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TRI Meteor

Configuration:


Drivers: 10mm Beryllium-plated DD + Knowles ED-29689 BA
Interface: 2pin 0.78
Plug: 3.5mm single
Cable: OFC

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Sunstealer

500+ Head-Fier
And the future never comes......
Pros: High quality production values
Cons: overly bass focused
veiled
excessive packaging
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The TK2, Meteor and GRACE-S were part of a European Tour and handed back to TRI at the end. I have no affiliation with TRI/KBEAR and am not obliged to be positive about their products.

Equipment used:
Oneplus 6 running Neutron Player
TRI TK2
TRI Meteor
Balanced cables:TRI 8w silver, KBEAR Through 4w SPC and GRACE-S hybrid SPC cables. I used my own selection of tips.

Music Artists:
Mike Lindup
Kylie Minogue
Perfume
Pogo
Todd Terje
Ministry of Sound
Level 42
Tame Impala
Childish Gambino
My Bloody Valentine
The Cardigans

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The Meteors are semi-custom shaped dual hybrid IEMs with a beryllium-plated DD and a single Knowles BA. There are separate sound tubes for each. The connectors are flush 2-pin. I found the nozzles a little short and needed triple flange silicones to get a good fit and seal.

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I have a problem with the box. It is massive: far, far in excess for what is included (which is enough). There are a selection of silicone earpieces, cleaning brush, cloth and a leatherstyle magnetic case. All very good for the price point but still, no need for the huge amount of packaging.

The GRACE-S is a 2 core dual hybrid silver plated cable which is thick but soft. There are moulded ear guides as I suspect it wouldn’t stay over your ears without them. A drawback, in my ears, is this creates excess torque on the earpieces and becomes painful over time. Bear this in mind if you decide to buy.

There is a midbass focus which is initially enjoyable but is too prominent long term. Whilst there is technical competence and density within that bass section it is to the detriment of the other registers.

The mids and treble are restrained but sweet. No sibilance or harshness. It sounds like the Meteor has its collar buttoned up too tight! They sound slightly disconnected from the bass, doing their own thing to the side whilst that bass is in your face. Whilst there is resolution and separation, I kept wishing for more air, energy and well, fun.

Swapping the GRACE-S for the Through 4w SPC removed the mid bass excess but flattened the soundstage and removed some of the separation. The silver 8w sounded harsh, compressed and even flatter than the Through. A custom copper cable lent the Meteor a mushy haze over the entire soundscape. I couldn’t find a cable to suit the Meteor, unfortunately.

The Meteor is polite. Too polite, I think to be considered as a contender for the price bracket. Tonally it is inoffensive but it sounds veiled and overly smooth.
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NymPHONOmaniac

Headphoneus Supremus
A sensually sculpted, thick heavy Meteor
Pros: -very well balanced and cohesive for a hybrid
-dense, rich, natural tone
- round and full male and female voices
- chunky and warm bass
- tone without aggressive peak
-dynamic with weight
-affordable price
Cons: -veiled resolution
- soft and imprecise attack
- treble not very extensive, without resonance or strong grip
-low lack of flexibility and controlled extension
-just passable technicality
-TRI METEOR REVIEW-

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TONE: 8.2 / 10
TECHNICITIES: 7.8 / 10
CONSTRUCTION-DESIGN: 8.5 / 10
SOUND BENEFIT: 8/10



Today I'm going to review IEM Hybrid, the TRI Meteor.
These use a 10mm beryllium plated dynamic driver and Knowles 29689 balanced armature driver. The two are connected by acoustic tubes.

TRI is a Chinese audio company affiliated with Kbear, the parent company. With TRI, Kbear attempts to offer more sophisticated IEM models, at least using transducers and acoustic technologies more atypical than the Kbear line of products. Being a big fan of their TRI I3pro model, which uses a DD driver for the bass, a planar for the midrange and a balanced armature for the highs, I was very curious how the Meteors would sound… .especially that it is. new enough that TRI uses acoustic tubes to connect and properly separate (?) the rendering of audio spectra from their drivers. So, does this benefit their tone, their technicality, or both? Let's see in this review which is still without frills or frafra.

