Westone UM PRO 10 New V2 Earphones
Being the industry leader in high-performance audio and in-ear monitoring, Westone crafted the UM PRO Series. The UM PRO 10 is ideal for on-stage monitoring for any level of musician; it offers a low-profile, lightweight, universal earpiece that delivers maximum comfort and in-ear coupling for dynamic music monitoring. The UM PRO 10 is a single balanced armature driver that delivers extraordinary detail and clarity in a compact ergonomic package. It comes with EPIC replaceable cable with Up & Over cable routing helps prevent microphonics and keeps the earphone securely in place. It also comes with Star and True-Fit sleeves in several different sizes to help you achieve the best seal and fit.
- Single balanced armature driver
- EPIC replaceable cable
- Star and True-Fit sleeves included
The cables are quite better than the old UM1 and removable. They are better finished and more refined than the old UM1 and the sound they produce is better. We are not sure yet if the BA drivers were entirely changed or simply tuned differently.
The "negative" profile of the new Westone UM PRO 10 Earphones makes them the most comfortable earphones tested to date. The single armature driver delivers clear sound with superb noise isolation and comfort. During our tests it was very clear that the UM PRO 10 were destined to become one of our new best sellers. The 2 Year Warranty is guaranteed when you buy from Earphone Solutions. We felt very comfortable in naming the UM PRO 10 the new Best Earphones Under $150. The removable braided cables are of extreme high quality and the arch formed behind the back of the ear is very gentle on the skin. The Balanced Armature Driver offers one of the best details in the single driver category and for sure the best performance in this price range.
Aside from the great sound and comfort, the new UM PRO 10 offers the best noise isolation and fit in its price range, making it a favorite for frequent flyers, motorcycle riders (yes, they will fit under a full face helmet) and for active lifestyle as well.
Originally built for professional musicians they will outperform anything we tested under $150 with the iPhone as well.
iPhone use: I personally prefer to use the mic on the iPhone when I'm taking calls. The way this works is when the call comes in and you are listening to music using your UM PRO 10, the music fades out and the ring fades in. You look in the caller ID and decide to take the call by sliding the iPhone as you would however the caller's voice will come directly into your ear. Perfect sound, totally noise isolation. Ideal for noisy streets, airports, etc. When you want to speak you simply raise the iPhone to your mouth and talk. The advantage against inline microphones is that the mic on the iPhone is uni-directional isolating the background noise for the caller on the other hand. When you use an inline mic it needs to be omnidirectional (sound will be picked up from all directions because the mic is on your chest and not by your mouth) so all background noise will leak into the call. By taking the call with the earphones in you get perfect listening and perfect voice to your caller without noise. The only disadvantage of course is that it's not a hands-free operation but by far the best call quality in my opinion. You end up paying less because you don't get the inline mic but for me that is the best way to take calls using my iPhone.
Westone UM PRO 10 New V2 Earphones Review by Earphone Solutions
Westone UM PRO 10 Review, By Earphone Solutions - Meredith Browand: I was looking forward to reviewing the UM PRO 10 and anticipated a clear sound that brought my favorite music to life. I wasn’t disappointed. I listened primarily to a country music... Read more of my UM PRO 10 Review
Also read our comparison of the Shure SE215 vs Westone UM PRO 10.
We transferred all customer product reviews from the predecessor UM1 over to the page of the new UM PRO 10 due to the similar configuration (single driver). The new UM PRO 10 now includes a new and improved braided cable for audio only, featuring a soft arch that goes behind the ear. During A/B tests between the UM1 and the UM PRO 10, we can assure you there is a big upgrade in sound quality thanks in part to a newly-updated driver and new shell acoustics. All customer reviews dated before October 18, 2013 are for the predecessor UM1 model. All customer reviews posted after October 18, 2013 are for the new UM PRO 10.
Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews
Review is on the new V2 earphones (and Earphone Solutions). The new V2 live up to all the billing. They delivery clear non-muddy sound across the spectrum. The biggest thing I noticed over all the other earphones/headsets I use is the treble - sound is clean enough to hear the tape hiss and other artifacts from recordings originally done in analog (which says you're hearing the full range). As with all earphones, you do need to tune your choice of inserts to your ears to maximize the sound. Kudos also to Earphone Solutions and Flavio for really knowing his product line and pointing me to these based on my use. That's something you just can't get from on-line reviews from any large retailer.
The UM PRO 10 are great earphones. They have clear, balanced sound, and the negative profile makes them very comfortable, including for sleeping. The cord is very flexible. Like any IEM, quality sound (especially bass) is dependent on a good seal. I now use these with Sure PA910 tips and I'm very happy with them.
The UM PRO 10 earphones have very clear sound. I prefer the bass of the Shure SE215, but these earphones are definitely more comfortable. At times, I almost forgot I was wearing them.
I recently ordered these earphones (this is the 3rd pair I've purchased from Earphone Solutions over the past 6 years) and paid extra for 2 day shipping, as I was going out of town and wanted to be able to use them. Well, day 2 came and went and tracking showed they would arrive after I was gone for 10 days...bummer! I tried calling customer service but could get no answer and resorted to sending an email about this issue. Flavio, the owner of the company, emailed me back pretty quickly, saying that the office was closed for the 4th of July holiday. He, himself, was on a trip to NY with his family. But, he took the time to email me several times to try and resolve my issue. While I did not receive them in the time frame I paid for to receive them, I feel like I got great customer service and a good resolution to make up for this mishap...which was not their fault...it was the good ol' USPS. Anyway, I haven't had a chance to fully use these earphones yet, but the brief time I did I know they are going to be GREAT for me and my smallish ears! I highly recommend Earphone Solutions for those of you looking for answers to your audio needs. Thank you, Flavio...you definitely have a customer for as long as you want one.
