Tin Audio T2 vs Senfer DT6 – the best budget in-ears are…

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Just recently I got these Tin Audio T2 earphones and I was really impressed by them… I still am. Few people suggested that I should also try Senfer DT6. They told me it has such a good sound at such a cheap price that it is almost unbelievable. So here we are. I paid 18 bucks for those ordering them directly from China and to be perfectly honest, I didn’t expect anything special. Oh boy, was I wrong…

BUILD AND FIT

Both Tin Audio T2 and Senfer DT6 are built like a tank. And while T2s are completely made of aluminum, DT6 mix two materials. There’s an aluminum part too but the biggest, the black part of the body looks like some sort of ceramic or zircon. Whatever it is, it’s sure heavy and feels sturdy. The cable on DT6 is braided but its twist rate is looser than on T2 so it doesn’t tangle as much. T2’s cable, on the other hand, is a nightmare and it tangles all the time.

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Both models use high-quality materials.

First thing I did was to lose these gimmicky red eartips Senfer mounted on DT6. They just can’t fit in my ear firmly and the sound was rubbish. I switched to the normal black ones also provided in the box and it was fine. Now just before I go to the sound quality part – I must say that choosing the correct eartips is very important here. I can’t stress this enough. For example, DT6 with T2’s eartips will sound very bassy, T2 with DT6’s eartips will sound too thin and bright. When proper eartips are used, both stay in my ear securely and comfortably, providing decent environment isolation. 

SOUND

Tin Audio T2 can easily amaze you with the amount of details. They produce clean, crisp and energetic sound. Their frequency response is fairly well balanced with a slight emphasis on higher midrange or lower high region. That never gets too tiring or makes the sound too bright in my opinion, but some may disagree. I appreciate their agile and textured bassline but bass-heads might crave more fat. 

Senfer DT6 offers a bit more meat on the bones. They owe it to the slightly fuller upper bass region that warms the sound signature a little bit. Still, bassline is in line with other frequency regions and never feels out of place.  Their overall frequency response is yet again quite balanced and I wouldn’t call them bassy nor too bright. But talking about nuances, the upper midrange is not that pronounced as it is on T2. With DT6 you get a bit more fluidity but just a bit less crispiness.

Everything else, from soundstage to instrument separation is really great on both of these. For me is quite impossible to choose the better ones only by the sound quality. Both are really great and punching sonically well above their asking price. That’s especially true for DT6 which are so unreasonably cheap – it’s crazy.  

CONCLUSION

Just 10 years ago, you would have to pay serious cash to get anywhere near this kind of sound quality. For $30 at that time you would get entry-level Denons, Sennhesiers or Beyerdynamics. They would be plastic, sounding so muddy and much less resolving compared to these two – that I just can’t begin to explain.

So if you’re on the hunt for a set of good budget in-ears that are not V-shaped, sound great and are built like a tank – look no more. Either of these is stunning and you can’t go wrong with either of them. 

TIN AUDIO T2 – CHARACTERISTICS
Driver: Dynamic 10mm woofer, 6mm tweeter
Impedance: 16 ohms
Frequency response: 12 Hz–40 kHz
Interface: MMCX
Cable: 1.2 m / 3.9 ft – 5N oxygen-free-copper silver-plated wire
SENFER DT6 – CHARACTERISTICS
Driver: BA (Balanced Armature) +DD (Dynamic Driver)
Impedance: 32 ohms
Frequency response: 5 Hz–40 kHz
Interface: MMCX
Cable: 1.2 m / 3.9 ft

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