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post #16 of 25


I wouldnt say so :) I heard the UM3x's out of an iPod Shuffle 4g of all DAPs and was quite impressed by its performance. Looks like you're excited to buy your IEMs. 

 

Most people with problems with the UM3x have the older non-detachable version of it from what i've read so far.

 

I must say you won't go wrong with the SE535 or UM3x. All the best if you're gonna cash it in immediately :) it's still best to audition first though

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I'm about to "pull the trigger" for the UM3x, but, there remains a problem..


I use an iPod classic 160GB, and its impedance rating is 32 Ohms, however the Westone UM3x has an impedance of 56 Ohms. Would that make a difference to the sound quality, and the durability of the drivers of the UM3x?



 

post #17 of 25

Hi WoahReQQuiem,

 

I have the IE8, 530, and the 535.  I used to use them a lot while running.  I've had to replace the 535 cable at least once already.  And now the second cable is experiencing problems (the right side cuts out when I turn my head to the left).  I've had the IE8 two years longer than the 535 and I still have the original cable with no problems whatsoever.  My 535 is maybe...six months plus old?  My first 530 died at the two year mark... because of the cable.  My second 530's cable has begun to stiffen in the region where the cable goes into phones and I've just stopped using them.

 

With the second 535 cable I started to baby it, but one night I fell asleep with them on and the following day the right piece cutting out thing started.  So I must of pulled the cable in a funny way while I slept.

 

I like the IE8 and the 535 a lot.  So much so that I just dump them both into a Pelican 1040 and bring both of them to work and rotate as the mood allows.  If I were forced to choose between the two, I would still pick the 535 despite the flaky cable.   You can listen to it for longer with less fatigue.  The IE8 with the bass knob all the way down can still be tiring to listen to after a while.  But dear god does it sound amazing after listening to the 535 for a whole day.  For a fun, foot tapping, head bobbing, spacious kind of sound, with too much bass I'd go with the IE8.  If I want to listen to the music and hear really clean, clear mids and bass that is better controlled, I'd go with the 535.

 

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Regarding the cable issue, I have been reading the Shure SE535: Reviews and First Impressions thread, and I have read that the SE535's durability is significantly better than the 530s, and that the build quality is "indestructible".


 

 

post #18 of 25
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I wouldnt say so :) I heard the UM3x's out of an iPod Shuffle 4g of all DAPs and was quite impressed by its performance. Looks like you're excited to buy your IEMs. 

 

Most people with problems with the UM3x have the older non-detachable version of it from what i've read so far.

 

I must say you won't go wrong with the SE535 or UM3x. All the best if you're gonna cash it in immediately :) it's still best to audition first though



 



Yes I am :)
I won't have a chance to test out them both, though, in Dubai, they don't have the SE535s yet (only the 530s), and there is no shop selling Westones.

I am a little bit worried about the impedance thing, though, I don't want to ruin my iPod / UM3x just because of the impedance difference.


Edit:

D4R, thank you for clearing the fog about the durability issue with the 535, now I know where the money's going to x)


Edited by WoahReQQuiem - 5/29/11 at 2:53am
post #19 of 25


The UM3x should work well unamped, but they scale well when they are amped like many top tier IEMs. It shouldnt ruin your ipod :) They maybe 56 ohms but they are driven by ipods without any problems.

 

If they have the SE530 you can audition those as well, they are very similar with the 535, so you'll be hearing the same thing if you get the 535

 

 

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Yes I am :)
I won't have a chance to test out them both, though, in Dubai, they don't have the SE535s yet (only the 530s), and there is no shop selling Westones.

I am a little bit worried about the impedance thing, though, I don't want to ruin my iPod / UM3x just because of the impedance difference.


Edit:

D4R, thank you for clearing the fog about the durability issue with the 535, now I know where the money's going to x)



 

post #20 of 25
Thread Starter 


 

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Originally Posted by KaliKot View Post


The UM3x should work well unamped, but they scale well when they are amped like many top tier IEMs. It shouldnt ruin your ipod :) They maybe 56 ohms but they are driven by ipods without any problems.

 

If they have the SE530 you can audition those as well, they are very similar with the 535, so you'll be hearing the same thing if you get the 535

 

 



 


Sadly, they don't allow us to try out their higher end products, all that is available are the Wesc headphones. 

What decent portable amps would you recommend? Less that $60, and would easily fit my pocket. 



EDIT: Where should I buy them? AccessoryJack  has a good price, at $389.99. They don't look so shifty, unlike the eBay and Amazon ones. Plus, they have worldwide shipping.


Edited by WoahReQQuiem - 5/29/11 at 3:13am
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by WoahReQQuiem View Post


 


Sadly, they don't allow us to try out their higher end products, all that is available are the Wesc headphones. 

What decent portable amps would you recommend? Less that $60, and would easily fit my pocket. 



EDIT: Where should I buy them? AccessoryJack  has a good price, at $389.99. They don't look so shifty, unlike the eBay and Amazon ones. Plus, they have worldwide shipping.



The amp to go for under $60 is the Fiio E11.

post #22 of 25

Accessoryjack is recommended :) but they are not official Westone resellers so you dont get the Westone warranty. They however have their own warranty which should cover you for the most part.

 

For $60 you can probably go Fiio E11  or JDSlabs CmoyBB. Headfonia has some good stuff on those :) The e11 maybe a bit difficult to come by though since its just newly released
 

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Originally Posted by WoahReQQuiem View Post


 


Sadly, they don't allow us to try out their higher end products, all that is available are the Wesc headphones. 

What decent portable amps would you recommend? Less that $60, and would easily fit my pocket. 



EDIT: Where should I buy them? AccessoryJack  has a good price, at $389.99. They don't look so shifty, unlike the eBay and Amazon ones. Plus, they have worldwide shipping.



 

post #23 of 25
Thread Starter 

Do EarphoneSolutions provide worldwide shipping and the Westone warranty?

post #24 of 25

Yes I believe they are authorized resellers. I'm pretty sure they ship worldwide as well. If you care about the warranty that much then earphonesolutions should be the place to go. The Westone site has some info on this:

 

http://www.westone.com/unauthorized-music-dealers

 

Accessoryjack is one of my favorite online stores for headfi gear though because of their unbeatable prices. 
 

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Do EarphoneSolutions provide worldwide shipping and the Westone warranty?



 

post #25 of 25

i was in the exact same position as you instead of the ie8 i recommend the ie80.

 

ok the durablitity on the ie80 will be better than the shures. the shures are delicate espcially wer the ear tips go on however the shures include a very small durable carrying case.

 

if you prefer a natural sound i strongly recommend the shure se535's as the ie80's have really emphasied base which is not natural at all.

 

they are both are a very comfortable IEM however i found the shures to be slighty more comfortable.

 

Both IEM will sound great with your ipod.

 

I cant help you with customer service as i had no problems with the IEM's

 

They both are very good at isolation. the isolation is all in the eartips. The tighter the seal the better the sound and isolation is going to be.

 

overall i recommend the shure se535 for you they sound great and look great dont worry about the durability to much as long as you look after them and use the carrying case you will be fine. i hope that i have helped you.

 

IMMORTALMUSO


Edited by Immortalmuso - 9/12/12 at 2:33am
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