Originally Posted by Spyro
Add in the fact that the diameter of W3 is larger (it's flatter)
so it makes it harder to insert than UM2 or SE530. This may not be a problem for everyone but worth noting.
Yes, it is
worth noting. I had the E500 for a few months, and could never feel them in my ears. They just melted away. And I had the UM2 for a day
(!!), and thought they were even more comfortable than the E500. So I automatically assumed the W3 would be at LEAST as comfortable at the other two, and hopefully even more
so. But they're just not!!
Even with the small tips I used, the actual part that sits in
my ear, feels much more intrusive than the E500 and UM2. I don't why I thought they were smaller than the other two, I just did.
When I look at how the W3 sits, I can see I have no space whatsoever between the edges of the earpiece and the inner edges of my ear. If you look at HeadphoneAddict's
close up photo... http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5084947-post253.html
... and then imagine there is NO
space around the earpiece, then that's how they fit me. It's a shame, because I worry I won't be able to tolerate long listening periods with them, which I do with my Trips. I can wear those for six straight hours and have no problems at all. But that's because the piece that goes in my ear is a lot smaller and doesn't press down on any tender parts. If the W3's were as comfortable as either of those, they'd be almost perfect.
By the way, I used them with a Sony A829 and iPod Touch 2G (no eq applied), and I didn't hear a recessed midrange at all. If it was any more forward, it would have been too much. It's more forward than the Trips and less forward than the IE8, which is just about the perfect balance for me.