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Hi, new here. Just wanted to say thanks for this site/thread and I, too, am looking forward to anyone reviewing the Westone W30 in depth as well. The other day I was almost able to score a set of Westone 3.. I was even charged for them, but due to some false advertising it was a no go, as the merchant called me and claimed that they never had the Westone 3, but wanted to send me the Westone W30, which I rejected as I was pissed over the bait n switch, but also I'm assuming that the Westone 3 and W30 are not the same, as they were inferring. For rock, metal, rap, pop I require bass and isolation and after tons of research it was down to the Shure 535 or Westone 3. I will be plugging the IEM directly, sans amp, into a Cowon D2+. I'm coming from a pair of old UE Superfi 5 pro's - they were my first ever IEM. I just returned the RHA MA750, as despite the reviews they were quite a step down from the Superfi 5's, which have damaged, hence my search to replace them. So not to rush anyone, but I'd love to read anyone's review of the Westone W30, as I simply can not seem to find a single review anywhere. But great site and thanks for all the help in helping me make a wise choice. I'm trying to spend under $500 and I need bass, isolation, comfort and just all around awesome sound. I'll watch the thread ;)


Depending on what damage has been done to your superfi 5's it may be possible to get them reshelled into customs.  Also what was the site that you were trying to order the westone 3's from.

post #572 of 625
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Originally Posted by T.R.A.N.C.E. View Post
 

^ 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

post #573 of 625

If you want bass...the 535LTD is light on it.  The W3 and SE215 have more.  You might seriously look into a dynamic driver IEM for bass.  I bet you could find one in your budget.  

post #574 of 625
The SE215 have pretty distinguishable muddy bass and the vocals are veiled as compared to the w3. I very much prefer the um3x over the w3.

Also, the IM-70 is pretty good for the price ATH ask for.
YMMV.
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post #575 of 625
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If you want bass...the 535LTD is light on it.  The W3 and SE215 have more.  You might seriously look into a dynamic driver IEM for bass.  I bet you could find one in your budget.  

The Shure SE846 is Balanced Armature and does bass extremely good. Dynamic drivers doesn't necessary mean better imo.

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My response included his budget as a key consideration.    As I am sure  you noticed, I have the 846 and the W60.  

post #577 of 625
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My response included his budget as a key consideration.    As I am sure  you noticed, I have the 846 and the W60.  

I'm not recommending the Shure SE846 since it's out of budget. I'm just saying that Balanced Armatures can produce excellent bass (which the Shure SE846 demonstrates), sometimes even better than dynamic drivers.


Edited by ubs28 - 8/16/14 at 11:09am
post #578 of 625

Gotcha.  Agree TOTL BA IEMS can do very well.

post #579 of 625
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Gotcha.  Agree TOTL BA IEMS can do very well.

And they do it with top notch isolation - definitely a consideration.

post #580 of 625
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Originally Posted by T.R.A.N.C.E. View Post
 

^ 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

Agree 100%.  It's an outstanding IEM.

 

I'm one who prefers BA bass to dynamic bass.  Tighter, more detailed.   Sometimes dynamic bass can sound loose and sloppy and/or slow.

post #581 of 625
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Agree 100%.  It's an outstanding IEM.

 

I'm one who prefers BA bass to dynamic bass.  Tighter, more detailed.   Sometimes dynamic bass can sound loose and sloppy and/or slow.


You need to hear Altone 200 (if you get a pair with non-faulty wiring lol!!!).  Vivid upper mids/treble courtesy of dual BA drivers, and deep sub-bass texture with a massive low end slam, thanks to it's dynamic driver.  The best of both worlds in one compact hybrid package ;)

 

W40 is smooth and laid back, just sit back and enjoy!!!  Altone 200 on the other hand will keep you on the edge of your seat.

 

I need to check out W30, or maybe UM Pro 30?

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I'll leave a quick review of the W30 this coming weekend. It should be here by Thursday and Friday I'll be going out street skating and am looking forward to checking out the isolation (among other things obviously). When I was skating in the Superfi 5's I could not hear a damn thing around me; not the traffic or my board, which is relatively loud rolling on the street. Also, at least into the Cowon D2+ the Superfi's did not need to have the volume very high to be loud. The RHAma750's I just returned had to be turned up to 33 for the same album where the Superfi's only had to go up to 13 for that same album. Wonder how much power the W30 will need. Anyway..

post #583 of 625

^ Use the foam tips on the W30 for best isolation, and be aware that the sound will improve with some burn in time.

post #584 of 625
My Westone W30 arrived in my office earlier than me. Next week as holidays end and i get back to work i will be able to post a comparison vs Westone 3, UM3x, SE535 and TDK BA200 which are the iems that i own or have owned.


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post #585 of 625
So i got back to office and unpacking the W30 has been a great way to kick off this season.

Upon a first look i'd say that the packaging is so much better than it was on the old series and the nozzle is a tad longer which has been a nice suprise since i preferred the lenght of the nozzle of the UM series.

The feel in hand, the isolation and comfort are a step forward. Superb i dare say. And the cable with remote works great not only with the iPhone but woth my old trusty iPod Classic.

I won't comment on sound till i have spinned a few well known albums. For the moment all i can say is that they do not sound identical to the W3. That's for sure.
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