Westone 4R Series Quad-Driver Universal Fit Earphone with Removable Cable, Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Ultra-accurate four-driver system for the most dynamic sound available in a universal fit earphone
- Westone's Epic Cable provides ultra supple braided design insures comfort and resists tangles
- Over-the-ear cable design offers superior in-ear comfort and isolation from mechanical cable noise
- True -Fit sound port delivers maximum comfort and in-ear coupling for dynamic transfer of sound
- R-Series earphones ship with Westone's new Monitor Vault for protected travel and storage
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Top Customer Reviews
So while I would have been content to live with the Shures and assume that they were the best, I started reading user impressions on [...] about other high-end universal earphones, namely the Westone 3, Westone UM3x, Sennheiser IE8, and Ultimate Ears Triple.fi. Most users seem to agree that these models have surpassed the 530s. I read that the Westone 3s, Sennheiser IE8s and Triple.fis offered what I was looking for: a more "U"-shaped sound, with the treble and bass accentuated.
After a few months, I gave in and got a pair of the Westone 3s ("W3"), and after 3 days of near non-stop listening, I know I have stepped up in class. The W3 don't get marketed as heavily as the Shures, which in my view is unfortunate because they are of exceptionally high quality and Westone offers great customer service.
Build Quality and Comfort:
The Shure 530s, while well-built, always stuck out of my ears even with the deepest insertion of tips. I haven't had problems with the cable fraying after 3 months of use, but the cable's thickness produced microphonics whenever the cable brushed up against my shirt or hit my chest. These problems are things of the past now that I have the W3. The thin cable is light and hardly makes any noise even when I run.Read more ›
Now that these headphones have worn in and I have experimented finding the optimal inserts I now get that presence I was missing before. Very impressive.
I have owned the Shure SE530 and I currently own the Ultimate Ears Triple.Fi, and I've listened to the Westone UM3x. It seems that the designers of the top-tier in-ear monitors (IEMs) are basically shooting for one of two sound signatures: Rich, prominent mid-range, OR a more bass and treble-centric sound. The SE530 and Um3x fall in the former category, while the W3 and Triple.Fi have a more U-shaped sound. I haven't heard the other top tier universal-fit IEMs, namely the Sennheiser IE8, Klipsch X10, Phonak Audeo PFE, Etymotic ER-4P and Head-Direct Re0, but everything I've read about them places them in one of the two categories (although perhaps the latter 3 are the most treble-centric).
Your choice between these sound signatures will probably come down to the genres of music you prefer, as well as how sensitive you are to treble and bass. I tend to listen to high-energy music like hard rock, trance, house, and hip-hop, so I need crisp cymbal crashes and thumping bass that really reverberates like a subwoofer. But I also listen to vocal-centric music that is more toned down, like jazz, indie rock and classic rock. At times I wish I could have the best of both the mid-range and U-shaped sound signatures, but I find that the Westone 3 strikes a fun balance.
With the right source and equalization (I have to boost the mid-range and treble a bit), I find the W3s very balanced, detailed, and engaging. The Triple.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the sound quality and the many different buds I was provided with. It is comfortable, and is good at noise cancelling as well which is what I really wanted. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Brian Kim
I really enjoy these headphones. They are very loud and have lots of low end (however it is important to get the fit correct with the included foam ear pieces). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nate
I love them, since i got them, they are comfortable, the sound is crystal clear and i prefer the Westone over the Shure.
Unfortuantely they are discontinued.
i lost my w2's a while ago, or they were stolen. anyway, the new westones are super expensive so i decided to go with some nos westones instead. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brent P
Excellent product , totally recommend to everyone looking for a finest productPublished 2 months ago by Ariel ML
Sound Awesome. A bit warmer midrange and slightly less bass than Shure SE535, but the soundstage is more impressive. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stephen E. Dunster
I just burn in the speaker with some wav file, now I love my iem more. Range of sound significantly improve, it look like I have IEM USD.1000.
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I've always loved Westone IEMs and these are no exception - great, accurate reproduction and this model does not have connectors so you can't change the cord set - but then you... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tech God