Bluetooth Cable by Westone
This New Bluetooth cable is equipped with MMCX connectors and will transform any existing earphones with MMCX connectors into a wireless device. Ready to be used for phone calls and for music listening while keeping very high resolution. It gives you the freedom you have been craving for, while allowing you to use your high-end sounding earphones.
Compatible with Westone W10, W20, W30, W40, W50, W60, UM PRO 10, 20, 30, 50 and ALPHA Adventure.
Also compatible with Shure SE215, SE315, SE425, SE535 and SE846.
Microphone built-in to take phone calls on iPhone, Android or any other phones with Bluetooth capability.
With the new Westone Bluetooth Cable you can take your favorite multi-driver balanced armature earphones to the gym or on the go. The cable features an 8 hour battery life for long listening sessions.
Westone’s full resolution Bluetooth cable provides the most immersive and articulate wireless earphone experience on the market.
Utilizing the most advanced wireless technology available in an extremely small form factor, Westone’s Bluetooth cable provides the absolute best sound and most comfortable fit and the removable cable ensures you never go without your music.
Finely tuned by Westone’s chief audio engineer, you can rest assured that cutting the cable won’t cut the quality of sound you have come to expect from Westone.
Powered by aptX® technology and tuned by Westone to provide the best listening experience possible, Westone's removable Bluetooth® cable, allows the user to enjoy the most immersive and articulate wireless earphone experience on the market.
• Bluetooth 4.0 with CSR8645 Chipset
• Up to 8 hours of battery life
• MMCX Audio™ Connectors
• The only MMCX connector built specifically for music ensuring a reliable connection every time
• IPX4 Sweat and water resistant
• 10 meter range
• Lightweight at under .5oz
• Quick recharge time
• Removable Bluetooth cable compatible with many other MMCX earphones
• Multiple wearable positions to fit your style and comfort
In the box:
• MMCX Compatible Bluetooth Cable
• USB Charging Cable
Bluetooth Cable by Westone Review by Earphone Solutions
Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews
I use the cable with the Westone UM Pro10 earbuds. Sound Quality is almost the same as the wired connection. More than adequate for the convenience o wireless. The bluetooth pairing is a bit idiosyncratic. It works easily with the iPhone, iPad , no so well with other hardware , such as MacPro and bluetooth dongles that attach to treadmills. In short , expensive but competent.
Purchased in Jun 2016, stopped working [wouldn't operate or take charge] in Nov 2016. Average life per charge 4 hours, not 8 as advertised. USB charging cable included with Bluetooth device exhibited oxidation on both connector shells. Generally speaking disappointing as compared to other Bluetooth headsets owned that have a much longer cycle between charges [~18 hours].
I use this with both Shure se215s and Westone W40s. Before this BT cable came available, I was using a competitive bluetooth receiver with headphone jack along with the westone epic cable. Both are aptx capable so had similar sound quality, both being excellent in my opinion. I found the Westone BT cable inferior in two significant traits, connection stability and pairing with multiple devices. The westone BT cable experienced significantly more skips/dropouts when used outdoors. The severity varied depending on whether I wore the cable cinched to the back of my neck or cinched in front, with the later much better but still not good enough. In both cases, the phone was in my front right jean pocket. The BT receiver experienced no skips when clipped to my collar, closest approximation to the BT cable placement. Both are capable of pairing to multiple devices, the issue for the westone BT cable was to get it to switch from my tablet to phone. I have to make sure bluetooth was off on the tablet which is normal. However the BT cable would not connect to the phone, even switching it on and off. Finally I have to go into the bluetooth menu on the phone and manual connect which is usually successful on the second try. The tablet is Samsung Galaxy tab 8.4 pro and the phone is Samsung Note 4. One other concern is compatibility with Shure headphones. When attaching the se215s you don't get that reassuring mmcx snap sound, just a faint thud instead. The W40s have the snap. Upon inspection the insulation on the mmcx connector of the BT cable is bottoming out on the body of the se215s while on the W40s there is some separation. The W40s could rotate freely on the connector while the se215s are very snug. To me this suggests the se215s may not be fully engaging the mmcx connector. On two separate occasions the left se215 spontaneously ejected from the cable and on a third it was lost. I currently have an order pending with earphone solutions to replace the lost se215, as these are my knock around headphones, reserving the W40s for more serious listening. I might mention the westone epic cable had a similar problem and wouldn't even engage with the shure se215s until I trimmed back the insulation on the cable mmcx connector. Perhaps a similar procedure would work with the BT cable albeit may void the warranty, which is why I didn't do it. My final disappointment with the BT cable was that it has failed while charging, and has now been sent back to Westone for warranty repair/replacement.
