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The new Westone line?

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Thread Starter 

I have had a pair of Westone 3's which I use at the gym 3-4 times a week.  They have been fantastic.  Sound great, and VERY comfortable and lightweight.

 

I am wondering if the newer models of Westone are as comfortable and lightweight?

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Newer models???

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Wait what? Do you mean the W4s? Or the UMxx line (which are older than the W3s, apart from the UM3X)? Customs? I don't see any announcements on a W5, though that'd be jaw-droppingly fantastic. 

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New colors for UM-series:)

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Oh, cool! Do you have a link? Wanted to try out a UM2.

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post #7 of 9
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I was mainly interested in the W4.

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Originally Posted by johnnylexus View Post

I was mainly interested in the W4.

Ah, well, they're the same size. Like exactly the same. The W3s have a large driver for bass (No idea which ones), the W4s have two smaller drivers instead. The nozzles are just as short, but there isn't any sibilance unlike the W3s, so extremely tight seals with long tips aren't necessary. In that sense, they can be even more comfortable. 

 

Sound-wise, they are much more balanced and inoffensive. The bass hump is still there, but it has gone down drastically. Treble is now laid back, and the mids are more forward. Completely beats out the W3s in technical proficiency. Soundstage isn't as diffuse, the presentation is much more natural. While clarity is still better than the W3 by miles, the slight midbass hump can give a slight veil to the lower mids. This can be somewhat remedied through EQ and tip rolling. 

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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post

Ah, well, they're the same size. Like exactly the same. The W3s have a large driver for bass (No idea which ones), the W4s have two smaller drivers instead. The nozzles are just as short, but there isn't any sibilance unlike the W3s, so extremely tight seals with long tips aren't necessary. In that sense, they can be even more comfortable. 

 

Sound-wise, they are much more balanced and inoffensive. The bass hump is still there, but it has gone down drastically. Treble is now laid back, and the mids are more forward. Completely beats out the W3s in technical proficiency. Soundstage isn't as diffuse, the presentation is much more natural. While clarity is still better than the W3 by miles, the slight midbass hump can give a slight veil to the lower mids. This can be somewhat remedied through EQ and tip rolling. 


Thanks Twin, I appreciate your nicely detailed answer!  I ordered a pair and can't wait to try them out.  I will be using my new iMod and iQube amp for them and ALAC recordings.

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