CONSTRUCTION-DESIGN
Thick, medical grade resin plastic shell that appears to be molded in one piece and very, very strong. End cap with two holes at the end. 2pin connection flush with the shell, so do not bend your cable this could result in a kink in the pins! The appearance is very pretty, the back plate having beautiful decorative patterns. Visually, they do not reflect their price. The cable included either, which is very good, 8-wire braided cable 5N OFC (copper). The accessories are generous, good silicone tips, a leather case, all this in a neat presentation. We are spoiled for $ 100!

SOUND IMPRESSIONS

(with audio source: TRI TK2 (excellent), XDUOO X20 + XDUOO XD05 + (very good), FIIO KA3 (also pleasant))

When I first listened to Meteor, I found the sound very inviting and carnal. I felt at home there or rather like around a fire with friends, it was warm and caring, it warmed my heart and body. Around a fire yes, but with big cushions everywhere for lazily lounging around, stretching out with your eyes closed and letting yourself be lulled by the comfort of its crackling and colorful warmth ...

It seemed to me that no one could find this tone distasteful, except listeners who are severely clinical in their appreciation of music.

TRI has not opted for highlighting the technicalities of the two types of transducers implemented, and this is what could disconcert some: the fact that the Meteors sound like an IEM with a single dynamic transducer and not a dynamic hybrid with balanced frame. In my opinion, this is a sign of successful tuning when it manages to make different types of drivers cohesive both in their sonic timbres and in their attack speeds. Because let's not forget, a balanced armature projects sounds faster and linearly, so to slow it down, you have to use damping filters without too much veiling its resolution and diffusing its amplitude impact.

The resulting tone is fleshy, organic, syrupy, with a fluffy veil that embraces the relief of its dynamic with balanced and generous curves. A signature between the U and the Harman target (balanced with rounded midrange), while balancing weight and the desire for organic cohesion.

The bass is heavy with an assertive roundness and an assertive stance, it's dense and vibrant, it fills the depths with opaque cottony air. But it doesn't have a realistic extension, it’s a slapstick guilty pleasure full of juice, it’s physical, playful, colorful. The texture is polished there, the double bass sounds out of tune, but we take to the game appreciated this warm and analog tone. Nothing is perfect with these basses, yet they charm me. Even their hug with the mediums is forgiven, it's about musical eroticism here, the caress of a cottony tone towards a satin tone. It makes you poet, as in an impressionist painting that conveys the sensations of a landscape with more truth than an HD photo.

The mids are full, put forward mostly in body and presence, nicely polished and rounded at the top of their spectrum so no 3khz sibilance, it's wadded, warm, and distilled between lows and highs. The attack is all in weight, without much resonance or clean air between the instruments. The male and female vocals are well rendered, without recoil, with fullness and natural timbre, very addicting and quite impressive if you take into account that they are managed by a balanced transducer!
Their presence does not have much breadth, nor a well-defined separation, it is organic throughout but lacks bite for a very precise and demarcated attack. The violin has more emphasis in the harmonic bass, giving it mellow body and tone but lacking in nuance, texture and range of impact. The electric guitar is more disastrous, diffuse and both shouty and tamed at the same time, if you add several at the same time it becomes big nonsense. For the piano, it goes well, due to the weight of the notes falling, but there is no resonance so there is no realism.

The treble, where are they? Have been looking for them! But yet… .from 3khz to 10khz they are present, only veiled, padded, gentle what. It seems that the peaks that could make the attack and the textures more energetic are all polished, the sibilance area has a dip, the bite area of electric guitar and violin too. Just a little boost extracting a minimal number of sparkling micro-details helps us find our way into that darkened resolution. Nevertheless, a fullness of tone is very pleasant, the snare drums have body, it is more round than sharp in the impact, with a nice heaviness. The problem with muted highs in the attack and edge is that it will make the articulation muffled in the dynamic articulation amplitude gradient, awkwardly mixing the contours of the different instruments, rock with a lot of electric guitars become a swamp that cannot be listened to. Yep, the versatility of the Meteors is concentrated in slow or uncomplicated musical compositions, don't try to listen to metal, jazz-rock or fast fusion, or even symphonic music like Alfred Schnittke, the dreamy Arvo Part or Erik Minimalist satie would be more appropriate!

