Venture Electronics is a well-known name in the earbuds market. They are based in China and manufacture high-quality earbuds from budget-friendly entry-level products to class-leading flagship models. I have previously owned their entry-level earbud, the Monk Plus that is priced at just 5$, and I just loved it. Ever since then, their buds have always intrigued me but I was investing my time and money in other products so I never got a chance to check out their premium range. But some days back a friend of mine lend me his unit of Ve Zen 2.0. It was released several years back, but it still holds its charm with powerful sound quality. I have been using the pair for more than a week now, and I guess its time I share my review for the same.
Please note that this unit belongs to a very good friend of mine, I would like to thank him for lending me his unit for the review purposes. I just got the pair of buds with a few pairs of foam covers, so I won’t be writing about its packaging. The unit I have is VE Zen 2.0 standard edition with a 3.5mm unbalanced plug, it costs 148$ at the time of writing this review.
Technical Specifications of VE Zen 2.0:-
>Impedance: 320 Ohms.
>Frequency Response Range: 16Hz-23kHz.
>L bending 3.5mm termination plug.
Design & Build Quality:-
The Zen 2.0 features black MX500 style earbuds. The buds are translucent from the outer shell with a red-colored non-detachable cable. The cable terminates at a 3.5mm termination plug. There is nothing extraordinary in terms of design. It looks very simple and elegant. The earbuds are made up of good quality plastic material and seem strong and sturdy. They are very lightweight, sit firmly into my ears. The pair provides a very comfortable fit for me. I have done several long music sessions(4-5hours each), and I faced no issue with fit from the pair. In terms of design and build quality I find the pair to be simple and classic, there are no glitters or shines.
Driving the VE Zen 2.0:-
VE Zen 2.0 has a powerful driver unit with an impedance rating of 320Ohms. It needs that extra juice to shine with all its glory. Earlier when I plugged the pair directly into my FiiO M11 Pro I found it to be meh, almost instantly I checked on google and it has an impedance of 320 Ohms. So I put my portable amp Aune B1s into the chain, and oh my god, I just got amazed by the sound quality of this pair. We will discuss the sound quality in the next section, The Zen 2.0 scales with powerful sources. I use FiiO M11 Pro and Aune B1s to enjoy music on the Zen 2.0.
Before getting the Zen 2.0 I was listening to music on my Sennheiser HD6xx, the moment I put Zen 2.0 into my ears I was amazed. These simple-looking buds sound like a full-size headphone, and sometimes even better. In my case, I loved these more than my own Sennheiser HD6xx, they have better staging, better vocals, and better details. The lower end sometimes feels a bit bloated to me on the Zen 2.0, though the thumps feel deep and powerful. Mids section shows beautiful acoustic details reproduction and lifelike natural vocal representation. The Treble portion has tremendously produced instruments with no harshness or sibilance of any kind. Listening to music on the Zen 2.0 leaves an impression with its smooth sound output.
The lower end in VE Zen 2.0 shows a powerful and impactful bass response. It feels a bit bloated sometimes, though it is not overpowering and doesn’t overlap with the other regions. The sub-bass portion shows good rumble. The pair produces decent bass response and complements with electronic, hip-hop music well. Beats in “Heavy” by Linkin park carry good details and show good thumps. “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish is another track that shows a good controlled bass response on the pair.
The mids portion is mostly transparent and well detailed. Acoustic details sound superb with an airy representation, vocals are transparent and natural. Listening to vocal artists like Damien Rice, Yao Si Ting is a purely blissful experience. In “Love me Like I’m Not Made Of Stone” by Lykke Li and “If Not With You, For You” by Chriss Klafford, the pair produces beautiful acoustic details with crisp vocals. Another good track to check the beautiful mids section by the pair is “Hotel California” Hell freeze over recording by Eagles.
The treble portion is very smooth, the pair produces decent instrument details. There is no sign of sibilance or harshness in any of the tracks that I had tested. I have tested the pair with quick metal songs like “In Mist She Was Standing” by Opeth, “Are You Ready” by Disturbed, and more and the instrument separation is pretty good. The overall treble section feels very smooth and detailed.
Don’t go on the small size of these buds, they produce a 3D sound stage with good width and depth. The imaging is again very good with an airy instrument separation.
Finally, I must say, I am really impressed with the Zen 2.0. It is a very good sounding pair of earbuds with simple looks, produces a powerful sound output with crisp clarity, good deep bass, natural vocals, and smooth detailed treble section. The pair has a wide soundstage representation with quality instrument imaging and natural tonality. It is very powerful and provides an output similar to full-size cans. If you are looking for a mid-level pair of earbuds, you can consider getting the VE Zen 2.0 at around 150$, but be aware the pair needs some extra juice to shine.