Summary: These with my Cowon J3 playing FLAC is just amazing. I wanted a simple portable setup and this is it.
After experimenting with tips I settled on the Shure Olives. The complys were killing the treble and fell off easily.
Summary: I first heard of Westone when standing in line for the iPhone 4. A guy in line had a pair of Westone 3's and let a few people try them. I was blown away, could not believe they were that much better than the BOSE IE I was currently using.
Pros: Customizable fit, good seal, great audio range
Summary: I've never been an in-ear headphone fan. Most of what I've heard hasn't had the separation in space and imaging that I enjoy in open airs so much. I got these this month after seeing some of the deal discussion threads along with a couple other headphones.
Pros: Energetic and engaging sound. Comfortable.
Cons: Cable routing up over the ears seems strange at first.
Summary: I don't like to buy headphones solely based on people's recommendations without auditioning them first, but the reality is, you often have to because you just don't have the opportunity to audition exactly the models you are interested in due to where you live.
Pros: Very comfortable, great cable, slick design
Cons: Bass is way too boomy/muddy, upp-mids too bright, treble a bit recessed
Summary: I agree with the other reviews: outstanding mids, clarity & separation; slightly emphasized bass that's tight & accurate. There isn't anything to say that hasn't already been said on that front.
These were not 'all that and a bag of chips' to my ears.
Pros: Mids, bass, separation.
Cons: Price. Mids are very emphasized... only a con from a listener's perspective.
Summary: These things kick ass. I can't find much words to describe them, other than real. All the instruments sound incredibly real. I'm currently rocking out to coldplay on them through my iPhone 4 and a Fiio E7. They're truly incredible.
Summary: Got these on Amazon for $285.00 while there was a deal going on.
These IEM's are great. They have a healthy amount of bass but its still more or less detailed. The mids are very nice to listen to, and the highs are very separated and detailed.
The lower end sounds a lot like my HD650's.
Pros: Perfeclty balanced sound signiture for MY tastes
Cons: The low end lacks a bit of detail, its nice and punchy -- very enjoyable
Summary: Westone UM3X mini-review
You might say I’ve been on a quest of sorts. I’ve tried many mid and top tier universals, searching for something I can be content with for the long haul; something I can use on my daily commute that’s not only satisfying aurally but also in build and fit, with a pleasing...
Pros: Wonderful intimate vocals; layering and separation
Summary: My setup for this review is Foobar2000 + WASAPI Event Out -> HRT MicroStreamer -> UM3X RC with Moon Audio Silver Dragon
I traded for the UM3X about two weeks ago and I haven't used another IEM since.
Currently listening to Classic Sinatra II in FLAC.
Pros: Great timber, detailed and neutral mids, best separation of any IEM I've heard; very textured, well-imaged, three-dimensional sound
Cons: Soundstage not as big as TF10, SM3, etc. A bit dark and thick with stock cable