RikudouGoku

Headphoneus Supremus
The budget-King for consumers, the Apocalypse for the competition
Pros: Clean but fun bass due to the speed and tightness
Vocal quality
Treble quality
Huge soundstage
Detail, imaging and instrument separation
Almost Sony-levels of timbre/coherency
Top tier isolation
Build quality (and aesthetics)
VALUE
Cons: Pressure build-up due to no-vents
Bass/treble extension could be better
Not as bassy as the graph implies
Male vocals are a bit recessed
Lack of packaging (came in a cardboard box)
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Disclaimer: I bought this with a review discount around the time it was listed and the MSRP was a bit cheaper than it is at the time of this review.

Price: 86 usd (I paid 56 usd)

Specifications:


Driver: 1 DD + 2 BA (Sonion Mids and “custom driver” for the treble according to them (most likely Bellsing))

Sensitivity: 109DB SPL/MW

Impedance: 20 OHMS @1KHZ

Frequency Range: 20Hz-20kHz

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Accessories:

Carry case

S/M/L wide bore silicone tips

Cleaning tool

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Cable: An 8-core SPC cable measuring at 0.26 ohms. Plastic 2-pin connectors but metal divider and 3.5mm connector and has a working chin-slider. It works and don’t need a different cable.


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Build: Entirely made out of resin and is one the smaller side, including the nozzle that has 2 sound bores. The nozzle doesn’t have a lip but it is a bit wider at the top so tips don’t fall off. It is unvented.

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(Audiosense DT200 = left, GS Audio GD3A = middle, Fiio FH3 = right)

Fit: Most people shouldn’t have problems with it as it is on the smaller side.

Comfort: Due to the unvented shell, there is pressure-build up similar to BA-only iems. So, if you are sensitive to that, you might find this uncomfortable.

Isolation: Top tier due to the unvented shell.

Setup: Schiit Asgard 3 (low-gain, volume around 8 o´clock), Elecom EHP-CAP20 tips L, cable A6 4.4mm

Lows:
The bass in this DD is very different from other DDs. It basically sounds more like a BA driver but with DD texture/air/timbre (probably because of the unvented shell). Has a sub-bass focus, so this results in an extremely clean but fun bass when the track has a lot of bass. It definitely doesn’t sound nearly as much as the graph implies though, so if you are a basshead, this isn’t a basshead iem but more of an elevated yet clean bass.

Mid-bass: Metallica – fight fire with fire (01:11-01:52), extremely clean due to the “BA like” speed and tightness, texture could be a bit better as well as have more quantity though. The (02:55-03:01) section with the chopper is hearable but could be a bit more forward.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Pretenders (01:18-01:47), speed and tightness are very good as well as good texture but quantity could be a bit higher.

Sub-bass: Djuro – Drop that bass (01:15-01:30), extension and rumble could be better, it resembles a BA in that regard. Punch quantity and texture is very good though, as well as clean because of the speed and tightness.

Will Sparks – Sick like that (03:08-03:22), fun due to the quantity and texture but also very clean due to the speed and tightness.

Mids: Male vocals tend to be a bit recessed while female vocals are more neutral. Tonality wise they are very good for my library, although male vocals can lack some warmth on some tracks. Timbre is great as well as clean and detailed.

Female-vocals: Hiroyuki Sawano – OldToday (01:25-01:52), both tonality and timbre are excellent as well as very clean and detailed. Vocals are neutral but could be a bit more forward.

Yuki Hayashi – MightU (01:58-02:55), timbre is excellent as well as coherent but vocal tonality could be a bit brighter as well as more forward.

Evanescence – Bring me to life (01:18-01:35), not shouty at all and is still tonally correct.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Crescent (02:07-02:26), a bit shouty here.

Male-vocals: Hiroyuki Sawano – Pretenders (00:57-01:17), clean and detailed as well as good tonality but it is a bit recessed.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Scapegoat (00:57-01:17), tonality is lacking a bit of warmth as well as being a bit recessed but is very clean.

Treble: Linkin Park – Shadow of the Day (03:24-03:42), electric guitars are bit sharp.

