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Westone 4R with Removable Cables Reviews


Effortless sound with a pleasant signature


Pros: Non silibant, not fatiguing, small form factor, comfortable,

Cons: Price

Bass response doesn't bleed to the vocals or any other frequencies whatsoever, lightweight cable with no microphonics and a narrow plug to connect to portable devices. The Westone has a powerful, detailed and clear sound that does not under or overemphasize anything. A polite sound as another writer described with a mid-bass bump and upper treble elevation without been disturbing. A young-adult/athletic grown-up man sound if I have to describe it.   Westone star tips are excellent.
Virtu Fortuna

Great all rounder


Pros: Comfort, resolution, soundstage, treble extension, natural sound

Cons: Sibilant with certain DAP's, not enough bass, unnatural tone, expensive

I was blown away by sound quality of these when I first listened. Yes, these are one of the great universals, but after some time I noticed their flaws day by day.   The bass is weak and unnatural, sound is sibilant with FiiO X5. Some instruments are not in natural tone.   Everything else was great (especially mids and treble) but those flaws led me to selling them.   Comfort is great and isolation is enough for a Universal IEM.   Definitely one of the best, but not outstanding.

HanyTheo- Worth every penny


Pros: Balanced sound, clarity, comfortable, good fit

Cons: lack of bass if played without a good DAP/amp, Sounds miles better with a DAP/amp

W4R is an amazing earphone for it's price, excellent choice for the ones looking to upgrade to a multi drivered earphone.   [Without DAP]: It sounds dull and boring at first , but as you listened more deeply, I've never came across an IEM with such a balanced and controlled sound, the sound it produces isn't fatiguing, just that I've always find the bass lacking.   [With DAP<DX90>]:  Immediately I noticed the increase in bass and overal clarity, Bass is now really sufficient and very punchy and still very balanced and controlled without messing up the mids and highs, Didn't notice any bass bleed even on high volumes. 

Warm sounding , Good fitting earphones


Pros: Nice Punchy Bass, Wide U Shaped soundstage

Cons: Mids not as engaging as id like them to be.

So when I got the earphones my expactations where really high. These were to be my best and last earphones I'll have but it didn't happen. Overall the sound is warm and smooth . It is balanced and nothing really jumps out at you. The bass is as fast and snappy as I've ever heard , the midrange was sweet and nice and the treble quantity was just perfect.    Unfortunately I love Vocals to be more up front so I can enjoy them and have the rest of the music seperated and moved to the background and as i heard that the Westones are Mid-centric , thats what I expected to happen, but no. They treat all frequencies more or less equally.    All in all these are fantastic...
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Good fit & cable. Balanced, but veiled sound


Pros: Cable, fit, looks, balanced sound

Cons: Veiled sound

*I listened to the Westone 4Rs using iPhone 4S and the latest iPod Classic (6th Generation). The below sums up my listening experience from these sources only.*   The Westone 4Rs fit my ears better than any other earphones. With good tips, like Shure’s Grey Flex or ‘Olive’ tips, they feel snug without causing any discomfort. The nozzles on the 4R are shorter than that of Shure SE535 so the sound isolation isn’t quite as good, though they still do a reasonable job of blocking out external noise. As explained in the user manual, pulling your ears up and back helps to get a deeper fit when inserting.   The excellent cable is a sensible length (unlike the too-long Shure’s),...
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Extremely astounded


Pros: Awesome sound quality and highly comfortable

Cons: Price

Westone W4R, is my most favourite IEM so far, probably one of the best that I have ever tried and worth listening to. I'm a music lover and been listening to music with earphone and headphone for more than 20 years, to this point, only Westone W4 and W4R truly fascinates me with the performance to play musics beautifully without the ear fatigue. Combined with the latest STAR tips, this Westone W4R sounds very great for me listening without amplifier (or even with Fiio E11) to MP3 320 kbps and FLAC musics and also Audio CD. I'm listening to guitar centric music and orchestral musics (Symphonic Metal, Gothic Metal and Unplugged musics), this IEM is truly fantastic. the only downside is...
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A fantastic overall balance,very comfortable


Pros: Better soundstage than my 530. Mids blend into treble very well. Treble not harsh or sibulant

Cons: Plastic sleeve cut off,leaving about half inch for cable support.

I have had many in ear and,on ear phones over the years.I currently use hd800,and also the 4r. At 72 years old,my hearing has changed,so my thoughts might not be the same as yours.I found these needed burning in to get the best out of.Before burning in,i could not get comfortable with them,because of the plastic sleeve supporting the cable So having (VERY CAREFULLY!.) removed the sleeve,leaving about half inch for support,they are now,the most comfortable in ears ive ever had.The bass at first,seemed a little lacking,but blends very well into the mids without any noticeable overhang. The mids again blend well into the treble without any bleed. Having used a few different buds,i...
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W4R: An Eye opener


Pros: Awesome sound quality, excellent isolation

I had these for about 3 months now.  I can say that this is an eye-opener for me.  I had lower tier IEMs before, namely Sennheiser CX-300, Beats Tour (aweful build quality), Klipsch II, Brainwavz M3 etc.  and I liked the sound of those for their price, except for the Beats.  I always saw the higher priced IEMs like the Westone series in stores and always shrugged off the idea of them sounding that much more in relation to the price increase.  That was until I caved in and bought a UM3X. Honestly, I was disappointed with the sound because I felt it was congested and has too boomy bass, that was until I got my brain wrapped around the sound and it became awesome,...
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Westone 4R


Pros: Great detail, balanced sound

Cons: Bass roll off @ 40 Hz and HF roll off >16 kHz

Great universal IEM. Highly recommended.
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