TFZ Tequila 1: bright design headphones with high-quality sound

by Kelvin
TFZ Tequila 1: bright design headphones with high-quality sound

At this time, TFZ Tequila 1 is one of the most popular headphones, in a large assortment of TFZ – consisting of almost thirty models of various IEMs.

After two months of using TFZ Tequila 1, I can conclude that their popularity is well-deserved.

  

About what I liked about TFZ Tequila 1, and why there are some comments, read further in this review.

Options

• Emitter: Double-sided graphene

• Magnet: NdFeB N50

• Aperture: Graphene

• Aperture diameter: 8.9 mm

• Voice coil material: Copper coated aluminum wire

• Frequency range: 5 Hz ~ 40,000 Hz

• Sensitivity: 105 dB

• Impedance: 20 ohms

• Magnetic flux: 9000 kgf

• Harmonic distortion: 0.5%

• Cable: Number of cores 4 * 18 * 0.05 5N, oxygen-free copper

• Connector: Straight, Gold Plated

• Cable connection type: 2-pin 0.78 mm

Packaging and equipment

Headphones come in a strict box, black, with silver text.

Removing the outer part of the box, we find the hero of the review. Which is located behind a transparent plastic window.

The cable is separate from the headphones. It can be found in the foam niche at the bottom of the box.

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Options TFZ Tequila 1 is quite standard, as for headphones in this price category.

Together with the headphones, we get a hard plastic case, six pairs of silicone nozzles (three with a narrow channel, and three with a wide one), a couple of foam nozzles, instructions, a cable tie, and the cable itself.

Cable

The monitored headphones are equipped with a copper twisted wire. Which is hidden in a very soft transparent insulation

The plug is made of unpainted stainless steel. It looks pretty brutal, but also stylish.

The solid metal bar of the separator turned out to be quite weighty.

I had to meet complaints that metal parts made the cable too heavy. As for me, this “problem” is far-fetched. The cable looks great, it feels nice. And that very weightiness does not cause inconvenience.

Above the separator, there is a convenient slider.

Soft earhooks are provided. No memory effect.

Two-pin connectors. In corner transparent cases.

Appearance

Headphones TFZ Tequila 1, available in two designs. Their differences are in a different decorative lattice that is on the back of the case.

In the first version: the asymmetric lattice. Her drawing resembles a fern leaf, or a pyramid.

In the second option: the rear is similar to the sign of radioactivity. I liked this design more.

Four color options are also available (green, blue, red, and red + blue). Strict black, unfortunately not provided.

Of the colors that are available, red seemed to me the most interesting. Since it is in perfect harmony with the copper wire.

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Cases are all-metal (aluminum and copper), barrel-shaped, medium size.

The sound guides are angled. The diameter of the sound guide is 6 mm.

The design of the TFZ Tequila 1 nozzle is different from that of other headphones. There are no traditional metal or fabric nets. Instead, a blind channel with several holes is used.

The absence of individual elements in the form of grids (which may be lost, bent, and dirty) increases the reliability and practicality of the design. Something like this I have only seen in the Dunu Titan headphone line.

The two outer parts of the case are separated by a golden ring. On the right ring, the serial number is engraved. Well, on the left, there is an engraving of the brand logo.

Build quality is excellent.

Ergonomics

The grill on the back of the TFZ Tequila 1 is functional. This is not an imitation. The sound is heard from it, but rather weak (several times weaker than from the sound channel). So I don’t even know if TFZ Tequila 1 should be called open headphones. Perhaps in this case, it is worth using the phrase “half-open”.

Whatever it was. If anyone has a concern about the fact that the open TFZ Tequila 1 is bad for sound insulation, you can be calm. Soundproofing at the TFZ Tequila 1 is all right. At least it is significantly better than the half-open Dunu Titan 1.

In my ears, the TFZ Tequila 1 sits perfectly. Just put in the headphones and listen for your pleasure.

