Current testing methodology is v1.2
November 11, 2022
3.15 x 3.15 x 1.18 in
The SGOR Venus is a budget-friendly pair of earphones. It costs around $15.
It’s by SGOR, which is a Chi-fi brand that’s not as well-known as other brands in the industry. But is it worth considering?
You’ll find out with this in-depth review of the Venus. Let’s get to it!
A decent find from a not-so-popular budget brand.
The SGOR VENUS is an excellent pair of earphones for under $15.
It’s a total eye candy for people who love minimalist design. In terms of sound, it has a punchy elevated bass for listeners who likes their bass emphasized, a neutral midrange, and a clear treble.
It’s not a perfect pair, but it has a lot of potential and can compete with other earphones in this price range.
- Driver: Dual Magnetic Circuit Dynamic Driver
- Cable: 3.5mm Line Type
- Cable Length: 1.25±0.05m
- Frequency: 7-45000Hz
- Impedance: 32Ω
- Sensitivity: 110dB
What’s in the Box?
- SGOR VENUS Earphones
- 3 x pairs of silicone ear tips
- 2-pin detachable cable
- Warranty card
Stuff I like
- Warm V-shaped sound
- Detailed sound
- Perfect fit for my ears
- Good sound localization
- Good price-to-performance ratio
Stuff I like less
- Sound is a bit dry
- Lacks depth
- Unnatural sound
- Slow bass response
Comparable products to consider
The BLON BL-01 is a successor of the BL-3 and it comes with excellent sound quality at an affordable price.
At $20, the 7Hz Salnotes Zero is a popular option in the market as it’s one of the best in this price range.
The Lafitear LD3 is a single-driver earphone with a V-shaped sound signature and good quality for only $15.
The box that the SGOR Venus came in is a minimalist black box with a somewhat similar look to the KZ and QKZ boxes.
The earphones were well-presented, and they come with extra ear tips in various sizes, a detachable cable, and a warranty card. It comes in two color variants: silver and black.
Out of the box, I instantly noticed the earphones’ unique design featuring a semi-open acoustic faceplate. The shell also has a caved-in design for the detachable cable port.
It’s also worth noting that the Venus’ looks and shape resemble IEMs from KZ and CCA, and I feel like SGOR may have taken inspiration from them.
I’ll be honest – when it comes to earphones, the build quality is the least of my worries.
Why? They’re small and don’t wear out that quickly. As long as you don’t drop them hard and on purpose, most earphones can last for years.
It’s the cable you should be worried about because they’re more fragile. They tend to get stretched a lot which can result in the breaking of internal wirings.
In terms of build quality, the semi-open metal faceplate of the SGOR Venus looks durable but it may be prone to scratches. The plastic shell feels solid and can withstand years of usage.
The metal faceplate also looks like Aron from Pokémon, which I find amusing. It still looks good and will make an impression when used outdoors.
Even though it’s only $15, it looks classy and expensive because of its minimalist design.
The included cable feels generic but the cable splitter looks nice. The unique thing about this cable is its 0.78mm 2-pin connector.
In general, earphones can last for a long time as long as you take care of them and store them properly. Otherwise, they tend to break and that goes even for the more expensive ones.
Fit and Comfort
I use the SGOR Venus every day, commuting on my way to school and so far, the fit is great.
The pre-installed ear tips, which I think is the medium-sized one, already fit perfectly in my ears so I didn’t feel the need to swap them out.
The weight of the earphones is a bit noticeable if you’re using them for a long time. The ear hooks are tight, which helps with the IEM’s stability.
Overall, the fit and comfort of the SGOR Venus may still vary depending on the user’s ear shape and size but I’d recommend it for people with larger ears.
Upon the SGOR Venus for the first time, I immediately noticed its warm V-shaped sound and a bit of Harman Tuning.
What I liked about it is the resolution. It’s good overall, but it could’ve been better, considering its price.
Regarding soundstage, the Venus has some depth and width, which can easily compete with other IEMs at the same price point.
For me, the main selling point of this IEM is its bass and resolution, which is generally pleasing for most people.
With its V-shaped tuning, the bass of the SGOR Venus is noticeably elevated in the tuning.
It packs a punch and gradually fades away afterward. Additionally, the slower transients create more flavor to the mix, which some listeners would appreciate.
The only downside in the bass is the lack of depth in the low-frequencies.
I can’t tell if the midrange of SGOR Venus is good or bad overall. There are good things about it, but there are also bad things.
Let’s start with the bad ones. The vocals sound sharp than clear, there’s sibilance within sharp consonants, and high-pitched vocals can sound slightly harsh.
The good thing is that the instruments perform well. The guitar sounds open and airy, and the snare drum sounds bright rather than flat.
The mids sound weird and the highs are a bit sharp, but the entire midrange is recessed and narrow.
The highs of SGOR Venus are a bit rough, but I also hear an extension. However, there’s still clarity and definition in the mix.
The Venus also highlighted the instruments, especially in the higher frequencies. However, there are times when treble instruments lack presence but are still too sharp.
I listened to some tracks with the SGOR Venus to see which genre works well with it. Here are the tracks I used and my findings.
- You & Me by Marc E. Bassy ft. G-Eazy (Hip-hop / Pop / R&B) – The intro highlighted the vocals, which made me hear the notable piercing S and T sounds. The synth bass in the intro gave thickness to the whole song and made my head bop a bit. The Venus emphasized the micro details in the song, like the upbeat strumming of the clean electric guitar. I guess this song fits perfectly and sounded great with the Venus.
- Never Meant by American Football (Midwest Emo / Alternative) – The complicated guitar riff in the intro stood out well without overpowering the other instruments. The vocals were somewhat recessed, and the complex guitar parts were pretty hard to understand because of the elevated bass. This was a bummer because I thought the separation would be great with other genres. The Venus struggled to keep up with busy instrumentals but it has potential.
- I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers (Folk / Pop / Rock) – The upbeat guitar strumming was full of power but it fell short in terms of clarity. Still, that didn’t stop me from swaying my head. Listening to the second part of the verse where the bass guitar and the drums kick in, there were times that the SGOR Vegus has shortcomings in producing decay patterns in the bass section. The iconic part of this song, “Da Da Da Da,” sounded harsh for my ears. I found it too sharp, which made my listening experience a bit uncomfortable. Also, the Venus failed to separate the vocals from the instruments and I observed the high frequency intrude in the mids section.
- Maybe We Could Be a Thing by Jesse Barrera (Soul / R&B) – The thumpy bass intro gave me hope in this song as it was thick and filled with presence. Jesse’s vocals during the verse were complemented by the soft drum beats and simple guitar plucking. Sad to say that the cymbals sounded flat, which is essential to know the transition of a song. However, I was glad that the micro details like the glockenspiel weren’t neglected by the Venus.
With its affordable price, the SGOR Venus exceeded my expectations.
The warm V-shaped sound, with a bit of Harman curve, makes this bad boy an excellent consideration for people looking for a decent pair.
It has an excellent resolution, a unique sound profile, and a durable build quality. It only fell short on the mids section but it was still better than what I expected in this price range.
All in all, I’d highly recommend the SGOR Venus if you want a decent mid-level IEM on a budget. It may have mediocre mids but it makes up for it with its thick and textured lows and crystal-clear highs.
With the quality that SGOR was able to produce with the Venus at the $1 -price point, I do hope they’ll release more models.
Shaik, a college student, part-time musician, and proud fur parent. Currently pursuing his degree in architecture.
As a part-time musician, Shaik enjoys expressing his self creatively through music. Whether it's writing original songs or performing covers, music is a significant part of Shaik's life
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