Yeah, I jumped into this hype train with Dekoni ear tips, without looking what my options were. This iem is planar and needs a lot of EQ tweaking, before you even want to listen to. Out of the box it's a mehhh. Then I found out, my LG phone with hifi DAC wasn't powerful enough to drive this hungry boy. So, this little baby is supposed to be used @ home??! or do I have to buy a separate player? But the KILLING thing is the cable or actually the iem as whole. It's NOT COMFORTABLE! Oh man, then I see people replacing the cable and ear tips with everything what fits.
So, here is the list to check before you even should consider:
1 ) Heavy EQ needed: All-the-time, without EQ, it doesn't sound "right"
2 ) Requires a very powerful desktop amp, otherwise the music sounds coming from a can
3 ) Requires cable replacement, seriously
4 ) Ear tips replacement for better comfort
5 ) Some people get shocked! A design flaw to be corrected in MKII?
6 ) It's shinny on the pics. In real it looks ugly and cheap. Although the case is nice, it's too small.
If, you don't mind all these requirements or you just own them already. Look further while your ~$169 (+ $10 ear tips & $20+ cable) is still in your wallet:
1 ) Tin T2,3or4, is much easier to drive for a fraction of the price (if you love the brand Tin Audio). Well, it's NOT planar! then look at these:
2 ) Audeze iSine10 B-stock, with lightning cipher cable (DAC) for $149. Sound stage is MUCH better, Comfort is not perfect, still way better than P1 without cable replacement. EQ not needed when using the lighting cable with DAC. (USB-C converter cost $29)
3 ) Keep your money in your wallet while searching... What about a Hifiman HE4xx planar for $130 or a Dekoni Blue Planar for $180 ,both planar, also for home usage and is out of the box ready to rock.
Conclusion: Planar is NOT magic. Most of you can't enjoy of the Tin P1 when it arrives on your door mat. You need to buy many things around it to make it "Potential", then you will find out you will like it or not. People who invested the time & money to achieve this may say it's a good iem. My question is how many of the P1 owners really did these tuning to get into it's "potential" stage? Even if you have the money, willpower & time to do all the research, shopping and tweaking... People are using top desk tiers amp like the AAA789 to drive this. It's like you need to put rocket fuel into a Mini car. I thought an iem was made for the convenience , for on the road.
Maybe , maybe this is not the iem everyone hoped it would be.
Using: Bose QC35II, Soundwear | Aftershock | Shure SE215m+ | TIN P1 | Blon-03 | ThieAudio L3 CIEM | Airpod2 | Mpow M30
Sennheiser HD 580, 58x, 6xx | Audeze iSine10, Mobius | Grado sr80e | Stax L700 | Meze Empyrean
JDS O2+dac | DarkVoice 336se+tubes | RME adi2dac | Massdrop THX AAA789, Airist Audio R-2R dac |Calyx M |