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"Artificial" Treble? Say What?

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What does artificial treble sound like?  I mean all IEM's are a processed sound so other than simply saying "un-natural", not sure I understand?  I hear this thrown out a lot about W3 and how W4 has much better more natural sounding treble.  But to me a heavy softness or veil (the way I hear W4) in the treble is far from natural as well.

 

ER4 is supposedly king of treble but sounds COMPLETELY different than W4.  So which is more natural?  Does accurate = natural?

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The ER4 and W4s are pretty "natural" compared to the W3s, because the W3s have this sort of improper timbre. For example, I play violin, and when you play a violin recording on the W3s, the "air" I hear lingering after each vibrato sounds metallic as parts of it is accentuated where it shouldn't be, completely different from what I hear when playing. The ER4s might have plenty of treble, but it never does this. The laid-back (veiled, muffled) treble on the W4s aren't exactly accurate, but does not have that offensive and improper timbre.

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To me, neither W3 or W4 is fitting to the 'natural' description in an absolute way, but the big reason I prefer W4 over W3 is because W3 sounds too offensive to my ears (same can be say to a few of Final Audio's IEM as well as EX700). If I can't listen to an IEM long enough to enjoy the music, then it is worst than not-having-enough in my book.
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