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ThieAudio Oracle MkII: NEW Tribrid King - 1DD + 2BA + 2EST In-Ear Monitor

ThieAudio Oracle MkII

ThieAudio Oracle MkII

 

ThieAudio, known for its high-quality in-ear monitors, has released the successor to its hit model, the ThieAudio Oracle MKII.

 

Product Features

  • Three-way Crossover with three different types of drivers (1 Dynamic Driver + 2 Balanced Armatures + 2 Electrostatic)
  • Modular 4 strand 5N oxygen-free copper cable with easy plug swapping between 3.5mm, 4.4mm, and 2.5mm jacks.
  • Studio-style tuning with Dedicated Sub-Bass Woofer, Monitor-Neutral Mids, and increased treble extension.
  • Better Ergonomics for longer, more comfortable use.

 

Technical Details

  • DRIVERS: New 10mm liquid crystal polymer (LCP) dynamic driver, 2 Knowles balanced armature drivers, 2 Sonion electrostatic (EST) ultra-treble tweeters.
  • CABLE: 4 strand 5N oxygen-free copper Cable with modular system.
  • CABLE PLUG: 2.5mm, 3.5mm and 4.4mm

 

ThieAudio Oracle MkII

ThieAudio Oracle MkII
ThieAudio Oracle MkII
ThieAudio Oracle MkII

 

The best sound comes back to life.

The Oracle was the Mecca for audiophiles and audio engineers requiring perfect tonal accuracy and precision. The all-new Oracle MKII is the next evolutionary step in high-fidelity audio.

 

The original THIEAUDIO Oracle was a benchmark in tuning when it came to mimicking the tonal balance of professional studio monitors. With its absolutely flat and neutral midrange, near perfect treble curvature that compensates for the acoustics of the human ear canal, and a dedicated sub-bass woofer, the Oracle stood as one of the few, if not only, in-ear monitors that could be described as truly a reference monitor.

 

ThieAudio Oracle MkII
ThieAudio Oracle MkII

 

The Oracle MKII comes standard with THIEAUDIO’s new and improved modular cable, allowing easy plug swapping between 3.5mm, 4.4mm, and 2.5mm jacks. This 4 strand 5N oxygen-free copper cable is constructed using one of the highest qualities of copper wires, and will ensure a clear audio transmission.

 

ThieAudio Oracle MkII

ThieAudio Oracle MkII
ThieAudio Oracle MkII
ThieAudio Oracle MkII

 

The Original Monitor Tuning, Remastered

The Oracle MKII features tribrid speaker technology, integrating an all new 10mm liquid crystal polymer (LCP) dynamic driver, 2 Knowles balanced armature drivers, and 2 Sonion electrostatic (EST) ultra-treble tweeters. These five drivers are integrated using a three-way crossover, in which the frequency range of each driver is divided according to their best specifications. Our passive crossover solution minimizes the total harmonic distortion (THD), ensures the best performance from each driver type, and maximizes the clarity of every note across the whole frequency spectrum.

 

ThieAudio Oracle MkII

 

While the original Oracle featured a minimal sub-bass response, we wanted to enhance the punchiness and impact of the sub-bass while maintaining the Oracle-esque neutral midrange. The Oracle MKII has been fitted with a new 10mm LCP dynamic driver. The LCP diaphragm has a much stronger surface tension compared to the previous generation of polycarbonate diaphragms utilized in the original Oracle. This translates to faster driver speed, allowing for increases in the power of the sub-bass, while preventing bleed into the lows and mids. Through improvements in the sub-bass woofer, the Oracle MKII benefits from 62.5% increase in the core sub-bass frequencies (measured at 60Hz) - all while having a neutral midrange in the 200Hz~1kHz band.

 

ThieAudio Oracle MkII

 

Three driver types, Three-way Crossover

The soul of the Oracle is monitor-capability. The Oracle MKII stays faithful to this foundation by retaining its near ruler-flat midrange in the 200Hz~1kHz frequency region. Most in-ear monitors add color to the sound by failing to properly crossover the bass and mid-treble drivers, resulting in a bloated and muddy midrange.

 

ThieAudio Oracle MkII

 

This fault is corrected in the Oracle MKII by implementing a mathematically calculated and electrically engineered crossover solution that precisely cuts the dynamic driver off right as the balanced armature starts. The mids of the Oracle MKII are powered by the same dual Knowles balanced armature drivers featured in the Monarch MKII. By delivering an uncolored and neutral midrange, your music will finally sound as the studio engineers intended it to. And for the studio engineers themselves, the Oracle MKII is among the very very few IEM’s that will tonally mimic your studio monitors.

 

Ultra-Treble, Unlocked

The benefit of the Sonion electrostatic (EST) drivers is the enhanced ultra-treble frequency delivery. However, many manufacturers fail to properly integrate the low sensitivity of these drivers into their IEM’s, resulting in barely audible improvements. THIEAUDIO has always been known for their exquisite utilization of the EST driver, delivering actual treble extensions that can be experienced. The Oracle MKII is no exception, featuring one of the best ultra-treble extensions in not only THIEAUDIO history, but among all manufacturers globally. Our calculated integration of the EST driver fully enhances the frequency spectrum to 40kHz, with audible improvements in detail, air, speed.

 

ThieAudio Oracle MkII

 

One hallmark feature of the EST driver (and the way you can tell it is properly integrated) is its unique timbre. While typical balanced armature tweeters produce a plastic-like textural quality in the treble, EST drivers have the potential to produce a more transparent, almost metallic characteristic that results in a sparkly brilliance. The Oracle MKII has been retuned to better shine this characteristic. Almost immediately, improvements in detail retrieval, shimmer, and air can be noticed when comparing the original Oracle with the MKII. The Oracle MKII is the ultimate reference tool for those needing to hear every micro-detail in the music without any unnatural harshness or shrillness.

 

Better Ergonomics

Intended for long sessions on the stage and in the studio, the physical size of the Oracle MKII has been reduced for a more comfortable and secure fit inside the ears. Constructed from imported medical-grade UV resin, the Oracle MKII is durable, comfortable, and free of allergens or irritants.

 

ThieAudio Oracle MkII

 

Inside the Box

  • Oracle MKII In-Ear Monitors
  • 5N oxygen-free copper cable with Modular connector system
  • 3 Pairs of Silicone Ear-tips
  • 3 Pairs of Foam Ear-tips
  • Carrying Case
  • Warranty Card

 

ThieAudio Oracle MkII

 

Price & Availability

ThieAudio Oracle MkII is available now at Linsoul and others for $589.

 

ThieAudio Oracle MkII

ThieAudio Oracle MkII

$589.00