Pros: Affordable, comfort, build quality, mostly neutral sound signature with +2 or +3db bass boost, channel seperation, transparancy and made in USA
Cons: Not flagship model, could include more ear tips for even more comfort, mid range could be slightly more detailed
Val here, stopping by real quick to write my quick review of these affordable IEM's W30 SE Massdrop edition. They are indeed as good as I hoped and more, let me tell you why. The presentation of the box alone you can tell Westone means business, very classy and refined great first impression.
Unboxing this IEM was a pleasant experience (links below) but when you hold them in your hands you can tell this is build quality made with level of pride right here in Colorado Springs, USA. The W30SE construction quality has solid attention to detail and feels/looks quality all around product. The cable is beautiful, flexible and very light and does not drag the IEM around. There are many included ear tips probably enough for most ears. There is also ear wax cleaning tool included so you can maintain your new IEM. Comfort is truly excellent you can easily forget you have IEM on so I give comfort 9.5/10.
My first impression listening was indeed VERY good the sound is neutral like with just a touch of bass probably in the 2 to 3 db level. The extra bass does not bleed into midrange and is tastefully executed. I would say the mid range is as mostly neutral just touch recessed between HD650 and HD600 level. The bass is satisfying, refined and accurate and does not effect mid range or upper frequencies. The channel and instrument separation is very impressive you do get pretty good sense of both instruments and voices positions. The timbre is also fairly accurate not as accurate as my B&W 805 speakers but we are talking about completely different products here. Sound I would rate 9/10 as to my ears this is very good and accurate sounding IEM.
Let's talk about value guys, for $229 can you really do better? Maybe or maybe not it depends. In my opinion you can't because you want to look at whole product (not just the actual product) and what value it brings for your hard earned cash. This is a quality made IEM here in USA, 3 way driver design, balanced drivers, 2 year warranty (not 1 like most other companies), customer service in house and IEM experience of 50+ years. If you look at the whole product here you can easily see why I give this product so much respect because there is lot's of substance here for your money. Value I give it 9.9/10.
So here we go boys and girls. I can highly recommend this IEM because it sounds great and will not cost you like house mortgage. It's a wonderful IEM for both enjoying music and critical listening.
If you are interested I made a quick Youtube video with unboxing. In next few weeks I will make a YT video review and see how and if my opinion will change.
The product is available at Massdrop:
If you have any questions or pointers leave a comment I will get back to you.