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TIN Audio T2 HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
6.3
Mixed Usage
6.6
Critical Listening
6.4
Commute/Travel
7.1
Sports/Fitness
6.1
Office
5.8
TV
5.4
Gaming
Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : No
Transducer : Dynamic

The Tin Audio T2 are decent critical listening in-ear headphones. They have a good audio reproduction for in-ears and have a solid build. They are fairly comfortable thanks to the multiple tip options, including memory foam tips, to help you find the best fit. They also have a nice braided and detachable cable which make them more durable than most in-ears. Unfortunately, they do not have an in-line remote and microphone, but their wired connection offers no latency, and they are portable and easy to keep on you to enjoy their sound quality anywhere.

Test Results
Design 7.0
Sound 6.4
Isolation 8.2
Microphone 0
Active Features 0
Connectivity 4.8
Pros
  • Good audio reproduction.
  • Braided and detachable cable.
  • Minimal leakage.
Cons
  • In-ear fit might not be for everyone.
  • No in-line remote and microphone.
  1. Update 3/28/2019: We've updated the Sound and Bass section of the review to better reflect a typical use case for an average user.

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7.0

Design

The Tin Audio T2 are well-designed in-ear headphones with great build quality thanks to metal earbuds and a braided and detachable cable. They are fairly comfortable in-ears, especially with the memory foam tips that some may prefer, and are very portable. Unfortunately, they do not have an in-line remote for on-the-fly controls and don’t come with a pouch or case. On the upside, you can also hook the cable around your ear for additional stability for exercising, and their cable can be replaced if damaged, but no additional cable is provided in the box. 

Style

The Tin T2 are great looking headphones that have a high-end and premium feel. The metal earbuds look durable and they have a nice white braided cable. They are in-ears, so they won’t really stand out too much like bulkier over-ears. They also come with bright blue foam tips that add a bit of color to the whole build but don’t have any color variants to fit your preferred style.

6.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.06 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0 lbs

These headphones are typical in-ears that enter the ear canal and aren’t the most comfortable in-ears we’ve reviewed so far. Also, the headphones' nozzles seem to be a bit larger than average and might be uncomfortable in smaller ears. On the upside, they come with lots of tip options, including great memory foam tips, which some may prefer. You can also check out the Shure SE215 or the KZ AS-10 if you like in-ear fit but want a more angled design that better fits within the notch of your ear.

0 Controls
Ease of use : N/A
Feedback : N/A
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : No
Microphone Control : N/A
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : N/A

These headphones do not have an in-line remote or a control scheme.

9.2 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 0.8 C

Like most in-ears, the Tin T2 are breathable headphones since they do not trap any heat under ear cups. This means you won’t sweat more than usual while wearing them and are a decent option for sports.

9.0 Portability
L : 2.0 "
W : 2.0 "
H : 1.0 "
Volume : 4 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

Like most in-ears, the T2 are very portable and can fold into a compact format that can easily fit in your pockets or a bag. They are easy to keep on you at all times, but unfortunately, they do not come with a case.

0 Case
Type : No case
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A

These headphones don’t come with a pouch or case.

8.0 Build Quality

The Tin Audio T2 are very well-built headphones. They have a premium feel thanks to the dense metal earbuds, and they shouldn’t get damaged if dropped accidentally. They also have a nice braided and detachable cable that can be replaced if damaged, making the T2 more durable headphones than typical wired in-ears.

7.5 Stability

These headphones are fairly stable, especially if you hook the cable around your ears, which adds more support. They should be stable enough for sports and running without popping out of your ears, but you might feel the cable bounce up and down as you work out. Also, since they are wired, the cable can get hooked on something and yank the headphones out of your ears.

Cable
Detachable : Yes
Length : 4.3 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRS

These headphones come with a nice braided and detachable 4.3-foot 1/8” TRS cable, which can easily be replaced by a compatible third-party MMCX cable if broken.

