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Venture Electronics (VE) Monk

$5 Earphones that produce high-end sound

Tayyab Pirzada

Pros: Surprisingly good bass, very comfortable foams, fairly wide soundstage, non-recessed vocals

Cons: Bass quality could be better, detailing could be more, soundstage could be wider

The VE Monk is a $5 earbud that produces high-end quality sound. This type of value is pretty unfathomable.  Pros: Surprisingly good bass for $5 headphones, the foams included with them (and not sold anywhere else) are probably the most comfortable foams I've ever tried, vocals are not recessed, soundstage is mid-level   Cons: bass could be better quality, soundstage could be wider,...
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Sonic Nirvana in earbud form
Sonic Nirvana in earbud form

Rose Mojito

Pros: Beautifully designed, comes with two cables (braided and un-braided), extremely wide soundstage, ultra detail, high-quality blooming bass

Cons: Too small for some ears without foams (and too large for other ears), vocals slightly recessed

Hip-hop listeners' dream earbuds
Hip-hop listeners' dream earbuds

Ostry KC08 High Fidelity earbud earphone

Pros: Beautiful instrument sound, low sibilance, medium-good soundstage, really great bass, one of the most spectacularly designed earbuds aesthetically

Cons: Vocals slightly recessed and "dry", not as high detail as other high-end earbuds

FiiO EM3 – All-rounder and constant companion
FiiO EM3 – All-rounder and constant companion
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Venture Electronics (VE) Zen V2

Venture Electronics (VE) Zen V2

“For larger (1200 x 800) views, click any imageINTRODUCTIONI’ve spent a little time with Lee from Venture Electronics over the last few months, emailing backwards and forwards, and really getting coming to understand who VE is and what their philosophy is. But first let’s step back a little and look at how I came to be reviewing the Zen V2 today. I’d heard a little about the VE Zen previously on...” --Brooko

100% Positive Reviews
Venture Electronics (VE) Monk

Venture Electronics (VE) Monk

“Many thanks to Venture Electronics for the VE Monk review sample! Product website: http://eng.52ve.cn/product.php?cm_id=205   I haven't been using earbud for quite a long time since my favourite Sony MDR-E888 died many years ago. A few months back I had a chat with Head-Fi'er @RedJohn456. From there I came to know about Venture Electronics. Thanks buddy! In general, IEM might still...” --earfonia

100% Positive Reviews
Venture Electronics (VE) Zen

Venture Electronics (VE) Zen

“ Before I start my review, I would like to Thank VE and @zhibli06 for providing me with a review sample of VE ZEN (and MONK) in exchange for my honest opinion.   Manufacturer website: http://eng.52ve.cn/     Just like a deja vu from a few weeks ago when I mentioned in one of my reviews that I can’t believe I’m writing about CIEM (I usually test and review only in-ears...” --twister6

100% Positive Reviews
FiiO EM3 Open Earbud Earphones with In-Line Microphone (Black)

FiiO EM3 Open Earbud Earphones with In-Line Microphone (Black)

“Introduction –  Once seen as cheap throwaways, earbuds seem to have become the new phenomenon in the audio landscape. Since they don`t produce a strong seal and have a very loose fit, they are seen as having very limited uses, but these attributes can also permit a unique sound that`s not too dissimilar from the in-ear equivalent of open back headphones. As such, we are...” --ryanjsoo

95% Positive Reviews
Baldoor EarBell E100

Baldoor EarBell E100

“Just like the Koss KSC75 and the Fiio X1, the E100 Earbell from Baldoor (and Mrice) represents a phenomenal value. This little $14 wonder has done two things for me: 1. It has renewed my faith in earbuds and 2. Has proven yet again, that top tier sound can be had for bottom tier prices - you just have to be willing to look! If you're interested in a new super-cheap piece of kit for your commute...” --JoeDoe

91% Positive Reviews
Venture Electronics (VE) Monk+/Monk Plus

Venture Electronics (VE) Monk+/Monk Plus

“For larger views of the photos (1200 x 800) - please click on the individual imagesINTRODUCTIONAs a hobbyist reviewer, the one thing I've noticed with virtually all the manufacturers I've dealt with is a huge passion for what they do, and also a desire for continual improvement. I've been dealing with Lee from Venture Electronics for a bit over a year, and have so far had the pleasure of...” --Brooko

100% Positive Reviews
Sony MDR-E818LP Fontopia Ear-Bud Headphones with Acoustic Twin Turbo Circuit

Sony MDR-E818LP Fontopia Ear-Bud Headphones with Acoustic Twin Turbo Circuit

“ These are quite common in retail stores in my city (Toronto) and cost around $15-$20 CAD. I've been using them for years, because they are inexpensive, sound decent and are portable. They don't sound too distorted at high levels. I never had mines break, never had audio jack or audio cut out problems, but then again it really depends on the user, because I am very careful with my...” --Carbine

100% Positive Reviews
Shozy Cygnus

Shozy Cygnus

“       Preamble: I’d like to take the time to thank Shozy for sending me the Cygnus earbuds free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion. A group of engineers and designers has worked as OEM developers and producers for audio products, acting in the background, until 2012, when they decided to found a company for audio products for hi-fi enthusiasts under...” --HiFiChris

100% Positive Reviews
Venture Electronics Asura 2.0

Venture Electronics Asura 2.0

“For larger views of the photos (1200 x 800) - please click on the individual imagesINTRODUCTIONAs a hobbyist reviewer, the one thing I've noticed with virtually all the manufacturers I've dealt with is a huge passion for what they do, and also a desire for continual improvement. I've been dealing with Lee from Venture Electronics for a bit over a year, and have so far had the pleasure of...” --Brooko

100% Positive Reviews
HiSoundAudio Paa1 Pro

HiSoundAudio Paa1 Pro

“I'll be short : I was very disappointed when I listened to the PAA1-Pro the first time. I found bloated bass, harsh highs and a typical mainstream V-shaped sound signature. So, I began a hundred hour burn-in and retry it... Nothing changed a lot. Maybe the highs became less harsh but still not what I would call pleasant to my ears. I put them away a time and come back to them after two weeks....” --tinara

86% Positive Reviews
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