In the recent years, the chi-fi audio companies have developed themselves in leaps and bounds and a recently announce TP10 IEMs is a product of one such company by the name of Tripowin Audio. The TP10 is their latest offering in their budget IEM line-up, costing right around $69 for a 5 BA (Balanced armature) Driver pair of IEMs.
I’ve had the Tripowin TP10 for about 2 and a half weeks now and have listened to them for a total time of at least 50 hours and have burned them continuously for 40 hours before that. I’ve used them mostly daily during this time period to listen to all genres of songs (rock, EDM, pop, movie soundtracks, Western classics, etc.).
Don’t want to read the full review? Here’s your TL;DR :
The Tripowin TP10 is an excellent pair of IEMs that provides an overall clean and lean presentation of a soundtrack but lacks quite a bit in the bass department. But if you are looking for something mid-centric in a budget, you should take a look at these.
But wait! Before you dive into the review, I have a quick disclaimer for you: I have received the TP10 from Tripowin Audio Store themselves for reviewing purposes. I have received the IEMs for free as a review unit and I won’t have to return it but this doesn’t mean that I have been incentivised or pressurized by Tripowin Audio to write this review for them. All the words used in this review are my own and this review is written in the most unbiased way that I could have done.
Now, on to the unboxing of this IEMs.
Priced at just $69 (you can get them even cheaper at the Tripowin Store), these IEMs are placed very competitively in the budget category for penta-driver setup. The unboxing experience is very minimalistic with these IEMs and is extremely similar to that of the KZ ZS10 Pro. The IEMs comes inside a simple white cardboard box unlike some other IEMs out there at the same price but it helps to keep the overall cost of the IEMs down. Upon sliding out the outer packaging of the cardboard box, you will be greeted by the IEMs themselves which is protected by a plastic cover.
Once you pull out the IEMs from its resting place, you will be able to see the 4 included silicon tips and the detachable 2-pin cable with a mic and a single button (not your standard 0.78mm 2-pin cable, mind you but more on that later). You will find a quick instruction guide underneath all these accessories.
Anyways, to summarize, when you receive the Tripowin TP10 you’ll get:
So as far as unboxing goes, the packaging is exactly similar to the KZ ZS10 Pro and again, for the price that they are selling the IEMs at, I would really like a carrying pouch to be included with them so as to provide a slight bit of protection. But with what the IEMs are packing under the hood, I really can’t complain much.
The Tripowin TP10 has a pure BA setup inside them consisting of 5 Balanced Armature (BA) Drivers (1×22955 for the lows, 2×29689 drivers for the mids and 2×30095 drivers for the highs). Also, to make the IEMs a bit more coherent, they have used an electronic frequency divider and a 3-channel 3D printed sound guide. In fact, you can even see the sound guide yourself (check the image below).
At the price of $69, it has an overall good build quality and is very similar to that of the KZ ZS10 Pro. The faceplate of the IEM is made of stainless steel and the body is made of coloured plastic which is shaped in the structure of your ears for a more comfortable fit with the nozzle having a metallic cover so as to prevent ear wax from getting inside the IEMs. As the IEMs are mostly made of plastic, they feel very light on the ears. The design of the IEMs has a bit of a CIEM feel in them to be frank, which is a good thing in my opinion.
Now coming to the cable, Tripowin has used a 4 core OCC QDC (0.75mm recessed pin) cable which also has a mic built in with a single button to change the tracks and pause/play them with the TP10 and like most other IEMs, the cables are braided but the cable is overall on the thinner side. Due to this, I felt that the cable is much easier to get tangled when you keep it inside your bag or your pocket. Also, another thing to mention are the ear guides. The ear guides on this cable is really annoying just like the cable on the KZ ZS10 Pro. It is too stiff, due to which it never sits on your ears properly. So, I can’t say that it does a great job in keeping the cable behind your ears (as it is an over-the-ear worn pair of IEMs).
But overall, cable is perfectly fine for the price and the overall build quality of the IEMs is simply great to say the least.
Now this a place where your mileage may vary a lot. The TP10 uses an over-the-ear fit which is a rarity at this price to be frank as most of the IEMs are worn cable-down. My ear canals are small so I used the small tips included in the box. Now, the comfort that the TP10 provides to my ears is really good for the price. They are light at only 9g per IEM and they slightly protrude out of my ears but the protrusion is so slight that even when I am running, wind really doesn’t affect the overall sound quality.
The comfort (at least for me) is simply phenomenal with these IEMs.
As far as fit goes, for the price of $69, I think this has the best fit under $200 and I really am not exaggerating. It is only seconded by the Symphonium Audio IEMs. Its insertion is really deep in my ear canal and provides a very solid and tight fit which is simply unrivalled at this price. So, the fit is simply excellent in these IEMs and there is honestly nothing to complain about in here.
Now coming to noise isolation, since the fit and insertion was simply excellent with these IEMs (at least for me), basically most of the ambient noise was cut out by at least 15-18dB. Vocals were not audible at all and the horns of the vehicles and the rumbling of my bus was only audible when I paused my music (I usually test noise isolation inside public transportation as it gives a very nice idea of what to expect). So, expect these IEMs to really satisfy you if you are looking for really isolating pair of earphones on a budget. But enough about this, let’s start with the main factor which is the make-or-break property of any audio gear, i.e., its sound.
Now, on to the most subjective part of the review: sound quality. Also, I won’t be posting any graphs in this review (or any review for that matter), as I don’t believe in graphs as much as I believe in my ears!
