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500+ Head-Fier
TRI i3 PRO - A Review
Pros: Bass
Planar mids
Really good for electronic
Fun listen
Cons: Needs a bit of assistance to drive at loud volumes (Common Planar issue)
Not particularly sparkly treble
Some mids and highs don't have fantastic seperation
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TRI i3 PRO - A Review

Looking for a cheaper alternative to the Oriolus Szalayi led me to the Tri i3 Pro with the same driver configuration. This was my first Planar experience and quite a good one at that.

But with so many more options in the market and with time passed are the Tri i3 Pro still worth consideration? Who knows? Who cares? Maybe just me, let's find out.

Disclaimer: I run music through my phone using FLAC files downloaded from Bandcamp. I rarely use a DAP/DAC of which I only have one, the Audioquest Dragonfly Black. I buy my iems for running and therefore don't have a desktop setup or any decent DAC configurations.


Form Factor
Upon reading about the i3 Pro I was under the impression it was going to be a lot bigger. The OG was apparently too big for most people and I've read plenty to suggest the size here is still on the large size. I was prepared for this but was pleasantly surprised to find them quite small, with an easy fit in my ear and solid ear security I never need to readjust these when running.

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Bass is about as plentiful and present as you would want it. It isn't textured in any great detail but has a solid slam and great sub-bass rumble which makes genres like Drum n Bass quite fantastic to listen to. In fact I could recommend these specifically for Drum n Bass. Vocal, liquid, dancefloor whatever, it all works. More modern tracks have a great slam and the rumbles are absolutely wonderful.

I never get a sense of the bass stepping on the mids however it is fair to say that mids aren't pushed forward. If we were talking about a singer on a stage then I would say they are in the middle of the stage rather than the front or the very back.

Despite not being overly bright the i3 Pro isn't particularly warm or dark which I only mention to say that it has plenty of speed and attack. I could imagine an iem with bigger, deeper and wider bass, but for the rest of the tuning it is pushed right to where it needs to be

The PLANAR. planar mids are a treat, I've read about them, but only now do I really get it. I'll be honest, I thought at first (From what i've read) that it was a completely new way to hear music. In reality the music is still the music. BUT, it feels like the mid notes are being played on a singular wave length endlessly flowing from the driver with all of the actual different mid notes shooting off from the this wave but always remaining connected. Think of if the Venom Symbiote represented soundwaves.


Or that gross pink thing from the Igorrr - Very Noise music video


It's nice, and noticeable, there isn't a chance that the speed won't be adequate and the mids feel very full.

The upper mids do step on the treble somewhat but it isn't really the worst criticism as it isn't too noticeable.

Despite the dedicated BA treble isn't incredibly defined in the microdetail sector. Female vocals and high notes however are full, linger with a nice resonance are quite wide and have impact. Bright songs don't come across as overly bright but they also don't let bright songs shine.

Soundstage is actually quite nice on these, there is an out of head feel, sometimes I got to play music on lower volumes and can't tell if the sound is coming from my phone in front of me or the iems. At higher volumes it obviously becomes more obvious.

it isn't extraordinary however and there isn't much to write home about. However to purely describe it I would say it has good height with lows, mids and highs appropriately stacked and and do somewhat encroach on one another but not in a horrible sense.

Sound Summary
So this all sounds quite positive yes? Well yes it's all very good, but where it stops short as reaching the territory of extraordinary. I don't like mentioning bring price into these things; it's either good or it ain't. But we also have to be fair, I would bring price into things if we were talking about a $4000 iem so why not a $189 pair?

Ok so I broke my rule straight away, clearly not a man of conviction. If this is your budget and you like bass. You want a planar or you just want a heavy full sound to be thrown your way and aren't expecting every nuance of music to appear then these are a great choice.

They convey an emotionality above average and capture the euphoric tones with delight.

However I still consider them just great.

