Oriveti OH700VB Review
Oriveti OH700VB Review
Oriveti is an innovative brand founded in 2015 that provides HiFi quality audio products for daily use. The engineering and design team has extensive experience in the earphone industry and has created hybrid models such as the New Primacy, OH300, and OH500, as well as full BA models such as the O400 and O800/OV800.
The Oriveti OH700VB is the company’s latest hybrid driver IEM that boasts 6x Custom Balanced Armature Drivers (4x BAs for highs, 2x BAs for mids) and a 10mm Dynamic Driver for bass, all housed within a comfortable and lightweight resin shell. A particularly intriguing feature of the OH700VB is its variable bass capability, hence the “VB” in its name. A miniature switch on the faceplate allows users to fine-tune the bass level from 0dB to +12dB, providing remarkable flexibility to tailor the sound signature to individual preferences and specific genres. Furthermore, the OH700VB comes with a brand-new, detachable 8-core silver-plated copper wire featuring a modular headphone plug adapter design.
I would like to thank the Oriveti for providing me with the OH700VB In-Ear Monitor for review purposes. I am not affiliated with Oriveti beyond this review, and the opinions expressed here are my own, unvarnished, and honest thoughts about the product.
Price & Availability:
The Oriveti OH700VB In-Ear Monitor retails for $699 USD. For more information, please visit the link below.
Package & Accessories:
The Oriveti OH700VB comes inside cube shaped black box that is wrapped with a cardboard sleeve. Upon opening, you’ll discover the Monitors on the top and a smooth-sliding drawer on the front, revealing a rich set of accessories
Inside the box are the following items/accessories;
- 1 pair x Oriveti OH700VB In-Ear Monitors
- 1 x Detachable Cable with 2-Pin connectors and Modular headphone plug design
- 1 x Leather Carrying Case
- 3 x Modular Headphone Plug Adaptors (3.5mm Single Ended, 2.5mm & 4.4mm Balanced)
- 3 pairs x Black Silicone Ear Tips (S/M/L) – 1x pair came pre-installed
- 3 pairs x White Silicone Ear Tips (S/M/L)
- 3 pairs x Foam Ear Tips (S/M/L)
- 1 x Cleaning tool
Design & Build Quality:
The Oriveti OH700VB is a quite esthetic looking IEM with a pretty compact and ergonomic shape for that shares the same design like previous models like the O400 and O800/OV800. The housing has a hand made semi-transparent resin material in a beautiful purple color, while the main optic highlight is the stabilized wood faceplate with the Circular Oriveti logo on the left and Oriveti branding on the right earpiece.
What truly sets the OH700VB apart is the VB (Variable Bass) miniature switch on each faceplate that allows for fine-tuning the bass level. This design choice deviates from the norm; as such sound tuning switches are typically located on the rear side of the monitor shell. This unique placement offers both advantages and drawbacks. On the positive side, the switch is incredibly easy to access and manipulate without additional tools, even while the monitors are on your ears. But it sticks out a bit, so bumping it by accident and changing the setting is a possibility.
The inner surface of the monitor shell features the sound nozzle that is made of aviation grade aluminum material with a nice finish in gold color. These sound nozzles with convex ends are designed to work as a wave guide in harmony with the 3-way crossover system that is connected to the 3 openings on the top.
Each monitor’s rear surface features a small opening for the 10mm diameter dynamic driver. This opening functions as a pressure relief port, essential for the driver’s proper operation.
On the top of the monitors are 0.78mm diameter 2-pin female connectors, securely holding the male connector.
The OH700VB comes with the brand-new 8-core Silver Plated Copper wire detachable cable that boasts remarkable lightness and virtually eliminates tangles. Each core consists of 24 wires with a diameter of 0.05mm, totaling in 192 wires. The cable has a soft TPU coating features a stylish two-tone color scheme, combining black and gun metal color for a sleek and polished look.
The 2-pin connectors feature a gunmetal-colored metal housing with a brushed finish, showing the aesthetic of all metal components on the cable. Each connector housing sports Left/Right markings and color indicators (Blue = L / Red = Right) on the rear, while the front displays the Oriveti logo. For a more comfortable over-the-ear fit, the cable features transparent heat-shrink ear guides positioned near the 2-pin connectors.
