The Vision Ears ELYSIUM is the company’s very first hybrid monitor that includes a dynamic driver for the mids, a BA for the lows, and electrostatic tweeters for the highs. It’s priced from €2900.
Disclaimer: The Vision Ears ELYSIUM despatched to us is a pattern in change for our trustworthy opinion. We thank the staff at Vision Ears for giving us this chance.
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Vision Ears all the time deliver one thing new to the table every CanJam in Singapore. 2017 was the superb custom VE8 and 2018 saw the mushy launch of the flagship from their new Premium range, the common 13-driver silver-infused Erlkonig.
In fact, they might not come empty-handed in 2019 and true sufficient new goodies have been on the stall this yr in Singapore. Three products in complete have been on present. The three.2 and 4.2 midrange customized monitor refresh and the all-new Premium line, Elysium priced at €2900,00.
It was the Elysium I waxed lyrical about in our show report back in early April 2019 and I can inform you now this is still one ‘hot tamale’ in terms of seems to be and most significantly, how it sounds.
The Elysium is a hybrid monitor with a little bit of a twist. The accepted norm for hybrids is often a dynamic driver for the lows, BA for the mids and highs or electrostatic tweeters for the super highs.
First and foremost. Yes, the Elysium is using a twin electrostatic tweeter for the highs, but for the mids and low’s the driving force configuration is reversed. Vision Ears have opted for using a single BA for the lows and a single dynamic driver for the mids. Yes, the mids you read that proper.
More than that, the dynamic driver comes with new tech from VE, their HALC system which is an acronym for High-Precision Acoustic Leveling-Chamber. In fact, this seems like Hulk and to actually reinforce that little homage to the Marvel hero there’s a robust component of green within the driver chamber design contained in the Elysium showcase clear design.
Now at this stage, the Elysium is been on our desk only for a couple of days so I’ve but to get the superb element behind sizes of drivers and how precisely HALC works. Nevertheless, I can inform you there is a 3-way crossover system being used, the impedance could be very mild at 16.4Ω and the SPL is about halfway at 105dB.
The SPL is being pegged again I presume by the electrostatic drivers but it isn’t uncommon to see an e-stats hybrid monitor in the low 100s for SPL. One profit is the doubtless lack of sensitivity to low noise floors however we’ll check that in the primary assessment.
Wow! What a change in packaging from Vision Ears. I assume this is totally in keeping with the positioning of the Elysium as a Premium Line product but even so, the articulating show mechanics of the field opening is just tremendous enjoyable and very cool to play with. Sadly, I might probably need a video to actually offer you a full demo of how this works however let’s begin with the apparent.
The box is large, virtually headphone class when it comes to sizing with a bi-fold cut up lid. The pic above with the Lotoo PAW Gold Contact DAP beside it’s for scale just so that you get a proper concept of how massive the field is.
Now right here comes the enjoyable half. When undoing the latch and opening it up, the best way the innards are folded means an inside tray additionally gently raises to disclose a rigorously organized set of accessories, case and naturally the earphones.
It is virtually regal-like and something you’d look forward to finding in a jewellery shop. I feel I played with that for about 5 minutes making an attempt to determine the way it all worked on a physical degree. Unboxing nerds may have enjoyable with this field.
The within show is a felt sort foam contoured show tray and whilst the core accent record shouldn’t be massively totally different from what Vision Ears have provided earlier than it does look much more refined than what I am used to seeing. Back in the day, these metallic carry instances from VE simply got here like that and nothing else so we now have come a great distance since 2014.
Whilst on paper the listing of accessories is identical as one thing the VE8, the finishing, and looks are quite totally different. There are not any extra arduous metallic giant instances of the earlier aluminum threaded arduous case though you should purchase them nonetheless from VE when testing on-line.
The carry case is now a stiffened leather two-tone spherical prime with a lid that merely pulls off somewhat than screws off. The lid has a ripple-like sample in blue on the prime with the Vision Ears moniker to the middle. The rest of the outer finishing is in grippy black end with the interior ending a category tan leather-based.
The word Elysium can also be superbly branded into the ceiling of the lid. Inside you additionally get a pleasant little foam layer to separate the cable from the driving force shells which helps forestall any unintentional knocks between the metallic barrels and jacks of the cable and the acrylic shells of the Elysium.
Except for that, you get a 6.35mm gold-plated convert jack, cleansing brush and Vision Ears branded In-Ear cleansing fluid, which I’d add, is for cleaning your screens and never your ears so do not spray it in your ears making an attempt to wash them. This fluid is for maintaining your CIEM drivers good and glossy. The 6.35mm converter won’t get a lot use nevertheless with a 2.5mm terminated stock cable, would like to see a 4.4mm converter in there as an alternative.
This design is beautiful. At first, I got here at Amin & Marcel with my own design thoughts (moribund akin to they are), but in the long run, they convinced me to attempt the house design or the one they use for all of the ad work. Since I had it in my hand in Singapore I assumed properly yup this may be ok.
Nevertheless, once I acquired it the other day and did the photographs it simply seems so damned fascinating than what I had originally in thoughts for a design. You have got shade on the surface, shade on the inside (HALC green) and a clear shell to point out off a collage of wiring colors on prime of it. The top blue tiger-like stripes really do a prime job of offsetting an in any other case monotone clear shell and compliment the lime green effect of the HALC chamber behind it properly.
