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VSonic GR07 Bass Edition Review

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Reviewed May 2013

Details: Enhanced-bass version of VSonic’s GR07 mkII
MSRP: est. $179
Current Price: $129 from amazon.com$129 from ebay.com
Specs: Driver: Dynamic | Imp: 40Ω | Sens: 105 dB | Freq: 5-22k Hz | Cable: 4.3’ L-plug
Nozzle Size: 4mm | Preferred tips: Stock single-flanges; MEElec A151 single-flanges
Wear Style: Over-the-ear

Accessories (4/5) – Single-flange (3 sizes), Hybrid-style (10 sizes), and bi-flange silicone tips, foam tips, over-the-ear cable guides, and soft carrying pouch
Build Quality (4/5) – The build of the new GR07s matches the original quite closely, with similar housings and other hardware. The housings are designed for over-the-ear wear and feature adjustable-angle metal nozzles. The cord is a little bit softer but otherwise very similar to the original GR07 cable
Isolation (3.5/5) – Reasonably good for a dynamic-driver earphone
Microphonics (4.5/5) – Cable noise is very low as the GR07 can only be worn in the over-the-ear configuration. Although there is no shirt clip in the accessory pack, the cable cinch and ear guides can be used to fix the cord in place better
Comfort (4.5/5) – The earphone uses fairly large 11mm drivers but the lightweight, over-the-ear style housings actually work very well for prolonged listening with their slim profile, rounded edges, and adjustable-angle nozzles

Sound (9.1/10) – It’s been more than two years since the release of VSonic’s original dynamic-driver flagship, and yet the aging GR07 is still a standard I hold all new dynamic-driver earphones against. I skipped over the second revision of the GR07 – the GR07 mkII – which is said to remain very true to the sound of the original with some minor tweaks here and there. The GR07 Bass Edition, however, turned out to be different enough to check out.

The Bass Edition is advertised as having – surprise, surprise – more bass than the vanilla GR07. Comparing the Bass Edition to my two-year-old mkI GR07 unit presents far more similarities than differences, but the BE definitely does put more weight on the low end. Bass depth is good but the most noticeable change comes from the increased presence in the mid-bass region, which gives the BE a somewhat fuller, more impactful bass presentation. It still won’t do for proper bassheads, but those who found the original GR07 lacking slightly in the bass department but pleasant otherwise will be thrilled.

The midrange of the BE is very similar to that of the original GR07 – what differences there are all stem from the more prominent bass, which upsets the bass-midrange balance slightly in favor of the low end and makes the midrange sound a touch more recessed. Aside from that, it’s still the good old GR07 – clear, detailed, and open-sounding. Compared to the less expensive GR06, the GR07 BE very obviously sounds clearer, more natural, and less congested despite the greater bass presence.

Moving up into the treble, the GR07 BE again offers the familiar combination of energy and resolution. It’s very similar to my old GR07 here except a touch less sibilant, which is said to be the case for the GR07 mkII as well. The treble is still not as smooth as, for example, that of the Philips Fidelio S1 and S2 earphones but it’s definitely tolerable. The presentation, likewise, is largely unchanged compared to the original GR07, boasting good width and average depth for a spacious sound that is more distant compared to many other dynamic-driver earphones. As expected, instrumental separation is still good and the GR07 BE still provides crisp and detailed sound without sounding “analytical”.

Value (9.5/10) – While it does not deviate from the feature set of the original GR07, the VSonic GR07 Bass Edition does deliver exactly what it promises – the clear, detailed sound of the popular GR07 with a bump in bass quantity. The bass boost is nothing drastic – bassheads will still find the GR07 BE lacking and fans of more balanced sound still won’t be offended by it. On balance, the more consumer-friendly signature is an asset precisely because the difference is mild enough to retain the strengths of the still-popular GR07. Those seeking a direct upgrade from the GR07 should look elsewhere but for everyone else the GR07 BE is among the most capable sets in its price range.

Pros: A slightly more consumer-friendly take on the familiar GR07 sound; same fit, design, and functionality
Cons: Mildly sibilant on some tracks


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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.

128 Comments

  1. Em on

    Hi Joker,

    Thank you so much for your helpful reviews.
    Have been reading your reviews since I stumbled upon your site last year. And had bought the GR07 Be last December after reading your reviews and advice and really loved it’s clarity and sound stage.

    Unfortunately, I have lost the pair of gr07on a trip, would you advise if there are any models within $200 price range that are of similar or even an upgrade from gr07 be that will have at least equal or better clarity and a bit of bass, good mids. Thank you in advance.