The cable includes a metal chin slider and a stylish Y-splitter, both crafted from the same gunmetal-colored metal. The Y-splitter boasts a sleek, brushed finish with the Oriveti logo on its top surface.
The detachable cable of the Oriveti OH700VB has a modular headphone plug design that comes with 3 adapters. The package includes 1x 3.5mm Single Ended, 1x 2.5mm Balanced and 1x 4.4mm Balanced headphone plug adapter.
The headphone jack features a straight-profiled metal housing with the Oriveti branding that is displayed on the top.
OH700VB monitors and their accompanying cable exhibit exceptional build quality and design, exceeding my expectations for a product at this price point. The cable, with its soft, thick and nicely braided construction, exudes a sense of durability and resilience, suggesting it can endure significant wear and tear.
Drivability & Pairing:
The Oriveti OH700VB is a quite efficient IEM, boasting an impedance of 12Ω and a sensitivity of 112dB. This combination makes it a perfect companion for relatively weak sources such as smartphones, tablets, and USB DAC/amp dongles.
Fit & Isolation:
The Oriveti OH700VB provides an exceptional fit for my medium-sized ear conchas, ensuring comfort and stability even during extended listening sessions. Its passive noise isolation surpasses the average, effectively blocking out unwanted ambient noise, making them ideal for use in noisy environments like buses, subways, or trains.
- Model : OH700VB
- Driver : 6x BA Drivers (2x Highs + 4x Mids) + 10mm Dynamic Driver (Bass)
- Impedance : 12 Ohm
- Freq. Response : 20 – 20000Hz
- Sensitivity : 112dB ±3dB/mW @ 1000Hz
- Distortion : <1%
- Plug : 3.5mm Single Ended / 2.5mm Balanced / 4.4mm Balanced
- Connector Type : 0.78mm 2pin connector
- Cable Length : approx. 120cm
- 6+1 Hybrid Driver Technology for the Ultimate Sound
- VB (Variable Bass) switch on the faceplates for different Bass Experience
- Handmade Resin Monitor Body
- Ergonomic Monitor Body for Comfortable Wearing
- Detachable 2 Pin Cable with Modular Plug (3.5mm Stereo, 2.5mm Balanced, 4.4mm Balanced)
Equipment’s used for this review:
- IEM’s : Oriveti OH700VB, iBasso IT07
- DAP&DAC’s : HiBy R6 Pro II, FiiO M11 Plus ESS, Quloos MUB1
Albums & tracks used for this review:
- Adele – My Little Love (Tidal)
- Randy Crawford – On Day I Will Fly Away (Flac 16bit/44.1kHz)
- Hayley Westenra – Odyssey Album (Dezzer HiFi)
- Dionne Warwick – Walk On By (Flac 16bit/44.1kHz)
- Sarah McLachlan – Angel (Flac 24bit/48kHz)
- Sertap Erener – Aşk (Flac 16bit/44.1kHz)
- Edith Piaf – Non Je Ne Regrette Rien (Flac 16bit/44.1kHz)
- Diana Krall – So Wonderful (DSF)
- Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Payer (Flac 24bit/96kHz)
- Sonya Yoncheva – (Giuseppe Verdi) II Trovatore, ActI (Flac 24bit/96kHz)
- George Michael – Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (Flac 24bit/192kHz)
- David Bowie – Heroes (Flac 24bit/192kHz)
- Elton John – Rocket Man ((Flac 24bit/96kHz)
- Barry White – Just The Way You Are (Flac 24bit/48kHz)
- Isaac Hayes – Walk On By (Flac 16bit/44.1kHz)
- Sting – Englishman in New York – (Flac 24bit/48kHz)
- Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight (Flac 24bit/96kHz)
- B. King – Riding With The King (Tidal Hi-Fi)
- Dave Gahan – Kingdom (Tidal Hi-Fi)
- U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday (Flac 16bit/44.1kHz)
- Muse – Hysteria (Flac 24bit/96kHz)
- Rush – YYZ (Flac 16bit/44.1kHz)
- Red Hot Chili Peppers – Nobody Weird Like Me (Flac 24bit/48kHz)
- Bro Safari, UFO! – Drama (Deezer HiFi)
- Armin Van Buuren – Vini Vici (Flac 16bit/44.1kHz)
- Daft Punk – Doin’ it Right (Flac 24bit/96kHz)
- Jo Blankenburg – Meraki (Spotify)
- Lorde – Royals (Flac 24bit/48kHz)
- Massive Attack – Angel (Flac 24bit/48kHz)
- Toutant – Rebirth (Deezer HiFi)
- Gogo Penguin – Raven (Flac 24bit/192kHz)
- Gogo Penguin – Murmuration (Flac 24bit/192kHz)
