Summary: I have put the W4 through its paces, and after the first round of extensive testing, here are my impressions.
My main reason for getting the W4 is to hopefully replace the SE535 and W3, since I find them too colored or fatiguing/bright without EQ. Ideally, I wanted a pair of IEM's that I can listen to without any EQ. In a way, the W4 gives me that, but not in the way I had hoped.
Pros: Great fit, nice cable, pleasant sonic signature (non-fatiguing)
Cons: upper/mid bass still bloated, sub-bass not enough, not enough air
Summary: I bought these as an upgrade from the W3, which while extremely fun, I soon became disappointed in, due to mid bass bleed into the midrange. This caused vocals to become too chesty and distortion rock guitar notes too rounded instead of hard edged. Enter the W4.
Fit and Isolation: Westone 4 is extremely comfortable. I love their size and weight. They only fill up a small portion of the ear.
Summary: So when I got the earphones my expactations where really high. These were to be my best and last earphones I'll have but it didn't happen. Overall the sound is warm and smooth . It is balanced and nothing really jumps out at you. The bass is as fast and snappy as I've ever heard , the midrange was sweet and nice and the treble quantity was just perfect.
Summary: *I listened to the Westone 4Rs using iPhone 4S and the latest iPod Classic (6th Generation). The below sums up my listening experience from these sources only.*
The Westone 4Rs fit my ears better than any other earphones. With good tips, like Shure’s Grey Flex or ‘Olive’ tips, they feel snug without causing any discomfort.
Westone W40 (Updated model) Review - Great sound and accessories!
20 May 2014
Summary: The sound isn't immediately wow-inducing, but over a short time, you will come to realise the exceptional detail in these IEMs. Sound: It has a very balanced sound signature, with a slight midbass bump which really boosts the impact, however at the expense of some of the clarity in the lower mids. But because of this slight tradeoff, they make ALL music sound more lively and energetic, which I'd prefer to something entirely neutral.
Summary: *I listened to the Westone 4Rs using iPhone 4S and the latest iPod Classic (6th Generation). The below sums up my listening experience from these sources only.* The Westone 4Rs fit my ears better than any other earphones. With good tips, like Shure's Grey Flex or `Olive' tips, they feel snug without causing any discomfort.
Not the last word in build quality but wow they sound good
20 September 2013
Summary: I got these to replace my Shure 535SEs which I brilliantly left on a plane coming back from Tenerife. I have always liked Shure products but thought I would try something else on this occasion and having spent a lot of time reading reviews I plumped for the Westone 4 R Series. As always with Amazon (my experience only) the Westones arrived promptly and I was eager to see what all the fuss was about.
Summary: Let me start by saying that the earphones are great, the packaging and accessories are great - it's exactly what I expected. I did end up splashing out on a replacement cable (Logitech UE Custom, see below) so that I could have iPhone controls, but that was my choice and doesn't reflect any disappointment with the earphones as advertised. But are they really worth the price?