The original Mangird tea Headphones were among the most critically acclaimed sets released in 2020. Now, almost two years later, we have her successor, the Xenn’s Mangird Tee 2. With a nifty driver layout and tuning aimed at criticizing the original, does it have what it takes to earn its $349 asking price?
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- Current price: $349 (Amazon)
- Drivers: 1 dynamic driver, 6 balanced armatures
- Impedance: ±18Ω
- Frequency Response Range: 20-36kHz
- Sensitivity: 110 ± 1dB
Xenns Mangird Tea 2 – First impressions and main features
When the original Mangird Tea came out, the company was just called Mangird. They have been rebranded into Xenns (Check out our review of the outstanding Xenns Up here), but with the transition not leaving behind one of its most popular models. Today we’re looking at the Mangird Tea 2, a sequel to the original Mangird Tea that we gave it a positive rating back in 2020. Much is the same, but in a few key ways, Xenns has changed things up to deliver a more engaging, fun version of its previous hit set.
Like the original Tea, the Tea 2 features a seven driver array. A dynamic driver and two balanced anchors cover the bottom end. These two BAs help transition from bass to mids, improving performance with more punch and detail. Two more BAs cover the mids and two more cover the highs. The segmented frequency response allows each pair (or trio for the low end) to have an increased focus on their particular section of the register. Having that many drivers also lends itself to better layering – not a rule, but certainly true here.
These drivers are paired with a vote designed to address the biggest criticisms of the original Mangird Tea. Namely that the bass lacked punch compared to similarly priced rivals and that the highs rolled off too quickly, obscuring some of the detail the drivers were able to deliver. It’s a success and the Tea 2 beats the original in every way – except price.
This new set is $50 more expensive than the original Tea and tips the scales at $349. That puts it firmly in the audiophile arena (no surprise) and puts it in close competition with other popular sets like the Moondrop Blessing 2. Unfortunately, I’ve never heard this set compared, but I suspect those comparisons won’t be hard to find .
The Tea 2 comes with a new and improved 6N oxygen-free cable that comes pre-assembled but uses a 2-pin connector for easy swapping. There are no interchangeable ends, which is not surprising at this price point, but it can be ordered with your choice of balanced 3.5mm, 2.5mm or 4.4mm connectors. There are no microphonics with this cable and it is soft enough to wrap easily and avoid tangling.
Also included in the box are six sets of silicone tips (more on that in the next section) and two sets of memory foam tips. There is a 3.5mm to 6.35mm adapter for using the Tea 2s with desktop audio hardware and an airline adapter for use when traveling by plane. Finally, Xenns includes a beautiful faux leather case. It’s too big to carry in a bag, but it’s ok to toss in a bag or store the headphones.
Xenns Mangird Tea 2 – fit and comfort
The Mangird Tea 2 takes its cues from the original Teas in terms of fit and comfort. Like this set, they feature a CIEM-inspired design that aims to both secure in the ear canal and reset on the outer ear. It’s contoured to rest appropriately without pressing uncomfortably on any part of the ear, and even includes small protrusions to fit the nooks and crannies of the ear so they don’t come loose with normal use. It’s a no-risk design, and that’s okay because it works well and is comfortable to wear.
However, these headphones are medium-sized to accommodate all those drivers. If you have smaller ears, you may find that they hang out a little further than you are used to. This also means that they tend to loosen with any kind of vigorous exercise. I could use these for relaxed listening (sitting, walking) but anything less than that would cause them to eventually lose their seal. This doesn’t really take a swipe at the headphones, as you’re less likely to run with an unsealed (and expensive) IEM than something better suited to the task, but it’s something to keep in mind if you’re into audiophile practice. class headphones.
To improve the fit and comfort of the Tea 2s, Xenns have included a selection of tips to choose from. There are two sets of memory silicone tips and two pairs of memory foams. While there is a difference in firmness between the two pairs of silicone (red is firmer while black is softer), the bigger difference is that the red tips have much shorter nozzles. If you need a little more reach to secure in your ear canal, the black tips are the way to go. The downside is if you prefer a softer silicone tip not have longer ear canals, blacks quickly become uncomfortable.
Xenn’s Mangird Tea 2 – Listening Impressions
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The original Mangird Tea was praised for its broadly balanced sound signature, tuned to offer satisfying bass and pleasing amounts of detail for the price. The Tea 2 maintains that tradition, but its aim is to address bass presence as well as impact and texture, and to enhance the level of detail showing through in the upper register. To achieve this, the new dynamic driver is paired with a pair of balanced armatures tuned for bass and mids to help transition between ranges and add detail. I think it’s safe to say that Xenns was successful.
While the original tea was enjoyable, I found myself bounced off of it fairly quickly. The balanced signature tended to be tame to play, lacking some of the punch in the bass that I’ve come to appreciate over time. The Tea 2 is a definite improvement in this area, making it much more appealing. As a fan of heavier, guitar-driven music, the speed of the woofers plays very well with noticeably more kick. Atreyus Bleeding Mascara is a great litmus test of bass driver performance with its machine gun double kick drums and performed brilliantly.
This improved response also pairs great with pop and hip-hop. The throw-in love the way you lie by Rihanna and Eminem has realistic impact and decay. Rather than being a simple punch, it lets you see the texture in a way the original tea just couldn’t.
However, it is in the upper register that the most impressive qualities emerge. There was a treble boost that brings out some of the detail and sparkle that was missing or masked in the original Tea. love the way you lie and monster are showcases for how well the Tea 2 transitions between bass, mids and highs. The acoustic guitar cuts through clearly, cleanly and articulately. It’s the kind of performance you’d expect at this price point, and it sounds great. This also applies to vocals, which are a little forward but especially sweet from female singers.
The tuning also allows soundstage and imaging to be brought forward. Because you can hear more, instrument separation and layering are clearer than ever. The Tea 2 isn’t exceptionally roomy, but instruments and vocalists have enough room to breathe and have their own section of headroom. If you plan on using these for gaming, be sure to turn on Dolby Atmos, but their out-of-the-box performance will sound good and offer enough detail that you’ll wish your gaming headset could match it (in everything but spaciousness – it’s an IEM, after all).
At $349, the Xenns Mangird Tea 2 is a big improvement over the original and addresses the top reasons why many users ended up shelving their pairs. This is primarily an audiophile set and while it doesn’t need a powerful amp to drive it will benefit from a good source and scale well with more power. If you’re looking for a great sounding set that’s more engaging and fun than the original Mangird Tea, this is a solid and satisfying advancement on an already popular set.
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