“Could do worse for $40”; lifeless treble, rubber cable, non-standard sockets
The SQ does “okay” on most mainstream ‘pop’ music and it’s very easy to “find the beat” due to bass impact, sometimes to detriment of balancing the overall sound. However, the treble is very flat without shimmer or adequate extension*. The bass impact is quite respectable; however, bass blooms into the mids and has an aggressive bite that lacks smoothness and texture**. It is disheartening to listen to Björk’s “Family” - so lifeless with these IEMs.
This alone would get 4/5 (-1 star) considering the cost. However, that may be generous as there are better sounding “Chi-Fi” IEMs in this range - even the $7.99 MH755 has much better treble. (MH755 bass layout is also smoother, although T2 has more fulfilling impact.)
However, only 2/5 (-2 more stars) because 1) very cheap rubber-coated cable that tears easily; the cable itself contains only a few fine wire stands; and, 2) the non-standard outward socket does does not fit “normal” recessed 2-pin cable. This makes it hard to find an inexpensive “upgrade” cable on Ali (or similar site). Lack of using standards: fail.
The ‘look’ itself is “okay”, except the default black cable is not flattering. I have a new silver/gold cable that would look awesome with the silver/green, except it does not fit due to the non-standard socket design.
Fit is “okay” although far from one of the better designs: the nozzles are tiny and do not extend far, which might suit people with smaller ears.
*I roll many tips: Type E, Spinfit, Spiral Dots + foam, RHA, eg. and nothing fixed the core issue; these drivers/tuning just fall flat. Could do worse .. can also do a good bit better.
**I primarily compare to the Hyla TE5B; the T2 is a fraction of the price.
Would not recommend to a friend.