Well I just received my Westone 3 headphones as 'upgrades' to my Triple Fi 10s which had a faulty cable.
Finally I am in a position to offer my own opinion on the quality because I can compare them. Excuse my unprofessional rant and strange descriptions and terminology - I am a layman, but here is what I hear.
I am trumped by all the hype on Westone 3.
In my opinion there is no contest. UE Triple Fi 10 beats it hands down.
The soundstage on the Triple Fi 10 is MUCH bigger. It was so noticable when I put my Westone 3s in that the sound was much more enclosed. A feeling like the little drivers were all squashed in together and all real close to your ear, and all competing to be heard. it sounds like they are having a fight to get noticed and they lose their clarity in the process. Its like listening to the music in a broom cupboard on the westone 3, but with the TF10's its a full sized and carefully arranged studio. The sense of spacial positions of instrumentation is significantly lost.
In contrast the Triple Fi 10 is open and delivers all the layers of sound in a record seemlessly. It's like the sound is coming from speakers that are way off my ear, not all crammed in together right next to my ear.....and I can attend to each instrument so much more easily. There is clarity with each track/instrument which is clearly individual, and each can hold my attention in its own right as the piece moves on. It remains separate and I can listen to it like that - only attending to one voice.
Dance music great.
In the Westone 3 the midrange is more prominent than on the Triple Fi 10, but aside from comparing with the TF10, as itself, the westone's mids seem to be more prominent than the tweeter and bass so there just is something distinctly lacking.
I am listening to Eat Statics new album. On the Triple Fi 10 the drums, and electronic rhythm effects are dancing over the top and stand out clearly in their own right without interfering with the rest of the track. I just cannot put into words how mush better these sound.
When I first got my Triple Fi 10s I was majorly disappointed with the fit, but with comply tips I get a good seal, the earbuds actually stay in my ear, the sound is second to none. I can imagine why this would make people inclined to rate them low in a review, - if they don't force themselves to get used to fitting them they will miss out on a cracking headphone. The fit is a big 'fail' in many people's eyes, but I am starting to wonder if it was a necessary evil in order to create the openness of the sound, and the sheer size of the soundstage that the brilliant TF10 demonstrates.
Without question, the biggest mistake I made was swapping them for the Westone 3. The only thing these phones have going for them is 1, the cable, which is twisted like twine for capacitance and is also therefore very strong and durable i think and 2, the comfort. - you can wear these babies with your head on the pillow. It is kind of important that phones are comfy, but having heard the difference in quality in the audio between these two, it is absolutely worthwhile persevering with a slightly more fiddly fitting and the need to avoid putting your head on its side while wearing them if you are rewarded with such superior sound.
There is more balance and there is not overkill or equalization to accentuate any part of the TF10's sound, It is natural and you hear what the producer produced.
Every frequency of sound, irrespective of the type of sound (high-hat or bass synth? matters not!) out of the triple Fi 10 seems to have more 'body'. It is better supported, warmer, and more spacious. In fact, what its sounds like to me, is the westones are a loud sony minidisk midi system, in an earphone. They have some decent volume, but they sound like they are not grown up enough yet The Triple Fi 10s are more like my hi-fi when I was a student. Just pure sex at the time!! (Marantz CD on Eltax speakers through my Cambridge amp.), again, in an earphone!
Its just soooo much more sophisticated I am still struggling to see how people are able to compare them. - all I can say is the fit, look and feel of the Westone 3 must have taken it a LOOOONG way on the road to success and acceptance in this community.
Conversely, the awkward and fiddly fit, the weight, and protruding body of the TF10s must have been equally damaging and very effective in contributing to any negative sentiments which seemed to gather momentum in opposing them.
My next mission, is to somehow convince iheadphones.co.uk that I don't want the Westone 3's, and get them to retrieve my TF10s and send them back to me. Perhaps I can sweeten them with the request that they order me the null audio cable to mend my TF10s (which are IN warranty) myself. Anyone who has tried communicating anything other than a sales order to them will appreciate how difficult this task is.