Disclaimer: This article about the Venture Electronic Monk is part of the new Wayback Wednesday series which is replacing our “Favourite album of” series. Check out the other Wayback Wednesday articles HERE.
When I first heard of the the famous VE Monks the hype had been going for a while already and ever since the review was published the hype has only gotten bigger. The Monk made room for the Monk+ and Lee has added a whole product-range of Monk-versions with special cables, colors, wires, etc. There now even is a Monk with an XLR termination. Crazy? Maybe so, but as long as the customers are getting what they’re asking for, there’s no reason not to go all the way.
Some new versions of the Monk earbuds have gotten more expensive than the original $5 one, but again, as long as people are requesting and buying it, that’s perfectly normal. Do I still use the Monk? I sometimes do but not that much. The reason isn’t because I don’t like them or that they’re no good, but most of the time I’m playing with higher-end gear which logically sounds even better. Right now I’m listening to the Astell&Kern KANN with the Basslet strapped between it and the custom Vision Ears VE8 monitor.
Of the 15 Monks that I bought, I only have one left to giveaway. Half of my friends never spoke of it again, but the other half keeps mentioning how awesome these earbuds are sounding and they’ve even asked for an extra set for their wife or girlfriend. One couple even got in a fight over who could take the Monk with them to work. I quickly gave then another set.
Have you been able to resist ordering one or have you caved in? Let us know how you feel about the/your Monk(+) or why you’d like to have one. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll send you that last one I have here.
Not convinced yet, then check out our full review right here, after the click