TIN Audio T3 Headphones Review

Reviewed Mar 28, 2019 at 11:13 am
TIN Audio T3 Picture
Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
6.4
Mixed Usage
6.8
Neutral Sound
6.8
Commute/Travel
6.7
Sports/Fitness
6.6
Office
4.2
Wireless Gaming
6.0
Wired Gaming
2.5
Phone Call
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic No
Transducer Dynamic

The TIN HiFi Audio T3 are decent critical listening in-ears that have a great build quality with a detachable and replaceable cable. This model resembles the previous TIN Audio T2 headphones, and they perform quite similarly, but with noticeably more bass. They are also made to be worn with an ear-hook design. They can be decently comfortable if you can find the right tip option for you and come with foam tips as well. They isolate better than the T2s, which makes them slightly more versatile for commuting and at the office. Unfortunately, they don’t have any control scheme as they lack an in-line remote, but their wired connection is great for watching video content without any latency issues.

Our Verdict

6.4 Mixed Usage

Okay for mixed usage. Their audio reproduction is slightly hyped in the bass range and they are very sibilant around 10kHz. On the upside, they have great isolation performance and will be a better option for commuting and the office than the previous TIN Audio T2. Unfortunately, they aren’t the most comfortable in-ears to wear for long periods of time, but will be fine for working out thanks to their stable ear-hooks and breathable design. They won’t be great for watching TV, as you won’t have the range to watch from your couch, and they don’t have a microphone for online gaming.

6.8 Neutral Sound

Decent for neutral listening. They have an extended, powerful, and consistent bass, with a well-balanced mid-range, but with an overly sharp treble on S and Ts (sibilant). Also, their bass is slightly thumpy, which some may like, and a bit boomy. The mid-range is also a bit overemphasized, which brings a bit of thickness and clutter to vocals. When compared to the T2 model, the T3 have noticeably more bass with silicone tips.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
6.8 Commute/Travel

Okay for commuting and traveling. While they have good noise isolation and block a decent amount of low-frequency noises like engine rumbles, the T3 aren’t very comfortable and won’t be great to wear for long periods of time. Also, they don’t offer the freedom of wireless headphones, but if you don’t mind that or if you want to watch video content on your phone without any latency, they will be a good option for this use case.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
6.7 Sports/Fitness

Decent for sports. These headphones are very stable due to their ear-hook cable design and their buds are small enough to be very breathable and portable. However, they don’t have an in-line remote with control options for when you’re working out. You might also not like having a cable in your way during physical activity.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
6.6 Office

Ordinary for the office. These wired headphones aren’t as convenient as a wireless pair of headphones, but on the upside, you won’t have to manage battery life. They have very good isolation against ambient chatter and A/C system noises, which is nice. Unfortunately, they aren’t the most comfortable in-ears, so you might feel soreness quickly and won’t be able to wear them during your whole shift.

See our Office recommendations
4.2 Wireless Gaming

Sub-par for gaming. They don’t have the longest cable and they don’t have a microphone for online games. On the upside, they can be a good option if you’re not looking for customization options and only want to play offline single player games.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
6.0 Wired Gaming
2.5 Phone Call
  • 6.4 Mixed Usage
  • 6.8 Neutral Sound
  • 6.8 Commute/Travel
  • 6.7 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.6 Office
  • 4.2 Wireless Gaming
  • 6.0 Wired Gaming
  • 2.5 Phone Call
Pros
  • Durable build with detachable cables.
  • Great isolation performance.
  • Minimal leakage.
Cons
  • In-ear fit might not be for everyone.
  • No in-line remote and microphone.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The T3 are very similar to the T2 model in style, but don’t come with flashy blue foam tips that add color to the design. However, the overall feel is the same with nice looking metal earbuds that have a high-end design. The braided cable is transparent with gold accents, which gives a nice premium finish to the headphones.