Deuce – America (03:03-03:16), a bit shouty.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Lose (string version) (01:22-01:59), Cello tonality, timbre, texture and details are all very good. Violin timbre, texture and treble extension are very good but tonality could be brighter.

Hiroyuki Sawano &Z (02:18-02:57), very good tonality, timbre and clean.

Soundstage: Very wide and deep and makes it holographic.

Tonality: Mildly V-shaped, with a tonality that can adapt to the track and doesn’t lean too much

Details: impressive detail (macro and micro details) for this price range and its tuning.

Instrument Separation: Average separation and imaging for this price.

Songs that highlight the IEM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_Jrql4ZXUo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSzyI3u5DFo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-olabt8ci4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkID8_gnTxw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7Grto8dtDI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJ-QLl5qjLg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoCD5wZEgo4

Good genres:
Rock/metal, R&B, Trance, Pop, Kpop, OST

Bad genres: Jack of all trades master of none type, works with pretty much my entire library but hip-hop isn’t as good as the other genres because of how fast/tight the bass is.



Comparisons:

IEM: Blon BL-03 (mesh mod), Radius deep mount tips L, cable B3 4.4mm
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Bass:
Djuro – Drop that bass (01:15-01:30), extends lower and rumbles a lot more on the 03. Punch quantity is a bit higher on the 03 but is a lot cleaner on the GD3A due to it being a lot faster and tighter, texture is a bit better on the GD3A as well. Tonality is slightly better on the GD3A but timbre is a bit better on the 03.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Pretenders (01:18-01:47), tonality and timbre are better on the 03 but is a lot cleaner on the GD3A.

Metallica – fight fire with fire (01:11-01:52), a lot cleaner on the GD3A due to the bass being a lot tighter and faster, as well as separation being a lot better.

Mids: Hiroyuki Sawano – OldToday (01:25-01:52), similar vocal quantity and tonality, but slightly better timbre on the 03 (very close though, mids timbre are very similar, but the treble timbre on the GD3A has more BA timbre and loses to the 03). A lot cleaner and detailed on the GD3A though.

Evanescence – Bring me to life (01:18-01:35), the 03 is actually a bit more fatiguing because of it being brighter.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Scapegoat (00:57-01:17), vocal and instrument tonality and timbre are better on the 03 but a lot more detailed and cleaner on the GD3A.

Treble: Linkin Park – Shadow of the Day (03:24-03:42), sharper electric guitars on the GD3A.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Lose (string version) (01:22-01:59), Cello timbre is a bit better on the 03 but texture, detail and tonality are better on the GD3A. Violin timbre is a bit better on the 03 but tonality, texture, detail and treble extension are a lot better on the GD3A.

Hiroyuki Sawano &Z (02:18-02:57), tonality is a bit better on the GD3A and a lot cleaner/detailed. But timbre is slightly better on the 03.

Technicalities: Shiro Sagisu – Hundred years war (02:24-02:57), the GD3A is a lot wider and deeper so it is holographic and makes the 03 sound narrow. Detail, imaging and instrument separation are all a lot better on the GD3A. Timbre is slightly better on the 03 (most noticeable in the treble).

Overall: The GD3A has a lot better technicalities and is also more versatile than the 03 but if you want something that is bassier and more fun, the 03 is better, otherwise the GD3A will suit more people.


IEM: Audiosense DT200, Sony EP-EX11 tips L, cable A6 4.4mm
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Bass:
Djuro – Drop that bass (01:15-01:30), extends a lot lower and rumbles more on the GD3A. Punch quantity is also higher on the GD3A but is tighter, faster and more textured so it is more fun yet cleaner at the same time. Tonality is a lot better on the GD3A and has better timbre.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Pretenders (01:18-01:47), a bit more quantity on the GD3A but cleaner because of the faster and tighter bass along with more texture. Tonality and timbre are better on the GD3A.

Metallica – fight fire with fire (01:11-01:52), similar quantity but a lot tighter, faster and more textured on the GD3A.

Mids: Hiroyuki Sawano – OldToday (01:25-01:52), vocal tonality is better on the GD3A as well as cleaner and more detailed, timbre is similar though. Instrument tonality and timbre are better on the GD3A.

