Originally Posted by HeadphoneAddict
Well, now you are talking about "bang for the buck" or comfort, not absolute performance.
Well, I never heard the W3 with the UM56s, so on that front you may be right.
But when it comes to W2 vs. UM3X, I am saying I prefer the W2s for absolute performance, not just bang for the buck. I honestly prefer the W2 sound, just a personal thing. In the end, I didn't care for the UM3X sound signature nearly as much as others do. At first, I thought I favored the UM3X, but as it turns out, I was sort of fooling myself - not uncommon on HF with IEMs.
Now, I also prefer the TF10s, both stock and custom, to the UM3X. I am sure Westone will say the UM3X is the "better" IEM, as do you, but not to me, which is as you no doubt agree is what matters. I don't have a lot of heavy duty source gear, so maybe that's the key factor. All I know is I enjoy listening to my collection much more with the W2s than I did with the UM3X, and that's what I am saying.