The only IEM I have that is a fair comparison is the 7hz Timeless which I immediately purchased after hearing the i3 Pro to get more of that "Planar Sound". They both have their pro's and cons but after some use I do prefer the Tri i3 Pro. They are quite similar but I prefer the bass quantity put out by the Pro, while the Timeless has more of that "Planar wave length" thing going on.

Some people consider the Timeless neutral or as a reference sound iem. To me I think the bass is lesser than what an electronic musician would want and therefore it is not reference but rather missing some low end. However I've read the general sentiment as being there is too much bass so take my words with a grain of sand.

The Timeless has better imaging and separation but less of the meatiness of the i3 Pro and it's weighty mids.

It should also be noted the Timeless performs significantly better when played off a source that is not a phone.

Other stuff


Cable is decent quality. Thick copper, however I wanted to use the Tri i3 Pro for outdoor exercise so changed it to a thinner and lighter Xinhs silver cable to reduce some weight. I did notice small changes in sound but nothing dramatic.

As I mentioned I run these off a phone. I do find them lacking in 1 or 2 steps of volume. At home I don't feel the need to drive them to max volume but out during a run they don't quite hit the sweet spot and leave me wanting more. This is a minor grievance as I understand it's common with the planar. However, I have a TOTL Noble iem that runs just fine off a phone and has like 3 x the amount of drivers, so I really do think manufacturers could get there if they tried a little harder.

Truth me told I'm not using a $189 iem on a DAC for critical desktop listening and I don't think it should be standard practice to make these things for a DAP/DAC set up.

On a computer using the regular aux input I can't listen at max volume as it's too loud.

What a convenient segway. I did try and run these on my Audioquest Dragonfly Black and it completely warped the sound. It's hard to describe but it felt like the drivers started to play all the wrong frequencies without any of the required tuning. Everything became so thin and quite unlistenable. I didn't realise this was possible and that was the end of my testing.

These are fairly inexpensive way to test a fun driver combination. They look and feel nice, have a solid sound presentation with good note weight, standard technicalities with occasional surprises in that department, powerful bass and smooth everything else.

You could really enjoy these, unless you have something better, then you probably wont listen to them a lot.

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Take with with a grain of pepper as I don't have the go blu. But I was only 1 or 2 volume steps away from satisfactory volume on my Oppo mobile.

On the Dragonfly Black there was no problem, so I think you would be fine with any DAP
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100+ Head-Fier
Pros: Good sub-bass
Great bass
Great treble details
Great stage depth and layering
Good transparency with good
Good microdetails in the mids
Notes body definition were great
Cons: Not great treble extension
No good air in the strings
Lacking details in the treble region
Notes edge definition is not great
Not very wide

TRI is the luxury counterpart of the chifi manufacturer KBEAR. Given the reputation of both of the sister companies I have hopes that this I3 PRO will be a great iem and would overgrow the sales of the original TRI I3, which though I haven’t had the chance to hear but have had heard great things about. So, let’s dive into the review of

DISCLAIMER- THIS UNIT BELONGS TO MY FRIEND @suman134 AND thanks to him I get the time to review it. Well as always, the opinions are mine alone and not influenced by friendship
😋 haha! 🤣

  1. Drivers: 10mm Planar magnetic + composite 8mm dynamic driver + 1 balanced armature
  2. Impedance: 15 Ω
  3. Sensitivity: 103 dB/mW
  4. Frequency Range: 20 – 30,000 Hz
  5. Cable/Connector: 2PIN (0.78MM)

Now TRI is well known for their beautiful and practical unboxing experience and this didn’t disappoint in that regard. It’s mostly similar to every KBEAR products I have tried but still the box gives such chromatic vibes that I played with it more than check the iems inside 🤣. Rest I will let the pictures dictate for you all 😁

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The Iem is solid dense metal with 3 grooves. It feels dense yet not too heavy in addition the silver colour just makes its shine through. The finish is mirror / metallic so be wary of legendary scratches 😉 if you won’t be careful 🤣!
Fit for me was just right, it’s just a tad bit big for my medium ears, so adjustment after two hours or so is needed. No vacuum feeling with it either 😁

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The cable is excellent as always with the TRI products. It’s a 5N OFC (oxygen-free copper) cable which has no microphonics, is pliable and thick, has some weight added to it.

