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Westone 4R vs Shure E535 vs UE900

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 

I'm in the market again for some higher end universal fit IEMs and was wondering what the word is on the street about the models listed above.

 

I've owned a set of Shure e500's in the past and loved their sound stage and great bass and crisp treble as well as their fit so but I've always wanted to try a Westone or UE earphone.

 

Price range is from $400-$500.

 

Thanks for any and all info! 

 

Oh and I have been reading the massive IEM Review post at:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-266-iems-compared-rock-it-sounds-r-50-added-11-29-12

 

I was just wondering how these 3 compared to each other.

post #2 of 25

Considering the prices of the 3 IEMs you listed, I'll just throw in the Audeo PFE232 just because.

post #3 of 25

I did a comparison between the UE 900 and the Westone W4R.  It's linked in the OP of the UE 900 thread.  In order to really help you, I do need more information though...  Personal sound preferences (if any), genres being listened to, etc.

post #4 of 25
Thread Starter 

I listen to mostly metal tunes. So low tuned basses and bass drums and guitars. Plenty of punch without being muddy and I do love a crisp sounding cymbal. 

post #5 of 25

I would look into the SE535 LTD Edition as it has a more extended treble than the regular SE535. TBH, the W4 might sound too dry and sterile for your tastes, as it sounds boring to me. That's why I went with the PFE232 over the W4 because the PFE232 has excellent bass and treble. UE900, I haven't had the opportunity yet but I did try, and own, the TF10 and hearing how it's mildly based of the TF10 sound but improved, I have high expectations for it.

post #6 of 25
Thread Starter 

Ya I'm looking at them now (PFE232). Never heard of em. 

 

The one thing I always loved about the e500's the short time I had them was how airy and open they felt. I could always tell each instruments location around my head which always blew my mind because it was much larger sounding than an IEM should.

post #7 of 25
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Ya I'm looking at them now (PFE232). Never heard of em. 

 

The one thing I always loved about the e500's the short time I had them was how airy and open they felt. I could always tell each instruments location around my head which always blew my mind because it was much larger sounding than an IEM should.

 

The PFE232 surely hit the IEM scene with a bang as it has quite the beefy price tag of $600, but comparable to a lot of high-tier IEMs like the AKG K3003i. I only remember trying the e500 a LONG time ago so I can't remember quite how they sounded like..

post #8 of 25
Thread Starter 

I'm watching some reviews on youtube of the PFE232 and everyone gushes over them. How is the isolation? The replaceable filters have me worried that it wouldn't be good for isolating outside noise.


Edited by Jazic - 12/12/12 at 12:59pm
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by Jazic View Post

I'm watching some reviews on youtube of the PFE232 and everyone gushes over them. How is the isolation? The replaceable filters have me worried that it wouldn't be good for isolating outside noise.

 

I'd say isolation is average for IEMs.  It'll work well if you're not in a dense crowd, otherwise, you may want to look elsewhere :p  For your genres I'd recommend depending on your musical tastes:

  • PFE232
  • Westone W4
  • Heir Audio 3.Ai
  • UE 900
  • Heir Audio 4.Ai

 

I haven't heard the 535, so I can't comment there. 

post #10 of 25
Thread Starter 

I'll check them out. Thanks tiny!

 

Are there any custom IEM's that would be recommended in the $400-$600 price range? I am familiar with the imprint procedure and added cost.

post #11 of 25
Can anyone give some more comparisons, opinions, thoughts on these 3 IEMs listed here?! Plz thx.
post #12 of 25

the shure se535-ltd-j asian edition is probably the best universal iem. 

 

first i bought the se535 bronze and i love thee quality of the build, hated the cable, loved the sound , hated the treble roll off.

 

then i bought the asian se535-led-j reds, still great build quality, slightly better cable but this can still be improved with a cable upgrade. the se535 reds took care of that treble roll off and the extension of the treble was imo greatly improved.

 

i cannot comment on the westone 4s, however i should be getting my westone 4r's in tomorrow or the next day so i can give you a comparison between the 535 and 4s

 

as far as the ue900 i didnt feel they were on the same level as the westone sound quality or the shure se535. they just seemed to be a more improved tf10 but still dont feel they are of the audiophile quality of the 535 or 4s

post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by Mooses9 View Post

the shure se535-ltd-j asian edition is probably the best universal iem. 

first i bought the se535 bronze and i love thee quality of the build, hated the cable, loved the sound , hated the treble roll off.

then i bought the asian se535-led-j reds, still great build quality, slightly better cable but this can still be improved with a cable upgrade. the se535 reds took care of that treble roll off and the extension of the treble was imo greatly improved.

i cannot comment on the westone 4s, however i should be getting my westone 4r's in tomorrow or the next day so i can give you a comparison between the 535 and 4s

as far as the ue900 i didnt feel they were on the same level as the westone sound quality or the shure se535. they just seemed to be a more improved tf10 but still dont feel they are of the audiophile quality of the 535 or 4s

Mooses9, so how did you go with the Westone 4/4R review ?
any updates on the sound quality benchmark ?
post #14 of 25
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Mooses9, so how did you go with the Westone 4/4R review ?
any updates on the sound quality benchmark ?

 benchmark between the w4r vs the se535? 

 

i have upgraded extensively since i have gotten the w4r, the w4r remain in the mix, i love them, i have upgraded ands upgraded and upgraded currently my setup with the w4r are

 

Cable: Toxic Cable Silver Poison 7n upocc pure silver cable

 

interconnects: Toxic Cables Silver Poison 7n upocc usb to LOD.....Toxic Cables Silver Poison 7n upocc mini to mini... i also use the Whiplash SCSCAG 24AWG Cyro'd pure solid silver 7n upocc mini to mini

 

Amp: Ibasso p4 warbler / RSA sr71-b rev 2 intruder spec upgrade

 

Dac: Cyher Labs Algorhythm SOLO 

 

Source: ipod touch 4g 64gb

 

So with all my equipment, the w4r sound PHENOMENAL. they dont sound ANYTHING like they did straight out of the box. really a excellent universal iem.

post #15 of 25
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Originally Posted by Mooses9 View Post

 benchmark between the w4r vs the se535? 

i have upgraded extensively since i have gotten the w4r, the w4r remain in the mix, i love them, i have upgraded ands upgraded and upgraded currently my setup with the w4r are

Cable: Toxic Cable Silver Poison 7n upocc pure silver cable

interconnects: Toxic Cables Silver Poison 7n upocc usb to LOD.....Toxic Cables Silver Poison 7n upocc mini to mini... i also use the Whiplash SCSCAG 24AWG Cyro'd pure solid silver 7n upocc mini to mini

Amp: Ibasso p4 warbler / RSA sr71-b rev 2 intruder spec upgrade

Dac: Cyher Labs Algorhythm SOLO 

Source: ipod touch 4g 64gb

So with all my equipment, the w4r sound PHENOMENAL. they dont sound ANYTHING like they did straight out of the box. really a excellent universal iem.

Wow, that's cool, Toxic cable :-)
it must be very expensive cable as displayed on your avatar.
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