I’ve been doing a lot of listening with the Tin Hifi T2 and Hifiman RE2000 today. I’m mostly curious about how the $50 (or less depending on where you purchase them) T2’s stack up against the $800 RE2000 Silver. It’s not really a fair battle I guess, but they are the two earphones I own currently, and I wanted to see how it would go.
The T2’s, hilariously, smoke the Hifimans on build quality. They just feel more solid and well built. The cable isn’t the best with the T2’s, but it is nicer than the stock Hifiman cable for sure. It also looks nicer, for what it’s worth. The Hifiman just don’t feel as solid as the T2’s. The T2’s are also the more comfortable earphone. The RE2000 don’t lack in terms of comfort for my ears, but I know some people do find them problematic.
Sound wise, it is interesting what is going on. The T2’s feature a dual DD system, whilst the RE2000 relies on a single DD. I don’t consider the single DD a disadvantage, as a single DD done well, can be really good.
With the RE2000 silver, it is really good.
With all of that being said, the T2’s keep up really well considering the massive price difference. They are a bit more neutral sounding, and definitely lack the air and space that the RE2000 silver bring to the table. Listening to the RE2000 Silver, it is like a really thick veil has been lifted, and you are hearing more of the music.
The RE2000 Silver are a bit V shaped, but not overly so. There is something really smooth about their mids that just makes them an incredibly pleasing IEM to listen to. There is a bit of a peak in the treble, but I don’t find that the peak brings an overly sibilant, harsh, or strident sound to the table.
I prefer the T2’s with a bit of a bass boost, and I have been going back and forth in terms of bass boost with the RE2000 silver. I’m not sure which way I prefer them, but I definitely enjoy the T2’s more with a bit of a boost in the low end.
All in all, I still really like my T2’s. They are just a good IEM in my opinion. They aren’t the be all and end all of IEMs, and I have yet to hear the T3’s. The RE2000 is a considerable jump up in terms of sonic competency, but you would hope so given the massive price difference.
I should have a pair of T3’s here with me early next week, so I will report back with a T2 vs. T3 comparison, as well as a T3 vs. RE2000 comparison. I’m really looking forward to hearing them