Hi I've been lurking around these parts for quite awhile...and for my first post I've decided to share my impressions of the VSD3S as there seem to be people interested in getting these. I'm lucky to be in Singapore and just picked up my pair personally from lendmeurears.
I'm no audiophile and am not as well versed as many of you, so I apologise if my descriptions aren't as accurate or detailed as they could be.
I've been using entry level Shure IEMs (SE110, SE215, SE215LTD) for the past 5-8 years or so. Recently I bought a FIIO X5 DAP. Listening to it on my full sized cans, I decided that my shures weren't doing it justice. Thus begins my flirtation with Vsonic...the GR07s have been universally praised here on Head-Fi so I decided to get a pair...ended up getting the GR07BE...and after reading up on the VSD3S I decided to get myself a pair...at that price how couldn't I.
I'll be squaring these up against mainly against the GR07BE which I have been listening to as my daily IEM for a few weeks now.
First off, compared to the SE215 & SE215LTD, the vsd3s completely blows them out of the water in every respect. Not even close.
My immediate impression coming just seconds from listening to the gr07be the whole day was that the vsd3s was missing a little detail in the higher and lower ends and the soundstage was a little smaller and the bass was a little less punchy. One difference I did note is that the gr07be has considerably better instrument seperation to my ears.
The mids are very much more present on the vsd3s than the gr07 which makes me believe that the vsd3s are a little more balanced sounding while the gr07 have slightly recessed mids. Vocals and certain instruments like piano and trumpets come through with quite a bit of presence without being in your face.
While it's true that from an audio quality standpoint the vsd3s is very slightly outclassed by the gr07be, to many the vsd3s may be the more enjoyable IEM to listen to. It sounds less fatiguing and more lively then the gro7be and the more I listen to them the more I'm enjoying them...they will not probably replace the gr07/be but they may very well end up being the easier and more fun iems to listen to.
The se215 is generally described to be a very fun sounding iem, and the vsd3s is definitely fun if not funner? I would describe the sound signature to be somewhere between the gr07be and the se215 (leaning closer to the gr07be). Its got just enough detail and richness and just enough 'fun' to find a nice spot between them.
2) Build Quality
The plastic shell on the gr07 seems a little more robust while the vsd3s has a bit of a hollow plastic lighter feel to it? Similarly, the cables on the gr07 are a hair thicker and seem better built and even those cable don't really inspire my confidence. The biggest gripe I have with the build quality of the vsd3s is that there is no strain relief on the straight plug on the end of the cable - just a hard plastic housing which is a potential point of failure.
That's not to say its the worst built iem out there...while it looks (questionably) prettier, its not as premium feeling as it's bigger brother.
There are a lot of other things I'd like to mention, and I've taken a bunch of pictures to to illustrate comparisons but alas I don't have the account rights to do so yet. So I shall return and follow up these impressions at a later time when I can post up some pictures.
I'd like to conclude by saying that while the vsd3s is not as technically capable as the gr07be's (which are 3 times the asking price) they are quite close and they may end up being the ones I go to more often due to their fun and inviting sound. It's a steal for the asking price.
Thanks for reading :)
Edited by menamesringo - 7/1/14 at 10:41am