We move on with the Vsonic GR06, which is around the same price of the GR04 FSE. They have similar looks and the housing on the GR06 also has a squared housing, but more in a trapezium shape. It looks a little bit odd, but just like the GR04 FSE, it comes in handy positing the speakers into your ear. The overall build quality feels very solid on the GR06, it’s an item where Vsonic pays a lot of attention to. Just like the GR04 FSE and the GR07 MK2 the GR06 has the variable angle nozzles. I really like the concept, for me it is a big asset; a perfect fit from the first time you put them on.
The cable has the same brass color as the GR04 FSE and is slightly thicker as your average cable, it’s also tangle resistant, yet it feels supple. Just like every other Vsonic model, the GR06 comes with a ton of accessories; 14 pair of ear tips, a set of ear guides and a synthetic leather pouch. The isolation of the GR06 was a little less efficient than on the other GR0X’s, but it’s still good.
The GR06 was one of the last in the Vsonic series that I listened to, and to be quite frank about it, I had a difficult time listening to it. I had in mind that Vsonic is a brand that has a focus on bass oriented listeners, but clearly I was somehow wrong. I gave it some more time to discover what it was all about and throw away my first impressions. When I picked it up and started listening for the first time, I missed that warm bass that I was enjoying from the other Vsonic’s. I listened to the GR04 FSE, GR02 / GR02 Bass edition and the fabulous GR07 before I listened to the GR06 and it doesn’t have that signature bass sound like the other ones. On top of that there was the airy sound I also didn’t come across with the previous models. Don’t panic, it’s still good iem but I’m just explaining why it didn’t catch on with me from the start. So I figured out I had to take another approach to the GR06, I started watching TV with the GR06 and didn’t choose my favorite music while watching some TV. So that way I wouldn’t put too much focus on the sound of the GR06.
After some time spent with the GR06, it kind of grew on me and I really started to enjoy it. I realized that is a matter of perspective, Vsonic wants to show us they have more aces up their sleeves with this iem. The bass sounds good, I only had to give it some time, it’s a warm mid bass that is complementary to the midrange. As mentioned before, it isn’t made for the bass head as there’s no punch but a loose and slow mid bass with a good extension , yet I can not say that it’s muddy. From my experience I can tell that I enjoyed the lows the most when listening to some heavier music genres, such as Metallica, Ministry, etc.. Music with a drummer that goes heavy on the bass drum. The lows connect very well with the mids who have an airy feeling and sound natural. Although the mids are upfront, it all is nice and neat. Voices and guitars are coming through very well, plenty of detail, but I missed some body and texture. They sound clean but to be fair the high are suffering from sibilance, which becomes very noticeable with those airy mids.
The GR06 has a very open and airy soundstage, in contrast with the other Vsonic models. Imaging could have been better, somehow I think the airy sound plays a big part in this, but for its price it’s certainly above average.
All things considered it took me some time to appreciate this GR06 but I’m glad I do now. As you all have read I’m a big fan of the square housing and those adjustable nozzles, and so will you if you give it a chance.
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