Evanescence – Bring me to life (01:18-01:35), more relaxing and fatigue free on the DT200.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Scapegoat (00:57-01:17), vocal and instrument tonality is a bit better on the DT200 but timbre is similar. A lot cleaner and more detailed on the GD3A.

Treble: Linkin Park – Shadow of the Day (03:24-03:42), more relaxing and fatigue free on the DT200.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Lose (string version) (01:22-01:59), Cello tonality, timbre, texture and detail are better on the GD3A. Violin tonality, timbre, texture, detail and treble extension are better on the GD3A.

Hiroyuki Sawano &Z (02:18-02:57), better tonality, timbre and detail on the GD3A.

Technicalities: Shiro Sagisu – Hundred years war (02:24-02:57), Soundstage is a lot wider and deeper as well as more holographic on the GD3A. Detail, imaging and instrument separation are a lot better on the GD3A. Timbre is similar (although better bass timbre on the GD3A).

Overall: I see no reason to get the DT200 over the GD3A unless you want a more relaxing set. They both have similar shell shapes (and unvented) while the GD3A is a lot better in almost all aspects.


IEM: Fiio FH3, Final Audio Type E tips LL, cable A3 4.4mm
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Bass: Djuro – Drop that bass (01:15-01:30), a bit lower extension and rumble on the FH3. Quantity is similar but tighter and faster on the GD3A while texture is better on the FH3. More tonally accurate on the GD3A.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Pretenders (01:18-01:47), a bit more quantity and more textured on the FH3 but tighter and faster on the GD3A. tonality is a bit better on the FH3 but more natural on the GD3A due to the timbre.

Metallica – fight fire with fire (01:11-01:52), cleaner on the GD3A due to the faster and tighter bass. Quantity is a bit higher on the FH3 as well as more textured.

Mids: Hiroyuki Sawano – OldToday (01:25-01:52), Vocal tonality is a bit better as well as more forward on the FH3 but timbre is a lot better on the GD3A and ends up being a lot more natural. Instrument tonality and timbre are a lot better on the GD3A.

Evanescence – Bring me to life (01:18-01:35), more fatiguing on the FH3.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Scapegoat (00:57-01:17), both tonality and timbre with vocals and instruments are a lot better on the GD3A. Unnatural BA timbre and incoherent on the FH3.

Treble: Linkin Park – Shadow of the Day (03:24-03:42), a bit sharper electric guitars on the GD3A but a lot better timbre.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Lose (string version) (01:22-01:59), Cello tonality and timbre are better on the GD3A while detail is similar but better texture on the FH3. Violin tonality, timbre, texture, detail and treble-extension are better on the GD3A.

Hiroyuki Sawano &Z (02:18-02:57), tonality is more correct on the FH3 but better timbre on the GD3A.

Technicalities: Shiro Sagisu – Hundred years war (02:24-02:57), a bit wider width and deeper as well as more holographic on the GD3A. Macro-details are similar but a bit better micro-detail on the GD3A. Imaging and instrument separation are also a bit better (most likely due to the cleaner bass) on the GD3A. Timbre and overall coherency on the GD3A is outclassing the FH3.

Overall: Besides the bass, the GD3A is better than the FH3 in pretty much every other aspect.


IEM: Fiio FD5, Elecom EHP-CAP20 tips L, stock cable 4.4mm
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Bass: Djuro – Drop that bass (01:15-01:30), lower extension on the FD5 but similar rumble. Punch quantity is also similar but more textured on the FD5 while it is a bit faster and tighter on the GD3A. Similar tonality but a bit better timbre on the FD5.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Pretenders (01:18-01:47), a bit more quantity and texture on the FD5 while speed and tightness are similar. Tonality is a bit better on the FD5.

Metallica – fight fire with fire (01:11-01:52), cleaner on the GD3A due to the faster and tighter bass. Quantity is similar as well as texture.

