Venture Electronics, an underdog brand in the chifi audio industry came to be known by the people after its successful sales of the Monk Earbuds which created a big revolution in the earbuds market. To continue its growing legacy they have introduced the BIE (BONUS IE) as an in-ear type earphone since most of the users use the in-ears. And what to say! This again a hit product! Even after these many years the BIE still has a separate fan base for its well executed Fun sound signature yet without sacrificing those minute details. In this review let’s see how this performs and is it still the best fun sounding pair available in the market.
This product has been provided to me by VECLAN.COM owned by Wild Lee for the review purpose and I’m very thankful to him for providing me this opportunity. This review is solely based on my experience with this earphone during this testing period and I have not been influenced by the brand nor by any ways to manipulate this review. This view might differ from person to person since it depends on the gears and the source used to test the product.
Driver: 10mm Dynamic Driver (N52+)
Impedance: 32 ohm
Frequency range: 17-22000 Hz
Shell: Aluminum Alloy – matte finish
Cable Length: 1.2m
Cable: 99.99% OFC
The BIE comes in a small jean clothed square shaped storage box with the VE branding on the top. Inside you get the BIE earphone itself with another 2 pairs of eartips in a small zip lock bag. The package is very simple and minimalistic, no outer box or user manual, just straight to the point and I liked this approach since sound is what is more important to me than the makeup.
DESIGN AND FIT:
The design of the BIE is pretty usual buller shaped style. The materials they have used here is full aluminium build hence they are built like a tank and coloured as light gold. They provide a nice hefty feeling in the hands which makes you think it’s definitely not a cheap earphone. BIE branding is done on the side which is very subtle. The nozzle is pretty short and the diameter is also small hence the astermarket tip selection is pretty difficult. The stock ones however gave me a good fit and seal.
The cable here is of OK quality and it’s non detachable. The cable is very microphonic which is mostly seen in all the non detachable earphones. A chin slider is given with the branding on it.
The fit is very nice since the body doesn’t touch any part of your ear, just the eartips alone are responsible for the seal and fit. The back plate of the earphone has a small circular vent which in my experience appears to be a functional vent which by blocking it changes the sound a bit, the soundstage gets smaller and the bass loses its impact when the vents are blocked with fingers.
The whole sound signature of the Bie is the V shaped but here is the trick, this is not like the usual chifi v shape instead the midrange is pretty awesome here with nice elevation and forward placement. The midrange clarity is very good for a shaped earphone. The treble is inoffensive and open enough. The tonality and the timbre are the exceptional aspects here, they are very natural and realistic. In this review let’s dive into the detailed explanation of how good the BIE sounds.
Source: iPhone + Avani Dongle DAC + Zen Can
You are a bass head and you need some quality, thumpy and groovy bass? Here you go! The BIE got some serious bass with nice extensions. I can’t see any roll off in the low end thus the bass just digs very deeper. The bass attack is pretty natural and has nice weight and body to the overall track.
The sub bass digs deeper and gives the nice rumble sensation. They are well controlled and have that nice grip. Especially in the tracks like “WHY DO WE FALL” – Hans Zimmer, the sub bass presence can be felt very nicely giving a nice rumble sensation. I would like even more sub bass presence since the deep rumble is not separated well but overall this is really a good bass pair.
The mid bass is the star show here. The quantity and quality are very good here. The bass attack and the punch is very natural and realistic, nothing feels artificial or added.
The bass here is a very groovy type rather than a resolved or refined type. The groovy bass I say here is that this just makes your head nod for every beat. The weight here is massive and weighty but the resolution and the separation are the lacking aspect here. The weighty mid bass is very impressive and gives nice body to the overall track whereas the sub bass is moderate in quantity. The control of the bass is pretty good here where there is slight bleed into the midrange but not very extreme.
Since the bass here is more weighty, punchy and massive the resolution and the texture is lacking but this might not be an issue for the casual listening and if you are into the EDM and techno musics then the BIE bass will just make you enjoy a lot and this groovy bass is indeed my recommended in this price range.
- Why Do We Fall – Hans Zimmer
- Points Of Authority – Linkin Park
- Murphy’s Law – Recondite
The midrange here is surprisingly well done despite being a V shaped earphone. The midrange recession is slightly felt but not very evident at all. The vocal placement is at a sweet spot and the tonal accuracy is better, it’s slightly warm though but for the most part they sounded pretty neutral in tonality. The background instruments are heard very clearly, the piano notes and the kick drums have a nice bite and attack overall.
