? We have previously reviewed another earphone from Tiger, the Tiger Zipper which offered a zipper cable section and metallic housing at a cheap price but the overall performance was disappointing. So you may wonder why did we buy and are reviewing another Tiger earphone, to tell the truth we had bought them before reviewing the Tiger Zipper and we were attracted by their super tiny form factor that is even smaller than the Sennheiser CX200, Somic MH403 or most microdriver earphones like the UiiSii Hi-705, Remax RM-565i or KZ HDS3. As we just mentioned the Tiger Mini are super tiny, the housings are made of plastic and feel very cheaply constructed but very light at the same time. Cable quality is another not great piece, they are cheaply made, feel fragile and do not provide any aid against tangling.
The Tiger Mini come in a blister with 1 extra pair of eartips.
Bass & Sub Bass
Before mentioning the results of the tests of any audio frequency we wanted to inform that the Tiger Mini showed a very low volume output. There is truly not much to write about their bass performance, they have a hint of mid-bass and no sub-bass at all, even after using an EQ there was no bass presence. Under our extreme bass tests the Tiger took 52% of a Fiio E12’s maximum power and showed some mid-bass punch that was distorted, no sub-bass and extremely piercing highs. Of course, do not pretend any basshead impact from them.
Mids and vocals are super recessed, muddy, boxy and tinny; worst combination possible. Let’s be nice with the Tiger Mini and recognize that they are not harsh at all. An EQ again made no improvement.
Highs & Treble
Let’s see if highs made any justice to the Tiger Mini… highs have no definition or detail, are very dark and extremely recessed. They do not sound sibilant or piercing. Once again, an eq made no difference.
The sound that leaks out of these earphones is average, but mostly because they are unable to output strong or even medium levels of audio.
Sound isolation is horrible, you will hear every single noise in your surrounding environment.
The Tiger Mini have been a disastrous performer so far. Fortunately for them, comfort is something that they are very capable at, their super tiny size and highly light weight makes them fit very comfortably inside the ears and are free of generating pain or discomfort after long time using them.
Response to Equalization
As we have seen on each audio frequency test the Tiger were unable to show any kind of response and improvement with any type of equalization.
We frankly did not expect much from the Tiger Mini after reviewing the Tiger Zipper, but honestly we were not prepared for such a shameful performance. Highs, mids, vocals, mid-bass and sub-bass had the worst quality we have ever heard and they even offered no response when applying an EQ to help them. There is absolute no way to recommend the Tiger Mini, please make yourself a favor and do not get one or even think of gifting them to anybody (unless you are planning a prank)
We highly discourage anyone from trying to apply our testings to your own earphones, the risk of damaging or permanently breaking your iems is absolutely probable to happen. With our standardized equalization and amplification tests we push the limits of the earphones to the extreme. If anyway you decide to do so, we cannot be held responsible of the damage done to your equipment. Do it at your own risk.
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