Advanced Sound GT3 Review – Distance/Time

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Pros – 

Excellent construction quality, Outstanding bass definition, Well-detailed

Cons – 

Could do with more aggressive tuning filters, Will be too bright for some

Verdict – 

The GT3 has superb construction and bass quality but with a somewhat overzealous treble tuning that will be up to individual preference.


Introduction –

Once praised for their budget offerings, Advanced Sound has stormed into the premium market quite recently, impressing reviewers with their Alpha planar magnetic headphones and now with a flurry of new IEM releases. The GT3 marks their first new model, in-ear that promises a controlled, high-resolution sound through the implementation of a multi-damped single dynamic driver combined with a lightweight voice coil. In addition, the GT3 moves to a more premium stainless steel construction with a heftier $200 USD asking price to match. However, despite promises of a reference style sound, the GT3 comes across as more analytical, prioritising detail presence over absolute balance. You can read more about the GT3 here and purchase one for yourself here.

 

Disclaimer –

I would like to thank Hannah from Advanced Sound very much for her quick communication and for providing me with the GT3 for the purpose of review. All words are my own and there is no monetary incentive for a positive review. Despite receiving the earphones free of cost, I will attempt to be as objective as possible in my evaluation.

 

Accessories –

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The GT3 has a pleasing unboxing and a very versatile accessory set. The IEMs come with 3-pairs of filters that enable users to tune the sound slightly to their liking. In addition, Adv provides 3 pairs of ear tips, small bore silicone, large body silicone/dual flange and memory foam tips. Advanced Sound’s signature zipper case is also included. It is protective and very spacious, also fitting a small DAP in addition to the wealth of accessories via an elastic internal pocket.

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However, one of my favourite additions is the remote cable which has a practical case-friendly right angle plug, fabric sheath and convenient 3-button remote. For those valuing audio, the GT3 also comes with a silver-plated copper cable that has a beefier braid, a straight plug for connection to an amplifier and a longer 1.5m length that suits desktop use. Such inclusions are very thoughtful for those that intend to use the GT3 casually and critically.

 

Design –

Where Advanced Sound have mostly stuck to more affordable models, the GT3 is appreciably more premium to match its similarly more premium price point. In turn, the plastics of preceding models make way for entirely stainless steel housings that are robust with an eye-catching brushed finish. Though their design isn’t intricate or especially sophisticated, their tapered sculpting enables a confident fit while ergonomic angling ensures prolonged comfort. The level of finish is pleasing as are the smooth transitions between its 3-piece construction.

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The GT3 is, at its core, a bullet-style earphone. Fit is simple with angled nozzles preventing pressure build-up on the tragus. The nozzles themselves are also swappable via a simple threaded interface, enabling basic tuning using the 3 included filters. Otherwise, the GT3 is a very comfortable in-ear and it doesn’t leak sound despite the presence of a side-mounted vent. Due to the length of the sound tubes, they also don’t possess the deepest fit and isolation is only just above average as a result. Still, they easily suffice for commute and public transport, especially with the included foams.

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Advanced Sound also implements an MMCX removable cable system. The audio-only cable is much improved from their past IEMs with a quad-braid silver-plated construction and a longer 1.5m length. It has soft, compliant insulation and is well-relieved at all terminations. In addition, its straight 3.5mm plug is case friendly. Up top are pre-formed ear guides. They’re strangely long but find an ergonomic fit nonetheless. Advanced also includes a remote cable for mobile use. It isn’t quite as well constructed but still impresses with a more pocket-friendly right angle plug, braided sheath and, of course, a convenient in-line remote.

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Avid writer, passionate photographer and full-time student, Ryan's audio origins and enduring interests lie within all aspects of portable audio. An ongoing desire to bring quality audio to the regular reader underpins his reviewer ethos as he seeks to bring a new perspective on the cutting edge and budget dredge alike.

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