Disclaimer: The Aromatic Zither (TFZ) T2 Galaxy despatched to us is a pattern in change for our trustworthy opinion. We thank the staff at TFZ for giving us this chance.
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TFZ is an organization based mostly in Shenzhen, China which entered the audio business in 2015. Whereas they could be a comparatively younger firm, they’ve been flooding the market with IEM fashions that primarily cater to the audio fanatics on a finances.
Since then, the corporate noticed the enlargement of its market from Asia to Europe and America with the discharge of budget-friendly IEMs which might be anchored on the varied iterations of the graphene driver know-how.
Whereas they’ve already delved into the balanced armature drivers via their Secret Backyard collection, they’ve targeted extra on the event of nice sound high quality out of the graphene-driver know-how. TFZ caught the general public hype once they launched their TFZ Collection. They then adopted it up with the discharge of the Unique collection, My Love II, Tequila, the Queen and the King collection.
I personally owned the TFZ Collection 2 and with a $45 price ticket, it’s hype was well-deserved because it captivated informal listeners and budding audiophiles alike. With just a bit mark up in its worth at $59 on the TFZ T2 Galaxy, it’d be fascinating to know if it has managed to journey the hype constructed by its predecessor.
The T2 Galaxy, as TFZ claims, is constructed round its Collection four mannequin with extra decision and extra emphasis on feminine vocal presentation. It’s additionally an improve to the T1 Galaxy because the T2 boasts extra physique and determination throughout the frequency vary.
For a sub-$60 IEM, you wouldn’t actually anticipate a lot from the packaging. The unboxing expertise is just about primary. You possibly can already see the IEM within the higher a part of its rectangular field whereas the remainder of the equipment are positioned inside a separate field under the IEM. There you’ll discover the cables, a set of wide-bore and slender bore ideas of various sizes (S, M, L) in addition to a white pleather pouch and a material clip. You’ll additionally get a leaflet offering the specs of the T2 Galaxy and another TFZ fashions.
The unit despatched to me was an all-black model however you could discover different colorways at tfzither.com. T2 Galaxy’s faceplate is made out of chrome steel carved by means of a CNC Machine. The faceplate is adorned with totally different logos on all sides. The shell, in the meantime, makes use of polycarbonate supplies. On the nozzles, they’ve put in metallic grills which might function earwax guard and maybe to dampen the sound a bit.
All of TFZ’ fashions have utilized the zero.78mm two-pin configuration and it’s principally the identical with the T2 Galaxy. The cable is a twisted four-core silver-plated oxygen-free copper (OFC) wrapped in plastic whereas the feminine connector is housed in plastic which protrudes from the floor of the shell. Microphonics just isn’t a problem on its cables as I’ve used it once I’m out and about and to date I haven’t heard any noise coming from the cables every time it rubs towards my shirt.
Maybe the draw back that I’ve with the TFZ’s connectors is it simply comes unfastened. I’ve had the Collection 2 earlier than and it’s two-pin turned unfastened proper after I attempted cable rolling. I haven’t tried some cable rolling on the T2 Galaxy however judging by how its different fashions have been infamous for having a unfastened connection on the two-pin and the way the T2 Galaxy’s feminine connectors are constructed equally to its predecessors, I assume I’ll should cross up on altering its inventory cable.
With a very good angle on its nozzle and a proper curve within the inside a part of the shell, the T2 Galaxy sits flush on my ears and in flip, offers good consolation and seal. The medium measurement large bore ideas that have been pre-installed on the IEM already offered respectable isolation and there was no want to regulate the location of the IEM sometimes each time I’m out and about.
As aforementioned, there are two set of ideas specifically the slender bore and the vast bore. Whereas I discover each to have the match and seal, there are variations within the sound because the slender bore added a bit punch and smoothened out the highs a bit whereas the large bore had added air up prime in addition to a wider stage.
Tonality & Presentation
The T2 Galaxy has a light V-Formed sound with extra emphasis in its bass and treble. Its highs, whereas having good extension, has a man-made timbre to it with the coloration operating apparent in its presence and brilliance areas.
It undoubtedly belts out that lingering dynamic driver bass but it doesn’t offer you that well-refined particulars from the BA drivers. The presentation on male vocals might sound a bit skinny and a bit recessed however it stays true to its pitch because it permits vocals and devices on greater octaves to shine. The uptick in its higher mids and treble, in the meantime, provides a perceived improve intimately retrieval making it simply one of many higher decisions in its worth vary.
