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8 Balanced Armatures Hybrid Drivers IEM
- Sonion & Knowless Balanced Armatures Hybrid Drivers
- Lush & Lively Sound Tuning
- Innovative New Design
- High-Quality Stock Cable
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Very good balanced, inoffensive yet detailed sound. Benefits from a good source!
I love linsoul audio...really a beast on audio market...I luv the azla brand...I have the whole azla range and they all have their subtleties but here, I must admit that I have never been so disappointed by the azla brand...what did they try to do on these azla Max ... I do not recognize anything from azla ... nor the sharpness of the bass because these tips cut them completely!where did this opening of the scene and this typical ventilation go?I love the concept of the grid which avoids bothering ... a good rinse and it's clean and ready to be reused.but nothing goes with this eartips...really! and yet I remain an azla fan...but they are apart in the range...not like any other and unfortunately, they are worthless in my eyes. .. I have better results with other eartips 10 times cheaper....in short, my only and my worst experience at azla....as much as I advise all the other existing azla as much the Max are to flee imperatively .... thank you to Linsoul audio for allowing us to have the whole range at the best existing price but the max ... stop
As a fan of Tin Hifi, and an owner of most of their products, I have to be a little more scrutinizing with this review because I know what Tin is capable of, and at this point in their trajectory, I expect nothing but the best from them. The original T2 got me started in this hobby nearly 4 years ago, and today I consider their planar series of i.e.m.s. some of the best i.e.m.s available on the market, regardless of price. So I do hold Tin Hifi to a high Standard when they release a new product, especially when it bears the name of such an esteemed classic as the T2. And because they evoke the original T2 with this new product, I have been assessing this IEM as a comparison to the original.
The soul of the original t2 lives on in the DLC, but it’s not a direct descendant of the original. It has many of the same characteristics, such as a very clean presentation, a mid focused tuning, and excellent spacial properties. But as I switch back and forth between the DLC and the original the similarities and differences are very obvious to me. The major trade off I'm seeing here is that the T2 DLC now has better detail retrieval, at the cost of the original’s near perfect tuning.
Where the DLC is the same is the quality of the timbre, the sense of space, scale of the stage, 3D motion of the imaging, and overall immersive speaker-like feeling that the original did so well. The similarities really are striking, to the point that this feels more like a retune of the original driver, but for the improved resolution.
The bass is an improvement over the original bass which sounded great in the original already, though a little lacking in sub bass. The DLC improves on the good parts of the original bass and adds in a deep textured and very full sounding bass that beautifully meets the task for any kind of bass I throw at it. It is truly a very versatile bass that I personally think is one of the best quality basses I’ve heard in a dynamic driver i.e.m. It’s defining characteristic is that it doesn't imbue it’s own sound - it just perfectly recreates bass as the track intends. The only problem is that it is not in balance with the upper mids, so I can rarely appreciate its full glory because the mids lock me into a lower volume.
The Mids are where things get a little more complicated. First, I have to say the mid range frequencies sound absolutely stunning. They are crystal clear, smooth, engaging, detailed, and seem to float and dance around you in 3-dimensional space. They have a special kind of tone that I only hear occasionally from metal-shell iems, that seem to add slight reverb that just makes the sound feel realistic and lush. Tonally these are very similar to the original, but because of the raised upper mids and better driver speed, the mids feel even more euphoric than the original. But, while these mids are tonally and technically extraordinary, they are also hugely problematic, because they are way out of balance with the rest of the frequency response. I find myself changing the volume on nearly every track to accommodate for different instruments and vocalists that peak at the upper mids. That said, I still find myself listening to this set for hours at a time because the sound performance is so strong that the extra strain is worth it.
Treble is also more elevated than the original T2, which again is a blessing and a curse. The extension is an improvement over the original, and you do get a little more perceived detail and sparkle, which is really nice. But again it can be rather unpleasantly piercing on snares and other sounds that have quick transients. High percussion often sounds too loud, splashy, and sharp. And kick drums with sharp transients also pick up an unnatural edge because of this elevated treble. Overall, this treble is technically very good, speedy, and well extended, but hurts the overall sound, because it is louder than it needs to be.
This i.e.m. is sort of a conundrum for me. On the one hand, it hurts my ears with its bright upper mids and treble fairly frequently. On the other hand, it has such an addictive quality to the sound, that I find myself pushing past the pain. Despite the discomfort, I've been excited to put these in my ears every time I use them, even though I have to ride the volume controls when things get too intense. If this set was tuned more similarly to the original t2, this would be an absolutely market-shaking i.e.m. As it is now, it is a very technically impressive proof of concept, that will scare away more people than it will attract. But shows a lot of promise for the next T2 release, or for those who like to mod.
Tin Hifi, if you are listening, please give the people what they want: Release a variant of this set with mids and treble reduced to match the FR of the original T2, and you will finally have that worthy T2 successor that you've been chasing for so long.
I had originally purchased this product back in August, but I ran into QC issues so I had to exchange it. So the product itself is a 5 star, but because of the issue, I was going to dock 1 or even 2 stars for having QC issues at this price. However, their service was also excellent. Their service rep was highly responsive and responded to all my inquiries within a business day, and I had sent several. The exchange process took over a month, but that is understandable as I am from the US. So great product, great service.
I wanted to try a pair of cheap Planar IEM's and these have been excellent. There's detail in music I simply haven't been able to hear until now, paired it with a Fiio BTR3K and I've been enjoying crisp notes for weeks.
It's plain to see that Planar is the better technology and these buds have been doing a stellar job for the price.
Good IEM for neutral lovers
Impressed with how balanced the sound is bass mids and treble. Not one area of the sound spectrum overpowers all the music is presented equally as intended in the original recording. Incredible detail.
Per il prezzo pagato sono un ottimo prodotto - molto dinamiche e gradevoli nell'estetica
I know these are supposed to be great, but I just don't hear it. To me, they sound shallow and tinny. I've got IEMs for half the price that sound much better. Try the 7Hz Zero instead.