Vsonic: A full Product Line Shoot-Out!

GR07 MK2

Next up is the GR07 MK2 , one of Vsonics flag ships andย is the successor of the GR07.

Just like the GR04 FSE and GR06 the GR07 MK2 has been designed within the squared housing concept. In combination with the patented variable angle nozzle of Vsonic, it’s child play to find the perfect position for iems into your ears. The variable angle nozzle makes it possible to adjust the angle of the nozzle, there is a little bit resistance so the nozzle stays in a correct position and doesn’t lead its own life. The square housing takes place in the auricle and doesn’t hurt because the edges of the square housing have been rounded off.

The cable has been improved throughout the evolution from GR07 to GR07 MK2, it became more flexible and they’ve added more silver to the color. Vsonic claims that the new version of the cable would reduce the sibilance and improve the clarity of the sound, unfortunately I don’t have a GR07 to make a comparison. The cable has a plastic cover and ends in an L shape with a golden plated jack and is provided with a cable cinch, which for me is very handy when I use the GR07 outdoors. The plastic makes sure that there is a small chance it will entangle itself. There is no cable noise, all we can say is that this is just another well-built iem from Vsonic.

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Needless to say is that you’ll find the right kind of ear tips within the accessories that have been provided by Vsonic, and it’s no different with the GR07 MK2. Beneath the foam layer in the package you’ll find 10 pairs of hybrid tips, 3 pairs of silicon tips and a pair of foam tips, also included is a pair of ear guides and a leather pouch. With sizes small, medium and large everyone will find the perfect fit.

Vsonic uses bio cellulose drivers for its GR07 MK2, which is a technique that hasnโ€™t been used often in this segment. Here’s a link if you want to know more about the technical aspect of this type of driver (yep, we just linked to Head-fi!)

Before listening I had great expectations of the GR07 MK2, because I had already listened to a few other models and as you can read I’m very satisfied with all of them. So, did this one live up to the rest? Of course it did, and how! First impressions are pretty impressive, the GR07 MK2 sounds like the GR04 FSE but much better. And that means a lot as I loved the GRO4 FSE. Only this time with the GR07 MK2, Vsonic they’ve tilted it up a few levels.

The lows are very enjoyable, partly due to its full, rich and warm sound, where the mid range of the lows are punchy and tight. In terms of depth, I can not say that this iems reaches to the sub bass, but there is more than enough depth. Add some nice texture to all of this and you’ll hear a nice controlled bass. The mids are neutral and somehow share the same warmth as the lows, further on they’re clear, transparent and exhibit multiple layers of detail. Likewise are the highs of the GR07 MK2, no flaws detected, except I noticed a little bit of sibilance when there are high cymbals in a song. But that is a rigorous remark because the highs are good, they have a nice extension and perform in a non-fatiguing way.

At the end of the line we can conclude that the hard work that Vsonic has put into the GR07 MK2 really has paid off. It is well-built and the improvements are a true benefit for the consumer, and then I refer to assets like the variable angle nozzle. But most importantly it sounds great! Nice wide sound stage with a good imaging of instruments and that warm controlled bass in combination with smooth mids that are built up with multiple layers of detail and texture. This GR07 gives you a great deal for your money, and I’m certain that this iem swiftly finds its way to the top.

 

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Lieven is living in Europe and he's the leader of the gang. He's running Headfonia as a side project next to his full time day job in Digital Marketing & Consultancy. He's a big fan of tube amps and custom inear monitors and has published hundreds of product reviews over the years.

31 Comments

  • Reply February 13, 2013

    Lespectraal

    Sounds like the GR01s are the IEM for me. Thanks for the review man, you’ve got me wanting this particular IEM now.

    • Reply February 13, 2013

      L.

      Glad you like it!

  • Reply February 14, 2013

    reckoncile

    That is a sexy GR01 picture ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply February 14, 2013

      L.

      Glad you like!

  • Reply February 15, 2013

    Eli

    I appreciate the time that you’ve taken to write this, but your poorly phrased English made understanding many of your observations & conclusions difficult. There were several instances where I had to stop reading the review, go back a several sentences, and try to start over, just to correctly understand what you were trying to say or describe.

    Considering the fact that there are 5 long pages of you musing on these IEMs, the normally minor inconvenience of interpreting poorly phrased/written English made for an unappealing read.

    I’m a fan of Headfonia. I hope that you work on improving the quality of the writing in the future, as your website is devoted to (often lengthy) written reviews & articles. It’s not about nitpicking, it’s about making sure that your opinions & conclusions are clearly expressed in a way that your readers can consistently understand and thoroughly enjoy reading.