  1. Carry Box (feels a little bit small for this mirror finish iem)
  2. Lots of tips
  3. Cleaning brush and cloth 😁 will be needed trust me!!
  4. Paperwork
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This iem does need a bit of power for full potential but my DAP of 400mw was able to drive it fully too. So, depending upon the source it might be good / bad / okayish but try to give everything a bit of time (No burn in needed per se here no changes I encountered).

NOTE- This IEM is used with-
  1. N6ii and T01 module & R01(mostly R01 since it adds more naturalism to the iem and also better stage) for portable on chair listening experience for the most part of the review.
  2. On desktop- N6ii LO and A30s (Burson V5i D) and XDUOO MT602 Sylvania tubes (beautiful pairing but then low gain on N6ii and also volume at 08 but I would stay since it becomes a beautiful entity but this requires a better silver cable !!!😁) has been used.
  3. Sometimes LG G8x as phone source.
  4. Tips used were stock ‘M’ sized tips but I felt wide bore tips of E horn pro ‘M’ size would be great and hence I am using that.
NOW COMING ON TO THE SOUND OF THE TRI I3 PRO- (This is subjective and your opinions may vary)


Sub-bass is rumbly enough to satisfy my tastes. The texture is slightly present but makes up with the rumble. The decay is fast and precise but rumble goes on for quite a little longer than the body of the notes. Overall tone is slightly leaner but still is very close to being organic 😍. Addition of dynamism (not a lot but good enough) makes the experience much better. A lot of energy is present though which makes the overall experience pretty good 😁.
Now coming onto the bass, the interaction between both the sub-bass and bass is pretty great. Everyone respects each other and maintains the balance between “The Darkside and The Force” 🤣. The tonality is on the leaner but close to natural side. It has that wonderful midbass punch and has a lot of energy there. The timbre is present but the decay is fast, but the it does leave a trail to ponder upon. The projection ain’t that much into the head-stage but it does give you a good feel of it. Notes have a good beginning and body but edge definition needs a slight improvement. There is good amount of separation of the notes but this still doesn’t give the planar experience that I had while using the LCD I3 and the HIFIMAN SUNDARA but the layering is pretty good between the different percussion instruments.


Vocals are the soul of the music and this defines that beautifully. The body of the notes of the vocalists just shine throughout the song and makes you feel the energy and the emotion in the song 🤩. Notes beginning is also pretty great but this does lack some extension in the ending (you can’t expect everything 😞). The tonality will be affected by what tips you use since the upper mids and treble will affect the overall signature but with my use of E-Pro Horn tips and KZ reverse starline tips (both wide bore tips), this just gives such a great natural feel to the voice, it breaks my heart why they didn’t add such wide bore tips (why Tri !!!, hopefully they see my review and start adding wide bore tips to their arsenal 😁). The air in the voice does come up but it feels a little cut off on the edges further giving the impression of low extension. The thickness of male vocals needs to be more pronounced but female vocals shine through with this leanness. They feel more balanced and doesn’t leave more to be found, on the other hand male vocals needs more love. Dynamics aren’t lacking in either of them and the tonality difference is also well perceived. Overall, a great experience but still makes you want more.

