantage of the ZS7, while the T3 has more depth.
Comfort-wise, ZS7’s sharp edges do not allow them to shine speaking about comfort: T3s are more comfortable and lightweight.
T3s cable is way better than the KZ’s stock one. Build is good in both cases while T3 shows a little bit more precision in the assembly.

vs CCA C10
I had to include the CCA C10 as they are my favourite daily drivers.
CCA C10 is way warmer. Low end is more emphasized on the C10.
T3 has a bit more forward and linear mids while the C10 has a very very bit recessed and warm midrange.
C10 showed sibilance in very rare cases while the T3 tends to be a little more sibilant due to the boosted higs.
Highs are way more detailed on the T3 but a bit more fatiguing for long listening sessions.
Soundstage is wider on the CCA C10, but it’s less deep compared to the T3’s one. Height is quite on par with a little advantage for the T3s.
Imaging and instrument separation are better on the T3 with no doubts.
Comfort-wise, they’re both greath with the C10 being bigger with a different shape but absolutely comfortable, so i cannot choose between them.
T3’s cable is better, while CCA C10’s one is identical to the one featured in other KZ’s products (CCA is a KZ’s sister company, so that’s obvious they share the same cables).

SUMMARY

Tin Audio seriously changed my mind: before these T3s i thought i would absolutely get bored listening to something with a more balanced low-end. I couldn’t be more wrong.
The T3 are exceptional, very analytic but musical at the same time. A little sibilance is not what brings them down but i understand someone could not approve my point of view, even if that can be tamed down with some tip rolling.
Their build quality, comfort and sound just make them a real must have in the Chi-fi world.. absolutely!
These are the kind of products that really deserve good words.

 

Tin Audio T3

9.2

Sound

9.5/10

Build Quality

9.5/10

Comfort (subjective)

9.5/10

Packaging/Accessories

8.5/10

Price

9.0/10

Pros

  • Exception technical ability with so much detail, keeping the signature very musical.. and hey: Knowles driver rules!
  • Built like a tank and very lightweight
  • Comfortable and can be worn either over-ear or normal mainstream fitting
  • Great packaging with good variety of tips
  • Superb cable

Cons

  • Highs are just perfect for me, but i can understand many people could not like brilliance
  • Some of you could find the bass a little bit on the "soft" side
  • Some added warmth would have helped vocal performance
  • Some sibilance here and there
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