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: 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: 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: 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: Just got the UM3x (with removable cable) purchased from the Gear Lab and sent direct from Westone after selling my UM2's and Triple Fi' 10's. Here are some detailed un-boxing pics (including pics of the UM3x in my ears), and then some initial first impressions after 4 hours of use and comparisons to the UM2 and UE Triple.Fi 10.
So that's exactly what you get in the box (at least at this point in time.
Pros: Great fit and comfort. Very balanced and neutral sound. Great cable.
Cons: A little high in price. Discounts can be found though. Gotta pay up for quality!
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. My only two complaints are that for the first few days (like only really 5) they hurt if you're not used to these type of earphones, and that the included tips aren't great.