The Venture Electronics (VE) Monk Plus earphones comes in the most dodgy packaging ever, but I reckon it's one of the best things I've ever bought in my life - what's even better is that it's a great budget option and quite highly rated for its price.

I've bought a couple of headphones and earphones over the last few years but I've only use one consistently for the last two years. It was a Sony earphones (I don't even remember which model cause I randomly bought it from Harvey Norman) that cost me about RM30. I've been using that almost every night since I use it to sleep and finally one of the earbuds died on me.

A while ago, I read an article on Lowyat about these "RM20 earphones" and the good reviews about it. It was a no-brainer to get this, I thought... because after a quick 30-minute search on Google and YouTube, somehow I'm convinced.

The problem was that I had to buy it online and I was kind of too lazy to wait for the shipping from overseas so eventually I paid about RM34 to get it from a local seller that was selling online on Lowyat forum.

I have to say that I'm blown away by the sounds this little guy produces. I'm no audiophile nor a pro critic but I know that I like what I hear when using the VE Monk Plus, and I know it's good stuff. Don't ask me the technical stuff, I have very little knowledge in all that.

I preferred the previous Sony earbuds I own because it was slightly smaller and it was a good fit for my ears. VE Monk Plus is a bit larger for my own liking.

I don't bother using the foams anymore because they come off too easily.

The cable quality is not bad.

Why so cheap leh? If you guessed "China", you're right. VE is an audio company based in China and I'm guessing that's why. Also. the last I read, the company only had 5 employees. OMG. They're doing some great stuff and should survive and thrive.

Overall, I think it lives up to the motto stamped in front of the dodgy packaging - "The biggest bang you'll ever hear for your buck."