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post #61 of 254
It seems I may have my pair tomorrow! Part of my agreeing to pay the full price after their website allowed me to get a discount was 2 day shipping. I suspect it will more likely be Friday but you never know...
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Originally Posted by dweaver View Post

It seems I may have my pair tomorrow! Part of my agreeing to pay the full price after their website allowed me to get a discount was 2 day shipping. I suspect it will more likely be Friday but you never know...

 

I'm hoping you do, I have my wallet ready...

post #64 of 254
I have been following head fi for going on a year now and have spent more money in that year than I or my wife are willing to allow me to admit. I have so many in ear's now it's crazy. I ultimately settled on the As2, westone 3, um3xrc, w4r, sm64, and recently this adv series. I have had my adv series for a mere 6 hours but what an awkward 6 hours it has been. I have enjoyed westone's offerings for many hours with all of their headphones combined, but I am just at a loss for words for this adv series.

For starters every song I have sounds different in a not so welcome way, almost as if there is a 40-60 hz boost with an overly awkward washed out high to accompany the rapid onset of bass. The mids I have come to love from westone are No longer in the mix, or atleast as prevalent as the other lower and mid higher frequency. I had high holes for this in ear but as of the 6 hours I've had it the only thing enjoyable so far is dubstep and drumstep. I will keep you all informed. If I made a mistake with this review/explanation please feel free to offer advice!
post #65 of 254

Since they are dynamic you will have to give them some time.

 

Me, I didn't or don't have high hopes for them sound-wise. Maybe thinking something like the SE215( but a bit better) which is fine.

 

It doesn't add up to me. If you want to sell a plastic build single armature for $119, and you normally charged a nice premium to go detachable with the cable, hard to see all that went into the design and construction of the ADV series being only $199 on release and giving you everything. I am worried about the sound quality falling short. Certainly they aren't gonna come close to the likes AS2, UM3X, Westone 3/4, or SM64. Then they would have been at $100 more.

 

Not trying to rain on anyone's parade though. Would love to be proven wrong :) Just my thought process on what I expected. Hopefully I'm wrong and they punch well above the price but Westone doesn't normally give us that.

post #66 of 254
Crap!!!! That is not what wanted to hear. I hope my ears hear these differently than that or they change with use. Mids are my make or break point closely followed by treble.

I suggest you plug these in and let them play music at louder than comfortable levels for the night and see if they settle down. Dynamic drivers unlike BA drivers can change. Also if,you are really used to BA drivers dynamic drivers can come across as very bassy.
post #67 of 254
Well that's the thing I had an enjoyed the shure 215 but I "lost" it at the gym. It atleast was a full range dynamic. The gr07, holy cow what other in ear doesn't need an introduction? The gr07 is a phenomenal example of being a darn good dynamic, even at unboxing with no burn in that in ear destroys many others as if its nothing.

What your saying is correct, this would be westone's first right off the bag removeable cable, ruggedized, and dynamic sourced in ear. With that being said it could be great or it could be sub par. Unfortunently the overwhelming bass and lack of extended highs kills this otherwise beautifully designed in ear. They practically weigh an ounce. The other thing that is as annoying as the overwhelming bass is the cable noise. It's atrocious. Every movement I make is exagerated into my ear and I can not forget I'm wearing them for that only reason. They are comfortable and beautiful pieces of engineering but the sonic ball has been dropped in what I fear to be a stab at the market where beats reigns. frown.gif
post #68 of 254
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Originally Posted by Nhare90 View Post

I have been following head fi for going on a year now and have spent more money in that year than I or my wife are willing to allow me to admit. I have so many in ear's now it's crazy. I ultimately settled on the As2, westone 3, um3xrc, w4r, sm64, and recently this adv series. I have had my adv series for a mere 6 hours but what an awkward 6 hours it has been. I have enjoyed westone's offerings for many hours with all of their headphones combined, but I am just at a loss for words for this adv series.

