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post #2071 of 2105
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Originally Posted by stefanolandesca View Post

hey guys, just a quick question. Would these be good for metal/rock? I listen to a lot of metal like Gojira, Kreator, Children of Bodom, Krisiun, etc.. and was wondering if these woud fit the bill. Or will i be better off with a Sony mdr7550(ex800st)? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks guys!

 

I listen to similar bands and have been very pleased with the performance of these, been using them daily for quite some time during my commute. Isolation is great, and they work well with a wide variety of music genres.

 

Scoit

post #2072 of 2105
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I listen to similar bands and have been very pleased with the performance of these, been using them daily for quite some time during my commute. Isolation is great, and they work well with a wide variety of music genres.

 

Scoit

 

Thanks! Can you elaborate more? What is about the soundsig that you like them for that genre. Are they more fulfilling than rather a neutral sig? I like it that they have great isolation because the Sony ex series is known to have poor isolation. 

post #2073 of 2105
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Thanks! Can you elaborate more? What is about the soundsig that you like them for that genre. Are they more fulfilling than rather a neutral sig? I like it that they have great isolation because the Sony ex series is known to have poor isolation. 

 

I would call it an artificially filling sound, and not exactly neutral. More natural, with the grey tips they are very comfy (to me) and really just disappear. I don;t think "These cans sound great" I think "This song sounds great". But with all of that they are pretty forgiving as well, which is great for my application, which is portable listening.

 

Scott

post #2074 of 2105
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Originally Posted by scottder View Post

 

I would call it an artificially filling sound, and not exactly neutral. More natural, with the grey tips they are very comfy (to me) and really just disappear. I don;t think "These cans sound great" I think "This song sounds great". But with all of that they are pretty forgiving as well, which is great for my application, which is portable listening.

 

Scott

Thanks bro. Was worried about all these comments that they are too sibilant, too tip dependent, too bloated bass, too muddy etc.. So im glad they sound great for you :)

post #2075 of 2105

Would you recommend them over the other Westone universals?

post #2076 of 2105
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Originally Posted by stefanolandesca View Post

Would you recommend them over the other Westone universals?

 

I had these for nearly 4 years now, and had one replacement by warranty for about 3 years, due to their faulty cable design in the past. Never had any problems since. I can't stop praising about these. I work out in them at the gym, take them on public transportation, in the rain, listen to them in sleep and has never broken on me. 

 

What I like the most. 

1. Best service and warranty I've ever seen

2. Most comfortable and isolating IEM's that I've tried

3. One of the most silent and sturdy cable design

 

Now 1,2,3 applies to all westone products

 

I find them quite good for Rock. They are colored and fun, but the sound is natural and never sibilant. These are the only ones I can listen for hours without ever getting tired. For my other phones like UE TF 10's, K701, or even the ever neutral RE0 I find myself getting tired just after a while. 

 

For Rock, Pop, Alternative, Electronic, House, Jazz, they are just outstanding. The only one I have trouble with is classical, it just doesn't have the clarity or the instrument separation like the RE0 or the K701 that I own. For Rock, I think they're great. If you want something more neutral you should go for the westone 4

post #2077 of 2105

I remember how hugely hyped these iems were back in the day before they came out.  I wanted a pair so damn bad back then but didn't quite have the money.  Eventually I was able to get a pair and was very pleased.  They isolated so well, have that ridiculously comfortable and non microphonic cable, came with 3 drivers which was nearly unheard of at the time, and was pretty much "the iem" for a balanced armature with a fun sound signature.

 

Since then, I now own ciems and have a very good idea of the strengths and weaknesses of the w3.  Even though there are better and more technically sound iems out there, the w3 is still a competitor. 


Edited by Poetik - 12/4/12 at 8:55pm
post #2078 of 2105
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Originally Posted by zeromacro View Post

 

I had these for nearly 4 years now, and had one replacement by warranty for about 3 years, due to their faulty cable design in the past. Never had any problems since. I can't stop praising about these. I work out in them at the gym, take them on public transportation, in the rain, listen to them in sleep and has never broken on me. 

 

What I like the most. 

1. Best service and warranty I've ever seen

2. Most comfortable and isolating IEM's that I've tried

3. One of the most silent and sturdy cable design

 

Now 1,2,3 applies to all westone products

 

I find them quite good for Rock. They are colored and fun, but the sound is natural and never sibilant. These are the only ones I can listen for hours without ever getting tired. For my other phones like UE TF 10's, K701, or even the ever neutral RE0 I find myself getting tired just after a while. 

 

For Rock, Pop, Alternative, Electronic, House, Jazz, they are just outstanding. The only one I have trouble with is classical, it just doesn't have the clarity or the instrument separation like the RE0 or the K701 that I own. For Rock, I think they're great. If you want something more neutral you should go for the westone 4

Thanks I think I will go the w3 route. I heard the w4r is pretty soft for metal. It lacks the bass slam of the w3 and the treble is quite relaxed. So its like the westone 3 is built for aggressive music

post #2079 of 2105

W3+UM56 tips brings midrange more forward and assures ZERO siblance.  Very good investment to bring W3 up even a few more notches.

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Edited by stefanolandesca - 12/5/12 at 9:40am
post #2081 of 2105

Anyone plan to give the W3 Gold limited edition a listen to see if there's a big difference?

post #2082 of 2105
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Originally Posted by stefanolandesca View Post

So 

so the westone 3 are hyped back then.. i noticed now they get more hate than love as compared to the other westones 

post #2083 of 2105
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Originally Posted by stefanolandesca View Post

so the westone 3 are hyped back then.. i noticed now they get more hate than love as compared to the other westones 

Not really.  Westone didn't start making these any different.  Read HFA's original review (the first post) of this thread on what was such hot sh** about them.....nothing has changed.  W3 is still the most ground-breaking IEM when it was released.  It's legendary.

 

But 2 other factors play into it.  One, Head-Fi is a FOTM posting forum and two, many people here (more than the general public) are more about finding balanced and accurate sound versus "fun" and W3 definitely lean more towards the fun side.


Edited by Spyro - 12/5/12 at 10:23am
post #2084 of 2105

If I hadnt purchased 4R (almost 11 months), I would have defintely tried out these!

 

I wonder if it is a down or upgrade for my purpose.blink.gif
 

post #2085 of 2105

For "fun", a downgrade.  For better balance and neutrality W4 is upgrade.

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