Originally Posted by T.R.A.N.C.E.
^ The W30 is the better iem vs the W3. Yes the W3 has a bit more bass and treble than the W30 (very V shaped sound), but the W30 is more balanced and has a more natural timbre. In saying that, the W30 is still not a bass light iem, it is still V shaped like the W3, but pulls it off better with more coherency and fullness. Just so you are aware, the W30 still has more bass than the Super Fi 5. I'm confident you would like the W30. You really can't go wrong between Westone, UE and Shure, I've owned the tripe driver models of all three and they are all on the same level, just slightly different, I personally would be happy with any of them but for your preferences I would recommend the below.
I've also owned the Super Fi 5 pro myself and funnily enough they were my first ever iem also! Any of the triple driver models from those 3 companies is an upgrade, the Super Fi 5 has a dark V shaped sound, so I think the W30 and Triple Fi 10 would both be excellent upgrades for you as they both have darkish V shaped sound. The Westones do have more bass than the UE, and they are also more comfortable and isolate extremely well. I think the W30 is easily your best bet.
Alright Trance, you sold me on that W30 lol. Kinda I was already sold though, as I know I really need to try IEMs out with my own gear/ears to really know. Folks just need to be careful to get from a place that will accept a return if you don't like them (and is an authorized dealer, even if that means you don't save $40-60, but you get the 2-year warranty), but yeah I agree the W30 is probably my best bet for the bass, isol and fit. And they look way cool as long as you use the black covers ;). So imma get it off Amazon in a second, and if they have more bass than the UE Superfi 5 Pro then we should be good. Honestly, I EQed the hell out of the UE into the Cowon D2+, and the UE was definitely on the dark side of sound for sure. I was quite brain-burned into them for a few years, too.
I'll definitely post a review of the W30, for what that's worth anyway, after I've had it for a couple weeks and I'll leave first impressions here almost immediately. Thanks for the responses!
DavidCotton: Hey man. It was through Rakuten and seller was Liberty Health Supply. I found the "deal" by Googling "westone 3 best price" - which I had been doing for a few days actually, when the other day that deal came up for $349 (plus a deal of the day $10 off promo, which brought it to $339). For the few hundred I'm about to spend, I require brand new AND a warranty. Unfortunately, Rakuten et al is not listed as an authorized seller, even though seller claims Westone warranty.. so you know exactly what will happen... it'll break after, like, 35-40 days and no one but me will give a damn lol. To Liberty Health Supply's credit, though; prior to refunding me they offered to send the W30 for the $339 they baited me for the W3, but again, I know Westone won't honor the warranty, so.
Lol, damn my UE Superfi 5's are done man. I was in a longboarding accident and I don't know how it happened exactly, but when I hit the ground (at full speed I might add lol) somehow the right UE ear piece got detached and lost out on the street somewhere and the left one got mangled. I also came home with a bloody hand that night and... yeah they can't be fixed man but thanks lol