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Oriolus Finschi

Rating:
4.375/5,
  1. AvijitSingh
    The Finschi Sings
    Written by AvijitSingh
    Published May 17, 2019
    4.5/5,
    Pros - Affordable, engaging sound
    Cons - Can be too bassy at times
    For the purpose of this review most of my listening was done through my Sony Zx300, a Samsung Galaxy S10+, and a Macbook Pro 2015, in order to see how easy they were to drive. The Hiby r6 was used to see what that sounded like with a different DAP. The volume on the Zx300 was always in the 50-70 range: Balanced and High Gain. Unfortunately I don't have a 2 pin -> 4.4 cable at the moment so they were run via SE. The Iems used for comparison were the Simgot En 700 Pro and the Campfire Orion, which is my reference point.


    Pairings and comparisons are limited to what I have available at the time of review. So apologizes if those sections are not as detailed or extensive as they should be.


    Additionally, I don’t include or talk much about the specifications as it is easy to find online and adding it pads the review more than necessary. I also limit the number of picture to 4-6, as I want to keep the review simple and at a manageable length. If you feel like the specifications and more images are necessary I will gladly accommodate.


    Some of the songs I listened to:

    · Shiver by Lucy Rose

    · On & On by Joey BadA$$

    · Righteous Minds by Joey BadA$$

    · Time Lapse by Ludovico Einauldi

    · Labyrinth by Mondo Grosso

    · For Now I am Winter by Olafur Arnalds

    · Visions by Vanilla

    · Ambitionz az a Ridah by Tupac

    · Thriller by Michael Jackson

    · Second Hand News by FleetWood Mac

    These songs were 320kps, Flac, and the last 2 DSD just to cover all of my bases. It is important to note that the zx300 does not fully convert dsd unless you are using the Balanced output.


    Build, Fit, and Packaging.

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    It is a hybrid design featuring 2 drivers: one dynamic and the other a balanced armature. The Iems themselves are made of what appears to be a good quality plastic and have a very ergonomic design to them. There was no hotspots when I was using them and overall they were very comfortable when they were in my ears for several hours at a time.


    The packaging itself is very simple, displaying the IEMs themselves alomg with the name and branding of the company. Inside the box you will find a variety of tips, useful documentation, a hard shell case, and the IEMs. For me, the hardshell case was the highlight. It was very well made and has a very simplistic and straight forward look. The cable is a two pin cable terminated in 3.5mm SE. It is a decent quality cable and has a soft and rubberized feel to it, though overall it is fairly adequate and I have no complaints.

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    Sound Impressions

    Bass: The first thing that I noticed on the Finschi was the bass response. It extended very well and provides a very decent impact, especially with each note of the drums. When listening to “In A Time lapse” by Ludivico Einauldi, the bass provides an enjoyable rumble that adds slightly more weight and character to the song. “Labyrinth” by Mondo Grosso was also a very enjoyable listen but the bass notes seem a little on the slow side. I would describe the bass as having good impact but not being very punchy and lacking some speed.


    Treble: The treble on the Oriolus is quite elevated but it is never sibilant. There was no harshness or sharpness to be found when I was using them. The shimmer that occurs at around 3:15-40 of “Visions”, had a good sparkle to it and of there was a point at which it was sibilant or harsh, there was nothing to really complain about. Cymbals in both “Labyrinth” and “Righteous Minds” come through fairly well. “Righteous Minds” by Joey Bada$$ is not a well recorded track overall and can get bright and sibilant at times, though it was not noticeable on the Finschi. The treble as a whole is a bit more accentuated and forward without any harshness.


    Midrange: The Midrange on the Finschi was probably the low point for me. Strings on guitars sounded slightly off and vocals appeared a little recessed at times. “Shiver” by Lucy Rise and “Labyrinth” were particular examples where I noticed some issues. While I previously mentioned that “Labyrinth” was enjoyable to listen to, it does come at the cost of the bass overpowering the vocals on the track. This same issue occurred in “Shiver*, where the increased bass and slightly recessed mids lended to vocals being drowned out at times. This to me is a detractor but some may not have an issue with this. The vocals themselves were very clear when they did not coincide with a bass note.



    Comparisons

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    Simgot EN700 Pro ~$146: The 700 Pro are priced very similarly to the Finschi and to me gives the Finschi a run for their money. I found the Simgot to be a bit more laid back in their presentation and darker overall while the Finschi have a bit more energy in the treble, which is immediately noticeable. The bass on the 700 Pro appeared to be more controlled versus the Oriolus but did not have the same quantity or extension that the oriolus had. Songs like “Labyrinth” were not as enjoyable on the En700 Pro. Both are good IEMs and for me my preference will come down to what I am in the mood for. Do I want something more laid back that provides adequate detail: then I would go with the Simgots. If I want a fun and bassier sound with a bit more treble: The Finschi then becomes a good choice.