    • ljokerl on

      Personally I’d get another GR07, it’s really hard to beat if you like the type of bass-midrange balance it offers (I still use mine all the time). Plus, most models that I’d consider direct competitors have been discontinued, with newer value-for-money models in this price range mostly offering a different tonal balance.

      If you’re looking for a change you can try something like a 1MORE Triple Driver but personally I think it trades away a little too much clarity for its extra bass.

      And if you’re looking for an upgrade in at least one or two ways, you can look at used upper-tier hybrid earphones like the DUNU DN-2000 and FLC Technology FLC8. New they run $250+, used <$200 is not uncommon.

  2. Shashank on

    Hey Joker!

    I’ve been following you since a few years now. Infact started my audio journey in earnest through your mega IEM review page on HeadFi. Went through Gr02 Bass Edition, MH1C, VSD1/S and am currently on VSD3/S. Thank you for this.

    So here I am again. The VSD3S cable is giving way, as have all the Vsonic models I’ve had. I absolutely love them to bits. Their clarity, soundstage, instrument separation, everything. Now I have to move on, but I want atleast a bit more bass impact/punch, especially on the lower end, without losing on the other aspects. Only, and only because of that, I ruled out the GR07 Bass Editions.

    Can you recommend something? Till now I had shortlisted 1More Triple Drivers and RHA MA750s (~USD 100-150), but haven’t been able to fix on them, still researching further.

    Few details. I’m in India, use my OnePlus 3 phone as the source, though might go in for a portable amp if required. I primarily listen to Instrumentals (Thomas Bergersen, Ludovico Einaudi, Hans Zimmer), Acoustic/Vocal/House/Trance, and bits of Alternative Rock, Pop, and R&B as well, pretty much all over the place.

    Your inputs are highly valued and appreciated!

    Thanks in Advance!

    • ljokerl on

      After the VSD3S those might not do it for you on the clarity and realism front. VSD3S is already pretty near the top of the <$100 bracket, so it doesn't leave a whole lot of room for improvement. While the 1MORE and MA750 do have more bass, there's a bit of a quantity over quality thing going on with them compared to the VSD3S and especially the GR07 BE. If your budget is strict I guess I'd go with the 1MORE Triple over the MA750 - it's more of a compromise rather than a straight up "warm and bassy" sound signature. Just be prepared that some of its bass will bleed up into the mids, which something you're not used to coming from VSonics. If we interpret your budget more loosely there might be room for something like a used DUNU DN-2000, which I've seen for $160 or so. These have more deep bass than a VSD3 while also improving on the clarity. I still think VSonic's tone is more natural than that of DUNU hybrids, but technically something like the DN-2000 is much more of a step up from the VSD3.

      • Shashank Hanuman Jain on

        By the looks of things, I guess it doesn’t make sense to spend three times as much for 1More/RHA if they’re not really an upgrade from the VSD3S. But moving from VSD3S to GR07 BE, would that lead to a loss in overall bass as well? Asking so that I can make up my mind, whether to order another VSD3S, or spend more for the GR07 BE.

        Also, will adding a portable DAC/AMP, like Audioquest Dragonfly Black to my phone make a huge difference with either VSD3S or GR07 BE?

        Will probably order a GR02 BE with whichever of the above I order, most probably. Though it’s the same price as the new VSD1S, not sure which will be better.

        • ljokerl on

          GR07 BE is pretty competitive with the VSD3S in bass response, I doubt you will find it lacking.

          Don’t think you need an amp for it, at this level it’s better to spend on the headphones itself than other parts of the chain.

          GR02 BE will sound quite unrefined and boomy coming from VSD-series earphones, I wouldn’t bother.

  3. Ezalon on

    I recently heard that Vsonic is releasing a 2017 version of GR07 Bass Edition.
    Is this correct?
    And if so, did you get to try the newest version?
    Thanks in advance! 😀

  4. Zach on

    Hey Joker, thanks so much for what you do!

    I have a quick question:

    I recently fell in love with the Sony MDR V6 and was looking for an IEM that had a similar sound signature (somewhat analytical but also fun, i.e. natural if not somewhat boosted bass, balanced and perhaps slightly recessed mids and detailed highs). Would the GR07 BE be the right IEM for me?

    Thanks,

    Zach

  5. Zep on

    Its so confusing, there are so many different models of gr07. Gr07 classic, bass, new classic, new bass, bass edition with detachable cables, gr07x… I have no idea what to buy next if my gr07be broke or something.

    • Zep on

      By the way i really wonder those $1000 iems really worth it. I have gr07 be and its best ever i own. I never tried more expensive stuff. I saw you recommend flc8s which is about $350, for an upgrade but what about those 1k iems?
      I bought gr07be as your recommendation and pretty happy with it, but these damn curiosity.
      Thanks again great site, great work.

