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post #91 of 200
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Originally Posted by Wmcmanus
It may be time to order a pair of these little rascals. Just what I need, another pair of... oh, never mind, there's no sense in fighting it. Threads like this do me in every time!
Hey, Wayne --

The only real question, of course, is what color ru gonna get? Or will it be some custom artwork? Or a conservative basic black? (...looks too goth to me...) I dig the translucent candy colors.
post #92 of 200
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Originally Posted by Romanee
Hey, Wayne --

The only real question, of course, is what color ru gonna get? Or will it be some custom artwork? Or a conservative basic black? (...looks too goth to me...) I dig the translucent candy colors.
What colour are yours Romanee? Do you have any pictures you could tempt us with?

I reckon this would look really cool!


Psych outer artwork with opaque red body.
post #93 of 200
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Originally Posted by milkpowder
What colour are yours Romanee? Do you have any pictures you could tempt us with?

I reckon this would look really cool!


Psych outer artwork with opaque red body.
You must be Psych-ic! I was going to suggest to Wayne some psychedelic artwork! Time Tunnel, Biohazard & Flaming Skull were a few of the others.

Westone Custom Art Shop

My color choice? Ooops! See post #61 -- my crummy cellphone-cam self-portrait. Translucent Candy Blue. Candy Purple and Neon Green were very tempting, but Candy Blue kept calling out to me.
post #94 of 200
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Originally Posted by Romanee
Hey, Wayne --

The only real question, of course, is what color ru gonna get? Or will it be some custom artwork? Or a conservative basic black? (...looks too goth to me...) I dig the translucent candy colors.
I like the "Keys" because it reminds me of the late great Ray Charles for some reason. I'm not sure what to get as a base color. I guess it could be black, white, red or clear. I'm not sure what color the cord should be either. Black, white or clear.

Finally, I'm not sure if I should get the ES2's at all, but I like the "Keys"... did I say that? And you guys all seem to think they sound pretty darned good.

I had originally (way back when) thought about getting the ES3's despite Westone's warning not to. I liked the idea of having overly exaggerated, forward vocals (and guitars too from what I understood at the time). If nothing else, it seemed like they would sound "cool" and "different" and since I have so many headphones already, different (even if not "correct") is better than same old, same old. But at $800 plus custom art plus the cost of having impresisons done, the actual purchase never felt "right" to me. Things are different now (with respect to the ES2's anyway) because there are so many extremely positive opinions starting to surface.
post #95 of 200
Nice, Wayne. The Keys are Cool, in which case the other colors would be black and black. That would all look too, too hip with your tux at the next black-and-white ball!

And yes, ES2 sounds soooo good.

Oops! Sorry -- Pretty Darned Good. (whew)
post #96 of 200
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Originally Posted by Wmcmanus
I like the "Keys" because it reminds me of the late great Ray Charles for some reason. I'm not sure what to get as a base color. I guess it could be black, white, red or clear. I'm not sure what color the cord should be either. Black, white or clear.

Finally, I'm not sure if I should get the ES2's at all, but I like the "Keys"... did I say that? And you guys all seem to think they sound pretty darned good.
Nice choice! I'd get black cables because white cables tend to get dirty after awhile and I don't like clear cables.

These just look so cool! Maybe clear cables might not be too bad after all
post #97 of 200
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Originally Posted by milkpowder
Nice choice! I'd get black cables because white cables tend to get dirty after awhile and I don't like clear cables.

These just look so cool! Maybe clear cables might not be too bad after all
You Win! The Fastest ES2s In Town.
post #98 of 200
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Originally Posted by Romanee
You Win! The Fastest ES2s In Town.
Hehe.

Oh I just noticed something. If you haven't got custom artwork on your ES-2, is the face still flat, or is it bumpy?
This looks bumpy to me:


You haven't got custom artwork on yours, is yours flat or bumpy? Bumpy looks pretty cool IMO! In the not-so-distant future when my get mine, I might have to copy you!
post #99 of 200
This is mine -- and I like to think of it as sensuously contoured (the ES2 -- not the ear):


Yeah, I know -- I have to take a better photo. Someday if I have the time and inclination.
post #100 of 200
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Originally Posted by milkpowder
You haven't got custom artwork on yours, is yours flat or bumpy?
Good question. I think a better quesiton may be whether the custom art versions will be bumpy as well? In other words, they can put anything they want to put on their website to draw in customers with a slick look, but perhaps the reality (from what I've been reading in these recent ES2 threads) is that the final product is not so slick! I'm referring to the issue of not being able to get consistency with the red opaque coloration, and now the bumpy look - neither of which is as advertsed.
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Bumpy looks pretty cool IMO!
I guess that depends on what you order. I don't think that the checkers pattern (posted above) would look good in a bumpy presentation, nor would my cherised Keys, IMO. Maybe Westone can clear this issue up with respect to custom art work orders. I'm hoping they have a process in place to ensure that they provide a smooth, rounded, high gloss finish (i.e., as pictured on their website).
post #101 of 200
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Originally Posted by derek8555
Just curious, how much better do ES2 isolate compare to UM2s?
If the seal on the UM2 is good and solid, the ES2 is slightly better. Since I have a hard time keeping the seal for long periods of time on any universal, the isolation, and all the good sound, diminish after a while, requiring re-insertions and constant fiddling. The ES2's go in easily at the begnning, get a perfect seal, isolate almost to the point of total deprivation, and stay that way without any further concern for as long as they are in your ears.

