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post #766 of 2119
Only my PC's hp out. Not in any rush though, I wasn't expecting them to arrive this soon. Glad I didn't wait for the UK release.
post #767 of 2119
Damn. I thought the triple.fi's were going to last me forever because I love them so much, but you people are really really tempting me.
post #768 of 2119
OK - so I'm tempted again. Can anyone explain all the discount crap that I keep reading and how to get it if it still exists?

Is the paypal discount for first time users?, etc, etc, etc,
post #769 of 2119
This question may have been asked before, but what are these made of, metal or plastic? How's the fit and finish?

Thanks for any replies...
post #770 of 2119
There are several posts (I posted one myself) in the Westone 3 threads outlining what you have to do to get the MS Cashback discount. But it's now down to 20 percent (was up to 30%), and many of us got lucky and happened to receive a 10 percent added coupon from ebay/paypal on top. So right now, 20 percent is the best you can do, I believe.
post #771 of 2119
Quote:
Originally Posted by jwbrent View Post
This question may have been asked before, but what are these made of, metal or plastic? How's the fit and finish?

Thanks for any replies...
Plastic. Very nice fit and finish. There is a lateral seam on the ear piece that very tight. I find these to have a much better quality than the SE530s. The shell on those seemed toy-like to me.

-Pony
post #772 of 2119
Quote:
Originally Posted by p0wderh0und23 View Post
Talk to Stefan at Variphone (Welkom op de website van Variphone | Variphone Benelux). They handle our European distribution.
Okay I did talk with him and there will go about 2 week before we see stores carry those nicely plastic pieces. He could supply a pair for me but I don't have a price yet...
post #773 of 2119
Huge triple.fi fan here. I ordered my 3's Saturday...shipped Monday..thought I might get them today..but not to be. The last few posts got me so pumped to hear the 3's...better come tommorrow! I stated before, the triples aren't a terrible discomfort to me, but if I can get a flush fit that sounds close I will be exstatic!! I liked the image 10 very well too.. but hopefully these will be the best of 3 worlds.
post #774 of 2119
Ahh! my westone 3's have departed from the north houston center. I hope that means its coming to my house and not to another post office! (I'm in south houston). The wait continues..hopefully only for a few more hours instead of antoher day
post #775 of 2119
Thanks for the nice review.

I'm now really tempted to try them

Quote:
Originally Posted by SierraHotel01 View Post
Kudos, congratulations, and thanks to Westone - they're simply wonderful! (and every other superlative I can think of).

The Westone 3's were DEFINITELY worth the 2 year wait, as well as the full retail price (and, even the cost of buying SE530's in the interim - which will promptly go up for sale, or be given away!)

Picked my "3's" up from Fedex an hour ago.
Slapped on some Shure Olive tips,
and plugged them into my 3G Nano / ALO Cryo Dock / Tomahawk rig.
Within 30 seconds, I was "gone".

Absolutely lost in the most immersive earphone (maybe even headphone) listening experience I've ever heard.

What an epiphany!

This is exactly why those of us who frequent Head-Fi do this stuff. (continually abuse our wallets in search of sonic perfection)
I just can't get over these things.

Listening to Bella Sonus as I write this (extremely well engineered album - which Ray Samuels references for deep sub bass along with detail in the rest of the audible passband).

So far, the only comparison that comes to mind is with my Definitive Technologies BP2000 speakers (bipolar line source + 15" 500 watt powered subwoofer in each). The 3's sound more like the Definitives, than anything else; and more than any other headphone I own (HD600, SR325i, ER4P, SE530, PK2). I swear; they sound just like I stuffed the Definitives into my ears. Only difference is the lack of chest thumping sub bass from the 1,000 watts of subwoofer power on the Definitives.

These little puppies sound more like high end speakers than ANY headphone I've ever listened to. Balanced, detailed, more PRAT than you can shake a a stick at; deep, tight, articulate & punchy bass, almost surreal mids, and sweet, sweet high frequencies.

They put you right there - in the 2nd row.

wrt high frequencies: I don't know how Westone managed to maintain the detail and air I'm hearing, without getting that "too sharp / analytical" quality to the sound that I hear with the Grados & Ety's.

The bass is simply the best I've ever heard in an IEM, by a factor of 2, at least.

What really surprised me is the superior, smooth, lush mids. They blow the SE530's away in mids too (and I thought that was the 530's strong suit). The 3's do male & female vocals like no other. And, electric guitars are simply visceral on the 3's!

Matter of fact, it almost seems trivial to attempt to discuss the Westone 3 sound in terms of the traditional low / mid / high frequency parameters common in these forums. There is something about the 3's that seem to "integrate" those otherwise distinct sections of the frequency curve into a single, unified, holistic experience.

Headstage is fantastic. Close your eyes, and you can easily position each instrument.

May have to "call in sick" today - because I don't know if I can uplug, anytime soon.

A few non-SQ comments:

- cable length perfect
- distance to the Y-junction perfect.
- no cable microphonics
- fit with the Shure Olives perfect
- even less obtrusive than the 530's
- 90 degree 1/8 inch mini jack fits iPhone with Griffen leather case

Don't know when, but I will do some serious A/B'ing and report.
(although, it seems superfluous at this point)

Per Headphone Addict's recommendation, I plan on getting fitted for the vinyl UM56 tips. However, at this point, I can't even begin to imagine how the 3's could sound ANY better.

