While the Chinese audio brand Sivga has been out of affordable headphones for a number of years, it has gone somewhat under the radar. But that could all change with the release of a duo of striking new wooden headphones.
Sivga’s new Robin and Oriole wired cans have 50mm drivers – bigger and more capable than those found in most of the best over-ear headphones in their mid-range price range, yet they manage to weigh just 208 grams.
Both headphones have the same headband, soft memory foam padding and almost exactly the same signature wooden cup design (the Oriole has a circle design on the cups, while the Robin has a tilted square motif), with both options in light or dark brown high-gloss finishes.
Where the two models differ is in their intonation, with the Oriole having a balanced and wide tuning, which Sivga says is ideal for classical and jazz music, while the Robin has what the company described as a more “lively, progressive sound”. . which is aimed at rock, pop and dance music listeners.
Both sets of cans come with a hemp travel case, 1.8m color-matched braided cables and a 6.3mm adapter, plus an optional balanced cable for connecting them to headphone amplifiers, DACs and high-end personal media players.
The Robin and Oriole are both now available through Amazon and currently cost £149 / $149 (which is around AU$231).
Analysis: These cans could be a breakthrough for Sivga
The mid-range headphone market is a busy battlefield right now, but these new headphones from Sivga are somehow going to stand out.
The wooden bell designs seem to be responding to what is a growing trend for the use of tonewoods (these new Sivgas use rosewood, more commonly used on guitar fretboards), which can often result in better resonance and is also a bit better for the environment compared to the use of plastic housings.
While the stylish wood finish draws our attention, those 50mm drivers have also piqued our interest, with both models supposed to have a frequency response of 20Hz – 20kHz, for a no-load impedance of 32 ohms and a high sensitivity of 108 dB – something that is a real rarity in this price range.
While Sivga may have been around since 2016, they haven’t made much of an impression so far, but as the sister brand to the renowned, more expensive Sendy Audio, they seem to have a pedigree, and we’re fascinated to see if both models carry those promising spec sheets. live up to.
Are the Sigvas ripe for some Black Friday headphone deals? Probably not – but given the materials and spec sheet they’re affordable to start with…