In a word, the Es2's are better.
post #102 of 200
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Originally Posted by Wmcmanus
Good question. I think a better quesiton may be whether the custom art versions will be bumpy as well? In other words, they can put anything they want to put on their website to draw in customers with a slick look, but perhaps the reality (from what I've been reading in these recent ES2 threads) is that the final product is not so slick! I'm referring to the issue of not beig able to get consistency with the red opaque coloration and so forth.
This has been a known problem:

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Originally Posted by rkivie from SGHeadphones.net
i ordered mine to be a solid red colour, and i must said i wasn't exactly thrilled when i received these. my first impression was that they look sort of cheap and plastic. the finish on the outside of the mold wasn't as, errr, shiny as the ES2 with the flag [Singapore flag see below]we saw previously. however that wasn't the worst thing about it. upon careful examination of the earpieces, i discovered that there was some inconsistency in the colouring of the outer molds. some parts of it looked "translucent and i could see the drivers thats were housed within it. i saw this as a defect and i emailed music@westone and spoke with the rep. he claimed that it was not possible to achieve a earpiece that was entirely "opaque" as some part of the colouring needed to be removed so as to squeeze the drivers in. it was more of a build limitation, rather than a build defect. i then asked if they could make these into entirely "translucent" so i won't have to deal with the colouring incosistency. they said no, and added that it would cost an extra USD$300 to redo the molds. but they would let me send them back to add custom artwork though. i know this sounds suspiciously like a rant, well, yeah i suppose it is.
(full article here: http://www.sgheadphones.net/index.ph...opic=6221&st=0)
I think I'll stick with translucent colours then...

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Originally Posted by Wmcmanus
I guess that depends on what you order. I don't think that the checkers pattern (posted above) would look good in a bumpy presentation, not would the Keys, IMO. Maybe Westone can clear this issue up with respect to custom art work orders. I'm hoping they have a process in place to ensures that it provides a smooth, rounded, high gloss finish (i.e., as pictured on their website).
If you're opting for custom artwork, I think they do flatten it. I can't imagine having a lumpy chequered flag (like it's blowing in the wind) Also, it appears to me that those who opt for custom artwork will have the smooth, rounded high gloss finish. Those who want the opaque colours might have to live with a less perfect IEM. I think a quick email to Westone will clear this up.

Nice and shiny:

[Top-Gun]'s ES-2 from SGHeadphones.net
post #103 of 200
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Originally Posted by milkpowder
Nice and shiny:

[Top-Gun]'s ES-2 from SGHeadphones.net
Wow! That's absolutely stunning!

Firstly, this pic is VERY reassuring about the quality of their custom artwork! Although I'm sure I'd eventually talk to Westone about how the final product would look for my custom art, at this point the uncertaintly in terms of the quality of what they may (or may not) be able to deliver has been removed from my purchase decision equation. In fact, this is nudging me much closer to pulling the trigger!

Secondly, this particular design is so compelling, it is making me rethink my "Keys" choice (not really in favor of this design simpy because I wouldn't want to be accused of copying anyone), but more in terms of looking into it further and considering other options that are not listed on their site. Maybe a pic of my beloved MBL 101E speakers!

EDIT: For all of posterity, this was my 6,000th post. Fire a flare...
post #104 of 200
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Originally Posted by Wmcmanus
Wow! That's absolutely stunning!

Firstly, this pic is VERY reassuring about the quality of their custom artwork! Although I'm sure I'd eventually talk to Westone about how the final product would look for my custom art, at this point the uncertaintly in terms of the quality of what they may (or may not) be able to deliver has been removed from my purchase decision equation. In fact, this is nudging me much closer to pulling the trigger!

Secondly, this particular design is so compelling, it is making me rethink my "Keys" choice (not really in favor of this design simpy because I wouldn't want to be accused of copying anyone), but more in terms of looking into it further and considering other options that are not listed on their site.
There is absolutely no doubt that their custom artwork looks darn nice! It's very sharp and there's no smearing whatsoever. Super nice! Apparently, they can do ANY design you want. Just submit it to them in PDF format and they'll do it for you. They also offer laser engraving. Pretty cool, but it all costs money That said, if you're going to spend that much money, you might as well get it right and the way you like them to be the first time round.
post #105 of 200
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Originally Posted by milkpowder
They also offer laser engraving.
Of what? The case they come in or the IEM's themselves? I don't get it.
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