Oriveti is a very new manufacturer that you might not have heard of. Nevertheless, they deserve as much attention as any other brand, having produced two fantastic offerings in what are probably the two most active price brackets on the market. They made a huge entry with their first earphone, the Primacy, a triple driver hybrid whose audio performance, superb build and ergonomic fitment all well exceeded its meagre $350 AUD asking price. This was followed by the incredibly impressive New Primacy, which retained the same ergonomic design and price as its predecessor but brought a new level of balance and refinement to the sound. But even that $350 figure is unattainable to most buyers and Oriveti’s new BASIC has come to occupy that lower, budget sweet spot around $99 USD or $150 AUD.
This review will be somewhat of a comparison to the current market (not performance) leader, the Shure SE215 and another popular choice, the Westone UM 10 Pro, both models that have mostly sold unimpeded due to their great fit/isolation in addition to the allure of a removable cable. While there are plenty of other earphones around $100 that handily best both In technical audio ability, the Hifiman RE-400 and Dunu Titan’s probably being the most notable examples, barely any of them, if any at all, are as full-featured and acoustically inviting, making them these models more or less the go-to options for most buyers just getting into the hobby.
The BASIC holds many parallels to these models; namely it carries exactly the same price as the Se215 here in Australia ($150), is sold and can be demoed in retail stores (Jaben), employs the same over-ear fitment with removable cable and also pursues a sort of darker, fuller sound. But while the SE215 remains very much a consumer-geared earphone to my ears, the BASIC provides a more nuanced and balanced experience that represents a step closer to the Audiophile standards pursued by Westone’s UM Pro earphones. Let’s see if the BASIC has what it takes to bring down the current budget champs.
I would like to give Marco from Oriveti the biggest thanks for providing me with a BASIC for the purpose of review. There is no monetary incentive for a positive review and despite receiving the product free of cost, I will attempt to be as objective as possible in my evaluation. All words in this review are my own.
Both of Oriveti’s higher end Primacy earphones had gorgeous unboxing experiences, so it’s great to see that the BASIC has retained the majority of that premium feel at such a reduced price. The BASIC comes packaged within a similar matte black box with renders up front and specs with a nice exploded vector on the rear. Upon removing the top cover, the buyer is presented with that same cable winder/foam inlet as included with the Primacy earphones. Again, I’m a big fan of this packaging as it prevents the cables from becoming overly coiled during storage, they straighten out much quicker than most tightly packaged earphones.
Underneath the inlet lies a double sided Oriveti card brandishing the logo on top and basic instructions on the back. Unfortunately, we don’t see the same comprehensive accessory suite as included with the Primacy earphones, simply a hard EVA case with Oriveti print peeking through a cutout in the cardboard above.
The case contains the rest of the accessories within plastic bags, a set of silicon ear guides, S, M, L ear tips and two sets of dual flange tips. Oriveti don’t include any foam tips with this set, but if you want to purchase a set aftermarket, they employ a ~T200 size bore. All standard tips such as Spinfit, CP200’s and Sony Hybrids fit comfortably onto the BASIC’s, I will have some tip suggestions in the sound section of the review. Of note, the case itself is very large, large enough to be somewhat impractical in daily use. It’s easily large enough to contain a small player such as an iPod Nano in addition to the BASICs and accessories.