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Instruments in the mids are really the best part of this iem. They are emphasized greatly and overall; the tonality is slightly on the leaner side with great dynamism in the notes. Timbre is confusing a bit, hi-hats and other metallic hits gives off a slight BA metallic timbre but guitars and other string instruments, even piano and other keys just seem have that planar presence and beautiful fast timbre. The decay is though fast and gives off a very small sense of projection into the head stage (don’t worry reverb is still felt though 😁). Notes are more beginning and body focused but with great emphasis on the body of the notes. Edge definition needs a bit more work but it’s still very good to give an enhanced sense of separation. The inter instrumental separation is great, every instrument has its own space and air, the layering is not top notch but still gives a planar presence to it. Lower mids does need some more thickness to the notes (even with wide bore tips it did improve but still needs more). Upper mids love the leanness and extend more than the lower mids but with using the stock tips, it was a sharp experience in some genre of music hence I shifted to wide bore tips. Otherwise, really a great experience with all genres of music.


Treble presence is really good and energetic. It’s sparkly and really gives off a great feel when the trumpets and all go off 🤩. If you want a smoother experience this isn’t for you, but please don’t use it with stock tips use the wide bore tips, otherwise it will be a congested and very sharp experience 😅. The tonality is slightly lean here, closer to natural (with wide bore tips) but with much better decay than the mids. The tambourines and other metallic instruments still have that slightly metallic BA timbre, others though don’t have that and shine through. The notes are well defined in every part, even the edge definition too. Air and transparency are pretty good in the instruments for the price but extension is required more in the notes. Separation in between the notes is pretty great and this just goes through to the instruments too. Micro details do come through but will leave you, still wanting for more, a slightly more increased transparency might have been required. The dynamics are still great and gives you an enhanced experience overall and really brings more excitement and energy to the music.

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Now the head stage isn’t that wide but its quite tall and doesn’t lack at all. The layering is quite good and separation makes it much better. With stock tips, this might become congested but, wide bore tips it will become a different story all together. The depth (-y axis) is quite good and in stage depth is also enhanced with the planar driver presence. In between the instruments, there’s good space and some air, but slightly more width in the head stage would have been great.


Resolution is pretty great, not lacking in showing you the bad effect of badly mastered tracks too 😅. Microdetails are slightly lacking but its quite good for the price and whatever is there, it pops up albeit neither musically nor on your face, but slowly creeping up. Transient are easy to track though and doesn’t make you want for more. Imaging is pretty great added with the layering. Its slightly diffused, but is still pretty good in maintaining the presence of the instruments over the head-stage.

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More balanced signature
Better mid bass tightness and definition
Better inter-instrumental separation
Texture is better enhanced
Better notes edge definition
More controlled and balanced notes
Wider stage


Better treble extension
Better treble details
Better sub-bass
Better stage depth and layering
Better transparency
Better mids
Notes body definition were better.


Better treble extension
Better air in the string instruments
Better transparency
Better edge defintion of the notes
Better texture in bass

Bass is warmer
Sub-bass is warmer
Better vocals than T1 plus
Less air
Less details

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The iem is pretty great for its price. It felt more like an DD with Planar staging missing out on the planar treble though. Using silver cable like TRN pure silver made it much more excellent and felt like the way to go haha!!! But overall, really good experience and I would surely recommend it😁!!!
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Do you know IEMs with better (the same quantity, but faster) sub-bass/bass? I don't mean something crazy with $2000 price. Say, Audiosense DT600... Or what?
Hey @anli havent had chance to try Audiosense DT600 but if you want bass but faster hmm, seems like a BQEYZ spring 2 would do but you would loose a bit of width in stage for it, Campfire Mammoth is a bass house, Holocene more V but more technically better bass house, DUNU zen would be slow for you. FD3 would be a cheaper but good option but speed might be similar to I3 pro , Penon serial is good , i tried it for a few songs but the bass is much more different overall, more texture more details but sadly not faster.


500+ Head-Fier
A re-release done right! Short write-up about the TRI i3 Pro
Pros: Build quality
Unboxing experience
Comfort (the new lightweight design really helps the IEMs disappear in your ears)
Improved mids
Improved highs
Cons: The lows are inferior in quality compared to the original i3

The following are neither cons nor pros, just some differences caused by the minor design change:
Soundstage is slightly smaller compared to the original i3
The nozzle doesn't allow for two different settings anymore

A re-release done right!

