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Geek Wold. That brand gives me the shudders.
If you’re not familiar with the brand Geek Wold or perhaps misread the “Wold” as “World” as I (rightfully) did at the very beginning, there’s not a lot of backstory to go over. Basically they were the creators of the once-hyped GK3, an IEM so terrible that it is one of the very few to be awarded the lofty rank of “E” on my extensive ranking list.
And for further clarification, “E” is not easy to get. Only 3% of the IEMs I’ve tried are awarded an E or lower, so believe me when I say: the GK3 is irredeemable.
So when the legendary creators of the GK3 came knocking on the IEM market’s door once again, saying that I was skeptical was definitely underselling the feelings that I had when hearing the news. To my surprise, the GK10 quickly gained a following right after its release, almost to a cult-like status. People clamouring on and on about how it’s the next big thing, toppling giants hundreds of dollars more expensive, and making other grand claims that seem… too good to be true.
Now that the GK10 is finally in my hands, IEF can finally answer everyone’s burning question: how good is the GK10 actually?
Product page: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099K92JQP/ (HiFiGo store)
Driver configuration: 2Piezo + 1BA + 2DD hybrid
This GK10 was kindly provided by HiFiGo.
My unboxing posts are pretty much the only times I’ll ever talk about build quality, accessories and the like. I’m not really the person to ask about these things as I don’t really care about them that much.
- (P)leather pouch
Cable: 4-wire configuration in a double-twist configuration. A little stiff and scratchy-feeling, but not too bad.
Connection: semi-recessed 2-pin.
Build: fairly standard if a little cheap-feeling, especially around the seams and connectors. The 2-pin sockets did not inspire a lot of confidence as I pushed the cables in.
Fit: pseudo-custom, but also not really. The strong memory effect of the cable hook causes a lot of fit issues for my large ears, though simply not hooking the cable over my ears did the trick for fit and proper seal. Would need a different cable to wear these properly.
Isolation: average to below average. Not for outdoor use.
- It’s not terrible
- Clarification: It’s not the GK3.
- Very bloated bass response, needs less mid-bass and bleed for my own personal enjoyment.
- Bass extension is not great either. Doesn’t resolve the lowest octaves well, if at all.
- Midrange tonality is fine though overshadowed by the aforementioned bass response. Again, it’s not the GK3.
- Credit where credit is due: the piezo tweeter implementation is one of the better ones I’ve heard. It’s sparkly without being painful to listen to, unlike IEMs like the NiceHCK NX7 series that would kill one’s ears at specific harmonics.
- Not the worst you can do for $50 but also not really competitive either, even in its own price bracket.
The GK10 has been burnt in for 50 hours prior to these initial impressions. Not that it matters.