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  1. fredman22

    Westone 3 Replacements

    Just an update post after a long absence. After 4 years of hard, nearly-everyday (and trouble-free) use - My W3s cable failed, first just beyond the strain relief at the plug, then after a frankenstein-solder repair similar failures at each earpiece - first the left which I also repaired but...
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    Life-span of well built earphones

    I've managed to keep the same IEMs for over 8 years (the 1st four with UM2s and the last four with W3) and simply remaining conscious of them during use has kept them in one piece. Plus a few rules like NEVER put them in your jeans pockets, etc.  Whenever I am on the go with my portable music...
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    How would you rate the Sony MZ-R 909 MD

    At this late stage I would only be interested in HiMD capable players (Atrac3+). The 909 is an MDLP player (MZ-R), meaning it only supports Atrac3 or SP, LP, and LP2 speeds. It will not support 1GB discs. MDLP players still have excellent sound - and they're gapless - but IMO A3+ was a big leap...
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    What Format is Your Music?

    My source preference is CD (no downloads), but the majority of listening is via my portables: Atrac3+ HiSP/352kbps for the Atrac stuff & AAC350VBR for the flash player. Any files maintained on my PC are (generally) temporary.
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    I have my hands ON the Sony X1000 Walkman - Impressions / Discussions

    Quote: Originally Posted by FortisFlyer75 Thanks i will try this, i use dbpower amp (registered also) to rip my tracks, i take it this is before a cd is ripped or can this be done once an album is on the X? In between actually. Once both discs are ripped to your drive move all...
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    I have my hands ON the Sony X1000 Walkman - Impressions / Discussions

    Quote: Originally Posted by FortisFlyer75 Plus also when i get a greatest hits over 2 discs they show as seperate albums in the artist/ album folders when transferred to the X, how can i get them both to malgimate into the same album instead of having the two? This is even after i have...
  11. fredman22

    Is IE8 really a $400?

    Quote: Originally Posted by scytheavatar I am talking about the Westone 3 and UM3X. The Westone 3 I do like a lot, but still I think that it isn't that much better than the UM2 than what some make it out to be. But it's certainly a nice IEM, just that it's questionable if it's worth...
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    REVIEW: WESTONE 3, the ULTIMATE UNIVERSAL IEM vs everything else

    Quote: Originally Posted by outlandos Thanks! So comfort wise they are about the same.. Then i should look to SQ and soundstage: i prefer fun sound over super balanced sound, so i guess the W3's will fit that bill the best? Tough call. W3s are a tough recommend from me because...
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    REVIEW: WESTONE 3, the ULTIMATE UNIVERSAL IEM vs everything else

    Quote: Originally Posted by outlandos I already got 5 pairs of Shure olives, so the question remaining is: Um3x or W3.. I am not going to buy custom made earbuds. I dont really mind the SQ, both should be great, but I do mind the comfort! Will the Shure Olives seal perfectly on the...
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    Help me replace my Sony e507 with similar SQ..

    I've got the E507 & E005 (2GB) flash players. The E507 is the closest I've heard to the warmer sound of Sony's HiMD - even closer than the A1300 8GB HDD player. My present A829 is pretty good (using AAC300 or better) and at AAC350 it's a rough equivalent (to my ears, anyway) to ATRAC3+ 352kbps...
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    Help! Any MiniDisc experts here?

    Quote: Originally Posted by flibottf Impossible the erase any data on magneto-optic disc without heating it to the curie point. (check the subject on wikipedia, pretty interesting!) So I would rule out any interference erasing the disc. I would believe it's a faulty machine, or if it...
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    REVIEW: WESTONE 3, the ULTIMATE UNIVERSAL IEM vs everything else

    Quote: Originally Posted by Spyro It's probably been said at least once in one of these 94 pages but just another mention that any excess bass provided by EQ really screws up this entire IEM's sound presentation. If you keep the bass to a minimum (which actually may take some getting...
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    I should hammer it out Westone 3 & TF 10 PRO

    Quote: Originally Posted by Spyro Okay, then the fit is wrong because I know what I am hearing. Again, I owned them for two months and tried many fit variations. This would be the first IEM I have ever experienced where I was not able to get a proper fit and that is not a good thing...
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    SQ: Minidisc player > NWZ-A82x ?

    Quote: Originally Posted by R3SET The music used was indeed PCM-WAV, the same file i recorded to my minidisc using optical cable, without using LP2 or LP4 (I never use them). When i don't record using the LP2 or LP4 mode, the minidisc still compresses the file to ATRAC...
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    Um2 Stage monitors?

    Quote: Originally Posted by Saigon I would say W3 is better in every other aspect other than vocals and guitars. The midrange in W3 sounds more clean but also weaker in comparison to UM2. I have no idea what is needed in stage listening, but if resolution and soundstage is important...
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    Loose adjuster on Westone UM series

    Sorry, no help. The first thing I did upon receiving my UM2s (and now W3s) was to remove that nuisance and simply wear them normally in front, without issues - my main reason being to obtain as much slack from the 'Y' lengths as possible. My older UM2 came with the simple clear plastic sleeve &...
  21. fredman22

    REVIEW: WESTONE 3, the ULTIMATE UNIVERSAL IEM vs everything else

    Quote: Originally Posted by forsberg Try not pushing the tips into the tip all the way in. I have mine with about 2mm spacing left, and insert the tip into my ear just enough so it seals. I can wear mine at work for a whole day without taking them off, and barely feel anything...
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    REVIEW: WESTONE 3, the ULTIMATE UNIVERSAL IEM vs everything else

    Quote: Originally Posted by Flavio T I noticed vocals are quite louder with my UM2 than with the Westone 3, however I haven't decided if that means better. One thing I think the UM2s are better is that for real long hours of listening, I found my UM2s to be less fatiguing than my...
  23. fredman22

    Shure SE530 - change earbuds

    Quote: Originally Posted by MythNoob theres a very long and very informative thread somewhere that deals with getting them off, find that thread it will solve your problem as it did with me and my 530's. Yeah. It was a big discussion. Essentially it's this: if the tips have the...
  24. fredman22

    Best IEM for 300 bucks?

    Quote: Originally Posted by Young Spade I currently have the super.fi 5s and want an increase in overall SQ. I am going to have 300 bucks to spend online for a good IEM. I listen to all types of music, but mostly new age, acoustic, and rock. Any suggestions? I was looking at the...
  25. fredman22

    Westone 3 Impressions Thread

    Quote: Originally Posted by SierraHotel01 SidCityMeis makes an interesting observation: Double checked: Neither Earphone Solutions nor Westone themselves offer "Westone Gray Silicone Tips" (that seems odd) Earphone Solutions does list the Shure Gray Silicone tips: (link below)...
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