Mids: Hiroyuki Sawano – OldToday (01:25-01:52), vocals are more forward on the GD3A and has similar timbre but tonality is a bit better on the FD5 due to it being brighter. Instrument tonality is a bit better on the GD3A while timbre is a bit better on the FD5. Similarly clean but a bit more detailed on the FD5 (mostly in the treble).



Evanescence – Bring me to life (01:18-01:35), a bit more fatiguing and sharper on the FD5.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Scapegoat (00:57-01:17), similar vocal tonality and timbre but a bit more forward on the GD3A as well as cleaner.

Treble: Linkin Park – Shadow of the Day (03:24-03:42), a bit sharper electric guitar on the FD5.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Lose (string version) (01:22-01:59), Cello tonality, timbre, texture and detail are similar. Violin tonality and timbre are better on the FD5 but similar detail and treble-extension.

Hiroyuki Sawano &Z (02:18-02:57), similar tonality but a bit better timbre on the FD5 while similarly clean and detail.

Technicalities: Shiro Sagisu – Hundred years war (02:24-02:57), soundstage is wider on the FD5 but similarly deep and holographic. Imaging, instrument separation and timbre are better on the FD5 (not by a lot though) while detail is very similar.

Overall: This… is one of those comparisons that makes me question what I am hearing. But the differences between these 2 is very slim. The GD3A has better mids and similar technicalities while the FD5 has better extension both ways.

IEM: LZ A7 (pop-red), Final Audio Type E tips LL, cable A3 4.4mm
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Bass: Djuro – Drop that bass (01:15-01:30), a bit lower extension on the A7 while it rumbles more as well. Punch quantity is similar but cleaner on the GD3A due to the faster and tighter bass. Texture is better on the A7. Tonality and timbre are better on the GD3A.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Pretenders (01:18-01:47), a bit more quantity on the A7 but a lot cleaner on the GD3A because of the faster and tighter speed. Texture is a bit better on the A7.

Metallica – fight fire with fire (01:11-01:52), a lot cleaner on the GD3A due to the faster and tighter bass, to the point that the A7 sounds bloated. Individual bass strikes are a lot more distinct on the GD3A.

Mids: Hiroyuki Sawano – OldToday (01:25-01:52), similar vocal quantity but a lot cleaner on the GD3A and has better tonality and timbre. Instrument tonality and timbre are a lot better on the GD3A.

Evanescence – Bring me to life (01:18-01:35), a lot cleaner and tonally correct on the GD3A but also more fatiguing.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Scapegoat (00:57-01:17), a lot better timbre on the GD3A while tonality (vocal and instrument) is a bit better on the A7.

Treble: Linkin Park – Shadow of the Day (03:24-03:42), electric guitars are sharper and more fatiguing on the GD3A but better timbre and tonality.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Lose (string version) (01:22-01:59), Cello tonality is similar but better texture, detail and timbre on the GD3A. Violin tonality and treble-extension are better on the A7 but similar detail and timbre is a lot better on the GD3A.

Hiroyuki Sawano &Z (02:18-02:57), a bit better tonality on the A7 but a lot better timbre and cleaner on the GD3A.

Technicalities: Shiro Sagisu – Hundred years war (02:24-02:57), soundstage is wider, deeper and more holographic on the GD3A. Imaging, instrument separation and details are better on the GD3A. Timbre and overall coherency on the GD3A is outclassing the A7.

Overall: The GD3A is beating the A7 in pretty much every aspect. I only recommend the A7 over the GD3A if you want something more versatile (due to the 10 different configs) and if you can’t stand unvented shells.


IEM: Tanchjim Oxygen, Final Audio Type E tips LL, cable A6 4.4mm
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Bass:
Djuro – Drop that bass (01:15-01:30), a lot lower extension and more rumble on the GD3A. A but more punch quantity on the GD3A but similar speed and tightness while texture is better on the GD3A. Tonality is more correct on the GD3A.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Pretenders (01:18-01:47), cleaner on the Oxygen due to the lower bass quantity but similar speed and tightness while it is more textured on the GD3A. More tonally correct on the GD3A.

Metallica – fight fire with fire (01:11-01:52), very similar bass here but cleaner on the Oxygen due to the brighter tonality.