I was pleasantly surprised with the UM PRO 10 Earphones. Terrific clarity, no muddled base that covers up the real music. I wear these when I work out and the fit is great, you don't even know that your wearing earphones. All in all a great product for the price.
Really nice, quality, reasonable priced headphone. Been researching for replacement for an ancient SE210 with its dinosaur size cable. Been impressed with so far, small profile = nice fit, good clear sound = listening pleasure, Made in USA = quality you can trust. And he replaceable cable is another star, the UE900 with mic and control cable fit perfectly with the UMPRO10.
Nice earphones. Good balanced sound, bass not especially pronounced as I usualy prefer. Comfortable even if it's not as small as the Audéo's from Phonak. Stay aware: they're very loud with a 122db and I wouldn't recommend to listen over hours at full power! I like the fact that you can replace the cables if necessary. Over all I'm satisified with the Westone UM PRO 10.
I purchased these for my wife and she has been very happy with them. I also took a listen and was quite impressed. I have owned two pairs of Shure in ears (an old pair of single BA driver ones and the SE 315s) and now own a pair of Westone 4rs. Based on my previous experience with single BA driver in ears, I was afraid that these would be lacking in the low end. My wife loves the fit of the Westones however and our budget for these limited me to one option. When they arrive, I was very impressed with both the clarity and the low end response.
I had purchased these IEM's as a replacement for my old W1's that had been destroyed. The fit on these was great. Their small size made them very comfortable in my ear, almost to the point that you didn't feel them at all. I primarily bought them for working out so between the size and the sound quality they were a winner. After a few weeks however I noticed that monitors would constantly cut out after heavy work outs. Once the contacts got wet they had to be cleaned and dried before they would work again. I contacted Earphone Solutions and tried a replacement cable first, but the same issue kept occurring. I was greatly disappointed by these cause I really wanted to love them. I was lucky enough to score one of the few remaining W1's EPS had in stock which are still working great.
Hi Frank, we apologize for this inconvenience. For sweat-proof we recommend the ADV Alpha which is water resistant. However I will say that I always use my UM on the treadmill and never had this problem but I don't sweat a lot in the head/ear. We are very sorry again it didn't work out for you. Please contact us and we will take care of it. Thank you.
I bought these to use as IEMs with a personal monitor mixer when I play bass. The sound quality was good during sound check, but when the performance started, a lot of the sound was lost- predominantly on the low end. For a guitar player or vocalist, these would be a good IEM, and for most people they would be a great earphone, but they simply aren't powerful enough on the low end. Personally, it would have been worth the difference in price to go up to the next model in the series, as I have tried them out and it corrects most, if not all, of the lost quality. Pros: Comfortable fit, many tips included, packaging and case are great Cons: Very weak low end
I bought these as replacements for my ever-failing Shure se215. As much as the sound quality of the Westones is touted here, I figured I'd shell out more money to snag these UM PRO 10's. While I like the shorter cable as compares to the Shure's, the overall sound doesn't match the se215, unfortunately. I am using the largest silicone tips and have a great seal within my ear canal. I'm wondering is the smaller overall size of these earphones accounts for the lack of bass? I've tried listening to a variety of music (heavy metal, jazz, fusion, dub step), but nothing really seems to make these earphones sound like the broad spectrum ear-nirvana items that the advertising sold me on. At this point, I'm not sure what I do; grin and bear it and hope that these last longer than the Shures ever did or return them and try to find something else in the price range that a.) Sounds better and b.) holds up to every day usage in the gym. Color me underwhelmed. Pros: Shorter cord vs. Shure se215 Low profile, in-ear design Red color is cool Cons: Lack of bass response
Thanks for the review Jeff. Make sure you have a good seal as the UM PRO 10 having balanced armature drivers, the bass will depend on a good seal, different from the SE215 that features dynamic drivers and doesn't depend so much on the seal to deliver bass.
Having used Shure myself. But for friends and the kids. I get them the lowered end models to play and used. After 1-2 of used the Shure SE215 cabling is not working as expected and needs a quick replacement (w/ 2yrs warranty). I bought many lowered end models of Shure in the past and really noticed they don't last very long. But the Westone UM1 seems to be a good contender to buy for my kids to used while leaving my high-end Earphones alone. Pros: Sound Quality Cons:
Thank you for a great review, Randy!
As soon as I got the earbuds I plugged into my computer iTunes. I was amazed at how much better my music could sound. I purchased these for use with Aviom systems and they work great. I was happy with the price relatively speaking I felt it was a good deal. I highly recommend these earphones they work great. The only negative I've experienced it the fit. When I get them in just right they fit super well. It's a bit difficult to get them in just right the first time. It takes me a minute or two to get them in correctly. Other than that these are super cool earbuds... Pros: Sound is really, great... Cons: Getting each one fitted into my ears takes a bit of time. The outer plastic mold has to be just right in order to fit in snuggly.
