Quality of Vsonic IEMS
Apr 16, 2014 at 9:02 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 15

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Hello everyone,
 
So I had GR02 BE for 3 months before cable near the jack broke and I get distortion when I move cable. Now more than a year ago I bought also GR07 mkII, which I used very little and treated them very accurately, but again they got same problem - when I move cable near the jack I get sound distortion and one earplug even does not play sometimes due to that. Am I just that unlucky or it's common occurrence?
 
I don't know if Lendmeurears will replace gr07 mkII for me because I have them over the year now, and if not it's just incredible big expense for me to buy such an expensive IEMs to last less than 1.5 year. I expected them to last over 4 years for sure due to such cost. 
 
Any comments?
 
Apr 17, 2014 at 8:02 PM Post #5 of 15

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I have a GR06 for over 2 years now. It has been into the washing machine together with my pants and hasn't exactly been treated all that gentle but it's still doing good! :)
 
Apr 18, 2014 at 12:30 AM Post #6 of 15

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  Hello everyone,
 
So I had GR02 BE for 3 months before cable near the jack broke and I get distortion when I move cable. Now more than a year ago I bought also GR07 mkII, which I used very little and treated them very accurately, but again they got same problem - when I move cable near the jack I get sound distortion and one earplug even does not play sometimes due to that. Am I just that unlucky or it's common occurrence?
 
I don't know if Lendmeurears will replace gr07 mkII for me because I have them over the year now, and if not it's just incredible big expense for me to buy such an expensive IEMs to last less than 1.5 year. I expected them to last over 4 years for sure due to such cost. 
 
Any comments?

It's fairly common for earphones.
 
It happens when you pull on or bend the cable near the jack plug (especially when unplugging), causing the cable strands to break/loosen.
 
This is more likely to happen if it doesn't have heavy strain relief and is basically relying on the solder joint for structural strength.
 
 
Don't buy a new one. Cut the jack plug off and solder on a new one.
 
Apr 18, 2014 at 3:55 AM Post #8 of 15

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  It's fairly common for earphones.
 
It happens when you pull on or bend the cable near the jack plug (especially when unplugging), causing the cable strands to break/loosen.
 
This is more likely to happen if it doesn't have heavy strain relief and is basically relying on the solder joint for structural strength.
 
 
Don't buy a new one. Cut the jack plug off and solder on a new one.

But considering how accurately I was using them, and how rare I used them it's very very surprising. I mean it's not 5$ earphones, it was 140$ and if it's normal for such an expensive IEMs to breaks just like that then I am never ever buying expensive IEMs again in my life, unless they have replaceable cable.
 
Oh and by the way, GR07 mkII got very stiff and uncomfortable cable, which purpose I thought was to make it more robust, but apparently it's not, so I don't see why would they make the cable so stiff.
 
Apr 18, 2014 at 4:08 AM Post #10 of 15

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  do you always leave the cable loose? Do you ever pull on the cable or put tension on it? do you wrap the cable around an ipod or phone?

I never wrap the cable around anything, I often put it in and out of pocket when changing tracks, but IEMs are not supposed to be listened only at home I guess? Otherwise I would just buy big headphones.
 
Apr 18, 2014 at 5:31 AM Post #12 of 15

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  Vsonic GR07MK II  - since 1.5 years daily use on and  from  way to work (1.5hours).
 
No issues with cable, but i store them in small case from Westone.

Wow you used much more than me. I used maybe few hours a week max, and sometimes it went off for weeks without any usage.
 
Wonder if indeed they broke due to the way I handled them, or it's manufacturing defect.
 
Apr 18, 2014 at 7:35 AM Post #13 of 15

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  Wonder if indeed they broke due to the way I handled them, or it's manufacturing defect.

Could be.
 
This kind of failure isn't rare in IEMs, but VSonics aren't worse in this regard.
 
IEMs can also go for years and still work fine - I've had IEMs that I've plugged in and unplugged daily over 4+ years, left loose in a pocket, gotten hooked on door handles, yanked out of my ears because I dropped the player it was plugged into, etc. yet are still working as well as they did out of the box.
 
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  Could be.
 
This kind of failure isn't rare in IEMs, but VSonics aren't worse in this regard.
 
IEMs can also go for years and still work fine - I've had IEMs that I've plugged in and unplugged daily over 4+ years, left loose in a pocket, gotten hooked on door handles, yanked out of my ears because I dropped the player it was plugged into, etc. yet are still working as well as they did out of the box.

Hmm, but both IEMs breaking in exact same spot in around 3 week period is very suspicious. At the time of breaking I was using them in the gym though, but I don't see how using them in the gym influenced cable breaking near the jack.
 

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