Oriveti OH700VB

Oriveti OH700VB is a hybrid IEM with 6 balanced armatures and a single dynamic driver. It’s a high end of the producer's range and its price is $699.

Introduction to the Oriveti OH700VB review

Reviewed Oriveti OH700VB

Oriveti’s unique approach to product development sets them apart in an industry often driven by hype and marketing tactics. While many companies prioritize creating buzz around their products, Oriveti has chosen to focus on the quality and craftsmanship of their offerings, allowing their work to speak for itself.

By dedicating themselves to refining their designs and manufacturing processes, Oriveti has been able to create high-quality IEMs that stand out for their performance and durability. Rather than chasing short-term gains through aggressive marketing, they have invested in long-term success by building a reputation for excellence.

This commitment to quality has not gone unnoticed. Despite their relatively low profile in the market, Oriveti has garnered a dedicated following among audiophiles who appreciate the attention to detail and sound reproduction of their products.

Furthermore, Oriveti’s emphasis on product development over marketing has allowed them to maintain a balance between affordability and quality. While some competitors may sacrifice quality to keep costs low, Oriveti has managed to produce IEMs that offer exceptional performance without breaking the bank.

In an industry where flashy advertising campaigns often overshadow substance, Oriveti’s focus on substance over style has proven to be a refreshing change of pace. By prioritizing innovation and quality, they have established themselves as a reliable and respected player in the world of audio equipment, proving that sometimes, the best way to stand out is simply to let your work speak for itself.

Packaging

That’s the part where I need to give a big kudos to Oriveti. The unboxing experience is on the top level I would expect from much more expensive earphones. The box is made of wood-textured cardboard which references the wooden faceplate of the reviewed Oriveti OH700VB. Inside you will find a big set of accessories.

The package contains three different sets of eartips in multiple sizes – foam tips, dark silicone, and light silicone all in S, M, and L sizes. Additionally, there is a 2-pin cable with 3 most popular replaceable plugs, so you won’t need any adapters unless you don’t need to plug the IEM with XLR or 6.3mm jack. 2.5mm, 4.4mm balanced jacks, and 3.5mm single-ended are bundled and the replacement process is very easy. What’s great, it holds the IEM very tight, so you don’t have to worry you will lose it while hanging out of your ear, but be careful while removing the cable. It fits tight…

Lastly, there is a cleaning tool and a case some vegans won’t like, but everyone else will. It’s made of genuine leather and it looks great. I only wish it would be made of a different color than black because I love the patina the leather gets after some time.

Design, Build and Comfort

Closeup on reviewed Oriveti oh700vb

Here again, I need to admit that build quality exceeds the price tag. The shell is hand-made of resin with a faceplate made of stabilized wood. I need to appreciate how well it’s connected. There are no marks and it looks like it’s made of a single cast. It’s made better than in many much more expensive earphones. Nozzles are made of metal, it’s also very well fitted and keeps ear tips tight. 

The comfort is as good as the build quality. Reviewed Oriveti OH700VB fits my ears perfectly and I can get a good seal with the provided silicon tips, so I didn’t have to look for my favorite Final type-E tips. The only issue I have with the design of the reviewed IEM is the switch on the faceplate. It’s located perfectly to switch it by mistake while wearing a beanie. I would pick a better place to locate the switch, for example on top of the earphone like in the more expensive cousin Oriveti OV800.

Tech

There is ain’t much to write here since Oriveti focuses more on the sound and build quality than on the marketing BS. But there are some things to mention, so let’s start with the driver’s configuration. Most of the Oriveti’s lineup is powered only by balanced armatures. The reviewed  Oriveti OH700VB is different – it’s a hybrid construction featuring a single dynamic driver for the bass reproduction and six balanced armatures for the mids and the treble. Overall I must admit, that’s the perfect combination of the richness of the dynamic driver and the speed of the balanced armatures.

Another feature worth mentioning is the switch that allows us to toggle between two signatures. Ok… Maybe the signature is too strong a word, but it slightly modifies the bass. And by slightly I mean minor change, smaller than when you would change the cable. I will write more about it later, but here I can write that when considering the location of the switch and its influence, I wouldn’t cry if  Oriveti OH700VB didn’t feature it.

Lastly, the airhole for internal air control – it’s a cool feature that causes the air pressure to easily adjust after applying the earphone. Thanks to it, you won’t feel your ears are clogged and you won’t feel exhausted even after long listening sessions.

