This iem was the first of seven samples that we received from Lendmeurears. I was very excited because I did some research and found out the GR04 Pro Flagship Edition is based on the GR04 Luxury Classic Edition. Yes I know, it all sounds very classy. The difference between these 2 models is that the Pro Flagship Edition has an 50 ohm impedance and Luxury Classic Edition has an 24 ohm impedance. Vsonic tried to achieve a better treble and bass extension on the Pro Flagship Edition, unfortunately we don’t have a Luxury Classic Edition right now to make a comparison.
Just like all our Vsonic samples, this GR04 FSE also comes in a plastic cover, which contains the iem itself and a lot accessories. Eartips for everyone, 15 pairs to be exact! To ensure that you’ll have the best comfort and perfect seal, Vsonic enclosed 7 pairs of hybrid ear tips, 3 pairs of foam filled hybrid ear tips, 3 pairs of normal single flange, one pair of foam tips and 1 pair of bi-flange ear tips.
Also no problem here with finding the right ear tip for me, always nice to have a good start! To make the set complete, they also include a pair of ear guides and a synthetic leather pouch.
The GR04 FSE has a brass tinted cable, which in comparison to an average iem is on the thick side. I like it, the thickness and color match up perfectly, and I haven’t had any problems with the cable. As a matter of fact it entangled not as fast as my other iems would do.
The speakers have a squared housing that looks a bit odd in the beginning, but I got used to it very fast. I find the housing handy for adjusting the nozzles in a correct position when I put them in my ears. Vsonic has a big ace up its sleeve with its patented variable angle nozzle, which makes it also very handy to adjust the nozzles and obtain a high comfort. As like the GR07 MK2, Vsonic has made use of bio cellulose drivers and that is partly why the GR04 FSE has the similar great sound of the GR07 MK2. If you scroll to the GR07 MK2 part you will find a link to find out how the bio cellulose drivers work.
I was really impressed when I put these iems on for the first time. Vsonic show that they’re taking business very seriously with an iem sounding this great in this price range. Well, let me explain you what got me hooked on the GR04 FSE. First of all, the bass sounds good. It’s warm, deep and controlled and always accords with the mids and highs. There is no punch in the bass, yet the bass still sounds tight. Somehow the bass seems like a light version of a Fischer Eterna 2. The GR04 FSE has a great interaction going on between the lows and mid-range, they are truly a prolongation for each other. This is the reason why the sound is so full, sweet and warm, it just all makes sense. Sound stage is quite good and you get a reflection of the position of the instruments and vocals get a place on the foreground.
As for the highs, not standing out, it doesn’t sparkle but neither does it roll off too much.
With a good sense of detail in the upper range not, it’s clear that Vsonic has made a good balanced iem. I listened to all kinds of music with the GR04 FSE, it handles it all well. Pop, rock, country, pounding techno music, hiphop, etc.
Obviously, I really like this little rascal. It has got the looks and the sounds. The squared housing is a little bit different, but in one way or another it is justified, because Vsonic made an excellent iem with the GR04 FSE. If you want an iem that sounds fun and you have a preference for bass oriented iems, than you should definitely put the GR04 FSE on your list.
We continue our review with the entry model of the Vsonic line-up: the GR99. Because of its reasonable price tag I didn’t have any high expectations of it, and I don’t say this because I have a blind prejudice, but I had already listened to the GR04, GR02 and GR02 extra bass and they all have a pretty good price/quality ratio. I didn’t expect that Vsonic would pull it off once again, but au contraire, they did just that. I’m very glad I was proven wrong, because the GR99 also has the signature bass that Vsonic likes to carry out.
When we look at the GR99 we easily can say that it isn’t anything close to its siblings because of its tube shaped housing. As most of the other Vsonic iems have a squared housing such as the GR07, GR06 and the GR04, the GR99 comes with a tube shaped housing and at the end of housing they’ve brought on a blue and red ring. Red indicating right and obviously blue for the left side.
As I mentioned in the introduction, this GR99 also will place its mark with a beautiful bass sound. Deep, full and warm is best subscribe it, not in quantity or quality as the other ones, but impressing enough. It isn’t in the same category as the GR02 or GR04, because the bass is to loose and lacks quantity, but it will surpass the lows of the GR06. The lows of the GR01 are sounding much richer and fuller than those of the GR06, which is nice.
The bass isn’t tight, but it will not overfloat the mids, so you don’t have that disappointing muddy sound. Vsonic has given the GR99 their well-known “touch of warm” to the mids, and this in combination with a touch of aggression, it fills the GR99 with energy. Of course there could have been more detail and brightness, but for its price tag the GR99 is standing its ground pretty good. There’s a good extension on the highs, which creates a good counterbalance with the lows and this way it becomes non-fatiguing. The GR99 doesn’t really shine out at something, but that’s not bad because it has no or less flaws and that makes it a good iem. In my opinion the GR99 is good reflection of what Vsonic can produce for this kind of retail price and what you can expect of the quality of the other models.
When listening to rock music this GR99 shines the most. It really loves guitar music, with the right song I had the feeling to throw in some good old fashion head banging. Nevertheless the bass has a prominent role in the overall sound, the mids become more forward when listening to some good rock music. The GR99 devours all genres, which is a little bit surprising, considering its price tag. Only when I listened to hip-hop, I had the impression that it sounded kind of slow, not too much, but just enough to notice the difference.
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