| 10 mm Driver | Neodymium Magnet |
? After the great experience reviewing other GeekRover earphones we decided to test and review the GeekRover iEPW090 / iEPW091. In case you missed our reviews of the GeekRover iEPW020 / iEPW021 or the GeekRover iEPW060 / iEPW061, here is a brief note.
So far every GeekRover earphone that we have reviewed was outstanding with absurdly low price and great technical specs and performance, for example the GeekRover iEPW020 / iEPW021 had such a great performance that has gained a place in our Editor’s Picks Earphones Chart, Best Fun Sounding Earphones Chart and the Best Bang for the Buck Earphones Chart.
As well as the other 2 earphones from GeekRover that we have reviewed in the past the GeekRover iEPW090 / iEPW091 have a 10mm dynamic driver, a N48 neodymium magnet and are made of wood, in this case specifically Sandal Wood. If model names are coherent the GeekRover iEPW090 / iEPW091 should be the highest model among the 3 aforementioned. In addition to the different wood material, another feature that sets them apart from the GeekRover iEPW020 / iEPW021 and the GeekRover iEPW060 / iEPW061 is the cable plug and cable bifurcations sections which are made of metal instead of plastic and the cable material, this is the only GeekRover earphone that we have reviewed that has braided cables. The cables have an inline microphone and 1 button control that can be used to answer/reject calls, play/pause songs and skip tracks.
You can buy with black plastics sections or white plastics sections which are named GeekRover iEPW090 and iEPW091 correspondingly.
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Accessories & Packaging
The GeekRover iEPW090 / iEPW091 come inside the exact same hard plastic box that the GeekRover iEPW060 / iEPW061 come in. The hard box can be later used either to store them or to carrying them, inside the box there are 3 pair of eartips provided.
Bass & Sub Bass
The bass of the GeekRover iEPW090 / iEPW091 is very rich, extremely punchy and has excellent depth. Bass coming from them is super fun and can cover any genre and song bass demands with no issues at all. People that enjoy energetic bass will be very happy with these earphones.
Applying an EQ, their mid-bass and sub-bass gets noticeably enhanced.
During our extreme bass tests the GeekRover iEPW090 / iEPW091 were able to handle 47% of the maximum power of a Fiio E12 amplifier while being set to high gain and with bass boost turned on; a custom basshead EQ was used. This extreme amplification and equalization made the GeekRover achieve such a massive increment of mid-bass punch and sub-bass depth that they were able to reach basshead level impact and rumble way above the KZ ATE, Xiaomi Mi Pro HD or the SOUL K-POP and inline with the Monoprice 8320, Vots QT100 and almost to the same level of the Elecom EHP-CA3580, Xiaomi Mi In-Ear Headphones Pro or the KZ ZS1.
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Mids & Vocals
Mids of the GeekRover iEPW090 / iEPW091 are warm and exhibit some recession of lower mids but not too much; mids have enough presence and are full-bodied but expect a strong mid-bass presence congesting them. Higher mids do not sound harsh nor fatiguing. With an EQ there is a slight removal of the lower mids recession with no harshness introduced, expect a result nearer to a fine tuning than a drastic change.
Highs & Treble
The GeekRover iEPW090 / iEPW091 has highs with sufficient brightness but not a lot of detail or definition. Piercing highs are not an issue with the GeekRover, instead a tiny bit of sibilance can be perceived at rare times. An EQ makes a great augmentation in brightness and adds some extra detail to their highs; sibilance become more frequent and traces of piercing highs are introduced.
The sound that leaks out of these wooden earphones is almost on level with some average earphones, falling just a tad behind. There is a sort of open back design in the GeekRover iEPW090 / iEPW091, exactly like in the GeekRover iEPW020 / iEPW021, the GeekRover iEPW060 / iEPW061 and the Elephone E1, which does not help combating sound leakage.
Noise isolation is quite good, better than most average earphones in a substantially perceivable level. Moderate to low levels of volume can be set and the GeekRover will still provide a fairly effective level of isolation.
With SandalWood housings, classic form factor and light overall weight, the GeekRover iEPW090 / iEPW091 offer excellent comfort perfectly adapted for extended listening sessions without any type of discomfort or generated in-ear pain.
Response to Equalization
The GeekRover iEPW090 / iEPW091 had a fairly good response to all the custom EQ we through at them. Bass showed a clearly noticeable enhancement of mid-bass punch and sub-bass depth with no cons. Mids, despite not providing a radical change with the EQ, had a appreciated fine tuning response to their lower mids removing some of the recession. Highs demonstrated a very significant increase of brightness but in this case some drawbacks were generated, sibilance got stronger and a tad of piercing highs were starting to be perceivable.
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|Cord||Y-type, round cord|
|Plug||Stereo mini plug|
|Supplied Accessories||3x Earphone tips|