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post #5326 of 5411

I've just reshelled my Westone 4R @ Lime Ears (I've broken original shell). It was quite risky but I can say it was worth each penny. Seal is great and so is the bass :)

post #5327 of 5411
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Originally Posted by buffalowings View Post
 


sorry to burst your bubble, but westone 1/2/3/4's are made in china, the UMX range is made in the US

 


Just noticed this on UM3x and W4 box.

post #5328 of 5411
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Just noticed this on UM3x and W4 box.

post #5329 of 5411
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Originally Posted by davidcotton View Post

Was it the cables he had chewed through or the drivers as well?  If just the cable it may be possible to either send it to someone like btg-audio for recabling or somewhere like inearz for a reshell and turn them into customs.
post #5330 of 5411
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Originally Posted by MuZo2 View Post
 


Just noticed this on UM3x and W4 box.

Doesn't really mean much. Even labels that say "Made in the US" should be taken with a grain of salt. The item might be assembled in the US, but the parts will almost always be from China or some other outside source. You only need to assemble a product to be labeled as a country of origin. Everyone from Louis Vuitton to Westone does this. They outsource a majority of manufacturing and finish assembly in their home country.

post #5331 of 5411
Just noticed this and wanted to follow-up with a question. The left channel on my W4's just went out in me. Sent them in to Westone and they diagnosed "ntermittent failure at the stress relief means, I.e. where the cable connects to the earbuds." They are 2 years out of warranty and Westone won't repair. Best they could offer was $250 for a new pair which I declined. Tell me about the recabling option through BTG or elsewhere, please!
post #5332 of 5411

There were some pics of W3 or W4 where they put shure mmcx , I guess was BTG. But also should be possible to easily re-cable them. Also reshell to CIEM will be lot cheaper.

post #5333 of 5411
Thanks! Reached out to BTG and am going to have him recable for $145
post #5334 of 5411

Did you check reshell options? If you are in US I think you can have custom reshell for same price or less.

post #5335 of 5411

The w40 is worth considering, if you can't afford $250, ask them if they can charge less for the w30, both have removable cables with mic controls and sound better than the w4. You never know if one of the drivers will fail one you since you have had the w4 for at least 3-4 years.

post #5336 of 5411
My Westone 4R is history now that I sold it. Loved it with the Cowon Z2 unamped but with my other gear it was just a waste of money as it sounded dull without an amp.
post #5337 of 5411
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Originally Posted by MuZo2 View Post

Did you check reshell options? If you are in US I think you can have custom reshell for same price or less


No haven't looked into reshelling but a great idea. Only hesitance is I had bad experience with custom molded sleeves through 1964 ears. The sleeves made my inner ears extremely itchy and uncomfortable so I was afraid the same would happen with custom shells. Thoughts?
post #5338 of 5411
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Originally Posted by milford30 View Post

The w40 is worth considering, if you can't afford $250, ask them if they can charge less for the w30, both have removable cables with mic controls and sound better than the w4. You never know if one of the drivers will fail one you since you have had the w4 for at least 3-4 years.

Also an interesting idea. I am concerned about how long the drivers will last in the W4 which I bought back in 2010 or 2011. In terms of value for price how do the w30 and w40 compare to sonic gr07be?
post #5339 of 5411
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Also an interesting idea. I am concerned about how long the drivers will last in the W4 which I bought back in 2010 or 2011. In terms of value for price how do the w30 and w40 compare to sonic gr07be?

 

I havn't had the chance of demoing the gr07(be), there are people who swear by the w30 (better than the w60), read the last 2 pages of the thread below:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/698644/westone-signature-w-series-w50-w60/360

 

From my short (~10min each, not side by side but on the same day) demo of each, I can't say I disagree with them, i.e at a similar level.

 

For that price range and above I only have w4r and se846 with me, I would say the w60 is more laid back compared to se846, and much better than the w4r. Mainly no more veil/warm sound in the mids, and the non existent bass impact. Even the much cheaper ATH IM50 sounds better than the w4r to my ears, but they're very uncomfortable.

 

One thing I'm sure off is that the westone/shure thin nozzle iems are definitely more comfortable and isolate more for me than the large nozzle iems like ie8, gr07be and others.

 

Personally I never got used to my silicon customs, ichy and hurts after a few hours, I can't imagine the plastic housing will be better. All I can say is you have to be pretty lucky and get the perfect fit the first time, otherwise it's weeks-months of waiting and postage fees.


Edited by milford30 - 11/10/14 at 9:48am
post #5340 of 5411

Man, now I'm tempted to take the offer on the W40's. Only concern is warranty limited to one (vs. 2) years...

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