THIEAUDIO Hype 2 Review

THIEAUDIO Hype 2 review featured

In this ThieAudio Hype 2 review, I’m taking a look at a new IEM from Linsoul’s in-house brand. The Hype 2 features a 2DD+2BA configuration and 3D-printed resin shells. It’s priced at $299.

Disclaimer: This sample was provided by Linsoul for an honest review. All observations and opinions here are my own based on my experience with the product.

THIEAUDIO Hype 2 Review
Verdict
The THIEAUDIO Hype 2 is another high-quality IEM reaffirming the brand's commitment and tuning skills.
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Pros
Powerful, controlled bass
Rich, clear midrange
Smooth, detailed treble
Cons
Some listeners may find the treble too laid-back
Shells are fairly large
4.5
Our Score

THIEAUDIO Hype 2

Specifications

Drivers: Sonion E25 (x1) + Sonion 2300 (x1) + 10mm dynamic drivers (x2)
Sensitivity: 108dB/Vrms@1KHz 
Impedance: 25Ω@1KHz
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
Nozzle Diameter (Lip): 6mm
Nozzle Diameter (Stem): 5.4mm
PRICE: $299.00 USD

In the Box
  • THIEAUDIO Hype 2 IEMs
  • Detachable 2-pin SPC cable
  • 3x pairs of silicone eartips
  • 3x pairs of foam eartips
  • Zipper carrying case
  • Velcro cable strap
Hype 2 design

Design

The Hype 2 doesn’t just deliver audio; it delivers an experience. You’ll appreciate the smooth, glossy finish of the 3D-printed shells that exude a touch of artistry. The Zicao and Indigo colourways are not just options; they’re statements, each vying for attention in their own unique way.

But it’s not just about aesthetics. Those familiar 2-pin sockets make their appearance, ensuring a secure connection. And the aluminium nozzle, with its firm lip, cradles your chosen eartips like a safeguard. This is a build that whispers premium, a hallmark of THIEAUDIO’s commitment to quality.

Internally, the Hype 2 houses dual dynamic drivers in an isobaric dance with two Sonion balanced armature drivers. It’s a symphony of technology, orchestrated for discerning ears.

THIEAUDIO Hype 2 with cable and carrying case

In terms of comfort, despite the shells’ wide stance, slipping the Hype 2 into your ears feels like meeting an old friend. The passive noise isolation, though, is what truly steals the show, cocooning you in a bubble of uninterrupted music. These could easily double as your secret weapon on stage.

And let’s talk about the cable. The THIEAUDIO EST cable, with high-purity Silver and OCC Copper Litz, is a nice addition to the bundle. Yet, its thickness does lend it a touch of memory, a small price for such opulence.

Hype 2 shells

Sound

Gear used for testing includes the Moondrop Moonriver 2: TI, SMSL DO300EX and xDuoo XD05 BAL 2. Hype 2 is an efficient IEM and doesn’t have any special needs when it comes to power delivery. Feel free to run it straight from your smartphone or dongle DAC.

The THIEAUDIO Hype 2 features a warm balanced tuning that’s musical yet detailed and technically adept. It’s the kind of tuning that one can listen to all day without feeling fatigued thanks to its smooth highs and underlying warmth.

THIEAUDIO Hype 2 frequency response graph
Bass

THIEAUDIO’s Impact² isobaric subwoofer solution is the star of the show here and it fully delivers on its promise of creating assertive and textured bass. Those seeking neutrality and minimalist lows should seek alternatives because Hype 2, fitting its name, puts some fun and energy into its bass response.

The sub-bass digs deep and produces some resounding authoritative rumble. The mid-bass is present too and delivers bass notes with clean slams and penetrating impact. And while the bass is powerful, it’s not intrusive and leaves ample space for the midrange to come through.

Midrange

Hype 2’s midrange is a tasteful blend of musicality and articulation. The mids are close to neutral but there’s a subtle bass-driven warmth that provides them with a comforting foundation and organic touch.

The upper mids exhibit a gentle lift, bestowing vocals with a generous dose of presence and clarity. Electric guitars retain a satisfying edge without verging into harsh territory, striking a harmonious balance between bite and smoothness.

Treble

The treble showcases quintessential Sonion balanced armature characteristics, offering a shimmering and almost ethereal quality. Instead of a clinical precision, it leans towards a refined tonality and smoothness. The treble extension is notably impressive, allowing for an abundance of airiness without any hint of brittleness. This ensures a clear and expansive upper register that complements the overall sonic profile nicely.

Soundstage and Technicalities

The Hype 2 offers a soundstage characterized by a natural, rounded shape with dimensions that fall within the average range. This contributes to a balanced spatial presentation. The note density greatly enhances instrument separation, allowing each element to maintain its distinct presence within the sonic landscape.

In terms of imaging, the Hype 2 demonstrates an impressive ability to precisely position vocals and instruments. This precision allows for an immersive sense of depth and dimensionality.

The stage position of the Hype 2 is neutral, neither veering too intimately nor distancing itself excessively from the listener. This neutrality in positioning ensures that the listener can appreciate the spatial dynamics.

THIEAUDIO Hype 2 shell

Verdict

In summary, the THIEAUDIO Hype 2 IEM impresses with its warm balanced tuning, offering a musical yet detailed experience. Its bass performance, driven by THIEAUDIO’s Impact² isobaric subwoofer solution, delivers assertive and textured lows. The midrange strikes a harmonious balance between musicality and clarity.

The treble exhibits a refined and shimmering quality, contributing to an expansive upper register. The soundstage, while within average dimensions, maintains a natural and balanced presentation with strong imaging.

Competing strongly in its price range, the Hype 2 is a good option for anyone seeking a blend of musicality and technical finesse. Recommended.

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