TRI Starlight

Massive starlight on every nuance and detail!

PROS: Good tuning for the major part, exceptional clarity and micro-detail retrieval, good soundstage and imaging, fast and precise bass dynamics, overall precision and attack, good build quality with excellent shiny finish, attractive stock shell design.

CONS: Substantially north of neutral lower and upper treble boosts will be troublesome for the treble sensitive, TRI should fill the shell cavity with a bit more resin to add some heft, stock cable isn’t the best at this price point.

The product was kindly provided by TRI/KBEAR for a review. I covered custom fees and taxes for it. 

About TRI.

TRI is KBEAR’s premium line of in-ear monitors and are brands of Shenzhen Lingyin Technology Co. Ltd. China. KBEAR mainly offers value for money IEMs and cables under $100 whereas TRI is positioned as a more premium lineup of IEMs, mostly $100 and above.

Links – TRI Starlight (Official KBEAR AliExpress Store)

TRI Starlight Solo 2

Technical Specifications.

  • Drivers – 1 Carbon Nanotube Dynamic Driver, 2 Sonion Balanced Armatures, 4 Sonion Electrostatic Drivers.
  • Impedance – 14Ω
  • Sensitivity – 102dB ± 3dB
  • Frequency response range: 20-23kHz
  • Cable – High-Quality Silver Plated Cable

Included in the box.

  • TRI Starlight
  • 2-pin Cable with 3.5mm jack
  • Carry case
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Manual

Build Quality.

Starlight, like the Starshine, has semi-custom shaped shells made out of resin. The shells are finished beautifully and I could spot no imperfections even under bright light. The shells are filled with minimal resin on the inside which makes them quite a bit lighter than full resin filled IEMs like Moondrop S8. I personally like full resin shells but less resin actually makes the internals easier to fix in case of warranty repairs. The shells have a translucent black bottom, carbon fibre with golden flakes faceplate design and the TRI logo on top. The shells have a vent for the dynamic driver right below the 2-pin sockets. The nozzle is a bit short and relies on a well extending ear tip for a medium insertion fit.

TRI Starlight Solo 4

Cable – Starlight’s stock 2-core SPC cable has a 3.5mm jack, is supple, tangle free with minimal microphonics but is disappointing when you compare it to its cheaper sibling Starshine’s stock copper and silver-plated mixed braided 2.5mm balanced cable (called Rhyme), which comes with 3.5mm and 4.4mm adapters. Considering this is TRI’s flagship and they have some very nice cables under their brand as a cable manufacturer, Starlight should’ve definitely come with a better stock cable, preferably a balanced one with extra adapters like Starshine’s.

TRI Starlight Cable

Case – It’s a faux leather case with a magnetic closing mechanism. It barely fits the Starlight and the cable. You can’t really put any accessories in the tiny pouch or else the lid won’t shut. They should’ve chosen a more roomy case that could’ve fit at least some of the stock accessories.

TRI Starshine Case

Fit and Comfort.

Starlight has a fairly comfortable shallow fit with most stock tips because of its short nozzle. I either use foam ear tips, particularly the Moondrop MIS-tips, or BGVP E01 silicone ear tips in Large size for the best fit and sound. I prefer the foam ear tips though for Starlight, which help with a nice deep and snug fit as well as tame a bit of the bright treble.

Page 2 – Sound Analysis, Comparisons and Conclusion.

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