Oriveti Dynabird Exclusive 9.2mm Berylium-coated 1DD In-Ear Earphones

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Sonic Sleuth

100+ Head-Fier
Oriveti Dynabird - Another IEM contending under $100
Pros: Deep, authoritative sub-bass
Punchy and energetic mid-bass
Clean and forward midrange
Detailed and extended treble
Good instrument separation and layering
Excellent detail retrieval
Cons: Potential fit and comfort issues due to nozzle size and rough edges
Energetic Upper Mid range
Treble peak can be harsh for sensitive listeners
Not so accurate timbre
Preface:

I would like to thank @gadgetgod and HiFiGo for sending this unit as part of the review tour.

You can purchase Dynabird at the following link (not an affiliate link):
https://hifigo.com/products/oriveti-bleqk-dynabird

Also, I’m not a seasoned reviewer or a seasoned audiophile, so whatever I say is purely my observations and your results may vary.

I’m not the one to usually focus on specifications and numbers. I focus more on how happy I am with the equipment’s sound and that’s it.

Sources used:
  • Dita Navigator
  • D16 Taipan
  • RME ADI-2 Pro FS R

Introduction​

Oriveti is a well-regarded brand in the community, known for producing high-quality IEMs with thoughtful designs and excellent sound. Previous releases like the OD200 and the OH700VB have set high standards, making Oriveti a go-to for folks seeking reliable and impressive audio performance.

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Design of the IEM and Cable​

The Oriveti Dynabird boasts a sleek and compact design, featuring a CNC-machined aluminum shell with a gunmetal finish. It offers a minimalist aesthetic that many will appreciate. The nozzle is slightly larger than average, which might affect fit for some users. The cable is a supple, black two-pin connector that feels decent and durable. Overall, the design and build quality are excellent for the price.

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Fit and Comfort of the IEM​

Fit and comfort are crucial for any IEM, and the Dynabird presents a mixed experience. Its small, bullet-style design allows for an easy fit, but the larger nozzle and slightly rough edges can dig into the ears for some (which was the case for me), potentially causing discomfort during extended listening sessions. However, those who find a good fit will enjoy a relatively secure and pressure-free experience.

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Sound​

Sub Bass​

The sub-bass on the Dynabird is well-extended and provides a satisfying rumble without overwhelming the overall sound signature. It's deep and authoritative, making it a good choice for genres that benefit from a robust low-end presence.

Mid Bass​

Mid-bass is punchy and energetic, delivering a solid slam that adds excitement to tracks. It avoids bleeding into the mids, maintaining clarity and definition. Fans of impactful bass will find the Dynabird's mid-bass performance appealing.

Mid Range​

The midrange is clean and forward, with a slight emphasis that brings vocals and instruments to the forefront. This tuning choice adds a sense of intimacy and immediacy to the listening experience. However, it can sometimes border on shouty, particularly in the upper mids.

Treble​

Treble is detailed and extends well, providing ample sparkle and air. The presence of a peak around 5-6kHz adds brightness but can also introduce some harshness, especially at higher volumes. Listeners sensitive to treble peaks might need to adjust their listening habits accordingly.

Tone and Timbre​

The tone and timbre of the Dynabird are generally natural, though the emphasis in the upper mids and treble can make some instruments and vocals sound slightly artificial. Despite this, the overall tonality is pleasing and engaging for a wide range of music genres.

Staging, Instrument Separation, and Layering​

The soundstage is moderately wide, offering a decent sense of space without feeling too expansive. Instrument separation and layering are impressive, allowing individual elements within a track to be easily discernible. This makes the Dynabird suitable for complex compositions and critical listening.

Detail Retrieval​

Detail retrieval is one of the Dynabird's strong suits, capturing fine nuances and subtle elements in recordings. This characteristic enhances the overall listening experience, particularly for those who appreciate the intricacies of their favorite tracks.

Technicalities​

The Dynabird excels in technical performance, with its well-controlled bass, articulate mids, and extended treble. Its dual-chamber dynamic driver design contributes to its dynamic and resolving sound, making it a versatile option for various music styles.

Conclusion​

The Oriveti Dynabird is a compelling IEM under $100. While its design might not be perfect for everyone in terms of fit and comfort, its sonic performance is good. It's a well-rounded IEM that can cater to bass enthusiasts and detail lovers alike.

nxnje

500+ Head-Fier
Oriveti Dynabird - Jack of few trades
Pros: - Very good quality low-end with great extension, punchy and tight bass, energetic and vivid female vocals and good detail retrieval
- Soundstage is above average
- Design and build quality are superb
- Nice overall package
Cons: - Peaky sound, metallic timbre here and there and some occasional sibilance
- Vague imaging
- The cable could have been a tad better
- The price is a bit high considering the maturity of the product and the fierce competition

