New guy post...Finally :)
Been a long time lurker on here, but finally decided to make an account and rant/inquire about higher end IEM's.
So, I always used a Bose QC15 when out and about because of the noise cancellation and decent sound quality, although as most of you know it's not that great when it comes to that. So I looked at IEM's and after reading for hours on these forums, I decided to pick up the Westone UM Pro 30, which is essentially the same was the UM3X. For £310, I expected to be blown away.
With my home cans being either the Philips Fidelio X1 or V Moda M100, I'm not stranger to mid-fi to top tier mid-fi sound. I especially like the X1 for its detail, bass and overall warm sound signature. It's a really nice headphone which I can listen to for hours.
Anyway, having picked the best tips for my brand new and expensive as hell Westones (True Fit foams) I gave them a listen out of my PC with the Fiio E17 and later the E6. I was disappointed. The clarity just wasn't there when compared to even my Beyer DT770. Bass doesn't seem to extend very deep. The highs are slightly veiled even when using the silicone tips (and I'm used to slightly veiled highs from the X1). The mids were nice, but I don't really spend £300 for good mids. I am sure I have a good fit before you ask and I do not believe the fit to be a problem for me. They are comfortable and isolate well, the only problem is the sound itself, which isn't bad, but I would compare it to sound that a £100-£150 can would offer. This is even more strange when my Fidelio X1 cost me £150 and are as good as the HD 650...
My question is this: Should I expect comparable sound quality from a higher end IEM to a headphone, or should I face the fact that an IEM will never be as good as a headphone and stick with the Westones? Also, should I burn in the BA drivers? Because from what I heard, BA doesn't burn in.
Sorry if this sounded like a rant for my first post but I am a little disappointed.