Together with my KBEAR LARK review unit some weeks ago I also received a separate TRI (KBEAR) 4 core High Purity (5N) Single Crystal Copper cable for testing.
It quite logically came with a 2pin TFZ termination on the driver’s end, to first and foremost support the LARK drivers it came with. So I tried it when I spent some time with those, and I found the cable to be good although not ideally matching LARKs on the sonic side: I find LARK already even too bright for my taste (ymmv of course) and a cable adding further clarity is not really what I would dig on that. Time to test it again now, on other drivers, and check its features better.
As I mentioned the sample I got has a 2pin termination with TFZ hard shells. Sadly, non of my other 2-pin-connector drivers are compatible with that. No matter: I carefully sawed TFZ shells’ terminal parts off to expose the pins, so I could plug the cable onto my Ikko OH10 and my Tanchjim Oxygen. Sadly, though, even with such mutilation the terminal shape remains not adequate to plug into final A3000 / A4000 recessed female ports. Oh, well…
Compared to both Ikko’s and Tanchjim’s stock cables, the TRI cable improves clarity in general and trebles in particular, and does it without inducing highmids glare (unlike what many others do). The cable does a very good job both on OH10 and Oxy, supporting their house timbre, pushing a little further bit towards the trebles but never scanting into excess.
On the physical front, I find its build quality convincing: connectors are OK and strain relief is well installed. Sheath is pleasant at the touch and not tangly. Braiding is well serrated yet extremely flexible. No sign of microphonics. Preformed earhooks are well designed – not too tight not too loose. The chin slider is just workable.
Sound-wise and technically I find this TRI 4 Core High Purity (5N) Single Crystal Copper cable essentially on par with Nicehck’s 4 Core 4N High Purity Oxygen-Free Copper cable – which is my current “standard” cable on both Oxygen and OH10 now). This is great, considering the TRI cable sells for cheaper compared to Nichehck’s one. For furtherly added value, the TRI cable also comes with a very nice complimentary carry case, which is sturdy and big enough to perfectly house and protect my Sony NW-A55 DAP + at least one IEM.
Disclaimer: as already hinted above, the cable has been sent to me by Keephifi (www.keephifi.com) as a sample unit, with the sole purpose of an unbiased analysis and openhearted subjective evaluation, which is what I just reported. It can be purchased at Friendly Audio Store (Keephifi’s official store).