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Westone UM2

post #1 of 128
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(With regard to any negativity early on, please read further in this whole thread, all the posts. Things do greatly improve)

Here they are, I received them today and have opened and pictured them.

I already see one thing I don't like about them, they won't use the Klipsch gels successfully till I make some stops. The gels go on the nozzle so far the the shape of the phone keeps them from going deep enough into the ear for a seal.

I'm using the "P" Standard Complys right now.


post #2 of 128
Very nice! You're on for the monopoly now!
post #3 of 128
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Originally Posted by BloodSugar00 View Post
Very nice! You're on for the monopoly now!
Hehe...no monopoly here, just love for clear, pure sound and the best way to find that is sampling all available sources.

I am finding a use for the Etymotic tri-flanges, though. The first and only time I've found a canalphone that these 3Fs will satisfactorily work with to fit me. I've already gone through quite a few sleeves and these are what I've come upon so far that work for me. The Comply "P"s work but I don't like them because they get soft after a little bit and it becomes difficult getting them back in comfortably if an itch occurs.
post #4 of 128
You have a nice selection of IEM's in your sig. Tell us how the UM2's stack up.

Speaking of the UM2 and similar sounding SE530, the UM2 is so creamy and smooth that it is the only IEM that made the SE530 sound somewhat honky/nasally which is a big deal since the Shures are noted as being smooth and neutral.
post #5 of 128
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I'm only just now beginning to evaluate them but I'm also coming off of some of the finest canalphones my ears have ever been graced by, the Sleek-Audio SA6. I had been using them non-stop for more than 24 hours at least and my ears are still a bit skewed by there lovely sound.

I will say initially, these seem to have a bit less high end ...seems more constricted. I switched back to the Comply "P"s because the tri's were constricting the whole sound.

These UM2s do sound great the more I adjust to them.

More to come
post #6 of 128
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Originally Posted by lewislink View Post
Hehe...no monopoly here, just love for clear, pure sound and the best way to find that is sampling all available sources.

I am finding a use for the Etymotic tri-flanges, though. The first and only time I've found a canalphone that these 3Fs will satisfactorily work with to fit me. I've already gone through quite a few sleeves and these are what I've come upon so far that work for me. The Comply "P"s work but I don't like them because they get soft after a little bit and it becomes difficult getting them back in comfortably if an itch occurs.
No worries Just some playful humour That said, I can't help but envy you a bit as I would be doing the same if I had the money!. Fair play though if you can afford it! It's always interesting to read someone else's experiences also
post #7 of 128
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Boy I'll tell ya', Dave Brubeck's take Five is really sounding good with these UM2s. There's a drum sequence in the song that really shows these UM2's ability to produce such deep, impacting drums. The clarity that went along with the sequence was outstanding.

More to come
post #8 of 128
do they go over the ear? and how about bass?
post #9 of 128
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do they go over the ear? and how about bass?
They are over-the-ear canalphones but the bass I won't comment on yet because I haven't heard enough of my music.
post #10 of 128
The bass is big...almost too much for some people. Equal or a little stronger than SE530 but very EQ'able.

UM2's trully are universal as I think they sound equally good with all kinds of music moreso than any other IEM I've used.
post #11 of 128
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I also wanted to comment, I bought the UM2s from earphone Solutions and was amazed how quickly they shipped them out. I received them by USPS Priority Mail in 3 days. The package was perfect and dealing with ES was a breeze. Great CS, they have.
post #12 of 128
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Originally Posted by lewislink View Post
Here they are, I received them today and have opened and pictured them.

I already see one thing I don't like about them, they won't use the Klipsch gels successfully till I make some stops. The gels go on the nozzle so far the the shape of the phone keeps them from going deep enough into the ear for a seal.

I'm using the "P" Standard Complys right now.
Congratulations! I've had mine for a few months and they are really fantastic. One thing that I've seen mentioned a few times, that I've also observed, is that the design of the UM2s in terms of ergonomics, comfort, and cable noise is fantastic. I don't have a ton of experience with IEMs over $200, but the UM2s are a pleasure to wear. I had Klipsch Custom-3s before the Westones, and it was like night and day. This is a huge factor for me, as my IEM listening is mostly confined to air travel. I "may" have given up a little on sound quality (at least to my ears) going from the Klipsch to the Westone, but the payoff in usability, is more than worth the compromise to me. Also, I find the UM2s very musical and involving.

I'm using the medium Shure Black Foam Sleeves (I think these are what is referred to as "olives"), and they work extremely well with the Westones.

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Enjoy!

George
post #13 of 128
Hi Lewis, how does the isolation compare to any of the Shures you have used? I'm thinking about getting a pair of these, but am a bit worried if they're going to give me the isolation I need (e3 or e4 level isolation, my Atrios didn't cut it).
post #14 of 128
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I can't say they are extremely good on isolation but they seem to be about average. My issue with them is getting the proper sleeve/foam so that they will seal and will feel comfortable. It's a pain in the rear trying to get an equal feeling seal; getting both phones to feel the same amount of seal.

Right now I'm trying to achieve that with some medium olives but it's very touchy. One ear will feel more sealed off than the other and one ear will have a bit higher noise level attenuation. That bugs the crap out of me. And it's because the nozzle is too short for the shape of the body not allowing the sleeve/seal to go in the ear canal deep enough.

I'll have more on them when I become accustomed to them.
post #15 of 128
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Okay, here's where it's at right now. These are quite excellent canalphones, once you are able to get a satisfying fit and seal.

Instrument separation is really good, better than I've heard yet. The sound of drum cymbals is dead on and incredibly detailed and clear. The highs are starting to shine to me and are very clear and detailed. So far the one thing that has really stood out is the impact of the lower mids or whatever region of the sound spectrum drums usually inhabit. The sound is powerful and dramatic.

I am really digging these things. Bass is great. It's about the same as the SA6 with the Bass= plug. It sounds tight and well controlled. The fit is generally comfortable as far as the shape of the phones go. I would love for them to have a longer nozzle so I could use some Klipsch gels, though. As it stands, the absolute only thing I've found I can use, and with trouble, is the Comply "P" Standard foams. If I'm fortunate and hold my tongue just right I can get both sides to feel and seal the same. But it takes work. Comply foams may be comfortable up front and initially but the are very unreliable for sealing and durability. It's a shame Westone has tied itself with Comply. I feel they would be better off making their own sealing devices.

Nevertheless, these are some incredible canalphones. They sound awesome, especially for music that has a lot of high impact drumming. Oh man! The person that wants that will be in pure heaven.

More to come as time goes by.
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