HBB Thoughts on the development of Olina
by Rene Flores on Jan 25, 2022
The Olina is a follow - up and sister to the Mele earphones.
The inspiration for Olina was a famous set released several years ago.
Olina contains the same high quality drivers that were used in that iconic set of earphones.
Combining that driver with a comfortable shell was born via feedback from Mele owners and discussions with other reviewers online. More detail, more extension, improve. Putting together a driver and shell is not so simple as the original idea surmised. If the goal was to maintain the high sound quality, then that meant letting the driver produce the tuning that made it so popular.
Initial attempts were not successful. The driver seemed to perform better with a smaller cavity. If that were done (it was considered), then the point of excellent fit would be abandoned. So that idea was shelved. The solution was to widen the bore of the nozzle just slightly and the driver tuning aligned with the original. Clarity, timbre and tonality were virtually identical.
The Mele was the musical bass centric sister while Olina is the more technically precise one. Bass guitar is accurate. Note weight is authentic as well as instrument timbre. Vocals are excellent. Olina is a $99 interpretation of a well known set and is improving the fit and making the price more accessible to most music lovers.
My followers are not concerned with company profits or the imitation of something in a hobby that does it all the time. They want the best sound quality at the best price with a solid QC. That's what makes their wallets and ears happy.
That's what was done right here. 100's of reviews and 1000's of earphones later and I can say this set is a winner and what folks who watch my channel
will like. If at anytime in the future I can come up with a good way to bring high quality music replay at a great price I'm going to jump and push that idea. An idea like Olina'.