Current testing methodology is v1.2
August 31, 2022
The Tanchjim Tanya is a single dynamic driver in-ear monitor from Tanchjim – a well-established audio company that’s known for its success with a lot of its product offerings, such as the Oxygen.
Tanchjim is quite an old name in the game and you’re probably familiar with it if you’ve been following developments in the Chi-Fi community.
What’s particularly known about Tanchjim is their immaculate packaging and generous inclusions – and of course, the way they tune their IEMs.
A solid budget set with excellent midrange.
The Tanchjim Tanya is a budget gem with a small footprint yet a massive punch.
It delivers exceptionally executed bass, a fantastic midrange worthy of being a vocal benchmark, and a treble that’s smooth and non-fatiguing.
I can see the Tanya filling out a lot of roles, whether it be gaming, listening to music, or watching films. If you’ll be using the Tanya for music, you should have no trouble with genre pairing as it’s flexible and will handle male and female vocals equally well.
The greatest thing about the Tanchjim Tanya is its midrange, and at this price point, I can say it’s really hard to beat. I do have a few nitpicks about it but that doesn’t take away even a little bit from everything it offers.
- Driver: 7mm Single Micro Dynamic Driver
- Frequency response: 20Hz – 20,000Hz
- Impedance: 16Ω
- Sensitivity: 12db/mw
What’s in the Box?
- Tanchjim Tanya earphones
- 12 x silicone ear tips
- Backup filters
- Felt drawstring case
- Warranty Card
Stuff I like
- Vocal forwardness
- Fun signature
- Great midrange performance
- Bass execution and timbre
- Good treble execution and resolution
Stuff I like less
- Narrower stage
- Treble extension
While the packaging box of the Tanchjim Tanya looks quite simple – a white cardboard box with an image of the IEMs.
However, the unboxing experience had a premium feel to it as if it wasn’t a sub-$30 set.
For a budget set, the Tanya was neatly presented and it comes with a lot of accessories that you normally wouldn’t expect with products in the same price range. It came with more than the usual number of ear tips, plus the drawstring pouch was a nice addition.
My first impressions of the Tanya are extremely positive. It isn’t hard to power at all – having just about 16 ohms of impedance, a simple phone would suffice.
It does scale a little bit with resolution when plugged into a dongle DAC or source with more power, like a laptop or a DAP.
The overall experience of listening to the Tanchjim Tanya can be described as addicting.
It’s actually a little bit disorienting, hearing the tuning for the first time as I tried to figure out what it sounds closest to in my collection.
I did eventually narrow it down to the BLON BL-03 because of their similarities in terms of warmth, but the midrange and treble differ tremendously.
I can’t understand why other people would label it as ‘better’ than the BLON when you can’t really compare the two. They’re both good while having completely different approaches to sound.
I’d attribute this conclusion to the amount of control and finesse the Tanya has, making it seem more technical than the BLON.
All in all, the Tanya has been very enjoyable at the start and has remained so even throughout countless testing and listening sessions.
The build quality on the Tanchjim Tanya isn’t astronomical, but it’s not bad.
The cable is thin but sturdy and in the middle, you have a chin slider if you want to adjust the cable. The shells seem to be made from some kind of rigid plastic and at the back of each of the bullet-shaped shells, you can see tiny grills.
I think this is Tanchjim’s way of introducing venting to the Tanya but it also consequently makes it into an open-back IEM. It’s actually cool how they look like small tweeters.
The only downside I’d point out is that the cable is non-detachable.
Well, of course, that’s subjective and most bullet-shaped earphones usually do opt for the non-detachable route, so I don’t know if it’s fair to consider that as a con.
It’s light to carry and it feels substantial to the touch.
When I’m going for walks, I find myself choosing it over sets that have detachable cables. I guess I like to go light from time to time.
Fit and Comfort
The stock tips are of great quality and give the Tanchjim Tanya its unique sound.
I’ve tried swapping tips and I couldn’t get the same seal and sound quality I did with just the default tips, so I kept the stock ones on.
The fit is non-intrusive and it didn’t require me to push too far or too hard for them to stick.
The isolation is good and doesn’t give that vacuum feeling where my ears get pressure build up from. The Tanya gets full points in this department.
