Westone W40 vs 4R.... worth the extra 130USD?
Oct 31, 2013 at 9:51 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 21


100+ Head-Fier
Oct 13, 2013
Hello all,
Does the new model worth the extra 130USD? 500$ total.
Anyone had early compares?
Oct 31, 2013 at 10:18 AM Post #2 of 21
No it's not.  Actually the pricing is kind of backwards.  The W4R seems to have a better material housing and an outstanding well-proven EPIC cable where the new style cable has been average at best across the industry.  Sound is the same between the two according to Westone.
Oct 31, 2013 at 10:38 AM Post #3 of 21
This is almost what I thought too (reading posts here about the 4R) but I got into thoughts when I read the comments below:
"The W10-20-30-40 took a more linear, more monitoring like approach when compared to the old Westone W series. We all remember how much of a bassy IEM the W3 was. The new line up sort of took the previous generation W4 character and created a whole new line up based on that sound signature. The W40 itself felt more lively, spacious and dynamic — that was the pitfall of the W4 — when compared to the W4. The faceplates are now removable too, so you can use a combination of red-blue-black like on the picture."
But I think you are right!
EDIT: spelling :)
Oct 31, 2013 at 11:17 AM Post #4 of 21
For what it's worth, I contacted them regarding the difference between the W10 and W1 and they said this:
" Their drivers will be configured the same, the changes are mostly cosmetic."
Not sure if this applies to the other models.
Oct 31, 2013 at 12:11 PM Post #5 of 21
the w4r imo as far as cosmetic are better than the w40, the w40 use the mmcx connector, the w4r use the 2 pin connectors...sound is the same per westone. so imo it would be a waste of money if you go with the w40 thats just my opinion.
Oct 31, 2013 at 8:34 PM Post #6 of 21
Thanks a lot for your help.
You have me some money!
Nov 4, 2013 at 3:03 PM Post #9 of 21
From what I heard the drivers are set up in a different way, I just asked them to be sure. I don´t think there is a big difference anyway.
Nov 4, 2013 at 6:28 PM Post #12 of 21
/disables sarcasm

you know you wanna rock those face plates
 i'll accept you either way.
Jan 7, 2014 at 9:04 PM Post #15 of 21
Something I feel I should contribute briefly: I had monstrous problems with the tube connecting the earpiece with the rest of the earphone snapping off or otherwise becoming damaged. This new series seems to do it better. Just a thought.

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