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bt cable is extra and can be swapped out if you need total portability. otherwise, i highly recommend using normal cable Smilie
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Seems like a good price based on history, but caught this mini review in a previous thread:

Terrible, muted treble response. Poor detail retrieval, especially in the treble, since the treble is vacuumed out. Muddy, mushy bass. Creates a gross, dark sound signature that's bad for listening to pretty much any genre. It's an absolute disaster. Positives are good comfort and fit, good build quality, and good cables (material is nice for using out and about). Negatives are the actual sound.
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Does having that many Drivers actually make a difference in sound quality?
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Does having that many Drivers actually make a difference in sound quality?
i have the 4 driver w40 and it makes a huge difference in sound quality when compared to single or dual driver. Never listened to the B50 though, so i can't comment on quality.
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i have the 4 driver w40 and it makes a huge difference in sound quality when compared to single or dual driver. Never listened to the B50 though, so i can't comment on quality.
Thanks for the input, I'm doing a bit of reading up on some audiophile forums and trying to find a decent non-bias review.
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Trying to think, how 5 drivers in ear headphones work? When it's this all can your ear physically tell the difference?
thought multiple drivers were a thing for "gaming headphones"
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Trying to think, how 5 drivers in ear headphones work? When it's this all can your ear physically tell the difference?
thought multiple drivers were a thing for "gaming headphones"
So this isnt like how Razer does it where they are trying to fit a 5.1 surround system into a headphone. This is made so that each driver is dedicated to a specific frequency range. Theoretically more drivers will deliver superior sound. I had the Westone 3 like 8 years ago and it definitely sounded better than any 1 or 2 driver in-ear I heard. 1 for bass, 1 for mid, and 1 for highs. It's only issue was that bass wasn't very clear so they made the W4, that had two bass drivers and as a result the bass was clearer and reached deeper, but the trade off was a reduction in how much bass there was since the W3 had a bigger driver. This isn't always the case. The W5 could potentially have a strong and balanced bass.
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Does having that many Drivers actually make a difference in sound quality?
Its not so much the drivers so much as the tuning, and more drivers just means more tuning potential, ofc that doesnt mean its always tuned well. More drivers means more control over certain frequency ranges, and often times you can get a lot more detail, instrument separation, and soundstage, out of it if its done properly.
Imo for $300 tho u can do so much better in chifi than what westone offers currently.
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Trying to think, how 5 drivers in ear headphones work? When it's this all can your ear physically tell the difference?
thought multiple drivers were a thing for "gaming headphones"
Multiple drivers in actual hifi is different than the gaming headphone implementation, the hifi community has had iems with 8-20+ drivers per ear for years now many of it was for professional use until now where its come down to the consumer level.
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So this isnt like how Razer does it where they are trying to fit a 5.1 surround system into a headphone. This is made so that each driver is dedicated to a specific frequency range. Theoretically more drivers will deliver superior sound. I had the Westone 3 like 8 years ago and it definitely sounded better than any 1 or 2 driver in-ear I heard. 1 for bass, 1 for mid, and 1 for highs. It's only issue was that bass wasn't very clear so they made the W4, that had two bass drivers and as a result the bass was clearer and reached deeper, but the trade off was a reduction in how much bass there was since the W3 had a bigger driver. This isn't always the case. The W5 could potentially have a strong and balanced bass.
Ya that makes more sense, when I hear about multiple drivers gaming headphones comes to mind
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So this isnt like how Razer does it where they are trying to fit a 5.1 surround system into a headphone. This is made so that each driver is dedicated to a specific frequency range. Theoretically more drivers will deliver superior sound. I had the Westone 3 like 8 years ago and it definitely sounded better than any 1 or 2 driver in-ear I heard. 1 for bass, 1 for mid, and 1 for highs. It's only issue was that bass wasn't very clear so they made the W4, that had two bass drivers and as a result the bass was clearer and reached deeper, but the trade off was a reduction in how much bass there was since the W3 had a bigger driver. This isn't always the case. The W5 could potentially have a strong and balanced bass.
Great explanation on why the W4 didn't have a "boomy" bass sound. Clarity all day
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Seems like a good price based on history, but caught this mini review in a previous thread:

Terrible, muted treble response. Poor detail retrieval, especially in the treble, since the treble is vacuumed out. Muddy, mushy bass. Creates a gross, dark sound signature that's bad for listening to pretty much any genre. It's an absolute disaster. Positives are good comfort and fit, good build quality, and good cables (material is nice for using out and about). Negatives are the actual sound.
Depends on the device that was used to power up the earbuds. If it was a high quality amplifier then I would deem it a legit review. If a stock pc output with 64kbps stream, not legit.
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Great explanation on why the W4 didn't have a "boomy" bass sound. Clarity all day
Do you own the W4? I'm jealous. I got the W3 for free from a contest Westone held. When the W4 came out I really wanted it since everyone was talking about how good the sub-bass was on it. I enjoyed how fun and how much bass my W3 had, though.
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Holy hell, 5 drivers in earphones. The (auditory) range must be unreal
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