I really wanted to like these more. They certainly produce more detail than my $20 MEE M9's. But they are rather anemic outside the mid-range, particularly in the bass. I'm not a basshead. I listen to Classical. But even that genre has its share of low tones and I am just not hearing it. Also, I can't seem to find a proper seal despite fiddling forever with the various tips. A lot of outside noise seeps in despite jamming the IEM's deep into my ear canals, which makes for a lot of discomfort. They can also be a hassle to put on and off. At this price point, I wish I'd gotten the Thinksound Rain's instead (my prior go-to IEM's) The build quality seems excellent. A pity the sound doesn't measure up. PS -- I am tempted to trade these in to upgrade to the Westone 4's, which I hear improves on much that doesn't work with the UM1's. But I got a promo with the UM1's and now the promo's over and shelling out 500 bucks for what could potentially be not so awesome doesn't quite appeal to me. Pros: Clear mid-range sounds Good build quality Great cable Cons: Weak bass and treble Weak soundstage Doesn't fit well. Expensive for what it does.
Joseph, if the outside noise is seeping in it is due to the fact that you are not getting a good seal. A perfect seal also guarantees a good bass. The PA910 (olive tips) from Shure are compatible with the UM1 and offer a wider diameter than the Comply Tips that come with the earphones.
Really great sound and price on this one. I like that the special edition red ones came with a hard case too. The sound is nice and neutral, just what I was looking for, perhaps a bit too analytical for some. I wanted a tad more bass and when I learned that the W1 had a bit more midrange bloom and a wee bit more bass, I bought it as well. This was thanks to the excellent custom service here at Earphones Solutions. The UM1 is now my wife's IEM of choice as the music she listens to is more vocal based. I listen to everything from Rammstein to Lana Del Rey. I'm going to end the review here as I have moved to the W1 My music is Apple Lossless & 254k mp3 or m4a files My source is an iPod touch or my AudioEngine DAC / Amp since my laptop soundcard sucks. Pros: Detailed highs without ear fatigue Excellent clarity Perfect isolation and comfy fit Awesome hard case. Red IEM's in your ears look cool! Cons: I wanted a bit more mids and bass, not much, nearly there, just a little bit more.
Having gone through a number of Shure E2, Westone UM1, Westone 1, and Westone UM3 with removable cables, the UM1s are my favorite. Given my use and possibly body chemistry, the Shure cables die after about 1 year (I went through several before trying Westone). I have broken/worn out the cables of one pair of Westones after a few years. The rest, sadly were lost while traveling (general risk for earbuds compared to cans). I prefer the weaker bass of the 1/um1 to the um3, particularly for the environments/audio where I use earbuds. The UM1 has the lowest profile of these earbuds, making them the most comfortable, particularly if you fall asleep wearing them. Finally, the carrying case that now comes with the UM1s is great. Its a solid plastic box, hermetically sealed, has a sturdy snap/latch, and a great strap slot. Pros: Great cables Sound Fit/comfort Carrying case Cons:
Just bought my first pair of these a couple weeks ago after a friend recommended them. So far I love these headphones. One word of caution if you plan on exercising in these though. I tend to sweat a fair amount on longer runs and the first time I used these for that purpose the Comply headphones got completely saturated with sweat. This caused the earphones to keep slipping out of my ear and that caused moisture to get into the earbud. That in turn caused the sound to almost completely cut out (and gave me a heart attack in the process thinking I just broke my brand new headphones!). I know this site does sell something that removes moisture/humidity from the headphones but I just let mine sit and the sound did eventually come back. Afraid to use them with the Comply tips I tried the triple flange. I did have to cut of the smallest tip for them to fit in my ear comfortably but this definitely solved my problem, no more slipping out of the ear. So if you're going to use these to exercise you may want to consider the triple flange tips first. Pros: - Great sound isolation. - Stay in my ears, even during exercise. Cons: - Nothing.
So far I've used these 2 times on stage. I play acoustic and sing. So far I love having in ears for the first time. It''s taking me a while to learn how to use them. Getting the right tips, placement into the ears with quickness, etc... I love the little case. I might get a bigger case so I don't have to coil them up so tight. Thanks Pros: Cons:
I find the UM1 gives the best value for the frequency response. I was satisfied with the comfort and isolation. I use the UM1in the gym and other exercise routines. The first UM1failed after two and half years when the right wire developed some loose connection giving some intermittent connection. I tried other earphones like Sony, etc, but they were not as comfortable nor provided the isolation and smoothness. Also I did not want to subject the more expensive Westone I have for this type of abuse as it would costly to replace. Since I figured it would cost more to fix than buy a new one, I decided to buy another UM1 hoping this would last longer. Pros: good overall response fit and noise isolation good value Cons: I hope this last longer than the first one
Really like the way the earpiece fits with bike helmet and stays in place running. The sound quality was not as good as I expected for a $165 retail price. Sound is a bit thin and not much better than a $30 Sony earbud. That said the fit is better. Pros: the fit Cons: sound quality for the cost
Hi Robert, Thanks for the review. Please make sure you are using the right eartip size for your ear-canal. The seal will provide a great sound!
I have owned several products in - what I call - the high-end consumer/low-end audiophile area, and the UM1s are the best overall package I have owned - especially for the price. That is probably mostly due to the fit. I have worn these for up to 5 hours without any problems. Previous IEMs would leave me in pain after 2 hours. I also bought my wife a pair. She has small ears and has never had an issue with them. I do find these IEMs a little thin in the LF ranges compared to other units, but the trade-off for fit is well worth it. I have read many complaints about the "fragility" of the UM1s, but I have not experienced that at all. I bought my UM1s in 2009 (@earphonesolutions) and I have NOT been that gentle with them. They still work great. My previous IEMs each lasted about a year before experiencing problems - mostly from design flaws or operator carelessness. Now I find myself in the market not for new IEMs, but for tips for my UM1s. If I had to come up with a complaint, it would be in the overall length of the cord, which may have been addressed in recent years. I would be very happy with another 6 to 12 inches of cord. Pros: fit value Cons: cord length
Love these earphones, love them so much i sent one pair in to have a new set of wires installed at westone and had to order another pair so i didnt have to go without. Service is always fast and professional with Earphone Solutions. I have ordered several items over the years. thanks for the great service Pros: Small, excellent fit, excellent sound reproduction. Cons: nothing
Hi Michael, Thank you for your repeat business!
