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VSonic GR02 Bass Edition Review

VSonic GR02 Bass Edition
Reviewed June 2012

Details: Bass-oriented VSonic earphone based on the aging R02ProII
MSRP: est $36
Current Price: $31 from ebay.com; $37 from amazon.com
Specs: Driver: Dynamic | Imp: 24Ω | Sens: 105 dB | Freq: 12-25k Hz | Cable: 4.3′ 45º-plug
Nozzle Size: 5.5mm | Preferred tips: stock bi-flanges; MEElec “balanced” bi-flanges
Wear Style: Straight down or over-the-ear

Accessories (4/5) - 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 Quality (4.5/5) – 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 – the shells feel well put-together and the strain reliefs are strong and flexible. The cabling is similar to that of the R02ProII – thicker than that of the GR99, strong, and tangle-resistant
Isolation (3/5) – Good, especially with the included thick bi-flange tips
Microphonics (4/5) – Low when worn cable-down; very low with over-the-ear wear
Comfort (4/5) – 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

Sound (7.6/10) – Despite its ominous moniker, the GR02 Bass Edition doesn’t 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.

Value (10/10) – VSonic’s 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 – doesn’t feel one bit outdated.

Pros: Very well-built, great sound for the money, generous tip set
Cons: N/A

About ljokerl

Living in the fast-paced city of Los Angeles, ljokerl has been using portable audio gear to deal with lengthy commutes for the better part of a decade. He spends much of his time listening to music and occasionally writes portable audio reviews across several enthusiast sites, focusing mostly on in-ear earphones.


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  1. Hey Joker,

    Your website is fantastic and because of it I picked up a pair of VSonic GR02 BE, but now they are dead… I love the sound of the GR02 but want something different. Can you recommend me a pair of IEMs that have bass and a soundstage that is similar to the GR02 BEs but are clearer?

  2. Are the vsd1s good for edm I bought one from lend me UR ear from singapore from amazon is this a trusted seller sorry I have ocd lol I should be fine right no fakes ?

  3. How does this compare to the vsonic vsd1s and the vsonic vsd3 and should i be worried about fakes?

    • These are the less refined, less balanced, less accurate, but more bass-heavy cousin of the VSD1 and VSD3 (which are both much newer). Not recommended over the VSD models unless you specifically want heavier bass.

      No fakes as far as I know – they’re pretty inexpensive to start with and have never been that popular in the US or Europe.

  4. Hi. Is the midrange of the vsonic gr02 bass edition recessed compared to that of the soundmagic e10/ e10s ?

  5. What’s the difference between Vsonic gr02 bass edition and Vsonic VSD1/ VSD1S in sound signature and overall sound quality? Which one of these has the best bass and sub bass quality and smooth treble (i mean not metallic or harsh)? Thank you.

    • The GR02 BE still has the most bass of the budget VSonic sets I’ve tried, with good amounts of both mid-bass and sub-bass. Overall v-shaped profile with more recessed mids compared to the VSD1S, GR07, etc. Has typical VSonic sibilance. Good if you like heavier bass and/or a more v-shaped sound.

      The VSD1S is a better overall performer but more balanced and less bassy (especially deep bass). Has a healthy amount of bass, just not as much as the GR02BE. It’s also a little more forgiving of sibilance, but still isn’t exactly smooth. Typically VSonic is not at the top of my recommendations for earphones with smooth treble.

      • Thank you. So which in-ear earphones do you recommend which have the bass like gr02 bass edition but with a smooth treble?

        • For GR02 and GR99 alternatives you can check out:

          Sony MH1C, Tekfusion Twinwoofers, Nuforce NE-600X, Braiwavz M5, NarMoo S1

          (I ordered these from smoothest to least smooth, but they are all more smooth than a GR02 BE. Personally I like the MH1C and S1 the best).

  6. Hello sir. How does the vsonic gr02 bass edition compare to the soundmagic e10 in terms of bass quality and also quantity?

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