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2/17/09 at 10:37am
|At a $1,150 price, we think that buyers should reasonably expect nothing less than the best sound available from an in-canal earpiece; in fact, given that it demands a $650 MSRP or $750 street price premium over top triple-driver solutions—enough to buy an iPhone or another pair of super-expensive earphones and still have some cash left over—the UE-11 Pro should sound something close to incredible. Thanks to its over-aggressive low end, which can be found in earphones at any price, it doesn’t.
Customization frills aside, we see the UE-11 Pro as an expensive earphone for people who love bass so much that they probably don’t need a quadruple-driver earphone in the first place, and would as easily be satisfied with a more heavily bass-skewed double- or triple-driver design that costs less. This needn’t have been the case; with slightly different tuning and a more reasonable price, UE-11 Pro could have been a product we’d recommend widely to audiophiles with as much or more vigor than its predecessors. Our general level recommendation acknowledges that there is enough good in the UE-11 Pro design, particularly in the depths of its low-end response, to satisfy some users, but for the time being, we’d hesitate before climbing to this particular step on the earphone ladder.
Thank you for the comments.
> My worry on the UE11 is that it's far too bass heavy, and I do like a prominent midrange that Westones usually have.
Not so sure about the midrange of the westone but ES3X is fairly flat over the entire frequency. I'd say it's realistic rather, as the sound is so natural and holographic, not emphasized nor recessed on anywhere.
This is quite impressive but bassheads would miss something
> How did the weekend treat you? I am anxious to hear how the sound of the ES3X is progressing with burn-in.
I got it on Sunday night, not the holy Friday night
> Boo sasaki, first your review on ESW10jpns made me buy one, now probably ES3X
But it's a motto of headfi sorry about ..
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.
It was my lousy iPhone photo that helped with the decision wasn't it? Emerald Green is sweet
The only junk I'm selling were my Stax O2 Mk1 (done), and now it's my Edition 9 - sure you don't wan't those? :-|
(okay, so the Stax were so I could get a pair of K1000)