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Sony MDR-EX1000 vs. VSonic GR07?

post #1 of 23
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So, when reviews of the EX1000 first came pouring in, I thought, "Wow, this is exactly what I'm looking for in a dynamic driver IEM!"

 

But, alas, the price was too much for my wallet to bear...

 

Then, when reviews of the GR07 first came pouring in, I thought, "Wow, this is exactly what I'm looking for in a dynamic driver IEM!"

 

I then looked at the price, and thought, "This looks like a winner!"

 

It looks like both, regardless of price, are excellent IEMs --- and both take a similar approach to their technology, employing large, multi-layer, specialty polymer (biocellulose for the GR07, liquid crystal for the EX1000) diaphragms.

 

The difference is that the EX1000 is positioned a bit more upmarket with its shell materials and replaceable cable, while the GR07 is, while also well-built and well-appointed, a bit more value-priced.

 

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think anyone has as of yet listened to both IEMs, but I'm dying to know how they compare sonically.

 

Right now, I'm inclined to buy the GR07, but can only listen to the EX1000 and FX700 as top-tier reference points.


Edited by tomscy2000 - 5/12/11 at 7:44am
post #2 of 23
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Originally Posted by cliffroyroycole View Post

Not sure the EX1000 vs. the GR-07 is a fair comparison, but ClieOS has heard both, so maybe he can comment.



I didn't have both at the same time so I can't say in great certainty. For what ever brief impression I have on the EX1000, it doesn't really blow me away. I'll say they are comparable - perhaps EX1000 is better at some aspects, but it doesn't worth the price difference.

post #3 of 23
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Hmm, yeah, I've been thinking that too.. the current price of the EX1000 is hard to justify, while on the other hand the GR07 seems to be something right up my alley, at a very nice price too. I only wish I could audition it first, but that's not possible.

post #4 of 23
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Originally Posted by cliffroyroycole View Post

Well, I owned the EX1000, but in the end, returned them (fit and design issues for me, and I prefer the JH5s and W4s). The EX1000s were very good, but again, not better to my tastes than either of my main IEMs.

 

I also ordered the GR-07s, but they have yet to arrive, because I do want one pair of higher-end dynamics in my collection.  I don't want to spend $300+ (FX700) for it, though. In the meantime, I saw a review of the AT CKM99s, and they caught my attention, so I ordered them too. Will keep either the GR-07s or the CKM99s, not both.

 

Not sure the EX1000 vs. the GR-07 is a fair comparison, but ClieOS has heard both, so maybe he can comment.


Not sure what your genre of preference is but the JVC's are a must own!
post #5 of 23
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Looking forward to your impressions on the GR07 against the EX1000 & CKM99, cliffroyroycole...

 

I can imagine what each of them sound like to a fairly accurate degree, but obviously nothing beats actually listening to it... I'm probably going to order the GR07 regardless; seems like such a nice package overall; I'm used to the oblique mounting style, and I like the articulating nozzle.

 

I get to audition the FX700 soon when I meet up with my friend; it should sound very nice, but I don't think it's my type of sound.

post #6 of 23

Cool, I will never be able to purchase the FX700, so saving a few dollars or more (value rate) and just order the GR-07 will make my day, Thanks!


Edited by Jupiterknight - 4/24/11 at 8:19pm
post #7 of 23
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Nice, nice! I actually went ahead and ordered the GR07 as well... from all the impressions people have given around here, it seems like a perfect fit with me. I'll see if my thoughts are the same as everyone else's...

post #8 of 23

I have the GR07 and I love them to death.  'til death do us part.  Or if I have moar moneys and invest in some customs some day in the distant future.  Only thing I need now are better tips, I found the included ones to be somewhat mediocre in fit, at least for me, and I've decored two of the included foam tips already (I got a little pack that included a whole bunch of extra foam tips and an extra pair of ear guides).  Definitely worth $150 (though I got them for $140 here in china. :P)

post #9 of 23
I haven't tried the EX1000, but I am enjoying the GR07's very much as of the moment. biggrin.gif
post #10 of 23
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And.... we have a comparison!

