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Tour: Vision Ears PHöNIX and EXT Flagships

Raising the Bar Once Again

October 2021

Vision Ears IEMs Discussed in this Tour can be found here: https://vision-ears.de/

As the host of many Vision Ears tours, I have become accustomed to an extremely high-quality product. In fact, to date, I have yet to hear a single product that comes from Vision Ears that has not been spectacular. What is nice about Vision Ears is that they are a master of all tunings offering a variety of signatures to please almost anyone – all at extreme levels of performance. So with this new dual flagship tour, expectations are high. As you will see in my initial impressions below or later in my full reviews, Vision Ears has done it again.

Vision Ears Tour Kit

We have two tour kits in full retail boxing for our tour:

  • PHöNIX (3.500,- EUR): The PHöNIX has been developed so that you can experience music like never before. It is equipped with 13 balanced armature Drivers. This powerful engine is controlled by a passive 5-way crossover to produce an outstanding sound with staggering precision and clarity.
  • EXT (2.650,- EUR): Listening to the EXT will bring you closer to the true spirit of your sound. The four electrostatic drivers create a wide open landscape of lush details that never feel exaggerated. In combination with a 9.2mm dynamic driver, with loads of power in the very low end and a 6mm driver for the mids, we were able to uncover the uncompromising beauty and greatness of your music.

Vision Ears Tour Kickoff Video

Video Coming Soon!

Tour Kit Pictures

Barra’s Quick Initial Impressions

The best part of managing tours is getting to hear all the great gear for myself. Here are some brief impressions from what I have heard so far between the tasks required to set up this tour:

  • PHöNIX (3.500,- EUR): The Phonix has some big shoes to fill following the ERL as its replacement. While I don’t have the ERL in my hands currently, from memory, I can tell you that the Phoenix is very much like the ERL on switch 2 which was most people’s favorite. Now that the ERL is retired, the Phonix is likely to take the ERL’s place as one of our five GOD-Tier CIEMs. We are just waiting for confirmation from our members to ensure this is not just a honeymoon period. However, it is really that good.
  • EXT (2.650,- EUR): To be clear, the VE EXT is not just an upgraded Elysium, it is at a whole new level with a different overall signature. It is now supporting two dynamic drivers which should be of interest to anyone that enjoys full-sized audiophile bass. The best-in-call mids that the Elysium offers are still there, but it is not the focus of the EXT. My full review can be found here: https://audiotiers.com/reviews-vision-ears-ext-taking-the-elysium-to-the-next-level/ 

Vision Ears has outdone themselves again hitting both the EXT and the Phonix out of the park. I cannot wait to hear our member’s thoughts as these go out to tour.

Rules and Responsibilities

Most of our tours are offering 7-day auditions which you are required to ship out to the next participant on day 8. Yes, you pay the shipping to the next participant, but we organize into logistically friendly orders to minimize the shipping expense.

The tour membership rules and responsibilities are described here. The key idea is that we must be communicative to participate and to keep the tour moving and interesting. It is our responsibility to follow these rules and to ensure the ability to ship out on day 8 when our turn is over.

Signing up for the Tour

To sign up for the tour, you must be a verified tour member and have joined our new AUDIOTIERs platform. The membership qualifications and requirements are described here if you are not already a member. Whether a HEADFI tour member that needs to transfer their membership to the new platform or you are a new member looking to apply for tour membership, please follow the instructions in the GETTING STARTED box below. We are now accepting applications from both US and Canadian citizens.

Getting
Started

NEW TOUR MEMBERS: 1) Register, 2) Subscribe, 3) Apply, 4) Join Tours

EXISTING HEADFI TOUR MEMBERS: 1) Register, 2) Subscribe, 3) Join Tours

Tour Signups for Verified Members: If you would like to be part of this tour, please feel free to post your request in the comments below.