Oh yes, I can finally say that a company has not let down its customers with a re-release. How many times have you seen a manufacturer re-release a popular model and completely ruin it and change it up from the original version? I’ll tell you: too many times. The whole purpose of re-releasing a product is to refresh it, but most importantly, to improve the “bads” and keep the “goods”. As a customer, I do not want a downgrade in quality in a re-release, neither do I want a warm sound signature if the original one had an analytical sound signature (and vice versa). TRI masterfully kept the good's and implemented several changes and improvements. Welcome the i3 Pro!

Unboxing Experience




As someone who greatly appreciates good marketing, all I can say is “My goodness! What an experience”. Hats off to the design team responsible for the packaging. The cover is what made my jaw drop. The design is very minimalist yet very modern and attractive. On the front, there are holographic lines which follow a circular pattern and are slightly dented into the cover’s surface. In the center there is a simple white print of the company’s name [TRI] and the model’s name [i3 Pro]. The background print resembles a purplish galaxy. However, the holographic details truly set this packaging apart. Also, it’s very nice to see that there is no repetition on the sides. The left side of the packaging features a large print of company’s name and logo, while the right side has a print of “Continue classic, beyond classic” in three languages (my guess is that it’s: Chinese, English, Japanese). On the back, there are vague details such as the driver setup, specifications, and company details.

If you thought the goodies stop there, you are mistaken. Once you slide the cover off, you are met with a rubbery matte box. So far, it’s the most pleasant material I have seen being used for a cardboard box. I hope the company keeps using this material in its other models, because it truly gives off premium vibes. In this box you will find all the contents placed inside of a foam insert — something I can say I’m used to.

Formal format of what’s inside:
1x cleaning cloth
4x silicone ear-tips (S/M/L)
5x KBEAR silicone ear-tips (S/SM/M/M/L)
1x 3.5mm cable
1x 3.5mm plug plastic cover
1x leather carrying case


Silver Surfer is back at it again

It would be a true shame if the i3 Pro didn’t retain the authentic i3 silhouette. Fortunately for everyone, the silhouette is still here. The main changes between the previous i3 and the new i3 Pro are related to the physical size. A 26% reduction in size is the biggest and most obvious change. The purpose of this was to make the IEMs both more comfortable and more lightweight. Besides this, the shells still have the “wavy” design on the faceplate, they are still made of two pieces, and the overall shape is pretty much the same.

Some of the more notable changes that might not be as apparent are: 4 vents, 2-pin connectors, completely different nozzle design, different nozzle grill.

For reference: the original i3 only had a single small vent that was located on the side, and it used MMCX connectors. In my opinion, the switch to 2-pin connectors is a major improvement and step in the right direction. I think we can say that 2-pin connectors are a industry standard. Many people have a collection of 2-pin cables, which means they can finally use them. The nozzle on the original i3 model was both longer and the ear-tips could be placed in two different ways. What made that nozzle special is that it featured a lip in the middle of the nozzle, whereas the new i3 Pro (and many other IEMs) uses a lip at the very tip of the nozzle. The grills differ by design. The original grill featured a slanted oval design, and the new grill features a significantly more dense circular design.

Interestingly enough, while looking through online images of the TRI i3 Pro, I found that many of them featured the old grill… This leaves me to question which grill the IEMs use (there are clearly two different grill versions).

Edit: It turns out that TRI did release a 2-pin version of the i3 at some point in time. However, the original i3 that I posses uses MMCX connectors.

The reduction in size is without a doubt a huge improvement, but I’m uncertain whether I can say the same for the other changes that were implemented. The shorter nozzle that doesn’t give you the flexibility of two different iterations of the ear-tips is a drawback, if you ask me. At first, I experienced driver flex issues. However, that was because I received a prototype pair that had very dense grills. Since the i3 Pro features 4 vents, it made no sense as to why there was driver flex occurring. I haven’t experienced driver flex on the original i3, so it wasn’t logical for the more vented design to introduce driver flex issues. I suspected that the grills were the cause of these issues, and I was right! After I received a pair of grills that are included on the commercially available release, the driver flex issues were gone.


