Would you die if you responded to my question above since you are an owner... I am confused why these are called monitoring headphones. Aren't monitoring headphones supposed to be neutral so people can hear as exactly as what the audience is hearing? I would have thought w was for the average user but seems like it is vice Versa.
I am now really confused want to decide between w40-50 and um50. I am just an average user and wanna have the best clarity, soundstage, and nice bass since I mostly listen to house and electronic. God... Someone please reply. There is not a single store in Bay Area stocking any westone.
The w series are targeted towards the general consumer while the um series are geared towards stage monitoring.
I'd suggest that you find a shop with them in stock to try them out.