6.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.07 lbs
Clamping Force
0.0 lbs

The TIN Audio T3 aren’t the most comfortable in-ears we’ve reviewed so far. You can wear these headphones with the cable hanging down or hanging over your ears. However, they have a different fit than the previous T2 model. They come with a good variety of tip options, including foam tips, which most people seem to find more comfortable. Unfortunately, the nozzle of the headphones is still larger than average, and some may feel it as they enter your ear canal.

0
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use N/A
Feedback N/A
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control No
Microphone Control N/A
Channel Mixing
N/A
Noise Cancelling 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
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 C

Like most in-ears, the TIN Audio T3 don’t trap much heat inside the ear, which means you shouldn’t notice a big difference in temperature when wearing them for a while. This makes them suitable for sports, as you won’t sweat more than usual.

8.2
Design
Portability
L 2.6 "
W 2.3 "
H 1.6 "
Volume 9.6 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required N/A

Like most in-ears, the T3 are very portable and easily fit inside pockets or a bag. They are easy to carry around, 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 case to protect them when you’re on the move.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

Like the T2s, the T3s are very well-built headphones. They look and feel premium thanks to their metal buds which shouldn’t get damaged if accidentally dropped. Also, their cable is braided and detachable, making it easy to replace it if it gets damaged. It is also a bit thicker than the T2's cable, giving it a sturdier feel. They have a high-end build and the replaceable parts make them even more durable.

8.0
Design
Stability

These headphones are very stable, especially since the main difference in design between the T2 and T3 is that the orientation of the T3 buds indicates you should be wearing them with an ear-hook design. There is also a coating around the cable near the earbuds, which encourages the ear-hook fit. They shouldn’t pop out of your ears during physical activity, but you might find their cable to be in your way sometimes. Also, since the cable isn’t easily detachable, the headphones can still be yanked out of your ears if it gets stuck on something.

Design
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In The Box

  • TIN Audio T3 headphones
  • 6 silicone tip options
  • 2 foam tip options
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
2.74 db
Treble Amount
-2.61 db
8.9
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.23 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.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.2
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.54 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
3.37 dB
Mid-Bass
1.88 dB
High-Bass
3.2 dB

The bass performance of the TIN Audio T3 is great. LFE (low-frequency extension) is down to 10Hz, which is great. The response throughout the range is flat and even, but it is slightly hyped and overdone. The 3dB overemphasis in low-bass will make it slightly more thumpy, which some people may prefer. Mid-bass, responsible for the body of bass guitar and kick instruments, is well-balanced, but high-bass is hyped by more than 3dB, which will add a bit of boominess to the bass.

8.7
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.71 dB
Low-Mid
1.86 dB
Mid-Mid
-1.61 dB
High-Mid
-0.73 dB

The T3'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 is the continuation of the overemphasis in high-bass. This adds a bit of thickness to the vocals and a bit of clutter to the overall mix.

6.4
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.79 dB
Low-Treble
-2.29 dB
Mid-Treble
0.96 dB
High-Treble
-8.05 dB

The treble performance of the T3s is okay. The response before the 8kHz region is flat and even but gets overly sharp and piercing (sibilant) around 10kHz. This will be most noticeable on vocals, lead instruments, and especially cymbals.

6.2
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.78 db
Dips
1.48 db
8.9
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.12
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.37
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.17
Weighted Phase Mismatch
7.95

The stereo imaging is excellent. Their weighted group delay is at 0.12, 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. However, these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.

0.4
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.2
Acoustic Space Excitation
0

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.

8.0
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.238
WHD @ 100
0.089
Isolation
7.8
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-26.9 dB
Bass
-8.42 dB
Mid
-22.28 dB
Treble
-51.13 dB

The isolation performance of the T3 is great. They surprisingly performed much better than the similar T2, especially against bass noises. In the bass range, where the rumble of airplanes and bus engines sit, they achieved more than 8dB of isolation, which is okay. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they reduce outside noise by more than 22dB, which is very good. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds and air conditioning noise, they isolate by more than 51dB, which is remarkable.