    Campfire Orion ~$349:

    Comprehensively I feel the Orion out does the Finschi if you prefer something with clarity, imaging, detail, and a more forward midrange. The Orion also does better in terms of staging. However the one place the Orion falls short is in the bass department as it is a very quick IEM but lacks heft and weight in the bass. There is also a lack of extension in the Orion that the Oriolus Finschi easily out does.



    Pairings

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    Hiby R6: The Finschi was a bit more narrow in terms of staging on the hiby, and the highs had a bit more texture but are also a bit more brighter as a whole. The bass is also much more punchy and has a greater feeling of impact with each bass note. Overall the Hiby accentuates the V shape nature of the Finschi, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but I would use the ZX300 with it instead.


    Fiio M6. It might sound strange but my personal favourite with the Oriolus was the M6 because it reduces the quantity of the bass on many of the IEMs I have tried it with. The extension and impact in the bass remains at almost similar levels as they are on. Additionally, the M6 adds a bit more clarity and forwardness to the vocals which I also really appreciate. While both the zx300 and hiby are great daps, if I were to choose an ideal package with the Finschi then the M6 would be my recommendation



    Conclusion:


    The Oriolus Finschi, at it’s price point of 179 USD, is a very competitive IEM amongst the current market of affordable IEMs that are coming out. It provides a very fun signature which will definitely please many. If you are a fan of JPOP, Hip-Hop, and some low-fi music the Oriolus may be something to look into. The only real downside for me was that the bass could be overpowering. Other than that the Oriolus is easily something worth trying out if you are in the market for this kind of signature.



    Thanks for reading my review! If there are any mistakes or anything you have a question about just shoot me a message and I will do my best to address it.
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  2. cqtek
    Bassy and Detailed Bird
    Written by cqtek
    Published Jun 10, 2019 at 5:01 AM
    4.5/5,
    Pros - Immersive and enveloping sound.
    - Warmth and detail.
    - Very realistic instrumental stage and recreation, almost "live".
    - Exceptional presentation and packaging.
    Cons - Driver Flex.
    - Slight dependence on the sound offering in relation to the adjustment / sealing achieved.
    Introduction


    Oriolus is a well-known Japanese brand of portable Hi-Fi, which has in its catalog both IEMs, DAPs and amplifiers. On this occasion, the Finschi are the most affordable IEMs they have on the market. They are hybrid headphones, which integrate a BA of Knowles and a 10mm DD, customized by the brand itself. For this occasion, the Finschi incorporates a technology called "speaker sub-frequency", which provides greater performance in the lower zone, generating bass of greater depth and power. And it goes without saying that this technology is not trivial, but its efficiency is instantly perceived. Already, from their frequency response, it is noticeable that the Finschi have a good enhancement in the lower zone, but without that supposes a loss, neither of resolution nor detail. Something that, on the contrary, characterize these EMIs. So let us see what these beautiful IEMs are capable of.

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    Specifications

    • Driver: Knowles balanced armature + 10mm dynamic hybrid driver
    • Frequency range: 10-40 kHz
    • Sensitivity: 112 dB / mW
    • Impedance: 18Ω
    • Channel Difference:
    • Cable: 3.5mm
    • Type of capsule connection: 2pin 0.78mm
    • Weight: 25±5g

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    Packaging

    The Oriolus Finschi are wrapped in a white cardboard cover, with a photo of the IEMs on top. Specifications are shown on the back. Its dimensions are: 177x110x58mm. After removing the case, there is an elegant and sober black premium cardboard box, with silver letters of the brand in the center. Its closure is magnetic and after its opening is observed that under the lid, there is a sheet of foam glued, which prevents movement of the interior content, in addition to protecting it. The first thing you can see inside is a small instruction booklet and the warranty card. After each document, a plastic bag covers a large protective case. It is made of hard, black plastic. At the top there is a metal plate with the brand and model. It has two large rear hinges and two locks that pivot on metal pins, which are adjusted by means of click anchorage. On the right side, a C-shaped handle, with a hole in its front, allows the passage to a knotted rope, whose end is sealed by a beveled plastic top with horizontal grooves. The size of the case is large for transport purposes, perfect for protecting IEMs. Once opened, the IEMs are embedded in a velvet-lined foam mold, with the cable rolled up on its outer edge. This mold can be removed from the case, allowing you to see sheets of foam adhered on both sides, which protect the star product. Underneath the case, there is still a bag containing the product:

    • Three pairs of silicone tips sizes SxMxL
    • Two pairs of foam tips sizes MxL
    • A pair of M-size bi-flange tips
    • A cleaning brush
    • A clothespin.

