I would like to thank Amin from Vision Ears for providing the VE8 in return for my honest opinion.
The story of Vision Ears is common knowledge: after a former partnership went south, the company formerly known as Compact Monitors split, and Vision Ears was reborn. And not without success, for Vision Ears has become one of the most popular ciem manufacturers; especially in audiophile hotspots in South-East Asia. The German in-ear manufacturer earned a reputation for their high standards for build and finish, while simultaneously offering a diverse line-up: rather than sharing a strong house sound, each of their models seems targeted at a different crowd – but does so rather successfully. However, this equally comes with a price, for their models are generally positioned a little bit higher with respect to the competition. But while I can only speak for the VE8, I can already say that in this case, the higher price isn’t just inflation – Vision Ears has really come up with something special for their flagship offering.
Vision Ears VE8
Drivers: 8 BA drivers
Design: 3-Way passive crossover
Sensitivity: 120 dB @ 1 mW
Impedance: 22 Ohms
More often than not, high-end customs are crafted by boutique manufacturers that can’t really seem to be bothered by adding more than a peli case and cleaning tool. And to be completely honest, I can’t blame them; in the end you’re paying for the sound, and those accessories usually get tucked away deep down in a place where nobody can find them. At least, if I’m speaking for myself. But Vision Ears breaks with this tradition by providing a premium set of accessories, that also happen to be functional. And even though I’ve never been one to care much for accessories, I have to admit that I too am not impervious to a quality package when faced with one. Starting with the carrying case, which is larger than usual and easily fits 2-3 pairs of customs. In the roof of the case are two special pouches in the roof of the case that hold the cleaning tool and 6.3 mm adapter, neatly tucked away behind a covering lid. In addition, Vision Ear goes the extra mile with a cleaning spray, as well as a soft pouch with the VE logo, for easier carry on the go. The provided cable is a fairly generic 4-wire, but there’s an option of either black or translucent to match the chosen design.
Vision Ears is well known for their consistently high quality when it comes to build. And indeed, there isn’t an air bubble to be spotted in either one of my shells, while the finish is completely smooth. The insertion depth is around average, and the fit is perfect. When it comes to design, Vision Ears has an excellent functioning build simulator online, so it’s definitely worth checking out and playing around with a bit. And I have to say, they offer a beautiful assortment of color options for their shells. As for faceplates, I always try to go with a more unique offering special to the company if available, and in this case, it’s VE’s mirror faceplate options.