  6. Ezalon on

    Hi Joker!

    First of all, I would like to say that your site has been really helpful to me.
    I have been using your list as my reference for a long time and your reviews are always accurate!

    So, I am looking for a new IEM.
    My current one is Xiaomi’s Piston 3, and I bought with full confidence after looking at your review.
    I liked the character of the sound Piston 3 offers.
    But now I want to buy a new one, and I’m stuck between VSonic GR07 BE, 1MORE Triple Driver E1001, and RHA MA750.
    Can you please give me your recommendation? Which one do you prefer the most among those three?

    Thanks in advance, bro!

    • ljokerl on

      I prefer the GR07, but it really depends on what you’re after because the three IEMs you’re looking at fall on different points along the sound signature spectrum – the MA750 the most warm, bassy, and smooth, the 1MORE in the middle, and the GR07 (even the BE) as the flattest and most accurate, with the least warm tone.

      I would say Piston 3 falls closest to the 1MORE, and sits between the 1MORE and the GR07 on the spectrum I mentioned above. So if you’re looking for a straight up Piston upgrade, the 1MORE is the best option, if you’re looking to move in a more warm and smooth direction – the MA750. And if you’re seeking a flatter/clearer sound – the GR07.

      • Ezalon on

        Thank you very much for your advice!
        I think I’m gonna go with GR07.

  7. SK on

    HI joker,
    I bought gr07 bass last month, and after spending a month with it, i concluded that it is too bass shy for my taste. I believe using gr07B, bass quantity is compromised too much over clarity. Please suggest me what to do, as i spent $100+ on it.

    • ljokerl on

      I guess do what we all do – sell it and move on to something that better suits your taste?

        • Sk on

          SOLD

  8. Ayush Sharma on

    Hi Joker,

    Any plans to review the GR07X in the near future? As a big fan on the GR07 BE sound signature, I am very perplexed to know if the GR07X is a direct upgrade to it.

    Thanks.

    • ljokerl on

      Didn’t even realize there was a new GR07 version out :/

      • zep on

        Hi, another fan of GR07 BE here. I am really wondering GR07X too. A GR07X review and comparison would be fantastic.

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  10. Vadym on

    Hello! For 2 years im using se215, they are good, but what i dont like: too much bass(seems like chant or mumble) and big, “fat”, too long(1.6m) cable. Im searching for something with over-the-ear wear style. Im interesting in gr07be, but the question is: im listening music from my phone(oneplus x) so will I feel the difference from this gr07be and any other cheap iems? May be because of bad source i didnt like se215, and dont need to upgrade?

    • Vadym on

      found vsonic vsd5s, what do you think about them?

      • ljokerl on

        It’s not your source, the GR07 and SE215 will sound very different out of a modern Android phone. The SE215 has more bass (and sloppier, too) and significantly more rolled-off treble.

        All VSonic IEMs from the VSD and GR07 series sound similar to each other with minor performance and sound tuning differences. I still think the GR07/GR07 BE are the most successful in terms of overall performance, but at their respective price points you can’t really go wrong with any of these newer VSonic IEMs. Since you’re not completely sure about the direction you want to go from your SE215, an argument can be made for picking up one of the less pricy VSonics.

        • Vadym on

          Thank for your reply. Ordered vsd5s for 65$ from China. Seems to be almost the same, but like more the new style.

  11. Lonesome on

    Hi, I just wanted to say that I hate analytic sound, which doesn’t please my ears. But I do love the details. A little warm sound, with clear mids and highs that doesn’t feel harsh to my ears would be my choice. At least somewhat good isolation is important.
    budget~(50-150). [being a student, it’s hard to go further 🙂 ]
    what would be your recommendation?
    thanks in advance!

    • ljokerl on

      I would recommend the RHA MA750 (more balanced sound, a little less isolation) or Yamaha EPH-100 (bassier/warmer sound, bit better isolation). Definitely not the GR07 as it can be a little harsh/sibilant.

  12. Lonesome on

    Hi, fell in love with piston 2, but.. Actually I am looking for an upgrade. I felt like I’m missing a lot of mids. So my sweet dream is better mids, bigger soundstage, with better /same amount of bass (punchy, not boomy) :p

    • ljokerl on

      GR07 (even the BE) is not really the answer if you want anything approaching the bass boost of a Piston 2. However, keep in mind that the bass enhancement is one of the reasons you aren’t getting the mids coming through very strong in the Piston 2, so it may be worthwhile to give up some of that bass quantity for a more prominent midrange. Still, GR07 also differs from the Piston 2 in other ways that make it difficult to consider it a direct upgrade from the Pistons – it is not nearly as smooth, for example, and doesn’t have the warm tone of the Xiaomi.