This cable works very well with my iPhone 6S (and iPad). Sometimes (e.g. once every 30 minutes) I got a "Bluetooth glitch", such as sound dropping for less than a second or noise. I think this is an issue with the Bluetooth 4.0 spec, rather than the cable itself. However, a glitch every 30 minutes is ok for me, given that I managed to get rid of the cable connection. I use this cable with a pair of Shure SE425. Note that they didn't work so well with my MacBook (lots of bluetooth glitches).
I was very much looking forward to this device, as I've been interested in a cord-cutting option for some time, but didn't want to give up use of my Westone W50 monitors. I currently use an LG V10 (Android) phone with MediaMonkey as the audio player. First, the sound quality through the W50s is definitely not as good when using the Bluetooth cable. It's not a huge difference, and I'm not what most people would consider an audiophile or any kind of expert, but there is a difference, and the wired monitors sound better. Second, the Bluetooth signal from this cable seems prone to interference. In particular, when I begin use while seated or otherwise stationary, and then start walking, I will in many instances experience a degradation of the signal (in extreme instances, it drops off altogether). It's usually temporary, but it's not always brief in duration, and it can be quite annoying. I should, however, point out that I haven't tested the Westone Bluetooth cable with multiple devices, so I can't rule out that this issue is with the Bluetooth radio in my V10, but I haven't had any problem with the Bluetooth connection from the V10 to my car. Third, the battery life I get is a LOT less than the advertised 8 hours. I've been lucky to get between 4 and 4.5 hours before needing a recharge. So that's a disappointment as well since I would typically use the cable for 3 hours a day and it becomes a matter of having to recharge practically every other day. On the plus side, the sound is good, the signal issues are annoying but not the definitive aspect of the use experience, and the convenience of no cord is not nothing. The relatively brief battery life isn't the end of the world, either, but it is a pretty dramatic variance with the advertised specification. Generally speaking, I'd say the product was worth the relatively modest cost but it's not necessarily as good as I hope it will get with successor models.
This is a very good solution for ditching the cord for your headphones. I do not notice much difference between this and the supplied headphone cord that I received with my Westone UM20 Pros. It is very easy to pair and use with different devices. I have used it with an iPad and iPod Nano. I will say with the iPod Nano I do get some interference. I believe this is due to the Nano having a weak bluetooth signal or having lots of interference where I was using the cable. Overall I really enjoy the cable and it features. It allows you to control the Apple devices from the Volume Up and Down buttons which is very handy. You do have to be careful where you press because you can pause the device if you are not careful (this is not the end of the world) and it is a learning curve for the placement of the buttons.
