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GR-T20

GUIDERAY

Rating

Price

7.9

75 €

Review published:

08/2020

Driver

3

per Side

1

Dynamic

2

Balanced

Impedance

19 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

8

Bass

7.5

Mids

7.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

100 dB

7.7

Handling

9.5

Haptic

B

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 20000 Hz

Intro

GUIDERAY briefly attracted attention with their budget hybrid GR-i, but quickly disappeared under the radar again. With the GR-V5 they still have a pure BA-IEM (5) in their portfolio, which is a twin of the MAGAOSI K5 with 2-pin connector, but there is not much to read about either.
Therefore it is not surprising that their new GR-T20 has received little or no reputation.
This is a hybrid (1DD & 2BA) with a popular and solid configuration, which we also find in the SHUOER H27, or THIEAUDIO LEGACY 3.

Handling

The GR-T20's greatest strength is probably its comfort and custom design. For me it has the perfect size, has a noble appearance due to its wooden faceplate and convinces also in the processing.

In the scope of delivery we get a lot of silicone tips and a nice leather etui.
The 8-core cable is also to be positively emphasized, which has an excellent, soft feel and does not tend to knot. The 2-pin connector is also a good choice. For me, this connection is always a safe one, which cannot be said without reservation with MMCX, for example.

The excellent ergonomics and fit also provide us with very good isolation, without a feeling of vacuum.

Sound

The GR-T20 is a good IEM, but it doesn't manage to really take off and leaves a few grains here and there as far as tuning is concerned. It goes very much for safety, has a pleasing tuning and is well balanced, but can't quite meet the audiophile demand in terms of resolution and detail reproduction.

The GR-T20's clear winner is the bass. It's quite linear and falls off towards the midrange, which gives us a slight V-signature overall. Although it can certainly develop sub-bass pressure, it's a bit too inconsistent and doesn't always have the desired impact. On the other hand, it convinces me with its dry and clean playing style and can score with accuracy. He also manages to give the GR-T20 a very good depth in the room.
Here, I'm faced with the same problem as with the AUDIOSENSE AQ3, where I appreciate the mid-bass, but I find the sub range too anaemic. That's what the bass of the GR-T20 does better and above all it has a better kick, only it can't always tap this potential. Nevertheless, a really good and precise bass performance, with some slight drawbacks.

The mids are only slightly kissed by the bass and basically have a quite natural timbre, especially in the lower range. I miss a bit the substance, as they actually seem to have more possibilities due to the well implemented dynamic driver. So while they have a good resolution and offer more than decent localisation, they lack a bit of body and liveliness. Strings don't convince me completely and voices can also lack a bit of personality and energy, which sounds a bit boring here and there.

This is also due to the trebles, which also deliver a decent performance, but they lack level in the top end and the resolution also suffers. Sibilants only appear in the rarest of cases and it doesn't get unpleasant either, but there is a clear lack of brilliance and physicality to make the highs, but also the upper mids, more full-bodied.
Thus the highs are very secure and provide enough information for relaxed listening on the road, but not at all for the critical. That's a pity, as this is a waste of potential when a BA is exclusively taking care of the high frequencies.

The stage is appealingly spacious and can stand out especially in the depth, as well as in the panorama. However, it is not the measure of all things.

Outro

The GUIDRAY GR-T20 is a successful IEM, which can be an update, especially if you want to part with the enclosed IEMs of the mobile phone, MP3 player, or the last 50 € media market purchase and take the step into the hybrid world. It is musical, has a well-balanced tuning and can convince especially in comfort. Not an IEM that reinvents the wheel, but also not one that I would advise against if it falls into your hands at a reasonable price. Furthermore, the GR-T20 proves to be a safe all-rounder, without analytical demands, but with some finesse, especially in the bass and, depending on the song choice, also in the mids.

Legend

Haptic:

Here the processing plays a role and the usability of the scope of supply. Additionally the appearance, wearing comfort and robustness.


Value:
Here I evaluate for me subjectively the price/performance ratio - does not flow into the evaluation!

Z: No Brainer

A: money well spent

B: all right, you can do

C: gives better for less money

D: overpriced

E: collector's price

Daily life:
Here, I focus on the long-term audibility and whether I can hear it well out of the box. This is of course very subjective and therefore only a minimal deduction or bonus. 

(-0.1, 0, +0.1)

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Rating in Letters

S: 9.5 - 10

A: 9.0 - 9.4​

B: 8.0 - 8.9​

C: 7.0 - 7.9

D: 6.0 - 6.9​
E: 5.0 - 5.9​

F: 0.0 - 4.9​

GR-T20

GR-T20

GR-i

GR-i

GR-V5

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CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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