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Poll Results: Westone UM3X vs. Earsonics SM3

Poll expired: Jun 4, 2010  
  • 7% (1)
    Westone UM3X
  • 92% (12)
    Earsonics SM3
13 Total Votes  
post #136 of 141
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Originally Posted by SoulSyde View Post

I am very surprised to be writing this, but the SM3 V2s arrived and I think I'm going to stick with the UM3X.  I may need a few more days and various A/B-ing sessions with a variety of tips but I can envision the outcome already.... the SM3s are going back.


care to elaborate?

 

post #137 of 141

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by SoulSyde View Post

I am very surprised to be writing this, but the SM3 V2s arrived and I think I'm going to stick with the UM3X.  I may need a few more days and various A/B-ing sessions with a variety of tips but I can envision the outcome already.... the SM3s are going back.

post #138 of 141

I think he means like, what don't you like about them so far that makes you think you're sending them back. Initial impressions leading you toward that thinking?

post #139 of 141

I really need more time to tell you exactly what I think.  I got home at 5:30pm EST to find the package was delivered and it's 9:50pm EST now.  Any worthwhile impression will take some time.  But, with the brief listening I have done with a few different tips I don't like the lack of bass response and the veiled mids of the SM3.  That could be due to an inadequate seal which I hope to resolve.  Once I have determined that the seal is OK I will judge from there.

 

Please wait a few days so I do more listening and formulate my impressions into words.


Edited by SoulSyde - 9/14/11 at 7:25pm
post #140 of 141

Here's my review:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/572161/westone-um3x-vs-earsonics-sm3-v2-showdown

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

The UM3X wins.

 


Edited by SoulSyde - 9/17/11 at 4:34pm
post #141 of 141

UM3X is better in all aspects except vocals, which are a bit more upfront/warmer on the SM3 due to mid-centric sound sig (but still amazing on the UM3X). Instrument separation is better, more clarity, more details and better treble (quantity and its more sparkly). Treble on the SM3 is indeed recessed. If you A/B both, you almost can't hear the SM3's treble. Bass quantity and quality is same thing. UM3X is brighter, SM3 is dark. This is after an extensive A/B. No doubts, UM3X wins hands down. Going to buy a silver dragon cable for it and it will be heaven, with even more details, better soundstage and deeper bass.


Edited by miow - 12/9/11 at 3:06pm
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