Oct 19, 2016 at 12:07 PM
- Jan 27, 2016
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- Jan 27, 2016
It happens for me as well. I don't think its anything major.I bought these spontaneously at a recent meet -- and I NEVER buy anything spontaneously!I was looking for an IEM (ideally a hybrid) with a decidedly lush signature, full-bodied sound, smooth highs (I'm allergic to shrill treble and sibilance) and elevated bass, and it fit the bill so perfectly it was almost ridiculous. I have to admit that not only had I never heard an Oriolus before, but I had never really heard of Oriolus before. It just wasn't on my list at all. At the meet I got a chance to listen to Lime Ears Aether (I thought the bass boost was overdone -- absurd amount of bass when switched on, at least with my already bass-heavy music; also, treble wasn't smooth enough for my needs), CustomArt Harmony 8.2 (liked that one better; nice and warm, but it lacked that little something that might have swayed me over), Fidue Sirius (very full, voluminous sound -- that might have been my second choice), Fischer Amps Rapture (full sounding, but highs could be a bit too shrill on my Treble Terror Test Tracks; also, vocals sometimes sounded slightly veiled to me).
And then, out of the far left field, came Oriolus. What can I say, it just checked all my boxes. Bought it right on the spot after ten minutes of listening (just the kind of behavior I would usually advise against -- don't do this at home, kids!). One thing that the Oriolus taught me since then was that all the action is really in the mids. I always kind of neglected that part of the frequency range, just didn't place much importance on it. Since I have the Oriolus, I've really come to appreciate the midrange. And what a midrange it is: vocals sound glorious on Oriolus! It's almost a shame most of my music is instrumental, but it also adds body and "meatiness" to my Techno tracks and orchestral pieces as well. This is the opposite of thin-sounding.
I have to say though that this IEM is certainly not for everybody. It is indeed quite colored, so if you're looking for neutral, best look elsewhere. But if you're looking for lush and creamy, this might just be the ticket.
One thing irritates me though: if I press on the shells while wearing them and then let go, there is a very distinct clicking/popping noise coming from earpieces. Is that normal? It's not a big deal, I just haven't experienced it before and would like to make sure if it's to be expected. Since it's the same on both sides, I guess it is probably normal (something to do with the vent holes perhaps?), but I just thought I'd ask. Any input welcome. Thanks, guys, and glad to be on board!