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Product Launch: TRI Starlight Electrostatic Hybrid IEM

TRI is a new kid on the block but have garnered a strong cult following with their highly unique hybrid IEM designs that adopt the latest technologies. A good example of this is the I3, a Tribrid earphone sporting a PMD, DD and BA combination at just $180 USD.

The company is back at it with a new flagship, the Starlight, similarly adopting a tribrid setup. However, instead of a planar driver handling lows, we observe a carbon-nano-tube DD with 2x Sonion BA drivers covering the midrange. Perhaps the star of the show is its adoption of Sonion’s 2nd generation quad electro-static tweeters that boast increased sensitivity, further compounded by that quad driver setup. As such, this is shaping up to be a very competitive implementation of the controversial technology. TRI has tuned the Starlight for an exciting sound while retaining a natural tonality but only impressions will tell.

Despite its cutting-edge acoustics, the Starlight comes in an elevated but hardly unreasonable $799 USD asking price, a big step up from the I3, but understandable given the price of Sonion’s estat drivers. You can read more about the TRI on the product page here.



Ryan Soo

Ryan Soo

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