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Venture Electronics (VE) Monk & Monk Plus: a $5 earbud that taking the world by storm!!!

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  1. nkramer
    the "magic" that the monks are, will probably never be duplicated. except for something else from VE as they have the "secret recipe".
  2. athiker94
    :). I completely understand. Personally, I don't think you are going to do any better at this price range. You will get varying opinions on this and it may boil down to different sound signatures that different buds afford at this price point. But, I'm blown away with what 5 dollars will get you. The good thing is that you can buy a bunch of different ones at this price point and decide which you like best also. But, countless others are very pleased with this earbud. Hope you enjoy them if you go that route.

    One caveat. Personally (to each is own), I found the mids kinda "hot" in some registers. I use an app called Neutralizer and love it. It really tamed down that for me. It was subtle and I noticed that the version 1 didn't exhibit this. But, they were still great even without the neutralizer tweaks. I'm loving that app. And alot of this is very subjective and MANY others were fine with them they way they are.
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2018
  3. DangerClose
    "Best" is relative based on what factors are being considered, but plenty of people in the cheap Chinese earbuds thread prefer other $5-ish shipped buds to their Monks. Or if they don't outright prefer them say they are comparable just different sound signature.
  4. nkramer
    agreed. they suit most genre's very well. but other cheapie iems suit the other genre's better (bass heavy)
  5. drawun
    Great to know that. I didn't think there's much more options under $5(more like failed to find the others).just found out about TY Hi-Z 32 and Faaeal 32 :deadhorse:
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2018
  6. bifcake

    I tried the TY HI-Z 32 and I didn't like them. They weren't bad, but they didn't stand up to VE Monk. I found the Hiz to be very thin in the mids and the sound stage was non existent.
  7. ponyhearts
    Anyone still using their original monks? Mine seem to have gone through some heavy usage in the past before being put away for about a year.

    Today I took the original monks out today and noticed that they don't have the same oomph to them. I opened my fresh monk plus and they sound a lot better for some reason. I don't have another original monk to compare it to. I can't tell if it is because the jack is worn on the original or if the drivers are just aged.

    Sad times, that the original monk is not available anymore... Regret not buying more at the time. I might try change the jack first, but don't have much confidence in whether that will improve the sound. Monk plus had a different sound to the Monk as I remember, but I recall the Monk sounding better than the Plus version, rather than the other way around which is what they are currently sounding like.

    I also have a special candy version which is the plus version, and it still sounds fresh after being in the drawers for many years. I guess using any earbuds daily for a year is going to change them. RIP magical sound signature.
  8. ilmothedude
    I don't have much experience of this, as I only have (many) monk plus and haven't used those much lately as I got zen lite and zen 2.0 omega, but just to make sure, are you using fresh foams? Old foams will make sound muddy, or are you listening them naked and still observing things you mentioned? I once compared my most used old monk plus to newer less used monk plus, and I wondered how that old monk plus sounded way worse, until I realized it had old foams. Just my 2 cents :)
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  9. MisterMudd
    You're right, they are magical. So inexpensive at the time that I bought several pair. Still listen to the old Monk often these days but there are even better earbuds for the same price currently. Reading the other threads, I found some budget monsters in the Snow-Lotus 1.0+ and Vido ear buds. Both highly recommended from AliExpress for the price of a hamburger. Go read the ear bud threads to find something on the cheap. We have the OG Monk to be thankful for paving the way to better sound. It raised the bar quite high.
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  10. LaughMoreDaily
    I wish they'd bring back a blue/red candy cable and a lower priced IEM. The last time I looked their IEM was over $700. Lame.
  11. Timoteew
    Raketen and D0rk!n like this.
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