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post #16 of 1867
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Originally Posted by HeadphoneAddict View Post
Soon. Don't worry, I'll post my impressions as soon as possible.
Looking forward to it.

Thanks!
post #17 of 1867
Same, its between ES3X and UE11 for me.
post #18 of 1867
My Westone ES3X has arrived!
I did not expect the arrival, since I got no shipping notice so this was a surprise, a good surprise
But I got a notice when they've got my impressions (on Feb. 3rd) and their communication is very good.
The fitting of the custom mold is very good.

Click pictures to enlarge.


ES3X and iBasso D10, iHP140.


The left one is my UE11 I've been using it for over a year. The cable is almost worn out.


Here is my first impression. I will post more on later.
I hooked it up with my best portable setup for IEM, iHP-140+iBasso D10(w/AD8397) and iMod+P51.
First I was so surprised that the ES3X deliver a huge expansive spatial sense of openness. I couldn't believe I was listening to IEM.
Second I was impressed how ES3X deliver micro details from that blacker background. ES3X has really great resolution.
Overall the sound is sooo crisp and crystal clear, fairly tight and solid. Music sounds very realistic.
I'd say the ES3X is something like "UE11 meets ER-4S". The higher impedance works as designed I think.

Next you may say "so which is better?"
This is not worse at least, could be better but depends.
Anyway I want to hold more observations for the time being.. this is fresh.
post #19 of 1867
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Originally Posted by Sasaki View Post
My Westone ES3X has arrived!
I did not expected the arrival, since I got no shipping notice so this was a surprise, a good surprise
But I got a notice when they've got my impressions (on Feb. 3rd) and their communication is very good.
The fitting of the custom mold is very good.

Click pictures to enlarge.


ES3X and iBasso D10, iHP140.


The left one is my UE11 I've been using it for over a year. The cable is almost worn out.


Here is my first impression. I will post more on later.
I hooked it up with my best portable setup for IEM, iHP-140+iBasso D10(w/AD8397) and iMod+P51.
First I was so surprised that the ES3X deliver a huge expansive spatial sense of openness. I couldn't believe I was listening to IEM.
Second I was impressed how ES3X deliver micro details from that blacker background. ES3X has really great resolution.
Overall the sound is sooo crisp and crystal clear, fairly tight and solid. Music sounds very realistic.
I'd say the ES3X is something like "UE11 meets ER-4S". The higher impedance works as designed I think.

Next you may say "so which is better?"
This is not worse at least, could be better but depends.
Anyway I want to hold more observations for the time being.. this is fresh.
Can't wait to hear more since one of these two are going to be what I'm choosing next. Is that the clear wire you chose and it turned green? It actually looks pretty neat. No idea if that oxidation is just aesthetic or not.
post #20 of 1867
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Originally Posted by Geruvah View Post
Is that the clear wire you chose and it turned green? It actually looks pretty neat. No idea if that oxidation is just aesthetic or not.
Pretty sure that is the clear cable with oxidation.
post #21 of 1867
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Originally Posted by Geruvah View Post
Is that the clear wire you chose and it turned green? It actually looks pretty neat. No idea if that oxidation is just aesthetic or not.
Yes, UE cable is not good..

Alex, I need your new UE cable
post #22 of 1867
Thread Starter 
Sasaki,

Thank you so much for the first impressions, I really appreciate it. I am anxious to hear your impressions after 50-100 hours of break-in.

Ruby
post #23 of 1867
Thanks a lot for the impressions!
post #24 of 1867
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Sasaki View Post
Next you may say "so which is better?"
This is not worse at least, could be better but depends.
Anyway I want to hold more observations for the time being.. this is fresh.


Sasaki,

Any following thoughts? How did the weekend treat you? I am anxious to hear how the sound of the ES3X is progressing with burn-in.

Ruby
post #25 of 1867
sasaki : looking forward to your further comparisons on ES3X and UE11

post #26 of 1867
Wow, just noticed that you have the UE11. Nice! I can't wait for a comparison.

My worry on the UE11 is that it's far too bass heavy, and I do like a prominent midrange that Westones usually have. So if the ES3x is on the whole on the same level, and isn't as bass heavy and is more midrange-forward, then it will be right up my alley.

Nice to hear about microdetail retreival as well; I always felt the ES2 could use a bit more of that.

Sounds like a very promising IEM and is likely to be my next headphone.
post #27 of 1867
Boris, have you ever thought about ACS T1? From the impressions I have been reading, they really seem what you are looking for.
post #28 of 1867
Boo sasaki, first your review on ESW10jpns made me buy one, now probably ES3X
post #29 of 1867
i'm a gonner :eeks:

its all I can think about; i'm coming into some money in a few weeks, so I really think its time I went ful custom. since i've now been using custrom tips for a while on my W3, I know I like the westone 'custom' SQ. had been thinking of UE10 or these, but I think i'll be going for ES3X. UE11 doesnt appeal; I dont think I would like the amount of bass. I would probably end up eq'ing it out and then why bother. so UE10 or these it is. with these in the lead. just a question for you custom owners. i'm 35 yeah; now I know that with customs you really need to get a new pair every couple of years and you obviously cant do anything with the old ones. but just wondering; is it possible to get them re-shelled?? I mean there are services for putting universals in full custom shells, like ER4 custom, so can you do this?? because I dont like the idea of throwing nearly a grand away for a couple of years. although I have done similar things before. but it would seal the deal if this was possible. also; anyone know if westone have custom artwork options like other companies like UE, HY etc. this isnt a deal breaker, but would def be cool since i'm a former grapghic designer and I like to keep my hand in. was thinking of getting a mobius on them
post #30 of 1867
Usually a custom shell lasts 4 years, not two.
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