HIGH-CLASS
IN-EAR

i3

TRI

Rating

Price

8.5

135 €

Review published:

06/2020

Driver

3

per Side

1

Dynamic

1

Balanced

Impedance

15 Ohm

PZ/ES/PL

1

Sound

8.5

Bass

8

Mids

8.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

103 dB

8.3

Handling

8.5

Haptic

A

Value

+

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 40000 Hz

Intro

TRI has launched 3 products on the market so far. The i4, which would have deserved a little more attention for my taste, the i3 and their new flagship model, the Starlight. Thus the subsidiary of KBEAR focuses more on class (which I can attest at least to the i4 and, anticipating this, also to the i3) than mass, which makes it a positive phenomenon in the fast-moving Chi-Fi world.

Handling

Are your hands wellwashed? Touch the i3 and we'll see quickly. With its chrome look it's a real eye-catcher (memories of the Kanas Pro will come back), but it's also a fingerprint magnet.
The case is surprisingly thick. Even though the i3 uses three different types of drivers, I'm convinced that this can be stored more compactly, but maybe this is resonance-wise well thought out to the last detail ;) However, this does not have a negative effect on the wearing comfort, which is also very pleasant in the long run.

The scope of delivery is not as extensive as for example with BGVP, but still very appealing. The cable was copied from the TIN HIFI P1 (MMCX) and found to be good. I think so too, so it fits! It comes with a small bag with TRI logo, two kinds of silicone tips and a pair of foam tips. Very solid, but also a must for the price.

TRI could have paid a bit more attention to the workmanship, so that there are no protruding edges between the case and the faceplate. This reduces the haptic impression a little bit.

The isolation is quite good, but doesn't quite come up to the sealing of universal custom in-ears, which nestle even better to the ear.

Sound

In contrast to the IEMs from the parent company KBEAR, TRI always provides us with a very secure tuning without having to sacrifice musical content.

The bass of the i3 is rather from the softer side and does not necessarily impress with a firm and fast punch. The bass is, so to speak, quite sluggish, which in turn provides a rather warm and full sound. It's not bloated, but sounds very natural in its response and gives notes more weight, which is definitely to my taste. Nevertheless it should be a bit tighter and develop more pressure.

The mids are a bit set back, but in any case one of the strengths of the i3. They simply sound damn authentic, no matter if voices or instruments. At the same time they are very relaxed and stroll effortlessly over the provided music material. Here you can quickly lose yourself and immerse yourself in the music. The bass thickens the mids a little bit, but they counter that as far as possible without building up excessive hardness. That's what I call contemporary educational methods. Concerning the resolution, there is still some potential for improvement, but the i3 still performs above average here. Sometimes voices get lost in the mix too much for my taste, but that shouldn't diminish the tonal qualities of the mids.

Like the bass and mids, the trebles are very balanced and pleasant and invite you to long listening sessions. One might think that the high frequencies lack a bit of level, but this is more likely to be due to the source device, as the planar driver prefers to be woken up with a bucket of water rather than with a birdsong alarm clock. The trebles have a very good extension and sound realistic without becoming artificial. Certainly nothing for treble heads, but some high-frequency sensitive people will certainly appreciate the presentation of the i3 without feeling that they have to do without information.

Separation isn't the i3's greatest strength, but for that it can score points in the stage expansion. It could be a bit more differentiated in depth, but the panoramic image is very well done and sweeping.

Outro

The TRI i3 is a very relaxed, natural and musical IEM that lacks a little technical sophistication despite the driver configuration. You get the feeling that with the technology used (dynamic, BA & Planar driver) something more would have been possible, which could catapult the i3 into other spheres. What's left is a very pleasing IEM that will please a lot of people and provide information more subtly without hiding it. No peaks, mostly well controlled sibilants, an appealingly detailed and transparent sound that could have a bit more presence in the mids and also has potential in layering and level stability of the high frequencies. Hours of musical enjoyment are guaranteed with the TRI i3, without having to sacrifice musicality. It works better with a higher output level, especially with regard to the planar driver (tweeter). If the latter gets more power, the i3 opens up even more and offers more aha-experiences without being artificial.

Thanks to OARDIO for the review unit.
https://www.oardio.com/earphones/tri/tri-i3-iem-planar-tribrid.html

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​

1/3

i4

i3

Second Opinion:

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CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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