Wakeride74 - Glad to hear you have found a new toy. You have been around these forums a long time. Check back with us in a couple months on the W4. Not trying to rain on the parade but I had the same sentiments initially and while W4 is an outstanding IEM, the cloudy mids started to wear on me. It took almost a month but I started missing more crispness and clarity (like what UE900 has..DOH!!). I will say with slower acoustic music W4 reigns champion of vocals even surpassing GR10. It's outstanding with Joni, Krall, Patricia Barber, etc, ...breathtaking. But if I am listening to some rock or jazz fusion, Dave Weckl, etc...the W3 kills the W4....it just does. No explanation needed.
All these universals have their pluses and minuses and the key is finding your sweet spot with EQ and tips and determining which IEM's defaults you can live with more on an overall basis with all music. Just looking at the past IEM's I've had... the UM3X is closed in and bland, the UE900 is too thin sounding. the SE535 mids are too dominating and nasally sounding, DB-02's are too siblant, GR10 too picky with sources and thin sounding, ER4 is waaay to unbalanced towards treble, the TF10 midrange is basically a mess, W2 is unrefined and a bit harsh sounding, W4 midrange is veiled/cloudy. UNREAL....they all have their issues.
Outside of JH16, the best IEm I have ever owned and still do is the JH5...it sounds cliche but it's not a "10" in any one area but it does everything to a B+/A- level. I swear if mine went bad I'd get another pair and get that translucent blue or something more funky than clear. That's assuming I couldn't spring for another JH16 or UE18.
Edited by Spyro - 3/22/13 at 4:57pm