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6.4

Sound

Update: 03/28/2019: We re-tested the T2 with silicone tips instead of the foam ones, since most users reported that they weren’t perceiving the same amount of bass in our initial measurement. For more about this, check the discussion thread below. Another reason for the re-test was that we noticed the T3 measures like a T2 that has had its ports blocked. This means that the T2 with silicone tips have a little less bass than the T3 with their silicone tips. The rest of the frequency range measures the same. Overall, the T2 have a decently balanced audio reproduction that's punchy but is a little bass light. The slight overemphasis in the mid-range adds a bit of boominess to the sound. Their treble range is also a little inconsistent and slightly lacking in detail, but sounds a bit sharp on sibilants (S and T sounds). Overall, the T2 are a decent option for a variety of music genres.

Based on our old measurements: The Tin Audio T2 are decent sounding in-ear headphones. They have a well-balanced audio reproduction with a flat, consistent and powerful bass, an even and well-balanced mid-range and a good treble. However, the bass is slightly heavy, which some may prefer but vocals and instruments may sound a bit boomy and cluttered in the mid-range. Also, the treble range may lack detail and brightness, while some sibilants (S and T sounds) could sound too sharp and piercing on some tracks. Overall, the T2 are great for a variety of music genres and will suit even more critical listeners.

7.6 Bass
Std. Err.
:
2.95 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
58.23 Hz
Low-Bass
:
-3.69 dB
Mid-Bass
:
-0.18 dB
High-Bass
:
4.14 dB

Update: 03/28/2019: >We re-tested the T2 with silicone tips, instead of the foam ones, since most users reported that they weren’t perceiving the same amount of bass in our initial measurement, check the discussion thread below. Another reason for the re-test was that we noticed the T3 measures like a T2 that has its ports blocked. This means that the T2, with the silicon tips, have a little less bass than the T3 with their silicone tips. The rest of the frequency range measures the same.

Old Text: The bass performance is great. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, which is excellent for bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop. The whole range is flat and even, and the slight overemphasis should barely be noticeable. Low-bass and mid-bass are well-balanced indicating a good balance between thump and punch for the bass and kick instruments. The slight overemphasis in high-bass, however, will be noticeable as it will make the bass sound a bit boomy.

7.9 Mid
Std. Err.
:
2.82 dB
Low-Mid
:
4.35 dB
Mid-Mid
:
1.34 dB
High-Mid
:
0.75 dB

The T2's mid-range is great. The response is very even and flat throughout the range, which results in a well-balanced reproduction of vocals and lead instruments. However, low-mid is overemphasized by about 2dB, which adds a bit of thickness to the vocals and a bit of clutter to the overall mix.

7.4 Treble
Std. Err.
:
3.98 dB
Low-Treble
:
0.13 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-3.2 dB
High-Treble
:
-1.61 dB

The treble performance is good. The whole range is mostly under our target curve, but it is fairly even. Low-treble is 3dB under our curve, resulting in lack of brightness on vocals and lead instruments, while the peak at 10KHz will make sibilances (S and T sounds) sharp and piercing, but this may not sound the same for everyone.

6.9 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.63 dB

The frequency response consistency is excellent. If the user can achieve a proper fit and an air-tight seal using the assortment of tips that come with the headphones, then they should be able to get consistent bass and treble delivery every time they use the headphones. It should also be noted that we have measured these headphones with the foam tips, for better seal and bass performance. If you can't get a good seal with the silicone tips, you may experience a loss in lower frequencies.

8.5 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.16
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.8
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
2.27
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
3.48

The stereo imaging is excellent. Their weighted group delay is at 0.1, which is very low. The group delay graph also shows that the entire response is well below the audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Also, the L/R drivers of our test unit were well-matched in frequency, amplitude, and phase response. This is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video games effects) in the stereo image.

1.0 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
:
N/A
Openness
:
2.7
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
0.1
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB

The soundstage is poor. This is because creating an out-of-head and speaker-like soundstage is largely dependent on activating the resonances of the pinna (outer ear). The design of in-ears and earbuds is in such a way that fully bypasses the pinna and doesn't interact with it. Also, because these headphones have a closed-back enclosure, their soundstage won't be perceived to be as open as that of open-back earbuds like the Apple AirPods, Google Pixel Buds, or the Bose SoundSport Free.

7.4 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
1.152
Weighted THD @ 100
:
3.892

The Tin Audio T2 have a good harmonic distortion performance. In the bass range, they show very little THD, even under heavy loads. However, the peaks in THD at 1.2KHz and 4.3KHz may add a bit of harshness and impurity to the sound of those frequencies.

