What's up guys? Today I will be reviewing the Tiandirenhe TD08, a premium custom-made earphone. The TD08 is available on AliExpress.
I got this earphone for basically free from the Tiandirenhe Sales Store on AliExpress, in exchange for this review. Check them out below:
You can enjoy the written review below, or check out the video review at the end of this post.
Let's get started!
Overview and Design
The Tiandirenhe TD08 is an amazing looking earphone with a hard-to-pronounce name. It is available on AliExpress for $20 without a cable and $28 with a cable. It is a bit pricey, I thought. But is it worth the price? Let's find out.
The TD08 is superbly designed. The earphone feels like a premium earphone. It's made completely out of some type of metal, aluminum, perhaps. In any case, it looks amazing and it feels amazing -- sturdy, well-made, and built like a tank. I think it's even partially hand crafted but don't take my word for it.
The cable is a braided MMCX cable, and it too feels very well made. It looks and feels similar to the KZ braided upgrade cable, but this MMCX cable has a metal 3.5mm jack, and it feels solid. The entire earphone is just beautifully designed and it should withstand many, many drops.
Sometimes things are too good to be true. The Tiandirenhe TD08 is a beauty to look at and is built like a tank, but sound quality is where it falls flat.
The overall sound is extremely boxy, flat, and closed-in, but accurate. Soundstage is dark-sounding and closed.
The bass is deep and muddy. A good choice for bassheads, perhaps? Nope. The rest of the sound just ruins everything.
The vocals are recessed and flat. If I said the highs are clear, I'd be doing the TD08 a favor. But seriously, highs are clear enough but are in no way sharp or crisp.
The separation of instruments is bad. Vocals and instruments sound lumped together rather than spread out.
Now, you might be thinking, "This sounds like absolute garbage! Why should I bother with this earphone?" Well, you're correct, but some of you may actually own this beast, so there are some ways that one can improve the sound. Let me elaborate:
So, if you perform all these modifications, you'll end up with decent sound. If the TD08 cost $5, it would be a good deal. But it costs a whopping $28 (with a cable, but who just has a spare MMCX cable lying around? You're pretty much forced to buy the cable it comes with, unless you can find a cheaper one elsewhere).
I would not say this earphone sounds horrible. But it just doesn't sound good.
Comfort on the TD08 is... just average. With the stock tips, you get a decent seal, but again, changing the tips to some KZ rubber tips will ensure a better seal.
The isolation is pretty great, on the level of the KZ ZS1, even. These are closed-back metal earphones so you can be sure that no one will hear your music.
The Tiandirenhe TD08 shines when it comes to design, build quality, and noise isolation, too. It is exceptionally well designed and feels absolutely great. If the U.S Military made service earphones, they'd make them like the TD08.
But the sound, well... it just isn't good. Bass is deep and muddy, overall sound is dark, closed-in, flat, boxy, and boring. If you perform the modifications listed above, you'll end up with a decent-sounding tank of an earphone that you can bring to the gym or on a car trip -- just throw them in your bag, I'm sure you won't damage them. Overall, this is a 5/10 earphone, if you do the modifications listed above. Otherwise, the TD08 is worth 4 out of 10 stars, if not less.