Excerpt: You’ll need an hour to determine the best tips for fit and comfort, from the ones provided with your new $400 Westone 3 premium audiophile-quality in-ear headphones. Add a couple of hours for testing different equalizer settings with your favorite genres of music, before choosing a universal equalizer that handles most music most of the time. I’m using “Acoustic” in my iPod, which delivers a pleasurable listening experience.
Westone’s Top-of-the-Line Stage Monitoring Universal IEM: UM3x in Review
20 June 2009
Conclusion: I think I can see and hear why these weren’t designed for personal listening. Although there’s nothing I can pick out that’s technically ‘wrong’ with them – they are simply too laid back and polite for my liking. But since I wasn’t part of the professional market that the UM3X was geared towards, it’s no real surprise that I wasn’t keen on the sound.
Pros: Excellent instrument separation, Non-fatiguing treble, Durable cable, Very comfortable, Great carrying case, Smooth and mellow presentation
Cons: Treble lacks sparkle and energy, Small soundstage, Distance to Y-splitter could be longer, Vocals can occasionally be too intrusive
Summary: Westone's long awaited 3-series earphones deliver as promised, uncompromised sound quality, and they effectively set a new standard for high end in-ears. Compared to the old UM2s these new 3s are light years ahead in terms of sound quality. If you seriously want to spoil your ears and demand a portable solution the Westone 3s are a good choice.
Pros: Amazing sound quality, Nice selection of tips, Superb sound stage, Punchy lows, Extremely articulate midrange, Good design of the earpieces, One of the best cable solutions around, Comfortable to wear even over an extended period of time