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post #541 of 2105
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Originally Posted by moseboy View Post
Ah... interesting.... I'm probably going to go search for ES-2 vs. UE-10 comparisons....

EDIT: Woah woah woah.... quote from "REVIEW OF THE WESTONE ES2 CUSTOM FIT EARPHONES BY WAKERIDE74:"

"The ES2 does not have the level of detail or soundstage that the E500's offer. I would say the detail is slightly better than the E4C."
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"These are not neutral and do not have the detail or soundstage of the E500 so if that's your thing these are not for you."


Right... so pass on those....
AHAHAHA! honestly...i would say there is problems with this person then...i own the Se530, used to own the E4c and i can tell you that the Es-2 SUPERIOR than both...
post #542 of 2105
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Originally Posted by HeadphoneAddict View Post
You don't really hear any of these improvements in real life. I've mass hypnotized you into hearing what I want you to hear.
hehe yeah 'must buy westone.. must buy westone.. must buy westone.. funny I lost a few moments after reading your review for the first time too.


and yes anthropomorphism is absolutely more appropriate. great word. I experience it with my computer as well. I really need to get out more
post #543 of 2105
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Originally Posted by MaoDi View Post
AHAHAHA! honestly...i would say there is problems with this person then...i own the Se530, used to own the E4c and i can tell you that the Es-2 SUPERIOR than both...
*Shrugs* I guess I can't say who's right or wrong....
post #544 of 2105
Seems like my Westone 3's found a good home with qusp. Lol!
post #545 of 2105
According to my tracking they have been delivered, jsut waiting for mailroom to process.

I will crack em open and enjoy them on the commute home!
post #546 of 2105
I find I have it better with the short tips as well fits better
post #547 of 2105
guys... wheres the best place and price to buy the W3? thanks
post #548 of 2105
DOUGHN I got mine from FreqCitySound, very good!

Well, after 1.5 hours with them, I quite like them. But just got to find the best tip for my comfort (my right ear canal is smaller than my left so it's a bit random).

Will continue to listen later this evening and post some findings.
post #549 of 2105
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Originally Posted by FeedMeTrance View Post
DOUGHN I got mine from FreqCitySound, very good!

Well, after 1.5 hours with them, I quite like them. But just got to find the best tip for my comfort (my right ear canal is smaller than my left so it's a bit random).

Will continue to listen later this evening and post some findings.
Whew, that's a relief! Let us know more as you try all the tips. I have spent all evening with them in using my UM-56 custom tips and the comfort, isolation and sound is wonderful. I wish everyone could get custom tips with their W3.
post #550 of 2105
Is that an offer HPA :P

I am looking at my IEM collection, and the only flagship IEM's I do not own are SE530 and IE8 (no intention of ever buying!)
post #551 of 2105
Damnit! why do I have to read this! Now I'm in doubt again...

Right now I have the Atrio M5's, which I enjoy very much and consider the best IEM's I've ever owned. How does the bass compare of the W3 vs the Atrio M5? I love the "warm" soundstage the Atrio's provide, do the W3 also give this or are they more "clinical"?
post #552 of 2105
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Originally Posted by FeedMeTrance View Post
DOUGHN I got mine from FreqCitySound, very good!

Well, after 1.5 hours with them, I quite like them. But just got to find the best tip for my comfort (my right ear canal is smaller than my left so it's a bit random).

Will continue to listen later this evening and post some findings.
@ FeedMeTrance.... thanks
post #553 of 2105
Quick update: I finally found a pair of Ety grey foamies, and so far they're my favorite tips with the W3 phones. The bass is just a little tighter, but just as detailed, and the high end detail is bloody awesome. The only drawback is that the midrange is maybe slightly laid back, but even that's hard to say. I'm giving my ears ample time to get used to the sound before I do my formal 40-song playlist review.

