Oriveti New Primacy
Review by: Paolo Tellano
Source – OnePlus 3T, LG V20, and a laptop
Output – All of it were used with a 2.5 balanced out for the ES100 and unbalanced for the LG V20/laptop.
JVC Spiral Dot tips
FLACs and Spotify Premium
“ORIVETI is a new and innovative brand providing HiFi quality audio products for daily use by the most discerning listeners.
Founded in 2015, we started from a position of strength with years of engineering and design experience within the earphone/headphone industry.
In this tough and competitive market we feel there is still room for knowledgeable brands with new ideas to emerge. Because we understand the importance of sound, fit, comfort and reliability, we believe ORIVETI is ready to excite and impress listeners across the world.”
By the way, that’s from their website.
Again, I am in no way paid by Oriveti. I didn’t even know they were from North America. I could’ve sworn it was a good pasta meal from Europe or something. I bought these with my own money and no review unit was sent to us. Even if it was the latter, I’m still going to give my honest thoughts about it.
(The rest of the photos on this review are mine, except for this one. I got this from the person who sold it to me. I forgot to take pics of the actual packaging.)
The packaging comes in a hefty but slick black box. As you can see, the accessories on Oriveti’s flagship came to impress. It has a couple of small and medium generic silicone tips. About 2 pairs of foam tips. Also, they added two pairs of double-flange tips. It also came with ear hooks and adapters. However, my favorite part of the package is that awesome case. It’s aluminum and black. It literally screams “I’m premium”. Well, hopefully the same goes for sound.
The fit is the most seamless I’ve tried so far. It literally disappears in your ears. If you use light tips, these will feel like they can disappear from your ears. They’re weightless. The only time I am “aware” of them is when I use foam tips. So yes, it’s the most comfortable IEM I have tried so far. It might be weird for some who are used to the regular-sized IEMs. However, if you find the right tips for you this will be a really soothing experience (both in the fit and the sonic aspect).
Just like how I stated in my previous review, just press “ctrl-f” if you wish to get by all the formalities stated above. That’s what I do when I read reviews. Anyways, the overall tonality of the Oriveti is smooth and lush (as the title would suggest). It’s organically warm, has great separation in the rather lush mids, and a sweet treble. It’s musical and fun. For those looking for their reference sound, you might want to look somewhere else.
Okay, these go deep. Although its extension is noteworthy, the better highlight of the sub bass is the texture and quality it’s able to present. In my perception, the sub bass reaches below chest level. The mid bass is a little tight. It doesn’t have the quickest decay. This helps it ooze off lower frequencies that are rather organic, it’s bassy but not tiring. To put it simply, it sounds natural.
As much as the bass might be the highlight of this IEM, the mids here are great. First of all, they are lush. So no, you’re not getting the most textured vocals. Rather, what you should expect from this are smooth and luscious vocals. This is true for both male and female. They are full-bodied and upfront. Rich, as some would say. If you are a fan of easy listening while not compromising the mids, I guess you could consider these. Guitars and pianos don’t sound the most detailed. As a matter of fact, these focus more on the clarity of the mid frequencies rather than the resolution. This might be a hit or miss for some people. Layering and separation are great.
Now, this is where it got a little bit tough for me. I really loved the low-ends of these. As it gave me that sub-bass without messing with the clarity. To add to that, it gave me a good impact on the mid-bass without smudging up the next frequency. However, the highs on these are sweet. I’d dare say a tad lacking in quantity. It does extend well but it’s more of a neutral response than a sparkly one. Maybe it was just a bit too clinical for my taste. Cymbals sounded rolled off. If you’re like me, a treble-head, you might want to look somewhere else. I was left longing for more treble response from these IEMs. Whatever the case may be, if you like coloration and more brilliance in your IEMs in the high frequencies this is not the choice for you. It didn’t feel like a complete sounding pair for me because of this aspect.
Sound stage and imaging
So the virtual stage felt like a concert hall. The same is true even if I use the Spiral Dots as my tips. It has very good depth but the width would just be average in my opinion. However, this does not mean imaging isn’t superb. As a matter of fact, what’s lovely about this IEM is that it’s natural-sounding and relaxing, but it doesn’t compromise the details in the mids. Listening to the vocal layering of Bohemian Rhapsody, the New Primacy was able to create good layering and separation on those vocals. This strength in imaging was also palpable in Ed Sheeran’s “Eraser” when two guitars are being played (one for the rhythm and one for the riff). The New Primacy was able to decouple those in the sound spectrum.
Comparison (DMG and Toneking T4)
Comparing the New Primacy to these Chi-fi bad boys is the reason why I don’t believe Chinese brands are always inferior to that of other countries. First, details-wise on the bass they are on par. The DMG has an average sub-bass extension with a tight mid-bass response. On the other hand, the T4 extends as much as the New Primacy but its mid-bass has a more neutral response to it. The mids on the DMG and T4 are both more detailed than the New Primacy. Yes, these are way cheaper IEMs that has out-detailed an IEM that costs twice (in the DMG’s case more than twice) their own price. The DMG has more details and texture, the same goes with the T4. The New Primacy focuses on a lush and smooth delivery. Lastly, the treble section. If you are looking for more resolution in the highs, you’ll get that from the DMG and the T4. The former extends less while the latter extends more. They are more engaging compared to the New Primacy’s more laid back approach.
These IEMs cater to those who want a smooth listening experience without sacrificing the clarity. These are clear IEMs but they are not detailed. If you’re a basshead that is looking for a more natural-sounding IEM, this might be your bet. If you’re a moody listener that wants to have a pair for chilling, these might be a good buy. However, if you’re looking for details and resolution these are a no for me. The New Primacy sounds lovely, but they can be a little too lush on the mids and too forgiving in the highs.