Does the new model worth the extra 130USD? 500$ total.
Anyone had early compares?
No it's not. Actually the pricing is kind of backwards. The W4R seems to have a better material housing and an outstanding well-proven EPIC cable where the new style cable has been average at best across the industry. Sound is the same between the two according to Westone.
This is almost what I thought too (reading posts here about the 4R) but I got into thoughts when I read the comments below:
"The W10-20-30-40 took a more linear, more monitoring like approach when compared to the old Westone W series. We all remember how much of a bassy IEM the W3 was. The new line up sort of took the previous generation W4 character and created a whole new line up based on that sound signature. The W40 itself felt more lively, spacious and dynamic — that was the pitfall of the W4 — when compared to the W4. The faceplates are now removable too, so you can use a combination of red-blue-black like on the picture."
But I think you are right!
EDIT: spelling :)
the w4r imo as far as cosmetic are better than the w40, the w40 use the mmcx connector, the w4r use the 2 pin connectors...sound is the same per westone. so imo it would be a waste of money if you go with the w40 thats just my opinion.
no problem, its just my opinion, but i definitly think a cosmetic change doesnt warrent the extra money. esp if they have the same sound.