As an aside, I've had a really interesting experience with these phones -- using any of the tips that fit me well, the isolation is very very good. Possibly better than any IEM I've tried. I have found that when I'm listening to the W3 phones, I listen with my iPod turned WAY down (maybe 15% volume). That's not that unusual for me, especially with sensitive phones. What's weird about it is that the music sounds loud to my ears -- I'm always tempted to turn it down a little more. Then I take one of the headphones out, and with ambient noise (in a quiet office environment) to compare to, the headphone that's still in sounds ridiculously quiet. I've never had this experience with any other phones, in fact, I often used that trick of removing one phone and listening to ambient to make sure that I"m not cranking my headphones too much. With the Westone 3, I find that I can be listening at an incredibly quiet volume, but because of the isolation and the detail, my ears interpret that music as very loud. Does this ring a bell with anyone else?
post #554 of 2105
[OPENING] I would first like to thank ClieOS cause I am following in suite in his reviewing style.

[Important] This review is on subjective term. Your opinion, music, and what you hear may be different. This is just me telling you what my experiences are!.

Reviewing gear: iPod Classic 160gb, Steven Kelby made 22g Cryo Copper/Silver LOD, Headamp Pico.

Earphones: Westone 3, and Triple Fi 10 (soon)

Lossless ALAC Tracks: selections from Delta Goodrem, Linkin Park, Imogen Heap, Enya, System of a Down, 30 Seconds to Mars, Armin van Buuren, Mozart, Pink Floyd, Within Temptation, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin – I have tried to encompass a wide variety of music

Rating: From one star (★, lowest rating) to five stars (★★★★★, highest rating), including half a star (☆). Criteria include [Packaging / Build Quality / Accessories / Isolation / Microphonics / Comfort / Soundstage / Sound Quality / Value]

★★★★★-The best
★★★★---Really good
★★★-----Average
★★-------Just OK
★---------Not worth it


Westone 3 (2008)

Variation: UM3, W3
Transducer: 3-Way Balanced Armature
Spec: 30Ω (@1kHz) | 20Hz~ 18kHz | 107dB SPL |
Cord Style: Y-cord, ~50” (1.5m)
Mini Jack Style: Gold plated L style, heavy build.
Eartips Used: Shure Olives (small)
Packaging: ★★★★★ (very nice, small and neat, no psycho packaging to rip through)
Build Quality: ★★★★☆ (heavily build, nice plastic, seems strong, worried about ‘stem’)
Accessories: ★★★★☆ (everything you need is included, mediocre case)
Isolation: ★★★★☆ (this is subjective to the tip you use)
Microphonics: ★ ★★★★ (over-the-ear style, no microphonics)
Comfort: ★★★★★ (light cable, dependant on tips, Olives are very comfy, W3 sits nicely in ear)
Soundstage: ★★★★☆ (nice spacious)
Sound Quality: ★★★★★ (very musical, and enjoyable)
Value: ★★★★☆ (sound fantastic, but are v pricey)

Remark: After waiting for over a year, they finally were released. The Westone 3’s were worth the wait. Westone have always been the most comfortable earphone I have used, and the Westone 3 are now the most comfortable earphones I have used, alongside one of the most magical sounding. Delta Goodrem’s voice has never sounded so lush and silky soft (like velvet in my ears), I have never heard my favourite artist in such quality. I put on a Diana Krall (mp3) and was blown away, the plucking of the bass strings was impressive, and her voice hits some wonderful notes. It was evident from examining female vocals the lush highs and mids this earphone offers. Despite some fellow Head Fi’ers finding concerns with the mids, I am quite impressed by what the W3 produces.

For the bassheads, I listened to Rammstein, and some techno and trance to experiemtn with the bass response, quality and quantity. I have to say, that the quality of the bass if astounding, however, I do find at times the W3 is somewhat lacking in bass. Unlike the Triple Fi 10 which (in my opinion) is quite a bassy earphone, the W3 is more quality over quantity, whereas TF10 is a bit more equal.

Overall Ranking: ★★★★☆ (the price and the silly case let's it down, also the fact that I needed to use Shure tips as well)

Nevertheless, I am quite happy with my purchase (for now). I will (near the end of next week) do a full-blown comparison of my earphones, but at the moment tied up writing a Valedictory Speech for my graduation. Until next time, keep enjoying your music.
post #555 of 2105
Anyone who can detect sibilance with these IEMs should
a) get used to it
b) never again venture into the IEM world

Lol. Seriously, if someone finds that these IEMs have sibilance is a weirdo. They lack sibilance. And that is a fact. Lol.
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