Today we are taking a look at one of Vision Ears’ newest models. The VE 3.2 is the evolution of their previous triple-driver VE 3.
Disclaimer: Vision Ears sent the VE 3.2 in exchange for this honest review. Headfonia and Vision Ears are not affiliated and VE is not a site advertiser. Many thanks for the generosity and opportunity.
About Vision Ears:
Vision Ears has been around for about six years now and we have covered many of their products in the past already. Monitors like the VE5, VE 6 and the infamous VE 8 have been reviewed by Lieven or Nathan in the past years already. Lieven even did a small company tour back with the VE5 review.
I take many of you are aware, Vision Ears is seated in Cologne, Germany and run by two very enthusiastic persons. That’s Marcel Schönen and Amin Karimpour, they both handle sales and marketing as well as product development. For developments they have also added one of the best designers out there, namely Oliver Marino. We have done an interview with him also.
Vision Ears’ product line-up is very consistent. However two products stand out from them. The 13 BA, multi-signature, full silver Erlkönig. This one does not come as a custom IEM at all. The other is their only hybrid in their portfolio – the Elysium, which was introduced earlier this year together with the VE 3.2 and VE 4.2. Of course we will also review the Elysium in a separate review in due course.
If you check out Vision Ears’ website, you’ll see that they work with a lot of musicians. Here in Europe, and especially the German speaking parts, Vision Ears is a big player in the pro scene. When I browsed their artists section I was amazed by how many well known bands, technicians, performers and even TV show hosts use their customs.
About VE 3.2:
As mentioned earlier, the VE 3.2 is the successor to the VE 3. The VE 3.2 features a two way crossover system with three balanced armatures. Technical specifications tell me that it has an impedance of 18 Ohms and a rated sensitivity of 119dB per mW. Which makes it a very efficient monitor. Sources that are prone to hissing might produce some noise with the VE 3.2, so you might want to check that before you blind-buy a set.
The VE 3.2 is marketed to have a neutral, reference type and analytical signature. Vision Ears say it features an inoffensive low end, with articulate and smooth mids and treble. We will check that in the sound section later.
Customers can buy the VE 3.2 for 1090€ (incl. VAT) from Vision Ears or one of their many retailers. The average build time for one pair of CIEMs is about 2-3 weeks.
Custom Build Choices (Personalization):
Finding a good design takes a lot of time, for me at least. A good way to come to something you like is nice designer tool. The configurator we can find on Vision Ears’ website definitely is among the best I’ve tried so far. It really aids in creating a monitor that will suit your taste.
You get a plethora of colour options for both the shell and face plates. The selection is filled with glitter, translucent or opaque shell colours and even mirror or wooden face plates. So many choices to pick from, it doesn’t really make this part easier, but in the end the customer can really select what s/he wants. You even can select between a clear and a black cable.
Additional steps of the designer tool include optional accessories, printing on the shell and case, artwork on the face plate and of course the confirmation of your order. It’s a very simple and straight forward process that is designed to make it as easy as possible for you to find your dream CIEM design.
I went for transparent dark blue shells, Amboyna face plates, the VE logo on the left and the model logo on the right earpiece.
The review continues on the next page.