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post #1966 of 2224

The Westone 3 and Westone 4r must be very similar but the Westone 3 is more fun while the 4r is more refined and accurate. The 4r is also $150+ more than the Westone 3 (almost double the price when it was on sale).

post #1967 of 2224

Yep, that's what I heard too
I'd prefer fun when I'm out and about listening to music anyday of the week

post #1968 of 2224

Not similar at all.   Almost like night and day.

 

W3 accenuates  (mid) bass and treble and the midrange is recessed and very distant.  Very fun with large cavernous soundstage, hard hitting thick bass and good precense of cymballs and other instruments accentuating the treble. High frequencies are spikey and siblant depending on the tips.

 

W4 accentuates balance but still with a very full sound.  Midrange is very present with best vocals I have ever heard at any price.  Bass is less but more multi-layer and textured.  Very fun...still hits hard.....just isn't the overblown monster slam of W3.

 

W4 treble is amazing.  It is softer and not nearly as harsh as W3 yet reveals more detail.  Sounds odd but it is true and that is why W4 is the better IEM.

post #1969 of 2224

Spyro is 1000% right, but Westone 3 has more energetic and fun sound, while Westone 4 is more neutral and clinical.

post #1970 of 2224

Wouldn't you say they are just "different" then? "Better" is a very subjective term - and you are posting in the Westone 3 appreciation thread. 

post #1971 of 2224

I guess technically the W4 is better, but that's expected given the extra balanced armature + higher pricepoint
But preference dictates which IEM is the more enjoyable listen

Heard that the W4 was kind of boring which deterred me from them

post #1972 of 2224
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Originally Posted by nehcrow View Post

I guess technically the W4 is better, but that's expected given the extra balanced armature + higher pricepoint

But preference dictates which IEM is the more enjoyable listen
Heard that the W4 was kind of boring which deterred me from them

Westone 4 can be a little dull or lifeless with certain genres I found, lacks dynamics and energy for dance music. To me W4 is really about absorbing it's timbre and atmosphere, which works well for acoustic. The reason it's so popular is a little why GR07 holds a similar trait. And that is they both dont do much wrong, they're hard to fault, offering a sufficient dose of balance in technical ability excelling at nothing in particular.
post #1973 of 2224
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Westone 4 can be a little dull or lifeless with certain genres I found, lacks dynamics and energy for dance music. To me W4 is really about absorbing it's timbre and atmosphere, which works well for acoustic. The reason it's so popular is a little why GR07 holds a similar trait. And that is they both dont do much wrong, they're hard to fault, offering a sufficient dose of balance in technical ability excelling at nothing in particular.

Spot on the GR07, great technical performance but... yawn :( Not the most exciting listen around
I could happily live with the GR07 (despite it's ugly looks lol)

W3 on the other hand O_O

post #1974 of 2224
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Spot on the GR07, great technical performance but... yawn frown.gif Not the most exciting listen around

I could happily live with the GR07 (despite it's ugly looks lol)
W3 on the other hand O_O

Westone 3 were rather enjoyable . I'll explain how to do a tip mod you can try which I found really opens up the headstage and soundstage when I have time.
post #1975 of 2224
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Westone 3 were rather enjoyable . I'll explain how to do a tip mod you can try which I found really opens up the headstage and soundstage when I have time.

Interested!
I just bought a pair of Comply P series too lol... the stock long foamies exerted a bit too much pressure in my ear canal

Probs should get some sleep ay

post #1976 of 2224
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Westone 3 were rather enjoyable . I'll explain how to do a tip mod you can try which I found really opens up the headstage and soundstage when I have time.

Would be nice to know. Using Comply T-100 right now.

post #1977 of 2224

UE900 is boring.  I don't find W4 boring at all but I do add a little EQ to bass and treble.

 

Having owned W3 about 4 times I guess you could say it is more exciting but that mid-bass hump can certainly get distracting and annoying with any recording that is a bit hot or loud or bass boosted which is probably more than 50% of the recordings these days.

post #1978 of 2224
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UE900 is boring.  I don't find W4 boring at all but I do add a little EQ to bass and treble.

 

Having owned W3 about 4 times I guess you could say it is more exciting but that mid-bass hump can certainly get distracting and annoying with any recording that is a bit hot or loud or bass boosted which is probably more than 50% of the recordings these days.

What EQ settings would tone down the mid-bass hump? Not very good with EQ settings myself.

post #1979 of 2224
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Westone 4 can be a little dull or lifeless with certain genres I found, lacks dynamics and energy for dance music. To me W4 is really about absorbing it's timbre and atmosphere, which works well for acoustic. The reason it's so popular is a little why GR07 holds a similar trait. And that is they both dont do much wrong, they're hard to fault, offering a sufficient dose of balance in technical ability excelling at nothing in particular.

 

 

I really think the w4r depends much like the tips, the sound they produce also depends on your sources. with my personal source components make the w4r sound insane, mids are live,lows are live, highs are extended, everything is crisp and clear. 

 

just depends on what sources you are using i guess. but the w4r are VERY capable.

post #1980 of 2224
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I really think the w4r depends much like the tips, the sound they produce also depends on your sources. with my personal source components make the w4r sound insane, mids are live,lows are live, highs are extended, everything is crisp and clear. 

just depends on what sources you are using i guess. but the w4r are VERY capable.

I'd like to think from the sources listed on my profile at least one of them would of worked well? I think insane has different meanings to each individual and what gear a person has heard to form a bench mark or reference point will decide that. A well driven ER4S is much closer to insane than I ever heard Westone 4 or the 4R I owned, then again ASG-2 and 1plus2 take that word to its true meaning for me. I could go into the discovery thread and a find a member claiming a $50 FOTM sounds insane. Westone 4 was good but even something like H-200 at half the price walked over W4 to my ears.
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