Sound of the reviewed Oriveti OH700VB

Comfort is very important because you won’t be able to listen to headphones that aren’t comfortable for long. Okay, maybe most of you, I know some fans of Abyss AB-1266 Phi TC, but let’s be honest they need to be freaks to stand it. What I mean, is there is a necessary level of comfort, and when the headphone or earphone reaches it, then the sound becomes the most important and that’s another place where tested Oriveti OH700VB shines in their price range. It’s a neutral-sounding IEM and when I see neutral-sounding earphones from China I’m expecting another boring stuff that sounds exactly the same with slightly metallic treble, dry midrange, and bass that won’t engage even while listening to the most powerful music. But this time it’s different, so without further ado, let’s deep dive into the sound description.

The first thing I would like to write about is the treble. It’s not easy to tune balanced armatures so the highs won’t sound metallic and harsh. Here the job is done great – it’s smooth and pleasant. Even songs that have that prickly top-end with Oriveti sound great. That has some disadvantages because you can lose some details. I’m a person who listens to music for fun and pleasure because cycling and rock climbing provide me with enough pain. If you’re on the more extreme part of the audiophile tuning preferences spectrum, then there are better options, but I think for most people who aren’t sure what they are looking for, the OH700VB treble will be a safe pick. 

The midrange is warm and lush. The guitar in Mona Ki Ngi Xica by Bonga stole my attention so writing the review got really hard. Especially when switches are in the bottom position, and the amount of the lower midrange is in point for vocals and acoustic music. The timbre is just incredible, Nick Cave in People Ain’t No Good hypnotizes me with his charm. Everything sounds deep and juicy. But if there are some songs where there’s too much warmth, in those cases you can quickly switch the tuning and everything becomes stiffer. I put on Can’t Keep Living Like This by Joane Shaw Taylor, and I instantly knew the low switch position wouldn’t work, but I changed its position and suddenly the twang of her Telecaster stole the show (I hope you know what is Telecaster because that masterpiece invented by Leo Fender started the history of Rock ‘n Roll). I could write here about the whole history of songs that are based on the sound of an electric guitar. But let’s stop on that the Oriveti OH700VB is perfect for music where a slightly overdriven guitar leads the way.

Now let’s move to the bass response and here the difference between the sound switch is the most audible. With the bottom position in some bass-heavy songs, it may overwhelm the rest of the frequency ranges. It’s fat and sometimes lazy. But it’s as easy as just changing the position of the switch. With a touch of the magic wand, you can change the stiffness of the lows from the level of a stereotypical American roadcruiser to a sporty car that will highlight every bump. In the intro of Between The Buttons by French 79 with “bass enchanting” mode the rest of the frequencies are getting covered, but THERE IS ONE EASY TRICK to make it more balanced. With switches in the top position, the amount of the bass is just in point for me to listen to some electronic, bass-heavy music.

The last thing I would like to write about is the soundstage and shortly speaking it’s fine. If only you don’t expect something spectacular like in Craft Ears The One, you won’t be disappointed. All dimensions are good, you won’t hear anything weird happening while listening to your well-known pieces. The only problem I have is the separation of the sound sources in the treble. When there are some more cymbals in the song you can feel like the wall of the sound hits you from all sides. Apart from that the sound stage is more than decent. 

Comparisons

Meze ADVAR


I think it can be the most equal comparison I’ve ever written. Both headphones have the same price tag – $699. Both are a representation of the upper midrange of the IEM market range. I’ve already written the
review of Meze Advar here, so I won’t write much about the company and the product history. The only thing I want to highlight is that Advar features a single dynamic driver while OH700VB has a dynamic driver and six balanced armatures, which on one side makes the whole construction easier to produce, but it can be harder to design the driver that will reproduce the whole frequency range as good as a couple of drivers that are specialized in only specific part.

Let’s start this comparison with the package, both earphones have a very premium unboxing experience and accessories, but I need to admit that Oriveti with its cable stole the show. It feels more robust and has amazing replaceable plugs. Meze cable is just fine, but I think it’s not enough at this place.

In terms of build quality and comfort, I think it’s on par, but both headphones are completely different. Meze is made fully of metal, while Oriveti is made of resin. So I think Meze will be more robust, but if you’re going to check if the IEM will survive a close meeting with the wheels of your car and the asphalt, then you should pick some cheaper headphones. After all, an IEM is a precisely manufactured device and you should take at least minimal care to ensure it will perform at its best for long years. Both headphones are well-made and extremely comfortable. Advar thanks to its small size and OH700VB thanks to its ergonomic shape that reminds me of custom-fit IEMs.

