I knew it, I knew it, I knew.................
In various threads I have complained about the aggressiveness of the W4 which to my ears was verging on being edgy and sharp, at times unlistenable. I had contemplated selling the W4 and buying the W4r as I believed the cable was the culprit especially from the results I am able to attain with my SE535ltd.
I took the plunge today, didn't even know this service existed. I handed my W4 over 2minutes after finding out about it. W4 is my first proper IEMs bought 6 months ago I believe. Lost complete interests recently in them especially since my re-cabling passtime with the SE535ltd and getting the sound signature that exceeds my expectations of IEMs. The last two weeks has been hectic for me because of a new 5N OCC silver cable and 3.5mm mini i/c. It just didn't sound right so last Saturday, I bought the Triad L3 and then Wednesday I bought the Firestone Audio Supplier as I think the Triad sounds better off the mains.
This is what I did to the W4;
I had them cracked open, cable removed and a Shure compatible socket inserted.
The finish is good and excess glue is not visible with cable attached but annoying and I need to remove but all in all no real change in the solidity and integrity of the original W4.
I listened to them using a 5N OCC copper cable that I have and already the W4 is a totally different IEM, from being laid back and middle to rear of hall perspective, I am now listening front 10 rows. No tizz. Mids pushed forwards and bass is from a different planet.
Bunch of fun later tonight......pinkish brown tint - 5N OCC copper cable, blue - Baldur mk2, black - original cable terminated with a Shure compatible socket. I have all the matching 3.5mm mini i/c s as I like to daisy chain my cables.
My pride and joy so far in my short 6 month journey in IEMs
The majestic Triad L3, the Firestone Audio Supplier and Cowon X7. Introducing the cause of all the recent activity.............................the 5N OCC pure silver cables terminated with oyaide plugs.
This little Universal IEM project is near completion as I have a pre-order Ibasso DX100 coming middle of March and at the begining of the same month I have a pure silve/gold cable arriving along with a 3.5mm to RCAs for the Ibasso LO and RCA input of the Triad, which I think will suit the W4 the best.
Is it worth cracking open the W4......for me a definite YES. The difference is huge and it has put the W4 in the running with the SE535ltd. Just before cracking the W4, I had thought I had the best sounding Universal with the SE535 and silver cable and being in Hong Kong I have access to all universals and I haven't listen to one that makes me want to buy....with the exception of the AKG k3003, have not heard them yet but will in March when the next batch arrive. Price in Hong Kong is outrageous and I will choose to purchase in Singapore.
Last thing, before cracking open the W4, I was told that the warranty will be voided and it's not a 100% success rate. The price for this service is less than US30. For me I had intentions in buying the W4r and taking a US$200 hit to justify my believe that the one thing holding back the W4 was it's cable...................
I have just verified this today!!!
I will plan and start a new project in hopefully May/June with JH13 and 16s + something else.............looking forward to that already
Edited by spkrs01 - 2/11/12 at 6:12am