The SM64 feels nicer than the SM3 V2, but that may be due to the "newness" and the weight. They really pack a lot of electronics into the shell. I doubt they fixed the sealing/glue issue. One forum mentioned a sonic/melting technique was being employed (?). Never had that issue with Westone, how about some good old fashioned glue ? I can't say they're any better built, but they feel nicer. I guess time will tell.
Westone kinda cheesed me off when the Um3x had issues with the early detachable cables, and jumped the price up $100 and also really started going after the "non authorized" sellers. I guess it's all perceived value, and Shure definitely goes that route. Besides, what do I know. People are willing to pay over $500 for a Shure 535 all the time, people on this forum included. It's part of the reason why I got back into the Earsonics line.The cost of a used set fell due to problems and people moving on. Westone has a bigger name, they're easier to obtain and sell. The Westone UM3x has a longer nozzle, I get a better seal and therefore better isolation ( and therefore a lot of other stuff follows in noisy environs like more detail). But I have a hard time buying a phone at $400 that should be $300 as it was when I first purchased it. It makes me kind of salty. But when Earsonics jumped the SM3 to $450-500 I laughed too.
Anyhow, I'd like to see a little less venom and personal attacks on this forum, it's becoming arguing sessions that are unhelpful to anyone.
I'm convinced we hear differently, and I know my ears change day to day with allergies etc. I alternate between darker and detailed phones.
These are great headphones, especially in the $250-300 range they are normally now. Soundearphones apparently has more in stock and are selling at $329
I was under the impression after the launch of the SM64 they were done with it. I do feel the SM64 is worth the extra $100 in sonic characteristics and balance, but the build quality is a personal call. Heir impress me much more in this range, but heck I'm not impressed with the W4 at $500 either.