The Tanchjim Tanya is tuned to be a warm and balanced sound signature that adheres to the Harman target curve. I’d describe its sound as lush, intimate, and smooth.
The bass goes low and yet has a certain level of finesse and control. The lower midrange energy is on-point and gives songs sufficient energy to not be stale, while the upper midrange is smooth and doesn’t exhibit any piercing or sibilant peaks.
The treble sounds natural and well-extended even past 10kHz.
All in all, there’s a good amount of cohesion with all the frequencies with the midrange as the vanguard.
I do wish there were more boosted regions past 10kHz just so it sounds more open and airier but that’s just about it. Everything else to me is perfect.
The sub-bass of the Tanchjim Tanya has great reach and performs well in regards to rumble, giving out good texture and depth.
The mid-bass is elastic and has good speed.
Surprisingly, there’s no sign of bleeding into the mids except for some minor coloration. The resolution and clarity aren’t compromised in the midrange and the treble, and yet you get the full benefit of a robust and excellent bass region.
Honestly, I don’t know how it gets any better than this and while minor bleed doesn’t bother me, the absence of bleed accentuates vocal articulation and clarity, which is a huge win.
The midrange of the Tanchjim Tanya should bear the midrange benchmark stamp as it’s intimate and has great timbre and tonality.
It doesn’t discriminate between male and female vocals and the note weight on both is performed equally well with no one side sounding thin or anemic.
It seriously gets me asking how a mere 7mm micro dynamic driver is pulling this off, but I guess size isn’t everything when tuning is king.
Breaths and voice trails can be heard clearly. The experience sounds organic and life-like making listening to vocals and instruments very enjoyable.
Good layering and doubling on songs pay off with the Tanya. All in all, its midrange is far from the usual midrange and is spectacular at the very least.
The treble on the Tanchjim Tanya is relatively smooth and even the peak at 8kHz isn’t so much a peak as it’s a small hill.
It has good energy in its upper midrange without sounding piercing, which is a feat that many don’t seem to get right.
I often find myself wanting a little more openness with the treble but with the tuning set to spring up the midrange, I’m not sure how that would pan out.
The transient response is still excellent though and it presents a splashy and energetic replay. This is thanks to the extension past 10kHz – a small boost on the presence region and dies down before 20kHz.
Overall, the treble contributes to a very smooth and cohesive frequency response, and at the end of the day, I’m very pleased.
Below are some tracks that I enjoyed with the Tanchjim Tanya. However, it’s worth noting that it does a lot of genres well, so I wouldn’t box anything out since it’s a great all-rounder
- That’s What You Get by Paramore (Alternative/Indie) – The transient response on the intro was on point and greeted with sweet and warm vocals that sit farther in this particular mix. It sounded more like a live band than a recording. The electric guitar texture was astounding and had its grunge tone done well. The layering and separation on this track were good, even though it’s a busier track. The tambourines and micro details were clearly heard and added to the overall enjoyment.
- Moonlight Sunrise by TWICE (K-Pop/EDM) – The electronic instruments and vocals sounded good on the Tanchjim Tanya. The whole listening experience was a literal dance party and I’m not kidding. The level of engagement and energy in the song has greatly benefited from its tuning. The absence of upper midrange glare made it even sweeter because the higher-pitched nature of K-Pop can sometimes reach unpleasant peaks. The bass is an integral part of the song of course and it never overwhelmed the mix but melded in with everything else.
The Tanchjim Tanya is an excellent set for under $30. If you want a solid benchmark for midrange prowess, then look no further.
A lot of sets wouldn’t just lose to its midrange but also to the amount of control in the bass despite the rumble and texture it can provide.
I can’t really find any major faults in its tuning – it’s a lush and organic signature that’s smooth and engaging, which just turns out to be my preferred signature.
Powerful and controlled bass, exceptional midrange, and a smooth treble – a combo that can kill any overpriced set on any day and the Tanchjim Tanya has them all, making it a titan slayer.
Gavin is a college student who has a lot going on. From collecting IEMs and modding mechanical keyboards, to different hobbies like digital drawing, music mastering and cooking. It is safe to say he is a complete multi-faceted geek (and he's kinda cool too)
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