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post #31 of 88
Thanks, sooz.

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Originally Posted by soozieq View Post
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.
This are not the first varried opinions on the mids placement. Some found them nice, forward and syrupy than the UM2 and some, like Spyro and Catscratch, found them slightly recessed. I wonder how is this? Could be source dependent? Music?
post #32 of 88
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Originally Posted by Rednamalas1 View Post
Thanks, this thread stops me from getting another IEM that I don't need. Any recession of any kind in mid is a no-no for me.

Good to hear these don't stray far from rest of higher end universal IEMs. From other's impressions, they were approaching ESW10 level in terms of SQ. :S
You should read Ray Samuels' W3 review, just so you can see another POV.

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f103/w...l-iems-388731/
post #33 of 88
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Originally Posted by tstarn06 View Post
You should read Ray Samuels' W3 review, just so you can see another POV. It's in one of the long W3 threads (can't remember which one).
Hmm it would have to surpass SE530, TF10s' SQ quite a bit for me to justify getting one. Since isolation is not a great factor, ESW10 will do a good enough job at the moment.
post #34 of 88
Fair enough. While no one universal IEM product will ever be a true "category killer" (people's ears/hearing just vary way too much), I'd say that for every "middling" or negative take on the W3, there are many, many others (and knowledgeable people at that), who are very happy with the phones. Spyro's review is mixed, but it shouldn't be the sole reason to dismiss the W3s out of hand.
post #35 of 88
I was about to post in this thread for the worse, but then...well, just look at the thread I just made around here.

Point is, sometimes it's worth waiting for the right realization to strike you in terms of fit and distance to the eardrum.
post #36 of 88
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Originally Posted by MarcusL View Post
Thanks, sooz.
This are not the first varried opinions on the mids placement.
I wonder how is this?
Could be source dependent? Music?
I definitely think so. For example, my Trips sounded very full and rich with my Sony and Zune, and I didn't hear a midrange recession at all. The vocals were definitely warmer with the Trips, but still not recessed. When I paired them with the Touch, I could have been listening to a different earphone for all I knew. They sounded much thinner and quite boring in comparison, and the mids seemed further back.

Likewise, the IE8 midrange sounded much warmer and more aggressive with the Sony, and more balanced with the Touch. And the W3 sounds different too. With the Sony, mids are more forward than the Touch, and I hear more bass. But the Touch has a bigger soundstage, and so everything sounds even bigger and wider with the W3. It's as if the dap is forcing its own sonic signature on the phones, and not the other way round. I don't quite understand that bit. Well, I do understand that bit to a certain extent, I just don't understand why the difference is so noticeable.

EDIT: I don't use any eq on either dap if that helps.
post #37 of 88
Nice take. Seems like the Touch/newer Nano/iPhones have good synergy with the W3s.
post #38 of 88
probably. i find the new touch has a great synergy with my ok2 and koss portapro too. it is just enough of the delicate ipod circuitry to enjoy fast music without headaches but has perfect resolution to really start to groove. im sure the w3 are great with them.
post #39 of 88
Thanks for the impressions. One thing I cannot give up is the mids of my SE530s. It felt so special listening to Patricia Barber today going into work.

I will probably own the W3 oneday but I want an amp first.
post #40 of 88
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Originally Posted by kenyee View Post
gjc10212: they're in the thread below posted by prscustom.
They're also in a separate thread where I asked the same question :-)
Can you link me those pics please? These threads are gaining momentum exponentially.......and I can't be a##ed

Soozieq pic is quite what I'm after but it does look like the W3's sit fairly flush. I'm toying with buying the W3 or X10's, I gave my old SE530 to the g/f and have just sold my Klipsch Custom 3's - I need a fix soon!!
post #41 of 88
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Originally Posted by kenyee View Post
gjc10212: they're in the thread below posted by prscustom.
They're also in a separate thread where I asked the same question :-)
Can you link me those pics please? These threads are gaining momentum exponentially.......and I can't be a##ed

Soozieq pic isn't quite what I'm after but it does look like the W3's sit fairly flush. I'm toying with buying the W3 or X10's, I gave my old SE530 to the g/f and have just sold my Klipsch Custom 3's - I need a fix soon!!
post #42 of 88
Its nice to get different opinions on the WM3, but ultimately for me its going to come down to an audition in Jan when I actually buy the damn things to decide on an High end IEM: IE8, WM3, TF10, SE530, and others I can't remember.
post #43 of 88
Thread Starter 
UPDATE: FIT IS CRUCIAL WITH W3.

Please refer to post #26 on page 3.

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f103/i...59/index3.html


Also nice job "Marching Mule" !!
post #44 of 88
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Originally Posted by nsx_23 View Post
Its nice to get different opinions on the WM3, but ultimately for me its going to come down to an audition in Jan when I actually buy the damn things to decide on an High end IEM: IE8, WM3, TF10, SE530, and others I can't remember.
From the tons of stuff I've read, unfortunately, an audition won't be very fair since you'll need sufficient amount of time to play with your gear, tips and adjust to the sound to give a fair judgment. Not to mention some of these sound better after a few days of burn-in.

Nevertheless, I think you'll be happy with what you get even just from an initial audition at a non-controlled environment.
post #45 of 88
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Originally Posted by ClieOS View Post
An interesting counter opinion to read. Though I haven't heard W3 yet, I can see how it probably won't blow me away as well. My own experience is, top end universal IEM usually isn't about which is better, but rather it is more about finding the right sound for personal taste.
100% agreed, i havnt listened to westone 3 so im not going to comment, but i believe this is the case once your spending $300+

too many people are too concerned about what is best. and the fact is, its not whats best but what is best for your sound preference.

there was always going to be big comparisons between the westone 3 and others when that came out, and lots have said ''awww its the best'', but because of this sort of comment i havnt bothered going for it because i just dont wanna here this, i wanna know how it sounds...not wether you think its best.
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