I'd say pretty similar - neither is anemic but then they aren't bass-heavy, either. Like rawrster I put a lot of value in the technical characteristics of the Ortofons' bass, which treads a fine line between 'natural' and 'accurate'. I remember it having pretty solid extension so the W2 may roll off a little earlier but other than that not very different.
ljokerl, thanks for the additional reviews on the Westone family. with the right eartips, they should fit next to anyone right? could it be possible for a person to have ears that prevent the housing from...fitting
I can see the W3 being a pain to fit for someone with smaller ears as they are a little fat for my liking. With longer tips they should still fit but you will have to get used to something pressing into your ear.
Wow so many planned reviews. I have to say that is impressive.
I was just wondering if you also planned on reviewing the nuforce ne-700X? It's unreleased, but I thought maybe its something worth looking at in the future.
Ha, it'll be impressive if I actually get through all of them. I was not aware the NE-700X existed until yesterday, to be honest. I suppose I should contact Nuforce but at the same time that planned review list is pretty daunting and I feel like I should try and stay focused on those... dozen or so earphones.
Great reviews of the westones joker, you captured what I thought about them as well as being a really enjoyable read.
Great review joker.
Regarding the W1, I'm guessing it's closest competitor in terms of sound, price, and design is the PFE?
In terms of price, yes, but the PFE is a fairly analytical earphone so the W1 is to the PFE what the W2 is to the CK10 - a less energetic and aggressive sound that's noticeably warmer and slightly smoothed-over. To me the PFE has less sonic flaws than the W1 does although for vocal-centric music I can see someone picking the Westones. I'd say for sound its closest competitors are the Soundmagic PL50 and UE SF5 v2, which are both a lot cheaper. Granted, neither is quite as resolving and transparent as the W1 but the difference is much smaller than the price indicates and the SF5 has a bigger soundstage while the PL50 doesn't lack as badly in extension.