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Best IEM $500 usd and under??westone?

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Need yolls help here I live on the camera and gun forums helpin people out. I'm a huge music geek but know next to nothing about earphones. Have had bose qc 3 never was impressed but now want some in ear's that kick ass.

Mainly listen to people like Coldplay, black keys, David gray, fleetwood mac to led zeppelin, the lumineers, one republic, of monsters and men you get the point there's some slower more intimate stuff in there and I wanna feel like I'm there, not a I'm their studio sound but a I'm there Live and they band is absolutely killing it

I have listened to my dads shure 425's did not like nice if I was listening to motZart.. They seemed to be too technical and lack depth not fun.

My main points are soundstage, I love a big sound presence .. I want to feel like I'm front row at Madison square garden live concert where they are killing it and everything sounds amazing ... Bass doesn't have to blow the floor out but needs to be there to the extent that I don't listen to rap but I want to come close to capturing all the right but hard hitting bass of people like the black keys and jack white

Anyway I was looking at westone 3's but I know you guys can give me some recommendations ... I listen from my iphone 5/ whatever new iphone is coming out in the fall. Much appreciated guys!
post #2 of 10
Check out ASG2, ASG2.5. The SE535Ltd is not bad too.
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Nuforce Primo 8

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I would try to get some 4r's from westone. I do not like the MMCX cables at all and have had a bad experience with the locking mechinism failing on the newer Westone and SE-xxx models from shure. The 4r's are basically the W40 but with a better (in my opinion) housing and cable. 

post #5 of 10

Check out the JVC HA-FX850 threads - they made me try it..... what you want seems to fit the description of the JVC's....

post #6 of 10

Looks like you like band music with several instruments going at one time.  I always wondered what iem would have the best separation as it's hard to achieve.  cans do separation well, but I've not experience good separation with iems.

post #7 of 10

My triple-fi 10s have great instrument separation.

 

However, they sound great for music that follows works well with it's V fun sound signature; OP's rock bands would be perfect.


Edited by Infoseeker - 6/8/14 at 12:35am
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Thread Starter 

Awesome thanks for the responses I just got in some westone 3's ... not impressed, seems very mudled, too low and messy on the bass i'm going to send them back to amazon.. So i Will be looking into all your recommendations... Also I was wondering about the difference between the westone 3 and westone 30w .. so i emailed westone here was the response i got...

 

"Hello,
    Thank you for your email. The W30 is an updated version of the W3 not only cosmetically, but sonically as well. The MMCX will allow for a little more options when it comes to replacement cables. The ergonomic design and the way it fits, is still the same. Sonically we have added more neutrality to the sound. The W3 tended to be a little overpowering in the lows, we have smoothed that out. Much more neutrality and balance with the new sound. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Have a great day."
 
 
I may look into these as it seems they have worked on the bass.
 
Thanks again!
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One other key point I'm looking for is durability and customer service as the westone 3's I got are shorting in the right ear, but even when i get it right not impressed with the sound...

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Originally Posted by drebs View Post
 

One other key point I'm looking for is durability and customer service as the westone 3's I got are shorting in the right ear, but even when i get it right not impressed with the sound...

That's interesting - of all the issues members have had with W3s' - reliability has not been a common one. What has been a common thread through the common threads (ouch, that hurt!) is that the W3 are the most tip-dependant IEM known to man - one can hear the W3 one way, and the next guy can hear something totally different....

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