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Should I blow $30 on GR02 or save $100 for Etymotic HF5? (i'm a novice seeking detailed sound)

post #1 of 17
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Basically I have really looked around and for right now I can afford to drop $30-40 on some IEMs  because my old ones broke. However today I impulse bought some crappy JVC marsh mellows, and it sounded like I was listening to music out side of a house in a tin can... (those will be promptly returned)


Needless to say these super crappy artificial muffled bass ridden IEMs left me scared, and now I am seriously thinking in investing $100 in something that will allow me to hear every instrument and detail. I don't mind something lacking in bass as long as everything is right and proportional. I would like to hear it as if I was in the recording room, but my budget is a little tight, and I would feel bad spending $100, but I really hate hearing things "smeared togather". So I'm really leaning towards the Vsonic GR02 Bass. But how drastic is the detail difference in comparison to the Etymotic HF5? (and can they be bought lower than $100?)

 

-Thank you in advance, and I hoe this can help someone else!

post #2 of 17

"I need a Kate Upton looking hooker for less than $100"

 

haha, but seriously you're gonna laugh, but the apple in-ears are supposed to be really good, and have tested really well.  here's a link to the tests.  http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/AppleInEar2013.pdf

post #3 of 17
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hur hurrrrr.... I think its gonna be the Vsonic GR02 Bass. Ohh well
 

post #4 of 17
Get the GR02.
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by Seekky View Post

Get the GR02.

I Bought them from lendmeurears on Ebay! I'm so scared, and anxious; yet I can not wait for them to get here.

(First time using Ebay) eek.gif

 

 

Hes feedback seems positive, BUT all of the many positive "reviews" are all the same exact text. Like he is buying them from himself and posting reviews...

"ohh yes, fast shipping, a++" there are like 30 of these all exactly the same.

 

But what the hell, I don't care right now Ill just be optimistic and see what happens.

post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by BaconWhispers View Post

I Bought them from lendmeurears on Ebay! I'm so scared, and anxious; yet I can not wait for them to get here.

(First time using Ebay) eek.gif

 

 

Hes feedback seems positive, BUT all of the many positive "reviews" are all the same exact text. Like he is buying them from himself and posting reviews...

"ohh yes, fast shipping, a++" there are like 30 of these all exactly the same.

 

But what the hell, I don't care right now Ill just be optimistic and see what happens.

I wouldn't worry too much about the generic feedback because that's how lazy people in general are on eBay, judging the seller's neutral and negative feedback he seems to be a slow-to-ship type, or a "forgot to ship" type. The positive feedback overwhelms the negative so sit tight. 

post #7 of 17
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In the meantime I was reading how you guys talk highly of "burning in" the drivers. So I thought I might put together a file like this in Audacity:

 

1 Minute of white noise

1 Minute of pink noise

1 Minute of brown noise

1 Minute of Bass test clips

1 Minute of high frequency tones

 

Keep in mind that I don't know what I am doing, but so far this sounds like a good idea good to me.

I found my old iPod with RockBox on it so I think ill go for a loop while I'm at work....

 

Is this how you do it? Or does it really matter?

post #8 of 17

IMO it's your perception that changes, not the phones. No manufacturer has ever said their product improves with age, because it doesn't. Just stuff them in your ears and listen.

post #9 of 17

If you really have money to burn and you're looking for a good IEM, just get the Meelec M6 or M9 if you can find it for $15 or under and then save up for some multi-driver BA IEMs. Skip all of the intermediate stuff, just wait it out and save up some cash and go for the good stuff once and for all. I know the need for mid-tier and top-tier IEMs is great, but trust me it'll save you time and money in the long run I promise! wink.gif

post #10 of 17
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You know that is what I was thinking in the back of my mind! Now I just gotta wait for the guy to ship the damn things...

 

I think some day Ill just get those ones molded to your ears with like 6 drivers in each ear and an extra tube for high frequencies. Than il have some Ear-gasums. Than I will end up like "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie", and I will require taylored clothes, smooth car, prime realestate, laser eye correction, rolex, a laptop wiht an i7, a corvette..... I guess some of us humans just have to adapt to what we consider good for our status :\

post #11 of 17
I love the GR02 BEs and have compared a lot of them in that price range. Check you my $40 IEM BATTLE ROYAL thread, enjoy!!
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by zerocoolhifi View Post

I love the GR02 BEs and have compared a lot of them in that price range. Check you my $40 IEM BATTLE ROYAL thread, enjoy!!


GREAT REVIEW! I feel like a boss knowing that I bought the GR02s. I caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaant wait!!

However I am doubting myself now that I saw the RE0 and the massive review (http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-271-iems-compared-jvc-ha-fx101-spider-tinyear-added-02-06-13).

 

Damn... Now I might have to get me some RE0s because I was really after quality and detail, bass can go suck it. (sorry bass)

WHAT do you think RE0 of Etymotic HF5

post #13 of 17

Maybe you should have waited for some suggestions before you pulled the trigger, otherwise this thread is useless to you.

 

If you dont like the GR02 I would suggest looking into the Klipsch Image X10s.

post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by Aaron94 View Post

Maybe you should have waited for some suggestions before you pulled the trigger, otherwise this thread is useless to you.

 

If you dont like the GR02 I would suggest looking into the Klipsch Image X10s.

It may be a bit difficult to wait for suggestions when you have nothing to listen to music with.

post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by fradd View Post

It may be a bit difficult to wait for suggestions when you have nothing to listen to music with.

 

 

You are definitely right!

And this thread is not useless for me because I think I found a new hobby :) I might (*propbably will) be buying some more IEMs in the future. Also personal reviews from real users is golden.

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