Oriveti OD100

Oriveti presents the OD100, a $69 single DD IEM. It’s placed in one of the most competitive markets in audio. How does it hold against its direct competition? Is it worth your time?

Introduction to the Oriveti OD100 review

 

Oriveti markets the OD100 as a compact and universal solution for those who don’t want to go heavy on audio gear. Perfect during summer, or when you are in bed and don’t want to deal with something bulky.

Well, I always enjoy a product that is created for something. I’m kinda tired of “best of everything” marketing some companies like to do. What I also enjoy, are IEMs with dynamic drivers. I would even say that I’d recommend those for beginners more than pure BA products. It’s a sound most people are more familiar with and they are more forgiving music and equipment-wise.

We live in a disaster of abundance when it comes to the $50-$100 IEM price range. The competition is stiff and dominated by Chinese companies, as Western manufacturers seem to be unable to compete. At this range we will find hybrid IEMs, CNC machined enclosures, and other features that even a couple of years ago were reserved for premium earphones. It’s crazy to me how the headphone market evolved and how manufacturers can bring more and more even in this economy.

By the way, isn’t “in this economy” the most overused phrase lately? Or is our economy really that bad and we don’t know it yet? I’ll let you decide. Let’s take a look at how the reviewed Oriveti OD100 presents itself and then we will compare it to Dunu Titan S and Letshuoer DZ4 – two very good and very different IEMs from this price bracket.

Packaging of tested Oriveti OD100

Package of reviewed Oriveti OD100

I have to give Oriveti credit where it’s due. The packaging is stellar. It’s more than I expected at this budget. Aesthetic, sleeved box greets us with the phrase ”THE PATH TO INSPIRATION THROUTH MUSIC”. A typo happens to all of us, but it’s kinda bad to have it on the packaging. Still better than Cayin’s “NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN” though.

Inside the box, we will find a case, which includes the IEMs and a standard 3,5mm to 2-pin cable. We need to talk about the case. It’s excellent. It has the perfect size, allowing it to fit a dongle. I used it daily and I’m super happy with it. I wish more manufacturers went with practical cases. Letshuoer for example gives cylindrical cases that look nice on a desk but are completely unusable on the go. The other paper box holds two types of silicon tips and one of foams. That’s pretty much it and I’m satisfied by it.

Build Quality and Fit

My first impressions were pleasant. Tested Oriveti OD100 is a good-looking pair of IEMs. Small (as small as medium-sized foams), light, machined out of metal with excellent build quality. The fit though… It’s completely not for me.

I did the review using foams because I couldn’t get a seal with silicone tips despite of size I had chosen. The OD100 has a very shallow insertion and that causes issues with my ears. With foams, it was okay and was comfortable even over longer periods. The isolation is not great, as the fit is shallow and there is a ventilation hole in each body.

The included cable is also excellent. Soft, pleasant to touch. Oriveti doesn’t state what conductor is used, but I bet it’s some kind of silver-plated copper. The cable features 3,5mm and 2-pin connectors at each end and is a standard 1,2m long.

Tech

Pouch of reviewed oriveti od100

The Oriveti OD100 uses a CNC machined, metal body. There is a ventilation hole in each IEM, which reduces isolation. Inside lives a single Dynamic driver. It has a 9,2 mm DLC Diamond Crystal Sound diaphragm.

It has an impedance of 16 Ohm and a sensitivity of around 105dB @ 1mW, 1kHz. It is very easy to drive them with basically anything. They do scale with better equipment, but not much. So if you don’t want to invest in a dongle straight away, good for you. The frequency range is said to be 20 Hz – 20 kHz, but it’s not specified how it was measured. 

How does the reviewed Oriveti OD100 sound?

As mentioned before, my listening was performed with foam tips. They do take the edge off the treble, so keep that in mind. I‘ve seen people mentioning that with silicone tips, the treble can get quite hot. Since I couldn’t get a proper seal with those I had to skip listening to those. 

On the first listen, reviewed Oriveti OD100 showed itself as a very likable pair of IEMs. Smooth, soft, warm style. It is very universal with a more bassy tuning.  It has a nice meat-on-the-bone factor throughout the ranges. I’ve found it extremely fitting for older rock music, it created that nice, nostalgic tune. It also went great with heavier genres. For electronic music the bass roll-off is a bit too much for my taste, I’d like to get more in the lowest octave. It kind of reminds me of Final B1 which I enjoyed so much. The sound staging is closed in, so don’t expect anything crazy here. If the song is mastered well, the sound can reach outside of your head, but for the most part, it’s limited by the IEMs. 

Bass

Let’s start with the classic by Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son. The bass line in the intro impressed me with how palpable and musical it was. Real groovy, I’m telling you. It really reminded me of how the bass guitar tends to sound in small music clubs. As for the drums, I feel like the tested Oriveti OD100 lacked a bit of weight, especially with the kick drum. Might be the roll-off kicking in, or the foam absorbed some of its energy.  I wish there was more oomph there, but overall the reverberation from the snare was really satisfying.