TECHNICITIES

The soundstage is quite wide but lacks depth, it's more of a thick wall of sound, without much transparency. The separation of the instruments lacks air, silence, cleanliness and seems mushy and imprecise unless you have 3 instruments in the landscape: a kick, a vocal, a simplistic percussion. The attack is clumsy, the bass slow and inflexible. The swayed driver also seems reduced in speed and assertiveness in attack. Technically, the Meteor does not impress, it is tonally that it charms the listener.

COMPARISONS

VS FIIO JH3 (1DD + 2BA- $ 60)

The JH3s have a lot more emphasis on the highs, their bass is less meaty and round, the tone is drier with a thinner midrange tone. The Meteors are more organic in their cohesion, we do not feel this artificial heterogeneity of the JH3, the mids and highs are less screaming and sandy. On the other hand, the JH3 offers a higher resolution, a little more transparency, an attack with more bite allowing a more articulate rendering when there is a multitude of sounds and instruments in a composition. The Meteors are more immersive and less distant than the JH3 in spatial rendering, it goes towards us in bundle without knocking us out.
Although technically the JH3s may seem superior, the rendering is brutal, lacking in polish, peakless balance, so I conclude that overall the TRI Meteor are highly more enjoyable musically.

VS THIEAUDIO LEGACY 2 (1DD + 1BA Knowles-99 $)

Here is a very similar IEM Hybrid in the drivers, but not so much in the final rendering. The L2s are more neutral and analytical, bass flatter and drier, without much impact or density compared to the Meteor, but more textured. The cohesion is less liquid between the drivers and a small difference in timbre between the DD and BA annoys the informed listener. The midrange is noticeably thinner, clinical, and offers better transparency and resolution which is hardly noticeable musically. The highs are less slender, have a bit more air, but cut short in the extension. The whole has more roundness with the Meteors, a more natural tone and a more assertive and lively bass.
If you are looking for monitors, the Legacy 2 would be more suitable, but for a full, fun and musical tone the Meteors are more accessible.


CONCLUSION

I like these TRI METEOR, except when I start to fall into severely analytical listening where I literally hit their wall with opaque, juicy sound, and without aggressive roughness. Tone is very well balanced, like I said, these EMPs don't sound like hybrids but a big single dynamic transducer. The vocals are very round and pleasant, for both the tenor vocalist and the soprano singer, although the latter will lack a boost in her highs. This is good for preventing ear problems!
Despite limited technicalities in their performance, the Meteors are very good intras that will appeal to lovers of slow and bassy music, from jazz to soul, rap and r & b, their muffled, round sound and well densified in timbre is a treat of musicality. and a refreshing approach in the line of hybrid IEM often artificial or aggressive in their rendering.

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PS: I would like to thank TRI and KEEPHIFI for sending these earphones at the end of the critical test. As always, my critical independence is untouchable and stubborn in its integrity. I didn't get any money for this review, I don't have an official affiliate, and this review doesn't promote a product - it judges it harshly.

You can get the TRI Meteor for $ 99 usd (no postage) here:
https://keephifi.com/de/products/tri-meteor

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Dsnuts

Headphoneus Supremus
Tri-Meteor, hybrid IEMS from Tri
Pros: Harmon tuned, well balanced, good passive isolation, punchy bass, deep reaching sub bass, easy to drive. Comfortable due to medium all resin size. Nice looking black cable.
Cons: Safe tuning will be no be for everyone, 16khz cut off lacks air and some minor upper treble articulation. The box for the Meteor comes in is about 3X the size needed to fit all the accessories.
Tri Meteor
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The hybrid game is in full swing. Hybrid IEMs are a dime a dozen but ultimately what matters is tuning for such IEMs. The Meteor uses a 2 way crossover design with a combination of a 10mm Beryllium plated dynamic and a Knowles ED-29689 full range BA for its sound, encased in a egger resin medium sized semi-custom universal shell finished in .78mm 2 pin connectors. The design is certainly nothing new, but the question is how well does the Meteor fare at the asking price?

