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A couple of hours with Westone's new 3

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Doug from Westone was nice enough to let me borrow the new 3 Saturday night at the national meet. Too bad for my ears, we didn't get back from partying with everyone till around 4am. When Iron_Dreamer and I finally got back to the room we tried to do a little listening but passed out pretty quickly. Fortunately for my ears, I was able to spend a couple of hours with them when I woke up. Thanks Doug!

Let me start by saying OMG those things are comfortable! Thus far they are the most comfortable ear/headphone I've ever used. This isn't to say that others don't get pretty close, but the difference was most certainly noticeable.

With that out of the way, I should probably talk a little bit about the sound. Well, to be perfectly honest, I was a little underwhelmed at first. To my ears they sounded a bit too warm with a noticeable dip somewhere between 2.5 and 4 kHz (as best as I can tell anyway, I'd sure like to see the a response chart). On the other hand though, they have good detail, and fantastic bass response... clean highs... wait a sec, these things really started to win me over. They are just soooo smooth...

I didn't have enough time with them to write up a complete review, but what I heard certainly has me wanting more. What I did get out of my time with them is that they are most certainly up there with the E500/SE530 and Triple-Fi (although I find that the Triple-Fi is really not my cup of tea it is certainly not without merit). If you like things a bit on the warmer side the Westone 3 is probably your ticket to earphone nirvana.
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Can't wait to hear more, Ive got my eye on these and my hand near my wallet, old-west quickdraw style
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Are these have same mids as E500PTH? Because to me mids on E500PTH are amazing. BTW i will use these with ipod(staightout to the headphone jack).
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What tips did you use with the Weston3's? Where they the complys?
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What tips did you use with the Weston3's? Where they the complys?
I used the black Shure foam as well as the yellow foam common to both Shure and Westone.
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Are these have same mids as E500PTH? Because to me mids on E500PTH are amazing. BTW i will use these with ipod(staightout to the headphone jack).
YGPM...

No the mids aren't the same. There is a bit of a recession in the upper mids of the Westone 3, but it's not necessarily a bad thing. It seems to color some vocals a bit, but makes for a nice warm liquid smooth sound.

I didn't really try them without an amp though. I switched between my Hornet and Tomahawk.
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To my ears they sounded a bit too warm with a noticeable dip somewhere between 2.5 and 4 kHz (as best as I can tell anyway, I'd sure like to see the a response chart).
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...It seems to color some vocals a bit...
I knew it. Yes, it is a bad thing. Reading that is kind of a let down, they had a chance to make them good and flumbled it... I was really hoping for something like a combination of excellent bass and clear upper mids... something like a mixture of the E500 and ER4. Why can't someone make an IEM like this? That would be so awesome.
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I wonder: you said warm, but how warm is that? Closer to the E4 or SF5P, or beyond?
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.. something like a mixture of the E500 and ER4. Why can't someone make an IEM like this? That would be so awesome.
x2
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...something like a mixture of the E500 and ER4. Why can't someone make an IEM like this? That would be so awesome.
Done. That's a UE-10 Pro!
post #11 of 40
How would you compare the Westone 3 to the Shure E4 and the UM2?

Does it have the kind of details as the E4?
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how does it compare to um2?
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how does it compare to um2?
Exactly...that is what I am wondering. I've read many UM-2 reviews that say the same thing?
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Done. That's a UE-10 Pro!
Why can't someone make a universal IEM that sounds like that. It would be so simple.
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how does it compare to um2?
Simma-don-nah!!!

Easy fellas, he only had them for a few hours, plus it sounds like he MIGHT have been a little hungover from the partying the night before. I wouldn't form too many opinions based on this write-up other than the fact that they don't completely suck.

P.S. if the OP was not hungover, I apologize in advance
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