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 :)
For what it's worth, I contacted them regarding the difference between the W10 and W1 and they said this:
" Their drivers will be configured the same, the changes are mostly cosmetic."
Not sure if this applies to the other models.
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.
Something I feel I should contribute briefly: I had monstrous problems with the tube connecting the earpiece with the rest of the earphone snapping off or otherwise becoming damaged. This new series seems to do it better. Just a thought.