 

I got a quick listen of the EX1000 today; the sound was beautiful... to my ears it has a near perfect tonal balance, and had great speed to boot. It had less bass than I expected, but was still enough for my tastes.

 

By comparison, my GR07s have a much more intense bass response. I use the word 'intense' rather than strong, because the GR07 can't really be characterized as 'bassy' but rather brings beautiful bass texture and an enveloping feel to the table. The midrange is not as forward as that of the EX1000 (although the EX1000 can't be described as exactly mid-forward either). It may be that my GR07 isn't fully burnt-in, but the EX1000 feels smoother and brighter in the mids and highs. I couldn't tell for sure (and this issue has been one of debate over at the EX1000 thread) but it seems like the EX1000 rolls off gently at the extremes, more than the GR07.

 

Fit-wise, the EX1000, while comfortable, is definitely an odd fit. There's no way you can wear it to bed, for sure, and you'd look kind of ridiculous walking around the streets with it too. However, the EX1000 has amazing build quality. I haven't been up close and personal with the CK10, beheld by most on here to be the absolute best in build quality, but the EX1000 is definitely the best built IEM I've come across, e-Q7 and FX700 included. The weight of the magnesium shells lets you feel that these are some serious headphones while not being too heavy. None of this takes away from the fact that the GR07 is a very nicely built IEM though.

 

Isolation-wise, the GR07 is much better. It was difficult to find a good seal with the EX1000, although the Sony hybrids felt very nice in the ear. The GR07 can't be said to be great at isolation either, although it is definitely one of the best with regard to vented IEMs.

 

All in all, I can say that if I had $700 bucks laying around, I'd definitely spring for the EX1000s. They're definitely worthy of being a top-tier IEM and the pallbearer of the Sony name. They're not very practical though, IMO. While they can be a walkaround IEM, I don't think the seal is good enough, especially when you're taking them out and putting them back in all the time. On the other hand, the GR07 is not only much more affordable, but much more practical. It's comfortable, low-profile, and very portable, all the while producing an excellent sound that doesn't lag much behind the EX1000 at all. In fact, it's difficult to do a direct comparison for the two of them on account of sound quality because they're concentrated on two different purposes. The GR07 is focused on minimizing fatigue and presenting detail; the EX1000 strives for that "audiophile" feel of sound.

post #11 of 23
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Originally Posted by tomscy2000 View Post

 However, the EX1000 has amazing build quality. I haven't been up close and personal with the CK10, beheld by most on here to be the absolute best in build quality, but the EX1000 is definitely the best built IEM I've come across, e-Q7 and FX700 included. The weight of the magnesium shells lets you feel that these are some serious headphones while not being too heavy. None of this takes away from the fact that the GR07 is a very nicely built IEM though.


 

That is not the case these days (see bolded text), as the housings aren't that well built and the strain reliefs in the long run have proved not to be that strong. However, the CK100 does have excellent build-quality - I've yet to read of someone having issues with them - as does the 'new' ATH-CKM99, cheaper than the CK10, though a very different sounding IEM.

 

Yes, the EX1000's tonal balance is quite something!

post #12 of 23
Thread Starter 

Yeah, the CKM99 looks very nicely built. I tried the CKM77 and it was quite solid, but didn't quite achieve what I'd expected. I suspect the CKM99 does it one better.

 

I thought the sound of the EX1000 was pretty darn euphonic; it's just very luxurious.

post #13 of 23
Does the Vsonic have any warranty?
post #14 of 23

@tomscy2000: nice comparison my friend. I concur; and yes, I've owned both. smile.gif

 

P.S. $700 for the EX1000? They can currently be had at $~313, from online retailers with great ratings.

post #15 of 23
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Yeah, that was nearly five months ago, and I don't live in the states anymore, so it's not practical for me to buy online. I can get them here in Taiwan for a bit less than $500.
 

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Originally Posted by i2ehan View Post

@tomscy2000: nice comparison my friend. I concur; and yes, I've owned both. smile.gif

 

P.S. $700 for the EX1000? They can currently be had at $~313, from online retailers with great ratings.



 

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