    Once the IEMs removed from the protective mold, they are observed to be wearing medium sized silicone tips.

    The cable is connected to the capsules and has a strip of turned skin, with the name of the mark engraved on it. The function of this strip is to collect the cable.

    The presentation is superb, almost luxurious, one of the best in its price range. I just miss a smaller and more practical transport box.

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    Construction and Design

    Finschi have an ergonomic shape that fits completely to the ears. Their thickness is somewhat elevated, while the length of the nozzles is not. In addition, they have a large groove close to the edge, to securely fit the silicone tips. The capsules are made of a translucent, dark brown resin. The right capsule has a red dot on the top to distinguish the channel. On the outside, you can read the letters of the brand, in relief and gold. The outer coating of the cable connectors, which fit the capsules, is the same colour. Both are golden cylinders, with the letters of the channel inscribed on them. The connection is two pins of 0.78mm. From each cylinder comes a pair of braided cables, covered with shrink-wrapped thermoplastic with the form of a question mark, for an ideal fit on the ear. It has a black plastic cylinder for the adjustment under the chin. The divider is another golden cylinder of the same colour as the connectors and the angled jack. The connector is 3.5mm gold plated. The cable is 4-core, mixed copper and silver plated. Coiled to it there is a tape in raw skin, which is used to help collect it.

    The level of construction is remarkable, although the capsules are made of plastic. The level of their assembly is very high and there is no gap or error in them.

    The holes on the outer sides of the capsules are striking: they are the bass ports.

    There are also two well-differentiated holes in the nozzles, one is smaller and darker, while the other has a kind of green filter. With these holes so visible, it is normal that, as a complement, a brush with a fork comes to clean them.

    The design could highlight its ergonomic shape, the combination of colors used, the short length of the nozzles and the materials used. The whole, in this way, offers a high degree of quality, simplicity, elegance and a very low weight.

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    Adjustment and Ergonomics

    The generous, chubby size of the capsules completely covers the shells of the ears and gently fits with the root of the helix. I haven't appreciated any discomfort, not even in long listening sessions. The short length of the nozzles makes the fitting superficial. To improve the sealing, in my case, it has been necessary to use wide channel tips, filled with foam, homemade. In this way, the seal is greatly increased, achieving greater comfort, insulation and sound immersion sensation.

    As a summary, the fit is remarkable, as is the insulation. The comfort is high, although I must notify that the great sensation of sealing achieved can generate a "vacuum effect" between the tips and the ear canal. This can cause differences in sound, if the adjustment is not the right one.

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    Sound

    Profile

    The profile of the Finschi is markedly warm, almost bassy, with very linear mids, soft and relaxed highs. Despite the predominance of its lower zone, it has high levels of transparency, a great sense of openness, clean sound and a remarkable separation and detail.

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    Bass

    Cemented on a linear base of sub bass, their presence is stellar. The bass starts from a very deep origin, but unexpectedly soft, sweet, almost velvety, without any apex of roughness or aggressiveness. This characteristic brings, to a great extent, the predominant sensation of warmth in its sound. Another sonorous particularity, this time, more dependent on the tips used, the level of sealing and the size of its channel, is the surrounding capacity, almost at the edge of the flood, which generates the bass. It is not for lack of speed in the execution, as I say, depending on the tips used, it is possible to extol the immersive quality that possess the Finschi, elevating the presence of the lows, arriving at levels of subwoofer. This sensation can also be lightened by using JVC's Spiral Dot olives. These provide a more balanced sound, boosting more openness than depth.

    When talking about texture, it refers to the prevailing softness, not so much to detail, but more to depth.

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    Mids

    The mid range is marked by the conjunction bass-tips-sealed achieved. And their presence is subject to its consequences. What is beyond doubt is the warmth, softness and, above all, naturalness. The mids continue to enjoy that velvety sweetness, where transparency, detail, separation and light darkness are the predominant qualities. In this way, the tone of the mids benefits from all this, turning out to be relaxed, analogical, credible and musical. But it is true that, after the bass nebula, the mids are somewhat backward, not veiled or covered, but in a position less close to the lower zone, but gains intimacy with the hours of listening.

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    Treble

    As can be seen in the frequency response, the Finschi have polished and smooth trebles, nothing strident, very much in tune with the rest of their profile. Their great virtue, perhaps thanks to the good tuning of their BA drivers, is their ability to offer details in a very precise way, without creating any sensation of excessive brightness, nor penetrating highs. In this way, wheezing is non-existent.

