Thanks appreciate it, just asked as I am on UK time so it's midnight here so I wasn't sure ;)
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My order came in from Earphone solutions in 2 days. Very impressed with the shipping A+ for the dealer.
Packaging is very similar to the recent revision of UM3X boxing, well made and not superfluous.
It came with a round screw on case, which is nice considering I'm going to be taking these to Europe for a few months.
The body was very impressively machined, if you are familiar with the Apple Unibody the feel of these is quite similar.
Came with the Star tips and true fit. No tri flanges though, which was slightly odd considering my past westones came with them, but no major gripes.
I haven't really listened to them that much though. Substantial amplification seems unneeded, although when plugged into a Headstage Arrow 4g I could get a much better soundstage. For terms of overall clarity, they mimic the qualities of the Westone series (W1, W2, etc) somewhat bright but still analytical. Hopefully I will get some more impressions after owning them for a few days, and this is my first review here.
Guess you haven't heard an IEM like the H-200. I'm surprised at you Spyro. Many earphones out there today are punching way above its price point. The H-200, for example, sounds like a $350 earphone instead $250 one (well, I paid $200 for the three-driver hybrid).
Just got mine tonight. Listening now. My first impression is that these are the most comfortable earphones I have ever used, with the best build quality I have ever seen. The sound seems really nice across the range, but I am loathe to make any snap judgments after 1-1/2 hours. One note: I am now using the default star tips. Earlier, I switched for a few minutes to the triple flange tips that were on my W4s (which are actually double flange tips, since I cut off the top flange) and, with the tri flanges, the bass was overpowering and a little strange. The bass seems just fine with the default tips. So, I would ask Nhare90 what tips he's using and if he's tried any others.
After some thought about last night's early negative review, I couldn't help but wonder about the likelihood of westone releasing a poor performing IEM. Just seems incongruous. I don't own them and am curious to see the early reviews continue to trickle in, but even if they're not world-beaters, I'd be surprised if the consensus that emerged was that they were deeply flawed like the first reviewer suggested.
Thank you for sharing what you're hearing and observing - that's what this forum is for. These earphones do have a lot of bass, and it seems like many of your other earphones are balanced armatures, so I can imagine these might be different than what you're used to. It took me a bit by surprise too. The bass doesn't really seem to come at the expense of the mids and highs - but, again, I'm not making any quick judgments. I have loved too many 'phones - for a day or two. By the way, I find that if I use the provided clip, the microphonics on these (and all earphones) are greatly reduced.
Ordered these on a whim and received them yesterday.
Here are some quick impressions.
The build seems to be excellent. They are light and very comfortable, with the one of the best buillt-in ear guides I have used. It is rubbery and flexible, not too stiff like some earphones with memory wire. Very easy to forget that it is there at all. The ADV comes with a nice set of accessories (including a shirt-clip, which I don't believe was mentioned anywhere in Westone's description). I also really like the case. Although not great for portability, it is very protective. The cable is cloth covered and has a very good volume/pause controller. The buttons are distinctive enough that I feel confident in saying you will never hit the wrong one. Overall, a very nice package.
As far as the sound, the ADV is warm, but still has decent clarity. Mid-range is not recessed. I actually quite like the treble/mid-range balance. However, the bass is proving to be more than I bargained for. It can and will overpower the lower mid-range frequently. LOTS of impact.
Here's the thing though: When outside, the bass doesn't seem to be as overwhelming as sitting at my desk. And the cable that was bothering me with some rubbing noise when sitting at my desk? It didn't really bother me at all.
I believe the marketing: this is an earphone that is meant to be worn outside.