The cable that comes with the Vision Ears VE8 is a basic/standard cable and not an aftermarket one. You have the choice between a black and a transparent version. It’s a 4-way cable with a basic split and a straight plug and it comes with a Velcro VE-labeled cable tie hooked to it. The over ear “memory” part is achieved by using a short pre-shaped plastic sleeve.
The stock cable is non-microphonic, light and very comfortably. Sonically it doesn’t do anything special but it certainly is a good cable. I myself quickly replaced it with Effect Audio’s Leonidas cable which improves the VE8’s sound even more. While the stock cable is pretty good I have to admit that I at this price level, for a TOTL monitor, expected a little bit more than a cheap generic cable. I didn’t expect VE to go the ARES II-way like Jomo Audio did with the Jomo Samba 8-driver, but something more would have been nice. Then again, the Vision Ears VE8 comes with a huge amount of accessories already.
4. Price & Accessories
Vision Ears is King when it comes to accessories, it’s that simply. The VE8 comes delivered in a nice personalized hard case (paid option). The box is hand packed by Amin and he even leaves you a personal message on the wrapping.
Inside the box you’ll find the largest number of accessories:
- A cleaning tool
- A cleaning spray
- A cleaning cloth
- A 6.3 to 3.5mm adapter
- A pair of dry caps for storage
- Two leather personalized cable binders
- A user guid
The Vision Ears VE8 is well equipped but it does come with a rather hefty price tag. The VE8 starts at €2330 and that’s without any special personalization options. The VE8 is the most expensive monitor in my CIEM collection but in its defense you do get a perfectly built custom in-ear monitor that sounds nothing less than sublime.
5. Customer Service
Vision Ears invites everyone to come see them in Cologne (don’t forget making an appointment) and if you’re in the neighborhood I can absolutely advise you to do so. The VE guys are very nice and they will help you with all your requests and questions. If you can’t make it there in person you can always check out their easy to use CIEM configurator on their website and to see how your ultimate set of VE’s will look like and what the price might be.
I didn’t follow the normal ordering process so I can’t comment on this.
The guys from Vision Ears describe the new VE8 sound signature as follows:
“Powerful sound with overwhelming precision and clarity. Extremely tight and precise bass with crystal clear and smooth highs and a brilliant harmonic mid-structure”
The VE5 that we reviewed has less mid presence and it is extremely strong with vocals, so I was quite curious to find out how Amin and Marcel tuned the brand new VE8, especially as their communication was focusing so much on the “mids”. And to be honest, the Vision Ears VE8 is everything they said it would be.
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