TECHNICAL SKILLS and SOURCE MATCHING
Starting with the soundstage here; it’s impressively wide but not too tall. Noble K10 is taller for instance but Oriolus is wider. It’s not super wide like JH Layla but it’s still impressive, especially when you think about the dynamic and intimate sound. 3D effect is there and because of the accented bass presentation the sound usually feels alive. The separation of the instruments is great and the elements of the sound have correct positions.
Oriolus V2 is not the resolution king and that’s because of the treble. But you can reckon on it about the resolution as it won’t let you down. Because the other two ranges have a great resolution overall. The situation with trebles is actually a plus if you like the laid back signature like me, but it’s a minus for the people who have an opposite taste. I should make clear that I’m comparing it with the best here, so don’t think it lacks the resolution on trebles. It’s very very good regardless.
The awesomeness of Oriolus is it’s strong technical points, together with the easygoing and emotional sound reproduction. Best of both worlds here. I just simply can’t find a noticeable flaw about it to bring up. And remember, I usually look for the flaws instead of strong points. The texture and layering is wonderful also. It does nothing wrong or artificial. It’s just a spectacular monitor in every aspect.
Regarding sources; a flatter source can be a better choice if you’re sensitive to that type of dynamic driver bass. Especially with Paw Gold it wasn’t the most ideal setup. But with something like an A&K DAP or Sony ZX2 it’s well balanced with a hint of strength and rumble. I suppose it would also be great with Hifiman HM901S and Questyle QP1R, for the fact that they’re reference type of DAP’s.
It’s easy to drive the Oriolus. So you shouldn’t worry about it too much.
vs K10: K10 is also very strong technically and like the Oriolus V2 it’s a musical IEM. The difference is at the bass department, as K10 gives more midbass. K10’s bass is a little bit flatter as well, which can be better for some. Resolution of K10 is a bit ahead but it sounds closer and narrower. It’s a bit taller though. Also the seperation on K10 is sharp like an edge of a knife, but I think the positioning of Oriolus V2 is better.
vs Angie: Another warm and musical IEM, which lacks that kind of technically strong points when compared. It’s also darker in comparison but soundstage is taller on Angie. Treble is similar to Oriolus with Oriolus being a bit better in terms of resolution. General resolution is better on it as well.
vs S-EM9: The French wonder is faster, has better treble quality (probably the best in the market) but the mids and the bass on Oriolus are simply better in terms of musicality and emotion. Soundstage is similar.
vs FitEar TG334: Oriolus V2 is the only IEM to me that can come close to TG334 in terms of mid presentation, but TG334 is still the absolute best to me. Other than that I think FitEar is behind in every aspect except the soundstage width. That is quite similar.
If you wish, you can ask about more comparisons in the comments section.
Oriolus V2 is simply a masterpiece. From the perfect bass to lively mids and kind trebles, it’s a joy to listen to, every single time. Even if you’re a treble-head, you wouldn’t deny the success of this wonderful IEM. It’s technically very strong and sits at around the top with the best, and it undoubtedly gives a musical perfection. If you’re after this kind of reproduction, just go for it. It’s also a great all-rounder thanks to the amazing cohesiveness, so you can listen almost everything with it.
Only 4 IEM’s caused me to “wow” in my audiophile journey over the years. Those are K10, Layla, S-EM9 and ultimately Oriolus V2. So that gives you an idea doesn’t it?
Self evidently; It’s one of the best.
EDIT: Oriolus informed us they now have an English store front!! Buy them here: en.oriolus.jp