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Do certain headphones pair better with certain smartphones?

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I'm selling my existing setup and looking into buying a new smartphone as well as some mid- high-end IEMs and was wondering if the pairing should be a consideration? I won't be able to carry around a portable DAC with me and will be listening to the IEMs quite a bit, so I want to make sure I make the right purchase. Noise isolation would be a plus..

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As I said in another thread, I think it's more a matter of IEMs that are efficient enough to be driven by the phone, then about any kind of synergy or pairing. Luckily, most IEMs are fairly efficient and low impedance - but that's what I would verify if I knew I wasn't going to carry an amp.

Check out Westone & Shure for comfortable, efficient & good sounding IEMs.
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Thanks, I think I'm probably going to pickup the Westone 4Rs. Any idea on why they're being sold for so much less than the MSRP on multiple sites?

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Are they authorized Westone dealers? I would be careful of offers that appear to be too cheap.
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Earphone Solutions is a well-respected dealer and they have been selling Westone for many years. They have been around a long time and I think I have bought a couple of things from them in the past. I would have no problem buying from them.

It looks like Westone might be changing-up their models - so it might be a good time to pick-up their existing models.
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Thanks BillyBob, appreciate the feedback!
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BillyBob, do you have any idea about the specs of the upcoming Westones?
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