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post #181 of 636

Headfi user Tamicri did a review on the um30s, pretty interesting read

http://www.head-fi.org/t/691700/review-westone-um-30-pro

post #182 of 636

So if you've already got a pair of UM3Xs, there's no justifying buying a pair of UM30s to replace them?

post #183 of 636

Yes, that's correct

post #184 of 636

Incoming impression of the full line of the "new" Westone BAs.

 

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Introduction

 

I was trying out the newer Westone BAs last week as a way to test how BAs sound and if they can provide the possibilities of being an upgrade to my GR07s MKII.

 

Test Equipment and Method

 

Source: iPod Classic

 

Test Tracks: Versailles-"Illusion" and Versailles-"Created Beauty" both in 320 kbps MP3

 

The IEM's were first given a solid 5-10 min of play to hear their overall presentation, then ABed against each other and my GR07. Somewhat level matched, volume was played up and down to compare with the previous IEM's volume level as I ABed the IEM. This was done to get rid of loudness bias as much as possible.

 

Impressions

 

In order of which I tried first, my impressions while I still remember and how it went down:

 

UM PRO 20: I hear no difference between this and the GR07s, well barely but not enough to warrant a $300 price tag. Just not impressive overall.

 

W20: Slightly V shaped sounding for my liking but treble was much more pleasing compared to the GR07s and the bass just as good. I can't really see it as an upgrade to the GR07s though but I really liked the seperation of the bass and the treble. As an upgrade, I wanted vocals to shine, these didn't cut it for me but still liked the presentation.

 

So since I wasn't all too impressed with the UM PRO 20 and the W20 fared better, I didn't really bother with the UM PRO 30 so I went straight to the W40 thinking it had to be the better IEM.

 

W40: Vocals are wide apart compared to the previous Westones and GR07s, pretty cool sounding presentation of the vocals. Treble sounded rounded (made guitars sound smoother, I am kind of in the fence whether I liked that or not) but more evenly impactful if that make sense. I liked the instrument separation, much better than previous Westones and GR07, and easier to focus on one of the instruments at a time. Not a basshead but I always test to see how the rhythm section of a band performs in a pair of headphones. Bass didn't really stand apart enough from the W20 so I was indifferent towards it.

 

Well, I was set on the W40 until the seller dropped the price to me -.-. $500 is too steep and doesn't really blow the GR07s at that price, I would've taken it for $400 at the most. Then I re-tried the W20 and contemplated with myself whether it is good enough as my first foray into BAs. I was hesitant to ask for the UM PRO 30 to try as I already had 3 IEMs in my testbench. I didn't want to come off an indecisive noob without a purchase after an hour of intense ABing. But alas, I did ask for the UM PRO 30 and I was glad I did.

 

UM PRO 30: Such clear vocals (much more intimate), my Kamijo just sounded amazing. Felt like a rediscovering of why loved his voice so much in the first place. The instrument separation was brilliantly presented (maybe its a BA thing, not sure but it was convincing enough to know this is a clear upgrade to my GR07), clearer separation than the W40s. Treble sounded just right to me, with guitars especially. Not too bright, not too smooth, just right. It didn't have the roundness sounding that the W40s had and was much more lively compared to the GR07s. Bass sounded much more neutral, I don't experience the thumpyness that I hear with the GR07s and the W40 compared to this one.

 

Results

 

UM PRO 30 checked everything in what I wanted as an upgrade to my GR07, mission accomplished. I was out of the store over $400 poorer but sank deeper into audio nirvana.

 

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TL;DR

 

Summary

 

ABing took over an hour but well worth it in the end...not so good for my wallet though X.X

 

Results of ABing and eroded gold platings: UM PRO 30 > W40 > W20 > UM PRO 20

 

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Thanks for reading.


Edited by KamijoIsMyHero - 12/13/13 at 7:25am
post #185 of 636
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Originally Posted by KamijoIsMyHero View Post

Incoming impression of the full line of the "new" Westone BAs.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Introduction

I was trying out the newer Westone BAs last week as a way to test how BAs sound and if they can provide the possibilities of being an upgrade to my GR07s MKII.

Test Equipment and Method

Source: iPod Classic

Test Tracks: Versailles-"Illusion" and Versailles-"Created Beauty" both in 320 kbps MP3

The IEM's were first given a solid 5-10 min of play to hear their overall presentation, then ABed against each other and my GR07. Somewhat level matched, volume was played up and down to compare with the previous IEM's volume level as I ABed the IEM. This was done to get rid of loudness bias as much as possible.

Impressions

In order of which I tried first, my impressions while I still remember and how it went down:

UM PRO 20: I hear no difference between this and the GR07s, well barely but not enough to warrant a $300 price tag. Just not impressive overall.

W20: Slightly V shaped sounding for my liking but treble was much more pleasing compared to the GR07s and the bass just as good. I can't really see it as an upgrade to the GR07s though but I really liked the seperation of the bass and the treble. As an upgrade, I wanted vocals to shine, these didn't cut it for me but still liked the presentation.