      I want to say the MA750 from RHA would be a better option than the GR07 BE – it’s a little warmer in tone and more similar to the Piston 2 in terms of bass quantity, but with a better bass-midrange balance overall. It does still have more upper midrange than the Piston 2, but the overall effect on sound isn’t as great as with GR07. It’s something of a middle ground between the Piston 2 and GR07 BE, if that makes sense.

  13. Binh on

    Hi joker! Been lurking around here for awhile and was wondering how does this compare to the ad01 in terms of bass reponse and clarity?
    Which would you recommend me if i want both good bass and clarity? Thanks!!

    • Binh on

      A little background of myself, I usually listen to the billboard 100’s ,edm and some acoustic music. I am also an amatuer and this will be my second pair of iems. The first pair i had was the r6i and i quite liked it but i lost em 🙁 . Im open to suggestions and would like you to recommend some to me(doesnt have to be similar to the r6i). Best if it is $100 and below however, if the difference if huge and it is a better bang for the buck, i dont mind paying a little extra. Once again thank you!

      • ljokerl on

        It’s the usual tradeoff – AD01 has a little more bass and less clarity, GR07 BE the opposite.

        I’m not familiar with the R6i but based on my experience with other Klipsch IEMs I’d say there’s a good chance that both the AD01 and GR07 BE are somewhat light on bass in comparison. This would make the AD01 the middle point/compromise and the “safer” choice of the two, if that makes sense. This is based on a generalization and my gut feel, but I do also think the AD01 works well for your genres.

        • Binh on

          Would you recommend the rha 750? Seen you saying that this is a good pair of bass enhanced iems as well

          • ljokerl on

            Sure, I recommend the MA750 all the time. Usually when I get requests for warmer/bassier IEMs, as you said, but it does work quite well for EDM in my opinion. It’s significantly less neutral than the GR07 BE, but not sure where it falls in relation to the R6i.

            • Binh on

              So deciding question.. if i were to increase my budget by abit and get the RHA MA750 will it be a very big difference to the ad01? Also open to any recommendations as im an amatuer and not sure of what sound signature i like yet. Cheers man!

              • Binh on

                Forgot to mention that i will need decent isolation as i want to block out most of the sound and listen to my music when i travel and study. Once again thank you for your hardwork on this site and the replies 🙂

                • ljokerl on

                  I’d probably go with the MA750 all things considered. It would help to know what your Klipsch sounds like to be more certain but generally speaking the MA750 is an extremely versatile IEM with very “likable” sound signature. Isolation is good for everyday use, maybe a little lacking for in-flight wear.

                  • Binh on

                    One thing for sure is that the Klipsch have a punchy bass which i seem to like alot, however, these seem to sound very bad with acoustic music, as the clarity and sound stage isnt quite there. These are all my views and i might be wrong since its a long time since i listened to em. I would like to have around the same quantity of bass and of course not sacrificing to much of the mids and making the vocals sound muddy. I have also heard that some people found the 750s to be lacking in bass is that true? Once again thank you so much!!

                    • Binh on

                      Found out that the dunu titan 1 and dunu 1000 are around the same price as the ad01 and rha 750. So once again do you think the dunus will suit my likings?

                    • Binh on

                      Ignore my last comment the dunus both went

                    • ljokerl on

                      The Titan 1 has bass quantity similar to the GR07, so it would be also an odd choice if you’re worried that the significantly more bass-heavy MA750 or AD01 may not have enough bass for you. The DN-1000 is fairly v-shaped, comparable to the MA750 in bass quantity but also brighter and not as smooth. Great combination of clarity and bass but I probably wouldn’t risk it if I didn’t know for sure that I liked a v-shaped sound.

                    • Binh on

                      So after reading what i feel about the r6i what do you think would be better for me?

                    • ljokerl on

                      Your description makes the R6 sound like their old S4, in which case I’d go with the MA750 to get the extra soundstage and smoother, more natural sound.

                    • Binh on

                      In terms of bass? From what i feel the r6i has pretty deep bass do you think the 750 will satisfy?
                      Does the 750 provide better clarity as well? Most of the time id be listening to edm and billboard 100 the acoustic music id say maybe only 20~30% of the time. Do you think I should risk some bass and go for the 750 which has better soundstage?

                      P.S sorry for asking so many questions! Have already done my best by helping you promote the site through social media!

                    • ljokerl on

                      There’s just no way I can provide such specific comparisons with an earphone I haven’t tried – I’m really just weighing the MA750 against the other alternatives that have been discussed and it’s coming out on top (again, based partly on guesswork and gut feel).

  14. Daniel on

    Hey, have you listened to VSD5? How do they compare against GR07 Bass Edition?

