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Shure SE215 or Westone W3?

post #1 of 12
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http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_42869_Westone-3-W3-Professional-Triple-Driver-In-Ear-Headphones-Earphones.html

The Westone W3 are on for a decent deal for around $240 shipped to Canada (with black friday discount).

 

or I could get the Shure SE215 from varies places in Canada for $99.99

 

Currently I have the S4 and looking for more SQ and just a better overall experience. I am a high school student and ride the bus, so lots of isolation would be nice. I nice clean and tight bass. The Klipsch S4 are ok but the bass is a bit muddy and the clarity isn't that great.

 

I may wait until black friday to get the Westones for under $200 if they go on sale.

 

My question is should I fork out another $140 for a marginal better quality or just get the SE215 which are easier to get and are a lot cheaper.

post #2 of 12

Personally I would say the W3 are a lot better. They're a former flagship item vs the entry/mid level SE215's. The 215's are a good value with good durability and isolation. The 215's have good bass/mids and really rolled off top end. The W3 are V shaped with a lot of treble energy and bass, especially midbass. The W3 are durable and isolate almost as well. Mids on the W3 are lacking a bit.

post #3 of 12

Whatever you do DO NOT BUY THE SE215. They have amazing sound quality, however, their durability is horrific. I am currently on my fourth pair through warranty, they break with light use. Please do not buy them. 

post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by danquoc View Post
 

Whatever you do DO NOT BUY THE SE215. They have amazing sound quality, however, their durability is horrific. I am currently on my fourth pair through warranty, they break with light use. Please do not buy them. 

 

Seriously? You must have really bad luck or you don't treat your IEMS well.

post #5 of 12

Nope, I treat them really well. The left ear always cuts out. The longest I've had a pair for was 6 months, shortest, under a month. Worst build quality.

post #6 of 12

It's not really a common complaint so I don't know why you've had problems. I brought mine to the gym several times a week and never had an issue. I'm wondering if it was a problem with the connector which was a problem with early batches. Pretty sure it was fixed a long time ago though.


Edited by Zalithian - 11/7/13 at 11:11pm
post #7 of 12

Both has a bad treble. W3 is more interesting with better soundstage. W3 can playe hard and fast music (e.g. hardcore, speed metal), while se215 can't. W3 is little more comfortable, SE215 sounds good only with foam tips (olives). I like both.

post #8 of 12

W3 all the way...imo the klipsch s4 were horrible sound quality

post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Mooses9 View Post
 

W3 all the way...imo the klipsch s4 were horrible sound quality

worth the extra $140?

post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by tehsprayer View Post
 

worth the extra $140?

are you saying the w3 are 140 over the s4? or 215? 

post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Mooses9 View Post
 

are you saying the w3 are 140 over the s4? or 215? 

$140 over the 215.

post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by tehsprayer View Post
 

$140 over the 215.

IMO Yes its worth it. but if i was you i would read up on the reviews of both iems and then come to your conclusion that way, its subjective reviews are one persons best iem is the next person worse. so you kinda have to make your own judgements

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