Accessories include
A nice square brown colored clam shell case, two sets of silicones, the earphones themselves, a cleaning brush tool, a lint free cloth and a 5N OFC 8 cored copper cable in a black color motif.
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Not too many all-back earphones with all back 8 cored cable so I give props to Tri for how they look.
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Goth folks should take interest. If black is your color, these should be right up your alley. What is interesting about this package, while it is fairly standard for such IEMs the box the Meteor comes in is way too large for what was included. In fact, Tri could have included the entirety of the pack in a box 1/3rd the size. A minor complaint but with a box this big you figure you're getting a whole bunch of extras. As far as thrown in accessories you can’t expect much for your Ben Franklin and I would put the accessories level as standard and nothing that stands out.
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As a cable aficionado and a bit of critique on included cables with earphones in general. The Meteor comes with a good looking 8 cored all back, certainly good enough 5N OFC copper cable in single ended. It is ok by industry standards, especially for a $100 earphone but I noticed right away the included cable does not enhance the sound of the Meteor on the same token does not really take away anything from the Meteor. You can certainly get a good idea of how the Meteor sounds but I noticed just about anything I tried aftermarket cable wise makes the Meteor sound better. This just means you will have to experiment with what you got to maximize the sonics on the Meteor.

I threw on the KBEAR version of the 8-core graphene cable and I could tell right away the stock cable was limiting what the Meteor can do. Stock cable makes the meteor sound a touch dull in comparison. KBEAR limpid pure silver cable makes another big difference in how the Meteor sounds. I will base my review on the included cable and will post what the upgraded cables do for the Meteor toward the bottom of the read.

Standarly disclaimers; the Tri meteors was provided by KB Ear for the purpose of a review. I would like to thank WendiLi of KB EAR for the review sample. You can purchase a Meteor for you on their aliexpress page here. The sample was burned in for a week straight and is now ready for evaluation using my IBasso DX300Max, Fiio M15, Shanling M6 pro, M5s, M3s, Ibasso DX160, Sony ZX300, Acmee MF02S, IBasso PB3 and IFI black label for amping.

Sound.
The Meteor is a harmon balanced tuning with a moderately enhanced bass emphasis. Folks that have heard a Tri earphone in the past should not be surprised with the tuning angle of the Meteor. Its balancing is exemplary of hybrid designs. For the most part it's a safe well-designed tuning and the advantage of a 10mm Beryllium plated dynamic is that the bass end will have some better definition and speed vs your standard dynamics. Also utilizing a full range Knowles ED 29689 for the bulk of the sonic production on the Meteor. The BA covers the mids to the upper trebles. While the sound here is well balanced and sounds complete, I can tell even without knowing it is using a single BA that the sound is being taxed a bit. Full range BAs that I have experienced have no issue with the mids bands and in fact is where it has the best articulation and sound performance, but the treble end is another story. They are supposed to be able to cover the upper registers just fine and when listening to your favorites casually, there is plenty of treble, but these full range BAs seem to struggle a touch covering the upper treble bands with greater extension. This being said, the Meteor for the most part throws out a satisfying well balanced sound production from bass to the trebles.
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The trebles
Trebles here does not have much in the way of separation as it is driven from the same driver that does the mids. Overall due to the Meteor adhering to a basic harmon curve the trebles play safe. Has a good fundamental lower treble presence for its tuning. Lacks a bit of micro details and air, again this is to be expected from a full range BA. Treble however has decent extension and good presence but seems to have a drop off past 16khz. This limits the air perception of the Meteor treble ability. If you're not analyzing the sound, it does have a complete treble but here is where use of a 2nd BA just for trebles has an advantage over a full range BA that is taking care of two regions of sound. Treble plays more of a supporting role here and does not stand out with an undue spike or emphasis which is actually a good way to have cohesion of the regions not to mention sounding complete.

