Despite eliminating affordable headphones several years ago, Chinese audio brand Sivga has fallen a bit under the radar. But that could all change with the launch of a pair of new wooden-shell headphones.
Sivga’s new Robin and Oriole wired cans have 50mm drivers – larger and more capable than those found in most of the best headphones in the mid-range price range, but still manage to weigh just 208 grams.
Both earcups feature the same headband, soft memory foam upholstery, and almost exactly the same unique wooden cup case design (the Oriole has a circular design on its cups, while the Robin features a slanted square motif). ), with both options in light or dark brown high-gloss finishes.
Where the two models differ is in their voice, with the Oriole featuring a balanced, wide pitch that Sivga says is ideal for classical and jazz music, while the Robin has what the company has described as a more “lively and advanced” sound. which is aimed at rock, pop and dance music listeners.
Both sets of cans come with a hemp travel pouch, 1.8m braided cables of the same color, along with a 6.3mm adapter, plus an optional balanced cable for connecting them to headphone amplifiers. headphones, DACs and state-of-the-art personal media players.
The Robin and Oriole are now available on Amazon and are currently priced at £149 / $149 (about AU$231).
Analysis: These cans could be a standout release for Sivga
The mid-range headphone market is a crowded battleground right now, but these new headphones from Sivga stand out.
Wood cup designs seem to be taking advantage of what has been a growing trend towards using tone woods (these new Sivgas use Rosewood, used more regularly in guitar fretboards), which can often result in better resonance, in addition to to be a little better for the environment compared to using plastic boxes.
While the sleek wood finish catches the eye, these 50mm drivers also piqued our interest, with both models being capable of a 20Hz – 20kHz frequency response, for a non-tax impedance of 32 ohms and a high sensitivity of 108 dB – something that is a real rarity in this price range.
While the Sivga may have been around since 2016, they haven’t had much of an impact so far, but as the sister brand to the well-regarded and upscale Sendy Audio, they seem to have some pedigree, and we’re fascinated to see if both models deliver on these promising spec sheets. .
Are the Sigvas ripe for some Black Friday headphone deals? Probably not – but given the materials and spec sheet they are affordable to start with…