    And, although I have a declared taste for this type of high frequencies, I must also say that a point of greater spark, brightness and extension, would have provided a somewhat more dynamic and lively, as opposed to the predominant musicality of the whole.

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    Soundstage, Separation

    The surrounding capacity of the lower zone is excellent and this is a very complicated quality, as locating the bass directionality is almost impossible. Therefore, generating that atmosphere offered by the Finschi is highly remarkable. Thus, the image is open, very circular, high and three-dimensional. The mids are more frontal and the details widen the scene laterally.

    The separation and the general cleanliness of the sound, contribute to perceive a very aired instrumental distribution, where the different planes are easy to distinguish. Its recreation is clear and concise, due to the great detail shown.

    Undoubtedly, the Finschi are IEMs that have a great capacity of immersion, producing a sensation of being "inside the music" quite remarkable.

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    Comparisons

    TFZ Tequila1

    Possibly one of my preferred IEMs in its range, practically unbeatable in quality/price ratio.

    The first differential sensation between the two is reflected in its profile, with the Finschi being warmer than the Tequila 1. Meanwhile, the TFZs offer a more vivid and dynamic sound, with that extra accent in the high mids and first highs.

    Starting at the bottom, the Oriolus, overflow in quantity, presence and sub-bass to the TFZ, which is no small thing. However, control falls to the Tequila side, achieving greater balance and control, allowing the rest of the range to show off their qualities with greater freedom. And this is noticeable as you go up the frequency scale: the mid-range is projected sharper, somewhat closer, but also colder and thinner, although brighter and happier. In the Finschi, the sensation is the other way around, they enjoy a bigger body and an analogical sensation, but they look duller, comparatively speaking.

    The highs start with an upsurge in Tequila, something that affects its sound globally. Thus, this characteristic offers that spark that provides definition, extra brightness, greater dynamics, resolution and sharpness. While, higher up, things get quite even, almost tracing the graph up to 10Khz.

    At the stage level, the Finschi offer that surrounding and immersive sensation that supersedes the width and semicircular sensation of the TFZ. The greater detail and definition of Tequila brings the planes closer to the listener, while the greater depth and height of Oriolus takes advantage of them in three-dimensional recreation. At the level of separation, they are quite at par, but the spatial sensation feels somewhat greater in the Finschi.

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    Dunu DN-1000

    The DN-1000 are some old friends, who have a curve similar to the Finschi. From the beginning, we can perceive what the graph shows, a greater presence in the lower zone of the Oriolus, greater depth and musical incidence. More warmth, in short. The lower zone of the Dunu is drier and more contained, with a strict and defined hit. In the Oriolus the beat expands in depth, reaching very low, but also laterally, generating that surrounding sensation.

    In the mid zone, the expressiveness of the Oriolus increases a more pleasant and musical sensation. While the Dunu are perceived as realistic, but colder, with less vivacity, more deangelized, less organic, but more descriptive, following with greater proximity and location. Each one really recreates this area of a particular, starting from a different point of view, but irresistible in both.

    In the high zone the DN-1000 leave with advantage, since the trebles have a greater incidence in its first phase. This fact gives that spark point, definition and extra proximity that the Oriolus do not have. In the Finschi, the trebles are sharper and the first sensation is lighter in this range. Then, beyond this initial zone, the curve equals, but relatively speaking, the DN-1000 have more global presence.

    The Finschi once again show off a larger, more surround and three-dimensional scene. The Dunu, enjoy remarkable width, but less depth. The recreation is also perceived flatter and more frontal. In terms of separation something similar occurs, good lateral space in the Dunu, more space in more directions in the Oriolus.

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    Conclusion

    The Oriolus Finschi offer a laudable generalized experience. From the effort made in their presentation, typical of more expensive products, to the tuning of their sound. Starting from an almost simple configuration, hybrid of 1DD + 1BA, they try to maximize the virtues of each one, using the best technologies within reach of the price. And the result is totally explicit: warmth and detail, bass and immersion, scene and three-dimensionality. All this without forgetting the level of construction, comfort and ergonomics. A winning bird, without a doubt, within its sound profile.

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    Sources Used During the Analysis

    • Burson Audio Playmate
    • xDuoo X3II

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    Ratings

    • Construction and Design: 85
    • Adjustment/Ergonomics: 80
    • Accessories: 90
    • Bass: 90
    • Mids: 80
    • Treble: 70
    • Separation: 85
    • Soundstage: 90
    • Quality/Price: 85
  3. narco dacunzolo
    ENGAGING ALL ROUNDER
    Written by narco dacunzolo
    Published Apr 14, 2019
    4.5/5,
    Pros - PRICE-PERFORMANCE RATIO
    BASS DYNAMIC QUALITY
    INSTRUMENT SEPARATION
    TRANSPARENCY LEVEL
    Cons - VOCALS COULD HAVE BETTER COHESION WITH BASS AND TREBLE
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    Oriolus is a Japanese audiophile company producing different portable amplifiers, players and iems ranging from 180USD(Finschi) to their flagship model 10ba Mellianus. They are quite famous in Asia and just recently they started to approach the overseas market.