I had been trying various earphones looking for a set that would attenuate rather than exacerbate wind noise while cycling at higher speeds created by the wind passing over the ears. These are the best by far among those I tired. Wind noise is greatly reduced and I can listen to program material at a very low volume. I attribute this mainly to the lack of a port, their very low profile, and good seal in the ear canal. You do need to experiment with the provide tips to get an airtight seal. The triple flange tips worked for me after modification. The largest of the supplied foam tips, which are medium, worked intermittently. I need large foam tips which are were not included. I'm not an audiophile but I would rate the sound quality as very good. The bass and treble are very good but not as extended, nor the frequency response as smooth, as with the best earphones and speakers. Pros: Attenuates wind noise very well. Good sound quality. Low profile and inconspicuous. Cons: Should include large foam tips. Should include more tips.
It took me awhile to get the hang of properly getting the earbuds in and out...I've been using over the ear forever. But now that I have the hang of it, the sound really is excellent. I don't believe it stands up to quality over the ear, but I'll trade that for portability. What I do believe in is the isolating qualities. With music playing at reasonable volume, I can't hear any extraneous background noise in a fairly noisy office (I work at a tech company that still has a slightly carnival atmosphere). Also, long term comfort is not a problem. Early on the buds were uncomfortable for me after less than an hour, but I think that was solved by getting better at inserting them. The build quality is excellent. I don't have any problems with cable lengths, but then I'm of distinctly average size. If anyone wants to donate a pair of UM3X for comparison purposes I'd be happy to oblige. ;-) Pros: Build quality Small size Sound quality Cons: It can still take a little doing to insert well Cords tangle easily.
I first got these earphones 4-5 years ago, back when I was still using cheap $15 earphones. It was recommended to me by a musician friend of mine. It may seem like a big leap, going from $15 dollars to just over a hundred, but these earphones are worth every penny and more. It revealed details I've never heard before in all of my favourite songs, and at that moment, I turned from a casual listener to a budding audiophile. I started appreciating music the way I never have before, and when alone, I would watch movies with my Westone earphone because I can no longer tolerate the sound from cheap speakers. I've always appreciated accurate sounds over colourful ones, and these Westone are amazing in that regard. It's not that you can't hear the bass, it's just much more controlled and it doesn't overwhelm the rest of the spectrum, like some of the more popular earphones. The cords are durable and tangle-free, and the buds are so comfortable that you sometimes forget they're there. I've even slept with the buds in my ears a couple of times before, something I can't do with other earphones. I've recommended this pair to a couple of friends, and they all agree, these earphones are one of the best a hundred dollars can buy. Pros: Durable and tangle-free cord Extremely comfortable Accurate sound Value for money Cons: None
I really want to write a glowing review for these earphones, I really do. All the reviews that I read while researching the right product for me gave these earphones the thumbs up. In fact it was difficult to find Pro-quality earphones that didn't have a positive review. However I have to say that I'm underwhelmed by their sound quality performance. These are the first quality pair of earphones that I have used let alone owned and I was expecting the jump in sound quality to be significant from the 'Creative' earphones that I have been using up to this point. So what can I say, they just sound ordinary. I'm using them on my iPod touch, maybe that's the problem. Or maybe I was overly enthusiastic to expect these earphones to perform better than the ones that came standard with my wife's laptop. They're comfortable but fiddly to use. Pros: All the hype and nice packaging. Cons: Bang for your buck is poor. Did not meet sound expectation.
Liam, Thanks for your review. I am sure you are not getting a good seal yet. Without a good seal they will sound underwhelming and lacking bass and that's very common and to be expected for the first week. You need to make sure you are wearing the right sleeve size for your ears. That takes a little while but it's a one time process that will reward you in the end with a full sound much superior than the other models you have used so far. Thank you.
Amazing, this is my first Westone purchase, i simply love it so much...well since i used it for mp3 players, it is perfect, however, i did try use it as my DJ in ear monitor, it didnt work well, so if u just wana mp3 players earphone, this is it, but u wana get a in ear monitor, you have to go to the next level, UM2 and UM3 should be the ones u consider. Another important thing is Westone's ear plugs are so comfortable, i have these on all day, seriously, i go to class with them, i go to library with them, i skratch with them, my ears never feel tired of wearing these. A truly gem for this price range.. Since i only have these for like 2 weeks, i cant say anything on its durability, however, the wire does seem a bit weak to me, but all i did was use electro tapes to tighten wire where its connected. so by just looking at it, i think it will last for a long time.. Pros: Cons:
I purchased these for a running earphone about a month ago and they have done wonderfully. I have had problems in the past with water damage but i think that these with the tripple flange earpieces are as water tight as can be asked for with this kind of sound quality. The cables are superior! I don't think i can overstate the fact that they are both incredibly strong uncommon tensile feel and extremely light. This is such a gift for exercise and could easily not be a part of a purchase decision if you have never actually felt the cable. The sound quality, especially in the range of voice/viola/chello. Exceptional even for 120 bucks, the $99 dollar price point would make these shine, but if that would require a knock in any of the quality i have mentioned then i suppose it had to be done, these are nearly the perfect low cost exercise earphone. The 2 year warranty brings great piece of mind, these are a tremendous value. and if you are wanting to buy an earphone for the gym for 100 bucks, spend the extra 20 and buy these. Pros: Durable cable strength/weight ratio Great mid detail 2 year warranty Cons: would be easier to convince my friends to buy at $99
I purchased these to replace a pair of damaged Shure E3c. I had never been very satisfied with those and I had to try out the Westones. What an upgrade. It really is shocking that these aren't more widely used and touted as a great value oriented set of in ear monitors. I had Westone molded inserts made for them and they have been even better. But even with only the provided comply tips, their performance is awesome. I would wholeheartedly recommend these to musicians, music enthusiasts, and runners. I use these to listen to my iphone while running, and there is little to no noise from the cord, and they stay secure on my head. I also play guitar and bass onstage with these at church, and I have no problem getting a great sounding mix through and Aviom monitoring rig. I even have no problem playing bass, though there is a roll off compared to some of my better headphones. (Although that is an unfair comparison to these in-ear-phones) I suggest you try Westones without hesitation. Pros: Cons:
it was the best earphone ive ever had. Pros: music quality strong cable does not comes off when you run comfortable to wear Cons: the part where you put your eartip is made of weak material.It tends to break easily.
