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i thought he was talking about reshelling

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Edited by davidcotton - 9/9/13 at 9:06am
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Originally Posted by zaphod373 View Post
 

i thought he was talking about reshelling

 

I am talking about reshelling.  However there are options, you can have extra drivers added during the reshelling e.g. my westone 3's have 3 drivers (hence the name) but when I have them reshelled I could opt to have an extra driver inserted at a premium.

 

The price difference between extra driver and not:

 

Reshell inc ear mould - £225

Reshell, ear mould + 1 driver - £335

 

What I dont know is what will happen to the sound and its a lot of money for the gamble.  I'm leaning toward not bothering with the extra driver.

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I am talking about reshelling.  However there are options, you can have extra drivers added during the reshelling e.g. my westone 3's have 3 drivers (hence the name) but when I have them reshelled I could opt to have an extra driver inserted at a premium.

 

The price difference between extra driver and not:

 

Reshell inc ear mould - £225

Reshell, ear mould + 1 driver - £335

 

What I dont know is what will happen to the sound and its a lot of money for the gamble.  I'm leaning toward not bothering with the extra driver.

 

There's a big difference between UM UK and International, I just sent an email asking what's the deal about prices and what differences are. 

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How much difference?  Are you saying it'd be a lot cheaper to send my phones to US along with my ear mould (is that the correct spelling?)?

 

There'd be a import and tax duty which aint cheap plus warranty would be out of the window.

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Originally Posted by zaphod373 View Post
 

i thought he was talking about reshelling

oops, this was meant for squallkiercosa

post #22 of 39
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Originally Posted by frustin View Post
 

 

I am talking about reshelling.  However there are options, you can have extra drivers added during the reshelling e.g. my westone 3's have 3 drivers (hence the name) but when I have them reshelled I could opt to have an extra driver inserted at a premium.

 

The price difference between extra driver and not:

 

Reshell inc ear mould - £225

Reshell, ear mould + 1 driver - £335

 

What I dont know is what will happen to the sound and its a lot of money for the gamble.  I'm leaning toward not bothering with the extra driver.

ok, a free option is out of the question. Go ahead with the gamble its your money, all the best

post #23 of 39
It would be awesome if you do the additional driver and write about it on this thread :-) then we will all learn from your daringness!
post #24 of 39
No, for the money....for the type of music....for the bass...for the great Westone quality and cable...I don't think you can do any better than the W3. The Sonys would be a downgrade.
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i cant really sell them they're rattling in one ear.  I've investigated reshelling is my most likely route.

just keep them, if you say you cant hear the rattle when wearing them, what's the problem?

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No, for the money....for the type of music....for the bass...for the great Westone quality and cable...I don't think you can do any better than the W3. The Sonys would be a downgrade.

apparently you cant do better than what you have

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No, for the money....for the type of music....for the bass...for the great Westone quality and cable...I don't think you can do any better than the W3. The Sonys would be a downgrade.

hi, spyro, will you kindly explain why you state, "the sony's would be a downgrade" cheers

post #28 of 39

I have not had all the Sonys but they all seem to have a common characteristic of hot or siblant treble which is quite fatiguing.  W3 is legendary.  First ever 3 way crossover universal IEM.  BIG full sound, can't make it distort at any volume, great detail top to bottom, big soundstage....very little to complain about with that type of music.   Was my favorite IEM for years. But for jazz I prefer the SE535 ever since the STAR tips came out.

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Originally Posted by Spyro View Post
 

I have not had all the Sonys but they all seem to have a common characteristic of hot or siblant treble which is quite fatiguing.  W3 is legendary.  First ever 3 way crossover universal IEM.  BIG full sound, can't make it distort at any volume, great detail top to bottom, big soundstage....very little to complain about with that type of music.   Was my favorite IEM for years. But for jazz I prefer the SE535 ever since the STAR tips came out.

hi, edit,  i do not hear any unwanted sibilance on either of my xba's, so I have to disagree on that point. If a singer creates sibilance and the engineer leaves it in the recording I want to hear it, if it is not reproduced then the phone has some degree of high end roll off, has been removed,  or transducer is incapable of reaching the higher frequencies. The xba's are the most accurate, well balanced, flat response, clinical earphone I have used, which really impresses me, as my favourite headphone is a planer. I have plenty of warm fun earphones but I particularly like cold, accuracy, cheers


Edited by zaphod373 - 9/13/13 at 12:17pm
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I'm about to get my W3's re-shelled.  Not going with the extra driver having read this...

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/672384/westone-3-re-shell-upgrade-by-unique-melody#post_9817350

 

Thought about UM Merlin but way outside what I want to pay.

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