- Portishead – It Could Be Sweet (Spotify)
- Max Richter – On the Nature of Daylight (Flac 24bit/96kHz)
- Charly Antolini – Duwadjuwandadu (Flac 24bit/192kHz)
- Ferit Odman – Look, Stop & Listen (Flac 24bit/192kHz)
- Chopin – Nocturn No. 20 In C-Sharp Minor (Flac 16bit/44.1kHz)
- Fazıl Say – Nazım Oratoryosu (Live) (Flac 16bit/44.1kHz)
- Vivaldi – Le QuarttroStagioni “The Four Season” (Deezer HiFi)
- Otto Liebert& Luna Negra – The River (Flac 24bit/192kHz)
- Lunatic Soul – The Passage (Flac 16bit/44.1kHz)
- Deftones – My Own Summer (Shove it) (Flac 16bit/44.1kHz)
- Metallica – Sad but True (Flac 24bit/96kHz)
- Opeth – Windowpane (Flac 16bit/44.1kHz)
- Megadeth – Sweating Bullets (Tidal Hi-Fi)
- Rush’s – Leave That Thing Alone (Flac 16bit/44.1kHz)
- Slayer – Angel of Death (Spotify)
- Liquid Tension Experiment 2 – Acid Rain (Spotify)
- Yosi Horikawa – Bubbles (Spotify)
The Oriveti OH700VB is a wonderful sounding IEM, offering a lively, clean, and highly musical presentation that lets you enjoy a vast array of genres for hours on end. Its impactful, full-bodied bass is remarkably clean and never overpowers the rest of the sonic spectrum, creating a well-balanced and immersive listening experience, whether the VB switch is on or off. The OH700VB’s midrange is liquid smooth, highly transparent, and detailed, while the treble range shows a decent sense of presence and sparkle. Another highlight is the expansive and airy soundstage atmosphere, making it easy to pinpoint the location of instruments within the soundscape.
The Oriveti OH700VB review was written after a burn-in process of approximately 60 hours. My sound impressions below are primarily based on my experience with the OH700VB connected to the HiBy R6 Pro II (DAP) and Quloos MUB1 (DAC/AMP) using the 4.4mm modular plug.
The bass of the OH700VB is one of the main highlights, wich is powerful, dynamic, and well-controlled. The sub-bass delivers a satisfying rumble and depth, capable of shaking your ears with authority, as demonstrated by tracks like Massive Attack’s “Angel,” Daft Punk’s “Doin’ it Right,” and Lorde’s “Royals.” On the other hand, the mid-bass displays a remarkable sense of punch and impact, adding a pleasing warmth and body to the overall sound. What truly stands out about the bass response is its lack of muddiness or bloating, and its seamless integration with the midrange.
The VB (Variable Bass) switch allows for adjustable bass levels from 0dB to +12dB, affecting both sub-bass and mid-bass frequencies. This enables you to tailor the low end to your preference and to the spesific genre of music, making it more prominent and fun-sounding or subtle and neutral. Further enhancing the bass experience is the OH700VB’s exceptional level of resolution, layering, and control, which are readily apparent when listening to instruments like bass guitars and percussions.
The midrange of the OH700VB shines with remarkable clarity, smoothness, and organic character. Its tonality and timbre remain faithful to the natural nuances of both instruments and vocals. The lower midrange boasts a pleasing fullness and richness, particularly evident with male vocalists like Isaac Hayes, Sting, Dave Gahan, and Elton John, lending their voices weight and emotion.
Conversely, the upper midrange possesses exceptional clarity and resolution, perfectly suited for female vocalists like Adele, Diana Krall, Sarah McLachlan, and Edith Piaf, allowing their sweetness and expression to flourish. The midrange strikes a perfect balance between warmth and brightness, avoiding any sense of being overly forward or laid-back. Notably, the OH700VB’s midrange presentation skillfully navigates the line between analytical precision and musicality, achieving a commendable balance between realism and emotional engagement, as evidenced across a wide variety of instruments, from strings and woodwinds to percussions.
