BUDGET
IN-EAR

i4

TRI

Rating

Price

8

45 €

Review published:

09/2019

Driver

2

per Side

1

Dynamic

1

Balanced

Impedance

12 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

8

Bass

7.5

Mids

8

Trebles

Sensitivity

103 dB

7.8

Handling

9

Haptic

B

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 40000 Hz

Intro

TRI is a new CHI-FI company that has seen the light of day and presents its debut i4. The i4 convinces with an excellent workmanship and fit, as well as with a well tuned V-signature, where the lower mids sometimes lack some assertiveness. A good all-rounder at a moderate price!

Handling

Three sizes of foamtips, 4 pairs of silicone tips, a beautiful leather bag and a removable MMCX cable, medium quality, are included in the i4 package.
That's more than decent for me, but it's also reflected in the price.

Visually, the i4 is slightly different from its countless competitors on the market. It's just the little things that make it deviate from the familiar standard design, but it can stand out from the crowd thanks to its angular, elegant style. Everything looks as if it has been cast in one piece and gives it a robust appearance without even having it in your hand or ear.
If you are ready, you won't be disappointed. The i4 feels very valuable, has a moderate weight and has an excellent fit. The case is made of aluminium, which underlines the very good haptics.

The isolation is really good, very good even with the right tip size!

Sound

The TRI i4 relies on a dynamic driver and a BA driver from Knowles, which makes it price-wise and technically compatible with the TIN HIFI T3. The TIN HIFI T3 doesn't have the broad stage and bass presence of the i4, but a richer midrange and a larger expansion in treble with a reliable susceptibility to sibilants.

The bass has an astonishingly linear presentation, allowing sub and mid bass to agree on harmonic coexistence. The level of detail is remarkable, as well as the texture. It is not overemphasized and always controlled. I'd like a more powerful punch, but he' s fast, clear and clean even with more complex songs. Rarely does the upper bass tend to boom.

Due to the very low mids, the bass inevitably has a slight effect on them, without becoming overshadowed. It gives enough warmth not to make them appear too thin and also to give male voices the body they need to sound natural. Female voices go more forward than their male counterparts, but both stand in front of the instruments. The mids are very spatial and detailed. Unpleasant peaks are seldom to be expected.

The highs find a very good mixture of liveliness and vastness, without becoming strenuous, or unnecessarily bringing out the sibilants. Certainly not for treple heads, but the level of detail and the expansion is still convincing and realistic! They give the mids more openness and lightness and create a wide 3D image. A little more depth might be needed, but there will be few who would say that the highs lack anything, or that they create a false sound.

Outro

With the i4, TRI has created a good mid-range in-ear, which doesn't attack the high-class segment in an urgent way, but can also leave some budget models behind in terms of quality. It achieves this with a balanced, largely relaxed V-signature, a wide stage and excellent workmanship. Small points of criticism are the slightly too elevated upper mids compared to their lower colleagues, which can also lead to slight fatigue, as well as the not always tight upper bass.

Legend

Haptic:

Here the processing plays a role and the usability of the scope of supply. Additionally the appearance, wearing comfort and robustness.


Value:
Here I evaluate for me subjectively the price/performance ratio - does not flow into the evaluation!

Z: No Brainer

A: money well spent

B: all right, you can do

C: gives better for less money

D: overpriced

E: collector's price

Daily life:
Here, I focus on the long-term audibility and whether I can hear it well out of the box. This is of course very subjective and therefore only a minimal deduction or bonus. 

(-0.1, 0, +0.1)

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Rating in Letters

S: 9.5 - 10

A: 9.0 - 9.4​

B: 8.0 - 8.9​

C: 7.0 - 7.9

D: 6.0 - 6.9​
E: 5.0 - 5.9​

F: 0.0 - 4.9​

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