    On 16th. May 2015 Cyras Co., Ltd. Japan (CEO YOSHIAKI HIRAI) announced the Hi-End audio brand Oriolus.
    Oriolus is supervised under renowned professional audio management company – Hibino Intersound Co., Ltd.
    Products under Oriolus are co-engineered by Hibino Intersound Co., Ltd.’s engineering team and the hardware engineer – RAO YOU LIANG, the mastermind behind many well received solutions and products including HDP-R10.
    Achieving utmost purity in sound is Oriolus's only mission.


    For those who wonder, yes, the Oriolus is a bird.

    Today i am going to review their new released model Finschi( this is the entry level model in their catalogue). This is a hybrid iem with a 10mm dynamic driver and one Knowles balanced armature driver. As for their MK2 and Forsteni they opted for the hybrid configuration to have the both advantages of two technologies: bass impact and quality of typical dynamic drivers and resolution and detail retrieval of balanced armatures.
    This unit was sent me as a sample, i am not affiliated with the company and all observations and opinions will be only my own. Would like to thank Xtenik and Oriolus for sending me this unit.

    You can buy here: https://www.xtenik.com/product/oriolus-finschi-hybrid-headphone/

    Specs:

    Driver: Knowles balanced armature + 10mm dynamic driver

    • Sensitivity: 112db

    • Impedance: 18Ω

    • Frequency response: 10Hz-40KHz

    • Pin: 2pin 0.78mm

    • Line length: 120cm
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    PACKAGING: packaging is quite essential, but good enough for the price range. In the box, you can find a carry case, some eartips and a cable clip.
    I suggest to use Spinfit cp145 with the Finschi to have a better sub-bass response and vocal presence.
    The iem comes with a copper and silver-plated wire mixed woven cable that is quite good special for its sonic performance( for sure, is better than standard Plastics ones cables, having better resolution and dynamic compared to these ones). Pairing with other aftermarket cables like Pwaudio Saladin or Rhapsodio Dark Knight, i found some improvements in resolution and detail retrieval, but not much to justify their use against the standard one included in the box.

    The Finschi is a well built product, with excellent resin quality. Due to its hybrid nature, you will hear a clip when inserting the iem in the ear canal, but overall you will not have driver flex issues thanks to the well built open vent on the faceplate. Overall, i suggest to not use a too much deep insertion to not compromise bass response.



    What is driver flex: “Driver flex is when the driver bends due to the pressure of air against it. Usually it occurs when you're inserting the iem in your ear. When, upon insertion, the air that is inside has nowhere to go (no vents) or can't escape quickly enough, it builds pressure and the diaphragm bends, producing a click sound. It can also occur when removing the piece from the ear. Basically when there's a sudden flow of air.”

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    SOUND: the Finschi has a particular focus on sub-bass area and treble with a slightly recessed vocals. It shows a good resolution and articulation on treble area with excellent transparency level for the price range. Size note is quite good, not sounding too much thin. Overall, the Finschi is an engaging and fun all-rounder showing a juicy sound, with enough mature sonic performance.

    BASS: bass quality is good thanks to the dynamic driver, showing good impact, body and decay. Even if, is a bit emphasized in quantity, the sub-bass extension could be better, but in line with the asking price. For the mid-bass i would prefer a bit more quantity, to help male vocals to have a fuller presence and overall a more mature reproduction, but i think the MK2 model was aimed for this purpose.

    MIDS: vocals are a bit recessed in the scene compared to bass and treble and most probably are the weakest point of this iem, but they show exellent tonality and good details. Female vocals sound sweet and with a great sense of realism. Vocals sound a bit disjointed with the bass and treble, i would like a more cohesion and balance here.

    TREBLE: treble reproduction is the star of the show, showing great details retrieval and articultion. More than quantity, treble has great extension, this helps to have a good transparency level and resolution, never sounding too much fatiguing. If you like string instruments, the Finschi could be a great choice for you.

    SOUNDSTAGE: this is another strong point for this iem: both width and depth are above average, showing a good layering. Both width and depth have the same size creating a balanced and mature scene where instruments are placed in the correct way. Usually, specially at low price range, is hard to find this balance, just an example the Ibasso IT01, sounds very wide, giving a nice fun factor, but loosing the correct placement of instruments in the scene. Compared to some multi-balanced iem, the Finschi soundstage is not much holographic, but has a great separation between each instruments and vocals.

