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post #556 of 2105
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Originally Posted by ZephyrSapphire View Post
No I'm not kidding, sadly. I listen to Japanese music a hell lot more English music and I dislike how "zuto" ("always" in Japanese) occasionally sounds like "juto" or "suto", which doesn't mean "zuto" at all.

The most common sibilance problem with the Westone 3's is sometimes, if not most of the time "s" sounds like "z" and vice versa. But of course, for Japanese music only.
OMG I was pretty sure the westone 3 are perfect for me but reading just a few of your post. I'm starting to have doubt whether it is the right choice for me.

Like you although I ONLY listens to Japanese music. I starting to notice a pattern here. Japanese music lover seems to prefer cans with very good high or treble oriented signature. And the next thing would be details details and more details. And certainly no bass heavy cans.

If Westone 3 is a no no for Japanese Music lover, Audio technica's new triple driver IEM ATH-CK100 might be our last chance... it has two driver for high/mids and one for low.(I'm sure it's treble oriented lolx)

So ZephyrSapphire, care to take the plunge
post #557 of 2105
As you have read, the only sibilance I heard is when it's on the actual track!
post #558 of 2105
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Originally Posted by Sieg9198 View Post
OMG I was pretty sure the westone 3 are perfect for me but reading just a few of your post. I'm starting to have doubt whether it is the right choice for me.

Like you although I ONLY listens to Japanese music. I starting to notice a pattern here. Japanese music lover seems to prefer cans with very good high or treble oriented signature. And the next thing would be details details and more details. And certainly no bass heavy cans.

If Westone 3 is a no no for Japanese Music lover, Audio technica's new triple driver IEM ATH-CK100 might be our last chance... it has two driver for high/mids and one for low.(I'm sure it's treble oriented lolx)

So ZephyrSapphire, care to take the plunge
I did take the plunge. Sold them off to qusp. Lol. They are definitely not for Japanese music. "zutto" turning into "suto" and "juto" occasionally. Wtf. Right now I'm still enjoying my Etymotics ER4S, the only IEMs I know which can handle Japanese music.
post #559 of 2105
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Originally Posted by Trager View Post
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?
Yes, I found myself doing the same thing with the volume. It seemed to be because the highs stayed loud even after you turned it down. The cool thing about that is that you can play at low volume levels and still hear details in the music. The bad thing though is that the mids are pretty quiet at this volume leve.
post #560 of 2105
@Zephyr, I think Sieg was referring to the CK100s when he said "care to take the plunge?"
post #561 of 2105
just like what Crikey said lolx
post #562 of 2105
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Originally Posted by Crikey View Post
@Zephyr, I think Sieg was referring to the CK100s when he said "care to take the plunge?"
He did? Damn you Kiwi juice for making me intoxicated!

If he did mean the CK100s...
I'm still enjoying my ER4S. I'm done with IEMs as of now until some manufacturer makes some IEMs which has the same amount of detail as the ER4S with a bit more bass. Emphasis on "a bit".
post #563 of 2105
If you can read japanese try this site

http://bbs.kakaku.com/bbs/20461511402/

From the review it IS exactly what you asked for. Since the reviewer is also comparing it to the ER4.

I think I'm going to take the plunge myself...
post #564 of 2105
Zephyr, why not take a chance with triple.fi?
post #565 of 2105
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Originally Posted by toughnut View Post
Zephyr, why not take a chance with triple.fi?
They're too big and they're butt ugly.

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Originally Posted by Sieg9198 View Post
If you can read japanese try this site

‰¿Ši.com - ƒI[ƒfƒBƒIƒeƒNƒjƒJ ATH-CK100 ‚̃Nƒ`ƒRƒ~ŒfŽ¦”Â

From the review it IS exactly what you asked for. Since the reviewer is also comparing it to the ER4.

I think I'm going to take the plunge myself...
HMMMM. Don't tempt me. I'll see where life goes next year. I've got to get a new guitar, home headphones, home headphone amp, proper home source and a new computer next year. LOL.
post #566 of 2105
They're the biggest IEM i ever encounter but look nice imho. Only wish if it's shorter in length...
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Head-fi is evil. Oh well.
post #569 of 2105
First Impression when I got them out of the box was OH MY SELF! what a delicate chord/cable for such expensive Ear phones.I listen to a lot of percussive /dance music and thus dance alot whilst wearing my IEM.

I'm upgrading from a pair or UE Pro 5 EB . Which have a 'replaceable' cable that must be 2-3 times thicker than the 'unreplaceable' westone 3's.

Dam! I wish they had a more robust cable because they sound brilliantly vibrant :-).

And for percussive music they handle the bass N drums wonderfully.The mids are.....? in the middle and the highs sing away blissfully.

I am going to write to Westone to ask why they have wired such expensive (everyday use mp3 player etc ) earphones with such thin cable.I'm going to tape some extra insulation tape around the cable.

I can only compare these to the UE's and they simply/sound/ feel more natural & have far more a comfy fit.

Over priced in view of the materials they are made of.

Anyway the best 'ear phones I've heard.
post #570 of 2105
while the westone cable may appear to but delicate it really is not you can beat the crud out of it and it still is fine. Shure 530 cables which are a lot thicker still crap out a lot more frequently then the westones
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