TIN Audio T2 Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Dec 19, 2018 at 10:45 am
TIN Audio T2 Picture
5.7
Mixed Usage
6.2
Neutral Sound
5.6
Commute/Travel
6.4
Sports/Fitness
5.7
Office
3.8
Wireless Gaming
5.8
Wired Gaming
2.3
Phone Calls
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're 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 don't have an in-line remote and microphone, but their wired connection offers no latency, and they're portable and easy to keep on you to enjoy their sound quality anywhere.

Our Verdict

5.7 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're 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 uses.

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.
6.2 Neutral Sound

Above-average for neutral listening. The in-ear design might not be ideal to most neutral 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.

5.6 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.

6.4 Sports/Fitness

Decent for sports. They're 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're wired headphones, you’ll have to worry about their cable being in the way and getting hooked on something.

5.7 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.

3.8 Wireless Gaming

These are wired headphones and aren't suitable for this use.

5.8 Wired Gaming

Sub-par for wired gaming. They have decent sound quality and no latency, but if you’re looking to play online, they don't 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.

2.3 Phone Calls

These headphones have no microphone and aren't suitable for phone calls.

  • 5.7 Mixed Usage
  • 6.2 Neutral Sound
  • 5.6 Commute/Travel
  • 6.4 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.7 Office
  • 3.8 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.8 Wired Gaming
  • 2.3 Phone Calls
  1. Update 2/19/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  3. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  4. 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.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
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're 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
Design
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
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
No Controls
Ease Of Use No Controls
Feedback No Controls
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control No
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls No

These headphones don't have an in-line remote or a control scheme.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 C

Like most in-ears, the TIN T2 are breathable headphones since they don't 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
Design
Portability
L 2.0 "
W 2.0 "
H 1.0 "
Volume 4 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

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

0
Design
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
Design
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 them more durable headphones than typical wired in-ears.

7.5
Design
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're wired, the cable can get hooked on something and yank the headphones out of your ears.

Design
Headshots 1
Design
Headshots 2
Design
Top
Design
In The Box

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

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-2.06 db
Treble Amount
-3.75 db
6.9
Sound
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.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.7
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.99 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
60.8 Hz
Low-Bass
-5.04 dB
Mid-Bass
-0.19 dB
High-Bass
3.11 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 silicone tips, have a little less bass than the T3 with their silicone tips. The rest of the frequency range measures the same.

8.3
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.24 dB
Low-Mid
2.95 dB
Mid-Mid
0.03 dB
High-Mid
-1.26 dB

The TIN 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.

6.0
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.27 dB
Low-Treble
-2.67 dB
Mid-Treble
-5.72 dB
High-Treble
-6.61 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.

8.0
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.16 db
Dips
1.26 db
8.5
Sound
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 game effects) in the stereo image.

0.7
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
3.1
Acoustic Space Excitation
0.1

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 2 Truly Wireless 2019, Google Pixel Buds 2017 Wireless, or the Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App
8.0
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.254
WHD @ 100
0.096
Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
No Firmware
Power
Passive
Connection
Wired
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
No Microphone
Isolation
6.9
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-21.16 dB
Bass
-2.84 dB
Mid
-17.62 dB
Treble
-44.29 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.

9.9
Isolation
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.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
0
Microphone
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 don't have a microphone. If you're looking for earbuds that have a microphone with great recording quality, consider the Google Pixel USB-C Earbuds, though you should be aware that they can only connect to devices with a USB-C port.

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

These headphones don't have a microphone.

Active Features
0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
No Battery
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Passive Headphone
Charging Port None

They don't have a battery.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

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

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
PC Latency (SBC)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
N/A
Android Latency
N/A

These headphones don't have Bluetooth connectivity.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 4.3 ft
Connection 1/8" TRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

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

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

These wireless in-ears don't have a dock. If you want a headphone that's versatile and has a dock, try the Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The TIN Audio T2 are good wired in-ear headphones that are versatile for different types of use. 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're fairly straightforward wired in-ears since they don't 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

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

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.

1More Triple Driver

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

Shure SE215

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. They also have a detachable cable like the TIN, and you can find third-party cables with an in-line remote and mic too. However, they are more expensive than the TIN.

JBL Endurance Sprint Wireless

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.

BGVP DM6

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. The TIN are also as well-built as the BGVP and might be a bit more comfortable for some as their bud design is smaller. On the other hand, the BGVP isolate more noise and are a slightly better option for commuting and their design is more stable once in the ear.

Google Pixel USB-C Earbuds

The TIN Audio T2 and Google Pixel Buds USB-C Earbuds have different advantages. The TIN are much better built, with metal buds and a detachable, replaceable 1/8" TRS audio cable. Their sound profile is also far better-balanced overall, and they isolate a greater amount of background noise. However, the Google headphones, unlike the TIN, have an in-line microphone remote that allows you to make calls as well as on-the-fly track and volume adjustments.

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