Introduction​

Oriveti is not a new brand on the market but they have recently become more popular thanks to a few models such as the OD100 and OH700VB.
The bleqk Dynabird (simply Dynabird from now on) is their latest single DD IEM, and it’s the set that we’re gonna discuss in this review.
Disclaimer: the Oriveti Dynabird were sent to me by HiFiGO so that I could write an honest review. This review represents my personal opinion on the set, it isn't promotional or paid content and I don’t get any revenue from the sales of this product.
At the time of the review, the Oriveti Dynabird were on sale for about 99$ at
HiFiGO.
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Technical Specifications​

  • Driver Configuration → 1 x DD (9.2mm, beryllium-coated)
  • Impedance → 16Ω
  • Sensitivity → 105±3dB
  • Frequency Response → 10Hz-30kHz
  • Cable → copper cable with 0.78mm 2-PIN connectors
  • Plug Type → straight gold plated 3.5mm jack

Packaging​

I really don't care about packagings as I usually open them and keep them for some time before throwing them in the trashcan, but there are also some boxes that I keep because of their awesome design.
Well, the box in which Oriveti Dynabird are shipped is somehow "anonymous", and even though I get that the company just wants a minimalistic and elegant packaging, it really looks like they didn't put a lot of effort while designing it.
In any case, this is what you'll find in the box:
  • The Oriveti Dynabird
  • The detachable cable
  • 2 sets of silicone tips in S, M, L sizes (narrow bore set + wide bore set)
  • A carry case
  • User manual
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Design, Build Quality, Comfort and Isolation​

The Dynabird look and feel excellent in the hands, and if I didn’t know the price I would have guessed around 200$-250$. In fact, the shells are of very high quality and the overall design is very good, with very elegant faceplates and no fancy paintings.
There are two pressure vents: one on the upper side of the shell (near the 2-PIN connector) and one near the nozzle lip (and yes, the nozzle filter design is pretty interesting).

The comfort is not the best due to the shells having a few sharp edges here and there. After some minutes of usage, I start feeling some discomfort near my tragus and since comfort is among my priorities, I won’t be daily driving these anytime soon.
The isolation is nothing to write home about but I was expecting it to be worse so really not much to complain about.

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Cable​

The cable is of good quality, but it’s it doesn’t scream “I am upper class” since there are already some brands that include better cable for lower prices. It’s still a very good looking cable with a chin slider, it’s not prone to tangling and it feels solid.

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Sound​

GEAR USED FOR THE TEST
  • DAC: Topping E30
  • AMP: Topping L30, Fiio A3
  • Mobile phones: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Xiaomi Mi A3, Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
  • Moondrop May’s DSP cable with PEQ=0
  • Dongle: Apple Type-C dongle, Fosi DS2, Hidizs XO
  • Portable DAPs: Benjie S8/AGPTEK M30B
  • Bluetooth Adapters: KBEAR S1, KZ AZ10
  • Other sources: Presonus AudioBox iONE, Elgato Wave XLR

Do they need an amplifier?
They don’t strictly need an amplifier, but some amplification may benefit. They scale a bit and it seems like the note weight slightly improves (very subtle differences though).

Sound signature
V-shaped.

Lows
The sub-bass is visceral, it has a very good extension, it digs deep and also provides a pleasant yet controlled rumble. The bass has nice speed and punch, it’s tight and never becomes muddy. The texturing capabilities are also decent and everything that I’ve just said kinda makes up for an enjoyable low-end. I wanna point out, though, that despite having some low-end emphasis, the Dynabird are not something I would suggest to bassheads.

Mids
The midrange is recessed but not in an annoying way. Male vocals are not generally lacking, but a bit more warmth would have been the icing on the cake in terms of presence in the mix, while female vocals are very forward and energetic. The overall timbre of vocals isn’t perfect though and there are some hints of sibilance, but overall the female vocals presentation, for example, is pretty enjoyable unless one is sensitive to the upper midrange and treble sparkle.
Instruments sound metallic at times, probably because of the combination between the linear lower-midrange and the 6k-7k peak, but overall they’re well separated.

Highs
The highs are emphasized, they sound open and are generally airy. The problem is that the there is peak around 6k-7k that will be fatiguing for some people, and even though I understand the point of this tuning choice, it’s also true that it’s not the most easy-going approach and many will discard the Dynabird in favor of other IEMs that have a smoother upper range.
The detail retrieval is very good overall but too many times the cymbals kinda become splashy/unnatural with a metallic tinge.

The soundstage is spacious, pretty wide with decent height and average depth, but the imaging is lacking some sharpness and in fact the pinpointing of the instruments inside this big space is a bit vague.

Some comparisons:​

Oriveti Dynabird vs Simgot EM6L
The EM6L perform better in terms of tuning, being smoother and less aggressive and with slightly superior instrument separation, resolution, imaging (not that the EM6L is an imaging champion, though) and overall timbre of vocals and instruments. The Dynabird play in a bigger stage.
The EM6L have more natural female and male vocals.
The Dynabird have better quality low-end that is tighter, more controlled and digs deeper.
Fit and comfort are better on the EM6L (even though there is no nozzle lip on them so using very tight tips is mandatory), isolation is not that different.
Build quality and design go to the Dynabird and the same applies for accessories.

