Review: Vision Ears Elysium – Purity of Sound

Disclaimer: Vision Ears sent us the Vison Ears Elysium free of charge in exchange for the review. The unit is a custom version and it doesn’t need to be returned. Vision Ears isn’t a site advertiser.

 

Vision Ears

If you’ve been following and reading HFN, than you certainly know this isn’t the first time we talk about the German Vision Ears. In June 2015 we reviewed their VE5 monitor and visited the guys in their lab and then we in May 2017 reviewed their VE8 Flagship. Recently Linus reviewed the VE 3.2 and now it’s time to take a close look at the new Elysium, by the hand of the VE8 creator. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Vision Ears yet, there’s some info. And of course there’s also the Q&A we did with the VE guys.

Perfect sound is our passion – highest quality our demand.

Vision Ears is located in the heart of Cologne, Germany and they’re devoted to developing and producing their custom made In-Ears with great passion. Marcel Schoenen and Amin Karimpour were working for the same CIEM company last decade and they were linked by their vision of highest quality and outstanding customer service. After a few years of separation, the two got reunited and VISION EARS was born. Since 2013, the headquarters of Vision Ears is located in the Luxemburgerstrasse in Cologne’s central south. Their optimism and the lucky situation to be able to form a team that is as passionate for In-Ears as the founders are, makes VE a solid and reliable partner for all musicians (such as Rammstein – VE8) and audiophiles around the world.

 

 

The Elysium

The newest monitor in VE’s line-up is the Elysium. You can find out all about it on VE’s website here: https://vision-ears.de/erlkoenig_en . Even though the page name says Erlkönig, it’s also the correct page for the Elysium.

The Elysium is a four-driver monitor and it has the following configuration: 1 balanced armature driver for bass, 1 dynamic driver for the mids and a double electrostat driver for the highs. Normally in hybrid monitors, companies use a dynamic driver for the bass section, but the Elysium does it the other way round. And how it works!

With ELYSIUM our pursuit was to create an electrifying detailed but also warm and embracing sound that makes you close your eyes and lets you dive into the sanctuary of music. Into Elysium.

That means the mids have only one dynamic driver but to get the best out of it, VE designed the HALC system for it. HALC stands for High-precision Acoustic Leveling Chamber and as you can probably see in the pics, it’s the green “thing” in the earpiece shell. Promotion-wise, HALC makes a reference to the Hulk in name and color: https://www.facebook.com/visionears.de/photos/a.228871220611299/1217431008421977/?type=3&theater

For the highs, VE is using double electrostat drivers. In theory electrostat headphones need a lot of power and thus a separate amp, but because of the voltage transformer inside the earphones, the two small ES drivers don’t need additional power and they can be driven by any DAP or source.

We don’t know all the specs but we do know there’s a 3-way crossover, a 16.4Ω impedance and a 105dB sensitivity, making the Elysium easy to drive on paper.

It is the first Electrostat-driver in the VE product range and it’s a new flagship model, not looking at the Erlkönig universal IEM. To be more precise, it in my opinion doesn’t replace the VE8 but it joins it at the top of the product line-up. Both monitors are very different sounding and they both deserve the flagship status.

Driver Details

By Vision Ears:

VE used BA technology for creating a full but precise bass which is well balanced and stunningly layered. Although BA drivers are known to reproduce a rather analytic sound, we were able to tune the bass unit of our ELYSIUM in a way you never would expect from this type of technology. A fine and beautiful harmony between precision and smoothness.

We decided to use a dynamic driver that was precisely tuned for our requirements, giving a smooth and rich presence to the middle frequencies. Middle frequencies are not easy to define well. They contain the most versatile information in music and if well-tuned, make you feel being right in the middle of your music. Our dynamic driver is featured with a „High-precision Acoustic Leveling Chamber“ (HALC), finely tuning the sound of our dynamic driver to highest accuracy.
Development of this high precision component was a demanding challenge and is exclusively featured in Vision Ears ELYSIUM.

With a state-of-the-art dual electrostatic tweeter for the high frequencies, we achieved sparkling highs, so crystal clear and engaging that you might even feel the breath of the musician.
The technology of electrostatic drivers is well known to high demanding audiophile people but they were yet mainly equipped in high class headphones. In the recent time this technology is gaining more and more ground with IEM´s all over the world, making the huge benefits of electrostatic drivers now portable.

Breakdown

In contrary to a normal review I will use the same breakdown as I always do for my Custom Inear reviews:

  1. Build quality & Comfort
  2. Personalization
  3. Cable
  4. Price & Accessories
  5. Customer Service
  6. Sound
  7. Competitors/Comparisons
  8. Driveability & Sources

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Lieven is living in Europe and he's the leader of the gang. He's running Headfonia as a side project next to his full time day job in Digital Marketing & Consultancy. He's a big fan of tube amps and custom inear monitors and has published hundreds of product reviews over the years.

1 Comment

  • Reply October 7, 2019

    Bill

    Hi there, really enjoyed reading the review. Your site has alwas helped me make the right decisions when deciding on monitors. I currently own the A12Ts and been enjoying them but looking for a change. I have been eyeing up the VE8 and now Elysium after your review.

    The Elysiums do sound amazing but you mentioned the sub bass is not too present, does that mean there’s little to no rumble? So it wouldn’t be good for EDM for instance as opposed to the VE8. I listen to a lot of genres from rock, pop, EDM, classical, so looking for a step up from the A12Ts that can do all that.

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