Originally Posted by nc8000
I have not heard the Westone3 but going from antonyfirst's review (whom I know and trust) I don't think it would be for me. Likewise I did own the Tripple.fi 10 and liked it a fair bit but found I was still missing the ER4 sound (apart from them hurting like h... and I never found a really comfortable way to wear them). And now with my experiment with balancing an ER4 I find that it gives more of everything and I'm not really missing anything in the music I use it with. It is still burning in at home 24/7 while I'm away for Christmas but I'm giving it quite a high possibility that I will sell my GS-1000 and keep the ER4.
Well, I won't belabor the point but I've learned over lo' these many years that opinions on Head-fi, as on so many similar sites, fall into a few well entrenched categories:
1) Those who currently own the products under review
2) Those who once
owned some or all of them and judge from memory
3) Those who have never
owned any of them but perhaps briefly heard a friend's
4) Those who have never heard
any of them
5) Those who have heard one of them and rely on the opinion of others
It would appear that number 1 could give the best advice, but not necessarily accurate
advice. And particularly when discussing IEMs since we all know the unpredictable factors involved such as the tips chosen, canal shapes, and so on.
In the case of number 2, experienced audiophiles know how difficult it is to compare 'phones when both are readily available. Our "acoustic" memory is so short that even several seconds or a slight variation in volume is enough to totally skew our perceptions.
For number 3, I think we'll all agree that it takes a while to become acclimated to new 'phones. I know that my first impressions usually require later revision, and often lots of it.
Regarding number 4, these seem to be the most strongly held opinions of all, and ofen come from the most enthusiastic but least experienced of us.
Finally, in number 5's case, we come to a fairly common example. I've found that even firsthand experience doesn't travel well in the world of audio, so I quickly discard those that contain phrases such as "I have not heard xyz, but . . . ." This simply never strikes me as informed opinion.
For me, the bottom-line is sheer entertainment value. Simply put, do I really enjoy listening to it.
If so, I use it. If not, it either goes into a drawer with the dozens of other "also-rans" or I sell it.