Originally Posted by ubercaffeinated
Eh, I'd take his comment with a grain of salt. I've noticed a lot of criticism coming from people who are biased one way or another. This thread is supposed to be about the W50 and W60, and it is definitely not a place to be putting down the company itself based on speculation however much it is his professional opinion, because it has nothing to do with how the W50 and W60 performs.
But since innovation was brought up, IMO Westone hasn't stopped innovating since 2011. Since then, they've come out with two new sets of IEM tips that are well regarded here and was sorely needed on the scene (how many SE846 users are using the Star tips?). Also they revamped their entire line of professional and personal universal IEMs. And really, what does it mean to call something "just an upgrade from the W4". Are we really forgetting how insanely good the W4 is to begin with? Finally, it's pretty thoughtless to say that Westone's response to the SE846 was merely a cosmetic user changeable faceplate - unless I am mistaken, the SE846 still only has 4 drivers... which was done first by Westone back in... 2011. Sure, you can change the filters of the SE846 all you want, but it still won't give you two extra drivers on each side.
But I'll stop there, because I know the SE846 is great from what I've read, but I don't own it and haven't heard it, so I can't comment on it. What I can say is that I know for a fact the W60 is good, and I'm pretty sure Spyro, who has heard both and has great ears when it comes to these things, is saying that both are good as well, albeit in different ways.
I feel that Westone decided to stick to their guns and keep their house sound which they are known for, and improve on it. None of that, "let's try to please everyone with different filters" approach. They are catering to their fans in that respect and if they had changed it, I would have returned the W60 on the spot. I agree, the user changeable faceplates are gimmicky, but I'm here for the sound and it is solid. The build of the IEM is great as well. I also appreciate the fact they kept the braided EPIC cables, but did away with the wire guided plastic that was on the W4R - that shows they listed to feedback from their fans. I personally think Westone should have made the W60 only, and priced the thing to undercut the SE846, and skipped the W50 all together. That way consumers would have an interesting breakdown of price points for Westone, Shure, and JH, instead of this artificial price point of $1k (that I blame the k3003 for). But flagships are flagships, and people go with one or the other based on the sound signature they like. If you don't agree with the sound, thats fine, but it doesn't mean the IEM is ****ty or the company is destined for mediocrity.
And if you haven't heard the IEM at all, I'm pretty sure you aren't supposed to be posting inflammatory comments regarding it, let alone the company, based on your perception of what other people have written. Sorry for the ramble, but acquisition or not, I don't see doom and gloom for Westone any time soon. I hope I haven't offended anyone, especially not Spook76.