TinHifi has a wide range of products at an even wider range of prices. One of their newer models, the T1 Plus, aims to combine both affordability and TinHifi’s signature level of quality. At $29, these are some of the most inexpensive IEMs, which makes the T1 Plus a gamble. Today, I’m going to see if the T1 Plus lives up to TinHifi’s reputation
What’s in the Box
- TinHifi T1 Plus IEM
- Included Cable
- Silicone Ear Tips
Look and Feel
The T1 Plus has very straightforward packaging. You get a white box with your IEMs, and that’s it. This is refreshing considering how so many other IEMs have elaborate unboxing experiences, and the T1 Plus doesn’t try to be something it isn’t. The build quality does reflect its price, and while I did like the translucent plastic design that’s reminiscent of some early 2000s designs, it does also feel somewhat cheap. The IEMs are comfortable, which is a serious plus.
The T1 Plus utilizes a Beryllium-coated driver. While I mentioned that the plastic feels cheap, it also has one of the highest strength-to-weight ratios of any IEM, which is incredibly impressive and makes them light yet durable. The cable is a detachable 0.78mm 2Pin Silver-plated Cable that ensures high-quality signal flow.
The TinHifi T1 Plus has a frequency response of 10 Hz – 20 kHz
For $30 IEMs, I was surprised by the soundstage on the T1 Plus. While it doesn’t have the depth and complexity of more expensive models, it still has a great sense of width and space. Panning effects feel good in these and they have decent noise cancellation. I did find the sound getting crowded for more chaotic mixes, but this wasn’t a problem that I encountered too often. The dynamics could have been wider, however, they never bothered me. The soundstage on the T1 Plus is impressive for what it is.
The low range on the T1 Plus is interesting. There are next to no subs in the lows, which somewhat shows the T1 Plus’ price. That being said, the low mids are accentuated to the point that bass parts still come through with relative clarity. However, the subs that do come through add to the sound, but they’re rare. I could hear all of the bass parts, but it lacked a certain power and support that you get from higher-priced IEMs.
The mids on the T1 Plus add a lot to the sound. Sometimes the mid-range on IEMs can make the sound harsh and overbearing. While the T1 Plus isn’t perfect in this area, it still manages to stay pretty clear and defined most of the time. That being said, I had some instances of songs distorting in the mids, but it was rarer than I would have thought.
The highs are subtle on the T1 Plus. While they aren’t the most defined and airy highs I’ve ever heard, they still manage to add nice textures to the sound. Most importantly, they don’t get in the way and overly brighten the sound, which I appreciated. For the most part, the highs add to the sound while not getting in the way, which is better than a lot of IEMs at a much higher price.
The T1 Plus surprised me. I didn’t expect much from a pair of $29 IEMs, and what I got was something that performs well outside its price range. While it has its flaws, it also has its strengths, such as the pleasant high end and the wide soundstage. If you’re looking for a new pair of IEMs on a budget, or just need a new pair of on-the-go headphones, then the T1 Plus is a great option.