Originally Posted by brooksiehockey
It turns out I am a basshead (a new term I learned from Head-fi) which resulted in my purchase of the JVC FX101s which have garnered unanimous praise for their bass. However, I have found their bass inferior to my previous earbuds (Meelectronic SP51s) and even to my new Vsonic Gr02 BE(which I love!) Are my expectations too high for a $20 IEM or are they perhaps defective? If so, what would be the next bass monster upgrade? Sony XB90? Turbine? Hippo? I mostly listen to rap and electronic music. I'm pretty sure they have a good seal. Thanks!
Inferior in what way?
I haven't tried the GR02-BE nor the SP51, but I've tested the FX101 and while the FX101 bass distorts at dangerously loud volumes, it is very impressive with the depth, the size, and the punch. The bass is similar to that of the Sennheiser CX500 at normal listening levels, but the CX500 (which is the top of my list for basshead IEM's) can go louder without distortion. Also, Joker (the most prolific and most read head-fi reviewer) has reviewed both the GR02-BE and the FX101; Joker described the GR02 bass as "punchy, but not inaccurate and the earphone is not quite a bass monster" while the FX101 bass "puts it among the hardest-hitting in-ears on the market ... easily beats the MEElectronic M9 ... the FX101 probably won’t be purchased by those looking for anything less than a bass monster."
Also, can you post pictures of your headphones because there are so many "gorilla"/guerilla marketers in here with the sole purpose of disinformation. It may be too much of an inconvenience for you but you just joined and all and I've been seeing positive comments about the GR02 recently from suspicious new members. I might consider getting the GR02 to verify, as I don't mind being hyped--I believe that a product achieving hype is a feat in itself and deserves attention, given how difficult that is in a saturated market. I've also read positive reviews for the SP51, and have read an honest-sounding review that it was a mind-blowing upgrade from the CX300/EP-630 (the most popular classic and also my benchmark).
So yeah, your expectations might be "too high" if the GR02 and the SP51 indeed drop bass like bombs. But regardless of the price difference, I believe the FX101 bass should not be THAT inferior as how you make it sound. Or perhaps the bass timbre of the GR02 and the SP51 have a midtohigh-bass hump that you've grown to love, which sounds like "TOUG" and may appear to be "louder" with a "bigger" kick, but to me and some other bassheads consider "bloated". Again this might be a taste-difference. Or you could simply be right.
Also you should've just bought the FX101G for only $14 shipped from Amazon marketplace if you don't mind the color green haha.
I'm ALWAYS looking for the "next bass monster upgrade" and the current top of my basshead list is the already discontinued Sennheiser CX500/CX400. Last week I just spent almost $200 for 5 pairs of authentic CX400/CX500's which I'm going to keep with me for the rest of my life. I wish to try the SP51 and the GR02BE, and also the Sony XB500 and the Monster Turbine.
Edited by PocketSmiley - 2/7/13 at 5:43pm