Tin T2 Review with a comparison to Moondrop KXXX
I am writing this review after recently getting into IEM's. The Tin T2 (not pro) were my first set of IEM's simply because they are cheap, have great reviews, and I've read many great things about them. To give you a background, I first got into "audiophile" headphones with my Ultrasone 550 Pro's about 10 years ago. Since then, I've had a pair of Philips Fidelio X2's, and Sennheiser HD 6XX's, and various cheaper headphones.
The X2's are my daily drivers, and I love their signature sound. They have an amazing soundstage, and produce a sound which my ear really enjoys.
That being said, the Tin T2's do everything the X2's do, but with more emphasis on everything. The bass is more pronounced and sounds deeper (granted, I did the bass mod - which just consists of adding a tiny piece of tape on one of the breathing holes, easy peasy). The treble is crispy and sharp, without any real issues with harshness - there were a couple times where some songs were nearly piercing. I'm listening to Own City - Vanilla Twilight right now while using them, and the twinkly sounds that come in at 0:23 are almost bright, and are on the cusp of being too sharp. Although, they are still enjoyable even though they are bright, because they never become too bright, but they do come close - it's tough to explain, really.
Now, after hearing the Tin T2's after being a headphone user without ever having tried IEM's, I have to say I am very, very happy I decided to try out IEM's. They are much more comfortable than I thought, and I barely notice them in my ear, and I'm using the included tips. I realize that IEM's are perfect for gaming as well, and when I play games where audio is very important, like a game like Escape from Tarkov, these really shine! The crisp and clear highs really let me hear footsteps in games of anyone moving around. This has to be the most massive change for me, and it's why I am so happy I invested in IEM's, because I actually hear the enemy before they hear me most of the time now, and when an enemy does hear me as well, it's always at the same time and we stop moving at the same time (lol).
Outside of gaming, they are just amazing. The cable is great and I haven't had a single problem with tangling or comfort.
Here's where things get fun. I just bought Moondrop KXXX's because I was excited to explore more of the IEM world, but I am afraid the Tin T2's are better! The KXXX's are $152 CAD, but the Tin T2's are only $35 CAD, and the T2's sound better to my ear. The T2's are more crisp, more clear, and have more bass. When listening to music with the T2's you're really able to hear each individual instrument playing, where the KXXX's had a slightly better soundstage, but there wasn't any separation, and things just sounded muddy and compressed compared to the T2's. This is probably due to the fact that the KXXX's have a single 10mm driver, where the T2's have a 10mm driver for bass and mids, as well as an 8mm driver used as the tweeter, which allows for better separation. The KXXX's also have a lesser cable (in my opinion), and the KXXX IEM's are quite large compared to the T2's (which isn't really an issue because it doesn't affect anything). I can't tell a difference in weight when they are in my ear, and they are both equally as comfy when using the same tips.
I don't know what else to say, the Tin T2's are absolutely amazing for the price. Get them and see if you enjoy them, I'd be curious to know how you like them.
Would recommend to a friend.