Better end this post now.
Spent the last 10 minutes just staring off into space, shaking my head at the sound of this "disruptive" product.

The Westone 3's are un-freakin' believable!
post #776 of 2119
Quote:
Originally Posted by PouncePony View Post
Plastic. Very nice fit and finish. There is a lateral seam on the ear piece that very tight. I find these to have a much better quality than the SE530s. The shell on those seemed toy-like to me.

-Pony
Thanks Pony for your reply. I'm spoiled with the wood used on the Victor FX500 and metal used on the Denon C700, but if they sound that good...mmm
post #777 of 2119
Quote:
Originally Posted by SierraHotel01 View Post
Kudos, congratulations, and thanks to Westone - they're simply wonderful! (and every other superlative I can think of).

The Westone 3's were DEFINITELY worth the 2 year wait, as well as the full retail price (and, even the cost of buying SE530's in the interim - which will promptly go up for sale, or be given away!)

Picked my "3's" up from Fedex an hour ago.
Slapped on some Shure Olive tips,
and plugged them into my 3G Nano / ALO Cryo Dock / Tomahawk rig.
Within 30 seconds, I was "gone".

Absolutely lost in the most immersive earphone (maybe even headphone) listening experience I've ever heard.

What an epiphany!

This is exactly why those of us who frequent Head-Fi do this stuff. (continually abuse our wallets in search of sonic perfection)
I just can't get over these things.

Listening to Bella Sonus as I write this (extremely well engineered album - which Ray Samuels references for deep sub bass along with detail in the rest of the audible passband).

So far, the only comparison that comes to mind is with my Definitive Technologies BP2000 speakers (bipolar line source + 15" 500 watt powered subwoofer in each). The 3's sound more like the Definitives, than anything else; and more than any other headphone I own (HD600, SR325i, ER4P, SE530, PK2). I swear; they sound just like I stuffed the Definitives into my ears. Only difference is the lack of chest thumping sub bass from the 1,000 watts of subwoofer power on the Definitives.

These little puppies sound more like high end speakers than ANY headphone I've ever listened to. Balanced, detailed, more PRAT than you can shake a a stick at; deep, tight, articulate & punchy bass, almost surreal mids, and sweet, sweet high frequencies.

They put you right there - in the 2nd row.

wrt high frequencies: I don't know how Westone managed to maintain the detail and air I'm hearing, without getting that "too sharp / analytical" quality to the sound that I hear with the Grados & Ety's.

The bass is simply the best I've ever heard in an IEM, by a factor of 2, at least.

What really surprised me is the superior, smooth, lush mids. They blow the SE530's away in mids too (and I thought that was the 530's strong suit). The 3's do male & female vocals like no other. And, electric guitars are simply visceral on the 3's!

Matter of fact, it almost seems trivial to attempt to discuss the Westone 3 sound in terms of the traditional low / mid / high frequency parameters common in these forums. There is something about the 3's that seem to "integrate" those otherwise distinct sections of the frequency curve into a single, unified, holistic experience.

Headstage is fantastic. Close your eyes, and you can easily position each instrument.

May have to "call in sick" today - because I don't know if I can uplug, anytime soon.

A few non-SQ comments:

- cable length perfect
- distance to the Y-junction perfect.
- no cable microphonics
- fit with the Shure Olives perfect
- even less obtrusive than the 530's
- 90 degree 1/8 inch mini jack fits iPhone with Griffen leather case

Don't know when, but I will do some serious A/B'ing and report.
(although, it seems superfluous at this point)

Per Headphone Addict's recommendation, I plan on getting fitted for the vinyl UM56 tips. However, at this point, I can't even begin to imagine how the 3's could sound ANY better.

Better end this post now.
Spent the last 10 minutes just staring off into space, shaking my head at the sound of this "disruptive" product.

The Westone 3's are un-freakin' believable!

This is a very good description of how these 3's sound.. i just wish I could have put it so eloquently.

I think this should be added to larry's links in the 3 review.

I was thinking of how to describe the "integration" of the high/mid/low on the bus the other evening, and the best I could come up with was an engine analogy. My old IM716s were kind of like a turbo charged 2.0L inline 4, not much low end - but plenty up top. This is more like a quad turbo charged 8.0L W16, smooth power from start to finish, not having to work so hard to get the power out, and handily outperforming the others.
post #778 of 2119
Normally I never felt like listening to any hip hop or pop music until now, the bass really shines there. The bass goes low with control, and can attack with precision
post #779 of 2119
** bookmarked **
Will read up on it tomorrow. Its been a long wait, but hopefully it was worth it...
post #780 of 2119
Quote:
Originally Posted by jwbrent View Post
This question may have been asked before, but what are these made of, metal or plastic? How's the fit and finish?

Thanks for any replies...
jwbrent: they're plastic, and they're gorgeous. Very high quality fit & finish.

If they were made out of Playdough, and sounded like this - I'd still pay retail for them, in a heartbeat!
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