Its main emphasis is in the lower trebles with a gradual de-emphasis toward the upper trebles. Standard treble tuning here and not one to fatigue. If anything, the trebles come off just slightly reserved. You can’t expect a highly resolving treble from a full range single BA but for what it has, treble has good tonal character but one with a slightly shorter decay and a touch dry. Which makes some treble notes lacking in range in finesse. This is the reason why I would have liked Tri to use a more resolving SPC type or silver-based cable. Which would have helped to highlight the treble region a bit more in the way the sound is perceived. Overall trebles are good for what the driver here can do. It's satisfactory and is balanced well enough showing decent extension. It is not as nuanced and refined as higher end IEMs using dedicated BAs for the region but that is to be expected. I do equate the lack of upper treble ability to the driver being used here or more the limitation of what it can do more so that the excellent tuning on the Meteor. .
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Mids
Mids is where the Meteor shines. It sounds just ever so slightly mid forward and that is certainly not a bad thing. It has roughly 10dbs of upper mid pinna gain which portrays good clarity and detail for the mid bands. Its tonal qualities are closer to neutral vs leaning bright or warm for tonality. Mids presents with a moderate note weight and is not a heavy sounding earphone. Its technicalities are average in stage, imaging, detail, sound separation with BA timbre. Overall, the mid bands have good clarity and are slightly on the smooth listen. The Meteor is not a thin sounding earphone but it's not thick or full-bodied sound either. Its presentation and technical limitations again here is about as good as you're going to get, given the drivers being used. It's got good fundamental balancing here and does nothing wrong but does not really excel here either. Kinda like a medium porridge of presence and ability. It does lack that final resolving and technical ability of higher end IEMs that utilize more drivers with more crossovers. However, for utilizing a single BA and a dynamic it has accurate tonality, images well and has all parts of the sound that makes the Meteor sound complete. The Meteor for an intro level enthusiast will be all that and then some. Or if you're just looking for a great sounding cheaper hybrid that has a proper tuning and ability. The Meteor fits the bill.

The Meteor has good layered detail showing the strengths of the BA implementation to hear your music as it was intended with a tonal quality that does nothing to offend. It is a solid sounding IEM and shows versatility due to its balancing, however it also does nothing to really separate itself from the numerous other harmon tuned IEMs in the market and other top tier earphones being sold at the price range. Ultimately, I do consider the Meteor one of the better options for hybrids at the price, so it will come down to if you're looking for a good isolating, good looking easy to drive hybrid vs an all BA or a single dynamic set.

The $100 segment has so many great performing earphones. I suppose doing a safe tuning is never a negative at the same time I would have liked to see Tri taking a stab at a statement piece for the $100. Something substantial that sets itself apart from other offerings. As they are, the Meteor is hovering in the greater segment for top earphones but is not exactly special for hybrids at the price. To be fair I don't know if there is such a thing as a special sounding hybrid at the price. The good news there is that you can certainly do much worse than the Meteor.
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The Bass
Bass end of the Meteor uses a 10mm Beryllium coated dynamic driver that handles all the low notes. To be honest if Tri put in a standard dynamic and tuned it to be the bass dynamic for the Meteor I don’t know if I would have been able to tell the difference. The bass is certainly punchy and has good presence with decent speed, solid impact and good definition but does not stand out to me as being something special or has enough differences from a standard dynamic to really let me know I am hearing something different. Its bass is moderately emphasized and has good extension for bass with zero roll off toward sub 20hz. It does just enough for bass fans to be satisfied yet it does nothing that really lets me know I am hearing some standout bass. I suppose the limitation here again is the price segment and you can’t expect a super high-end dynamic being used for bass purposes.