Just got the cable yesterday, so this is a quick first impression. Good: The sound quality is excellent paired with W60s, and the small size and weight are a bonus. Not so good: Dropouts Paired with an iPhone 5s running the latest version of iOS, in the two hours I used the cable out walking around in what I would consider low interference areas, with no people or buildings near me for hundreds of feet, I experienced repeated dropouts - probably 20 or so over the two hours. The dropouts recover quickly - much less than a second - but they do interrupt the music and are pretty annoying. And my concern is when I am in high radio traffic areas - airports, public venues, etc - that the problem will be worse. Form Factor I'm a huge fan of the shaped cable ends that come with W60s and the way they wrap around your ears helps keep the buds secure. The Bluetooth cable is your standard wiggly cable and doesn't feel as secure hanging straight down, so I've tried the "wrap around" method instead. Which leads me to probably my biggest form factor complaint, and that's what appears to be the design decision that the cables should hang straight down from the buds, putting the controls and battery in front of you, not behind your neck. I find it really annoying to have it there when I'm walking, and so I've decided I'll live without the mic and wear it "backwards" for comfort. Controls I would have much preferred rubberized buttons with a lot more tactile feel when you're pressing them, instead of smooth plastic and button travel that feels cheap. A big downside wearing the cable backwards is trying to use the controls by feel, so this one compounds the ergonomics problem for me. Westone could have done a lot better here. Will I keep the cable? Too soon to tell. I love not being wired to my phone and dealing with the cable getting caught on things, but I'm not thrilled by the dropouts and the ergonomics. But that's me, and some of my issues are self-inflicted by my choice to wear the cable behind my neck. The things I see as negatives may not affect you at all.
Finally, actual three button android control for Westone (and Shure). For reference, I'm using the AT&T Galaxy S7 Edge using Audible and Spotify. Had to go "3rd party" previously for three-button control (for both Westone and Shure). It wasn't pretty, but it worked. Button control: Not what I expected. Volume up/down control, check. :) Forward and backwards on Android? Well, yes. Though, its not necessarily natural for you to need to go to the volume up and down for next track or previous track respectively. You need to hold it down for a second to get it to progress or regress the track. The typical second-nature "double-click" action, most will use, just increases or decreases your volume. Bose Soundsport wireless does it better for the skip track (no previous track option, I think). Audio quality: I don't notice a difference between wired cable and Bluetooth. So its the earphones that dictate your sound quality, as it should. If you are buying this cable, you already own some sort of replaceable cable model of Westone or Shure earphones. You don't need me to provide audio details on products you were already convinced to purchase. Fitting: It takes some getting used to. The earpieces themselves are the soft plastic, so no molding to your ear shape. The controls and battery tend to lie under your ear but above your spine. Let's just say it feels odd at times. I keep trying to re-adjust them. (Side note: I will say that being able to change between Westone W60's and Shure SE535's with this single cable is helpful. We'll just say the "delicate" nature of the face plates on my W60's are convincing me to stick with my SE535's single body design.) Overall: 4 out of 5 stars. I'm taking half a star off for the feel and another for the overall button control.
Question & Answers
Questions on Bluetooth Cable by Westone
Will this work with all Westone monitors with removable cables, or only the most recent line with MMCX connectors? For example, will this convert a 3-year old pair of W2's to wireless monitors?
- Tech Support answered:
- Will this work with all Westone monitors with removable cables, or only the most recent line with MMCX connectors?
For example, will this convert a 3-year old pair of W2's to wireless monitors?
NO. Because the W2 doesn't have replaceable cables. You need to be able to connect the cable on the earpiece. So only the new models W10, W20, W30, W40, W50, W60 and UM PRO 10, 20, 30 and 50 will work since these are the only models with the MMCX replaceable cables.
They will also work with Shure models as listed above on the description.
Will this work on Shure earphones, specifically the SE425?
- Tech Support answered:
I don't understand the picture? Is it cut?' What sort of connection is it? Jack 3.5 I guess?
- Tech Support answered:
- There is no connection. It's a wireless bluetooth cable.
The only connection is to the earpieces. You must have an earphone with replaceable cables that have the single pin MMCX connector like the new Westone and Shure models.
Is this Bluetooth cable compatible with the Westone UM2 earphones?
- Tech Support answered:
- Hello JJ,
The Bluetooth cable is only compatible with earphones that have the single pin MMCX connector.
The old UM2 has a 2-pin connector so that wouldn't work.