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TFZ Secret Garden IEM

TFZ Secret Garden IEM

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Finally got around to writing up my review of these. Despite some familiar specs, they sound very different from other products in TFZ's lineup. Here is a quick excerpt that might help some of you out: "The SG isn’t your usual TFZ, despite using a very familiar single 12mm, dual-magnet graphene coated dynamic driver setup. With a more balanced signature and a colder, more detail heavy sound it targets an audience that embraces technical prowess over the big bass of it’s predecessors. That said, the HD certainly doesn’t shy away from low end. Treble on the SG is elevated with a focus on the lower regions. This gives it tons of detail and great clarity, but at the expense of shimmer and sparkle. As a result, the SG comes across a touch cold and sterile in the upper ranges and mids. This also means the SG is quite revealing so I do not recommend using them with poor recordings or low res/compressed sound files like you’ll hear on YouTube and Soundcloud. The compression is very noticeable. The mid-range is fairly neutral in presence with an upper mid bump that makes vocals pop nicely on number of tracks, like EL-P’s “Works Every Time”. The presentation is a little on the lean side with a dry tonality that plays into the SG’s detail-focused qualities. Sibilance is present but not to the extreme, mostly cropping up only on really hard ss and ts. Bass is well done with a better sub-/mid-bass balance than you’ll find on most products in their lineup. King Experience is the only one I can think of with a similarly positive balance. Depth is excellent giving the SG a fairly visceral low end, though not one that comes across as bassy. This is evident on Kavinski’s “Solli”. Where other earphones deliberately direct your attention to their low end qualities, the SG says, “Huh, nice. I can do that too you know.” but doesn’t make it a focal point. Sound stage is an area I always find TFZs quite impressive, usually beating out most of the competition. While the SG has a more forward and intimate mid-range than other models in their lineup, it doesn’t take away from the wonderful sense of space on offer. Take for example the closing moments of The Prodigy’s “Warrior Dance” where the artists are discussing an alarm effect the track eventually closes with. When one of the band members replies to a question with “Huh?” you can easily tell he’s sitting off to the left and pretty far from the mic. Moments like that are plentiful with the SG as a result of some pretty smooth channel to channel imaging and outstanding layering and separation. Even congested, busy moments like the last few minutes of King Crimson’s “Starless and Bible Black” fail to tax the SG’s abilities." If you want to read the full review which goes over build, comfort, and everything else along with some comparisons to the King Pro and CA Comet, you can check it out here; https://thecontraptionist.blog/2018/12/02/tfz-secret-garden-hd-not-just-more-of-the-same/ Overall, a nice lower level mid-fi entry from TFZ and a cool (literally) new direction for their sound.
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Not a fan, get the King Pros. (or VSonic GR07 37th Anniversary Special Editions)
ohsigmachi
Why not?
Wow.. Just how many TFZ IEM are there.. aren't they launching too many similar 1 in such short time. King itself has 4 variants.. exclusive king, king pro, king II, King Ltd, Air King? Then there is queen.. I bet Jack is joining soon..
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Calv
you forgot to mention limited edition Ace will be Joining soon. :)
HwoALanG
Seriously? I didn't even know about the ace. This is really becoming like starbucks menu.. Latte with Soy milk or skim milk, sugar or no sugar.. Ice or hot.. Lol..
Secret Gardens arrived today. Waiting for burn-in before I form an opinion, but I did notice there's a channel imbalance. The left channel is noticeably weaker than the right at full tilt, and at lower levels, the channels cut out. Anyone else getting this?
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Squee
I got same problem, and i requested to change unit to importer.
freestylecrew
Mine ended working themselves out through burn in. But I doubt everyone will be so lucky
Just got mine yesterday but a little disappointed. The sound of Secret Garden is at thin side and not deep enough compared to King pro, Series 4. But just a few hours on it...I will see what’s going on after burn in. BTW, the soundstage is pretty wide....
Edited 9/11/18 After 30 hr burned in, I found SG is a source picking IEM. It still sounds too bright on my Lotoo Paw Gold but okay for Sony A17.
Having already purchased the King Pro, I would love to try the Secret Garden as it uses the same type of driver, albeit slightly larger than the Kings' 10mm. If there is any sonic improvement here, I suspect its going from "spectacular" to "super-spectacular". I find the Kings' sonic performance deeply satisfying on all points, and would expect more of the same in the Secret Garden version. I am super-curious about how much better the fit and feel is, as my main problems with the King Pro have been fit and eartip seal related (still struggling with finding the best eartips to use). If these earphones provide sonic performance at least as good or better than the King Pro's, that alone IMO would justify the price easily. Add in a potential improvement in fit consistency and comfort and we have an item with a nearly irresistible value to any serious audio enthusiast. I'm in a position where I'd like to try these, but if you are in a position to buy these, my guess is that you'll not be disappointed.
Tigerabbit
I found absolutely zero Sonic improvement and the fit was pretty terrible compared to the King Pros.
Must not have sold enough at the beginning of August...
I really liked the movie The Secret Garden. Should I get these?
marcduck
don't even think, just get it
How does it compare to TFZ Tequila? I like tequilas for the mild v shape signature with large soundstage does this have a similar sound signature? Worth upgrading?
How are these? How do these compare to Aurisonics ASG2.5? Looking for something similar as I've lost mine.
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bijofnil
if you like bass, get sennheiser ie80s. You can tune how much bass u want. Even though at minimum dial its pretty high for me.
Totalgod
I can vouch for this fact as well..I love the quality of the bass on the ie80's even tho it's definitely inflated pretty heavily even at its lowest adjustment level. I'm but typically as much of a fan of bass-heavy iem's but these deliver in spades in bass quality and quantity and sheer fun-factor!
Anyone else getting sick of tfz? They can only milk this so far until everyone starts playing the waiting game or move on to something else.
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Just curious what you last pair was. I have the King Pros and really like them.
ohsigmachi
I had the series 2's. I'm not a snob or anything but this time I did not like what I bought. It just wasn't what I wanted. I had the zs6's at the time and they were better in every way. I know it's not fair to compare something that's different. I just don't like tfz for now.
I hope the 12 BA version come out on the next drop and hope it's half the price of the Kaiser.
is this any better than king pro or exclusive 5? looks like its using 12mm driver.
HwoALanG
I own ex 5 and wonder the same; anybody?
Any reviews yet? Looks like a larger enclosure, hopefully implying even better sub bass than the 5 series.
Would it be able to make it a custom iem? I heard that TFZ is going to make this their first CIEM?
Are these worth getting if I already own the King Pro, or is it more of a sidegrade type deal going between the two.
KivasFajo
Sidegrade.
ripsterarmy99
Thanks, if that's the case i'll wait for the balanced armature version before deciding how to upgrade.
I LITERALLY just got my King Pros today and now I see this... sigh.
ohsigmachi
They are really cranking out IEMs for every price bracket...
Ah, in the King Pro drop the purity of the cables was stated. Are the ones included with this inferior or similar?
I've got small ears. Do they fit a large audience?
with it having 5 days will it end Wednesday or Thursday?
Can anybody compare these to the TFZ Series 5, Series 5s and Exclusive 5?
I already have the three so i don't know if this would be a worthy addition.
NielJM
The SG are better! even than the King!
NielJM
TFZ SG is very very good 'W' sound! Sound is really better than other TFZ's
Any reviews abut these? This company is out Taiwan or mainland?
rdodev
I haven't heard of these ones before, but I have some other TFZ IEMs that I'm very impressed with, that were much cheaper than these ones. I'm willing to bet these ones are pretty good.