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post #76 of 88
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My apologies to Westone for the negativity of the first few posts. These things are simply astonishing. Any music I throw at them....I'm in heaven...
post #77 of 88
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My apologies to Westone for the negativity of the first few posts. These things are simply astonishing. Any music I throw at them....I'm in heaven...
Huh? Do they improve with burn-in? Have you managed to find the "sweet spot" of tips and canal insertion to make them sing? Have you tried them with some top notch sources and/or amps and that has improved things hugely? Please elaborate, inquiring minds want to know
post #78 of 88
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My apologies to Westone for the negativity of the first few posts. These things are simply astonishing. Any music I throw at them....I'm in heaven...
I too am interested to know. I tried my W3s for a few days, and honestly, ended up preferring my TF10s over them. What did you do to make the W3s jump leaps and bounds in terms of your preference for them?
post #79 of 88
I too would be curious as to what opened tem up for you?
post #80 of 88
In another of the many W3 threads, he followed someone's advice to not shove them in too deep where the W3's body is pressing against the ear. He just let them rest inside the ear's pocket naturally and it fixed any issues he was having.

It's the thread whose title states they found out something important about the W3.
post #81 of 88
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Yes, I have always been a believer that it takes 6-10 hours for the frequencies to "settle in." Placebo or whatever but they never sound right at first.

Using the regular complys just like I would with my UM2's.

Nano on "jazz" setting.....really excellent.

It's like ER4P (detail) , SE530 (rockability/punch) and TFPro (huge soundstage) rolled into one IEM.
post #82 of 88
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Yes, I have always been a believer that it takes 6-10 hours for the frequencies to "settle in." Placebo or whatever but they never sound right at first.

Using the regular complys just like I would with my UM2's.

Nano on "jazz" setting.....really excellent.

It's like ER4P (detail) , SE530 (rockability/punch) and TFPro (huge soundstage) rolled into one IEM.
Have you updated the first post with this info?
post #83 of 88
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Just did. I hope others give these time.
post #84 of 88
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Just did. I hope others give these time.
Did your sibilance problem fix after the 6-10 hrs run-ins?
i just got mine today it got lots of sibilance and its annoying.
post #85 of 88
I for one was certainly not blown away by the Westone 3. In fact, I kept them for a little less than a week before selling them because there were some aspects of its sound that I just couldn't stand. The W3 dethroned the Sennheiser HD25-1 for the headphones that I've kept for the shortest time.

I can see why some people like the W3, they are very musical and "fun" IEMs, but IMO they lack in some important aspects. First, to my ears, the vocals sounded veiled and far from what I'd consider natural. It sounds like the singer is placed behind the band and I had to turn the volume a lot more than my usual listening habits to hear satisfying vocals. In general, the mids were not detailed as much as I'd have liked and the upper bass slightly overpowered the lower mids, giving a U-shaped frequency response.

The second biggest flaw that I could hear was a very apparent roll-off of the high frequencies. That's exactly the reason why I sold the Shure E500 and the W3 didn't do much better to my ears despite having a dedicated driver for the treble. For reference, I tried all the tips and some opened up the treble a bit (transparent tips and grey silicon ones) while others made it a lot worse (triflanges and Complys). The good thing with attenuated treble is that it makes bad recordings sound better than they should, but on the other hand, good recordings doesn't sound as stellar because a lot of information is lost. Another effect of the roll-off is that percussions didn't have the snap and speed that I'm used to, they sounded mushy and imprecise.

Finally, something that bothered me a lot is that these headphones lack big time for the resolution of small details. They give a good general portrait of a song, but the little whispers and recording imperfections that I'm used to hear on other headphones were simply not there. It might be good for low bitrate files or badly produced records, but I expect more from 400$ headphones.

It's been mentionned that the tips change the sound quite a bit with these IEMs and I have to agree with that, but my general impressions remained similar no matter which tips I used.

The other IEMs I've tried before the Westone 3 are: UE Super.fi 5 Pro, Etymotic ER4P/S, APS recabled Etymotic ER4S, Shure E4, Shure E500 and AL im716. My reference headphones are Stax Omega II Mk1 and I've tried most of the best headphones (K1000, PS1, HP2, etc.) except for the HE90 and L3000.
post #86 of 88
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Did your sibilance problem fix after the 6-10 hrs run-ins?
i just got mine today it got lots of sibilance and its annoying.
Yes, but I also settled on comply tips which warm things up a little. I wouldn't say zero siblance but I hardly hear any. Does not bother me. For reference, I find Super Fi Pro to be somewhat siblant. W3 not even close to that. I really think you have to give any IEM up to 10 hours break in and several listening sessions.

I understand about rolled off highs of SE530 but I certainly don't sense that with W3. I feel they come through MUCH more.

Most of my music is contemporary jazz so very little to no vocals so I couldn't comment on that.
post #87 of 88
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Originally Posted by Spyro View Post
Nano on "jazz" setting.....really excellent.

It's like ER4P (detail) , SE530 (rockability/punch) and TFPro (huge soundstage) rolled into one IEM.
Doesn't the iPod EQ presets distort the sound rather than refining them?

Which Nano generation are you using?
post #88 of 88
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Not at all. "Rock" and "Electronica" is way too much EQ but "Jazz" just barely tips the low and high end just a pinch to bring out the beast of the W3.

It's Nano 3G (the square'ish looking one that came out last year).
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