Originally Posted by barleyguy
What source or amp did you listen to them with? I tried them with several Ray Samuels amps, a CTH, and a Samson Q5. They sounded great with all of them. I was using custom tips.
I used a current generation iPod Classic. I've never used an amp with a portable player. I used the more firm of the included single flange tips.
I owned it for only about a week, but I was never able to listen to it for even an hour at a time. I found it the most fatiguing IEM I've ever heard, and I don't think treble, the usual culprit in instances of fatigue, was very relevant.
Originally Posted by dj nellie
While I agree that the W3 can sound a bit congested with custom tips, the soundstage is only limited in relation to an IEM like the IE8. I find the W3's soundstage to be much wider than the SE530's and UM3X's, and it's on par with the TF10's. Moreover, the W3's excellent imaging prevents it from feeling too closed-in for me; the accurate spatial placement of sounds provides a great headstage. It just doesn't feel as open as most full-sized cans (obviously) or IEMs that were designed to have a more airy feel.
In part, I think this is a function of the deep insertion that the W3 requires to sound its best. I'm not sure it's possible to have an "out-of-head" experience without a bit more air leakage like you get with the IE8.
It was chiefly a TF10, the IEM I've owned for the longest time, to which I was comparing the W3. I felt it hadn't nearly as much soundstage as the TF10, though I didn't find the TF10's soundstage all that remarkable when I owned it.
I was listening to some rather aggressive music with the W3, such as the recent EP's by the band Wire. I found the W3's presentation of guitar noise-oriented rock to be simply more than I could handle, to my surprise, and I also felt there was an issue of not being able to see the forest for the trees--the music wasn't coming together for me somehow.
I did find that the W3 inserted more deeply than I had expected, or than I would have guessed it did from looking at it. They shaped it just right for that, I suppose.
As for the UM3X, I've not heard it.