Today they arrived, all £82`s worth of them. Quickly put on my W4 silicone tips and...oh dear. Bass at least double of the W4 and very veiled. If you thought the W4 was veiled then do not use silicone, i mean that.
My theory with tips is that silicone tips have great bass and foam (aka comply/shure olives) negate bass to an extent but offer great isolation.
Put large Shure olives on and... completely reversed (as expected-ish) the above. Bass tamed but still punchy and highs opened up. A valuable lesson learnt in tip management today and backed up my foam thoughts.
Mids are sort of in your face compared to the W4 and overall sound lacks finesse but a very capable pair of IEMs, for not a lot of money. When I bought the W2 from here, I didn`t like them and was probably the tips, which were probably silicone.
A message to newer members, try every tip you can and even tips for othe IEMs because, like I learnt today, tips are just as important as the IEM you are trying to love and paid money for. If you exhaust all avenues and still do not like the IEM then at least you can say you gave it a chance.
Walk to work tomorrow, UM2 - With Olives.