Finally came in! I got the VE Monk from Massdrop, and some extra foam earpads.
Right out of the box, I’m very impressed. Here’s some initial impressions on sound compared to other earphones I own.
DISCLAIMER: I don’t really consider myself an audiophile. I don’t have a snazzy setup. When it comes to audio, I like convenient quality and affordability. I use Pi music player with the Flat preset equalizer, and I plug directly into my phone.
- MEE M6 Pro > VE Monk >= Edifier P180 > Klipsch R6
I don’t think it’s a completely fair comparison (they’re not the same types of phones, or in the same price range), but I wanted to put these out like this because I honestly believe that the $12 ($5 when they’re available on Massdrop) Monks and the $20 P180’s sound better than the $60 ($80 when I bought them) Klipsch R6. If you want to block out external noises, I’d highly recommend the MEE over the Klipsch. If you’re an open-back kinda person then I personally prefer the Monks over the P180’s, but they’re pretty close. I think the Monks are a little better when it comes to clarity, but the P180’s have a little bit punchier bass.