Current testing methodology is v1.2
May 31, 2023
3.94 x 3.15 x 1.18 in
The TangZu Princess Chang Le is another bullet-style IEM that I’ve recently added to my collection.
TangZu, formerly known as TForce, is a Chinese Hi-fi brand famously known for releasing the TForce Audio Yuan Li which was a massive hit. Since the brand’s renaming due to some copyright issues, it didn’t stop impressing the IEM community with every single release they’ve done in the past.
The Princess Chang Le is no different and you’ll find out why in this detailed review.
TangZu Princess Chang Le
An excellent-sounding IEM that lacks power.
The TangZu Princess Chang Le is a bullet-style earphone with a 6mm dynamic driver. Its design alone is a selling point but paired with its sound quality? Man, you’re in for a treat. Its low-end frequencies have a thick note weight, good texture, and good definition on the mids. Additionally, the treble is neither dark nor bright with an excellent smooth presentation.
Overall, the tuning of the Chang Le works well with genres like R&B, soul, or anything similar. If you’re looking for an IEM that has the looks without sacrificing sound quality for a relatively affordable price, the TangZu Princess Chang Le is worth considering.
- Driver: 6mm Dynamic Driver
- Cable: 3.5mm straight plug
- Frequency: 20-20,000Hz
- Impedance: 16Ω
- Sensitivity: 95.5±1db
What’s in the Box?
- TangZu Princess Chang Le Earphones
- 6x pairs of silicone ear tips (S, M, L)
- Instruction manual
Stuff I like
- Warm sound signature
- Superb mids
- Top-tier build quality for the price
- Unique aesthetics
Stuff I like less
- Hard to drive
- Lacks treble extension
Comparable products to consider
The Tanchjim Zero is an IEM with neutral tuning that offers excellent sound quality easily exceeding its price point.
The unboxing experience of the TangZu Princess Chang Le is unmatched at this price point. TangZu knows how to pack their IEMs and does it well.
These earphones come in a predominantly black box with an image of the product on the front that adds a nice touch to the overall appeal of the packaging.
Once you remove the cover, the TangZu Princess Chang Le is neatly presented with its accessories separately packed. It came with 6 pairs of varying sizes of silicone ear tips to help you find the best fit for your ears.
The build quality of the TangZu Princess Chang Le is impressive for its price.
For around $20, you get an aluminum alloy shell with CNC carvings around it to give it this traditional Chinese design aesthetics.
The cable is decent and is made out of OFC silver-plated cable material. The ear tips are your average silicone ear tips but they provide a good enough fit and seal.
One flaw in its design is that they’re far easier to get pulled out of your ears when the cable is accidentally caught with something. This flaw has plagued this bullet-style design for a long time so it wasn’t entirely surprising.
Another thing is that the cable is prone to tangling, which can be very annoying, especially since this set didn’t come with a carrying pouch. Tangling can occur if you habitually keep your IEMs in your pocket.
I recommend getting a small carrying case or pouch for the TangZu Princess Chang Le to prevent damage and tangling from ever happening to protect your IEM.
Fit and Comfort
Since the TangZu Princess Chang Le comes with several pairs of silicone ear tips, I didn’t have a hard time getting a good fit.
The TangZu Chang Le is also pretty light in the ears, even though its shell is made of aluminum alloy. It’s almost unnoticeable except for its cable.
The cable s is also light although it sometimes gets caught up with different objects on my desk, which causes the earphone to get pulled out of my ears – a very unpleasant experience. This is a common flaw with bullet-style IEMs.
Overall, the TangZu Princess Chang Le is lightweight, has a good seal, and fits nicely in the ears once you get the perfect size of ear tips.
My first impression of how the TangZu Princess Chang Le performed was that driving it was tricky.
When plugging it straight into a computer or your smartphone, I had to nearly max out the volume to reach my desired volume, which is a disadvantage for me.
So if you plan to get the TangZu Princess Chang Le for yourself, make sure to have a stronger power source to get the most out of its performance.