The timbre is another great aspect of this earphone where the instruments sound very natural and clean. No metallic or artificial timbre is observed. The upper mid emphasis is slightly observed here but I like it a lot where this gives a nice sparkle in the top end and openness to the overall listening.
The lower mids have a nice bass body thus they sound very much fuller. The male and the female vocals sound very nice and natural which are not lean, rather they sound fuller and warm giving a nice listening experience.
The acoustic guitar has nice tonality and the strum is pretty natural to hear. Even the singer’s breath in between the lyrics can be heard very clearly. The background instruments separation is not upto the mark but overall for a fun casual listening this is really a good pair. The timbre of the instruments are the special part here where they appear pretty natural and this is the gift of dynamic driver earphones.
- I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
- Mama – Clean Bandit
- Perfect – Ed Sheeran
The highs on this earphone are really smooth and non fatiguing. In most of the vhi fi v shaped earphones the highs tends to be boosted a lot which will create a lot of sibilance but this is really an exception, the highs are pretty extended upto a good limit with nice inoffensive sound overall.
The detail retrieval is not that great but for casual listening and fun listening the highs will never disturb you and actually you will like this a lot. The separation and the amount of air present in the treble region is pretty good and this allows the tracks to be well separated and spacious. The electric guitars sound pretty accurate and the strings have a nice natural strike.
The cymbal crashes are pretty natural and has no harshness. The vanish of the cymbal strike is pretty medium in speed hence the harshness is not felt and overall the highs are pretty non fatiguing and smooth. Even when the tracks get busier the highs tend to be very polite and well behaved with nice track separation which the low end missed out. The texture on the high and is same as that of the lower end where the texture is pretty average which is pretty acceptable for this price range.
Overall the highs are pretty inoffensive and have a nice relation with the bass. They are smooth, airy, and non-sibilant.
- Something Happened On The Way To Heaven – Phil Collins
- Out For Blood – Sum 41
- Move Your Body – Sia
SOUNDSTAGE: The soundstage of the BIE is pretty deep enough and the depth is larger than the width and the height. Since the bass is very deep and massive the stage is very deeper creating that nice cinematic experience. The staging here is above average for the price and it’s actually a big pro for this earphone.
IMAGING: The imaging is pretty good where the transitions are pretty smooth from one channel to the other. The three point imaging is absent here hence the transient response is smoother here. When the tracks get busier due to the groovy bass the pointing out of instruments gets slightly off hence the imaging is average in my opinion, it’s not the sharpest or full of precision.
The detail retrieval and the resolution are the average aspect here. They are good but not the best in the BIE. At this price it’s pretty much acceptable but there are other earphones in this price which provide better details and resolution but hey! BIE is tuned in this way ! which has a separate fan base for it and in fact i’m one of them. Pretty good for fun listening.
- Coloratura – Coldplay
- Global Gear – Punya Srinivas
- Crossing – Yosi Horikawa
PROS AND CONS:
- Weighty and Punchy Low End
- Well Executed Fun Signature
- Clear Midrange with Fuller Vocals
- Smooth and Airy Treble
- Soundstage Depth
- Timbre and Tonality
- Price, Build and Fit
- Texture in Low End
- Non Detachable Cable
BIE, one of the famous and highly bought product from the VECLAN lineup holds up its place even in these times even after so many years, this just defines that not always the newer and the expensive products are gonna be better, IT’S ALL ABOUT THE TUNING AND IMPLEMENTATION, and here the VECLAN did it! This small thing is a beast in all the world of frequencies. Do you need bass? This got it, You need good vocals? This thing got it. Do you need an inoffensive treble? This thing got it! What else do you need from a 20USD pair! This thing does more than what you pay for. Even the build quality is great which looks like a tank but the cable is the only problem here but hey that’s why the VECLAN also made the Pro version to swap the cable. VE just made a well executed fun sounding pair which will even make a neutral guy to pick this as a beater pair.
Overall this is just a marvellous creation from the VECLAN and its very underrated nowadays due to large crowd in this price segment. Even after several launches of budget earphones by several brands the VE BIE just knocks every brand’s door and says “HELLO THERE” !
This Review is Written By KATHIRAVAN.C
I’m Kathiravan from Tamilnadu. A budding audiophile here with high love towards music and audio equipment. My first experience of enjoying the hifi audio came when I started to use budget chi-fi gears and now it came all along the way of reviewing the gears with high end stuffs. I love reviewing audio products.