Reviewers First Tour: This is a REVIEWERS GO FIRST TOUR, so if you would like to skip to the front of the line, please note that you would like to be a full reviewer in the request as in the sample below:

Sample Signup Request: I live in Anthem, AZ and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com. AS A FULL REVIEWER, PLEASE MOVE ME TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE.

Tour Participant Logistics

We are offering 7-days auditions to each participant. This logistics list is updated as I can to show you where we are in the order with each participant bolded to signify that they received the kit. This is where you will find the next two participants to contact when you receive the kit.

Signup Period: During our signup period, we collect the initial participants and provide them with a logistically friendly portion of the tour. This is the lowest cost portion in terms of shipping. Once this closes, we move to the latecomer portion.

Latecomer Period: Latecomers are welcome to the tour on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will continue taking latecomer requests until we run out of participants or the manufacturer asks us to end the tour.

Vision Ears US Tour Logistics

Tour Kit 1:

  1. Barra – Anthem, AZ
  2. REVIEWER: jwilliamhust – Platte City, MO
  3. REVIEWER: android – Lynnwood, WA
  4. REVIEWER: HifiHawaii808 – Honolulu, HI
  5. masahito29 – Wahiawa, HI (member)
  6. blotmouse – Seattle, WA (member)
  7. deepoison – Bothell, WA (member)
  8. eTHE2 – Diamond Bar, CA
  9. wardo783 – Porter Ranch, CA
  10. rwelles – Florence, OR
  11. hypermuteki – Las Vegas, NV
  12. fiacogarcia – Fort Collins, CO
  13. circa – Denver, CO
  14.  

Tour Kit 2:

  1. Barra – Anthem, AZ
  2. REVIEWER: Wildcatsare1 – Nicholasville, KY
  3. REVIEWER: ike – Elizabethtown, KY
  4. REVIEWER: Solstice15 – Rochester, NY
  5. rantng – Brooklyn, NY
  6. Darkestred – Denville, NJ
  7. tawmizzzz – Somerville, MA
  8. mashuto – Sterling, VA (member)
  9. Towa – Nashville, TN
  10. BobjS1 – Dayton, OH
  11.  Blueshound24 – Sioux Falls, SD
  12. kadinh – Amarillo, TX
  13. uthood – Dallas, TX
  14. guani360 – Little Elm, TX
  15.  

Canadian Interest

  1. efejoao – Vancouver, BC 
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blotmouse
blotmouse(@blotmouse)
Member
09/27/2021 4:57 pm

Hi there,
I live in Seattle, WA and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com.

blotmouse
blotmouse(@blotmouse)
Member
Reply to  Barra
01/14/2022 3:14 am

Please let me know what needs to be done. I emailed documents 9/25. I can resend if you like? I didn’t see any other correspondences. Cheers!

kadinh
kadinh(@kadinh)
US Tours
09/27/2021 6:59 pm

I live in Amarillo, TX and would like to participate in this tour. I am a verified member.

fiascogarcia
fiascogarcia(@fiascogarcia)
US Tours
09/27/2021 7:27 pm

I live in Fort Collins, CO and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com.

HifiHawaii808
HifiHawaii808(@hifihawaii808)
US Tours Reviewer
Reply to  fiascogarcia
09/27/2021 9:19 pm

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Jwilliamhurst
Jwilliamhurst(@jwilliamhurst)
US Tours Reviewer
09/27/2021 9:21 pm

I live in San Francisco, CA. and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com. AS A FULL REVIEWER, PLEASE MOVE ME TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE.

Jwilliamhurst
Jwilliamhurst(@jwilliamhurst)
US Tours Reviewer
Reply to  Jwilliamhurst
12/03/2021 10:12 pm

I have moved to Missouri but still want to be apart of this tour as a reviewer. Who do I need to send my new address to?

