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Poll Results: Choose one

Poll expired: Apr 30, 2012  
  • 38% (7)
    SE535(Special Edition)
  • 61% (11)
    Westone 4
18 Total Votes  
post #31 of 59
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Originally Posted by Jeremypsp View Post



I found the PFE232s to have too much bass though, just like the Westone 4s. I only wished the PFE232s have more high extension. 


After owning the PFE232 for some time now, I have to disagree about the highs extension. I find that it has great extension, even reaches farther than the SE535 and it's treble roll-off (but the treble does roll-off earlier on the SE535)
post #32 of 59
And yes the PFE232 can be the bass monsters ^^
But still a VERY fun IEM and very detailed
post #33 of 59
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Originally Posted by planx View Post


After owning the PFE232 for some time now, I have to disagree about the highs extension. I find that it has great extension, even reaches farther than the SE535 and it's treble roll-off (but the treble does roll-off earlier on the SE535)


Hmm, well, they don't extend as much as the SE535 red though. And I think I'm comparing the extension to IEMs like the ER-4 and DBA-02MKII which indeed can be harsh and ear-piercing at times. The highs extension is good, but I guess the treble roll off you mentioned is kinda annoying. 

post #34 of 59
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Originally Posted by planx View Post

And yes the PFE232 can be the bass monsters ^^
But still a VERY fun IEM and very detailed


Though I find them to have a lot of bass with the regular filters, I wouldn't call them bass monsters. But with the bass filters... that's a different story. 

post #35 of 59
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Originally Posted by Jeremypsp View Post



I found the PFE232s to have too much bass though, just like the Westone 4s. I only wished the PFE232s have more high extension. 



I understood W4 to have a low quantity of bass relative to most phones.

 

post #36 of 59
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Originally Posted by Jeremypsp View Post



Though I find them to have a lot of bass with the regular filters, I wouldn't call them bass monsters. But with the bass filters... that's a different story. 

 

I would. I use the Grey filters regularly and even with the grey filters, I find them to have plentiful amounts of bass. Like I mean they have a LOT of bass with my setups. Without an amp, both desktop and portable, the bass is strong but with an amp the bass is VERY prominent. The green filters are baaad for my liking. Grey brings the mids more forward and have a better extended treble and bass isn't as heavy. Overall, a great IEM. Highly recommended, but the price is iffy I admit.

post #37 of 59
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Originally Posted by olear View Post



I understood W4 to have a low quantity of bass relative to most phones.

 



Yeah, it has a low quantity of bass compared to most phones, but it's still too much for me... my ears are unbelievable.. so sensitive to bass...

post #38 of 59
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Originally Posted by planx View Post

 

I would. I use the Grey filters regularly and even with the grey filters, I find them to have plentiful amounts of bass. Like I mean they have a LOT of bass with my setups. Without an amp, both desktop and portable, the bass is strong but with an amp the bass is VERY prominent. The green filters are baaad for my liking. Grey brings the mids more forward and have a better extended treble and bass isn't as heavy. Overall, a great IEM. Highly recommended, but the price is iffy I admit.



True, but I have only tried the grey and the bass ones. The bass ones muddies the whole sound, not a good experience. 

post #39 of 59
Thread Starter 

Ok back to the main topic.

I have a question. Which amp, Govibe magnum, RSA tomahawk and Ibasso P4 has the best synergy with the SE535 reds?

post #40 of 59

My vote here would definitely be a pair of W4Rs.............

 

When you get the chance to change cables on it, it becomes one of the best Universals available......

 

I have a regular W4 which I had cracked and a shure compatible socket installed. This W4 with a silver/gold hybrid cable is in Taiwan at the moment at a fellow head fi-ers. I missed my W4 so much, that I bought a W4R in this intervening period........

 

Here is a picture alongside a SE535ltd with a Baldur mk2 cable.

 

The W4R is also using a copper/silver that I am trying out

 

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post #41 of 59

How would you compare the gold vs silver hybrid cables? sound, flexibility, etc.

post #42 of 59
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Originally Posted by spkrs01 View Post

My vote here would definitely be a pair of W4Rs.............

 

When you get the chance to change cables on it, it becomes one of the best Universals available......

 

I have a regular W4 which I had cracked and a shure compatible socket installed. This W4 with a silver/gold hybrid cable is in Taiwan at the moment at a fellow head fi-ers. I missed my W4 so much, that I bought a W4R in this intervening period........

 

Here is a picture alongside a SE535ltd with a Baldur mk2 cable.

 

The W4R is also using a copper/silver that I am trying out

 

20120403_174215.jpg



Wow! Rich man spotted! But you got to know... not everyone can afford those eye-catching cables... 

post #43 of 59
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Originally Posted by Jeremypsp View Post



Wow! Rich man spotted! But you got to know... not everyone can afford those eye-catching cables... 


Well the W4R gives you at a later stage the chance to change...........When potentially get this type of result, it is well worth itbigsmile_face.gif

 

I copy and pasted a review......

