Honestly, Oriolus V2 is a special IEM. There are not too many “special” IEM’s in the market, most of them are similar to others in many ways. Of course you can ask the question; “what makes a IEM special to you?”. Well, a special IEM to me is the one that gives a musical presentation without sacrificing technical qualities. That’s the description I made myself when I test those things. When I think about the Oriolus, all that comes to my mind is the word “special”.
It’s not easy to put the Oriolus into a one single category. It’s not reference no, no in any way, neither neutral nor flat and the presentation is somewhat towards full bodied musicality with a bold approach. Not dark, not bright, not just one way or another. Oriolus is one of those “coherency lords” among IEM’s. That makes it special like the Kaiser 10 as I find many thing in common between them. They have a similar approach to music; they give the listener what they actually want, they don’t give some another piece of “flat, reference, edgy” sound like so many others, but they still have the Hi-End quality.
Another great thing about the Oriolus V2 is the natural presentation. While being musical, it doesn’t feel unrealistic. Every part of the song comes effortless to you without giving an unnatural ambiance. That’s a part I always look for in any equipment. Some are “too reference” and some are “too musical”, yet the Oriolus sits just between the two types, which is something of a rare gift.
Therefore, I think the Oriolus V2 is at the top level together with the Kaiser 10, in terms of giving musicality and technicality combined. Maybe I can also add JH Layla to this level but the price is a let down for it. There’s also the Angie by JH Audio, yet although it’s also a musical and natural IEM, it can’t catch those 3 about technical qualities, especially resolution. There could also be some other handful of IEM’s that can give this kind of quality, but those IEM’s haven’t been tested by me yet.
The frequency response of the Oriolus is very very coherent. If it wasn’t the bass this could be the coherency king overall, but low frequencies are somewhat strong. So when you listen to it with something like Lotoo Paw Gold, you can feel the bass is a little bit overpowering. That doesn’t mean the bass is shadowing the other parts of the spectrum, that’s definitely not the case with the Oriolus at any time. Still, it sometimes gives you the bass that feels a notch over from what should’ve been. This is the effect of the dynamic driver of course, together with the copper cable.
Moving on from the strong nature of the bass and checking the quality, the Oriolus probably has the best bass quality among any IEM at this price. It’s fast enough, has the rumble, control and resolution that you require, has the tightness, airiness and recovery when needed. Bass also separates from other freq’s very well. Think every kind of bass quality you can imagine, Oriolus has them all.
The effect of the cable -in consideration of the copper material- is the added bass quantity. When you switch to a generic 2-pin cable, the bass is not that strong and rumbling overall. With the upgrade cable you get a pretty strong bass but maybe the purists won’t like this. Especially the subbass area is quite powerful with the PW cable, which can give some unnatural times when paired with a poor or a wrong source. As always, you need good files with good sources to get the quality that this IEM offers.
The thing I loved about the Oriolus was the emphatic subbass and midbass response, which gives the IEM a great depth. It lets you to perceive the recording as a live recording, because it sounds so intense and yet immensely airy at the same time. That’s the big difference from the BA bass; the air and the depth. I think that’s the reason why other companies are trying to couple the two driver types into one IEM.
The mids of the Oriolus V2 is at the warmish side but not fully warm. There’s a good balance right there. The resolution of mids is almost equal to Kaiser 10, falling behind just a hair. Vocals are clear, instruments are natural and placement is top notch. The only small downside I could find is the vivid approach and this maybe can’t meet the needs of the reference folk. But it has that emotion that lets you to put yourself in the music and feel the energy in the recording; ultimately, this IEM rocks it every single time. The strength of this IEM is this all-around quality, thanks to the full sounding bass connected with musical mids. Whatever you need, you’re going to get it from this pretty bird.
With the PW Cable, the mids have more resolution and they sound more intimate. When I used an epic 2-pin cable I noticed a loss of intimacy especially on vocals. They sounded a bit distant and a bit colder than the copper cable. So I suppose this was a good decision by Oriolus to combine this great IEM with this high quality cable. I definitely recommend the cable for Oriolus users.
Trebles are gentle and forgiving most of the time. They stay a bit behind in the soundstage, which makes the Oriolus an easy-going IEM. I like the fact that they built this IEM considering the musicality. It seems they really worked hard for making a good balance across the range. You can’t get this kind of a result with just a lucky tuning. There should’ve been a good teamwork there.
As the other parts, I found no problem at the high frequency area. There’s a good extension here despite the distant approach which is not an easy task. The treble is also quite fast and articulate but of course not at the level of S-EM9. The resolution of the highs is not at the top level among IEM’s, but it is close. This is the least focused area across the spectrum, so the resolution at this particular range is a little behind when compared to bass and mids. Still, it’s very close to the top in terms of quality. Quantity is another story here, as it’s not a bright or treble-ish IEM. For those who want more treble, you can get the S-EM9 and you won’t look back. But if you want a more coherent, warmer and fuller sound, this is the IEM for you.
Technical points, small comparisons and closing on page three.