Sound better then my Beats as good as my $150 Shure buds. Pros: Comfort and sound. Cons: Short chord that tangles.
Being a musicians and never having used cheaper IEMs, I thought I wasn't going to get much back sound quality wise, but I was very wrong. The sound isolation is amazing and they are quite comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. I actually had to use them in a pinch during a performance, and I almost ditched the nicer set for these permanently after the show. Pros: Sound quality Comfort Weight (Very Light) Very durable design Cons: Need more Comply tips, I go through them too fast replaceable cables at this price point would be awesome
I never review anything I buy, but I'll make an exception. Shipped same day, at my door in a couple days. GREAT service. Will buy from them again. Pros: Cons:
I play drums with a church band and, for the money, this is the best in-ear I've found. First time I've even had to turn up the drums in the monitor since other in-ears wouldn't block the kit. Pros: Comfortable fit Keeps out ambient sound Cons: Nothing
I've been using the UM1 for over 2 years, and I'm on my 2nd set only because my first set was either lost or stolen. I hope whoever has them appreciates them as much as I do. I'm a live audio professional who travels frequently, so I wanted an in-ear solution that sounded good, provided the isolation needed when flying or on a motor coach, and hopefully priced so I could "expense" them. The UM1 has met all of those goals. The UM1 is where I hear consumer products begin to approach the professional IEM units in terms of overall sonic quality. The tonality is balanced, the sound stage is clear and nothing sounds "hyped" to me. With my age and work-related hearing loss, I tend to add a bit of HF shelving EQ at my playback device, but folks with "normal" hearing will find them clear and present without being harsh or overly bright. I find them "warm" compared to some other consumer-grade IEMs and prefer that basic balance. The LF is tight and detailed, but it's not an air pump. There are better options if one needs either more LF output or greater LF extension and they cost double the UM1's price tag. The key to good results is spending the time and a bit of cash finding the tips that work best for your individual anatomy and learning to fit the assembly in a repeatable fashion. It took a couple of days, but I found the short Comply tips work well if I don't need to constantly remove and replace the earpiece; the Shure triple flange sleeve needed the stem trimmed back to last flange and works better when I need to have the earpiece in and out. The Comply tips have superior isolation and the LF response is better with them The break-in period is for real, too. The UM1 will sound different after a bit of use and as another reviewer reports, it can take more than 10 hours before it is broken in. As far as reliability, I've yet to need service or repair. YMMV. Finally, Earphone Solutions gets props for their superior order fulfillment department and that they ship via US Postal Service! Pros: Balanced & neutral tonality, but not boring Form factor supports extended wear Great value, quality product USA made Cons: Nothing, really.
I've been really happy with the performance of these headphones, and they are of a good fit. I read about how 'fragile' these earphones can be and took extra good care of them. However, the left channel stopped functioning after less than 6 months of usage. Westone's response was to send them in for repairs "if it was covered by the warranty". No apologies or explanation. I have to make sure that the earphones are properly packed to ensure that they are not damaged in transit which incurs additional cost. This is not the kind of service and quality I expect when paying a premium for a product. Pros: good performance good fit Cons: not reliable wires get entangled
We apologize for the inconvenience. Please rest assured that it's not the norm. One of our UM2s are more than 5 years old and still going. Next time please give us a call and we will make sure your warranty claim gets expedited so you can receive a new replacement from Westone quickly. Note that when you buy these from eBay or Amazon resellers, your warranty is void as they are not authorized dealers. Our direct number is 1-321-939-0228. Thank you!
The kind folks here solicited a review of my recently purchased set of UM1 earphones but first may I tell you about the sellers: Quick, orderly service; they delivered the product in two working days, as ordered in perfect condition. Very fair price; the additional discount offered prompted me to buy the extra cost two day expedited delivery. Nice folks: It took a couple of emails from Adriana Q to reach my buying decision. Helpful, non-jargon, response. Yeahhhh! It was also important to have a well built product and since I am kind of an old fat guy, something discreet, (nothing goofier than some grandpa pimped out with oversize, lime green buds). The clear plastic of the UM 1's filled that bill nicely. The sound itself has plenty of bass for me, especially after a few weeks of use. I don't know about the ten hour break in thing most talk about since I needed about three weeks or more of steady use before mine warmed up so stay patient. Fit was fine with the standard foam pads although I probably will try the bigger ones (two pair included, along with another standard pair) when time to change out. Also included in the thoughtful little black storage box is a cerulean cleaning device. Nifty. Pros: OK, the buds: Great clarity compared to products I've used previously. In fairness, most of my experience has been with cans with the highest end buds previously owned a set of Sony MDR-NC11 Noise Canceling Headphones purchased for air travel. OK, but lacked a bit on the fidelity side. One of my specifications was to have less of a bass sound bias and lean a bit more to the mid-range and higher end of the sound spectrum. This is where Adriana came in so handily and made suggestions based upon what I asked for. Cons: If I had a quibble, it would be the length of the wire itself, especially from the buds to the adjustment slide, (about 13). With an 18 1/2 neck and a head that would be at home over a bar in Rock Springs, Wyoming, they are both a smidgen snug, YMMV.
