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My initial impression is that these have a lovely form factor, but the sound is a little too veiled in the mids and treble for my liking. That said, they're dynamic, so I'm putting them through my burn-in regimen now and will check on them again in ten hours, then after the weekend. I'm also not really a basshead, but I loved my W3s and am waiting anxiously for the iPhone friendly version of the Westone 4R after really loving their sound at CES.

post #122 of 254
They are bit on the darker side and I missed my UE900 clarity and isolation on my ride in this morning. I also may have been to quick to say they had no footfall microphonics as I did notice some on the walk to work this morning (about the same as my UE900 and less than the Fidelio S2). Cable rubbing noise is dependent on your clothing. I wore a dress shirt yesterday and it was loud as the cable rubbed against the collar, wore a casual shirt today and it was barely noticeable.

After the initial bloom I can see some more constraints on these today but I do think they are as good to slightly better than the S2 sonically with all the benefits of the more rugged and form fitting design to justify their extra $50.
post #123 of 254

dweaver: how do they compare to the Fidelio S2 neutrality wise? From what I´ve read (granted, not that many comments of the Alpha here yet) the S2 seems to be a bit more balanced.

post #124 of 254
I would say the S2 is gently V shaped while the ADV is more elevated in the bass and slightly forward in the mids while the treble is a bit rolled off. There is a definite loss of clarity compared to my UE900 but about the same as the S2.

I have started to hit songs where the added bass presence is to much for my tastes.

I will be burning these in over the weekend to see if there is any change.
post #125 of 254
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They are bit on the darker side and I missed my UE900 clarity and isolation on my ride in this morning. I also may have been to quick to say they had no footfall microphonics as I did notice some on the walk to work this morning (about the same as my UE900 and less than the Fidelio S2). Cable rubbing noise is dependent on your clothing. I wore a dress shirt yesterday and it was loud as the cable rubbed against the collar, wore a casual shirt today and it was barely noticeable.

After the initial bloom I can see some more constraints on these today but I do think they are as good to slightly better than the S2 sonically with all the benefits of the more rugged and form fitting design to justify their extra $50.

 

Nice impressions, Dweaver.. If on that level of SQ then they did more than I thought they would. They made the Westone 2 obsolete and I didn't think they would. Similar signature and all the extras with the ADV, why buy the W2 unless you didn't do your homework/due diligence? Nice that the other cables work making for some additional SQ tweaks. Easier to work with if they are not V and one would like to get more treble.

 

Sucks about the rubbing noise. A different cable could fix that as well as using a clip of course. How about wind noise? You know whenever you get the chance.  


Edited by jant71 - 6/7/13 at 2:17pm
post #126 of 254

Based on my commute this morning, I can say the isolation is fine.  I was using the red star tips.

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I am hitting more songs where the added bass is to much for my tastes. I think these will appeal to the active user Westone is advertising them for and Head-fi segment who appreciates a larger bass presence.

With the above statement in mind I think the W2 and 1 will still be valid for people look for the more clinical detailed sound.
post #128 of 254
I have been trying the Comply foam active tips size s100 from Radio Shack and the bass is much better - quick, present but not overpowering.
post #129 of 254
Ok my phone has a treble boost eq setting and instant satisfaction smily_headphones1.gif. Brought the treble up to the mids and bass very nicely.
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Ok my phone has a treble boost eq setting and instant satisfaction smily_headphones1.gif. Brought the treble up to the mids and bass very nicely.

Any idea how they compare to the SE215's? Any noticeable changes with burn in?

post #131 of 254
Sorry I have not had time to burn these in yet.

Going from memory the SE215 has a more boomy or hollow bass. Warmer more mellow mids that are more forward and slightly more rolled off treble. These are a bit more detailed and punchy. I think they quite a bit better built but only time will really prove that or not. They are more comfortable but less isolating than the 215.
post #132 of 254

OK I just gave these 10hrs of burn-in and the bass has settled down a smidge and the mids have become possibly a bit warmer while the treble is pretty much the same. For the most part though they have stayed true to the initial signature. I imagine there will be subtle adjustments to the sound but this will remain the primary signature of the IEM.

 

So the signature I am hearing is a bass / mid oriented signature with OK treble that rolls off and never get uncomfortable, they are VERY non-fatiguing. It is not my preferred signature but I am enjoying it anyway :-). This is all un-equalized which is how I prefer to listen to my music. BUT I decided to try turning on my EQ on my Nokia 920 phone and set it to increase treble and WOW and WOW did this IEM ever respond well to that setting! This is one IEM I will break my no-EQ rule for. They simply sound amazing with added treble.

 

One this I was thinking about though and I will confirm when I have some time, hopefully later today or tomorrow. Will these be more warm and possibly too warm on an idevice? My Nokia and my Desktop DAC/AMP both are on the brighter side or colder sounding than my old iphone 4 so I do wonder and will get back with some results as soon as I can. For those who already own the ADV, what source/amp are you using and can any of you try different sources?


Edited by dweaver - 6/8/13 at 7:36am
post #133 of 254
Enter the prize draw at Westone folks, they are giving away a pair a day all June.
post #134 of 254
One other thing, like the S2 these need a bit more juice than a lot of IEM's. I have to give them 4-5 notches more volume to reach the same volume level as my UE900 for example. They also are not a great low volume IEM as they don't achieve their best dynamic balance until they are a medium volume level. I am not a loud volume listener but did subject my ears to one song at max volume on my Nokia 920 and they actually sounded very nice (my desktop rig can go much louder though so not sure what their real threshold is). I find myself listening at 15/30 on my phone though and sneaking up to 18 at times, as compared 9 and up to 13 with my UE900.
post #135 of 254

They need a notch or two more volume than most other headphones on my iphone too.

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