8.2

Isolation

The Tin Audio T2 have a good isolation performance thanks to their in-ear design. They don’t have an active noise canceling feature, but they still passively block an above-average amount of ambient noise. They also barely leak, even at higher volumes, so you can easily mask more ambient noise by raising your listening volume without distracting people around you. It should be noted that the isolation tests were done with the silicone tips and their performance with the memory foam tips would most likely be better. 

7.3 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-21.16 dB
Bass
:
-2.84 dB
Mid
:
-17.62 dB
Treble
:
-44.29 dB
Self-Noise
:
0 dB

The isolation performance of the Tin T2 is above-average. They won’t be ideal for commuting since, in the bass range, where the rumble of airplane and bus engines sit, they achieved 2dB of isolation, which is negligible. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they reduce outside noise by more than 17dB, which is good. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds, they isolate by more than 44dB, which is great. Overall, their noise isolation performance is above-average but would be better with the memory foam tips. See our recommendations for the best noise cancelling earbuds.

9.9 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
21.69 dB

The leakage performance is excellent. The overall level of the leakage is very low. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage averages at about 22dB SPL, and peaks at 33dB SPL, which is way below the noise floor of most offices.

0

Microphone

Integrated
:
N/A
In-line
:
N/A
Boom
:
N/A
Detachable Boom
:
N/A

These headphones do not have a microphone, but since their cable is detachable, you could find a third-party MMCX cable with an in-line remote and microphone.

0 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
N/A
LFE
:
N/A
FR Std. Dev.
:
N/A
HFE
:
N/A
Weighted THD
:
N/A
Gain
:
N/A

These headphones do not have a microphone.

0 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise : N/A
Speech + Subway Noise : N/A
SpNR
:
N/A

These headphones do not have a microphone.

0

Active Features

The Tin Audio T2 are passive headphones that do not require a battery and are not compatible with an app to enhance your listening experience.

N/A Battery
Battery Type
:
N/A
Battery Life
:
N/A
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
N/A
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
N/A

They do not have a battery.

0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

They don’t have a companion app to customize the sound to your liking.

4.8

Connectivity

The Tin Audio T2 are straightforward wired headphones. They don’t have a microphone so only audio will be supported on consoles and PCs. Also, since they are wired, your range will be limited by their cable’s length, but on the upside, you won’t have to deal with latency issues.

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A

These headphones don't have Bluetooth connectivity.

7.2 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio Only
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio Only
PC Compatible
:
Audio Only

The headphones have a 1/8” TRS connection and only provide audio when connected to consoles and PCs since they do not have a microphone.

0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A

These wireless in-ears do not have a dock. If you want a headphone that's versatile and has a dock, try the Astro A50.

0 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A

They are wired headphones and are limited by their 4.3-foot cable.

10 Latency
Default Latency
:
0 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

Thanks to their wired connection, the T2 don’t have any latency issues, which is suitable for watching video content and gaming.

In the box

  • Tin Audio T2 headphones
  • 7x ear tip options (including 1x memory foam tips)
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

The Tin Audio T2 are good wired in-ear headphones that are versatile for different types of usage. They have good audio reproduction for in-ears. They also have a great build quality with metal buds and a nice braided, detachable cable which makes them more durable. They are fairly straightforward wired in-ears since they do not have an in-line remote and microphone, but you can use a third-party cable with one since their cable is detachable. See our recommendations for the best budget earbuds, the best earbuds under $50, and the best wireless earbuds under $50.

TIN Audio T3
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The TIN Audio T3 and TIN Audio T2 models are very similar with slight differences. The T3’s cable is noticeably thicker and it encourages an ear-hook fit, while the T2’s is thinner and can be worn normally, hanging down from your ears. Also, the T3 get noticeably more bass if you don’t block the ports on the T2. Additionally, they isolate a bit more ambient noise than the T2. On the other hand, the T2 are less sibilant in high treble, but that’s about it. Overall, the two models are very similar.

