Here is how I hear Tri-Silver pairs up with different IEMs in comparison to corresponding stock cables. In this test I was using LPGT as neutral reference source, volume matched, playing selection of my favorite test tracks, such as Agnes Obel “The curse”, Sandro Cavazza “So much better” (Avicii remix), C-Bool “Never go away”, Ed Sheeran “Shape of you”, Galantis “Hunter”, Iggy Azalea “Black widow”, Indila “Boite en argent”, Robin Schultz “Oh child”, David Elias “Vision of her”, and Michael Jackson “Dirty Diana”.
Just please keep in mind, I’m describing the sound of IEM paired up with a specific cable, driven from LPGT source. I don’t want to imply that cable will have a drastic effect on the sound of IEM. Based on what I’m hearing, cable can certainly finetune the sound, but if you find the original signature of IEM to be not your cup of tea, no cable alone will change that.
64 Audio U18t w/M20
Stock SPC to Tri-Silver – I’m hearing the expansion of soundstage width, maybe not so drastic, but enough to give the sound a more holographic perception. Regarding the sound, I hear a more textured sub-bass and a little more relaxed (attack) mid-bass with shorter controlled decay, giving low-end a more analog quality. I hear mids being a little more natural and slightly smoother as well, and treble gaining more sparkle and airiness. 64audio SPC stock cable is not a cheap generic cable to begin with, and while tonality hasn’t changed too drastically, I can certainly hear a different level of smoother and more natural refinement, without loosing resolution or detail retrieval.
64 Audio Fourte
Stock SPC to Tri-Silver – I’m hearing soundstage improvement in width, making the sound more holographic. Bass sounds tighter and with a better control. Mids is where I hear the biggest change where the presentation is being more forward, making overall sound to be more balanced. Due to improved bass control, lower mids are closer to neutral now, while upper mid have more natural tonality without loosing their clarity. Lower treble is still peaky, giving the sound more resolution, keeping the performance closer to stock. Personally, I prefer Fourte with an even warmer cable, like Tri-Copper, but if you like the original signature of Fourte with a stock cable, Tri-Silver will fine-tune it, especially the mids.
Stock SPC to Tri-Silver – I’m hearing the sound being more holographic now, expanding in both width and depth directions. I hear more rumble in sub-bass and overall bass sounding tighter, faster, with more control. Lower mids haven’t changed too much, but upper mids are more revealing, with improved retrieval of details. Treble is also accentuated with more sparkle, sounding crisper. If you prefer a smoother more natural tonality, K10UA pair up with Tri-Silver might not be the best choice since it brings out more treble energy, and Tri-Copper could be a better upgrade solution.
HiFiMAN RE2000 Silver
Stock SPC to Tri-Silver – As expected, soundstage expansion is more holographic now. Bass sounds tighter and mid-bass punch hits a little harder. Mids presentation is more forward and the sound is more revealing and more micro-detailed. Treble has more sparkle and airiness. This pair up actually brings Re2k silver performance closer to “gold” Re2k. The most noticeable change here is with mids being more forward and more revealing.
Stock Silver to Tri-Silver – I was looking forward to this comparison considering Mell comes with a stock pure silver cable (TWag v4). Tri-Silver still expands the soundstage wider, making the sound more holographic. I hear a touch more rumble in sub-bass, with bass being still linear and balanced. Mids are very similar in presentation and tonality, just with a little improvement in micro-detail retrieval. Treble is very similar, just with a slightly crisper definition.
Stock OFC to Tri-Silver – More holographic soundstage with improved width. With original cable the bass has a lot more booming sub-bass rumble, while with Tri-Silver the quantity of sub-bass is more linearly balanced with mid-bass. Lower mids are more neutral and upper mids are more revealing, with overall presentation of mids being more forward, better balanced with lows and treble. Treble is crisp and airy.
In this test, I wanted to hear how Tri-Silver compares to other premium cables, using LGPT as my neutral reference source and 64 audio U18t as the test monitor, volume matched in every comparison.
Tri-Silver vs EA Leonidas II – without a doubt, the comparison between these two cables will be of the most interest to many. They both share a similar soundstage expansion, though there is a small difference where Tri-Silver has a little more width while Leo II has a little more depth with the sound extending a little further away. As a result, Tri-Silver gives the sound presentation a touch more intimacy while Leo II pushes it more out of your head. When it comes to the sound analysis, both cables have nearly the same rendering of bass, from sub-bass extension and rumble quantity, to a warmer analog mid-bass punch. Lower mids are a touch fuller with Leo II while Tri-Silver brings it closer to neutral, but upper mids rendition is nearly identical. Treble has a very similar extension and quantity, but I hear Leo II being a little smoother while Tri-Silver having more sparkle. Both cables have a more natural detailed tonality, but the difference described above makes Tri-Silver just a touch more revealing while Leo II is a little warmer.
Tri-Silver vs PWA 1960-2W – The soundstage expansion here is similar, just that I hear Tri-Silver to have a little more width while 1960-2W stage extends slightly further out of your head. As a result, Tri-Silver gives the sound a touch more intimacy while 1960-2W extends the sound a little further out of your head. Bass rendition in this comparison is very similar, from sub-bass to mid-bass. Both have a more neutral lower mids, but 1960-2W makes uppers mids a little brighter and more revealing in comparison to Tri-Silver which gives the sound more natural organic smoother tonality. Both have a similar treble extension and airiness, but I hear 1960-2W making lower treble a little crisper, adding more sparkle.
Tri-Silver vs EA Thor II+ – And again, a similar difference in soundstage expansion where I hear Tri-Silver to have a wider staging while Thor II+ has more out of your head staging depth. With bass, Thor II+ lifts the sub-bass rumble, making the bass deeper and a little beefier, while Tri-Silver bass is more balanced in comparison. Mids are a little thinner and brighter in Thor II+ in comparison to Tri-Silver having more neutral lower mids and more natural smoother upper mids. Treble is nearly the same between these two. While Thor II+ sound perception is a little brighter, the bigger difference here is in sub-bas boost of Thor II+ and a more balanced sound with Tri-Silver.
Tri-Silver vs PS Tri-Copper – These have a similar soundstage expansion with nearly identical depth, though Tri-Silver has just a touch more width. With bass, overall quantity and balance between sub-bass and mid-bass are similar, but I hear Tri-Copper mid-bass punch hitting just a bit stronger. With mids, Tri-Copper adds more body in lower mids and has even smoother and warmer upper mids, while Tri-Silver lower mids are more neutral and upper mids are natural and more revealing. I also hear difference in treble where Tri-Silver has more sparkle and a little more airiness while Tri-Copper is smoother in comparison. Tri-Copper is definitely a warmer cable.
The common change I found while switching to Tri-Silver cable was always an improvement in soundstage width expansion, giving the sound a more holographic perception. Furthermore, it gave low end more control, making it tighter and better separated from lower mids. The most noticeable change was in upper mids, bringing more focus (instead of being further out of your head), making them sound more natural, and lifting the quantity to make sound sig more balanced.
And it wasn’t just a sound change, but also a new design that impressed me as much in this PlusSound Tri-Silver release. Aside from being a beautiful ergonomic cable, it was a very pleasant surprise to see the transformation of heatshrink plugs and connectors with their classic DIYish look and secure grip into a custom design which still has an unmistakably durable PlusSound signature look. Christian and his PlusSound team definitely stepped it up with this release!