    • ljokerl on

      Listened to it briefly so far, I still prefer the GR07 BE. It has more of a deep bass focus while the VSD5 seems to be a little more mid-bass oriented. Overall bass depth is better on the BE and the high end is a little less energetic compared to the VSD5.

      • Daniil on

        so, as a fan of a heavy music (metalcore-like genres) i should stick up ti a gr07 bass as I can see?

        • ljokerl on

          It’s the one I’d get. Or the regular GR07.

  15. Lucky on

    Hey Joker,

    I’m looking for a direct upgrade to the GR07 Bass Edition.
    I thought about side grading with an RHA IEM or similar but I like almost everything about the GR07 (I would prefer a little more bass) so I decided an upgrade would be a better idea.
    As a side note, I much prefer listening to them with the biflange tips and the others tips (foams/hybrids/single) didn’t feel as good.

    Do you have any recommendations for a worthwhile upgrade? I’m interested primarily in universals, but customs are not out of the question.

    • ljokerl on

      Having been asked this a couple of times, I’ve recently decided that the FLC Technologies FLC8 is probably the best bet for the moment: http://theheadphonelist.com/headphone-list/#comment-118366 . Your question throws in the bass level of the GR07 BE (usually people are coming from a regular GR07), but in this case that doesn’t change my answer.

      Someone actually purchased the FLC8 as a GR07 upgrade recently and posted some feedback here: http://theheadphonelist.com/headphone_review/flc-technology-flc8/#comment-118422 . Not sure which bass configuration was used there but they can beat the GR07 BE in overall bass emphasis with the bass ports.

      • Lucky on

        Wow, the FLC8 look like a fantastic upgrade.

        Thank you for the reply and the review!

  16. Sarah on

    Hi. Could you recommend some full-size headphones with the same sound signature as the Gr07 / Gr07 BE? I love the Gr07, but also want more soundstage of a full size and avoid the hassle of having to find the right ear tips.

    • ljokerl on

      I haven’t tried many of the newest full-size cans on the market but my usual answer to this is the classic Beyerdynamic DT880/600. Very nice cans that have many of the same strengths as the GR07 – linear but definitely not underpowered bass, crisp and prominent treble, good clarity, near-neutral tonality, etc.

      • Sarah on

        Thanks, but I forgot to tell you that I’d prefer a low impedance headphone for easy use with portable devices. And my budget is around $250. I’ve read on Head Fi that Fidelio X2, HE-400i and AKG K712 might be closest matches. What do you think?
        http://www.head-fi.org/t/751802/over-ear-similar-to-the-gr07-be

        • ljokerl on

          I don’t have any experience with those cans, unfortunately. I am a fan of the Fidelio L2 but those are open-back and rather bulky. I guess out of what I’ve tried the AKG K551 would be decent as a semi-portable, closed-back, full-size GR07 match, but there are probably newer and better options.

          • Sarah on

            Thanks for your opinion. I’ll check them out.

    • tz0531 on

      From personal experience, the NAD Viso HP50 is essentially a full-size equivalent of the GR07 BE in terms of sound signature. From extrapolation using the graphs and reviews at Innerfidelity, I can predict that the Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 would be a good full-size equivalent of the regular GR07. If you need a full-size open back can, the Philips Fidelio X2 would be the equivalent of the GR07 BE.

  17. Michael on

    yous said the vsd3s sounds like the gr07 can you explain the difference and how they sound alike

      • Michael on

        If you already have vsd3s would you say it’s worth the $120 to upgrade to the gr07 or buy something else because you said there really isn’t a night and day difference

        • ljokerl on

          If you really enjoy the VSD3S’s sound signature, the GR07 BE is pretty much you only option for an upgrade in this price bracket. As you’re expecting it’s not a huge upgrade, but then the VSD3S is so good already that nothing will be.

          If, on the other hand, there are some things about the VSD3S’s tuning you’d want to change significantly (e.g. more bass, smoother treble etc), there may be better options out there for you than the GR07 BE.

  18. Jin on

    Hi joker!
    I am moving my questions to this thread since they didn’t make much sense in the RE-400 thread 🙂

    So as you know I purchased the GR07 BE in China and I’m very happy with them. However, they did not come with any of the hybrid tips. I’m having difficulty getting a consistent seal with the supplied tips.

    What tips would you recommend I look for to improve the seal and sound quality?

    • ljokerl on

      Aftermarket tips on the GR07s have always been a bit of a challenge to me because the nozzle, with that sharp “lip”, is sort of in between sizes. I cannibalized the tips from my meelectronics A151 (which are sized for a smaller nozzle, but stretchy). Even though they are still silicone, they gave me a better seal than the stock tips.

