Why tell him that 3 people prefer the SM3 to the UM3x rather than describing the sounds and letting his preferences make the right decision? Why not just tell him to read the various actual reviews describing the sound? You have not even heard the UM3x, while many who have spoken here have listened to both and stated their comparisons. I prefer about 20 IEMs from joker's list that score below the SM3s over the SM3, and I'm sure many others do too. All these rankings mean is that these particular reviewers find the SM3 to sound better to their ears, and I'm sure the topic starter and these 3 reviewers don't have the same ears.
Simply because I do things my way not your way. Guiding the OP towards multi - comparison threads gives him more information to be able to make his own choice .I choose the SM3 and I'm content with it as a Balanced Armature Driver . It has the balanced sound signature that I was seeking.After owning the westone 3 and reviewing the CK10's , EQ-5's and reading comparison threads & eventually hearing the Earsonic SM3's. I know it's one of the very best IEM's .
Of course I would love to be able to hear a direct comparison myself between the SM3 and the UM3x and many many other IEM's .But that's not practical ,so instead I have trusted reviewers.
Some reviewers have a more joined up way of reviewing .You can see that there basing there opinions on subjectivity.whilst their are others whom don't .
Choice based on Discrimination is severely flawed IMO .And since most of us live in very unequal society's with discrimination and corruption , that suggest that many are not being quite a Balanced as they could or in fact, for everyone's general well being, should be .
So read between the lines of reviewers .
Enjoy the music
Edited by ib1dance - 6/21/11 at 4:49am