Originally Posted by M-13
Hey that's great to hear. I got mine about 3 weeks ago and haven't had any issues and they sound fantastic. I'm wondering, is there any place I can check on mine to see if it's part of the newer problem free batch? Where do I locate the serial number? Is it on the box somewhere? And what serial numbers indicate the newer batch?
On a side note for those of you wondering.
The W4R not inferior to the UE900. They don't sound "congested" to me at all, so I guess different ears and different strokes. My feeling is that they're quite evenly matched in terms of who is better than who. W4R is pretty awesome too.
The S/N is on the package box outside where the barcode is, the first 4 digits. I think someone else posted before about cutoff s/n when they started to ship updated version, but I don't remember it. Perhaps you can use 1332 as a reference, and for sure if you got yours 3 weeks ago - its gotta be new. Plus, their customer service is pretty good, at least here in US, so it shouldn't be a problem if something goes wrong.
Funny you mentioned W4R because when I saw your sig I was about to post a question for you :) I got new Westone W40 about 2 weeks ago, and been gushing about it in "New WESTONE W-Series" thread. From confirmation by others, its a brand new design in terms of cables, cables connector, and interchangeable plates, but the quad BA driver should be the same as W4R. UE900 is mid centric, in your face, which gets overwhelming sometimes. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy them, but for the type of music I'm listening too (mostly EDM: electro, progressive, with preference for tracks with vocals) - they are NOT good because of lack of bass quantity and too much upper mids which throws off the sound balance. Again, this comment is for the type of music I'm listening to (and I'm by far not even remotely an audiophile). W40 is absolutely perfect for my sound purpose because you have more mid bass which adds warmth to a track (and perfect for a balance), mids are a bit scooped but still there to enjoy vocals, and treble has a roll off enough to make it very ear friendly for extended listening period. All that while still maintaining details across the whole frequency range. So each one has its strength and weakness depending on your preference of music style. For me personally, I have been enjoying W40 so much that I put UE900 aside. But, this is just my humble opinion. The question I have, where does SE535 fits between W4R/W40 and UE900? I get confused reading some comparison that it's mid centric like UE900, but then others saying it's not like UE900 because of more bass. Would you consider SE535 to be a happy medium between W4R and UE900?