- Basic specifications
- Sound Quality
- Recording signature
- Final verdict
- Recommended articles
This article is a translation of the following Japanese article.
In this issue, we're taking a look at TANCHJIM HANA. TANCHJIM is a relatively new Chinese IEM manufacturer, having only been founded in 2015. However, it has gained popularity among audiophiles due to its high build quality and emphasis on clean tuning. The TANCHJIM Oxygen, considered the brand's flagship product, is a particularly popular product.
The brand's new TANCHJIM HANA earphones are certainly in the spirit of TANCHJIM Oxygen.
- Frequency responce: 5hz-50kHz
- Impedance: 32Ω
- Sensitivity: 110dB
- Cable connector: 0.78mm 2pin
The packaging is rather luxurious for this price range. It comes with many accessories and a stylish leather carrying case. There is a sense of unity throughout the package, and this product is likely to be appreciated as a gift or a souvenir.
The build quality of the body is high, and the body of the stainless steel shell, colored white at very high temperatures, is sturdy and smooth.
It is a rather small body and fits in the ear well. Since the material is stainless steel, it may be a little heavy.
- SAMURA HATS Type3500RHR System: HEAD & TORSO, left and right S-Type ear model (Type4565 / 4566: IEC60268-7 compliant)
- AWA type 6162 711 ear simulator
- Microphone preamplifier: Type4053
- Type5050 microphone amplifier power supply
- Audio interface: ROLAND Rubix 24
- Analyzer software: TypeDSSF3-L
*Due to the response of the ear simulator, the reliability below 20hz and above 16khz is not high.
- [AET07 S attached] Separate left and right
- [AET07 S attached] Average left and right
- [AET07 S attached] Separate left and right (free sound field corrected)
- [AET07 S attached] Left-right average (free sound field corrected)
- [Standard eartip S (Treble) attached] Separate left and right
- [Standard eartip S (Treble) attached] Average left and right
- [Standard eartip S (Treble) attached] Separate left and right (free sound field corrected)
- [Standard eartip S (Treble) attached] Left-right average (free sound field corrected)
- [Standard eartip S (Bass) attached] Separate left and right
- [Standard eartip S (Bass) attached] Average left and right
- [Standard eartip S (Bass) attached] Separate left and right (free sound field corrected)
- [Standard eartip S (Bass) attached] Left-right average (free sound field corrected)
- Comparison (free sound field corrected)
- Comparison (free sound field corrected/2khz-24khz)
* "AET 07 S size" is the reference eartip for measurement of this blog. All other eartips are standard with this earphone package unless otherwise noted.
TANCHJIM, like Moondrop, is well known for its references to the Herman Target Curve, and TANCHJIM HANA, in keeping with the brand's heritage, follows the Herman Target Curve quite closely, with tuning that is close to a flat balance in the diffuse sound field. The sound is also very close to flat at the free field correction. The sound is close to flat and slightly U-shaped even during free field correction.
There is a bit of emphasis and weight in the low frequencies, a bit deep, but basically good visibility and clear layering. It's relatively transparent and tight in the low frequencies, with a bit of warmth. It has a smooth response, although you may think the sound is slightly lacking in thickness as it shows consideration for the cleanliness of the midrange.
The midrange is tighter and a little drier and cleaner. Vocals and instrumental sounds are a bit sharp, with a bit of nuanced emphasis and slim extension in the vocals and a slight sense of stretching up and down and detail in the instrumental sounds as well. There is a good sense of depth and width to the soundstage and a good sense of perspective. There is a decent amount of stability in the vocals, but the body may be a bit lacking and it may sound a bit shouty in some songs.
The highs are sprawling and reasonably open. There is an emphasis on the glare, and there is a metallic feel to the cymbals and acoustic guitars, which may sound a bit rough and coarse. The sound is glossy and the particle tends to be delicate, and it feels a bit loud, but it's airy and clean.
Overall, a clean space is achieved and has a crisp and clear outlook to the sound. If you like the atmosphere of the space to sound clear and clean, I can highly recommend it.
Comparison with Moondrop Starfield
Compare this to Moondrop Starfield, which is close in price and also references the Harman target curve.
The graph above shows the free-field-corrected measurement graph adjusted to cross at 1khz using the AET07 eartips.
Now, in terms of sound quality, the two are so similar that they are almost interchangeable. The TANCHJIM HANA sounds louder, more coloured and more enjoyable to my ears, and it sounds better in terms of resolution, but frankly it doesn't seem to be that much of a difference.
However, in terms of package content and build quality, HANA is clearly superior, and the difference is more than just price. Unlike Starfield's ramen-like cables, which tend to tangle easily, HANA's cables are slimmer and smoother to handle, the carrying case is generous in size, and the quality is gorgeous. If you consider only the sound quality, Starfield is much cheaper, but if you take into account the ease of use, HANA is better than Starfield in terms of overall price, because you don't have to spend money to upgrade to a better cable.
Recording Signature Comparison
Please refer to the following for the basic principles of recording signatures and how to enjoy them.
The recording signature is posted for advisory. Free sound field adjustment is added. The source is FiiO M15 and the gain is high. The eartips used are the "Standard silicon (BASS) S size".
The music used in the recording signature is from the game maker Nippon Falcom, which I love.
Sophisticated Fight / Sora No Kiseki First Chapter & Second Chapter Super Arrange Version / Copyright © Nihon Falcom Corporation
Sophisticated Fight / The Legend of Heroes: Sora No Kiseki FC Evolution Original Sound Track / Copyright © Nihon Falcom Corporation
ユルギナイツヨサ / The Legend of Heroes : Zero No Kiseki Super Arrange Version / Copyright © Nihon Falcom Corporation
- Sophisticated Fight / We Love Sora No Kiseki / Copyright © Nihon Falcom Corporation
- FEENA / イース ピアノコレクション / Copyright © Nihon Falcom Corporation
- Sophisticated Fight / Sora No Kiseki Zanmai (Original Soundtrack) / Copyright © Nihon Falcom Corporation
- TO MAKE THE END OF BATTLE / Ys Ⅰ&Ⅱ ベストサウンドコレクション / Copyright © Nihon Falcom Corporation
- The Decisive Collision / The Legend of Heroes: Sen No Kiseki Super Arrange Version / Copyright © Nihon Falcom Corporation
- GENS D'ARMES / Ys VIII -Lacrimosa of DANA- Original Soundtrack Complete / Copyright © Nihon Falcom Corporation
- Mighty Obstacle (2003) / Music From The History Of Ys / Copyright © Nihon Falcom Corporation
The TANCHJIM HANA seems to be a very attractive product overall. The packaging is good, the build quality is good, and it satisfies the desire to own it. The sound quality is a reference to the Harman Target Curve, and the music is clean, crisp and airy, with a nice autumnal sky. Overall, I personally find it more satisfying than the price difference compared to its similar sound quality rival, the Starfield. However, if you're only concerned about sound quality, buying the Starfield may seem like a better deal for a cheaper price.