There have been over 15 other HIFIMAN product reviews on TechPowerUp, but this is my first foray with the brand. However, it may not be my first HIFIMAN review you will see, which is a hint and a half of there currently being others in my possession for testing. Regardless, I went in knowing that HIFIMAN is one of the more established and renowned audio brands from China. While mostly known for its planar magnetic headphones, HIFIMAN has dipped its toes into in-ear headphones, electrostatic headphones, and True Wireless Stereo (TWS) earphones in the past, including the TWS600 that impressed my fellow editor. There is a new HIFIMAN TWS product out now, and thanks to the company for providing TechPowerUp a review sample!
The TWS600 was HIFIMAN's first foray into the wild, competitive world of TWS earphones—one that gets harder to break into by the day. It currently sells for $99, with the general impression being that the original MSRP of $199 was not very competitive. Indeed, I have here over ten different TWS sets I can barely distinguish between, with all adopting a small single dynamic driver, one of the many Qualcomm TWS chipsets, a mobile app, and the form factor that is more or less established for the genre. HIFIMAN had to do something different to get more eyes on the new TWS800, and every single thing mentioned above is in some surprising ways different on the TWS800, which on its own should grab your attention. As per usual, we begin this review with a look at the product specifications in the table below.
HIFIMAN TWS800 TWS Earphones
AAC and SBC
Topology diaphragm dynamic driver associated with high impedance alloy voice coil, and paired with built-in amp
20 Hz–20 kHz
150 Ω (voice coil)
4.5 hours music playback + 27 hours from case
Earphones Charging Time:
Case Charging Time:
Weight (Each Earphone):
Packaging and Accessories
HIFIMAN operates a web shop directly; however, this shipped along with another item, so we begin with the product packaging. I just had to go check the TWS600 packaging since there are clearly changes internally, and the same has happened externally with HIFIMAN going with a more monochrome design for the product box this time around. It ships inside a bubble wrapper for protection, and we see the company logo, product name, and salient marketing features along with a render of the product on the front. This continues on the back, but with information specific to the user experience with the TWS800. Apart from two seals on the top and bottom that hold the box together, there is not much to see on the sides.
Remove both seals and the top can be lifted off to reveal the contents inside. There is foam lining on the inside of the top lid too, which helps make for a foam cushion all around the earphones and charging/storage case. The foam is machined to allow cutouts for a snug fit, with space allocated to remove each of the three items. The accessories are found below, including paperwork on the inside of this second layer, consisting of a warranty support document, unfortunately all in Mandarin, as well as a product manual that unfurls to display instructions in both English and Mandarin (online copy here).
The other accessories include a soft fabric drawstring-style bag, which is nice for holding the case with the earphones inside. HIFIMAN also throws in a USB Type-A to Type-C cable for charging the case, which is expectedly short and the basic minimum for TWS earphones today. Both the bag and cable are black, and certainly seem like random OEM accessories as there is no branding.
The ear tips provided with the HIFIMAN TWS800 are interesting, different from others, though similar to what the TWS600 and other HIFIMAN in-ear headphones get. We get a variety of silicone ear tips with flanges of different firmness and size, but also double to triple-flanged tips. This is a first for me with TWS earphones, and certainly makes tip rolling to ensure you get the best possible fit worth the effort. Missing is a decent set of memory foam ear tips, however, especially at the price point of these earphones.