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Originally Posted by darkninja67
I did not read the whole thread but does anyone have any impressions of the W3 used for listening to faster, harder type music like Dimmu Borgir, Slayer, Chimaira, etc?? I tend to listen at the extremes of musical genres. Today I went from Patsy Cline to Dimmu Borgir just like that.
Okay, before anybody kills me for this, I have to say that I am not 100% sure what to blame for this, whether it be how the song was recorded or how the Westone 3 "translates" the frequencies. It is probably the latter, because I have never experienced this before on any other IEM or headphone.
That being said, listening to Tool, Megadeth, Pixies, and any other similar genres, it feels like the Westone 3 simply falls apart during the complicated passages of music
. Everything seems to be smeared with bass, and so undefined that it's just...awful. Blanketed and muffled, it's beyond depressing to me.
Think Sennheiser, but at least three times worse. I like Sennheiser and it's sound signature in general, but this goes way beyond my threshold of tolerance. The ever-present recessed percussion (somewhere in the mids, talking snare drum and such) definitely does not help its case.
This could be because I'm a Grado and Stax fan, but if you're looking at these IEMs for rock, stay far away from them. Tupac and Diana Krall are beautiful on these, but so far, I would deifnitely stick to my KSC75 for rock. I just switched to them as I typed that last part, and everything simply sounds more seperated. The guitars are obviously in front (I'm talking about the Tool song "Parabola" here), the bass is in the back but still quite noticeable, and the vocals are given a nice amount of space between the two. Worlds better now IMHO.
Ah, now I'm listening to Nightwish's "Dark Chest of Wonders" with my Grado SR225, and everything is simply seperated and given its own space to jam in. With the Westone 3, it's all mud, simply put.
Knowing my luck now, I'll post this and regret the backlash I've caused in a few minutes. But this has been bothering me greatly over the last day or two, and I simply think it's time that I say it for my personal ease of mind.
Sources: [straight from iPod headphone out] and [College setup #1]
Headphones compared to: [Koss KSC75] and [Grado SR225]!PLEASE REFRAIN FROM QUOTING ME ON ANY OF THIS!