Two years were what Vision Ears needed to develop their dream dynamic driver for bass reproduction. Selecting aluminium-magnesium to form a generous 9.2mm diameter, this bass driver works as advertised, providing plenty of presence, drive and rumble in the depths of your music.
Hard and stiff as a diaphragm held securely in place by a liquid silicone rubber surround, EXT's bass unit is capable of plenty of excursion while under the full control of a N52 neodymium magnet.
Movement remains pistonic till it's time to transition to its smaller 6mm mid-range counterpart. HALC optimises EXT to produce the same mid-range meat that defined Elysium, and STC aids further bringing an enhanced richness to vocals and definition to instruments.
Crafted for mid-range frequencies, EXT's 6mm aluminium-magnesium mid driver pushed by double N52 magnets is up to the task.
At the optimum size and stiffness to come down in frequency to take over from its bass sibling, before being small and damped enough in turn to pass up to four treble electrostats, this specialised unit gets the job done with minimal cone or modal break-up.
That's also thanks to the use of a high-order crossover keeping drivers in their frequency comfort zone without overlap.
Finishing the show at the top are four second-generation Sonion tweeters found right at the spout to yield maximum SPL and the most direct path to your ears. Indeed, EXT's unique design isn't just style without substance.
Vision Ears were deliberate with placement for the best acoustic crossover, and the vented rear of their flagship is encased with acoustically-open metal mesh for the largest perception of headspace and soundstage.
Headfonics see the clear evolution of the Elysium concept through EXT, with the choice of new drivers paying dividends to Headfonia. Indeed, The Headphone List sees Vision Ears carving a different niche with this release.
And what a new arrow to the Vision Ears bow EXT is proving to be, another great way to enjoy the house sound of these personal audio artisans. Browse the rest of our VE collection here, or our other IEMs here.