Having said that I REALLY REALLY HOPE Westone is watching this thread and hopefully others like it and taking notes. Because they shouldn't throw the baby out with the bath water here. They just need to fix a few things and then try again. If they do I also suggest they put together a focus group of users (possibly do a small controlled contest like VModa did with the M80 a few years ago) who under NDA will help them ensure they hit a sweet spot signature wise as well as overall functionality and design. They might want to even offer a very short term introductory price to regain buyer confidence in this new brand of their company.
Of course they are watching (it'd be foolish if they weren't), just like any other company that releases a new product — if they're going to keep an eye on the success/failure of this product, rest assured Head-fi will be the #1 place to do so, though I'm absolutely positive they're keeping an eye on other forums, too.
I've enjoyed several Westone products over the years, but it seems to me this latest offering—from all reports I've seen—is quite frankly a flop, and we mustn't be afraid / too careful to say so openly — $200 is a lot of money for many people who would expect something (a lot) better. It's also in the company's interest, as well as the consumers', that we are as straightforward as we can be.
That said, it's a very good thing we've had several early adopters who seem to be fairly honest about their impressions, something pretty uncommon when a new product is released, where we normally tend to get/see plenty of hyperbole, mindless praise, hype, etc.... what is often referred to as FOTM.
Edited by music_4321 - 6/26/13 at 11:09am