    PAIRINGS: the Finschi doesn't need high amplification or expensive players to really shine, it just sounds great with my iPhone 6s and Tidal Hi-Fi. Paired with my Opus 2 and 3 or AK Kann it gains more separation and a more controlled reproduction, but is not night and day like other multi balanced armature iems.



    COMPARISONS:

    FINSCHI VS BGVP DM6: bass on Finschi has better impact and decay, here the dynamic driver makes a better job compared to balanced armatures. Finschi bass focuses on the sub-bass area, BGVP ,as most of BA iems, has a lift in mid-bass area to compensate poor bass reproduction on BA drivers. Vocals on BGVP have more presence and sound thicker, but feels a bit plastic, Finschi on the other side has better realism, but vocals are more recessed. Treble on BGVP has more quantity, but sounds a bit harsh with stock cable, on Finschi. treble response shows better refinement and articulation. BGVP soundstage is wider with better layering and detail retrieval.



    FINSCHI VS CUSTOM ART FIBAE 2: FIBAE 2 has a strong focus on mid-bass area giving a fuller sound and better male vocal reproduction. Bass impact is stronger on Fibae 2, but Finschi has better decay. Finschi has more recessed vocals, but more articulation and details on treble area with a better transparency level. Soundstage is wider on Fibae 2, but Finschi shows better instrument separation and better separation between vocals and instruments.

    FINSCHI VS PERIODIC AUDIO TI: Finschi has a more v-shaped sound sig, with a more fun factor, on the other side TI sounds more balanced and mature. Bass impact on Finschi has more impact and stronger response. Vocals on TI are more balanced with treble and bass area. Both have great treble response and refinement. Finschi has a wider soundstage with a better instrument separation.


    FINSCHI VS IBASSO IT01: ITO1 has better sub-bass extension, but quantity is too much for my taste, sounding over control sometimes, here the Finschi has overall a more mature reproduction. Vocals are both recessed, but Finschi shows better realism and emotion, sounding less thin compared to ITO1. Soundstage is a bit wider on IT01, but feels a bit artificial, instruments have better placement on Finschi with a more mature soundstage and better realism.
  4. ngoshawk
    Oriolus Finschi: Seeking wisdom from within…
    Written by ngoshawk
    Published Jun 5, 2019
    4.0/5,
    Pros - Good fit.
    Affordable entry into Oriolus.
    Build quality.
    Separation is above average for this price.
    Layering is also above average for this price range.
    Cons - Cable seemed to cut out (promptly taken care of by Steve.
    Too bassy for some.
    Looks? But I like understated.
    Oriolus Finschi ($180): Seeking wisdom from within…

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    Xtenix: https://www.xtenik.com/product/oriolus-finschi-hybrid-headphone/


    One aspect of reviewing is the number of times you are contacted and have to turn down opportunities. I personally find this sad that I cannot accommodate every request (I know tough problem, but I am being sincere) and do have to either turn companies down or ask them to come back at a later time. Sometimes the company will send the goods anyway and give me an approximate timeframe in return.

    I found out from others that Steve from XTenix had contacted them regarding a couple of review items as well. I initially said no but contacted him again when I noticed he had the brand Oriolus, a Japanese IEM company (https://www.en.oriolus.jp/). In reading about Oriolus I found they are a company with great passion. Their higher-end model (mid-fi), the Mk2 came highly acclaimed, and certain early reviews said the same about the others in the line. Steve told me he would send the Finschi to start. Upon arrival, and after reading a few reviews, I anticipated good things.

    I thank Steve and Xtenix for the opportunity to review one of the wares they have in stock. It is the unwritten assumption that the unit may be returned at any time without question. Until then the unit in question is mine to keep.


    Specs:

    • Driver: Knowles balanced armature + 10mm dynamic driver
    • Sensitivity: 112db
    • Impedance: 18Ω
    • Frequency response: 10Hz-40KHz
    • Pin: 2pin 0.78mm
    • Line length: 120cm
    Package

    • Oriolus Finschi
    • Case
    • Tips
    • Owner’s manual


    Gear used/compared:

    All prices in USD, unless noted otherwise:

    LZ A6 mini ($180)
    TFZ Secret Garden ($199)


    Thebit Opus #2
    Shanling M5s
    XDuoo x10t ii/iFi Pro iDSD
    MBP/Burson Fun w/ V6 Vivid single OpAmps



    Songs used:


    Too bloody many to list all, but you want songs, so there you go:

