Review: 64 Audio Tia Trió – Arete

64 Audio Tia Trió
Empire Ears – Legend X (2DD/5BA – 2,399$)

The Legend X is Empire’s flagship hybrid monitor. It’s one hell of a beast if you drive it right, and that’s where it get difficult for most sources. The Legend really needs high power to shine to me.
The EE puts bass more forward than the Trió, it goes deeper with more physical impact and thunder. The Legend X has higher resolution in its lows, while the Trió has nicer texture and is better controlled. Legend’s bass has more speed and hits considerably harder than the Trió’s.

Mids are denser and thicker on the Legend X, while they are slightly warmer on the Trió, there is more air in the midrange on the 64 Audio monitor compared to the EE. The Trió has a more emotional sound in comparison to the Legend X. The EE hybrid has an even richer midrange and top end.

Highs are brighter and slightly dryer on the Trió than on the Legend X. The Legend has a more golden glow in the lower treble and upper mid segment. Trió is faster and more agile up top and has a sharper, but not sibilant, treble.

When we look at technical abilities I have to give the Empire Ears monitor the nod, it has higher resolution and creates a bigger venue. They both are on par in terms of layering and imaging, where both are excellent performers.

The Legend overall has a more fist-bumping fun tuning, while the Trió lets you kick back to your favourite tracks. To me the Trió also sounds more coherent from top to bottom.

64 Audio Tia Trió

64 Audio Tia Trió

Noble Audio – Khan (1DD/4BA/1Piezo – 2,399$)

The Khan is Noble’s recently introduced triple-hybrid flagship monitor. Like the Trió it only comes in universal format. The Khan is one of few monitors that uses a piezo electric ceramic tweeter. This is a ten millimeter driver that sits below the dynamic woofer.

Khan has a more visceral low end, with higher resolution and bigger impact. It reaches lower into sub-bass than the Trió but doesn’t bring the soft and organic sound the Trió manages to recreate. Trió has a more prominent mid and upper bass, with a slight bloom into the lower mid segment.

Midrange is warmer, more emotional and denser on the 64 than on the Noble. The Khan however puts higher resolution into the midrange and brings more air into it. Both create a nicely spread soundstage, where Khan keeps the musicians closer. Trió has better layering and imaging in my opinion and also seems smoother. The Trió has more blood in its veins compared to Khan, which is lighter in its presentation.

Highs are brighter and faster on the Trió, while Khan is richer and softer. However, Trió is more accurate and detailed.

64 Audio Tia Trió

64 Audio Tia Trió

Conclusion:

The Trió might be one of the most overlooked models by 64 Audio. Everyone seems to focus on the top-tiers in their range. However, a good number of things have made their way down the line and can be found in their other products as well.

The build quality and fit are both great and I really like that 64 Audio is constantly trying to improve their designs by thinking outside the box. One thing that might be worth considering to change is the supplied tip-selection. Less here isn’t more in my opinion. Other than that the Trió offers the full package and to me is one of the best models out there.

The Trió might be the perfect fit for those who want a seductive sound, that’s easy to love and enjoy during extended listening sessions. It’s a monitor that convinces with excellent body and a mildly warm sound, a monitor that lets me forget about the rapid life in a big city.

If I were to pick a single universal monitor of all my inventory, I would go with the tiatm Trió as it features the sound closest to my listening preference. It has great body, emotion and guarantees me a fatigue free listen, where enjoyment is more in focus than technical excitement. The Trió has the ability to draw me into the music, and for this alone it will be placed in our Best Universal IEM List.

Relevant links:

Tia Fourté review
A18 review
A12t review
N8 review
Interview with Viatily Belonozkho

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A daytime code monkey with a passion for audio and his kids, Linus tends to look at gear with a technical approach, trying to understand why certain things sound the way they do. When there is no music around, Linus goes the extra mile and annoys the hell out of his colleagues with low level beatboxing.

    8 Comments

    • Reply March 22, 2019

      Noah

      Great review! I was also surprised at how much I liked the Trio all around. Personal favorite cable pairing – Leo II 4 wire? I’m using the Ares II 8 wire but looking to eke out better technicalities

      • Reply March 22, 2019

        Linus

        Hi Noah,
        thanks for your comment.
        My personal favorite would be the Leonidas II, yes. 🙂
        Cheers!

    • Reply March 24, 2019

      ILKER ONIER

      Hi Linus,

      So you’re saying Trio is worth replacing my U12t and/or U18t ?

      • Reply March 24, 2019

        Linus

        Hi Ilker,
        no, I am not saying that. I said the Trió is my favorite universal IEM, the 12t and 18 are both custom fit IEMs of mine 😉

    • Reply March 24, 2019

      ILKER ONIER

      oh I see, they’re in ciem category. But mine are universal, what to do? I’m always interested in hybrids with dd. Solaris is good but not very comfortable for me. Seriously considering Khan or Trio.

      • Reply March 24, 2019

        Linus

        Depends what you like. Trió is softer and more organic, Khan has more power and is richer up top – both are nice monitors.

    • Reply March 24, 2019

      ILKER ONIER

      Any Sony Ier-Z1r reviews in the foreseeable future?

      • Reply March 24, 2019

        Linus

        Not that I know of, sorry.

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