General, the soundstage on the T2 Galaxy has respectable depth and peak. Width, nevertheless, might sound intimate because of the sudden dip within the decrease mids notably between 250 Hz to 800 Hz. Excessive pitched notes would supply a extra intimate presentation on the T2 Galaxy whereas low pitched devices and vocals would barely take a backseat.
Notes would even have comparatively good separation and correct placement whereas there can be an honest quantity of headroom because of the treble extension which lends some respectable quantity of air to the presentation.
The low-end of the T2 Galaxy places extra emphasis on the sub-bass which boasts good extension and texture. Pacing and decay, nevertheless, is sort of sluggish making the presentation muddy and missing coherency on some fast-paced tracks.
With the sub-bass bias on the T2 Galaxy, you get a cool but lean instrumental timbre as a result of a drastic drop within the higher bass proper round 150hz to 250hz. T2 Galaxy depends closely on its sub-bass extension so the sound wouldn’t be too skinny regardless of the mid-bass roll-off.
Pop, EDM, Hip-hop tracks are simply gratifying on the T2 Galaxy as its low-end influence places good emphasis on such sub-bass heavy genres. Basic, Rock, Metallic, Jazz would endure a bit of in physique and element because of the comparatively sluggish decay. Nevertheless, should you throw in a mid-paced monitor on the T2 Galaxy, instrumental timbre stays pure.
Decrease mids on the T2 Galaxy is somewhat laidback given the roll-off on the 250 to 500 Hz mark. Devices would include much less physique but the sub-bass extension lends some energy to the decrease mids retaining the timbre nonetheless pretty pure with out being overly skinny.
Midrange would then get a pointy spike at round 800 Hz which is sustained up till 1 kHz earlier than a slight drop heading to 2 kHz. Even with the spike, the T2 Galaxy doesn’t sound honky nor shouty. It nonetheless maintains an natural timbre, particularly on feminine vocals.
T2 Galaxy’s higher midrange, for its half, begins out clean at 2 kHz earlier than peaking at three kHz and subtly dropping at four kHz. Consequently, you’d get good readability and management making falsettos and high-pitched devices very pleasurable with out having to fret about any peaks or harshness. There’s additionally some truthful degree of assault on percussions in addition to some sufficient load of particulars.
Treble extension is the obvious enchancment of the T2 Galaxy over the T1 because the latter opts for a smoother prime finish. T2 Galaxy, then again, has an excellent quantity of sparkle with out being too harsh or brittle because it places extra emphasis on readability and upped decision.
There’s a tinge of metallic sound on some devices because of slightly increase between 5-6 kHz. The slight bump between 7-9 kHz provides out a tizzy sound to the cymbals too. Regardless of this, the upper treble lends some air to the general presentation serving to the T2 Galaxy keep away from from sounding too congested or claustrophobic.
Based mostly on its specs, the T2 is rated at 16 ohms and 110dB which is pretty correct. It will then be becoming to categorise the T2 Galaxy as medium effectivity IEM because you gained’t discover it essential to crank up the quantity for its dynamics to shine.
The T2 stays free from any noise even on sources with larger than regular noise flooring. With the HiBy R6, the T2 Galaxy stays silent in addition to with the RSA SR-71A. No noise was detected out of the Pioneer XDP-300R as properly.
For my private style, I’d slightly go for a meatier presentation over readability therefore, I used the slender tricks to smoothen the highs somewhat bit and add a tinge of physique within the mid-bass and the decrease mids. As for supply pairing, I additionally choose going for a barely heat supply on the T2 Galaxy so the HiBy R6 can be a very good pair up because it had an ample raise within the mid-bass which trickled right down to the decrease mids making the sound a bit thicker. The T2’s mids additionally obtained a much-needed raise out of the R6 whereas sustaining the flicker and air in its top-end.
Off from neutral-sounding sources, RSA SR-71A had extra physique, assault, and weight on the notes whereas it offered some added width and depth to the staging. On the Pioneer XDP-300R, the lows nonetheless had the lingering presence notably within the sub-bass area whereas the decrease mids is pushed again slightly bit. Highs, for its half, nonetheless had sufficient chew and air but the tizzy and metallic timbre was nonetheless there.
General, the T2 Galaxy would pair up greatest with heat sources or thicker sounding DAPs or amps.
Tin Audio T2 Professional
The Tin Audio T2 Professional sports activities twin dynamic drivers together with a 10mm woofer and 6mm tweeter. It’s rated at 16 ohms however I consider the impedance score isn’t correct as marketed since I needed to flip up the quantity a bit at 105 to 110 on my Pioneer XDP-300R in comparison with the T2 Galaxy which I usually play at round 90 or much less. The inventory cable is 1.25-meter 5N OFC silver-plated copper which can also be free from microphonics identical to the T2 Galaxy’s however in the long term, this will likely flip inexperienced from the oxidization identical to another SPC cables on the market.