In comparison with many other headphones of this form factor, in order to get the right sound, TFZ Tequila 1 does not need to be twisted and tuned in every way in the ear. Also, with prolonged use, they do not slip out of the ears.

But the dimensions of the TFZ Tequila 1 is still difficult to call compact. So for people with small ears, there may be comments on the fit.

Sound

When testing the TFZ Tequila 1, the following equipment was used.

• FiiO X5-3 player (main source)

• External DAC & AMP xDuoo XP-2

• iPhone 4s Phone

• Phone Meizu 16

The tonal balance of the TFZ Tequila 1 is partially biased towards low frequencies. In this connection, there is an emphasis on bass (without prejudice to treble).

LF

The bass of the TFZ Tequila 1 is quite deep, saturated, dense, but not very fast.

A sufficient amount of bass is present in a wide range of frequencies. Because of what, in bass-rich music, the sound of the bass turned out to be slightly heavy.

In general, the TFZ Tequila 1 bass came out very worthy, but not perfect (for the ideal, I would have lowered the ELF in it a little).

I think if someone has a complaint about the TFZ Tequila 1 woofer, then it will most likely be a claim to their emphasis, and not to quality.

Midrange

Mid frequencies neatly set aside. Just enough not to hit vocals in the forehead. Nor can one get a hole in the midrange (which is often the case with headphones with a V-shaped sound).

Midrange TFZ Tequila 1 play quite linearly. This provides good reproduction of both female and male vocals. It also helps the headphones to be compatible with a large number of genres and sources.

Treble

High frequencies are raised relative to the midrange. There is a small peak at 5 kHz. At least for me it seems small. Linkin Park, Skillet, and Metallica – on the light FiiO X5-3, do not cut the rumor. True, some particularly aggressive compositions can sound at the limit of comfort. But the headphones still adequately cope with heavy genres. The sound of instruments does not mix into porridge. And even in very harsh conditions, it remains legible.

The RF detail is at a good level. Especially when you consider that the TFZ Tequila 1 are omnivorous headphones.

The most extreme treble, slightly simplified.

There is no sand. Sybilantov too.

TFZ Tequila 1 play well from almost any source. But in order for the headphones to open to their full potential, it is advisable to connect them to a Hi-Fi player – which has a neutral or bright sound.

With a dark source, especially if it is not very high-quality (for example, some kind of telephone), the low frequencies become a little obsessive, and too fat. Because of this, NSC can be affected. But such an obscured character may appeal to fans of heavy musical styles.

Comparison

Whizzer a15

Despite the lowest price, the Whizzer A15 was really rich.

Headphones are perfectly assembled. They look more expensive than their price.

The cable is also removable. But with a less reliable, MMCX connector.

Whizzer in the ears sit worse than the subject. Insulation is almost at the same level as TFZ.

The sound is dark. The feed is V-shaped, with a bias in the bass.

The bass is even more accented and heavy. The mid and treble, compared to the TFZ Tequila 1, seem greatly simplified.

TFZ Tequila 1 will be more correctly compared with the Whizzer A15 Pro, and not with the younger model. But I have no firmware. So I compare with what is on hand.

Dunu titan 1

Dunu has always been famous for its good equipment. So there is complete order with this.

The cable is the simplest. And unfortunately not removable.

Ergonomics are good. But the sound insulation is frankly mediocre.

If TFZ Tequila 1 are created with an eye on universality – then Titan 1, their almost complete opposite. There are still some similarities. It lies in the fact that both of these headphones have a V-shaped frequency response. But the titans present the sound in a completely different way.

Dunu Titan 1 have a V-shaped pitch, with a strong bias towards high frequencies.

The bass of the titans is less pronounced. Yes, and it sounds different.

Lowering the frequencies in the region of the upper bass and the lower middle gives the lows a lightness – and makes the overall sound of the headphones more rigorous and dry.

The middle of the Titan 1 sounds simpler. This is especially noticeable in the LF range. Which among the titans is significantly underestimated.

By detailing the treble, Dunu Titan 1 are not inferior to the subject. There is some clear metallic color. But this is more a feature of the sound of the Dunu Titan 1, and not a drawback.

