Details: Bass-oriented VSonic earphone based on the aging R02ProII
MSRP: est $36
Current Price:Â $31Â from ebay.com; $37 from amazon.com
Specs: Driver:Â DynamicÂ | Imp:Â 24Î©Â | Sens:Â 105 dBÂ | Freq:Â 12-25k HzÂ | Cable:Â 4.3′ 45Âº-plug
Nozzle Size:Â 5.5mmÂ | Preferred tips:Â stock bi-flanges; MEElec âbalancedâ bi-flanges
Wear Style:Â Straight down or over-the-ear
AccessoriesÂ (4/5)Â – Single-flange (3 sizes), hybrid-style (7 sizes), foam-stuffed hybrid (3 sizes), and bi-flange silicone tips, shirt clip, and padded spring-clasp carrying pouch
Build QualityÂ (4.5/5)Â â The GR02 Bass Edition utilizes the same plastic-and-metal housings as the old R02ProII model and a number of other earphones. The construction is very good â the shells feel well put-together and the strain reliefs are strong and flexible. The cabling is similar to that of the R02ProII â thicker than that of the GR99, strong, and tangle-resistant
IsolationÂ (3/5)Â â Good, especially with the included thick bi-flange tips
MicrophonicsÂ (4/5)Â â Low when worn cable-down; very low with over-the-ear wear
ComfortÂ (4/5)Â â The familiar housings are small and fit well. Long strain reliefs may pose an issue for some with over-the-ear wear but a cable cinch is present to help out. Tip selection is very generous
SoundÂ (7.6/10)Â â Despite its ominous moniker, the GR02 Bass Edition doesnât add a whole lot of low-end grunt to the sound of the older R02ProII model, which, admittedly, was hardly bass-shy to begin with. The low of the GR02 is punchy, but not inaccurate and the earphone is not quite a bass monster. There is a similar amount of deep bass compared to the cheaper GR99 but the mid-bass is dominant source of power with the GR02. Despite this, the Bass Edition also gains a bit of detail, control, and dynamics and can be more impactful than the GR99 when pressed.
The GR02 is also bassier than the higher-end GR06 and its low end can overshadow the midrange on occasion compared to the more mid-forward GR06, the more subbass-focused GR99, and more balanced-sounding sets such as the Monoprice 8320. The note presentation of the GR02 is thinner compared to the GR06 and the midrange clarity is a bit better. The mids are less liquid and intimate compared to the GR06 but warmer, cleaner, and a touch more forward compared to the GR99.
The top end of the GR02 bears some resemblance to the GR06 and GR07 models, with good presence and extension but a slight predisposition towards pointing out sibilance on tracks. For the price there are very few sets that do treble this well without sacrificing brightness as the lower-end GR99 does. Similarly, soundstaging prowess lags a little behind the higher-end models but is more than acceptable for the price. The soundstage is average in size and lacks the separation and layering of the GR06 but still provides a well-rounded sonic image for a satisfying experience.
ValueÂ (10/10)Â â VSonicâs new lineup continues to impress with this re-tuned take on the aging R02ProII model. An impressive performer with a focus on mid-bass punch, the VSonic GR02 Bass Edition provides unexpected bang for not very much buck and – from the durable, time-tested housings to the tangle-resistant cable and 28-piece tipset – doesnât feel one bit outdated.
Pros: Very well-built, great sound for the money, generous tip set