The treble range of the Oriveti OH700VB delivers crispness, airiness, and a delightful sense of sparkle and resolution. This area strikes a perfect balance between smoothness and crispness, avoiding both dullness and excessive sharpness. The lower treble boasts an efficient level of presence and energy, adding adequate bite and attack to the sound without overpowering the upper midrange and upper treble.
The upper treble exhibits a natural sense of extension and openness, infusing the OH700VB’s overall presentation with a delightful level of space, clarity, and detail. Instruments like cymbals and hi-hats, whether in jazz or metal music, sound beautifully pronounced, detailed, and possess a commendable level of extension. It’s important to note that the treble never becomes harsh or sibilant, preventing any possibility of fatigue or discomfort during extended listening sessions. This makes the OH700VB a pleasure to listen to for long periods of time.
Soundstage & Imaging:
The soundstage and imaging of the Oriveti OH700VB are one of its strengths, and they add a lot of realism and immersion to the sound. The soundstage of the OH700VB is wide and deep, with a good sense of space and dimension. The soundstage is not too intimate or too distant, and it has a good balance between the width and the depth. The imaging is excellent, and the OH700VB can pinpoint the location and direction of the sound sources with accuracy and precision.
Oriveti OH700VB (VB Switch ON) versus iBasso IT07 (Gold Filter):
Both the iBasso IT07 and ORIVETI OH700VB are hybrid IEMs, featuring a combination of a single dynamic driver and six balanced armature drivers housed within stylish resin shells.
In terms of sound performance, the Oriveti OH700VB presents a slightly cleaner, more forward-oriented, and lively character compared to the warmer and denser overall sound of the iBasso IT07.
Both IEMs deliver excellent bass performance, demonstrating deep sub-bass extension and satisfying mid-bass punch. The IT07 has a slight edge in sub-bass depth and intensity, while the OH700VB offers a touch more mid-bass quantity and impact. Both IEMs exhibit good bass speed and decay, with the OH700VB showcasing a superior sense of transparency and authority in this area.
The midrange of the iBasso IT07 is slightly more recessed than the Oriveti OH700VB. The IT07 generally possesses a warmer tonality, while the OH700VB provides a greater sense of clarity, transparency, and detail retrieval. The lower midrange of the IT07 offers slightly more body and depth, giving it a slight advantage for male vocals, while the OH700VB’s more pronounced upper midrange tuning makes it more suitable for female vocals.
Both IEMs shine in terms of treble performance, albeit with distinct characteristics. The ORIVETI OH700VB features a more relaxed and refined treble, while the iBasso IT07 boasts a brighter and sparklier presence. The OH700VB exhibits superior treble smoothness and detail, while the IT07 displays additional brilliance and air in the upper treble region.
The Oriveti OH700VB and iBasso IT07 both offer high-level performance in soundstage and imaging, with different strengths. The OH700VB presents a wider and more spacious soundstage, while the IT07 holds a slight edge in depth.
The Oriveti OH700VB establishes itself as a top contender in the competitive IEM market. Its exceptional combination of powerful, clean bass, a liquid-smooth midrange, and a natural treble range creates a vibrant and highly enjoyable listening experience across a wide range of genres. The variable bass switch provides the added flexibility to tailor the sound signature to individual preferences, further enhancing its appeal. Additionally, the comfortable design, lightweight resin shell, and detachable high-quality cable guarantee an enjoyable listening experience for hours on end. Ultimately, the OH700VB stands as a testament to the company’s dedication to innovation and sonic excellence, making it a compelling choice for audiophiles seeking a versatile and captivating IEM.
Pros & Cons:
- Powerful, dynamic, and well-controlled Bass Reponses
- Remarkable clarity, smoothness, and organic timbre of the Midrange
- Treble tuning that has a perfect balanced between smoothness and crispness
- Variable Bass (VB) switch (Easy to access and manipulate the bass level)
- Beautiful Monitors Design (Stabilized wood faceplate)
- Comfortable fit & above average passive Isolation
- Good cable with modular headphone plug design
- The VB switch is designed for easy access, but it sticks out a bit and could be bumped accidentally
- Slightly dip in the lower treble area
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