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post #76 of 432
I have UM3x and PFE just ordered W2 yesterday by impulse after reading this thread, Now I have too many audio gear than numbers of ears. hope W2 is a right move and better than PFE which can sound excellent but hard as it is too hard to push its full potential by portable gear
btw W series is better buy in terms of accessory that it include (fit kit + travel kit) which UM series come with none.
post #77 of 432
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Originally Posted by Hsiu View Post
I have UM3x and PFE just ordered W2 yesterday by impulse after reading this thread, Now I have too many audio gear than numbers of ears. hope W2 is a right move and better than PFE which can sound excellent but hard as it is too hard to push its full potential by portable gear
btw W series is better buy in terms of accessory that it include (fit kit + travel kit) which UM series come with none.
I'll be really interested what you think about the W2. I really enjoyed aspects of the PFE but sent it back for quality issues, moved on the Sennheiser IE7--for something completely different and well built, and now am at the triple.fi. I'm interested in your comparisons of the W2 and the UM3X, particularly as someone who sees the potential for the PFE.
post #78 of 432
I'd be interested to hear the comparison between the W2 and TF10 or RE0, which I both have
post #79 of 432
My used W2s just arrived, and out of the box, nice. But need some time. I tried the large Complys (excellent sound), my modded tri-flanges (left over from W3s and also excellent) and the UM56s, which sound very good, but again, I am not enamored with the hassle factor getting them in place, etc. But sound is excellent.

Tomorrow, when I have some time here in a quiet house, I will do some head to head listening with the TF10s (stock and custom). I think it's going to be pretty close, if not a draw. But they are not exactly the same sound sig, of course.

More to come.
post #80 of 432
Tstarn, could you try the grey silicons and give feedback?

I know you have liked those in the past with other phones if I recall correctly.
I loved them with the UM3X -now departed for the 2s that just arrived yesterday.

I am trying to stick with the greys and not move to comply just for the ease of insertion and longevity.

Also interested in hearing your thoughts overall on the 2s.

I will add some thoughts in a few days when I have a handle on them.

Thanks very much!
post #81 of 432
Will do. Forgot those tips, but they should be good as well. I just could not get a seal with the small (?) Complys that came on the phones.

So you did what I did? Sold the UM3X to get the 2s? I just found the UM3X to be just not my thing. Not to denigrate them at all, but I guess I am not an audiophile, just more into fun sound, if that makes sense.
post #82 of 432
Yeah pretty much the exact same deal here. Looking for something a little more lively, if that is a good word. Largely based on Spyro's descriptions I sold the 3x and just got the 2s. In playing around with the klipsch s4s for a few weeks, I realized how much I miss a bit of soundstage. Doesn't have to be huge.

To me, the way everything was so centered in your head with the 3X was not my taste.
Voices are so full and rich, it feels like the singer is taking up all of the space inside my head. At first blush, I like the way the 2s present mids better.

Now to figure out the bass, which was the thrust of my question about the silicons.
I'll wait to hear your thoughts rather than lead you in a specific direction.
post #83 of 432
For me, none of the short tips work, not the Complys or the olives or the gray silicones. I need at a minimum the bi-flanges. I have a messed up ear situation, whereby my right ear does not seal as easily as the left (my customs really show it). So I need deep tips with Westone phones, because they are not like Etys or other phones that can be sunk in there.

Having said that, apart from the UM56s, the modded bi-flanges/tri-flanges (stalk trimmed), the large Comply and, I still have the original Comply thins that came with my W3, and they also provide an excellent seal and allow the bass to make it to my eardrums.

Anyway, I really do like the W2 signature, more than the UM3X for my tastes and while it may not be as thrilling as the W3, I think for $100+ less, it works for me. I can't believe how small the driver housing is, and comfy they are. Just what I was looking for in a second high-end IEM, apart from the TF10s I have on hand. I will wait for tomorrow to do the comparison listening with the Trips, but I think both will have a place here.

Best thing is while there is some hiss with the Amp3s, it's nowhere near as bad as the UM3X and the synergy is on the money. Raul Malo never sounded cleaner and clearer, at least not through an IEM on the Amp3.
post #84 of 432
If you could make a short comment about the bass of the W2 vs UM3x, how would you describe the difference?
post #85 of 432
Not all that different, but my sound memory stinks. I haven't listened to the UM3X in two weeks, and they are on their way to Germany. Maybe Spyro would be better, since he still has both.
post #86 of 432
Spyro already mentioned they're pretty close , I guess that may be true after all. I was reading some reviews around the net and it's said that the W2 bass is not so great which got me thinking "if the UM3x and W2 bass are similar then how could anyone complain about it?"

I think the bass on my UM3X is perfect, wouldn't want any more.
post #87 of 432
I received a pair of westone 2 today and find myself a bit disappointed..mostly in the size and fit...i have had westone IEM for years and have always found them comfortable to wear and good in terms of isolation...for whatever reason the small size and angle of the westone 2 makes it difficult for me to insert them properly and to achieve any sort of isolation...on the other hand,for comparison sake I own the um3x and have no such problem...in fact they provide far better isolation and comfort..at least for me....i always wanted them to be smaller but i guess they can be too small....the westone 3 which i tried and didnt care for was bigger but had a tint stem which didnt allow me to keep most tips in my ears...oh well,i guess nothing is perfect ...sound wise the westone 2 are like all westone IEM's ,very good......
post #88 of 432
I know what you mean in that I can't get a good seal with small tips, but large Complys, tri/bi flanges and UM56s all provide plenty of seal. So it's in the tips. The small size is a problem for me but only with small tips, which can't seal.
post #89 of 432
I can actually see where one would find the W2 housing almost too small.

UM3X bass versus W2.

Not too far off from each other. Quite simply, UM3X has slightly more bass (10-15%) and is slightly thicker sounding. I would actually give it an edge over W2. But I prefer W2 midrange and treble. Soundstage is larger on W2 but that instrument separation of UM3X is the best of any IEM I have ever heard by a longshot.
post #90 of 432
How would you compare the sound stage, dynamics, violins, and detail compared to the W1's, E2C, or the UE SF5pro?
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