The bass end is moderate in every way. Moderate decay as well is the presence and speed of the dynamic here. It's not particularly speedy but not slow and sloppy either. Sub bass shows good reach and rumble, it has good presence and has good texture for the price point. The cohesion between the bass dynamic and the full range BA here is actually done well. You can certainly make out that the Meteor has two types of drivers being used but I have heard worse cohesion from much higher end earphones. The dual crossover design here does a good job mixing the mids and highs to the bass. The bass keeps up with the tighter speedier BA sound for the most part and even for speedy more complex music the bass does a decent job at keeping its pace and rhythm. Bass is good here and I really don’t have much of a complaint for the bass dynamic. It has a well-defined bass end but at the same time I have heard better bass at this price range. Bass definition is what you would expect for a capable hybrid but much like the rest of the sound tuning and ability it does nothing to offend, or does it sound lacking in any way.
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In the end
The Meteor is a solid offering at the price range. Its balancing is ideal in all 3 ranges to get into your music and in that regard, it is a success. The $100 range has so many really good sounding earphones that even great sounding earphones are now average and that is where I find the Meteor. It certainly does nothing wrong and plays it safe in its tuning. Given the drivers being used it does a great job of optimizing each driver to full potential but in doing so I can hear the limitations of what the Meteor can do at the same time. These will be great earphones for an introduction to proper sound for anyone dipping their toes into the hobby. It has good clarity and well-balanced fundamental technicalities for its sound signature, comfortable to use with decent passive isolation. The black color is edgy and certainly a good looking easy to use earphone. The Meteor really does a whole lot right and for that it is a solid offering and is arguably tuned better than earphones much more expensive. Thanks for taking the time to read. Happy listening always.

Bonuses. Cable matchups.
The best cable matchup for the Meter is none other than Tris own Grace S
So happens to be yet another TRi product and one that cost almost as much as the earphones themselves. Yes folks no way am I gonna recommend a cable that cost as much as the earphones themselves but hey if you are the type to eek out every bit of what you can out of an earphone that is what the Grace S will do for you. You want to raise the level of the Meteor? As the saying goes you gotta pay to play. In the scheme of things, the Tri grace S you can read my review on here.
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With Grace S, bought here
Meteor gets better body to its sonics including some better dynamics compared to the stock cables. Fuller thicker notes and a natural expansion of stage in all dimensions. Throws out the best for both male and female vocals using this pairing. A grander sounding Meteor is what the Grace S does and while the Grace S does not enhance the treble region like a pure silver cable does, its overall clarity is also a standout using the Grace S and going from the stock cable to the Grace S is easily noticeable. Grace S also gives the Meteor its best bass ability. If you want the best bass performance and fullness the Grace S while it cost a lot is worth a boot. Preferably balanced out from your sources.
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With KB EAR Wide Graphene cables. Bought here
This pairing is interesting. I initially thought this was the best paring as it does expand the sound and enhances its technical level but at the same time I will give the nod to the Grace S for a more fuller sound experience for the Meteor. The Graphene cable here does thicken sound as well but not to the degree of the Grace S. For folks that want the widest sounding Meteor the Graphene 8 cored wide cable is the way to go. Its treble end is once again not as highlighted as the pure 8 cored Limpid but does not smooth out the treble end either. It is a tossup between the grace S and the Graphene as far as technical enhancing ability goes with the Grace S throwing out a bit more fullness and has the best weighty sound while the graphene enhances the width of stage and highlights the details of the Meteor sound presentation. Good match especially when these cables are on sale.
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Wtih KBEAR 8 core pure silver limpid pro cables. Bought here

Bang for buck cables are what these pure silver cables are about. If you want the best detailed Meteor possible these are the cables to hook up the Meteor with. This cable gets my vote for best value out of the KBEAR line up and for good reason. While staging is not a wide as the Graphene cable. It is similar to the Grace S. The limpid pro cable does not thicken the sound like the previous two cables does. The Limpid pro is all about detail retrieval. It helps project
Better perceived detail and helps with micro detailing of the Meteor. Enhances stage perception and highlights the treble emphasis and tightens the bass end a touch. Clean, clear and extended is what these cables are all about. If you plan on getting a Meteor just put in an order of these Limid cables with your Meteor and call it good. Great synergy with the Meteor especially if you own a more full bodied musical source, a pure silver cable like the Limpid pro synergizes extremely well with the Meteor and makes them sound a bit more higher end vs its stock configuration. Worth taking a look.

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