Hi Don, thanks for the review. In reference to the cable please keep in mind that these are designed to have the cables routed behind the back of the ear and then behind of the head, going down on your back. In this configuration you should have no problems with the "Y" length of the cables. Thanks!
As long as I don't have any other earphones, I have nothing to complain with. It perfectly fits to your ears and really comfortable. Wana get W2 hopefully. Pros: comfortable Cons: want to hear higher version like W2, and get one!
I purchased this for a recent concert where I was playing along with some recorded tracks I did in the studio and needed to hear the click track in one ear and the violins in the other. Everything was clear, the earbuds were extremely soft and comfortable and didn't distract me while I played the piano. Everything went perfectly!!!!! Thank you Earphone Solutions for providing such a great product! Pros: Comfort in my ears and the fact that they didn't move while I moved on staged. Cons: nothing!
Thanks Eddie "Keys" Allen. This MADE in USA little wonder never ceases to surprise.
I have had these phones for over a year now, and have never had any issues with them. They can drown out annoying family, car noise, even an abnormally loud snow blower with ease. I have been snowblowing the driveway and only had my Zune at 1/10 of the total volume, without hearing the snowblower. I get good frequency responses from all frequency ranges. Pros: Cons:
I use these earphones for music worship practices and sessions and they are by far the best in-ear earphones that I've ever had. I used a pair over a year ago and now finally got around to getting a pair for myself. They fit comfortably once you know how to put them in right and with the right mixing and EQing, you can hear everything the way you need it. Pros: Cons:
I use these mainly at night. They are comfortable to sleep on and because of the shape I can do right/left ear in the dark. Pros: Comfortable to sleep on. Cons: Pricier that I like.
This is my first in-ear passive isolating earphones, and it has been great. Once I found the bud size that fits my ear canal, I can barely hear any external sounds. Unless you can't stand in-ear headphones, these are probably one of the front-runners you should look into Also, Westone was very prompt when I had one of the ear pieces break. No hassle, just a quick delivery with the problem resolved (First quick warranty protection I've experienced) unlike the whole waiting a month before a word from the manufacturer. I'm usually all about trying different brands, but Westone has made the most with their first impression. The only minor detail I might complain about is that the chord starts to wind. However this is pretty easily resolved and wouldn't be an issue if I put the earphones in the designated case rather then wrapping them around my player. Pros: Great sound quality/ isolation nice treble/mid, decent bass. Cons: Nothing as of yet
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Item sounds fine, not as good low end as the UM2, but I don't think most musicians in live events would notice the difference. Pros: Can be repaired by Westone (not disposable) Reasonable price for the performance Fits discretely in ear Cons: Non-detachable cord and not upgradeable to detachable cord.
This is my second set of these lightweight, comfortable headphones. I bought this set of headphones for my son. My first set is five years old and still works great! Pros: well made, comfortable, lightweight Cons: expensive
I play music and have my own home studio, so I listen critically BUT I hate to spend money on sound gear that I don't need. The UM1's are the best deal in this price range on up to $200. These are great for many applications including the airplane and mp3 listening. Are they perfect sounding? No. Do they sound good and balanced? Yes. Lots of bass? Enough bass, considering that iPod are generally bass weak. Take some getting used? Maybe, I don't mind this type of ear phone but I know people who aren't into things in their ear. The UM1's are remarkable at their price point and I think users who have frequency range complaints about single driver ear buds have unrealistic expectations --> that costs $300+ but I caution against casually buying awesome earpbuds because then all you will hear are the imperfections in your mp3 that you ripped at 128. Pros: Cons:
I am a stay at home Dad and use earbuds average 6-hours a day, and I am pretty rough on buds. Without music during chores and sometimes when my two boys are at home, I would simply lose my mind. At that frequency and level of abuse the cheaper models just did not hold up for more than about a month. The UM1 seems built to last. I have 3-weeks use on mine so far with no breakage but there are issues. 1.) The cord needs to be 1 foot longer. My player sometimes hangs in my pocket by the wire thus adding stress to me and the wire. 2.) Buds will slip out of the ear more easily after the foam tips become oily with use. 3.) Replacement tips are way to expensive; $3+ per set. Manufacturing cost cannot be more then 50cents/pair. With these down falls the UM1 is still worth the price. They sound great as long as you get a proper seat in the ear. Use the recommended procedure of reaching around the head with your opposite hand and pulling on the earlobe during insertion. Once you've mastered the insertion they will block out much of the ambient noise and leave you in audio bliss. 4 stars. If longer cord and less expensive tips then possible 4.5 stars. Pros: Sound quality, ambient noise blockage, solid build, good warranty, fair price. Cons: Replacement tips expensive, Cord too short.