    Coldplay-All I Can think About Is You
    Coldplay-A Message
    Coldplay-White Shadows
    Dona Onete-Sonos de Adolescente
    Los Lonely Boys- Heaven (en Espanol)
    twenty one pilots-Trees
    twenty one pilots-Car Radio
    twenty one pilots-Heathens
    Damian Marley-Everybody Wants To Be Somebody
    Damian Marley-So A Child May Follow
    Damian Marley-The Struggle Discontinues
    Ziggy Marley-Lighthouse
    Ziggy Marely-See Dem Fake Leaders
    Mark Knopfler-Laughs And Jokes And Drinks And Smokes
    Santana w/ Mana- Corazon Espinado

    The new twenty one pilots album, Trench
    The new Mark Knopfler album, Down The Road Wherever
    Tedeschi Trucks Band

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    Unboxing:


    The Finschi comes in a Pelican-like case, replete with foam insert to protect the IEM during travel. Upon arrival, I took the foam out, but saved it in the box form transport. The case is also large enough to accommodate a small DAP inside, so you do not have to carry multiple items, something I greatly appreciate.

    Also included are the obligatory many tips of various sizes, including double tips; a cleaning brush, and an innovative shirt clip with a “slot” system. Pinch the ends together, insert the cable anywhere along its length and then clip to your shirt. The clip gently holds the cable without pinching. An interesting take on a problem many didn’t know existed.

    Straightforward, simplistic and elegant. Fitting coming from the Japanese way of thinking. Nothing is done without purpose, and much appreciated.


    Fit-n-Finish:

    The black acrylic housings fit gently and snuggly in my average sized ear. Using the included foam tip, I attained a good seal, but not like some. I actually like a bit of breathing as some in the past have given me the sense of being in a vacuum. Not a pleasant experience. The shape fit well, too. Not too big, not too small. Almost Goldilocks-like in fit, I found myself with a craving for porridge…



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    Sound:


    My initial impression upon hearing the Finschi was one of a refined sense of place. Each note of each instrument seemed to be placed well and within the realm of where it should be. On the slightly warmer side (to my ears), the Finschi came across as muscular, but not world class weightlifter, confident and full. Capable would be another good descriptor. This was a good first impression.


    After further listening (after my standard burn in time of 50-100hrs), the sound did open up a bit, but I will be honest and note I could not tell much difference. I have another more expensive unit on hand right now, and I must admit that I reach for the Finschi more. The sound draws me in with the solid, fairly deep reaching bass. Not much rumble mind you, but confident in its ability. It is a pleasantly comfortable amount of bass, which is thoroughly satisfying when you look at the overall signature of the Finschi. That said, Fake You Out comes across as intended. When they go into chorus for the first time, it sounds deep with good rumble. So the bass is song dependent. Decay is relatively fast, but do not expect the speed of something such as the LZ A6 mini or TFZ Secret Garden, but that is OK for the Finschi matches its sound with the character presented.

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    The mids are presented confidently as well. Not shouty, not laid back, just right would be an apt description. Think Goldilocks again and you are getting a sense that the Finschi has some guts to it. I mean who else would come into someone’s house, eat their food, take a nap in their bed, then get scared when the owner comes home?! Maybe not that blatant, but one where the Finschi asks your permission to come in and does not disappoint in providing company as a result. That would be the mids. Present, assured, but not overbearing.

    One might think that with the others setting the groundwork, that this would be a set up for the treble. One would be wrong. The treble presents just enough sparkle to keep you happy without (again) being shouty or sibilant. I like this presentation, as it hits the high notes with conviction, but not overexuberantly. There isn’t much air between the notes, no. Do not expect this to be light and airy. Again, that weightlifter/Goldilocks impression holds court.

    Don’t expect an outwardly large sound stage either. It is good, presenting a full-sized box, but not overly large. Quite adequate and I might be picking bones from the just finished Thanksgiving turkey, but I note this anyway.


    This is an impressive sound package for an entry level product.

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    Comparo (all prices USD unless noted otherwise):


    Oriolus Finschi ($180) v LZ A6 mini ($180):

    On par with the Finschi with regards to ease of driving, the mini could not be more different in sound. With that forward mid (using the red bass-oriented filter), the character is one of a bit flatter response. Less height imbues, but you do not seem to miss it, for the bass while not deep is very clean, and the treble while subdued, shows a bit of sparkle up top. Not often, but it is there on some songs. The A6 mini is an interesting critter, fitting below the A6, trying to garner a bit of that sub-$200 market. I do like it, and after acclimating back to it, enjoy its virtues. With a changeable filter system, you can definitely tailor to your desires. The treble filter was too much for me, but some may like that. In this case, the mini is simply another way to spend your money at the sub-$200 price and is worth a look. That said, I enjoy the Finschi sound more overall.



