So I've just received my Elysium and here are my first thoughts (here are some initial photos, I will certainly make better ones though): 1. It just makes sense - the Elysium is the perfect addition to the VE line - instead of upgrading the VE8 (an already widely loved IEM), they went for a completely different sound signature, which imo makes for a much more exciting expansion of the line. The way I see it, it could even be looked at as a co-flagship - one warmer TOTL, and a slightly brighter, more mid-centric alternative. 2. The Elysium's DD does mids the way no IEM has done mids to date (IMHO) - they are simply put, euphoric. I am hearing details in the midrange that I had no idea were even there, and boy am I loving it 3. The Elysium is proof that an IEM doesn't have to be warm to be fun and pleasant. I wouldn't assess the Elysium as an IEM that is sterile or overly reference in any way or form. On the contrary, I'd say it is probably one of the most pleasant, easy IEMs to listen to 4. I think it was a great decision to go for estat highs instead of BA highs + estat ultrahighs. The estats deliver an extremely pleasant treble response with plenty of sparkle and extension. Female vocals come alive in front of you 5. THANK YOU VE FOR THE BA BASS - honestly, as someone who's extremely bass sensitive and can't handle large bass quantities, this is such a blessing. In my entire history of IEMs, this is the first time I've plugged an IEM in my DAP and not thought about killing the bass through a large chain of purchases. Again, thank you <3 6. Best fitting CIEM I've received - I was extremely anxious about this as I've had a rather trouble experience with CIEMs from other companies. The Elysium entered fit like a glove and I'm pretty sure it will not be leaving for a long, long while. A big shoutout to Johannes over at VE as well for all the assistance with the purchase process and the very quick delivery of the order!!!!