On prime of that, as all the time with Vision Ears, the finishing on the acrylic body is flawless. You’ll not discover a bubble, scratch or massive seam anyplace on the Elysium shell. They’ve additionally continued with the horn design principle for his or her nozzles with a triple bore variable-length tubing system a number of mm back from the exit level of the primary acrylic bore opening.
Cables & Connectors
The cable is an in-house design nevertheless it seems pretty good to me and at a much larger degree than the older inventory Plastics One sort OFC Four-wire variants from a couple of years ago. This can be a 28AWG Eight-wire silver plated OFC (oxygen-free copper) wire insulated in 200d Kevlar for every wire and wrapped in a really pliant translucent PVC jacket.
It’s thicker than your normal Four-wire but the 28AWG score keeps it nice and lightweight. The braiding is tremendous tight and really flexible and up to now, it has remained completely reminiscence free so zero kinks and tangles. This cable can also be impressively microphonic free each under and above the splitter, as in zero noise.
The cable is completed with some complimentary chrome accented barrels for the jack and connectors. I notably like the little flat spherical capsule aluminum chrome finished splitter. It’s pretty mild, separates the wiring very properly and appears pretty strong in the course of.
Notice, there isn’t a L or R on the zero.78mm 2-pin connectors however fairly a single groove on the left connector to make sure you channel match properly.
In The Ear
In fact, the ultimate match might differ relying on how good your ear impressions are out of your native audiologist. I tend to use digital STL information and VE doe have a superb set from me they did at CanJam on the day so I used to be assured they might nail it and nail it they did. The seal on these is an ideal stability between consolation and isolation with not an excessive amount of strain and a pleasant length to the nozzle so it stays deep and secure in the ear canal.
Vision ears haven’t used a vented dynamic driver design either so the extent of passive isolation is bloody sensible and perhaps the most effective I have had but outdoors of the Phantom or Westone’s ES80. These appear to be notably good at isolating towards low-frequency noise similar to air com hum.
Initial Sound Impressions
Let’s do the facility thing first. The Elysium does need a bit extra juice than the typical monitor nowadays but it is nothing out of the peculiar when evaluating to the likes of the Khan or Trinity. It sits comfortably in balanced mode low-gain on the Lotoo PAW Gold Touch at round 70.
Admittedly, the Contact is a fairly powerful DAP at 0.5W into a 32Ω load but because the Elysium comes with a balanced cable as inventory I am going to presume for now that the majority will choose to use it with a balanced output of some variety.
Another point of reference is the Cayin N6ii where I found it was a cushty pay attention on balanced low-gain around 50 and the Sony 1Z round 100-105 low-gain balanced. Weaker DAPs than the Sony 1Z may wrestle to get the perfect degree of present to the Elysium on initial impressions but we will go into that in more detail in the primary evaluate.
I really like the tuning on the Elysium up to now. I used to be massively impressed at CanJam and up to now, the final product in the ear is simply nearly as good if no more so with the customized becoming.
This can be a clean sounding presentation with an impressive midrange coherence and simply the correct quantity of treble presence to add some headroom and sparkle. I might push this someplace between the Trinity and Khan when it comes to electrostatic treble presence. Up to now it received a barely wet tone, wonderful treble physique and undoubtedly not a jarring expertise.
There’s nothing weak sauce concerning the bass delivery on the Elysium with check tracks like V.3005 from Childish Gambino displaying off wonderful depth and extension. Though not dynamic driver ranges it does have a barely longer decay than a number of the smaller multi-BA low-end configurations I have heard earlier than. Nevertheless, it nonetheless sounds punchy and fast for me with good physique and heat, simply not a basshead experience.
The timbre is the magic on the Elysium for me. It has a splendidly natural virtually rich texture to that mid’s dynamic driver with outstanding detail and coherence, especially for vocals. The harmonic stability is slightly to the euphonic aspect however only marginally so.
Nevertheless, in case you are anticipating a ahead treble or an excellent clean sound then the Elysium it not it. But in the event you love a pure, full-bodied and detailed vocal efficiency then the Elysium will ship that for positive. Perhaps that’s the reason my initial reaction is so good proper now; great vocal timbre keeps me very completely satisfied indeed.
Proper now, I am stoked with what I’m listening to. Fairly aside from the beautiful packaging and design, the Elysium strongly suits my personal preferences in how I like my mids to sound. I think much of the magic is in that dynamic driver overlaying the midrange which is an unusual configuration for a hybrid however consider me it really works, notably for vocals.
The Elysium’s euphony and pleasurable pay attention isn’t and not using a good elementary and respectable headroom both. Up to now, that barely relaxed electrostatic tuning doesn’t come at the worth of higher-pitched percussion and synth presence or articulation and detail.
I feel I am going to take pleasure in writing up the complete assessment. Probably I will probably do some dialogue on a cable roll also because at Singapore I beloved the performance with the Leonidas II Octa 8-wire cable. not that the stock cable isn’t impressive either. It has some wonderful dynamic vary however I shall be eager to see how much its efficiency can change with totally different cables. Stay Tuned!
- Crossover: Three-way system
- Frequency response = 20 -40 KHz, As much as 80 KHz in a free area check condition
- Sensitivity @1KHz/1 mW = 105 dB SPL
- Impedance @1KHz = 16.4Ω