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post #76 of 84
What im interested to find out is how it compares to the futuresonics atrios. I was a staunch BA iem user for years till i discovered the atrios amd i never looked back. The only problem was the fit. If this has a similar sound signature and bass quality/quantity as the atrios, i would buy them in a heartbeat.
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post #77 of 84
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Originally Posted by mesab0ogie View Post

What im interested to find out is how it compares to the futuresonics atrios. I was a staunch BA iem user for years till i discovered the atrios amd i never looked back. The only problem was the fit. If this has a similar sound signature and bass quality/quantity as the atrios, i would buy them in a heartbeat.

There is less treble and more bass in the westone compared to the atrios. It's not as balanced. But I have both and like both.

 

The bass on the westone is a lot clearer than most other dynamic driver IEMs I've owned, yet there's still a high quantity. If you liked the atrios I would give it a shot.

post #78 of 84

Just scored these for $79. I usually use my Velodyne vPulse to pound around the park for my 2-3 mile walk 4 times a week but I am wearing them out. These fit the bill perfectly.

 

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post #79 of 84

I'm curious about these - 

 

if it's for "workouts" and other physical activity, why is the impedance so low?

 

I mean.. It's being marketed for use with smartphones and whatnot.. 

 

Interesting. 

post #80 of 84

Low impedance ... use 'on-the-go' for 'workout's and 'adventure', even from your smartphone.

What's the problem what that? 

post #81 of 84

Well, keeping in mind that sensitivity and impedance are two different things - 

 

The Galaxy S4 has an output impedance of 4-8ohms, meaning it probably won't play well with the Alpha. 

 

:(

post #82 of 84

Lower impedance headphones are usually easier to drive. So the logic is that lower impedance will not require as much power so they'll be more suitable for mobile devices. Nothing to do with sound quality.

post #83 of 84
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Lower impedance headphones are usually easier to drive.

 

Overall "loudness" depends on the sensitivity rating, as well as impedance. They are both key equal factors in determining how "easy to drive" an IEM is.

 

For example:

 

The Westone UM3X has an impedance of ~56ohms, and it's ability to be driven is similar to the ~30ohm Westone 3.

 

The sensitivity of the Alpha (101db at ~21ohms) is not too far from the Westone 3 - (107db).

 

Point is, these IEMs are all roughly similar in their ability to be driven (very easily) at varying impedances. Only problem is, the Alpha is so low on impedance, that it will sound very wonky unless it's run from a very low-impedance source. 

 

The iPhone 5s, for example, has an output impedance of 2.3ohms - so using it with the load of a 20ohm Alpha might only *just* be ideal, and you may get variances in frequency response.

 

The 4-8ohm OI of the i9505 Galaxy S4, however, might be in trouble in this case.

 

Anyway, enough of my ramblings, I'm going to pick up one of these in the next few days, and put my money where my ears are - if it sounds good enough for workouts, I'll be stoked. I'm a Westone fanatic, they make great products.

post #84 of 84

Just curious if anyone has tried changing the filter or damper on these?  I love the build but can't stand the muddy sound.

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