This time, I’ll be listening to the earbuds via 3 sources:
I will also list the soundtracks that I’ve used for each section of my sound test. (Note: All my tracks are either 44 kHz / 24-bits – 192 kHz / 24-bit FLAC or DSD64/DSD128).
The IEMs have a bass reduced, mid-centric sound signature. Anyway, the bass in these IEMs are handled by its single 22955 BA driver. The bass response on these were, to be honest, one of the lightest that I have heard in any pair of IEMs that I have tried. The sub bass here lacks quite a bit of body but retains its characteristic pace and tightness that can only be provided by a BA driver. Also, the bass retains a bit more detail than the KZ ZS10 Pro.
The bass in these IEMs is really flat but is fast paced, tight and detailed which is characteristic of most BA IEMs.
Something which was not too unexpected was that there is no frequency mixing between the lows and mids and it sounds clean and detailed for the price. Bass guitars are well textured and sound natural in these IEMs as well. The mid bass is also tight and fast in the TP10 but it doesn’t have enough of a body to make it pop too much.
So overall, for a pair of IEMs targeted towards mainstream consumers and audiophiles on a budget at this price, I would say that the bass response is very clean, although quite a bit light on these IEMs which is suitable for audiophiles looking for a clean presentation to their tracks, but others especially bass lovers will simply detest these IEMs.
The mids here is forward in nature in these IEMs which is, to be honest, not that much of a surprise to me as it had such a light bass. The vocals sound quite natural and textured for the price. Male vocals have a nice warmth in them and is airy and female vocals sound energetic, detailed and forward here without sounding in the least bit tinny and sibilant. They are quite a bit more resolving than the KZ ZS10 Pro and sounds slightly airier of the two. Also the separation between the vocals and instruments was quite similar to that of the ZS10 Pro.
These IEMs produces the vocals in a much more airy and forward manner which was not unexpected after hearing its extremely light bass.
Drums also sounded quite clear and detailed in these IEMs. In tracks like “Back in Black” or “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC, the drums had impact and energy but lacked a bit of body. But the separation between them and the vocals was overall great for the price without any mixture of the different frequencies even in not so well-recorded tracks like “Paradise City” by Guns n’ Roses.
So, for its price, TP10 did an excellent job in the mids department for the price. Now, onto the treble.
Now, coming to the treble, I felt that the ZS10 has a neutralish treble as it has a flattish sound signature. Let’s start with those cymbals and hi-hats. They sound crisp, energetic and for the price, they have quite a bit of detail in them and the extension is also done nicely without sounding too harsh. Their rendition of guitar is also quite good. They sound clear, well textured and natural, although it did lack a slight bit of body which was present in the ZS10 Pro.
Now coming to pianos, their rendition sounds natural, clear and precise with much better detail rendition than the ZS10 Pro. In the track “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin, piano was rendered quite well by these IEMs for the price. It also sounded a bit more airier than the ZS10 Pro to be honest, which gives a feeling of depth.
So overall, I am really impressed with the treble that the ZS10 Pro has offered me considering it is only $69.
Now, there are 2 ways to accurately measure a IEMs’ soundstage and positioning. First, is to use well-recorded binaural tracks (see track list below for more info). The second method (which I personally prefer more) is gaming. I have used two games specifically for this purpose. One is the well-known CS:GO and the other is Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (the latter is a much more immersive experience).
Now, soundstage. The TP10 have an slightly better soundstage than the KZ ZS10 Pro. Its soundstage is wider than my Symphonium Audio Mirage but not as wide as my Symphonium Audio Aurora. It has a circular soundstage and frankly, the overall soundstage that the IEMs provided was quite good considering the price.
Now coming to its positioning, I felt that it is very similar to that of the Mirage. To test it out, I fired up CS:GO and I could easily pinpoint the source of the gunshot. Furthermore, in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, I could feel the voices whispering in my ears. Even in orchestral soundtracks like in Symphony No.5 by Beethoven, the overall layering and positioning of the instruments is ok for its price. So overall, although I was quite happy with the soundstage and positioning that the TP10 provides, with respect to its price, I would say that it gets the job done.
The separation of the instruments is really good in these IEMs for the price. Again, coming back to orchestral music, the separation between the different instruments in, say “Symphony No. 5 in C minor” by Beethoven, is honestly remarkable. You can easily distinguish between all of the instruments that are being played in the track. Also, the instrument layering was also much better in the TP10 than even the ZS10 Pro which I also lauded for its excellent separation. So overall, I was really happy with the separation of instruments it provides for the price.
You should be able to easily drive them out of a smartphone and you really don’t need a DAC/Amp or a DAP to fully utilize them. They have an impedance rating of only 15Ω and a sensitivity of 98 dB +/- 3dB. Also, I got a good volume from them in my Hiby R3 in Low Gain at about 60% volume so you shouldn’t be facing any difficulty at all while listening to them out of your smartphones directly.
To be honest, these IEMs are not for everyone. For the price of just $69 (you can get them for slightly cheaper from the time of writing due to a sale from the Amazon link below), you won’t be getting a better flat sounding pair of IEMs than this. Although it comes with the same amount of accessories as the KZ ZS10 Pro (which is, to be honest, not a lot), it is overall a comfortable pair of IEMs, can isolate you really well and the sound, although lacks quite a bit of bass, more than makes up for it in the other factors of sound and at $69 you cannot find a more flatter pair than them. So overall, I liked the Tripowin TP10 and I would say that these IEMs provide really good value for money and also would easily recommend it to people who are looking for a flat sounding pair of IEMs in under $100.