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Itching to try a pair of Westone's and I have my eyes on the UM2. I spent a few hours on head-fi and reading up on it and most recent posts seem to indicate the UM3x is better, but the UM2 is still good. I don't know if spending the extra money on the UM3x over the UM2 would be worth it if I haven't heard a pair of Westone's before.

You can check my sig for what I have now. I like what I have now, just expanding and want to switch things up a bit.

Thoughts from Westone owners?
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Wow, you have a lot of headphones, sir. Nice.

I own the UM1 (single BA) and I will say it's very mid-oriented. It has trouble with bass and treble compared to the dynamic drivers that I'm used to. However, it also has isolation like no other headphone or earphone I've used. It's a lifesaver on airplane rides.

I paid $100 or so for mine about two years ago but I'll have to say it was worth the price.
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I have both the tf10 (reshelled) and the UM2. The TF10 beats it by a small margin. It has better bass and instrument separation. The UM2 is more mid centric but bass wasn't that much less than the TF10. I agree with RallyMaster, I could wear my UM2 all day as they were very comfy, That was then tho, once I got my TF10 reshelled it just took the comfort level a notch. So much so I that I think I will be selling my UM2...
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post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by RallyMaster;13549699 
Wow, you have a lot of headphones, sir. Nice.

I own the UM1 (single BA) and I will say it's very mid-oriented. It has trouble with bass and treble compared to the dynamic drivers that I'm used to. However, it also has isolation like no other headphone or earphone I've used. It's a lifesaver on airplane rides.

I paid $100 or so for mine about two years ago but I'll have to say it was worth the price.

Thanks! It's been a growing collection over a period of years.

I appreciate your review on the UM1, and I think it goes to say the UM series are all mid-oriented. At least that's what the vibe I'm getting when people describe them; very forward.

How would you rate the comfort on them for 4+hrs? I just got back from vacation and I had some fatigue with my RE0s on an 8hr+ flight.
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I was looking at IEMs in this price range a month ago, after a recommendation from ChineseKiwi I went with the Ortonfon EQ7 and I'm so glad I did, definitely consider them. I was sold on the UM2 until I read up about the EQ7.
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Originally Posted by blur510;13550023 
I have both the tf10 (reshelled) and the UM2. The TF10 beats it by a small margin. It has better bass and instrument separation. The UM2 is more mid centric but bass wasn't that much less than the TF10. I agree with RallyMaster, I could wear my UM2 all day as they were very comfy, That was then tho, once I got my TF10 reshelled it just took the comfort level a notch. So much so I that I think I will be selling my UM2...

Interesting comparison. I've been fed up with the ongoing purchases of Comply foams for my TF10s because the comfort level with silicon doesn't provide a good fit and uncomfortable for anything longer than 30mins.

I've been thinking about get a custom job done on my TF10s, but urge to hear something from Westone has been greater.

How would you rate the highs on the two IEMs? Which is better and by how much...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bloke226;13550074 
Interesting comparison. I've been fed up with the ongoing purchases of Comply foams for my TF10s because the comfort level with silicon doesn't provide a good fit and uncomfortable for anything longer than 30mins.

I've been thinking about get a custom job done on my TF10s, but urge to hear something from Westone has been greater.

How would you rate the highs on the two IEMs? Which is better and by how much...

I will give them both a listen so I can give you a better answer. Do you have a preference in music? or something in particular you want me to compare them on?

Side note. I see you are an audi guy, I am one myself. Kinda bummed I totaled my B6 S4 avant 5 months ago..
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Originally Posted by tUDJ;13550066 
I was looking at IEMs in this price range a month ago, after a recommendation from ChineseKiwi I went with the Ortonfon EQ7 and I'm so glad I did, definitely consider them. I was sold on the UM2 until I read up about the EQ7.

I'll look into it, but just doing a simple Google search seems like there aren't too widespread in the States? I've multiple links to Amazon.uk :\ and found one site selling at $348.00 USD...not that I really had a budget put in place, but I guess keep it under $265....
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Originally Posted by blur510;13550118 
I will give them both a listen so I can give you a better answer. Do you have a preference in music? or something in particular you want me to compare them on?

Side note. I see you are an audi guy, I am one myself. Kinda bummed I totaled my B6 S4 avant 5 months ago..

I listen to a variety of things, but here is some things as of late:
  • mashups (the white panda & girl talk)
  • rock/metal/punk (incubus, muse, rise against, static-x, korn, blink-182)
  • techno/house/etc (deadmau5, basshunter, david guetta, prodigy, pendulum)
  • classical (anything).

Sorry to hear about the S4 frown.gif I've only seen a few S4 avants, they look much better than an A4 avant wink.gif I'm due for an oil change on mine, about to hit 108k on my car.
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I listened to 2 muse songs comparing the UM2 and TF10 (reshelled with upgraded cable) on my rockboxed Ipod. Undlessly and Map of the problematic, both in flac. I noticed the same thing when comparing, The highs on the TF10 is more detailed and better spaced, but it has less volume. I liked it as it placed the hi hat a little further in space. The UM2 has more volume more in your face and it seems to compete for space with the vocals and some of the guitar riffs. When things got fast and complex the TF10 stayed the same, very compsed while the UM2 kinda got flustered were the sounds (although all there) kinda went all over the place. I also noticed that the UM2 is easier to drive as I had to turn the volume up when I listen to the TF10 to achieve the same volume. I used to amp my TF10 when I listen to it, it mad a big difference in sound quality.
I would have compared more songs, but it's a pain in the a** to a/b in-ears as they are more difficult to put on and take off.. hope it helps.

IMHO I think you should reshell your TF10 and get portable amp.
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