Mids: Hiroyuki Sawano – OldToday (01:25-01:52), vocal tonality and timbre are better on the Oxygen as well as cleaner and more detailed (could be because of the brighter tonality). Instrument tonality on the other hand is better on the GD3A while timbre is similar.

Evanescence – Bring me to life (01:18-01:35), more fatiguing and shoutier on the Oxygen.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Scapegoat (00:57-01:17), instrument and vocal tonality are better on the GD3A while timbre is a bit better on the Oxygen.

Treble: Linkin Park – Shadow of the Day (03:24-03:42), electric guitars are a bit sharper on the GD3A.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Lose (string version) (01:22-01:59), Cello tonality and texture are better on the GD3A but similar timbre and details. Violin tonality, timbre, detail and treble-extension are better on the Oxygen but better texture on the GD3A.

Hiroyuki Sawano &Z (02:18-02:57), better tonality on the GD3A but similarly clean while the Oxygen has better timbre.

Technicalities: Shiro Sagisu – Hundred years war (02:24-02:57), similar width but deeper and more holographic on the GD3A. Detail, imaging, instrument separation and timbre are better on the Oxygen.

Overall: The GD3A and the Oxygen are tuned very different, the Oxygen is better for acoustic/vocal focused music as it is a specialist in that regard while the GD3A is a lot more versatile and safer due to the warmer tonality.


IEM: Sony XBA-N3, Final Audio Type E tips LL, cable A6 4.4mm
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Bass:
Djuro – Drop that bass (01:15-01:30), lower extension and a lot more rumble on the N3. Punch quantity is also a lot higher on the N3 but a LOT faster, tighter and cleaner on the GD3A as well a having more texture. Tonality is more correct on the N3 though.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Pretenders (01:18-01:47), a lot more bass quantity on the N3 but more textured, faster, tighter and cleaner on the GD3A. More tonally correct on the N3 though.

Metallica – fight fire with fire (01:11-01:52), a lot cleaner on the GD3A because of the tighter, faster and lower bass quantity. Individual bass strikes are a lot more distinct on the GD3A.

Mids: Hiroyuki Sawano – OldToday (01:25-01:52), a bit more forward vocals on the N3 but similar timbre and tonality. Instrument tonality is better on the GD3A but similar timbre and overall coherency.

Evanescence – Bring me to life (01:18-01:35), more relaxing and fatigue free on the N3.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Scapegoat (00:57-01:17), similar vocal timbre and quantity but a bit better tonality on the N3 (warmer). Instrument tonality is better on the GD3A while timbre is similar.

Treble: Linkin Park – Shadow of the Day (03:24-03:42), more relaxing and fatigue free on the N3. But more tonally correct on the GD3A.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Lose (string version) (01:22-01:59), Cello tonality and texture are better on the N3 while timbre is similar and detail is better on the GD3A. Violin tonality, texture, detail and treble-extension are better on the GD3A while timbre is similar.

Hiroyuki Sawano &Z (02:18-02:57), a bit better tonality and timbre on the N3 while it is a lot cleaner and detailed on the GD3A.

Technicalities: Shiro Sagisu – Hundred years war (02:24-02:57), soundstage is a bit wider on the GD3A but deeper and more holographic on the N3. Details, imaging and instrument separation are better on the GD3A. Timbre is a bit better on the N3 (better treble timbre, but mids and bass timbre are similar) so it is also a bit more coherent on the N3 but it is very close.

Overall: N3 is the more relaxing and fun iem but also less versatile because of that. The GD3A is more versatile and has better technicalities.



Conclusion: Well, what more can I say. This is budget iem that is competing with the 300 usd range iems without much issues at all. Only reason I can say to not buy this is if you really can’t stand unvented shells due to pressure build up. Thanks for reading.

Graph:

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Cable source:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet...zTm4ei7HEfP8AI1zxswrMw2ho/edit#gid=1801072063

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RikudouGoku
RikudouGoku
@carliber1 Thank you. Sorry I do not have any other GS Audio iems than the GD3A/GD11.
harry501501
harry501501
Thought there might be more reviews on this
amanieux
amanieux
lots of comparisons is very useful, thanks
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