Well either way you will be making the right choice...sorry, I can't suggest you where to buy these phones given your location but if you are here in SG, there are a lot of audio shops out here carrying top of the line headphones. you can even try them out.
Happy to have your impressions in the W4 club!
Again, I am amazed at the poor offerings in what some consider the best city in the world...I've been told I cannot come in and try earphones even if they do have them -- I mean these people really expect to sell $450 IEMs to the general public without offering a demo? Health issues, my ass...I've seen demo kits full of silicon and foamies - must just be lazy salespeople or who knows what.
Either way I am glad I decided, and I should have them before the weekend which will give me ample time to allow them to burn in, and get a good feel of what they do.
Agreed, it will be great to know your impressions of the W4 as a DJ. I have both IEMs, but end up listening to the W4s more for 3 reasons: (1) the higher frequency response of the W4s give music a bit more airiness, (2) the W4s have more clarity, allowing better discrimination of tracks which are in the background of the mix, (3) the W4s are more comfortable than the SM3s.
That said, the sound signature of the SM3s, being warm and lush, tends to bring out the bass. I like the W4s more for acoustic/classical music and the SM3s more for electronic.
Yes, definitely. Well to be honest, being a DJ is something I am very familiar with, being an audiophile - not so much. Although I do own a considerable amount of high-end sound equipment - studio monitors, PA/Subs, etc. So I do have "some" experience. As far as headphones go, I can compare the W4s directly to the Triple Fi 10s, Monster Turbines, and Etys - those are primarily the ones I've had experience with and I won't mind sharing my thoughts. Headphone wise I've used a variety of DJ quality headphones - my all time fav is the DJ1-Pro by Ultrasone. Ultrasone makes great quality stuff - but I've found their customer service to be lacking....actually non-existent which is considerably annoying considering all the business I've given them.
Back to the W4s - (1) This is something I am trying to get a better handle on. When you guys say more "airiness" are you referring to a wider soundstage? I apologize if I am not up on the audiophile terms yet - I am sure that will come with my time on this forum. (2) being that these have more clarity, and excellent instrument separation, you think these might be something of value for production/studio mixing use? Are they neutral enough for that? (3) Comfort is always important - Like I said before, the logistics were a primary reason I decided against the SM3...while the sound signature *may* have been more to my liking, I felt the W4 was equally good, and presented better cable design, build quality and comfort over all. Let's hope my anticipation holds up :-)
On the bass, quantity is always good, but I think it is important that the bass is accurate and tight as well....so that should go for something. Accurate reproduction of bass is important - that it's there when it should be and not overpowering when it shouldn't. I guess I'll know more in a day or so now...