Oriolus MK II Review ( Roundup)

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Following you can find all the reviews of Oriolus MKII, including the article review and video review.

Article Review

Head-fi Review

First Impression:

The MKII’s are very musical, when I first put them on, the first thing I noticed is how meaty and lush the mids are. Very similar to the Audeze LCD X in terms of sound signature. Slightly warm, lush mids, okay soundstage, great imaging, and great boomy bass.

After hearing a couple of songs, I think that these would probably be the most versatile TOTL IEM, every genre that I listened to sounded great with these, they seem to make any song really fun and energetic. Despite all these, at I wasn’t really wowed by the Oriolus yet, I was thinking to myself if they are actually even worth it, even at the price that I bought them for which is a steal.

I mean they really sound good, but they don’t really do anything special, I’d still pick my IE800’s over it which IMO has better soundstage and has better clarity and detail retrieval. I’m a soundstage addict and a treble whore, what may be sibilant to others may sound sparkly to me. This is why I really liked the IE800’s, because it’s bright, great soundstage, and has very little to none mid bass which gives way to all the micro details in the mids and highs. It might sound thin to others, but this is my personal preference.

The moment that I was wowed by the Oriolus was when I listened to Kreutzer’s Violin Sonata No.9 1st movement. I mean, oh my god it just made the violin sound so alive!  

This is when I realized why they’re TOTL. Despite my hate for mid bass, and warm signatures, the Oriolus made vocals and violins very musical and lush. I really recommend listening to simple acoustic recordings with the Oriolus, and just see how they transform these simple recording with 2-3 instruments into a very musical fiesta.

I also really like the Oriolus with EDM and hip hop, they’re still good with classical but they’re not as good as an IEM with a reference sound signature. They somehow make classical music too grouped and too boomy and lively. This might be good or bad for some people out there but personally I don’t like it.

I like to hear the spaces between instruments when listening to classical music, this is why I prefer thinner sounding signatures when listening to classical, because warm and lively signatures make the instruments too meaty to my liking. But recordings with few instruments will really shine on the oriolus, and despite all my negative comments, I think most people would find them exceptionally good and very versatile with most genres. Its just that my listening preference is different.

Bass/Lowend:

The MkII’s bass is really good, it has a lot of volume to it and is very lively. I could use more sub bass, and I would’ve loved it if the bass was a little tighter and punchier though. But the bass works really well in combination with the slightly forward mids and warm signature. I find them a little boomy for my preference though, but I think overall the bass is really good.

Mids:

This is where the Oriolus shines! The MKII’s just make the mid frequencies so musical and lush that you just can’t stop listening for more. When I first heard acoustic tracks and some violin recordings on the Oriolus, I was really surprised at how they can make simple recordings very fun and engaging to listen to. The mids are slightly forward but not that much, Vocals are also livelier because of this trait.

Treble/Highs:

The Highs of the Oriolus remind me very much of the Fidelio X2 headphone, it has really great detail, but its just that the warmth and sound signature somehow veils some of the details in the highs. You can still hear the micro details though if you listen very carefully. These IEM’s are not sibilant or harsh at all, these are probably the most non fatiguing IEM’s I have ever heard.

Soundstage:

The sound stage is decent, not that really great actually. The IE800’s have better width and depth in terms of soundstage. The Soundstage is slightly better than the K10U’s  but its nothing to write home about. Like I said earlier, when compared to a headphone, The Oriolus would be equal to an Audeze LCD X, they’re pretty similar, its like the Oriolus is the IEM version of the LCD X.

The only difference is that the LCD X has better bass, punchier and tighter, not boomy like the Oriolus. Most people say that Oriolus lack in depth but is very wide, IMO they’re not wide, they pretty much have the same soundstage as the SE846, maybe just slightly better.

Imaging/Precision:

Despite the not so great soundstage, the imaging is really really good. Much better than most of the TOTL IEM’s I’ve heard. You can really hear where the instruments are and that 3D feel is really awesome! The Imaging is much better than the IE800’s and probably on par with the iSine’s.

Neilmanalo Review

The Oriolus MKII is one of the IEM’s in the TOTL category that is not as popular as the leading brands. Despite the lack of popularity in most regions, the Oriolus MKII is actually very well known in Asia, especially in Japan. The Oriolus is priced at 1050-1100$ internationally, and around 900-1000$ in Asia/Japan.  Below would be my review after 2 weeks of listening with various sources, cables, and listening situations.

UNBOXING AND PHOTOS

The Oriolus MKII comes in a simple yet elegant black box. Inside the box is a black metal case which has a very nice finish and feel to it, a cable pouch, some paper work, and some eartips.

