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. (Side note: those threads were dangerous, I almost bought a pair of Audeze LCD2's but now I'm saving for an LCD3s. :))
This is a first blush review of the headphones.
Pros: Energetic and engaging sound. Comfortable.
Cons: Cable routing up over the ears seems strange at first.
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. These preserve all the treble, and if i'm not mistaken, the bass is even punchier. Also, they stick on like crazy. It's really hard to get those tips off. But that's awesome for me as I am an on-the-go student who bikes a lot.
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. Everything is well separated, to the point that it feels about as well-differentiated as my HD598 and DT770 in terms of instruments being presented distinctly from one another and not bleeding into each others' space;...
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
Summary: The best earphones I've ever owned. This is my first IEM's and I'm not going back from this.Previously I had heard the sweet Shure SE530 and the powerful Earsonics SM 3 from a friend,and they came very close but overall they fell short of Westone 3.Despite from individual listening I also used each earphones w3,se530 and sm3 and used it individually in each ear in the FIIO E7 double headphone jack out put DAC and the difference was clear after a good burn in of around 90...
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. After discovering the price, I put any thoughts out of my head of purchasing.
Pros: Customizable fit, good seal, great audio range
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. They are obviously very high quality & there are no true faults, especially when their true purpose is kept in mind.
Pros: Mids, bass, separation.
Cons: Price. Mids are very emphasized... only a con from a listener's perspective.
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. The mids are hard to compare to anything, and the highs are almost as detailed as my K701's but have the sweetness of 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: Because no one else has stepped up to the plate I will give this short review of the Westone UM3x stage monitor.
The best at all costs are probably the earphone monitors worn on stage, by performers. All of them are in-ear passive noise canceling monitors.
These high-end custom ear-canal head monitors use balanced armature drivers instead of the larger diaphragm loudspeaker.
Pros: Smaller, lighter, not fatiguing, transparent shell and sound.
Cons: There are colored dots on the outside to help users find left and right, but quality control let my set through with both inside dots black.
Summary: UM3X Review - starting from scratch.
My rating is among other universal IEM in any price range, but not vs custom IEM. I consider a 5/5 to be the best that all universal IEM strive to reach, which I may not have heard yet.
I've posted in the past that I liked the UM3X almost as much as the W3, where most of my comparisons were done with my UM56 tips which tend to equalize the disparity a bit between these two IEM.
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 aesthetic.
Pros: Wonderful intimate vocals; layering and separation