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Westone UM3X / 3X - True Triple Armature Drivers In-ear Monitor Professional ...

by Westone
16 customer reviews

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  • Hand made in the U.S.A
  • Uses 1 bass, 1 mid-range and 1 high frequency driver for the most dynamic sound reproduction in a universal fit in-ear monitor.
  • Westone EPIC Cable - 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
  • Westone True-Fit Technology - 50 years experience with in-ear applications has yield optimum ergonomics and fit -
  • True-Fit sound port delivers maximum comfort and in-ear coupling for dynamic transfer of sound.
  • Robust bifurcation w/slide adjustment keeps cord in place during activity
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Product Description

The UM3x in-ear monitor headphones from Westone provide high-quality audio in a compact and lightweight design with a universal fit. Each earpiece packs 3 balanced armature drivers, giving bass, midrange, and treble tones their own dedicated speaker for ultimate clarity and detail. A passive crossover ensures that the proper frequencies go to the appropriate driver.For a terrific fit, the headphones come with 2 sizes of Comply memory foam eartips. The memory foam expands in the ear, providing a secure and custom fit for long-lasting comfort. Because the eartips create a seal in the ear similar to an earplug, they also provide up to 25dB of ambient noise reduction.The pro-level cable is strong and durable, and keeps handling and friction noise to a minimum. The standard 3.5mm stereo mini plug provides compatibility with a wide variety of devices, such as MP3 players, CD players, computers, and more. A carrying pouch and wax cleaning tool are also included. 3 balanced armature drivers provide dedicated areas for reproduction of bass, midrange, and treble tones for terrific clarity and detail Passive crossover ensures proper frequency separation Comply memory foam eartips provide a secure and comfortable fit with up to 25dB of noise isolation Pro-quality cable is durable and reduces friction and handling noise Standard 3.5mm stereo mini plug provides wide compatibility Carrying pouch and wax cleaning tool included


Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • ASIN: B002EGASU0
  • Item model number: UM3X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,851 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 24, 2009

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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Owen Oyer on September 4, 2009
Yeah, I'm an audiophile, and if you're not crazy into audio a lot of this is probably going to sound weird. Still...

Earphones really are getting better very quickly, and if you look at all of audio, that fact is pretty remarkable.

In speakers, things have peaked a long time ago, no matter what those Bose ads tell you. The Quad ESL-57 speaker was first shown in the mid 50's, and it is STILL considered to be one of the very best speakers ever made. In traditional headphones things haven't moved very quickly either, and Stax SR-Lambda headphones from 1979 sound as good as pretty much any headsets you can find today. The Sennheiser HD800 is touted as the latest and greatest, but the Stax SR-007 Omega 2 from 11 years ago is still better, and so is the 15-year-old SR-Omega, and the 18-year-old Sennheiser HE90 "Orpheus."

Which means that if you have an audio technology that's genuinely getting better, it's an exception to the rule. And the UM3x is a clear improvement on what has been released only a year or so ago.

These earphones have a very clear, detailed sound that's also very fluid. The bass is detailed and well controlled. The midrange is slightly emphasized and very tonally accurate - instruments sound very realistic and vocals sound almost live, if they're recorded well. The highs are slightly recessed (soft) but are also quite extended. Soundstage is smallish, though pretty large for an IEM, and imaging is razor sharp. The drivers are pretty fast, too, and keep up with complex music well. But the best feature of these IEMs is their ability to do texture - strings sound gravelly, brass instruments are, well, brassy and metallic, woodwinds are seductive and ethereal, and vocals are very realistic.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sean Park on April 24, 2011
I just received my Westone UM3x's this week and all I can say is, "Wow". I also own the Shure se530's and Ultimate Ear triple.fi 10's and I really enjoyed both but I couldn't help but note the flaws in both IEM's. It's no news to anyone who's been on this fourm, "se530's do great in the mids, but have recessed ends" or "triple.fi's have great hi's and decent mids and lows" etc. Simply put, Each of the two IEM's excelled in one particular area, but had often noted flaws in another area. With the UM3X's, there really is no weak point in it's presentation. This doesn't mean that it can't improve, but there really is no weak point in it's sound. I think the best way to understand this is through numbers, so here's my evaluation:

SE530:
High - 7.5
Mid - 9.5
Low - 8.5

Triple.Fi
High - 9.5
Mid - 8
Low - 8

UM3X
High - 9
Mid - 9
Low - 9

I know that it's solid performance has to do with it's "flat" EQ, which some may initially get turned off by, because when some people think, "flat" EQ, they think boring. But let me tell you, I REALLY, REALLY enjoyed these, and could not help but get into in my music, bobbing my head, air drumming, etc, haha. To me, after hearing these, rather than saying "flat EQ", I would rather explain it as, "Synchronized/Balanced" EQ. All levels perform so well, that not one section of sound overpowers the other.

As far as soundstage, comparing these three IEMs, I say, with confidence, that the UM3x has this one locked down. Again this has to do with its' "flat" EQ.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By RampantAndroid on November 15, 2010
I've only used two IEMs to date - the UM3X and the SE530s, and I have used a number of full sized cans around as well, and I have to say that the UM3Xs are nothing short of amazing for me.

First off, I far prefer the UM3X comply tips to the Shure tips - The longer tips isolate almost all outside noise, and don't absorb the low frequencies either. The cable is lightweight and doesn't make noise when it rubs on your shirt, and doesn't tangle easily (my SE530 cable tangled all the time.)

On the topic of the cable, the strain relief where the cable goes into the IEM assembly is sturdy - again unlike my SE530s which fell apart in less than a year, this is holding up very well. I have no worries about these IEMs standing up to wear and tear - which for a IEM over $300 is huge (the SE530s were a wakeup call in terms of how bad the construction can be.)

Sonic quality on these I find (and I'll keep saying that - I find - each person will prefer their own sound signature.) to be nothing short of jaw dropping. Mids are pronounced, meaning voices sound like they're right in front of you. The sound like you're in the front row listening to the performance. But this doesn't sound fatiguing - I found my SE530s to sound a little tiring to listen to in this regard.

Highs are slightly less pronounced; comparing to my SE530s - the 530s sound more tingy - the highs are more pronounced, but they also roll of as you go up in frequency. The UM3Xs are less pronounced, but more detailed as the frequency climbs. The sound of cymbals won't overwhelm you, but it won't underwhelm either.

Lows also sound great - you can "feel" drums hit with force. This is perhaps the area where the SE530s and UM3Xs seem the most alike to me. They both do lows well.
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