After its little brother (OH300), we now take a look at the Oriveti OH500 today.
Disclaimer: I received the OH500 from Oriveti directly. I only covered the customs tax when the package arrived. Oriveti is not affiliated with Headfonia. The first page of this review has similarities to the OH300 review, since they’re identical IEMs in terms of package, shell design, build quality and fit.
Oriveti was established in 2015 to create innovative HiFi quality audio products for daily use. They’ve made a name for themselves especially with the New Primacy model, and that one was reviewed by our good old friend Nathan here. And of course before the “New” Primacy, there was the original model, and that one was also reviewed by Nathan.
The New Primacy was quite popular among audiophiles for its fit and sound quality. Some of my friends also enjoyed it for quite some time, therefore I can safely say that it was a popular choice in terms of mid-fi.
Exactly two weeks ago, we shared our review of the new OH300, replacement of the New Primacy. If you haven’t read it, I suggest you to check it out below.
We started from a position of strength with years of engineering and design experience within the earphone/headphone industry.
The Oriveti OH500 is the company’s new flagship In Ear Monitor with a 4+1 hybrid setup. The price is set at $500, which is somewhat affordable in the market today, especially for this configuration. Once again there is a 8-core handmade cable just like the OH300. The shell is also identical and handmade as well, utilizing the same resin material.
If you recall, I praised the presentation and the content of the new package from Oriveti. The package is perfectly identical to the OH300’s, which to me is a great choice. At times we see different package presentations when it comes to different price brackets. But Oriveti chose to keep everything the same between the two models, although they have different prices.
New Oriveti IEMs arrive with real style. For me, this was one of the most delightful unboxing experiences. The presentation is slick, premium and very tidy. Looks like Oriveti takes this aspect quite seriously and that really pays off. I’ve had the opportunity to unpack many IEMs and this one will remain in my memory. That explains it. The content is also very rich:
- 8 wire Detachable Cable
- Leather Carrying Case
- S, M, L Silicone Tips – 2 pair per size
- M form tips – 2 pairs
- Double Flange Tips- 2 pairs
- Cleaning tool – 1pc
- 6.35mm to 3.5mm connector – 1pc
So in terms if tips you get a total of 10 pairs, which is wonderful and I did not expect that. Getting 3 different types of tips is also a nice touch. All the accessories are inside of two compact cardboard boxes.
However, the best part of this package to me is the carrying case. It’s made from genuine leather, and the appearance and the smell of it oozes quality. The stitched edges also create a premium look and the inside of the case is from soft material. This is a very luxurious case, especially for this money.
Overall, this is a very impressive presentation and content for this price level.
The design of the new Oriveti IEMs is quite simple and modest. They certainly derived some aspects from the former New Primacy model, and the design language of Oriveti that we know is still present here. But the new OH500 has a difference from the OH300 in terms of color. It still looks elegant like the OH300, but it’s more flashy with its color scheme and logos. The shells have a semi transparent light brown color, and the logos complete the design with a nice golden touch.
The OH500 really impresses with its elegance and sexiness. To me, the color difference between these two models also reflects their sound character to a certain extent. This topic of course will be evaluated on the next page. Overall I really liked the OH500’s appearance. It’s a cool and characteristic design language for sure.
The build quality is exactly the same as the OH300 model. Changing the shell material to resin was a nice call from Oriveti. Everything around the housing is seamless and smooth. There’s no flaw that I can bring up about the housing.
The MMCX sockets are nicely embedded in the body, and the connection is not something that you would expect. They sit really flush and tough. Normally the MMCX connectors move around a lot but that’s not the case with the new Oriveti IEMs. They don’t even move in circular motion easily, unlike other MMCX connections that we know.
The 8-braid cable is made from silver-plated copper, and it is also very durable with great quality. So I think Oriveti literally left nothing of the table for their new IEMs. Every aspect is covered and I simply can’t bring up any cons.
The review continues on the next page, just click HERE.