Note: We tested the headphones with the foam tips.

10
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
21.23 dB

The leakage performance is excellent. They basically do not leak, so there's no need to worry about disturbing people around with your music, even if you listen at very loud volumes. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 21dB SPL and peaks at 25dB SPL, which is roughly as loud as a whisper and way below the noise floor of an average office.

Note: We tested the headphones with the foam tips.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
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
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 do not have a microphone.

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

These headphones do not have a microphone.

Active Features
N/A
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
N/A
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power Saving Feature
N/A
Audio While Charging
N/A
Passive Playback
N/A
Charging Port N/A

They do not have a battery.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name N/A
iOS N/A
Android N/A
macOS 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.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
N/A
NFC Pairing
N/A
Line of Sight Range
N/A
Default Latency
N/A
aptX Latency
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
N/A

The TIN Audio T3 are wired headphones and aren’t Bluetooth compatible.

Since they have a wired connection, these headphones practically don’t have any latency and will be suitable for gaming and watching video content without any delay.

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
Wired Latency
0 ms

The headphones have a 1/8” TRS connection and only provide audio when connected to different platforms since they do not 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 Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
N/A
USB Input
N/A
Line In
N/A
Line Out
N/A
Optical Input
N/A
RCA Input
N/A
Dock Charging
N/A
Power Supply
N/A

These headphones don’t have a dock or a base. For gaming headsets with one, you can look at the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless for a dock with customization options, or look at the Astro A50 if you want a charging dock. However, they won’t be as portable as the T3.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The TIN HiFi Audio T3 are decent critical listening headphones that are fairly versatile and stand out due to their great and durable build. However, their audio reproduction isn’t the best and they can be somewhat awkward to fit inside some ears. We suggest looking at our recommendations for best sounding wireless earbuds, the best wireless earbuds under $50, and best earbuds and in-ears.

TIN Audio T2
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.

1More Triple Driver
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The 1More Triple Driver In-Ear have a better sound than the TIN Audio T3, and are also more convenient as they have an in-line remote with controls and a microphone. Their audio quality is decent and neutral. On the other hand, the T3 are better-built headphones and feel more durable than the 1More. They also isolate more ambient noise and will be better suited for commuting.

KZ ZS10
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The KZ ZS-10 are better critical listening headphones than the TIN Audio T3. Their audio reproduction is more accurate, and you’ll be able to wear these headphones for a longer period of time due to their fairly comfortable design. On the other hand, if you want to listen to music during your commute, the T3s isolate more ambient noise, so they might be the better option for traveling.

Sennheiser IE 40 PRO
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

If you like bass-heavy music, the TIN Audio T3 will be a better choice than the Sennheiser IE 40 PRO. Their sound profiles are fairly similar, but the low-bass of the T3 is more accurate and doesn’t lack thump like the IE 40 PROs. The TIN Audio T3 are also better-built and feel more durable. Their bud design creates a better air-tight seal and will isolate against ambient noise very well.

BGVP DM6
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The TIN Audio T3 might be a slightly better option than the BGVP DM6 for people who prefer an exciting sound. The DM6 has bass roll-off, while the T3’s bass is slightly overemphasized. Both headphones perform similarly in pretty much every category. The DM6 are very comfortable if you can find a good fit, which is difficult for some. They also have a unique style and come in multiple colors, but they are slightly more expensive.

Beats urBeats3 Earphones
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Beats urBeats3 are better wired in-ears than the TIN Audio T3. They don’t sound as sharp as the T3, and they have an in-line remote with controls and a microphone, which the T3 is lacking. The stability fins of the urBeats3 could be helpful for a more secure fit inside the ear for sports activities. On the other hand, the TIN Audio headphones are better-built and their detachable cable is a nice feature since it's easy to replace if broken.

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