Summary: i am very much an amateur noob. my first impression are, 1. very light and very good fit. 2. compared to tf10 i felt the signature of westone to be a little warm(very little). this may be because tf 10 has a bit forward highs. also tf 10 has a larger sound stage then these. 3.
Summary: I was debating for awhile between these and the W3s and IE8s. I settled on these based on what I had read of the 3s being muddy and the IE8s being not as detailed. I like to keep reviews short because I hate reading lengthy reviews.
Pros: Cool design, great detail and transparency, amazing detail in bass, great fit
Summary: Lows are precise & natural sounding, no roll-off but no over-emphasis. Mids live up to the Westone reputation & produce amazing sound & clarity with good depth & space, slightly sweet & warm, definitely not 'in your face' but still intimate.
Summary: I bought these to replace my Shure 535's that were lost/stolen at Paris CDG airport to use with my Cowon J3. At first I was very disappointed - the sound was cloudy, indistinct and the complex orchestral music I like sounded worse than an ipod.
Summary: First of all, I am a audiophile. I NEED to have the best quality sound. I enjoy purchasing high end gear for people like myself who NEED absolution in sound. I decided to purchase the WESTONE 4R SERIES because after reading many reviews, these were regarded as the BEST neutral sounding earphones...
Summary: I enjoy using these as they produce good balanced sound. The removable cables mean that you can prolong their life by purchasing a replacement cable. The earbuds provided are uncomfortable and I did find the right fit.
Summary: My original intention was to purchase the Shure SE535. While reviewing the option on Amazon I glanced the reviews on Westone 4R and became intrigued and then finally purchased purely based on the reviews I read! My initial reaction is the sound staging and spatiality of the earphones is astounding.
Summary: I've gradually worked my way up various ranges of in ear monitors, and have most recently ended up with the Etymotic HF5. I do prefer quite an analytical sound, and really couldn't fault the HF5 for accuracy, however the cables on all of my IEMs eventually start to fray.
Summary: These in ear phones are the best I have heard. They are balanced without predominance of any frequency over another. Not for extreme bass freeks though. Look elsewhere if that is your cup of tea! It is the musicality of the performances that comes through especially for classical music.