TinHiFi has updated its classic T2 series of dynamic driver IEMs with the release of the brand new T2 DLC. Basically, they have upgraded the dynamic driver on the T2 DLC with a 4th-generation DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) Diaphragm.
TinHiFi has designed the ear shells of T2 DLC in a lightweight ergonomic design. The shape and weight of the shells make them comfy for wearing unless you have upper mid to big ears. For my ears, there was no problem with the tips I used. But I can feel the shell might be on the small side for some.
TinHiFi has used high-quality aviation-grade aluminum alloy material for the shells promising a solid structure with lightweight aesthetics.
The brand has included a Japanese CCAW Voice Coil and N54 Magnetic circuit to the driver cavity. With professional tuning adjustments, T2 2DLC promises a sound performance with rich clarity, lovely vocals, and crisp resolution even in busy tracks. We will find out if that statement is true in this review.
T2 2022 comes with a high-purity silver-plated OFC (Oxygen-Free Copper) cable. It’s a high-quality 5N braided cable. This cable has standard 2-pin 0.78mm connectors and a 3.5mm termination plug.
The bass frequencies have a quite simple delivery in the sound signature. The timbre provides the goods in terms of clarity and heft, making for a colorful tone that textures the frequencies with a considerable amount of detail. Bass guitars receive a special highlight, with a booming extension that is more focused so as to not cause muddiness. You can feel the instruments pulsate outward, but it is kept to a tight space that results in a more articulate bass range.
While I don’t believe there to be any recession from the mids, they do lack a bit of drive. This makes for a well-presented but a little too easy-going for my tastes. Although for a sixty-dollar IEM it still feels like the mids are doing more than they should. Listening to the rock jams seemed to set the right tone for the midrange to really flourish. Instrumentals were resolving and pleasantly detailed, offering clean acoustic and electric guitar tones. Vocals also have an intimate resonance to them, helped by a significant lift in the mid-bass that gives male performances more depth.
The treble region mostly takes the midrange approach to relaxed but not recessed. It’s actually pretty applicable how the high-end response never seems to dip into dullness, as the frequencies still come off with a balanced tone. They’re mainly flat, in a way that presents evenness across the sound signature. They receive even less gain than the mids, but still, provide good accentuation in some areas.
It would be a little ridiculous to expect anything substantial from the soundstage of a sixty-dollar IEM. That’s why the T2 DLC is so reliable as a budget IEM. Its ability to deliver a stereo field that is wide, layered and dimensional appears completely uncompromised. A little uncomplicated, but it doesn’t need to be in order to give you a spacious image. Instrumentals showcase a fine level of positioning in the left and right channels, displaying linear patterns of accuracy that are still enjoyable. In terms of depth and height, the imaging doesn’t exactly deliver, but it retains a clear presentation of its elements that are easy to localize.
You really can’t go wrong with a bargain IEM like the T2 DLC. For only $60 it gives you a clear and consistent sound profile that is so easy to just sit back and enjoy. Some detail may be missing in a few regions, but its response is more than what you pay for. If you’re looking for an IEM on a stricter budget, I think the T2 DLC is one of the safest choices to bet on depending on your sound taste of course.