Build Quality & Cable

““Life in plastic, it’s fantastic” is the complete opposite of what the TRI i3 has to offer - not a single plastic piece was used in its construction” — from my original i3 review.

This still holds to be true. The shells are still made of an aluminum alloy (according to the marketing, 7000-series aluminum alloy is used). 7000-series aluminum alloys are used in wing bearings and landing gears, which require the highest strengths and strongest reinforcements. Fun fact: 7000-series aluminum alloys have the highest strengths of all other aluminum alloys. Apple has used it in their watches, phones (e.g. iPhone 6s). TRI actually did reveal that they are using specifically the 7050 aluminum alloy, so there you have it.

In terms of the cable, it’s a 50/50. Don’t get me wrong, the cable itself is amazing, but I just have a thing for the old cable. The positive “50” is that it’s finally a 2-pin cable, while the negative is that it’s not the old cable. The funny thing is that it appears as though even the cable was later changed in the original i3. The cable that I am talking about is the same cable featured in the photos in my i3 review. It was a loosely braided 4-core cable. I liked it both for its pinkish look and its lightweight nature. I’m sure many prefer the new cable (referring to both the new i3 Pro and the newer versions of the original i3), but I personally prefer the old one. On the positive side of things, i3 Pro’s cable features all-metal housings (2-pin connector housings, chin slider, Y-Splitter housing, 3.5mm connector housing).


I want to keep this section sweet and short.

Compared to the i3, the i3 Pro has a deeper fit and a more relaxed seal. The original i3 had a shallow fit, but had a very tight seal. Something to take into consideration is the fact that the ear-tips I use on the i3 are considerably larger and longer than the ones I use on the i3 Pro. This has an effect of both the insertion depth and the seal, so, keep this in mind!

Both IEMs are very comfortable and could be worn for hours. Obviously, i3 Pro will be the more logical choice to take if you are going outside, because the weight reduction truly does make a difference.

The change in the nozzle design is also noticeable in the ears. The new i3 Pro disappears in your ears, while the older i3 was always kind of present in your ears. The older i3 also feels heavier (the good kind of “heavy”) in the ears.

Sound Performance​



The sub-woofer-like quality in the bass region is still here to stay. This is one of the key factors that made me fall in love with the i3. There is a distinct track that truly set the old i3 apart from other IEMs.

Let’s start out with my standard bass quality test tracks: “Hydrogen” by MOON, “Smoking Mirrors” by Lee Curtiss. Listening to the first track, I noticed that the mid-bass is thick and “heavy”. In other words, a lot of bass quantity. Upon closer listening, I came to the conclusion that the definition suffers a bit, the “cleanliness” isn’t quite there. The fast attack is there, but once the planar-magnetic driver puts out all of that bass, it sticks around for a bit, causing it to have a slower decay.

Sub-bass. Hmm. I absolutely adored the old i3 for its sub-bass capability, and am sure some of you are aware of my admiration of its performance in Arctic Monkeys’ “Do I Wanna Know?”. This is the “one distinct track” that I was referring to in the beginning. i3 Pro carries a similar quantity, but differs in quality. Much like the mid-bass, the i3 Pro is less aggressive and has less “oomph” than its older brother. This was also apparent in Hans Zimmer’s “Why so Serious?”.

These differences in quality and quantity are very subtle. I for sure can see how one may not notice them if they are not performing analytical A/B tests. I had to go back and forth listening to a single element dozens of times to notice these differences. Once you notice them, you can’t really unhear them.

Update: After directly contacting KBEAR, I was informed that TRI i3 Pro is easier to drive than the original i3. However, after closer inspection, I found out that the specifications of these two IEMs are just about identical. Ms. Wendy from KB EAR clarified that i3 Pro should be easier to drive on your phone. With this in mind, I will take this answer as though there is no loudness difference between the two, making my comparison valid.


