Originally Posted by jbr1971
I tried the different supplied tips, as well as a few different sets of old Shure tips I had packed away in a box from 8 or 9 years ago.
So far no luck. I traded the exaggerated mids of the Cardas' for the somewhat exaggerated lows (for my ears) of the Westones. The W50's don't seem to me to live up to the balanced sound that was advertised in many places (at least what I consider balanced).
I just ordered a pair of Grado GR10's & will be A/B'ing the 2 pairs this weekend to see which ones get to stay.
Hi jbr1971, do update/share the changes (if any) after your burn in on the W50 as I'm considering between the W50 and W60.
My W60 First Impressions
Just went down to audition the W60 and immediately noticed more of the mids and highs along with the powerful and a tad cleaner lows compared to the W50. The bass has a tight and agile feel to it as well. It's basically the W40's clean and tight bass with bigger quantity.
Noticed how well defined the snare drums can get, which basically surpassed both the W50 and um 50 pro. By define i mean whenever a drummer slams the drumsticks onto the snare drums, the drumsticks would re-bounce and re-hit the snare drum a couple of times (due to the law of physics) with each hit having lesser impact/softer till the sticks eventually rests on the snare drums or the drummer retrieves it. These noises caused by the "re-bounce(s)" aren't really present in the W50 and the um 50 pro making it sound as if a gust of wind is "swoooshing" everytime the drummer slams the drum on the snare drum (similar to a motion blur effect), while in the W60, these subtle nuances are really present and can be obviously heard. This is the song which i played during my audition, which i compared between the W60, W50 and um 50 pro:
(Snare drums starts to kick in at 1:52 of the track)
The W60 (personal opinion) is the middlemen of the W50 and UM 50 PRO.
- Wider Soundstage (compared to the um 50 pro)
- Cleaner and Tighter bass by a small margin a.k.a W40 quality (compared to the W50)
- Beautiful Buttery Violin Moans (more than the W50 but slightly lesser than the um 50 pro). This should basically mean that the mids and highs are much more thicker than the W50. It also helps to boost the overall musicality of the song, though i still feel that the um 50 pro has the best musicality experience. (hate the enclosed sound stage of the um50pro though)
- Sounds more musical thanks to the more present mids and highs (compared to the w50, the um 50 pro still feels the most musical of the bunch though as the mids and highs are not only present, their much more forward sounding. I'm guessing if the um 50 pro had a slightly more open soundstage the mids and highs will be equivalent to the W60's)
Also for the um 50 pro, i have to agree with the others that their slightly more open sounding than the um 30 pro, especially when I listened to the song above. The singer was basically centered and in my head, while the other instruments were surrounding just right outside of my head. Did enjoyed the muscality of it but I'm not sure if i would regret like what i did when i first bought my um 30 pro a year ago due to the in-your-head kindda feel which made me feel a little claustrophobic. (Couldn't resist that clean sound signature though, guess i bought on impulse)
Edited by Kepller - 5/21/14 at 11:58am