At first, I assumed the T2 Professional was a bullet-type IEM that I might put on with the cables down resulting from its small shell. Apparently, it’s nonetheless an over-ear IEM and once I tried to place it in, it nonetheless just about looks like a bullet-type. I discover it to be extra snug than the T2 Galaxy however there’s a greater seal on the latter.
The T2 Professional might be thought-about a impartial to brilliant IEM given its spike within the higher mids which is sustained heading via the decrease treble. The lows on the T2 Professional is pretty linear but I discover the T2 Galaxy to have the higher influence and texture although the T2 Professional will get the sting on velocity over the latter. Mids on the T2 Professional is extra ahead however lacks slightly physique in comparison with the T2 Galaxy which went for a barely recessed decrease midrange. As for the highs, the T2 Professional has a greater extension than the T2 Galaxy but each IEMs nonetheless have an unnatural sound of their treble. Element retrieval on each IEMs are at par with one another however there’s slightly extra assault on the T2 Galaxy. Each IEMs have an intimate presentation however the T2 Professional will get extra width.
Ultimate Audio E2000
Housed contained in the aluminum bullet-type shell is a 6.4mm dynamic driver. Impedance is rated at 16 ohms with a sensitivity of 102 dB/mW which I discover correct although I had so as to add a number of clicks up on the quantity knob to get my most popular quantity. The non-detachable 1.2m OFC cable on the E2000 has a mic making it a superb addition if you wish to use it for making calls in your telephone.
The bullet-type type issue of the E2000 can simply be fitted in your ear however the added safety within the match can be an issue since it might simply be pulled out of your ear as properly. You possibly can put on it over-ear with the assistance of ear hooks however its match and luxury just isn’t actually my cup of tea. I might a lot favor sporting it with the cables down. Isolation just isn’t that good on the E2000 because it adopts an open again design. I nonetheless discover the T2 Galaxy to have the higher hand in consolation, match and isolation.
As for the sound, Ultimate Audio went for a light v-shape tuning on the E2000 with an emphasis on the mid-bass and the higher mids. In comparison with the T2 Galaxy, the E2000 has a smoother and extra pure v-shape sound. Whereas the T2 Galaxy has good rumble, the E2000 has extra emphasis in its punch. The latter additionally has a snappier low finish which provides a extra refined presentation. E2000 vents extra physique within the mids in comparison with the T2 Galaxy however the latter offers an airier and higher separation. Highs on the E2000, whereas missing the flicker and air if in comparison with the T2 Galaxy, has a extra natural timbre and lesser coloration. What’s shocking although is that the T2 Galaxy has a wider stage in comparison with the open again design of the E2000.
When you’re in search of a comparatively low cost every day beater that may fulfill your cravings for deep bass and sparkly highs when you’re on the go, T2 Galaxy must be proper up there in your prime decisions. Offering respectable seal, isolation, and luxury, you possibly can simply take pleasure in this IEM whenever you’re on a bus or practice experience because it permits you to muffle up the surface noise so you may take pleasure in your music. Strolling round with this IEM can be fulfilling too because the cable is free from microphonics.
Important listening and all-rounder, nevertheless, wouldn’t be one of the best use for this IEM for it’s fairly choosy with the tempo and pitch of the music. Sure, it belts out some good influence in its low finish but you’d end up craving for the velocity in its decay for a extra refined bass. Mids might have been higher if its decrease area had extra physique whereas highs want somewhat enchancment in its tuning because of a little bit of tizzy and metallic timbre.
It’s a superb factor although that the higher mids and decrease treble are fairly elevated with out making the vocal presentation neither nasal, shouty nor honky. The increase within the higher mids and decrease treble additionally provides you an honest quantity of element whereas its ethereal highs contribute to an satisfactory depth and peak within the stage in addition to a mean degree of layering and separation.
Though the T2 Galaxy gained’t actually give any mid-fi IEM a run for its cash, it’s a great begin for budding audiophiles who will not be but able to make a splurge. There’s a fairly variety of choices within the sub-$60 tier however the T2 Galaxy is among the higher decisions for its respectable construct and sound high quality.
- Driver: 12mm Double Magnetic Circuit Graphene Driver
- Impedance: 16 ohms
- Sensitivity: 110 db/mW
- Connectors: 2-pin zero.78mm removable connection
- Cable: 1.2m Silver-plated OFC on three.5mm termination
- Frequency Response: 5 Hz – 40 kHz
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