Based on all the reviews and positive comments on the net, it seems like these GR02s are the holy grail of cheap IEMs. So going on Magic's posts, I bought a pair of these from the recommended seller bigbargainonline:
Firstly, like everyone else, I’m a little confused if I got the right ones, as I’ve seen trustworthy reviews of different models which have:
- “L” or” J” shaped plug
- 3 extra black tip pairs or 14 color-coded tip pairs
- Velvet or pleather pouch
My version if the former of each of those. Is there any way to tell if my GR02s are genuine? I remember some older Vsonic model had numbered, matched drivers…
I’ve been using JVC HA-FX34s for 3 years – now on my 3rd pair with rough, in-pocket, everyday use.
The thing is, I didn’t find the sound of the GR02s to be all that much different from the JVcs, and not really an improvement.
I use single-flange, large silicone tips on both - the twin-flange tips didn't seal as well for me. The GR02s compared to JVCs are:
(+) Significantly louder
(+) More stylish and (possibly) better build quality/design. However, this is LARGELY due to the JVCs being SO butt-ugly and cheap looking – in reality, my JVCs have been very durable.
(0) More midrange
(-) Sounds more compressed, more “mp3-like”. Listening to the GR02s, I can tell I’m listening to a headphone; the JVCs, not so much – more "live".
(-) JVCs have a slightly deeper, but less boomy, bass, which is more widely separated to the outside of the soundstage. In general, the JVCs also had better vocal separation. Makes them sound “sweeter” to me.
To be honest, if it wasn’t for a direct comparison, I would be happy with the sound of either of these headphones, and both are good value.
But here’s the kicker; I paid HK$270 (incl post – NOTE: Hong Kong dollars) for the GR02s. But I used to buy the JVCs for HK$35 (yes!) in the markets. And when they stopped selling them, I found them on eBay for HK$40 (incl post)!!! So, I bought 6 pairs…
So, I guess what I’m asking/saying is:
1) I wonder if my GR02s are genuine and/or the correct version – should be, as it's same seller others have used.
2) If they ARE legit, I’m quite happy to discover my JVCs have been an excellent purchase.
3) I would be happy with either the GR02s or JVCs, if they were priced identically…
- iPhone 4
- 320kbps mp3s
- Rock, heavy metal, hip-hop
- Environment: usually noisy streets, bus, metro. But I also compared these in quiet.