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Westone W40 vs 4R.... worth the extra 130USD?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

Hello all,

 

Does the new model worth the extra 130USD? 500$ total.

Anyone had early compares?

 

Best

T

post #2 of 21

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.

post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 

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."

http://www.headfonia.com/tokyo-headphone-festival-2013-autumn/9/

 

But I think you are right!

 

EDIT: spelling :)

post #4 of 21

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.

post #5 of 21

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.

post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks a lot for your help.
You have me some money!
T
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by Varoudis View Post

Thanks a lot for your help.
You have me some money!
T

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.

post #8 of 21
But the w40 has removable faceplates. Swag.
post #9 of 21

From what I heard the drivers are set up in a different way, I just asked them to be sure. I don´t think there is a big difference anyway.

post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by Zalithian View Post

But the w40 has removable faceplates. Swag.

No....
post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by Mooses9 View Post


No....


/disables sarcasm

post #12 of 21
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/disables sarcasm

you know you wanna rock those face plates;) i'll accept you either way.

post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by Mooses9 View Post
 

you know you wanna rock those face plates;) i'll accept you either way.

 

I don't need to. I already got them beats. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #14 of 21

The 4R doesn't come with an Apple compatible cable and remote, as far as I know. The W40 does. That's a $100 difference right there, for my usage habits.

post #15 of 21

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.

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