      You can also find some tips on ebay that are advertised as foams that fit the GR07: http://ebay.to/1KKbazw . Haven’t tried these myself but they look similar to the stock foam tips, which are decent enough.

      One last thing I can recommend is throwing this question up in one of the long GR07 threads on Head-Fi to see what else people have found that fits and is easy to get your hands on.

      • _muhen on

        Just to add to this. I’ve used my Sony hybrid and regular tips (they’re more isolating) and they work wonders with the GR07 tips. My $0.02

  19. nevo on

    Hi joker,
    I have vsonic gr07, their sound quality are amazing !,
    but after 4 month they broken :(,

    So I am looking for new headphones that their sound quality are very good like GR07,
    my budget is 150$, So what do you suggest me?

    • ljokerl on

      Warranty?

      Besides other versions of the GR07 and the other VSonic models (VSD3S, etc), the closest thing for GR07-like sound in that price range is probably the Philips Fidelio S2. Very different form factor on those, though – large housings, shallower cable-down fit, flat cable, etc.

      • nevo on

        Hello again 🙂

        About warranty, I bought the gr07 from ebay and I did not know who to turn to for help about my gr07, but it to late for me because my warranty canceled because I tried to fix my gr07.

        Someone else suggest to buy MA750i- what do you think about them ?
        My music style : house, house progressive (avicii, axwell….)

        Thankss!

  20. Waslo on

    I’ve read a ton of your reviews, and I’ve decided to get an entry level pair of IEMs – I decided to hang up my cans, as they’re huge, and unwieldy on the daily commute.

    Based on what everyone has said, the GR07BE seems like a great choice, but I was also told to consider the ATHIM70 and ATHIM02 – would you happen to have any experience with the latter 2, and if so, how do they compare with the GR07BE?

    Thanks in advance!

    • ljokerl on

      No, unfortunately I haven’t tried those two.

  21. Iamredeemed on

    Joker would u recommend the gr07 or gr07be for drummers iem? Monitoring Drums, click, and band. I purchased a pair of ma750i and the midrange has no clarity. Or any other iems in the $150 range.

    • ljokerl on

      Yeah, these should do it, especially if you want that over-the-ear in-ear monitor form factor. Normally I’d recommend the GR07 Classic for stage/studio use because it’s less expensive and even more accurate, but the difference in clarity is negligible so if you’d rather have the bit of extra bass and don’t mind paying a few bucks extra, by all means go for the Bass Edition.

    • Iamredeemed on

      Thanks. Didn’t even know there was a price difference

  22. subha on

    Joker, could you please compare VSonic GR07 BE with Bose IE2? Actually I am using these Bose headphones from a long time and I really love its sound. But now I want to purchase another headphone with similar sound stage. Please help me to find one earphone with similar sound stage like bose. Thanks in advance.

    • ljokerl on

      Unfortunately I don’t have an IE2. I have tried the old Bose IE and it had a significantly different sound from the GR07 – warmer, smoother, and generally not as crisp and clear.

      The IE2 has a pretty unique form factor – vented and what we call “half in-ear” so it may help to consider a more similar model for your upgrade. The Philips Fidelio S2 has comparable sound to the GR07 BE but has a form factor more similar to your Bose, so it may be worth looking into.

  23. KC33 on

    Hi ljokerl, I’ve heard that Vsonic cut ties with Sony, or visa versa. Can you confirm this? I would imagine that the sound quality must differ if this is true.

  24. Kilobytes on

    Hey joker, as a previous user of Gr07 BE I really like it bass is lacking is not a problem but sibilance sometimes irritating on some songs. I’m between choosing RHA MA750i , Sennheiser Momentum In ear or another pair which one would you recommend? Or anything else different I listed. Thanks!

    • Kilobytes on

      Also I forgot to address, my sources will be LG G2 and Ipod Shuffle 5th Gen. I’ll be using for daily use and running so weight is kind of a problem for me. How is Rha MA750i’s cable weight?

      • ljokerl on

        The MA750i is on the heavy side (but worn over-the-ear which supports the weight somewhat). The Momentum is definitely lighter. Both have more bass and less sibilance than the GR07 so they fit your requirements there. I tend to prefer the RHA for sound.

  25. james on

    Hi Joker – I thought the Atrio Future Sonics sounded great when I used a co-worker’s. Since I could no longer find them, I bout these GR07BE. Wondering your thoughts/comparisons on the two?

