Review: Oriveti OH500 – Tasty

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.

About Oriveti

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.

Review: Oriveti OH300 – Fresh Air

 We started from a position of strength with years of engineering and design experience within the earphone/headphone industry.

About OH500

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.

Package

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.

Design

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.

Build Quality

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.

Oriveti OH500

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.

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A lover of personal audio from Turkey, Berkhan always seeks the perfection. He chooses a simplistic expression of sound at all times, and tries to keep his photography enthusiasm at the same level with audio. Sometimes photography wins, and sometimes his love for music takes him over and he puts that camera aside.

10 Comments

  • Reply August 5, 2019

    Michael Gunin

    Sounds like my tonality. Any chance to compare with Periodic Be?

    • Reply August 6, 2019

      Berkhan

      I don’t have that one, sorry.

  • Reply August 29, 2019

    Alex

    Thanks for great review. I have purchased OH500 and absolutely love the signature which simply sounds right to me comparing to other IEMs. Have you tried to AB compare the OH500 with Oriolus MK2? Would you consider MK2 an upgrade to OH500 in terms of resolution? Any other differences you observed? I saw that graphs are pretty similar. Thank you 🙂

  • Reply September 9, 2019

    Alex

    Any feedback on comparing it to Oriolus MK2? Would you consider Oriolus to be an upgrade to OH500?
    Thanks!

  • Reply September 12, 2019

    Alex

    My sources are HiBy R6 and R6 Pro balanced with silver plated copper cable, original 3.5 was no go with details retrieval. I use stock black silicone tips with shallow insertion as I found them resolving the best treble and bass. I am only slightly annoyed with 2Khz spike.
    We have similar signature preference. BYW, I have just ordered K10U to AB as it is one of your favorites and I hope for better isolation to use in airplanes.

  • Reply September 22, 2019

    Alex

    Berkhan, any feedback on AB with MK2? Thanks!

  • Reply October 2, 2019

    Lord Sinister

    Hello,

    Can someone from Headfonia compare these IEM against each other?
    oBravo Cupid
    Oriveti OH500
    Dunnu DK-4001
    RHA CL2

    Thanks.

  • Reply October 5, 2019

    Bran

    How would the OH500 play with an IBasso DX120?

    • Reply October 8, 2019

      Berkhan

      I wouldn’t recommend that pair. A more open and neutral sounding source is a better choice in my opinion.

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