    Oriolus Finschi ($180) v TFZ Secret Garden ($199):

    The TFZ SG was a unit I was drawn to by the favorable reviews. Many espoused the pleasant sound emanating from the unit, which at the time was drawn as the TOTL from TFZ. Based now upon my own experiences I can concur with those findings. I thoroughly enjoy the SG. It has excellent reach of bass, mids, which even to me are robust without being tiring. And that bit of sparkle up top, which can allow one to fully experience the overall signature. Running through the iFi Pro iDSD/XDuoo x10t ii combo the sound is wrought with quality. A bit too much up top for me (more than the Finschi), that is almost the only fault I can find.

    The treble can become tedious on some songs, such as Semi-Automatic from twenty one pilots. Their music is fantastic by which to judge, and a staple in my listening. I did find myself turning the volume down when switching between the Finschi and SG though. That is also a take on how easy the SG is to drive, for it is easy. Very little power will drive it to ear-splitting levels.

    The Finschi has a warmer signature to me, and one I value. The SG is a bit more energetic in sound and can be heard as that fun-sounding IEM, which can help you through a noisy commute, as the isolation using foams is excellent. Fit and finish and look are similar in quality, right down to the cable. The two are definitely in the same place price-wise and sound-wise. Tough indeed. So, there isn’t a clear winner here, just one of choice.


    Source Comparos:

    Using the Shanling M5s the majority of the time gave me good insight into how the Finschi worked in true portable sense. Combining the slightly warmer sound of the M5s with the slightly warmer sound of the Finschi did not make for a too-dark sound. No, indeed the two complimented each other well. This would make for an excellent commuting pair, especially with foam tips as this would make isolation on commuting would make for a good listening session. Plus, with the all-black look of the Finschi, not too much attention is drawn. A plus in my book.

    Bass was represented well, and a good sound stage persisted with the pairing. Not too much treble, with clear representation of female vocals. Male vocals suffered a bit due to the deeper nature of most that I listened to. Of course, “suffered a bit” would be like having to suffer through a 60-degree day on South Beach as opposed to an 80-degree day. Ya, different, but so be it.

    Hooking the Finschi to my current favorite pairing of the XDuoo x10t ii/iFi Pro iDSD pair produced stunning results. The XDuoo simply sent crystal clear music to the iFi and lets the Pro do its magic. This pair is a superb matching pair. One would not think that a $200ish “Turntable” would produce results on par with DAP’s costing several times more, but in my mind it did. I am amazed. Throwing on the Finschi allowed me to truly see the capability of the IEM with a mid/high-fi set up. It did not disappoint. Running the Pro on full tube set up, the bass was a bit richer in developing, while the mids stood out as sublime. The Finschi showed its true mettle here, giving a deep insight into the Oriolus sound of higher level. And one (me) could thoroughly anticipate what the Mk2 would bring to the set up.


    A late favorite was my MacBook Pro/Burson Fun w/ single V6 Vivid OpAmps (Tidal Premium) set up. An already bassy sound was added to by more bass from the Fun. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Susan Tedeschi sing in the Tedeschi Trucks band she and her husband Derek Trucks have. A fantastic large group band, with multiple sounds, the Finschi represented itself well. A bit more bass than I would like on some songs, nonetheless, the sound was intoxicatingly pleasant. A good IEM enhanced with a good affordable amp.


    Conclusion:

    So, after all of these musings, what are we left with? Well, you are left with a very impressive sound package for less than the cost of $200. There is a richness that pervades the overall signature, which I find intoxicating and full. The more I listen, the more I like the Finschi. This is not a matter of “it’s free, therefore I like,” either. This is a genuinely good product from my perspective. Of course, your opinion and whether you like it or not is entirely up to you. If you like signatures that are a bit darker (the foams do have a bit to do with that), but pull you into the sound, such as on Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Boot Hill, then you get it. You understand the spell from which the Finschi may very well put you under. Follow that with Alison Krauss and her song Faraway Land, and you just want to grab that single malt, go out on the back porch, sit in your favorite rocker and enjoy the view of the hills, valleys and mountains of yonder. This reminds me of the 64Audio lineup. You start with the “lower” offerings, and end with the u18t. The Oriolus line up seems to scale much the same. This is a contemplative sound, which leads me to think about one’s place in society and the earth. And after all, isn’t that the sign of what good music is supposed to do for us? Me thinks it is.

    I thank Steve for the wonderful opportunity to try a new brand. I fast became a fan of Oriolus, and understand the talk given to the mk2, for based upon the Finschi, it is well deserved.

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