    • ljokerl on

      As a fidelity-oriented earphone I consider the GR07 BE to be better overall – it’s more clear, more neutral, more accurate – but they are tuned differently so it might not be fair to judge them on balance and clarity. The Atrio is a basshead earphone whereas the GR07 is a balanced one with a mild bass boost. There were several versions of the Atrios but all of them had more bass than the VSonics, especially deep bass. The latest (MG7) version had pretty good presence in the upper midrange as well but still rolled off a little in the treble for a darker sound compared to the VSonics, which are flatter overall.

      • james on

        Great! Can’t wait to get these in the mail today and try them out. Come on mailman…

  26. louis on

    Hi ljokerl, which one would you recommend, between gr07 and rha ma750? Thanks in advanced!

    • ljokerl on

      Both, or either – really depends on what you want from your earphones. Something bassier, warmer, and more smooth – MA750. More balanced, brighter, and more accurate – GR07/GR07 Bass Edition.

  27. envious on

    Joker – Between the GR07 BE, IE8 and SE215, which would you recommend for bass?
    I’ll be using them for commuting alongside a iBasso DZero. Thanks!
    (Open to suggestions)

    • ljokerl on

      For bass – the IE8. Despite the name, the GR07 BE has the least bass of the three you’re considering.

      I also recommend the Yamaha EPH-100 for bass quite often. It’s a great value.

  28. emmanuel on

    Hi, i got a lot of hiss noise in my phone (note 4 ) witch is very annoying at night and more when listening to asmr stuff. Can u recommend a dead silent dap or something good, those are my first really sensitive phones T_T

  29. BMF on

    Hi Joker,

    Thank you for your review. Could you recommend a portable DAC around the $200 and less range that would pair well with the GR07BE?

    • ljokerl on

      The GR07s are extremely consistent between sources. If you’re just trying to avoid using built-in hardware, an inexpensive one like the Fiio E07k works fine.

      • BMF on

        Thanks. My closest input, within reach, where I use my computer is a USB port.

        • ljokerl on

          Fair enough – I use DACs at home and at work as well, just inexpensive ones with transparent sound.

  30. Yuuki Yuto on

    Hi ljokerl, great review, very detailed, i love it. Can you recommend me if I should buy the new Classic version or the BE. I mostly listen to J-pop and anisong such as Claris, Nagi Yannagi and alike.. Thanks man

    • ljokerl on

      They’re really very close to each other in sound. If you’re not sure what you want, but don’t mind a bit of bass boost, I tend to think of the BE as the safer option.

      • Yuuki Yuto on

        Hi joker, thanks for the quick reply. By the way, how do you think the re 400, kc06 or the akg k550 compares with the gr07 ? Thanks brother

        • ljokerl on

          The signature of the K550 is the most similar to my ears, but quality-wise the RE-400 is up there as well. It just has a more mid-centric tuning.

        • Yuuki Yuto on

          Thanks joker. Another question: Do you think the kc06 can compare with the re-400 or the gr07 ? People in headfi has been saying they could even beat the gr07

          • ljokerl on

            I plan to post some KC06 impressions in a week or two once I’ve spent more time with it but at this point I don’t see myself putting it above the GR07 or RE-400. It’s got more of a flavor/coloration to it, with strong mids, bright treble, and a bit of bass roll-off. It’s a good earphone, but fans of the RE-400 (for example) will probably find it too colored, and vice versa.

          • Yuuki Yuto on

            That’s great new. Can you include a comparison between the kc06, the gr07 and the re-400 because i think it was the hype on head fi

          • ljokerl on

            Yes, I’ll include relevant comparisons.

  31. Alphonsus on

    Hi Joker! How is the quantity of the GR07 bass edition vs the SE215s? The 215s were unfortunately too strong in the bass department for my tastes, so I wonder how the gr07s do since I’m thinking of possibly getting them. Thanks in advance, and have a great day!

    • ljokerl on

      It does make sense to go for a GR07BE in this case as it’s more balanced and accurate than the SE215. Bass is not as enhanced on the VSonics as it is on the Shures, maybe by 5dB or so. Have you also considered just a plain GR07? The difference in bass between the GR07 and GR07 BE is small but if you add that to the difference between the GR07BE and SE215 you get a more noticeable change.

      • Alphonsus on

        Joker, how would you compare the SE535s to the GR07s, should price not be a consideration? In terms of isolation, bass, mids and treble etc. Are they really close?

        • Alphonsus on

          Soundstage, durability and imaging as well, forgot about those, sorry!

          • ljokerl on

            They’re pretty evenly matched in sound performance but the SE535 will be more durable and better-isolating. Sound signatures are different – the GR07s (both regular ones and BEs) are more v-shaped, with a bit of extra bass punch and brighter treble. The Shures are more mid-focused, with very smooth treble and prominent mids.