Next is the sound signature comparison, both headphones have neutral-ish tuning but on the warmer side. The treble of Oriveti has more texture, but due to the soundstage issue I’ve mentioned above, I feel the treble of Advar provides more information even though its smoothness can cover some details, the positioning makes it easier to distinguish the sounds. 

The midrange of OH700VB with the switch in the “bass mode” sounds very similar to the Advar’s one. It’s juicy and rich, but there can be some songs that may require less of that meat. And then Oriveti comes with its switch, bang, and everything is again on point, while in the case of Advar, you would have to look for brighter-sounding ear tips or cable.

The bass is another place where the versatility of Oriveti shines again. Meze Advar has powerful and smooth bass but sometimes there are days when you want to listen to the bass that is agile, not just strong, and here comes Oriveti again. Do you want some powerful bass? Switch to the bottom and the party starts. But is there a song with too much bass? Then quick switch and here you go, lows become snappier and faster.

Lastly, the soundstage and here Meze is the winner. Its size is bigger in every dimension, and it simply outperforms the Oriveti here. It’s not that easy to make a crossover that will synchronize every driver to make the soundstage consistent and big at the same time, so OH700VB had a handicap from the beginning. Positioning is pretty similar with an advantage for Advar in the treble, as I’ve already mentioned Oriveti has some issues with the separation of the sound sources in the treble.

Overall both headphones are well priced. When you can’t decide what to pick, then you should consider some things. If you’re looking for a headphone that is better at more specific genres and you like that sound, then Meze Advar will work for you perfectly. But in case you don’t know what you are looking for or it will be your first IEM at that level, then you should pick the versatility of Oriveti OH700VB.

Craft Ears The One

Another opponent of the Oriveti will be the IEM from Polish manufacturer – Craft Ears The One. It’s a more pricey option but at this price point €799 isn’t that much. The One has more personalization options and it’s also available in a custom-fit version, but let’s focus on the comparison with the most basic version you can get from a shelf in your local headphone store without waiting a couple of weeks to get a bespoke one. 

So let’s start with the build quality, which is great on both sides. Craft Ears are fully 3D printed, whilst Oriveti has the metal nozzles fitted into the 3D printed shell. But here I need to give one minor point to OH700VB because the fit of the faceplate is just incredible. The One has some minor marks so you can spot the joints between the faceplate and the rest of the faceplate, while Oriveti looks like the faceplate and the shell is a single piece.

In terms of the sound Craft Ears has a V-shaped tuning while Oriveti is more midrange focused. The Bass of both headphones is incredibly strong with a faster response of The One and more, relaxed and smoother when played by reviewed Oriveti OH700VB. As I’ve already mentioned the Oriveti is more focused on the midrange. It’s smoother and more natural sounding, while Craft Ears reproduces bare bones. It’s stiff and neutral, with a big amount of texture and without any addition of color. The treble is also more extreme in The One, if you are looking for details then you will get them all, whilst OH700VB in the same tracks will be smoother and everything will be covered with a blanket. Lastly, the soundstage, which is just incredible in the Craft Ears, is the place that Oriveti can’t handle. Don’t get me wrong, OH700VB has a good soundstage, but The One is just a killer. There are some earphones I can compare with them, but that would be for example Campfire Audio Andromeda, which is a legend in that term.

To sum things up, both IEMs are great and worth considering, but that’s like comparing the Porsche 911 GT3 with the Carrera S. If you’re looking for some extreme experience then go for the raw, fast, and direct sound of Craft Ears The One. But if you want a great performance with some smoothness and you don’t worry about losing some details while listening, then Oriveti OH700VB will be a great option.

Oriveti OH700VB – summary

Oriveti OH700VB is a neutral-ish-sounding IEM. It’s very well built and the more I look at them the more impressed I am. I’m constantly spotting some details that make perfect closure of the design story, like the wood-imitating pattern on the cable splitter and connectors which refers to the faceplates.

You can also spot that pattern on the box, that’s the level of attention to the details that impresses me a lot. Lastly, the versatility of the sound, is great that the manufacturer allows you to fine-tune the signature, so it can easily match your preferences and fit to the genre you’re listening to currently.

Big thanks to Oriveti for providing us with the OH700VB 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.