I bought my MKII’s secondhand but in almost pristine condition for 600$  (around 10-20hours of use, previous owner got into speakers and kept it in the box for almost a year and decided to sell it ).  Below are some photos of the box and MKII’s.

Accessibleaudio.co Review ( FiiO FH5 vs Oriolus Mk2)


Both IEMs were tested at around 65-75% volume from an iPad Pro.

First off, there are definitely some similarities between them – probably what attracted me to it in the first place when I was first struck by it at CanJam SoCal 2018. Both of them are hybrid designs, both have the configuration of 1 Dynamic driver 3 balanced armature drivers. The overall sound signature is extremely similar, with a slightly soft impact, very realistic sounding bass, and slightly forward mid-highs that gives an intimacy to the vocal range.

The FH5 has a slightly more intimate bass impact, while the Oriolus is ever so slightly wider. The FH5 also has a slightly more prominent high frequency presentation, making the highs more obvious than the Oriolus. As a result, people who found the Oriolus to not be extended and exacting enough in the high frequencies may find the shimmer of the FiiO FH5 to be preferable.

The FH5 has a slightly more resolved upper midrange that gives it a tad more fullness in vocals over the Oriolus, but comparatively a little less room for subtler low frequency notes to emerge.

Oldnewsound.es Review ( Spanish)

Alguno puede que se sienta un poco perdido a priori respecto a dónde conseguir este modelo. En Musicaacoustics son especialistas en marcas asiáticas, incluso hasta de las menos comunes, y Dimitri es ya un personaje conocido dentro de la comunidad, se nota que aparte de vendedor es un entusiasta como yo. Así que a través de él en particular he adquirido esta unidad que voy a analizar.

Musicaacoustics tiene almacén dentro de Europa, si bien no con tanta diversidad de stock como en el de Japón, uno también se garantiza esquivar las temibles tasas aduaneras, que en España son muy altas y el bolsillo lo agradece.

Con lo que nos ahorramos podríamos comprar a posteriori un cable custom, o directamente optar por la versión del Oriouls que de serie incorpora el PW Audio nº5, un modelo muy recomendable dentro de su franja de precios y que pude probar con anterioridad. Así que aprovecho para comentar que otra review de un cable de esta marca está cocinándose en el horno…

Hifi-forum.de Review ( German)

Vorwort

In dieser Stelle möchte ich mich mal für all die tollen Forumskollegen bedanken, welche mir zu Testzwecken ihrer Hörer überlassen. Ich weiß euer Vertrauen sehr zu schätzen und natürlich auch den fachlichen Austausch!

Wie immer wurde der Oriolus MKII an einem Galaxy S7 (mit ifi EarBuddy) und einem Sansa Clip mit Spotify Premium, sowie eigenen iTunes MP3 Dateien getestet.

Es wurde mit einer großen Vielfalt von Genre getestet, lediglich „richtiges“ Techno und Schlager/ Volksmusik wurden nicht gehört.

Lieferumfang

Kann ich aufgrund der Leihgabe nicht wirklich beurteilen. Erwähnen möchte ich jedoch, dass der Oriolus mit einem Stoffbeutel als Case auskommt.

Komfort/ Verarbeitung/ Isolation

Ich persönliche hatte keine sonderlichen Komfortprobleme, der Oriolus MKII ist allerdings schon recht groß geraten. Die Verarbeitung ist sehr gelungen und ähnelt der Stagediver Serie, ist allerdings wohl etwas dicker und leider weniger ergonomisch. Auch die Isolation sehe ich etwas unter Stagediver Niveau, erstaunt aber nicht wirklich da diese auf Topniveau ist.

Klang (subjektive Einschätzung)

Den Oriolus könnte man als gut gemachte Spaßmaschine beschreiben. Man hört den dynamischen Bass, welcher etwas weicher und nachklingender wirkt. Er bietet beispielsweise in Kickbasspassagen trotzdem klare Definition. Es ist keines Wegs so, dass der Oriolus stark bassbetont klingt, er versteht es vielmehr, an den richtigen Stellen ordentlich einzusetzen und wirkt warm und voluminös. Der Grundton ist etwas angedickt, welches den beschriebenen Charakter unterstreicht. Die Mitten sind sehr gut platziert, wirken nur selten etwas zurück aber nie aufdringlich. Um der Tieftonwärme entgegenzuwirken, ist der Präsenzton etwas angehoben, gefolgt von einer leichten Sibillanzsenke und angenehmen Höhen. Die Höhen sind sehr stimmig integriert, weder scharf noch stark entspannt. Das gesamte Klangbild wirkt äußert homogen, alles fügt sich ins Bild der Klangsignatur, welche schon nach dynamischem Treiber klingt und dies allerdings auch bewusst unterstreichen möchte.