Vision Ears at Audio46
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Rise to Perfection
Listening to the PHöNIX is an unparalleled experience of stately power and elegant resolution. Tight and bottomless lows are giving a solid ground to gently natural mids, which are seamlessly transitioning to phenomenal rich highs.
The legendary ERLKöNIG left the stage a while ago. Many praised the outstanding sound and imaging of this exceptional product. We gained massively positive feedback, nevertheless the weight of the shell and the price was always a negative factor for some. Based on this we developed a new shell design and at the same time we improved the driver configuration of the ERLKöNIG engine. The PHöNIX is not just an elegantly new garment for the ERLKöNIG - it’s a transformation. We improved the sound especially in the high frequencies for a more openness and airy experience. Changes were done cautiously, well aware of the heritage it has become.
The idea was to create an elegant design, combining materials we never used before. Each individual shell was meticulously machined from pristine mono blocks of carbon fibre. It was machined with aerospace-grade CNC machines, using aerospace-grade carbon fibre material. Every carbon block has an individual structure, so that each shell is unique as a fingerprint. The faceplate is a composition of three materials and layers. The carrier faceplate is made of CNC machined anodized aluminium, under a beautiful domed sapphire glass you can see a dark red chrome layer, prominently wearing the golden PHöNIX logo.
The PHöNIX is available with a golden or with a matte black carrier faceplate.
With the PHöNIX we introduce our all new Premium Line case made of genuine leather. The smart interior design is making it easy to store your precious Premium Line In-Ears without risking them to collide with each other during transport. The cable is neatly stored under an elegant strap. A perfect gadget for your earphone with the aesthetics of an exclusive watch case.
A separate genuine leather key strap gives you the opportunity to cling the leather case securely on your bag when you are on the go.
Ever since we founded Vision Ears, our aim was to achieve a perfect symbiosis of great sound and precise craftsmanship. Creating perfect sound is our passion – and our customers expect the highest quality. All of our products are designed and built in Cologne, Germany.
Custom made cable
The PHöNIX comes with a new developed premium 4 wire 23 AWG silver-gold alloy and OCC copper-litz cable. It comes with a balanced 4.4mm connector as a standard. This connector comes with a gold-plated phosphor bronze conductor and an audio grade POM insulation.
Four Balanced Armature drivers are empowering the lows to unleash their unstrained energy. For all who are familiar with the settings of the ERLKöNIG, the position 2 is comparable with this new setup of the PHöNIX bass unit. The lows are well controlled, with a striking and intensive impact. The depth and sub-bass feeling is almost of a dynamic driver, giving the overall sound a stunning, beautifully layered and solid ground.
The assembly of four Balanced Armature drivers impressively showcase how vivid and natural this technology can sound when perfectly implemented. Vision Ears is widely known to give great attention to the mid presentation, with the PHöNIX we created a charismatic and staggering mid-range, full of vivid details and an unparalleled naturalness.
The highs of the PHöNIX are powered by four BA drivers, giving the upper range of the frequencies a lustrous and harmonic imaging. The richness of details is breathtakingly uncompromising. The highs are unfolding with a natural timbre, slightly sparkling and at all time not exaggerating.
The all new Super-Tweeter of the PHöNIX is giving extra airiness to the sound. Unveiling the barely perceptible with ease and refining the highs with a stunning openness.
Sound in general
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. We are very proud of our unique sound composition, which has been created with great attention to detail and fine-tuned to enable you to hear beyond the obvious.
Down to the smallest detail, you find excellence in this product. The gem-like appearance complements the illustrious sound composition.
Best IEM I have ever had. And the Audio46 service is also really nice! Thanks!
I've never had so much fun with unboxing an IEM. I got the gold version and I was worried it might look a bit tacky, but it looks beautiful. Build quality is excellent, and I think HanSound did a great job with the cable. And just wow. The Phönix sounds amazing. From the lows to the highs, the timbre and coherency of the sound is blissful. I got the Phönix as my endgame IEM, and I'm so glad I made the right choice.
Great balanced IEM with cons
Bass: Good enough for me, not as deep as DA IEM, but it does deliver well controlled lows, with a striking and intensive impact. The depth and sub-bass feeling is almost of a dynamic driver, giving the overall sound a stunning, beautifully layered and solid ground (quoted from a review, which I personally can't agree more). The sub-bass might be a shortcoming for Phönix, which has not much pump and has a distinct roll-off. Mid: Overall, the mids are in a slightly warm tuning. Vocals are very good. Phönix has lots of details and richness in the mids. However, the upper mids are a little bit too thin sounding to my preference. Treble: it extends wide and with good presence into the five-digit frequencies. The Phönix has an airy and open sounding top end. The treble pushes good air and detail into the sound and its presence helps keep a very good balance. It has high resolution and nice imaging. In some songs, the sibilant could be too obvious. Cons: 1. the original cable is not premium enough, imo..... With this price, I would expect better accessories, especially for cable. 2. no options to choose for 4.4. I don't like the 2.5 to 4.4 connector either. 3. Build quality is not as good as noble audio.