I'm thinking about saying bye bye to my SE535's. I have read too many positive things about Westone. Only challenge left is W3 vs. W4. Music I listen to is metal and hard rock but I also listen to prog and bands that can really play (like Rush, Dream Theater, etc...) so I like some instrument separation and fairly accurate presentation. My first goal vs. the SE535 is to get better treble and less mud/mid range. I also like bass impact, but I think the SE535 are pretty good at that (not sure if either of the Westones are better?).
Forum consensus seems to be:
W3 - Good bass impact, but trebles don't extend as far as the W4. Good for rocking out.
W4 (vs. W3) Better treble extension, not as good bass impact. More refined. More transparent. Better for classical music.
So the quick answer seems to be I should get the W3. BUT, the W4 pricing is not much more than the W3's right now at a certain giant website, and I do like the idea of extended and possibly better treble, since that's a big reason I'm dumping my Shure's. I'm afraid that the W4 may be a better overall earphone and for $50 more I should get it. I may be mad later if I don't get the best the first time around. But I don't want "transparent" sound (I have the ER-4S for that). So did I just talk myself into getting the W3? Following this logic, is there any reason I should get the W4?