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Westone 3's died, what next

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I've been pleased with my Westone 3's have met a sad demise, some how one if the shells got cracked badly. Time to put that pain behind me and replace them. What should I be looking at for around the same money. I run with my Samsung Galaxy S5 and Fiio E18 DAC/amp and something with decent articulate bass would be great. More warm an natural than analytical. Let's say $500 is my upper limit right now.

Scott
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I've been pleased with my Westone 3's have met a sad demise, some how one if the shells got cracked badly. Time to put that pain behind me and replace them. What should I be looking at for around the same money. I run with my Samsung Galaxy S5 and Fiio E18 DAC/amp and something with decent articulate bass would be great. More warm an natural than analytical. Let's say $500 is my upper limit right now.

Scott

While I understand you are going to replace these - you might still write Westone and humbly tell them of your mistake in breaking them, your great understanding of the fact that this is NOT under warranty and see if they will offer you a pair of UW30 for $200.... (or whatever the OW replacement cost is)

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I've been pleased with my Westone 3's have met a sad demise, some how one if the shells got cracked badly. Time to put that pain behind me and replace them. What should I be looking at for around the same money. I run with my Samsung Galaxy S5 and Fiio E18 DAC/amp and something with decent articulate bass would be great. More warm an natural than analytical. Let's say $500 is my upper limit right now.

Scott


Or if it's just the shell's that are cracked you could send them into somewhere like inearz for a custom reshell.  $95 for the reshell + $35 odd at last count, and $$ for impressions should see you well under your $500 budget right now.

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While I understand you are going to replace these - you might still write Westone and humbly tell them of your mistake in breaking them, your great understanding of the fact that this is NOT under warranty and see if they will offer you a pair of UW30 for $200.... (or whatever the OW replacement cost is)

 

Hmm I may try that, can't hurt anything. I still entertain other options if this doesn't work. Thanks!

 

Scott

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Hmm I may try that, can't hurt anything. I still entertain other options if this doesn't work. Thanks!

 

Scott

Or call instead of write - offer to send in your damaged IEMs - don't hesitate if they ask!

post #6 of 15

Is shell cracked or iem is completely destroyed?
 

post #7 of 15
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Is shell cracked or iem is completely destroyed?
 


The shell is cracked enough to have a small hole in it.


Scott

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The shell is cracked enough to have a small hole in it.


Scott

definitely reshell material - but ti doesn't cost a thing to see if you can get a W30 for a discount....

post #9 of 15

If you like then sound the reshell it and have a ciem.  
Or sell it, I think people will buy it to get reshelled.
 

post #10 of 15
Reshell all the way.

Or go for an EarSonics SM64. Like a W3s older, more articulate, sophisticated brother
post #11 of 15

Reshell 'em.  I love Westone products.  Had many of them.  But if you do want something new, get the UM 30 Pro's.  You won't be disappointed.

post #12 of 15
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How do the UM 30 Pro's compare as far as sound with the W3's?
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I found the w3's a bit sibilant in the treble and slightly colored.  That being said, I preferred the neutrality of the UM3X's.  The um 30 pro's are closer to the UM3X's but cleaner, more present highs and slightly better bass.  Mids were the same IMO.  Hope this helps!

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I found the w3's a bit sibilant in the treble and slightly colored.  That being said, I preferred the neutrality of the UM3X's.  The um 30 pro's are closer to the UM3X's but cleaner, more present highs and slightly better bass.  Mids were the same IMO.  Hope this helps!


Sweet, that's exactly what I was looking for, thanks!

 

Scott

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Sweet, that's exactly what I was looking for, thanks!

Scott

The w30 kicks harder and tighter in the bass. The um 30 is less tight. Presentation are different on both but you won't be disappointed with either.
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