Originally Posted by A_Dying_Wren
Idk... Jazz may sound better with W3's stronger bass but certainly for discerning ears the UM3X would be better for classical. Jazz sounds quite alright with the UM3X which I like to think as quite versatile. Also, I find any sort of strong bass a detriment to listening to rock. I like my rock more polite.
Really, there's not TOO much difference and both will be a HUGE step up from the superfi 3.
Actually W3 and UM3X sound very different from each other. While I was auditioning both of them, W3 has richer (or exaggerated?) mid-range and more bass and wider sound-stage while UM3X has a tighter bass and sounds neutral with a narrow sound-stage (I later found out it is actually heavily source-dependent). Instrument separation wise, UM3X is better.
Both really sound very different to my ears. As I auditioned the UM3X first, I actually found W3 to be muddy. TF10 pro has excellent treble, far superior sound stage but the mids are not as clear as UM3X. Moreover, I was having fit-issues.
Lastly, price wise.. the UM3X costs SGD$529 as compared to W3 which costs $559 and TF10 pro (SGD$629). Its a pretty straight-forward decision for me to choose UM3X over the other two.