Originally Posted by h1a8
1. Are there any amps or eq settings that get rid of the veil of the sm3 without taking anything away and without adding sibilance?
3. How about the um3x? Is it as musical as the sm3 and are they similar in most ways (like soundstage) but except being clearer?
4. I just ordered the tdk ie800. was thinking of ordering the tdk ba200 as well. How do these compare to the sm3 (which ways the sm3 may beat them)?
No idea about the SM64, but can help with 1, 3, and 4. Apparently it's worthy enough of an upgrade that you should definitely take a hard, closer look.
1. Veil is usually inherit in transient response/decay. You could try and EQ the upper-bass and lower-mids down, but they are level enough already.
3. In terms of sheer clarity, both are arguably on par. Stage is where you see most of the difference. The UM3X are 2-dimensional, separation monsters. The SM3 are enveloping, 3-dimensional. That is where the divide kicks in. Otherwise they are more alike than they are different. But the soundstage differences make a big..umm, difference. The extra separation on the Westones could make things easier to process, that would give it a sense of something akin to clarity. Or the positioning of the SM3 could be done in such a way that it makes it easier for you to point out where is where, and would give it a sense of something akin to clarity as well.
4. Soundstage has more height on the SM3, otherwise they are rather comparable/on par (BA200). Less treble on the IE800 than the SM3 (can't remember too much of other differences)