 

 

Originally Posted by tomscy2000 View Post

So, I've been using spkrs01's Westone 4 (with Shure-type connector head and a gold/silver cable) for a little less than a week, and it has been quite a revelation. My previous experiences with the W4 were less than stellar; I could always feel that Westone had perhaps held back a little too much with its conservative tuning, having alienated people from opposite ends with their W3 and UM3X. The stock W4, to my ears, was lacking in clarity, and while the details were there, it was difficult to pull them from the mix. I was always left wanting with the W4 whenever I put it in my ears, and that disappointment was part of the reason why I ditched universals and went to customs so quickly.

 

This will be a comparison between the spkrs01's W4 and my Heir Audio 4.A (with and without the Baldur MK II cable attached):

 

I want to first say that the W4, when coupled to this gold/silver cable, possesses an absolutely beautiful tonality. Even from first listen, I couldn't believe that this was a W4 in my ears. It has a wide open soundstage, a relaxed disposition, delicate sparkle, and punchy, solid bass when it is called for. I heard details in my music that a stock W4 was only able to hint at. Thus, to me, this gold-silver cable represented a significant upgrade over the stock.

 

Does this mean, however, that everyone should be clamoring for this cable? Absolutely not. The cable, as spkrs01mentioned himself, is stiff and microphonic, and prone to kinks and bends. I always have to handle it very gingerly when listening to it. This is a cable to be strictly used at home, and even then, there are probably more practical options around. It might not even be the perfect cable for the W4. However, it does represent one of the most significant jumps in sound quality from stock that I've heard in a top-tier universal IEM. The way that this cable is able to articulate subtle details and refine the sense of 'purity' in the music, is as good as any FI-BA-SS or K3003 that I've heard. Then again, as I understand, with this cable attached, this particular W4 rivals those universals in price while being inferior in terms of usability. For usability, a universal, purpose-built for portability is always the better choice than something modified with an insane cable. It's even more practical than customs, which needs care and management, a significant time investment, and possible disappointment, along with lowered resale value. I say all these things, despite having a pair of customs in my ears and no real desire to buy a K3003 or a FI-BA-SS any time soon.

 

I would say that spkrs01's W4 falls similarly as customs in this realm of ultimate impracticability, but for people whose pursuits are for end-all-be-all sound quality and customizability, it and customs are perhaps the only way to go. The only thing left is to compare the two.

 

I decided to test the W4 against my 4.A, as they're both three-way, four-driver earphones. In fact, the two share the same balanced armature units; the only difference would be specialized port placements and impedances for the ones on the W4. Configuration-wise, the W4 and 4.A differ in that the W4 outputs the sound through a single tube with a single acoustic filter element, while the 4.A possesses separate tubes for the bass and mid/highs, as well as separate acoustic filters for each sound tube. In that sense, the 4.A is theoretically superior in its ability to provide instrumental separation and transparency.

 

I tested the 4.A first with the stock cable, and secondly with the Baldur MK II. On first listen, just from simple impressions, I actually felt that the W4 had superior qualities in its ability to display a delicate landscape of music. Quickly, however, the initial advantage of the W4 disappeared as I discovered the true capabilities of the 4.A. To my ears, it possesses superior detailing, more defined instrumental separation (the W4 also possesses very good separation, but it feels less definite), and most of all, a sense of solidity and immediacy that I could not find with the W4 and its incredible cable. With my 4.A, I sometimes felt as though I was amongst the music, instead of merely listening to it.

 

This innate superiority of the 4.A was made even more apparent with the Baldur MK II cable. The sound was now even more immediate and full-sounding, while not sacrificing clarity or transparency at all. At times, the Baldur cable overwhelmed me with its massive strength and sense of power and in passing, I slightly preferred the thinner, more delicate presentation of the W4. There's no denying, however, that the 4.A was clearly the superior monitor. With it, a note was clearly a note, an artifact clearly an artifact, and that definiteness resonated with every piece I played.

 

In a few ways, the spkrs01's W4 validated my decision to purchase a custom IEM; while by itself this W4 is an amazing sounding IEM, next to the 4.A it still lacks that extra bit of solidity and fullness necessary for music to feel completely convincing. However, I feel that there is still room yet for universal IEMs to grow; the W4 clearly had enough head room for it to be elevated so much with just a cable change --- over time, superior production methods and experience will give universal IEMs the capability to be even better tuned than ever before.

 

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And a picture thrown in for equal measure...

 

 

 

 

Thanks tomscy2000beerchug.gif

 

post #44 of 59
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Originally Posted by spkrs01 View Post


Well the W4R gives you at a later stage the chance to change...........When potentially get this type of result, it is well worth itbigsmile_face.gif

 

I copy and pasted a review......

 


However, I did rather buy a new IEM that suits my preference more than get a cable hoping it would change. 

 

post #45 of 59
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Originally Posted by Jeremypsp View Post


However, I did rather buy a new IEM that suits my preference more than get a cable hoping it would change. 

 



I don't think that is the point.......................

 

Taking the W4 as an example.................how can a top of the line universal IEM in the Westone range, share the same cable as a W1?

 

It is like getting a Analog Domain Amp and using a interconnect that came with the generic HT amp, or a pair of Magico and using the bell wires that came with a pair of Bose! Would you? 

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