The bass on the TangZu Princess Chang Le has a thick note weight. Although there’s not much sub-bass extension, there’s a noticeable rumble on the low end.
Based on my experience, I think that the bass is tuned to be more mid-bass focused since it has a much more prominent mid-bass compared to its sub-bass.
The attack and release on the bass are average and I rarely encounter any problems with it regarding mid-bass bleed or distortion at higher volumes.
Overall, the TangZu Princess Chang Le delivered a desirable bass presentation and even though it may not be built for bass heads, it’s still enjoyable to listen to.
Although the mids weren’t placed as forward as the TangZu Wan’er, the mids on the TangZu Princess Chang Le have identical tuning and characteristics.
One thing I noticed, in particular, is its level of detail and clarity.
The vocals and instruments have this natural timbre and are very open without getting muddied up by the slight mid-bass bleed. It still retains the detail even on busy tracks without getting drowned out by other frequencies.
Although it’s not as refined, the mids on the Chang Le are still very engaging.
The highs on the TangZu Princess Chang Le sit between dark and bright. It has enough presence without getting too much in the way of the lows and the mids.
It’s primarily responsible for presenting the sparkles that can be heard in snare hits and cymbal splashes. It doesn’t have much air and still has good clarity and details.
The treble mainly complements the mids and the lows rather than standing out on its own.
I have tested the TangZu Princess Chang Le on different genres of music and here are my findings.
- Metal / Rock – The overdriven and distorted guitars cut through the mix nicely without harsh frequencies. The guitars were accurate in presentation and had a natural timbre while remaining detailed. The vocals were lush, and although both the guitars and the vocals weren’t as forward in the mix, they were still able to stand out without getting muddied up by the low end. Tracks used: I Don’t Love You (My Chemical Romance), All The Small Things (Blink 182), Ignorance (Paramore), Cold (Korn)
- Pop – The mids and the lows worked together to complement each other, giving body and texture to the instruments and vocals on the test tracks. A noticeable sub-bass extension on the tracks added sufficient weight and rumble to the mix. The mids were still clear and had enough openness. Tracks used: Snooze (SZA), Neverita (Bad Bunny), Yours (Maye)
- Hip-Hop – The bass performance caught up with the demands of the test tracks, although it wasn’t enough to give energy to the bass. With that in mind, the TangZu Princess Chang Le still performed relatively well with how it was tuned. The mids, where the vocals and the instruments are placed, still sounded natural and articulate with the bass having enough prominence around the mix. Tracks used: LOVE. (Kendrick Lamar, Zacari), Cash In Cash Out (Pharell Williams ft 21 Savage & Tyler the Creator), I Wonder (Kanye West)
- R&B / Soul – Vocal clarity is yet again the star of the show. The TangZu Princess Chang Le did a great job of making the vocals pop more over the instruments without drowning out other frequencies. The instruments were lush and articulate in presentation, with a noticeable boost on the low end that emphasized the bass hits. Tracks used: LA FAMA (Rosalia, The Weeknd), Blessed (Daniel Ceasar), Moonlight (Kali Uchis), Traingazing (Sam Wills ft. Honey Mooncie)
The TangZu Princess Chang Le is a very competitive IEM with only one major flaw.
Without a powerful enough audio source, it’s hard to get to your desired volumes, so keep this in mind when considering getting this IEM.
A DAC, DAP, or amplifier can allow this IEM to perform significantly better than running it directly to your computer or smartphone. I’ve used the XDuoo X2s as my power source but a dongle would work just fine.
Once you’ve sorted out its driving problem, you get a thick, warm-sounding mix, outstanding clarity, natural timbre on the mids, and a complimenting presence on the highs.
To sum it up, the TangZu Princess Chang Le is a very entertaining set.
I enjoyed listening to some vocal-dominated and groovy tracks with it and although it doesn’t work as well on genres like hip-hop, it’s still an excellent set considering its price.
A man of many interests, Querho is passionate about discovering new things that stimulate the mind. When he is not writing about the things he is passionate about, Querho can be found making music at his home studio.
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