Tranquility with a Hunger – A Review of Venture Electronics Zen 2.0

In spite of Mr. Lee Wild’s cautionary threats of daggers and venom, I did engage in quite a bit of mobile shenanigans. And I must say, with any good DAP, Zen 2.0 sounds properly full and complete. You may want to avoid bright or thin-sounding players, but if your mobile device has enough amperage (and most do), and strong, dynamic bass presence, you are unlikely to feel Zen is missing anything. Opus#2, Cayin N3, Cayin i5, Shanling M2s, Shanling M3s. All drove these earbuds to a degree of completion that left me fully satisfied. Did it sound better on my Audio-GD NFB-28? Sure, I guess. But not so much better that you should fear taking these beyond the desktop. Zen needs power. Hell yeah, it needs power. And there are plenty of mobile devices with enough of it for this task.

I am impressed by the Zen 2.0 by Venture Electronics. It lives up to Lee’s claim of full-size sound in earbud form. Or close enough, at least. With this much body and refinement, and its warm, musical tuning, Zen makes for a mighty piece in anyone’s collection. I wish the version he sent me was not weighed down with this XLR connector, as I would get much more use out of it from my DAPs at work. At the desk, I still prefer headphones. But on the go, these earbuds are one goddamn delight.




Pinky Powers

Pinky Powers

Pinky is an artsy twat. Illustration, graphic design, writing. Yet music escapes him, and always has. He builds his own cables, and likes to explore the craftsmanship of others. He's a stabby one, also. At the first hint of annoyance, out comes the blade. I say he's compensating for something... in a big bad way. If we all try really hard as a collective, maybe we can have him put down.


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