Westone Westone 3 Headphone Reviews

Manufacturer Westone Model Westone 3
Headphone Type Canal Headband Type Double
Weight (g) 14 Driver Type Armature
Enclosure Material Plastic Isolation (dB) 25
Impedance (ohms) 30 Cable Length (cm) 128
Frequency Response (Hz) 20 - 18  
Connector 3.5mm with 6.5mm adaptor Street Price US$400
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Average reviewer scores
Bass Extension 9.0 Bass Impact 10.0
Bass Quality 9.0 Mids Quality 7.0
Highs Quality 9.0 Soundstage 6.0
Detail 8.0 Portability 10.0
Isolation 9.0 Comfort 9.0
Durability 8.0 Improvement With Amplification 5.0
Value for Money 8.0    
Overall Score 8.5 Total Reviews 1

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Review by Member barun432 on 14 Nov 15  15:00
Individual review
Bass Extension9
Bass Impact10
Bass Quality9
Mids Quality7
Highs Quality9
Detail8
Comfort9
Durability8
Value8

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 hrs with all of the IEM's.The sound stage of w3 was smaller comparatively than than the sm3,but in terms of detail,isolation,bass extension and highs w3 was a clear winner,se530 only beats both the IEM's in terms mids,but in all the other areas I feel that W3's excels big time.It comes with 10 pair of tips which includes foam,silicon and rubber ear tips.It also comes in with an ear wax tool 6.5mm jack and a volume attenuator.W3's improve substantially with amplification,the sound stage widens but overall there is an improvement of maximum 25%.

With the IPOD I use the FIIO E7 to make them sound good,cause personally I feel that the internal EQ settings of IPOD is not at all good, although the W3,s sound great without the portable DAC,they sound nothing closer to what I get in my LG Arena phone's music player,I use the acoustic settings to get a very balanced EQ with a good balance of the mids,low's and the high's,whereas the IPOD needs a DAC to sound as good.Although honestly I will have to say with the DAC the sound stage is tad bit wider.

Isolation is superb,you almost will not be able to hear anything if you just put them on.Personally I can hear a lot of outside noise but at a very low level so if you even put a spaced out song like Webern's string quartet you won't hear a single thing outside.Even if a noisy truck is behind you honking ,you still have to strain yourself to hear what's going on, that is of-course if you are at a mid or upper mid volume level.

The wires are one of the best features of these IEM's.They are braided so you can twist and stretch them all you want and still they won't break.This is one feature which se 530 doesn't posses but the sm 3 does(Although they are thicker).In terms of shape and comfort both se 530 and w3 are identical but the sm3's are a bit straight forward and it reminds me that I'm wearing something on my ear,whereas with the w3's the experience is so soothing that you will feel that you are not wearing anything at all and you will experience sounds as big as a full sized audiophile category headphone.

Pros-Great all rounder.
Sounds great with anything.
Detail revealer,it will reveal recording errors if they are there in the recordings.
Great isolation.
Very colorful texture of sound.(SM3 is a bit neutral)


Cons-Expensive.
Should have a detachable cable option for its price.

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