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This is probably a *really* stupid question but, I have had a set of TF10 Pros for years now, and I love them dearly. I've never spent any more money on IEMs than that, so this would be a big step for me to take this jump – Just how much of a difference am I going to notice?
I am aware that the TF10s have a reputation for recessed mids and, on paper, 8 drivers per ear vs the TF10s 3 seems like it should be a winner in detail and separation.
I listen to a real mixture of rock, metal, pop, classical and a few other tracks thrown in for good measure. I'm sure there's a good reason these are so popular, but I'm a little hesitant to take the jump.
Thanks for any responses in advance.
TF10 is among the first BA IEMs targeted at audiophiles and in a weird way the grandfather of all BA IEMs. I've owned it for 4 years before I sold it for a pair of SE846s, of course there's way more detail and the bass punches way harder than the TF10 can even dream of, but TF10 is still the original champ when most BA drivers were used for hearing aids. These days any decent BAs can out-resolve TF10, but there's a rawness TF10 possesses that can't be found in any other IEMs thanks to its not-yet-matured implementation.
Just so you know in the future, the number of drivers DOES NOT equate to better sound. It's all strictly down to tuning. There are many chi-fi iem's out there sporting multiple drivers, but even then, they can easily be beat out by a single BA or an iem with less drivers due to superior tuning.
I'm aware of that, @dwang040 - You can stick 10 drivers in something but if you don't tune them properly and configure the crossovers properly they will still sound like crap. However, coming from a point of assuming that these are well tuned (reactions seem to be positive), I was curious as to how pronounced the difference might be (if any). I guess I was hoping that someone here might have personal experience of both and be able to comment on the comparative difference, but it doesn't seem that is going to happen.
I do not have a lot of experience with chifi as it's not something I'm big into(lack of reviews, too many conflicting reviews, some companies have lack of support/ bad support due to location ie sending in a replacement shopping to and from China).
In regards to the toneking, there really aren't a lot of reviews out there... Yet. I think the best thing you can do is try and find a frequency graph for the tone king and for the tf10, and compare it. Yes, a graph doesn't really give the full picture but it might give you a sense of how it sounds compared to your current iem (more bass, less highs, etc). You can also attempt to buy one and if you don't like it return it. Though I don't think massdrop takes returns and if you buy outside of massdrop, I can't say much for customer service as I have no experience with it.
Finally, my only personal advice that I can say regarding these (and other chi fi) is that for the price point, that's what they're worth. There is wayyyy to much hype around chi fi and that personally gives me doubt as I've never had good experience with hype. So, these being $400, expect them to be as good as a set of $400 iems.
All hail the king - TF10. I knew they were gonna stop making them, hence I bought two pairs. Forget 3 vs. 8. TF10 can absolutely hit it out of the park. If you are looking for 8BA chifi, I think you cannot go wrong with Fearless Audio S8 Freedom. Google it.
Aren't the s8 Freedom's much more v shaped? Much more bass and treble heavy compared to the TF10 (judging by frequency response graphs). Might not be a good choice if op is looking for a similar sound signature or something more neutral.