KZ ZS10
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The KZ ZS-10 and TIN Audio T2 are two fairly similar headphones, but the T2 might be better by a very slight margin. They score similarly in sound quality, but the TIN Audio have a slightly more balanced and even response, especially in the bass range. They also have better isolation performance. Also, the metal buds might be more durable than the transparent plastic cases of the KZs. On the other hand, if you’re looking for headphones that stand out, go with the KZs. They are slightly more comfortable, but this may vary from user to user. The KZs also have a model variant with an in-line remote and microphone.

Shure SE215
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

If sound quality is your only or most important factor, the TIN Audio T2 are better headphones, but otherwise, the Shure SE215 are more comfortable, come with a nice case, are more stable, and isolate a lot more noise than the TIN Audio. They also have a detachable cable like the T2, and you can find third-party cables with an in-line remote and mic too. However, they are more expensive than the TIN Audios.

1More Triple Driver
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The 1More Triple Driver In-Ear are more versatile headphones thanks to their in-line remote and microphone, but if you don’t mind that the TIN Audio T2 are missing it, the TIN are better-built headphones. They isolate more ambient noise and leak less. Both have similar sound signatures, but the T2 have a less recessed mid-range. On the other hand, the 1More Triple come with a nice hard case that doesn’t add too much bulk.

BGVP DM6
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The TIN Audio T2 are better critical listening in-ears than the BGVP DM6. Their audio reproduction is very flat and is suitable for a wide variety of music genres. They are also as well-built as the DM6 and might be a bit more comfortable for some as their bud design is smaller. On the other hand, the DM6 isolate more noise and are a slightly better option for commuting and their design is more stable once in the ear.

JBL Endurance Sprint Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The JBL Endurance Sprint are better headphones than the TIN Audio T2. They have better sound quality and they are wireless, meaning they offer more freedom to move around and are best suited for sports. However, they have a touch-sensitive control scheme, which is nice at this price range, but it is very hard to use and registered unwanted commands often. They will also have latency which the T2 don’t have. On the other hand, the T2 are better-built headphones and feel more durable, thanks to their metal buds and detachable cable.

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Conclusion

6.3 Mixed Usage

Average for mixed usage. The Tin T2 have great and well-balanced audio reproduction that critical listeners should enjoy and are comfortable for long listening sessions thanks to a variety of tip options. They isolate a decent amount of background noise and barely leak which makes them a decent choice for commuting. They can also be used for sports activities as they are stable and breathable. Their wired connection gets rid of all latency issues, which is good for TV and gaming, but they don’t have a microphone, and their short cable doesn’t offer you enough range for those usages.

6.6 Critical Listening

Above-average for critical listening. The in-ear design might not be ideal to most critical listeners, but if you want to enjoy great audio reproduction on-the-go, the T2 have a powerful bass, well-balanced mid range, and a good treble. However, the bass is slightly overemphasized, low-mid might sound a bit cluttered, and the treble is a bit lacking. Overall, they have a decent sound quality, but the in-ear design won’t have a great speaker-like soundstage.

6.4 Commute/Travel

Okay for commuting. Their in-ear fit isolates a good amount of ambient noise, and since they barely leak, you’ll be able to mask even more noise by raising your listening volume. Your isolation performance will depend on the type and the size of the tips you use. Unfortunately, the in-ear fit might not be comfortable enough for long flights but should be fine for bus and subway rides.

7.1 Sports/Fitness

Decent for sports. They are decently stable in-ears for physical activity, and their in-ear design makes them very portable. You can easily fit them inside pockets or a gym bag. However, since they are wired headphones, you’ll have to worry about their cable being in the way and getting hooked on something.

6.1 Office

Average for office. They isolate a decent amount of ambient chatter, but they won’t be comfortable enough to wear for a full work day. On the upside, you won’t have to worry about battery life, and since they barely leak, you’ll be able to listen to music at high volumes without disturbing colleagues around you.

5.8 TV

Mediocre for watching TV. They don’t have latency issues thanks to their wired connection, but their short cable won’t be suitable for watching form your couch unless you get an audio cable extension.

5.4 Gaming

Sub-par for gaming. They have decent sound quality and no latency, but if you’re looking to play online, they do not have a microphone and might not be the ideal choice. They also won’t be as customizable as other gaming headsets we’ve reviewed so far.

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