I’m tapping my feet because the new i3 Pro is very different in tonality and mid-range compared to the original i3. I did a simple test, having the i3 Pro in my left ear, and the i3 in my right ear. I went through a couple of tracks and noticed the distinct difference in tonality. I noticed that the new i3 Pro sounds much more natural and cleaner in the mid-range.

For example, the guitar in “Do I Wanna Know” by Arctic Monkeys, and the guitar & vocals in “Soldier of Fortune” by Deep Purple, are quite different. However, I later noticed that “Do I Wanna Know” has a guitar tonality difference on the left & right sides, making my initial impressions invalid. On the other had, “Soldier of Fortune” has a vocal that’s in the middle, which means that the difference I heard was true. The original i3 has a nasal-like quality in the vocals compared to the clean-sounding vocals in the new i3 Pro. I also noticed that the vocals are muddy compared to the vocals in the i3 Pro, which are not only more natural, but also have more body.



I came to a similar conclusion here.

Going through my two standard treble testing tracks “Portia” by Miles Davis and “Stop Trying to Be God” by Travis Scott, I found that the new i3 Pro has slightly more edge. This is something that people like me will enjoy, but shouldn’t be a turn off for those who enjoyed the old i3. It’s not a drastic difference, but is an audible one. It’s one step closer to having sparkle (a trait I adore, but one that many are scared of).

I don’t wanna ramble for too long, as though I believe I worded my self pretty well in my original i3 review.

The point is that KBEAR listened and introduced more edge in the new i3 Pro. It’s the right move (imo), and makes the whole listening experience more enjoyable.

Soundstage & Imaging

Both of these have great soundstage and imaging, but the older model is better due to the greater shell size. I went back through my original i3 review and relistened some of the tracks I mentioned in the “Soundstage” section, and I have noticed i3 being more “larger-sounding”.

For example, “Dogs” by Pink Floyd, from mark 3:48 - 3:59 — both of these showcase great imaging capabilities, but the original i3 has the drums really rolling around your head. Perhaps, this has to do with its low end, because the drums sound bigger, have a bigger “thump”, and sound more voluminous. Both soundstage and imaging were i3’s pride, making them one of the few IEMs for which the term “holographic” holds true to its meaning.



I am aware that this review isn’t as thorough as my original i3 review, but I find these two IEMs to share a lot in common. I didn’t want to repeat myself, as though they only delicately differ from each other.

KBEAR didn’t ruin the original sound, but did make slight changes (whether they were intentional or were a result of the physical size change) that separate these from each other. Both the original i3 and the new i3 Pro differ enough from each other to make both worth keeping. This is something that matters in my eyes, because if the new fully replaced the old one, the original buyers might feel disrespected or even unsatisfied owning the original i3.

The original TRI i3, in my opinion, really put the brand on the map. It attracted a lot of attention. I remember when I was very active in the IEM forums on Head-Fi, and I remember seeing the i3 blossom. It started catching people’s attention, and I glad that I was able to be a part of those early stages. I can say that I put a great amount of effort into composing the original i3 review, and I was very happy to see it started getting recognized for the same qualities that I initially mentioned in my review.

The new i3 Pro is more of an “option” for those who either found the original i3 to be too large, too heavy, or not portable enough. It's for people who want to hear a more refined and toned down version of the original i3, but also at a smaller form factor. For those who found the original too bassy, and want to hear more qualities in the mid-range, this release might be worth your time… and wallet :wink:

DX300 + AMP11 mk1
Gain: Mid
Volume: 43-47

Original i3 review:
Can you, please, compare subbass in terms of blurring/dry (that is long/short attack/decay) with Audiosense DT600, 7hz Timeless, Moondrop Blessing 2 Dusk?
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@anli I would love to do that, but unfortunately do not own any of those :/
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