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The hybrid clash is continuing to climb among manufacturers, and it is also going on in mid-fi and low-fi areas lately. Oriolus Forsteni basically has 1 less BA driver inside of it compared to the original Oriolus. That means the configuration consists of 1 Dynamic Driver with 2 Balanced Armatures. There is just 1 BA driver less but the unit is much more affordable, so it is an eye catching hybrid in the market. Based on the performance, I can clearly say Forsteni deserves that attention.
The Oriolus Forsteni could be seen as a budget friendly version of Oriolus V2 at first glimpse, but it is not just a mini-Oriolus. It deserves to have its own audience with the performance and the sound character that it has, which is quite different from Oriolus V2.
By the looks of it, the company will continue to give names of the Oriolus bird family to their IEMs.
PACKAGE and BUILD
The box is exactly the same as Oriolus, which is a good thing as I find it quite serious and simple. It reflects the brand’s attitude to me. Not flashy, not showing off, just the Oriolus brand name in gold color, and that’s it. You know this is an Oriolus: Simple, yet elegant. As you see from their mission, their only goal is reproducing the purest possible sound, not making flashy boxes or designs.
For the contents inside, the only difference is Forsteni doesn’t have a case, instead it has a nice old school type of pouch which looks very cool to me. Drop the IEMs in it, squeeze it with the ropes and go anywhere. It’s not protective but it’s still very nice and original looking, and most importantly it’s practical. Also I understand not having a dedicated metal case for this cutted price.
Build quality is identical, feels solid in hand just like the flagship. No compromises based on price, same quality. This one has a grayish faceplate instead of black and looks-wise, it’s very smooth and pretty. It also makes sense when you consider it’s model name.
The Forsteni delivers a U-shaped sound signature with a higher emphasis on the treble (which is smooth) as compared to the bass, as such, the Forsteni is pleasantly detailed without an intrusive bass. Soundstage is above average and there is more width as compared to the depth. Also due to the lean and clean body, paired with the impressive treble, instrumental separation is delightfully delightful!
Bass… oh dat glorious bASS indeed. The Forsteni’s bass extends all the way down the crevices of the sub-bass which manages to stay composed and controlled. There is good (not headache inducing) amount of rumble to the sub-bass which adds that punch to the lower regions. Bass is slightly on the elevated side but is still leaning towards neutrality and is far from being boomy.
Mid-bass is tight and is generally enough for most listeners…but if you are a bASS lover, this IEM ain’t for you. Oh yes, them mid-bass ain’t bleed into the lower mids, thus mids are not muddied.
Mids and lower-mids are slightly recessed as compared to the upper-mids. Upper-mids are ever so slightly elevated which really enhances vocal clarity and detail, especially for female vocals. Vocals sound intimate and engaging without taking the back presentation in the music.
Nonetheless, the mids sound clean and airy and are very well presented.
Trebles. How does the Forsteni perform in this region? Honestly, unexceptional really. Treble emphasis is good for an IEM in its price range, but extension could be better and it could sound harsh to some people. Sibilance does show up on “essy” songs such as “Bangarang” by Skrillex, or “New Face” by Psy.
Packaging, Accessories, Design
Just like its predecessor, the Forsteni doesn’t waste resources on packaging. A minimalistic foil stamped black cardboard box, a carrying case, a packet of silicon and foam tips inside a plastic ziplock, and warranty cards are all you get. It differs in that it comes with a hard leather case instead of an aluminium case. Undoubtedly a more portable choice, and they also deserve some props for going further with the bird theme.
I was pretty amused when I first opened the packaging to see its egg shaped design. The accessory selection and quantity is generous as well – Large, Medium and Small size silicon tips, two pairs of black foam tips, a cleaning brush and also cable clip. I personally like the L size tips.