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post #1996 of 2102

In the world of Universal Iem's..I think so...rather you are being sarcastic or not?
 

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Originally Posted by Uruha View Post

Is the W3 considered high end? If so I feel good.

post #1997 of 2102

because i like having nice stuff. i know im shallow :(. It doesnt make me enjoy it any less. I love the sound of my W3 regardless.

I wasnt being sarcastic lol

post #1998 of 2102

Sorry...didn't mean to say your were being sarcastic..just meant in case you were...the W3 IS probably considered high end in the universal realm of Iem's.. I love mine too...

post #1999 of 2102
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Audio-Omega View Post

Is Westone 3 on par with JH13 and UE11 in relation to sound and build qualities ?


I think build quality is on par, but the high end customs typically improve on the transparency and realism that you get.  

 

For me the UE11Pro are not a huge step over the W3 when used with long complys foam tips or UM56 custom tips - there are similarities in their performance and there are some improvements in the customs, but I don't believe my UE11Pro is worth 3x as much ($700, maybe 750 would be fair).  However, my ES3X, JH13Pro and ES5 are a bigger step up and I think the extra cost is worth it, although it would be very nice if those were still only 2x the cost and not 3x for some of them.  That's because I think a lower price would make up for loses by giving them higher sales volumes, and more people could enjoy them at the same time.  These three high end customs can compete with my full size phones that cost me $1000-$1800.

 

My favorite is the ES5 if I could only pick one custom, as the transparency and ability to just disappear is unmatched.  And the W3 would be a nice universal to have around as a backup to those, or for when you want a little change in flavor.

post #2000 of 2102

what would you guys recommend as a small amp for the W3? I know nothing about amps and im curious to try one out. Im using a Sony Walkman S-series if that matters.

post #2001 of 2102

posted this on the other W3 appreciate thread..didn't know there was 2 around..lol

 

 

quick question for the owners.. are the Westone 3 something that you stick in your ear with a craptastic source (macbook out, mobile phone out, will never be amped), start tapping your feet and enjoy music? for those who also own Grado SR60, something like that..i'm looking for something to enjoy music..and not looking for details/analytical

 

i own HD580, which, is considered pretty hi-end during its days.. and listened to Alessandro MS1.. i really enjoy music with Grado/Alessandro..and I'm looking for something like that with IEMs..

post #2002 of 2102
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Originally Posted by Uruha View Post


what would you guys recommend as a small amp for the W3? I know nothing about amps and im curious to try one out. Im using a Sony Walkman S-series if that matters.





Whydo you feel like you need amplification? I mean there's nothing wrong with amps and I support them, but sometimes they aren't really needed; especially with IEMs. But a small one? how mich are you willing to spend total?
post #2003 of 2102
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Originally Posted by JoeyRusso View Post





Ok, here's a hypothetical question for ya: If a universal can give you 90 - 95% of what a custom can, is it worth spending another $900 for 10%??  I'll never be able to justify customs.  My performing days are over and I don't have that kind of disposable income.





In my opinion, yea; but I really love listening to music, it is one of the only forms of enjoyment j have right now besides playing pool here at the uni. I mean there are other things like hanging out with friends and stiff but when I'm alone music is a god send.

Would I sell my cans and drop another 600 for the customs? If I had the money I would have done it a long time ago.
post #2004 of 2102

I just wanted to see how it would be like with one. Cause apparently it makes it sound better? I was thinking no more than $30.

post #2005 of 2102
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Originally Posted by Uruha View Post


I just wanted to see how it would be like with one. Cause apparently it makes it sound better? I was thinking no more than $30.





Well you get the benefits of comfort and isolation; having a better seal can help with the overall sq but having it in custom form doesn't make it "better". Like if you're in a quiet room, the differences between a universal and custom are going to be minuscule. Of course real life isn't quiet so customs are great lol.
post #2006 of 2102

I think Uruha is talking about amps not customs smily_headphones1.gif IMO at a budget of $30 you should just run them without an amp and save your money.

post #2007 of 2102

Haha alright im not rich so i guess i could just save my money. I assume a $30 amp is too low end to really get much out of it?

post #2008 of 2102

Pretty much yeah, at $30 you are essentially buying a volume knob

post #2009 of 2102

Unless you can DIY I would save up for a better amp or just not amp at all. The W3 don't necessarily need an amp imo. Unless of course you just want an amp just for the reason of having an amp.

post #2010 of 2102

Everyone hears things differently. I agree with rawrster about the futility of a $30 amp, however, I think my w3's sound worlds better with my Pd xm4, than just ipod alone. If you have a better source than ipod, then maybe you won't do better with an amp.This is all imho of course.

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