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Westone 3 Vs. UM3X ? - Page 3

post #31 of 36
I have had both the UM3X and W3's and liked both, but the UM3 was better to my ears. People have complained of sibilance with the W3. That was never an issue for me. At the end, I went for the ES3X, which is the custom version of the UM3X.
I can live with any of them and would enjoy them, but if I had to choose only one (UM3X vs W3), it would the UM3X.
post #32 of 36
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Originally Posted by tstarn06 View Post
The W2s had a separate thread already. Your point?
Really? I must be blind. I can't find it nor have I heard about W2
post #33 of 36
Well, I went and picked up a set of W3's this week and have been able to do a very close comparison between those and my UM3X side by side. Here are my thoughts.

Fit is obviously crucial in getting the most out of the sound particularly with W3. I tried and tried and tried for hours to get an exceptional sound with any of the silicone tips. Can't. I can get a decent sound but it's actually warmer sounding than UM3X. The highs are rolled off. The large supplied complys are still the way to go IMHO. It is important that these provide a bit more distance between nozzle tip end and eardrum and these do it better than the smaller complys. Plus I am positive the larger opening of the comply tips allow more treble to come through and I get zero siblance. I also use complys on the UM3X too. The large T-100's.

In summary, I find the W3 to only have a small percentage of more treble. What is cool is that the W3's have a bit more reverb in that the sound is coming from a little more distance. Very fun to listen to. I am liking them a lot. Nice change from listening to UM3X the past 7 months almost non-stop. On W3 I have bass and midrange EQ flat and just slightly tip the treble up a few dB. With UM3X I tip the bass and treble up just a few dB. I can get them to sound pretty darn close to one another except for the distance/reverb thing with W3. I find neither IEM boring. They are both exceptional and quite honestly I could live with either one.
post #34 of 36
100 percent agree. I sort of wish I had held onto my W3s, esp now that I have the UM56 sleeves. Maybe I will send back the Sony X (auditioning it now) and get the W3s instead. Not sure. I love the X sound sign, but am really annoyed about the horrible wifi/browser. I knew about it, but the fact that Sony sold it with an obviously poor wifi feature just rubs me the wrong way. The sound is very good, however. Very three dimensional, and a great match for the UM3X.

I heard the W3s exactly as you do, and had to bump up the treble a notch too. I used the modded tri-flanges (just the stalk trimmed for the most part. To me, the W3s need a deep insertion to work without sibilance (for my ears, of course), but the large Complys veiled the highs even more than the flanges. Anyway, you got me thinking. Two Westones, for two different listening moods, genres, etc.
post #35 of 36
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Originally Posted by Spyro View Post
Really? I must be blind. I can't find it nor have I heard about W2
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f68/we...ounced-455058/

Just the announcement thread.
post #36 of 36
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Originally Posted by tstarn06 View Post
Anyway, you got me thinking. Two Westones, for two different listening moods, genres, etc.
Yes, I suppose if you are fortunate enough to own both. Sort of like having the UM3X for dissecting the instrument musicianship/playing and the W3 for the overall listening experience. Not that you can't do both of those things with either.
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