The Tin Hifi Tin Buds 3 TWS earphones feature 6mm beryllium-plated dynamic drivers and gorgeous hand-painted acrylic shells. They’re priced at $89.
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.
Tin Hifi Tin Buds 3
- Charging case battery: 400mAh
- Earbud Playtime: 6.5 hours
- Bluetooth version: V5.2
- Driver: 6mm beryllium-plated diaphragm driver
- Price: $89
What’s in the Box?
- Tin Buds 3 TWS earphones
- USB-C charging cable
- 4x pairs of silicone eartips
- User manual
First of all, I’ll say that these things get loud. They’re louder than your average TWS earphones so if you’ve been searching for something with a loud maximum volume then these fit the bill.
The bass is punchy and tight. There’s no flabbiness and it’s not boomy or bloated. Bass guitars have a nice texture and kick drums are delivered with ample impact.
The midrange has good clarity and articulation. The level of detail is quite high too, which is mostly a result of the treble tuning (more on that below). Midrange tones are reasonably accurate and there’s no muddiness whatsoever.
Then there’s the treble which will most likely be the determining factor on whether or not people like the Tin Buds 3. The treble has a forward presentation and makes the overall tonality quite bright.
At higher volumes, the Tin Buds 3’s highs quickly become splashy and incisive. Thankfully, the treble timbre is not too bad, although it does sound a bit metallic. It’s the tonal balance that can cause issues.
On the upside, it’s this brighter treble that gives the Tin Buds 3 their above-average detail retrieval (for TWS earphones) and fairly wide soundstage. The instrument separation is good for a sub-$100 TWS and imaging is actually quite good as well.
Tin Buds 3 Summary
- Great build, fit and comfort
- Good battery life
- Clear sound with quality bass and an engaging midrange
- Above-average detail
- Excellent Bluetooth connectivity – very reliable and secure connection with Bluetooth 5.2
- On-board volume controls; a long press on the right to increase volume and a long press on the left earbud to decrease volume
- The charging case is bulky
- No extra features
- No ANC, no quick charging, no wireless charging or in-ear sensors
- Poor microphone quality
- Splashy, bright treble
I think the Tin Hifi Tin Buds 3 show a lot of promise but they’re reaching when it comes to a value proposition. It’s true that the shells are fantastic – just like a quality wired IEM, and in fact, very similar to the Tin Hifi T3 Plus shells.
But considering the lack of features, I have a bit of a hard time justifying the high price. Furthermore, the poor microphone quality and bulky case don’t make it any more appealing.
However, if you want a set of bare minimum TWS that do nothing but play music, the Tin Buds 3 is one of the better sounding choices in the sub $100 range, as long as you don’t mind some sizzling treble.