For starters every song I have sounds different in a not so welcome way, almost as if there is a 40-60 hz boost with an overly awkward washed out high to accompany the rapid onset of bass. The mids I have come to love from westone are No longer in the mix, or atleast as prevalent as the other lower and mid higher frequency. I had high holes for this in ear but as of the 6 hours I've had it the only thing enjoyable so far is dubstep and drumstep. I will keep you all informed. If I made a mistake with this review/explanation please feel free to offer advice!

 

The early comments are appreciated.   

 

I've been kind of surprised at the way they've chosen to market it.  Almost like trying to create an artificial niche for it with the sporty angle, but maybe at the sacrifice of a professional monitor sound quality.     

post #69 of 254

Interested to see more impressions. 

post #70 of 254
Ok, so you liked the SE215 but are not enjoying these. It sounds like they are possibly V shaped with a possible dropped right side of the V to make things worse. Hopefully the bass settles down and the treble increases.

These are sounding like they will enjoyed by those who like bass but possibly not by those of us who enjoy mids more. I will see how they sound to my ears soon enough...
post #71 of 254

From the Westone Facebook page:

 

 

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We are proud to launch the new Adventure series Alpha. Westone best of class sound and 5 decades of ear knowledge for best in class fit.
-Magnesium Unibody
-IPX-3 water resistant
-Apple MFI control & mic
-Replaceable cable with reflective material in the cable - A first for the US
-Ported 6.5 mm PST dynamic driver
-Patented silicon Star (r) tips and Tru-Fit tips
-Stated of the art ADV travel case
-$199.99
post #72 of 254
Crap!!!! That is not what wanted to hear. I hope my ears hear these differently than that or they change with use. Mids are my make or break point closely followed by treble.

I suggest you plug these in and let them play music at louder than comfortable levels for the night and see if they settle down. Dynamic drivers unlike BA drivers can change. Also if,you are really used to BA drivers dynamic drivers can come across as very bassy.

This is very true, in a hailmary attempt at ridding the overwhelming bass I have had them at 80% ipad volume shuffling throughout my music library. These mids are very odd, if you take the bass out I can be satisfied with the mids these 199$ ruggedized phones produce. It's just an odd lower mid bass bloom that seams to drown out all other frequencies. It's as if the bass guitar, bass drum, lower notes on guitar, deeper vocals precede every other tone. It's unnatural in a sense that's very odd coming from westone. If you check out their other offerings I highly doubt you will be disappointed. It's a very strange thing I'm very unsure about these in ears as I've wanted a good bass but I want more than bass you know? It has to be an equal opurtunity sonic employer haha. No frequency too far superseding another frequency. Westone has officially confused this guy. How would you all reference a bass that is soft sounding without much Impact
post #73 of 254
I will compare these to the Fidelio S2 when I get them as well other dynamic based IEM's I have owned from memory. I will also comment on them as compared to my UE900 for added reference.
post #74 of 254
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Originally Posted by dweaver View Post

Ok, so you liked the SE215 but are not enjoying these. It sounds like they are possibly V shaped with a possible dropped right side of the V to make things worse. Hopefully the bass settles down and the treble increases.

These are sounding like they will enjoyed by those who like bass but possibly not by those of us who enjoy mids more. I will see how they sound to my ears soon enough...

You said it very well sir. Almost a r turned to its left to be all bass boost with everything else taking a backseat. I do hope the continuous burn in improves these. As I'm excited to be able to own a pair of rugged extremely lightweight phones.

Please try these for yourselves! This is not meant to be a westone bashing thread I swear. If it seams that way I do apologize. I'm just trying to soften the landing for all who may or may not enjoy the over flabby-ish bass response.
post #75 of 254

I'm going to have to wait for more impressions before I make a decision.  I loved my Westone 4's and have thought about picking them up again a million times over and had actually been debating getting the um1 to use for running - then I heard about these.  Can't wait to see more thoughts roll in!

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