Oriveti provided the New Primacy, Affinity, and Basic, free of charge for the purpose of my honest review, for good or ill.
I contacted Oriveti with interest in their New Primacy IEM and the Affinity upgrade cable. I had heard delicious things, and needed to know for myself. They are a very friendly company and sent them out right away. When the package arrived, I saw they threw in a bonus, for good measure. The Oriveti Basic!
So now I’ll try and weave all these products into some kind of ramshackle ensemble of Oriveti’s entire line.
Both Basic and New Primacy are small, wonderfully light and comfortable IEMs. NP is a little larger than Basic, but not so much as to diminish its ease of use. They are shaped in such a way that you can insert deep, or shallow, depending on the size of tips you choose… and I guess the shape of your ears. I have rather average size ears, and I can wear these IEMs however I desire. I find my pleasure going as deep as possible. ho ho!
Supposedly you can also wear these with the cable hanging down, or wrapped over the ear. I haven’t tried the hanging method, because Over the Ear is the path to righteousness. However, Basic does seem to be built in such a way where that should work well. NP, on the other hand, may pose some difficulty, and the Affinity cable is 100% made for over the ear.
Basic, as best I can tell, is a single Dynamic Driver IEM. New Primacy is a hybrid, with one Dynamic for the lows, one Balanced Armature for the mids, and another for the highs. Three drivers in total for Oriveti’s flagship.
Basic and NP are sturdily built, encased in metal shells and robust connectors. They both have detachable cables, as well. Basic’s cable is very light and forgettable. Just the way I’d want it for such an IEM. NP’s is rather remarkable for a stock cable. Looks to be an eight conductor braid, which is light, supple, and highly ergonomic. I’m a big fan of this, actually. It’s an impressive showing for only a $300 earphone.
Now the Affinity is also eight conductors, though alternating between 6N OCC copper and silver-plated copper. It’s a thicker and heavier cable. Certainly one you want to use a lapel clip with. It’s fairly pliable and doesn’t seem to transmit vibrations. I asked for it to be terminated in 2.5mm TRRS so I could use the balanced outputs on those DAPs which have such a feature. It reminds me a lot of the ALO Reference8. Indeed its specs are awfully similar. Whereas the Ref8 is lighter and thinner, it’s also stiffer and more microphonic. Affinity is thicker and heavier, but softer, and suffers from no real microphonics. All in all, I find it comfortable and a solid product.