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(Review Round Up) SIVGA Oriole: Classic Fashionable Closed Back Rosewood HiFi Headphone

SIVGA Oriole

SIVGA Oriole


This article provides a comprehensive review round up of Sivga's newest sealed headphones, the SIVGA Oriole.

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Features

  • In-house Developed 50mm Dynamic Driver
  • Super Soft Memory Foam Ear Pads
  • Exquisite Wood Housing
  • Excellent Metal Parts & Ergonomic Design
  • Changeable Cable & Balanced Natural Sound

 

Specifications

  • Style: Over ear
  • Transducer type: Dynamic driver
  • Transducer size: φ50 mm
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20Kz
  • Sensitivity: 108dB+/-3dB
  • Impedance: 32Ω+/-15%
  • Cable length: 2.0 M +/-0.2M
  • Connector: φ3.5 mm
  • Weight: 280g
  • Package List:
    • Headphone Oriole: 1pc
    • Audio cable: 1pc
    • Hemp carrying bag: 1pc
    • Adaptor 3.5mm to 6.35mm: 1pc

 

In-house Developed 50mm Dynamic Driver

In terms of headphone hardware, it is worth mentioning that the SIVGA adopts a 50mm drive, which is rare for a Bluetooth headset. The larger size will give users a larger sound field with low frequency dives and high frequency extensions. The SIVAG Oriole can make balanced sound with high resolution and no fatigue for long time listening.

 

SIVGA Oriole
SIVGA Oriole

 

Super Soft Memory Foam Ear Pads

Comfort is a major concern when choosing the right headset. Many headsets now come with at least memory foam ear pads that can fit around your head over time for a more customized, comfortable wearing experience. That is why the SIVGA Oriole features super soft memory foam and skin-friendly leather earpads.

 

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Exquisite Wood Housing

The wood housing of SIVGA Oriole is processed by five axis CNC machining and then made by many manual processes such as sanding polishing, painting and natural air drying. The surface of the wood housing is high glossy piano paint. It’s worth mentioning that this headphone housing is made of natural high-density rosewood, which is the first choice for high-end musical instruments as it makes stable and outstanding sound quality. The brand logo made by laser engraving is elegant and unique. Besides, its housing bracket can be rotated by 180 degrees for better sealing and comfort.

 

SIVGA Oriole
SIVGA Oriole

 

Excellent Metal Parts & Ergonomic Design

The Oriole features metal parts made by multiple processes for high-end look and durability. These metal parts are made by scientific and exquisite processing, which makes elegant and luxurious looking. Besides, its headband is light and comfortable so that users can wear it without any pressure. And high protein leather headband is soft and delicate.

 

Changeable Cable & Balanced Natural Sound

SIVGA characterizes a changeable cable meeting the needs of HiFi audiophile for upgrading cables. This device can bring users balanced natural and accurate sound. The Oriole also features wide soundstage with good separation on instruments and its closed headphone housing for no disturbing.

 

SIVGA Oriole
SIVGA Oriole

 

Review Round Up

When Sivga comes out with new headphones, you can always expect something good. The Oriole is yet another great addition to their library of wooden headphones. Out of all of their closed-back headphones, the Oriole is one of the most colorful I have heard from them, with some engaging bass and treble. Its wooden cups are well-crafted as ever and feel snug when worn for multiple hours. For $199, you don’t have as many great wooden closed-back headphones as the Oriole.

 

Pros:
Open soundstage
Layered imaging
Exciting bass
Crisp vocals
Textured highs 
Excellent craftsmanship 
Good price 

 

Cons:
Hollow low-mids
Ear cups are not as snug for bigger ears 

 

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With the Oriole, Sivga again delivers a pair of headphones with terrific build quality and a potentially divisive sound signature. The combo of effective passive isolation, small size, lightweight, high-efficiency, and rotating earcups make the Oriole an excellent choice for commuters and portable listing. I’m a big fan of how the Oriole look and feel. Comfort is good and the bundled cable is excellent. The Oriole’s clarity and soundstage are outstanding for a pair of headphones in this category. However, to my ears, how the Oriole handles the upper midrange can accentuate those frequencies a bit too much and become a touch aggressive.

 

WHAT WE LIKE:

  • Impressive build quality at this price point
  • Well-made cable
  • Great passive isolation
  • A solid choice for commuters
  • Clear and detailed sound
  • Wide soundstage for closed-back cans
  • Lightweight


WHAT WE DON'T LIKE:

  • The cable is a bit long for portable use
  • Pleather pads are small for bigger ears and heads
  • The headband could be better padded
  • Upper midrange presence can be harsh at higher volumes

 

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At the end of the day, Oriole’s balanced presentation, detail, soundstage, and revealing character gives you a lot to like for $199. It’s the type of headphones that brings out the low-level elements of a song that adds a touch of realism. However, I did hear just a touch of harshness in the upper mids with certain sources, so careful component matching is essential if you’re sensitive to that.

 

That said, the build quality is superb, the wood earcups are amazingly beautiful, and the fit is quite comfortable. It also improves upon the cheaper SIVGA Robin in the sound department with better balance, along with more detail and separation. As a result, the Oriole headphones are worth checking out if you’re looking for a capable (and attractive) closed-back option for around $200.

 

WHAT WE DIG:

  • Beautiful Design
  • Great Build Quality
  • Detailed, Open Sound

 

WHAT TO THINK ABOUT:

  • Can be a little edgy up top

 

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Summary

Many people were satisfied with the build quality of SIVGA Oriole, confirming that the brand's capabilities are on display here as well. However, the size of the ear cups may possibly be a little insufficient.

 

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As for the sound, it is apparent that there are peculiar habits in the mid to high frequency range. Some have also pointed out that they feel a lack of low-frequency range, but the sound field is generally regarded as spacious. The word "open" in its sound is found throughout.

 

Sivga Oriole

Sivga Oriole

Sivga Oriole

$199.00