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Westone 2 or Westone 3's?

I'm after a pair of nice IEM's and have decided to go for a pair of Westones, but not sure which to go for.  I've read great things about the Westone 2's, but liking electronic music, I've heard people say they can be a light on bass.  But I've also heard that they are described as being neutral sounding with suffiecient bass.  I would not descirbe myself as a basshead, but do prefer the bass to be present and not overpowering.  I've heard amazing things about the Westone 3's, but have also heard people describe these a thick and bloated, which is not what I'm after.

 

Can anyone help?

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RE: Westone 2 or Westone 3's?

Or can anyone recommend any alternatives?  I want a well made, comfortableset of buds that have a clear and engaging sound.

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RE: Westone 2 or Westone 3's?

It really depends on what you are looking for. I personally like the more bulky headphones that fit on tighter, so I would go with the Westone 3's

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RE: Westone 2 or Westone 3's?

Well, in the end I decided to go for a pair of Etymotic HF5's, based on reviews and price.  


I was a bit wary as I like dance/electronic music and wondered if they would be bassy enough, given then they are a single BA.  I was able to get a good seal pretty easily using the smaller flanged tips (the ones that they came fitted with) and I find the bass has just the right weight.  It doesn't dominate the sound and I really like the fact that everything is there, but balanced, making them easy to listen to. The treble is crisp but certainly not ear-splitting.  As a lot of reviews state, the separation is excellent.  I'm still burning them in (I have read that they do need quite a bit) but so far, I'm extremely impressed.


Before they arrived, I did consider investing in a pair of custom tips if I found I couldn't get on with the universal tips, but I can barely feel that they are there, so I've saved myself some cash!  Cool

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