            I would give the nod to the GR07 in bass quality as well as quantity, but the SE535 has better mids. Treble is a toss-up – the SE535 is a little too smooth for me while the GR07 could stand to be more smooth. GR07 has a wide soundstage but sounds a little flat whereas the Shures have good imaging.

  32. Seerzors on

    Hi Joker, I mostly use IEMs with my phone and without amping (for convenience), at the moment I have a pair of JVC FXT90s which I bought from reading your blog, (which I think is really useful). How would you compare these vsonic gr07 be to the JVC FXT90s? Would I need to use a portable amp to get the best out of the vsonics? With amps, I’m considering using the fiio e06 just as a little booster, if an amp will be required will the fiio do the job?

    Thanks

    • ljokerl on

      GR07s are fine without amplification. Compared to the FXT90s the GR07 BEs have less bass quantity and sustainment, i.e. are tighter and quicker. The bass is still punchy, just not as powerful as with the enhanced-bass JVCs. VSonics are clearer and flatter overall. Tonally they are not as warm as the FXT90s. Presentation is more laid-back on the VSonics but the FXT90 has a little more depth.

  33. wino lopez on

    Hi joker! Just how much more bass does this have compared to the regular gr07 model? is it less than xiaomi pistons 2 and mh1c? i used to like bassy iems but this time as a step up, im thinking about getting my first BA iem. something more neutral and more musical, probably something that will show beautiful lush mids on the recordings, with very good detail, with emphasis to voice, and with ok to good soundstage. I listen mostly to billboard stuff and some instrumentals, and I don’t listen to rock.

    Im looking into Yamaha eph-100 as well but I worry that this might be too bassy for me again. how does it compare to gr07 BE? or should I just spend a bit more for a portable can like ath-m50?

    Thanks a lot!

    • wino lopez on

      oh and I just noticed gr07 is a DD and not a BA so I guess I really don’t have a clue on which iem to pickup next. so basically something that’s a little more neutral with some focus on mids and better detail than my entry level iems. (I read that most BAs have better detail than DDs so that’s why im looking into them right now)

      • ljokerl on

        Only a little more bass compared to the regular GR07; still quite a bit less than a Piston, MH1C, or EPH-100. It’s pretty neutral but definitely not a BA.

        GR07s (whether regular or Bass Edition) are a good option if you want to try something neutral without committing to a more analytical BA-based earphone (i.e. move towards a more neutral sound without jumping off the deep end).

        As far as armatures go, your best bet for a balanced earphone with near-neutral tone that still retains good mids is the TDK BA200: http://theheadphonelist.com/headphone_review/tdk-ba200/

  34. DX90 on

    Is GR07BE a worth upgrade for Senn IE8 owner? If not, what would you recommend as an upgrade with similar signature (maybe more clear and fast)?

    Thank you very much!

    • ljokerl on

      The IE8 is bassier than the GR07 BE and a lot less bright. Not exactly the same sound signature from the VSonics, but a decent upgrade nonetheless if you want fast and clear. The ~$200 Dunu DN-1000 might be another option with bass quantity greater than you get on the GR07 BE. Its bass is pretty fast and clarity is good.

      • DX90 on

        Is T-PEOS Altone 200 a good alternative to all of the mentioned earphones above? I am looking for more crisp & good microdetail sound (like multi-BA drivers have), yet it should have mids similar to Vsonic and good low frequency definition (I don’t need so much lows as in IE8, but I prefer well defined ones as in GR07BE). Altone 200 are almost half the price of Dunu 1k and there is some hype around them, so I am not sure if they are good for me (and for my DX90).

        Thank you very much for your valuable feedback!

        • ljokerl on

          The Altone200 definitely does all that and is a great value but it’s even more of a step away from the IE8 sound signature than the DN-1000 or GR07 BE, which are a little warmer and more full-bodied (more IE8-like) than the Altone200.

  35. Munggo on

    How does the gr07BE compare to the westone 2?

    • ljokerl on

      The W2 is more of a reference signature – flatter bass (less quantity/mid-bass boost), no midrange recession, smoother and less energetic treble. It sounds more like a TDK BA200 than a GR07 or GR07 BE.

      • Munggo on

        Thanks /joker/ appreciate your work.

      • Munggo on

        A bit off topic but could you suggest other iem’s around $100 or less with the same sound signature as the w2?

        • ljokerl on

          RE-400 from HiFiMan is probably your best bet at $100.

          • Munggo on

            Thanks.

  36. Harijs on

    Joker, could you please compare VSonic GR07 BE with UE TF10?

    • ljokerl on

      They aren’t too different- biggest differences will be the greater impact of the GR07BE and its mids being less recessed on the whole. If you like the TF10 you’ll probably like the GR07 BE, and vice versa.

      • Harijs on

        Thanks for reply.

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