But what can be considered a drawback of the Titans is that these headphones are "not for everyone." They are like opera or classic silent cinema. Someone loves it, but for someone it is physically difficult to master.

I have Dunu Titan 1 for a long time. And so far I believe that these are some of the best ears within a hundred dollars. But we must admit that their slightly specific presentation (with very bright treble) will not go to everyone.

If you buy headphones without first listening, with TFZ Tequila 1 there will be less chance that the headphones will not fit.

Yes. Another advantage of the titans is the fact that their sound is more spatial, open, and with a very wide (as for IEMs) scene.

Anew U1

The package is modest.

Detachable cable with MMCX connector.

In terms of ergonomics, Anew loses a bit. Sound insulation is ± the same.

Compared to TFZ, the Anew V's sound imagery is more tangible. There is a noticeable decline in the LF and LF. Because of this, the vocals seem a little distant. Mids TFZ Tequila 1 I liked more. But with regard to the LF, not everything is so simple here. Anew bass is similar in character to the Dunu Titan 1 bass (only there is more). In both of these headphones, there is a lowering of frequencies on the treble. What makes the sound of the bottoms softer and more comfortable. I love just such a bass feed. But judging objectively, Anew bass is neither better nor worse. He just has a different sound character. Someone will love the soft, and faster Anew bass. And someone will like a stiffer and fleshy one, like the TFZ Tequila 1.

The middle has a bias towards the upper range (underestimated LFW and raised HFV). Because of this, Anew loses pretty much in jazz (harsh winds) and metal (sharper upper range, and less saturated lower). In modern genres, Anew shows itself almost as well as a subject.

Anew's higher mid-range frequencies are brighter and more airy. In certain genres, and with the right source, this can give Anew an advantage in the sound of a female voice and some instruments.

High frequencies play at the level of TFZ Tequila 1. Therefore, there is nothing special to talk about here.

Simphonio xcited2

Simphonio packaging looks very simple. But here is a set of accessories, quite solid.

The cable is not removable. Ergonomics at the TFZ Tequila level 1. Sound insulation is better with Simphonio

Sounds Simphonio Xcited2 quite differently than TFZ Tequila 1.

There is a slight rise in the middle and lower middle frequencies. A decrease in frequencies at the extreme ranges (LF and VHF) is also seen. But since there are no steep peaks and pits, the frequency response is pretty even.

The bass is weakened (but not crushed). Midrange play with a bias in warmth. Vocals (especially female) may lack emotionality and purity. With male vocals, things are noticeably better. But to the level of TFZ, he still does not reach. Treble is not pretty bad.

Compared to the TFZ Tequila 1, Simphonio sounds more neutral, but also more boring.

Dunu falcon-c

Great equipment. Excellent housing quality.

The cable is good, but harsh. Ergonomics are better than the subject. Soundproofing is the same.

Compared to the Falcon-C, the TFZ Tequila 1 seems almost like “monitors”.

Falcons narrow-genre headphones. Which are designed for bass fans. And admittedly, the bass here is pretty damn good.

Quantitatively, Dunu has more low frequencies. In terms of bass quality, the Falcon-C is not only superior to the subject, but also headphones that are much more expensive.

The middle is recessed more than the TFZ.

Top smoothed.

Mid and Treble Falcon-C play softer. But they can be lost, against the background of strong bottoms.

Hard rock and dynamic electronic music go better on the Dunu Falcon-C. As for jazz and instrumental music, TFZ Tequila 1 wins here.

Which of these headphones is better to take.

If you need a driving sound with excellent bass and smooth treble, then the Dunu Falcon-C will come in handy.

If you need a more balanced and versatile sound, where some frequencies will not stand out much from the others, take TFZ Tequila 1. The headphones are really good.

Advantages and disadvantages

Advantages

+ Good sound

+ Detachable 2-pin cable

+ Original design and workmanship

disadvantages

– There is no way to choose TFZ Tequilla 1 in black.

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