Westone 3 re-shell + upgrade by Unique Melody
Jul 14, 2013 at 9:36 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 3


Sep 22, 2012
Hey guys, just wondering if any of you own or have tried the W3x4/6/8 variants by UM, I'm currently in the market for a custom and was wondering if it was worth my time to get a W3 re-shelled and upgraded. I'm quite sensitive to sibilance and find the W3's unbearable unless I'm using the comply tips. Any suggestions are very welcome.
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Sep 19, 2013 at 10:58 AM Post #2 of 3
Hi, I think my answer is too late, but I had the w3x4 and I can say that personally, I did not enjoy them at all. The w3's beautiful V-shape for that energetic punch disappeared and became more neutral towards a w4, however still with a fairly bright sound. Less bass and less treble sparkle. Although the mids on the w3x4 have definitely improved in clarity. I think if you go with quads (w3x4), the w3's sound signature is lost. I think that if you like the w3 sound, just get them re-shelled and make them look beautiful but keeping the original sound signature. I am sure the extra isolation will improve sound quality by a bit since customs will create the perfect seal and fit. I have not heard the w3x6 or x8, so I can't give you much information on that, sorry.

However if you are considering on getting w3x6 or higher, then I would recommend to get the UM Merlins instead, if you can afford them. If you like the deep bass, then the Merlins are the best pick. I honestly don't think it is worth it to get any upgrade on the w3.
My w3 has been tamed. I am curious to know what you had decided to do!
Sep 24, 2013 at 12:11 AM Post #3 of 3

Haha yeah, I actually sold my W3's and a few others to fund for the Heir 4.ai. Not sure why but I'm in the mood for a more neutral sounding IEM as my universals, planning to go for a bassier and "fun" custom in the future to complement. Thanks for the input and help! Appreciate it.


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