Dear Tom, thanks for the review! As for the cable length, please make sure you are wearing them with the cables going down your back as they are designed to be worn that way. I'm 5' 10" and there is plenty cable but if you are taller and your pocket is goes deep in your shorts or pants I can see how the cables could be a bit longer. There is an extension cable made by Shure that work just fine in case you need them. There is a 9" extension and a 3 ft extension. Look under "Earphone Accessories". Thanks!
Overall a wonderful IEM. I come from a long allegiance to the Sennheiser sound and took a bit of a gamble with these. You will notice immediately that they are laid back in the highs BUT give it time. After they are in your ears for a while the feeling of suppressed highs goes away and what you are left with is a very full non-fatiguing sound. Other than that these are hard to categorize, I have heard headphones from Sennheiser to AKG to Grado and these are not like any of those. I would say they have the balance and fullness of the Sennheiser but with less transparency. If you like Grado these are nothing like it, the punch is their and they are forward but they don't have the Grado bight (or bright to some people). Pros: Cons:
I am a big fan of podcasts and audio books. I work construction and use these on average about 6 hours a day using and iPod Touch. i have tried most of the moderately priced brands and always come back to the Westone's . The UM 1's are very durable with the best cords that I have used. Excellent outside noise reduction and very comfortable fit for me. The design fits flush to the ear so you can use these with helmets or taking a nap with your ear against the pillow with no discomfort. Pros: Comfortable fit with a high degree of outside noise reduction. Cons: I would pay 2x as much if they had replaceable cords. I am tough on the earphones and have snagged cords . They have to be sent to Westone to have them replaced for around $30
These are the best earphones we have ever owned... Not only will they protect our ears... but they're also made right here in the USA... by real hard working AMERICANS!!!! What more could you ask for? Buy them, you'll love them Pros: Cons:
I just got these yesterday. I was really happy to try them out and was honestly disappointed. However, this was because I couldn't get a proper fit. After a thorough ear cleaning I am trying them again. I thought the bass was a little weak, so in my player (Samsung P3, also a great product) I fooled around with the EQ to see how I could make them sound. And the result is WONDERFUL! I didn't even think it possible for IEMS to sound so rich and full before this (I had used V-Moda Vibe, then switched to full cans). These are EXACTLY what I was hoping for. Just remember, if you get these, take an hour or two to fiddle with the settings... and make sure your ears are clean. Right now I'm sitting here, awestruck, hearing parts of the Sherlock Holmes soundtrack I never heard before through Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro80 headphones (cost about $200). Really unbelievable sound for the price. However there's one big drawback for me personally. I can't stand the foam ear tips. They have plastic pieces in them that hurt when I put them in my ears. They also get dirty quickly. I initially planned on buying a pair of silicone tips but decided to give the foam a try and I wish I had. All in all though, if you're in the market for some decent IEMS, don't pass by these. You won't be disappointed. And maybe pick up some silicone tips too. Pros: Price Monstrous bass (especially considering they're IEMs) Clarity Nice cable design They hold in my ears like none other so far They don't whistle much in wind Nice little hard/soft hybrid shell case included (It also appears to be very well put together) Cons: Time it took to realize how wonderful they truly were In powerful bass moments, they can get ever so slightly muddy. Considering the price that shouldn't even be noteworthy though. I do NOT like the foam earpieces, personally. They have plastic tubes that scratch my ears when I put them in.
Dear Max, Thanks for the excellent review. Try to insert the earphones slowly and maybe the plastic core will not be exposed and scratch your ears. If you push them in strong and deep the walls of the ear canal will push the foams outwards exposing the plastic core. Thanks!
I used to sing for a church worship team and was introduced to UM1's. Combining them with specially formed ear buds made a huge difference in my performance and in my listening pleasure. I will never do without my UM1's! Pros: Cost and sound quality Cons: Fairly fragile. I'm on my 3rd set in as many years.
Dear Jeffrey, please keep in mind that the UM1 has a 1 year warranty out of the box and when you send a copy of our invoice along with the enclosed warranty card to Westone, you receive an extra year for a total of 2 Year Warranty. Thanks for your feedback and sorry for the inconvenience. The UM1 are still made in the US and they rarely fail.
These UM1s are super comfortable to wear for long periods and the sound quality is very good. Like most have mentioned the bass response is a bit lacking but just depends on the type of music you listen to. For most genres, it is very acceptable. I have also been using them as in ear drum monitors and they work very well from an isolation point of view. Great product and a great price! Pros: Price Quality Comfort Cons: Wires seem a bit thin
Sound quality is average and nothing special. Very comfortable though hence my reluctance to go through the hassle to return. Pros: Extremely comfortable. Cons: Lacks bass. No mic for answering iphone. Sound quality is not what expected for price.
Please make sure yo are getting a very good seal. When the seal is not right, the bass is the frequency range that "leaks" away and that's very common out of the box. Most customers will take 5-10 days to through the different eartips and getting a good match for their ear canals. That's essential with balanced armature drivers since they don't move air like inexpensive dynamic drivers. Thanks!
I had a few pairs of earphones for around the price of these ones before, and I must say that these ones are much more superior than all of them, including the Shure SCL2! The UM1 beats them on every aspect: Sound, comfort, cable, accessories. But I wish they could have just a little bit more bass. It also takes a few days before they sound at their best. Pros: Excellent sound Stylish clear case Thin but resistant cable Comfortable for long-term use Cons: None!
nice full sound from these earphones provide good listening for all types of music. they seem fairly detailed for my ears. these are very comfortable and compact. it doesn't feel like you will break them accidentally. don't confuse full sound with very bass-y, b/c these are not that. they compare favorable to my last pair of ultimate ear super.fi 3's in all ways. Pros: unique, sturdy twisted-style cable stylish clear casing Cons: earbud foam pads get dirty quickly
The left ear piece quit working before the "review your purchase" email got to me. The wire separated from the speaker. I only wore them under normal use, walking around and at night listening to my ipod in bed. Pros: They were comfortable. They also stay in you ear well and probably be good for sports if they were more durable.. They do take time to get use to. Cons: They quit working withing a week.