On the other hand, I wanted something synthetic. A couple of weeks ago I went to Infected Mushroom, Guitarmass it is. The bass had a nice slap and impact, but I craved a little more in the lowest region. Still, it was really enjoyable. BTW, if you are going to the Infected Mushroom show, don’t drink alcohol. The show goes for HOURS. The stimulant of choice seemed to be dr*gs, but you didn’t hear that from me.  

Midrange

I was excited to listen to Led Zeppelin on the Oriveti OD100 as very often I found the lead vocalist’s voice to be fatiguing over longer periods. And it worked! The Oriveti OD100 took the edge off it while maintaining a beautiful tone. It likes to play loud too. It adds some roundness and softness to the midrange. It will cost you some resolution though, so pick your poison: truth, or pleasure?

Before, I mentioned metal and here we are. Ten Thousand Fists by Disturbed was my track of choice. The electric guitars were super close, pushing me with their powerful sound. If you like live metal shows, that’s what happened here. They are aggressive but never cross the line, as OD100 controls them not to be overbearing. 

Treble

Let’s roll with another classic. Toto’s Africa has a lot going on in the treble region. The first impressions were smooth with a decent resolution. The cymbals and bells of different kinds saturated the soundstage with ease. I like how they all stayed separated despite the intensity. Another song that was curious to me was Maxwell’s Silver Hammer by The Beatles with its knocking sound before they sing Bang Bang Maxwell’s… Oriveti OD100 was like using a compressor that took the edge off. Perhaps it’s different with silicone foams. To sum it up, the treble is smooth, with a decent resolution, and with the top rolled off. Pleasure, not racing.

Soundstage

The sound staging might be the weakest part of the sound. It is really closed in, in a circular pattern wrapped around the head. I started with Nobody Else but Me by Bill Evans. It’s a song with a lot going on at the same time, from a different direction and I felt like the Oriveti OD100 flattened the sound, especially depth-wise. We have to understand that in terms of price, it’s not a deal breaker, but I prefer more breathing space between me and the music.

The positioning is decent, but the competition can do more at this price point. The other song used for this comparison was Space Oddity by David Bowie. It’s the most I heard sound staging-wise from the OD100 as in the intro drums and guitar were reaching outside of my head, but as soon as other instruments and voices joined in, it all shrunk. It’s okay, but not my type, and contenders can offer more.

 

Comparison

 


Dunu Titan S is one of my favorite sub $100 IEMs. It also features a single dynamic driver, an 11mm unit, so a larger one than Oriveti. The body is also made out of metal, but the finish quality is worse than the OD100.  Comfortable, deep insertion fit which helps to get excellent isolation. I still adore how nice it looks.

It has a lively, light sound that has an amazing spark in it. It just wants to play music. It is brighter than OD100, with a lighter tuning. The resolution of the Titan S is greater and the sound staging is significantly better. It’s more precise, with more air and more depth. The bass is better on the OD100 as it’s fuller and more satisfying. The midrange is a tie for me. While Titan S is technically better, the OD100 just hits the spot for me in terms of fun. Treble on the Titan S can go into metallic tones which can take pleasure from the listener. On the other hand, it is also more precise and more extended.

Letshuoer DZ4

The DZ4 is an interesting IEM. It uses three 6mm dynamic drivers and a passive radiator. It has a large ventilation cutout on the faceplate. The body is 3D printed on a top-notch printer.  For its size, it’s incredibly light and comfortable. The looks are a little boring, but the build quality is on point.

Sound-wise it’s in the middle of the three tested IEMs. The sound is very studio–monitor–like. Not very exciting, but flat, neutral, and truthful. Out of the IEMs, it has the most resolution, giving us the most information about the sound. Together with a very good sound staging (similar to Titan S), I found it excellent for gaming.

The bass does not have as much punch as OD100 but goes lower. The midrange on the DZ4 is the most exact but it lacks either the warmth of the OD100 or the spark of Titan S. The treble is the best out of the comparison. It does have a small peak in the top range, but besides that, it gives the best mix of tone, information, and fun.

Oriveti OD100 Review – Summary

The OD100 is an IEM that will find many fans. The build quality is spotless, and the accessories are great. The fit is not for everyone, as it is a very shallow insertion. The IEMs are super easy to drive, making them very beginner-friendly. 

The tuning is also very pleasant. A more bassy (with foam tips), smooth sound that is focused on fun. It takes the edge off any unpleasant transients and doesn’t punish you for listening to music that was not mastered perfectly. Meaty bass, dynamic midrange, and smooth treble are a very attractive combo for many.

The only okay sound staging prevents me from giving it a strong recommendation, but I would put them on a try list nevertheless. I know that this trade-off will be worth it for many of you and it’s hard to overlook the positives.

Big thanks to Oriveti for providing the OD100 for this review. I wasn’t paid or asked to say anything good or bad about this product, all of the above is just my personal, unbiased opinion.