So since I wasn't all too impressed with the UM PRO 20 and the W20 fared better, I didn't really bother with the UM PRO 30 so I went straight to the W40 thinking it had to be the better IEM.

W40: Vocals are wide apart compared to the previous Westones and GR07s, pretty cool sounding presentation of the vocals. Treble sounded rounded (made guitars sound smoother, I am kind of in the fence whether I liked that or not) but more evenly impactful if that make sense. I liked the instrument separation, much better than previous Westones and GR07, and easier to focus on one of the instruments at a time. Not a basshead but I always test to see how the rhythm section of a band performs in a pair of headphones. Bass didn't really stand apart enough from the W20 so I was indifferent towards it.

Well, I was set on the W40 until the seller dropped the price to me -.-. $500 is too steep and doesn't really blow the GR07s at that price, I would've taken it for $400 at the most. Then I re-tried the W20 and contemplated with myself whether it is good enough as my first foray into BAs. I was hesitant to ask for the UM PRO 30 to try as I already had 3 IEMs in my testbench. I didn't want to come off an indecisive noob without a purchase after an hour of intense ABing. But alas, I did ask for the UM PRO 30 and I was glad I did.

UM PRO 30: Such clear vocals (much more intimate), my Kamijo just sounded amazing. Felt like a rediscovering of why loved his voice so much in the first place. The instrument separation was brilliantly presented (maybe its a BA thing, not sure but it was convincing enough to know this is a clear upgrade to my GR07), clearer separation than the W40s. Treble sounded just right to me, with guitars especially. Not too bright, not too smooth, just right. It didn't have the roundness sounding that the W40s had and was much more lively compared to the GR07s. Bass sounded much more neutral, I don't experience the thumpyness that I hear with the GR07s and the W40 compared to this one.

Results

UM PRO 30 checked everything in what I wanted as an upgrade to my GR07, mission accomplished. I was out of the store over $400 poorer but sank deeper into audio nirvana.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

TL;DR

Summary

ABing took over an hour but well worth it in the end...not so good for my wallet though X.X

Results of ABing and eroded gold platings: UM PRO 30 > W40 > W20 > UM PRO 20

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Thanks for reading.
Thanks for your impressions! smily_headphones1.gif
post #186 of 636

But the W40 soundstage is M A S S I V E L Y larger than the W30.    

That's surely worth mentioning.

 

 

(EDIT:   That would be the UM Pro 30 I am referring to....W30 DOES have a large soundstage as well.  Sorry for the confusion)


Edited by Spyro - 12/14/13 at 8:08am
post #187 of 636

I didn't try the W30, it wasn't in the store at that time

post #188 of 636
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But the W40 soundstage is M A S S I V E L Y larger than the W30.    

That's surely worth mentioning.

 

 

(EDIT:   That would be the UM Pro 30 I am referring to....W30 DOES have a large soundstage as well.  Sorry for the confusion)

much like the w4r

 

W40: Vocals are wide apart  this too is like the w4r the w4r vocals have a sense of space between the words. i dont think its bad i find it to give the sound a interesting presentation, i find alot of the times on female vocals the decay hangs and just drifts away, its uber nice for artist like sade.

post #189 of 636
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Originally Posted by Spyro View Post
 

But the W40 soundstage is M A S S I V E L Y larger than the W30.    

That's surely worth mentioning.

 

 

(EDIT:   That would be the UM Pro 30 I am referring to....W30 DOES have a large soundstage as well.  Sorry for the confusion)

 

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Originally Posted by Mooses9 View Post
 

much like the w4r

 

W40: Vocals are wide apart  this too is like the w4r the w4r vocals have a sense of space between the words. i dont think its bad i find it to give the sound a interesting presentation, i find alot of the times on female vocals the decay hangs and just drifts away, its uber nice for artist like sade.


I did say I liked the presentation, which is why I would've gotten in if I didn't try the the UM PRO 30. The in-you-face vocal just suits my taste better in how I want them to be presented. Is the spacing in the voice = soundstage or maybe plays an effect in how we perceive soundstage? I did not hear much difference in instrument separation, just in the placing of the vocals it were really obvious. I just noted it sounded clearer not wider.

post #190 of 636

I surely prefer vocals with W4R over SE535.   Not quite as forward but OH....so lush.

post #191 of 636
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I surely prefer vocals with W4R over SE535.   Not quite as forward but OH....so lush.

but come on spy the se535 vocals presentation in its pure form is amazing if you like that up close feeling like the artist is right next to you whispering in your ear. but i do agree its a double edge sword being so forward can be overwhelming.

 

personally i went with a DHC cable copper for my se535 and it toned back some of that forwardness while giving it a slightly warmer presentation. this helped with that overly forward presentation.

 

BUT the W4r is so lush wish i could have the best of both worlds, super lush and very forward.

post #192 of 636

Not a big fan of the W4R but I am really really curious of the pro 30s. Can't wait to test them.

post #193 of 636
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post #194 of 636

there's a separate thread for that already

post #195 of 636
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there's a separate thread for that already

Oops...my bad.  Just saw other thread.


Edited by Spyro - 1/6/14 at 6:28pm
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