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Oriveti Dynabird vs KBEAR Ink MKII
Both are V-Shaped but the Ink MKII are warmer with slightly more midrange recession and smoother upper-end. The Dynabird instead excel in low-end quality in comparison, with slightly worse vocals’ timbre. The Dynabird have superior resolution and detail retrieval.
The soundstage is better on the Dynabird, whereas imaging is comparable.
Comfort-wise the KBEAR Ink MKII are better than the Dynabird and the same applies for the isolation.
The build quality and the design of the Dynabird are more than a notch above with respect to the Ink MKII, whereas the included cable is very similar.

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Oriveti Dynabird vs Kefine Delci
They are VERY different, especially in terms of timbre: the Kefine Delci go all-in for a very warm signature, with a very rich lower midrange, great note weight and smooth highs except for a small treble peak that adds some spice on top. The Dynabird, instead, start with some sub-bass focus, followed by a linear lower midrange, an emphasized upper midrange and a bright treble response. Male vocals are better on the Delci, female vocals are more energetic and detailed on the Dynabird even though some sibilance can occur.
In terms of technical ability, the Dynabird are faster with a bass response that is of higher quality, a more resolving and detailed sound overall, and they also play in a bigger stage although the imaging isn’t really spot-on. The Delci have better note weight and low-end density, but speed and tightness are superior on the Dynabird. Overall, though, the Delci are more coherent along the spectrum, they are a lot smoother and this makes up for a set that is very easy to recommend.
Comfort-wise, the Delci win hands down. Isolation is not that different.
Design and build quality are an easy win for the Dynabird, even though the Delci look very elegant and minimal, too. The included cables are not very different, maybe Dynabird’s black cable is a tad better in terms of overall feel.

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Oriveti Dynabird vs EPZ Q5
Let’s spoil the biggest difference: technical performance. The Q5 are technically proficient, but the Dynabird are some notches above, winning at everything that contemplates sub-bass extension, resolution, staging and so on.
The Q5, though, sound less fatiguing to my ears thanks to their less pronounced and intense upper midrange and slightly smoother lower treble to mid treble transition, which lead to less sibilance and unnatural peaks.
None of the two sound “natural” and both target those who want to get some fun rather than folks who want a smooth, warm and natural experience, but they are somehow enjoyable.
In terms of comfort, the EPZ Q5 completely destroy the Dynabird, even though the design and build quality are an easy win for Oriveti’s newest IEMs. The isolation of the Q5 is also better thanks to the easier fit, which is crucial in order to get a comfortable deep insertion.
The EPZ Q5 come with a more complete set of accessories, even though the Dynabird are also well accessorized and I also prefer their detachable connectors (0.78mm 2-PIN instead of Q5’s MMCX).

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Final Thoughts​

The Oriveti Dynabird show that Oriveti is preparing the masses for some good things that they’re going to release in the future, but as for now they seem to be on the hunt for the correct formula.
The Dynabird have surprised me with a superb low-end, characterized by nice extension, depth and energy, while still keeping everything clean and under control, very good resolution and above average soundstage capabilities. However, there are lots of things that still need to be addressed, such as the unnatural timbre and the “metallic” tinge of vocals and instruments, the unwanted sibilance (which is not a major issue but still something to report) and the vague imaging.

If Oriveti had set a slightly lower price, I think that the Dynabird could have been very competitive thanks to the nice technical performance and the great build quality, but their listing price is kind-of throwing them on a wrestling ring where the other opponent are sets like the EA500LM and similar stuff. Being average, nowadays, is not enough, especially considering what you can get with less money (i.e. Simgot EW200, ARTTI T10) and taking into account that some sets have been already labelled as golden standards (a brand gotta make a real killer set in order to dethrone established stuff, which is a doable yet not easy task).

My thumb is not really up for the Dynabird, but I think it’s a sufficiently compelling set and doesn’t deserve a “bad” review, hence why I am giving it a 3.5/5 score (which means that the product is still “approved” but it’s only another option that will be forgotten in a couple weeks).
What’s sure is that these could have been scored higher with some tuning and fitting refinement and a slightly lower price, factors that would have led to a more interesting and unique option in a market that is already saturated by so many different and valuable alternatives.
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Specification​

Driver: Exclusive Be-Coated 9.2mm Dynamic Driver
Impedance: 16 Ohm
Frequency Response: 10 - 20000Hz
Sensitivity: 105+-3dB/mW, 1000Hz
Distortion: 0.08%
Plug: Gold-plated 3.5mm Stereo Plug

Package Includes​

Dynabird Earphone body - 1pair
2 Pin Detachable Cable - 1pc
Carrying Case - 1pc
Bullet Shape S, M, L Silicone Tips - 1 pair per size
Bowl Shape S, M, L, XL Silicone Tips - 2pairs per size
 
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