GR02 – GR02 BASS
In this part we’ll be covering Vsonic GR02(first pic) formerly known as R02 (pro) and its successor GR02 bass edition (second pic), which have been released in 2012. Things aren’t as black and white as you would suspect if we just compare the names of these two iems. When it comes down to looks and design we don’t see much difference, they have the same dark grey cable, but the GR02 comes into a 45 degree angle on the golden plate jack, where the GR02 BE has an L shaped ending on the jack. The housing also remains the same, which to me looks a bit torpedo shaped. I know, it sounds funny but when you put these babies in it makes more sense calling them torpedoes. Another quick way to find out which one is in front of you is that the GR02 has an sliver ring and the GR02 BE has a golden brown ring around the housing. Also on both of these it is clearly marked on the housing which one is L or R.
Both of them come with the most appreciated accessories Vsonic provides: 10 pairs of hybrid tips, 4 pairs of silicon tips and a soft pouch. Once again no problem finding the right tips with both of these iems; comfort wise not a problem.
Just like most of you I would suppose that Vsonic didn’t make much of a difference between the GR02 and GR02 BE besides the bass, but that’s not even half the story of what Vsonic has done to the GR02 BE. Except for the bass, there is so much more going on with this edition, so much more that I would suggest another name for the Bass Editon even, but for some inexplicable reason I’m not a member of Vsonics marketing team. Enough kidding around, I mean when I listen to the GR02 I can understand its position in the lineup of Vsonic; being above the GR99 and beneath the GR04 and GR06, but the GR02 BE steps it up. In terms of sound quality it leans close to the GR04 and in my opinion even surpasses the GR06. First of all it remains at the same price of the GR02, which is already very democratic, but the GR02 BE has a very positive price/quality ratio. Let me tell you why the GR02 is good and the Bass Edition is even better.
For starters, Vsonic presents us another pair of iems with a excellent bass, but to be fair I wasn’t expecting anything less from them. Both iems have a deep and warm bass which shows a lot of body. The lows aren’t boomy nor is the emphasize on the sub bass, Vsonic kept it all in proportion. Even for the GR02 BE it all sounds well, Vsonic has added a layer of thickness on the lows, and they sound richer and fuller in comparison with the GR02. Also bass is more in control and has punch in the mid bass, which lacks on the GR02. I find the BE almost as good with the lows as on the GR04, expect they miss that content of fun, that the GR04 possesses.
The GR02 BE takes a leap forward on the mids, where the GR02 shows the warmth of the lows and reflects the right amount of detail, the GR02 becomes forward and dynamic. The mids on the BE are sounding more rich and they also have that extra layer of texture. When you listen to well produced albums like ‘Thriller’ or ‘Bad’ it immediately becomes clear where the Bass Edition outshines its older sibling.
On the highs everything is all right, clear and bright with less or no signs of sibilance. The major improvement of the Bass Edition is that the extensions are remarkably better, in a way that it complements the rich and forward sound of the mids.
Sound stage on the BE is good because of its texture, of course it won’t compete with an expensive iem, but somehow I got the feeling from time to time that I’m listening to live music playing in nice cozy bar.
The conclusion is rather very simple: GR02 Bass Edition it will be. Although the GR02 is a good iem, the GR02 BE will outclass it, no matter how you look at it. We already know that they have the same price tag, so you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to make a conclusion on that point. The GR02 BE has a full and rich bass, the mids and highs show detail and are upfront, therefor it has a fantastic dynamic sound. It would be a hard question for me if someone would ask me if I have to choose between the GR02 BE and the GR04 FSE.
I know that the GR04 FSE is better, but the GR02 BE leans very close to it. If money is no object, I would advise to go and buy the GR04 FSE, but you also can’t go wrong with the GR02 BE. It really is a tough one. At the end of line, I can safely say that the GR02 Bass Edition, has a lot more to offer than its name would suggest. Vsonic has proven their craftsmanship once again, by making the BE a balanced, rich and forward sounding iem.
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