In today’s article we check out the brand new, limited edition Vision Ears EVE20. This universal IEM sells for €1.300 Euro.
Disclaimer: Vision Ears sent us the Eve20 free of charge in exchange for the review. The unit is a universal version and it doesn’t need to be returned.
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. Linus reviewed the VE 3.2 and I myself reviewed the award winning Elysium. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Vision Ears, here’s some info. And of course there’s also this 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.
Today we’re looking at their latest creation, the EVE20. Let’s get started.
The EVE Series
EVE stands for “Exclusive Vision Ears“ and it’s a new concept on which VE has been working for years already.
The “EVE” name is not about a specific model but it designates a new product line of universal IEMS, and a limited edition to be more precise. Each edition will be available for only a certain number of units and that for a limited period of time. Each year a new universal model is going to be released with different concept and tuning. This year ( 2020 ) Vision Ears logically starts with the EVE 20, next year there will be the EVE 21 and so on. This LE-concept is open to all driver count and price tags. So this year it’s 6 driver, next year it could be 9 or 5. You get the drift.
This way of working gives VE the freedom to break with habits and come up with sound designs we didn’t immediately expect from them. For the next years VE will take this playground to explore the boundaries of visual designs.
This year it’s all about their first EVE creation, and it’s named the EVE20. It couldn’t be more clear.
You can find out all about the EVE-series and the EVE20 on the dedicated web page right here: https://vision-ears.de/premiumline_en/eve
As you surely understood by now, this EVE 20 will only be produced in the year 2020. TO strengthen the fact it’s a limited edition, each unit has a serial number engraved on the earphones shell. So it’s not just another universal – it’s one of a few. Our review unit didn’t come with any serial number, so we can’t show you this in the pictures.
The EVE 20 is a new 6 BA-driven universal design equipped with the following config: two low, two mid and two high. It’s simple but according to VE, they found beauty in this simplicity.
How VE came up with the EVE20? Here is the story:
“The EVE 20 is simple in technical aspects, but its sound caught us right from the beginning. Some time ago Oliver, our chief sound designer, gave us a Demo unit with a red faceplate. Usually with a first prototype a very intensive period of work starts. Multiple modifications and fine tuning is needed to match our idea of „how this model should sound like“. With the RED Demo we immediately agreed that it was perfect as it was. It hit us like lightning. We never expected that a six driver model could sound like this. Since then it was our „RED Demo“ that was waiting for its glorious moment, because for us it was clear: it deserves a big stage and a special moment to shine. So the Idea of the EVE concept was born and now we are highly thrilled to present the debutant – the EVE 20. And as a reminiscence of its original prototype we chose a red Faceplate.”
Can simple 6 BA-driven IEM still surprise you might wonder? According to Vision Ears, it’s still very much possible: “Sometimes you find a match of drivers that creates a magical sound. Just like a photographer catches the right moment for a stunning picture. It’s a mix of skill and chance that often creates unparalleled beauty.”
- 3-Way system with 6 drivers
- Dual BA for lows
- Dual BA form mids
- Dual BA for highs
- Sensitivity: 120dB SPL@1kHz/1mW
- Impedance: 20Ohm (@1kHz)
- Cable: Length 120cm, 4-wire, silver plated copper
Design & Cable
The EVE20 is simple in looks and design but simplicity can be beautiful.
The EVE20 is very small in size and the six Balanced Armature drivers are carefully placed in the tiny shell. The universal shell doesn’t have the shortest possible nozzle but it works well for most ears. The EVE20 can’t be customized and each unit will come with its own signature design, in this case that means it features an olive shell with a red Face plate, to honour the prototype.
The cable that comes with the EVE20 is VE’s standard/stock 1.2m cable and it comes in a black finish with a 3.5mm jack termination. To be honest, I was kind of hoping to find a more higher end cable with the EV20, but at the same time it does leave a lot of room for cable rolling if you’re into that. More on this later.
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