We see a lot of brands garner acclaim for producing high-quality products for extremely low prices. In the IEM world, ChiFi has taken over a lot of that area. Models like the Moondrop Aira have made waves for providing such a great sound for less than a hundred bucks, and there’s plenty more of its ilk out there. Recently I got a chance to listen to the Geek World GK10, a piezoelectric IEM for only $47.99. Being that this is a relatively unknown brand, I don’t exactly have any preconceived expectation for what these earphones could possibly sound like, so let’s jump right into it.
What You Get
- GK10 Earphones
- 3 sets of silicone tips
- 8-core cable
- Carrying pouch
Look and Feel
The shape of the GK10 earphones is not like your usual construction. Its outer shell has an indent making it resemble a thin heart which is a unique design for an IEM. Geek World is able to craft an unconventional shape while sticking to an ergonomic build that provides good support and comfortability. I listened to the GK10 for many hours without noticing any considerable fatigue.
The GK10 is a 5-driver hybrid IEM that uses a combination of dynamic, piezoelectric, and balanced armature units. For the dynamic unit, it is an 8mm system that utilizes a multilayer composite diaphragm made from titanium alloy.
I honestly didn’t think much of the GK10 when I took the first glance at them and considering the price, it’s easy to pass these off as a cheaper pair of buds that cut corners. However, these types of IEMs have surprised me in the past, and thankfully the GK10 joins the fold as one of those models. The soundstage immediately jumped out at me with its heightened scope and spatial properties. It is a nice bubble of sound with great imaging for this price bracket, with more layering than is to be expected. The positioning feels floaty and exaggerated, making the stereo field feel roomy. Its width goes past the earphones outer shell for a semi-wrap-around effect, but it mostly works to maintain the accuracy of the imaging.
It wasn’t just the wide imaging that immediately jumped out at me. The bass also produced a big tone that provided oomph and a deep feel. Mid-bass texture supplies the listener with plenty of warmth, while the rest of the bass and sub-bass frequencies provide a much fuller tone, with ample thickness and a booming timbre. This isn’t the cleanest response or the most articulate, but it gives you an excess of thickness that doesn’t quite muddy the resolution but instead gives the sound signature some good energy.
Around the midrange the GK10 losses a bit of steam. The fundamental frequencies within this area end up being significantly recessed, clouding some instrumentations behind unclear tones. However, the textures presented still provide the sound signature with that liveliness and color. This is especially prevalent in the upper midrange where certain elements like vocals receive proper emphasis, but the rest of the mids feel like they just don’t have enough gain, or the timbre just doesn’t supply enough clarity.
The shining spot of the GK10 is definitely its treble response. It provides a slick, sparkly tonality that’s a joy to listen to, and it kept me the most engaged with the sound signature as a whole. Their texture is more wispy and airy than pretty much any other IEM in this price range, and I found a lot of enjoyment taking them in. Its resonance can sometimes tetter on the brim of being too bright but I didn’t find it ever crossing that threshold. The GK10 keeps a consistent tone that keeps the listener engaged without succumbing to overemphasized harshness.
For the price, there isn’t much to complain about. The GK10 has its faults, especially in its midrange and level of clarity, but it supplies enough fidelity in its bass and highs to keep the sound signature engaging. If you’re looking for something quick, cost-efficient, and easy to listen to, then you won’t be too disappointed with the GK10.
The Geek World GK10 is available on Amazon.