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HELP!!!! DECISION TO BUY CIEM (ALCLAIR) OR WESTONE W3

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

I have a quick decision to make; I’m looking at purchasing either some Westone W3s or some Alclair duals XB customs. I really only want them to be fun with great SQ, which I believe they would both have. The main purpose of these would be recreational, the music I listen to is pretty much everything BUT rap. I want low bass with great response and nice highs and mids. A little separation is great. I will go with what everyone recommends as I think I would be happy either way. I don’t have any customs, I do have some Triple fi10s with Chris himself cables, I listen to these when at home with my Cowon d3. Thanks in advance for the suggestions; I will be buying these tomorrow or Friday.

 

Thanks, Andy

post #2 of 15

The Westone 3 is not a custom. Totally different ballgames. What do you want? A universal or a custom? 

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

I know westone is not a custom, im just trying to decied between the two, i know that they could have two totally differnt sound signatures that is why im asking for everones help.

post #4 of 15

Well I can only comment on the Westone 3. Seems like you want a good all-rounder earphone for your all your genres of music. If you like nice mids, I'd look at the W4 over the W3 if you can swing it. Big gains in soundstage and instrument separation as well. 

post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 

Have you heard anything on the Alclair, for SQ and yeah the w4 or out of my price range right now.

post #6 of 15

I don't know anything about the Alclair. Someone else will be able to help you out. Seems like both earphones are fairly v-shaped FR's. I would think the matter of it being a custom or a universal would be the largest difference. I personally found the highs of the W3 a tad hot for me, personally, but I am sensitive to sibilance. I don't think the W3 is the greatest all-rounder. Looked at the GR07?

post #7 of 15
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I have read some reviews on them, i just dont know about the shape if they would be comfortable to wear for extended time.

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 

are the Westone um3x any better for all around sound.

post #9 of 15

I think the Westone 3 is outrageously comfortable. Can wear for hours no problem. 

post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by howdy View Post

are the Westone um3x any better for all around sound.

 

That's a personal preference. A lot of people think so. I would think so, but I haven't heard them - only read about them. 

post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 

Are the Westone SQ anything ike the UE Triple fi 10, I have them and absolutely love em.

post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 

I meant the Westone W3

post #13 of 15

To be honest my friend, what are you trying to achieve? If you love the TF10, what are you seeking to gain? The W3, and I would assume the Alclair would not be much of an upgrade, but maybe a bit different sound. The TF10 is a fine earphone. I don't think the W3 or Alclair is necessarily better. Besides, it's more of the same frequency response - V-shaped. What are you looking to do? 

post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
I want it for use at work only. The ue are staying home
post #15 of 15

i have owned w3 and w4 and auditioned the um3x.

the um3x is my fav for its clarity and less sibilance.

however, it has an intimate soundstage, so not for everyone.

w3 is more fun, w4 more technical.

 

cant say much about the triple fis. i have heard them, but never compared them to westones side by side

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