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socks_OCD
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Mar 6, 2015
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A W10 has a single driver. The W20 has two drivers and a crossover. The W30 has three drivers and a crossover. The W40 has four drivers and a crossover. The W30 vs W40 is a subtle difference in terms of specifications. The W40 has an additional driver just for low frequency bass response (sub-bass) if I recall what I read correctly.
The W10 having a single driver, is similar to your current dynamic headphone. The W40 having four individual drivers, each tuned to different frequency ranges, is quite different. The multiple drivers are more akin to speakers with separate woofers and tweeters. I'm no expert on earphones by any stretch. I haven't tried many earphones. The W40 sounds as good if not better than the HD600 to me (and my ears, for my musical preference).
Depending on your intended usage, a W40 may indeed be overkill.
If you want to completely block out the world and it's surroundings, the isolation in Westone W## earphones (25 dB) isn't as much as say a shure SE535 (37dB). The W40 is more neutral than a SE535. The SE535 has an added emphasis on mid bass if I recall correctly. The SE535 has three drivers closer like the W30 in terms of specifications. They W40 and SE535 are balanced earphones in a similar price range.
Professional artists or musicians should probably look into a professional line (don't quote me on that) of earphones. An example by Westone would be their 'UM PRO ##'.
Anyone planning on doing some HiFi listening while exercising should look elsewhere. These aren't made for that. Your sweat and oil will decay the exposed area where the detachable/replaceable cable is connected. I've read into this plenty on head-fi and reddit. An exercise friendly earphone by Westone would be their ADVENTURE ALPHA ADV EARPHONES or BETA ADVENTURE SERIES EARPHONES (apologies for caps, too lazy not to copy paste). Both Adventure series earphones are IPX-3 weather resistant.
Mar 6, 2015
SativaDro
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Mar 6, 2015
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TY for the responses so far socks and red. I prefer a more neutral tone leaning towards the warm side, definitely not bright and I'm not a bass head by any means. I like the sound of the triple driver to be honest and I don't mind spending a little extra on a great starting pair of IEM. That being said if this drop hits the needed 9 people this seems like a much better deal and I would probably spring for it!
I understand amp is the next important expenditure. The IEM will mainly be for work\travel and the cans for home use. For that reason I sprung for the FiiO E09K and E17 combo DAC/AMP. They're amazon primed and unopened so I can always return and get a more suitable fit for each driver. Through reading it seems like tube amps are where its at which is why I mentioned the Schiit combo. I don't mind having to purchase an additional portable amp for travel if it makes a difference in sound quality.
Mar 6, 2015
imackler
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Jun 5, 2015
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Having owned both, the W40 has way more mid bass than the SE535. The problem with the SE535 is the treble extension. The bass is very flat.
Jun 5, 2015
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