WOW, just grabbed a Westone 4R for U$299 at earphonesolutions..
It's been a while since I last visited Head-fi, but I guess I snapped a pretty good deal, right?
i second that. and even if they arent sonically the same, i DO NOT like the MMX connector, i dont like the design of the Housing, i dont like the cable. so IMO even if the w40 is better than the w4r, the w4r still wins in my book. i cant believe they went with a mmx connector i Fing hate that connector.
Hmmm...I thought the recessed socket design of the 2 pin connection resolved the issue with bending pins. The W4R does have recessed sockets. I remember there was an issue with non recessed sockets being used but it was still rare and I haven't heard anything about pins bending with an iem that has a recessed sockets. Shure have implemented the mmxc connectors and people have been having issues with sound cutting out due to the connection. Same thing with the UE900 and it is more common.
so they phased the w4/r out for no reason, seem to have given it a more crappy housing design, used that awsome mmcx connector that has proven to give many problems to the 535 and ue 900, but managed to change nothing of the tonality.....why should i go with the W40 again, oh thats right, i shouldnt.
If the W4R and W40 sound the same, then the W4R at $299 is a no brainer unless you want a cable with iphone controls. However, the W40 will retail for $499 so I think it would be better to wait for a sale if your heart is set on the W40 for some reason.