HifiHawaii808
HifiHawaii808(@hifihawaii808)
US Tours Reviewer
09/27/2021 9:23 pm

Aloha,
I live in Honolulu, HI and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com.

eTHE2
eTHE2(@ethe2)
Admin
09/27/2021 11:07 pm

Hi there,
I live in Diamond Bar, CA and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com. I am a verified member.

mashuto
mashuto(@mashuto)
Member
09/27/2021 11:49 pm

I live in Sterling, VA and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com.

mashuto
mashuto(@mashuto)
Member
Reply to  Barra
01/14/2022 12:59 am

Thanks! Pretty sure I emailed back in September with the required information. If necessary I can resend. Please let me know. Thanks!

uthood
uthood(@uthood)
US Tours
09/28/2021 12:47 am

I live in Dallas, TX and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com.

Towa
Towa(@towa)
US Tours
09/28/2021 4:47 am

I live in Nashville, TN and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com.

solstice15
solstice15(@solstice15)
US Tours Reviewer
09/28/2021 5:41 pm

I live in Rochester NY and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. AS A FULL REVIEWER, PLEASE MOVE ME TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE.

Last edited 3 months ago by solstice15
tawmizzzz
tawmizzzz(@tawmizzzz)
US Tours
10/01/2021 4:39 pm

I live in Somerville, MA and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com.

circa
circa(@circa)
US Tours
10/02/2021 11:19 pm

I live in Denver, CO and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com.

rantng
rantng(@rantng)
US Tours
10/02/2021 11:45 pm

I live in Brooklyn, NY and would like to participate in this tour. I am a verified member.

masahito29
masahito29(@masahito29)
Member
10/09/2021 10:43 pm

I live in Wahiawa, HI and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com

guani360
guani360(@guani360)
US Tours
10/15/2021 6:40 pm

I live in Little Elm, TX and would like to participate in this tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I am a verified member.

Last edited 3 months ago by guani360
hypermuteki
hypermuteki(@hypermuteki)
US Tours
10/15/2021 7:08 pm

I live in Las Vegas, NV and would like to participate in this tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour.

Darkestred
Darkestred(@darkestred)
US Tours
10/29/2021 6:11 pm

I live in Denville, NJ and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com.

rwelles
rwelles(@rwelles)
Admin
11/08/2021 12:18 am

I live in Florence, OR and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. My required ID is already on file.

ike
ike(@ike)
US Tours Reviewer
11/14/2021 9:16 pm

I live in Elizabethtown, KY and I would like to join the tour. I agree to the terms, I have emailed my required ID.

wardo783
wardo783(@wardo783)
US Tours
11/15/2021 3:22 am

Hi there,
I live in Porter Ranch, CA and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. All previously submitted/verified documentation to billb@audiotiers remains current and active.

antdroid
antdroid(@antdroid)
US Tours Reviewer
11/17/2021 4:32 am

I would like to participate in this tour and live in Lynnwood, WA. I am a verified Reviewer

rwelles
rwelles(@rwelles)
Admin
12/14/2021 8:47 pm

I live in Florence, OR. I have been verified on previous tours.

Blueshound24
Blueshound24(@blueshound24)
US Tours
12/18/2021 3:06 pm

Hi there,
I live in Sioux Falls, SD and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. All my required ID verification documentation has been sent to billb@AudioTiers.com for previous tours.
Thanks for this opportunity!

Last edited 1 month ago by Blueshound24
BobJS1
BobJS1(@bobjs1)
US Tours
12/18/2021 4:13 pm

I live in Dayton, OH and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com.

deepoison
deepoison(@deepoison)
Member
12/18/2021 7:12 pm

I live in Bothell, WA and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com

deepoison
deepoison(@deepoison)
Member
Reply to  Barra
01/14/2022 1:25 am

Thanks, Status has been verified as of 12/28. Please check.

efejoao
efejoao(@efejoao)
CA Tours
12/27/2021 11:23 pm

Hi there,
I live in Vancouver, BC and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com.

I hope we can enable the Canadian Tour as I am very interested in the EXT (hoping to be my next IEM). Loved the Elysian but the Bass was not there for me.