    • Reply February 15, 2013

      Andrew Hulva

      I completely agree. The author gave it his best effort I’m sure, but headfonia has consistently put out well written articles. Not that we are entitled to such a standard, as this is their site, not ours, but it is hard to enjoy the read when you have to have to read not only what’s there, but what should be there as well.

      • Reply February 15, 2013

        Sam Pascoe

        A teacher a Princeton once said, “Edit until you have cut it down to the main pros and cons, then edit 5 more times”

      • Reply February 18, 2013

        Mike

        Thank you for the honest and constructive comments, guys.

  • Reply February 16, 2013

    dalethorn

    Funny thing – I always scored at the top of my classes in English, yet I had no problem reading this at all. I wonder if it just has to do with getting familiar with different writing styles and non-native writers. There is so much text on the Web today that we’re going to have to learn to digest it somehow.

    • Reply February 16, 2013

      L.

      Thanks for the support Dale, I mostly think it’s exactly what you mention.

    • Reply February 18, 2013

      Mike

      Thanks Dale.

      • Reply March 11, 2013

        Fabio_Rocks

        Hey Mike I think you must hire Dale as a reviewer. This guy is so skilled at headphones! I really like his style and he owns a lot of stuffs, He is very good to comparison. With Dale headphonia will be daily updated:) PS: this is a sincere comment, I am no affiliated with him.

        • Reply March 11, 2013

          dalethorn

          Thank you for the confidence. But it’s best that I stay independent, otherwise I would have to work much harder learning more about more products, not to mention listening skills. I think the good thing about Headfonia is that it works just right to attract people like yourself who can also contribute.

  • Reply February 18, 2013

    Marley

    How would compare the GR07 to some full sized headphones? Like the HD650, or maybe some closed headphones in the same price range?

    • Reply February 18, 2013

      Mike

      Quite hard to find a comparison to the 07 to be frank. It’s definitely nothing like the 650.

      • Reply February 18, 2013

        Marley

        Surely you could something about the technicalities of the GR07 ๐Ÿ˜€ And whether it holds up to closed headphones in its price range? HD650 is pretty special though, technically I’m not that impressed, but its timbre is something else.

        • Reply February 19, 2013

          Mike

          What is there to say about the technicalities of the GR07? It’s pretty good but I feel that most good IEMs these days are just as competitive.

      • Reply March 11, 2013

        Fabio_Rocks

        I hope so! The hd 650 is so sleepy…

    • Reply February 20, 2013

      L.

      I have the HD650 on my head now and the GR07 in my hands. Will listen later

  • Reply March 3, 2013

    Meh

    Come on Mods, it’s 2013, you are audiophile studying budgets, and yet you havent reviewed the Somics MH 463 or EFI-82 MTs?

    *shruggs* I dont know man, you should know those by now.

    They. Are. Amazing.

    • Reply March 4, 2013

      dalethorn

      The 463 got a rave review for sound, but gets killed for having very bad earpads. So does the signature change with replacement pads?

    • Reply October 29, 2013

      L.

      We’re not that much into universal iems tbh

      • Reply October 30, 2013

        Meh

        I see, well, these China budget stuffs are really sweet for their price. I still put a vote in that you try them out, worth a fifty from your pockets definitely.

  • Reply March 11, 2013

    Fabio_Rocks

    Hi guys I just ordered the V-sonic gr07 mk2 after 2 weeks of hard research on various website and forums. For the price of 130Eur I think they are a great deal.

    I have some questions for Lieven: Electric guitars sounds upfront-inyourface or laidback? Do you miss some bass compared to your favorite headphones? (I know you are a kinda basshead:) )

    There is also a Vsonic gr07 bass edition out there.

    Anyway it was a nice review, no problem for reading at all.

    • Reply October 29, 2013

      L.

      Only saw this just now. I didn’t do the review Fabio ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply April 17, 2013

    Peter Jan Icogo

    Add VC02 and VC1000 too ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice Write-up bro! ๐Ÿ™‚ Cheers!

    • Reply April 17, 2013

      L.

      Thanks! We’re done with iems for the moment though ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply October 29, 2013

    Dan Z

    I know this was written a while ago. But would anyone happen to know how the GR07 MK2 would stack up against the B&W C5 headphones, since they are pretty much the same price. I would imagine the overall quality is better on the GR07 than the C5 from the review on the C5.

    • Reply October 29, 2013

      L.

      Definitely go for the GR07MK. The C5 was really weird airy sounding, while the Vsonic is top

      • Reply October 31, 2013

        Dan Z

        I thought as much, thanks for the quick reply

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