Originally Posted by Spyro
W2 housing is a good 30-35% smaller than W3 housing.
jaibautista...tough call. The thing with UM3X is it's all about the instrument separation within a small defined area...a small soundstage...like sitting in the studio. It's not only left...but it's far left or lower right and upper left areas where you are hearing instruments but still very close in your head. Some people have a hard time with this closed in up front feeling that it is congested. This is how stage monitors are suppose to be though. It doesn't bother me . TFP10 still has good instrument separation but it is more about the distance of the presentation than the instrument separation. A little more like a headphone. W2 probably leans a bit more this way but I haven't had the TFP10 for about 6 months so beyond saying they are similar in size, I think W2 sounds cleaner but slightly less "full".
Outside of some people wanting perhaps even more bass out of W2 (like W3) there is really no faults with this IEM. It represents all frequecies extremely well and has a nice soundstage and nice imaging. What more do you need, right?
Haha. I liked the last remark!
Actually, I and tstarn had a good time PM'ing each other about the merits (and demerits) between TF10s and UM3Xs (oops...sort of OT, but in the spirit of comparing TF10s with the W2s and the UM3Xs...haha. Nevermind.
). What tstarn basically told me was that since I have already pretty much fallen in love with the UE sound signature, getting the UM3Xs might not be the best "upgrade"/"sidegrade" path for me. While I'm starting to discern why many people have been complaining about the recessed mids in UETF10s (I've noticed, after listening to Norah Jones and John Mayer live tracks for several times already, that the vocals are somewhat "distant" relative to, say, the bass and the rhythm guitars), I think it's more or less my kind of thing. Maybe...I prefer that way, that the singer is fully enveloped and embraced by the tones and instruments.
I think it's how the UM3Xs are designed and engineered in the first place. I saw one of powderhound23's posts in one of the Westone UM3X threads with him saying that the UM3Xs are oriented towards the professional musicians who really need a capable studio and live performance monitors. Perhaps that's what's making the sound sig more up close and personal, with the soundstage, although still present, severely constrained relative to other IEMs. Compare that to how the Westone Wx line is marketed, where personal listening is a priority over music monitoring.
Nevertheless, I really haven't had the opportunity to try the W2s and UM3Xs since they're not available here in Manila as far as retail stores are concerned. Should a planned out-of-the-country excursion push through, that may be the only time I can try them.
Thanks Spyro for the generous replies. They only made me all the more curious auditioning the W2 and UM3X and ultimately comparing them with my TF10s. And I hope I can choose one of them as a backup IEM.
Cheers and kudos to you, mate!