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Vision Ears' Erlkönig: £4200 silver in-ears with 13 drivers

Vision Ears Erlkönig

It’s hard for products as small as in-ear headphones to build much perceived value, but Cologne-based Vision Ears has given it a good go with its £4199 Erlkönig (‘Elf King’ in English, in case you were wondering) buds. 

For one, the shell of the hand-crafted in-ears is made out of silver and has four interchangeable faceplates. They also come supplied with both wooden and leather cases for when they’re not in your ears.

Under all that external elegance is a not-too-shabby 13 drivers - four for bass, four for midrange, four for treble and a ‘super’ tweeter. We know what you’re thinking: how do they fit them all in there? 

Those umpteen drivers are served by a five-way crossover, and on each earpiece is a four-position adjustment that enables four listening modes. 

The Vision Ears Erlkönig cost £4,199 and are available exclusively from UK high-end audio specialist Audio Concierge.


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Becky is Hi-Fi and Audio editor of What Hi-Fi?, and has been part of the team for almost eight years, with her current position preceded by roles as a staff writer and news editor. During that time she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching horror movies and hunting for gluten-free cake.