Dea Jimmy, We are very sorry for this inconvenience. Please send us an email and we will replace them for you at no charge of course. Please know that this is the first time we hear about this. The UM1 is actually made in the US and the return / defect rate is close to 0%. Thanks for your feedback!
Balanced, but does lack slightly in lows and highs. But for having just a single driver, sound is well balanced. You'll hear the details you missed before. I use them with the triple flange tips when playing keyboard or bass at church, and stage noise, even with an acoustic drum set and auxiliary percussion, is nearly obsolete. I have to remove them to hear any conversation that is not through the system (or I attempt reading lips). Pros: full, balanced sound Cons: need a little more highs and lows beige cord would be nice
I bought these to replace a set of M-Audio IE-10's/Ultimate Ears that had gotten wet. I stumbled on this site and they recommended these over the Ultimate Ears equivalent to the IE-10's. I read reviews on other sites and decided to pull the trigger. Shipping was very fast and was pleasantly surprised when I plugged them in. Iâm hearing stuff I didn't hear before from my iPod. The cables are very supple and comfortable. The Comply tips are a big bonus. I haven't had the opportunity to use these on stage much so I canât really comment on this use. The one time I've used them on stage I liked them a lot. Pros: Sound Quality, Comfort, Value Cons:
These earphones fit very comfortably and have a great clear tone with good bass Pros: Cons:
I have a partner who snores loudly. Regular ear plugs were no longer cutting it, and most headphones, even ear buds, were incredibly uncomfortable to sleep in. I needed something comfortable to sleep in that combined the noise-sealing qualities of an ear plug with the ability to play white noise. That is exactly what the Westone UM1 did. I put my white noise thunder storm track on loop, put my locked iPod under the pillow, and am able to get to sleep and go back to sleep if I wake up in the middle of the night. The UM1 is incredibly comfortable to sleep in as long as you change out the foam ear pieces every couple of weeks, and they really do provide sound superior to what I'm used to. In addition to using them every night while I sleep I also use them with my iPod when I work out, and they far surpass any headphone I've ever owned. Granted, I'm not a certified audiophile, but the quality is pretty obvious. I would heartily recommend them for anybody struggling with a snoring partner, studies are showing that sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Pros: Fit Sound Noise-blocking abilities Comfort Customer service Cons: Ear-pieces wear out quickly
My partner's snoring was getting too loud to handle...regular ear plugs couldn't block out the noise, and regular headphones weren't comfortable to sleep in. These were the last thing we tried before relegating ourselves to separate bedrooms. Thankfully, they work! Pros: Great sound Great noise blockage Comfortable to sleep in Well made Cons: The foam ear-pieces wear out pretty quickly When the foam ear-pieces are worn out the fit/sound is compromised
I needed a pair of in the ear earphones for my NANO that would be easy to insert in my ears, remain in my ears after installation, not remind me - once they were installed - that they were in my ears and that would provide all the high quality sound I sought while I ran my morning sprint over the streets in my town. I wanted such earphones at least to deliver the vocal and orchestral quality of sound that I'd come to expect from listening to opera from prime seats in an opera hall like Lincoln Center. WOW! The Westone UM1 Single Driver True Fit In-Ear Earphones satisfied me on each one of my desires. I'd tried several other ear buds but each was deficient in some way for my purposes. Not so with the Westone UM1 Single Driver True Fit In-Ear Earphones. I would reccommend these earbuds to anyone seeking the features listed above which I find so enjoyable. Also, about range of sound - I have no negative comment. Pros: Cons:
I bought these earphones because I had an ear infection that has caused bad tinnitus on one side. It can be difficult to get to sleep with this condition and I 've been experimenting with music, white noise and natural sounds. But you need earphones that don't interfere with your comfort, and the UM1 phones are absolutely perfect for this. The iPod goes under the pillow, the phones go in (wires coming from the back of the neck) and they are totally comfy, so that I wake up having forgotten I even have them in. I don't wear my Westone earphones in the street. Pros: The sound is good and they are very comfortable. Cons:
As with all earphones, achieving a good seal is the key to reaching the products full potential. I had read previous reviews that knocked the bass output of the UM1 but since I don't always listen to music with heavy lows, I thought the UM1's would be good. The first time I used these earphones I just about lost it because I was using the wrong foam covers and thought, "The bass is terrible, damn it!" I switched to the smallest set of covers and the change was so dramatic that I played every song on my player twice. I gave the product 4 out of 5 stars because, for the money, the sound is very crisp and well rounded but the foam covers were filthy after two days and the cord is not really insulated so when running you can (slightly) hear the vibration from the cord hitting your back. Pros: Good noise cancelation unreal mids for the price Super comfortable They stay in your ears Cons: Earpiece covers need to be more durable or easily cleanable. Cord noise is only slightly annoying.
These earphones are amazing! I use them as in-ear monitors onstage at a large church where I sing with several other vocalists. House balance is very poor onstage, with heavy guitar sound that usually leaks into cheaper earphones I've purchased. When I used these for the first time last week, I had the hardest time adjusting to the new quality but I couldn't put my finger on it. What I eventually realized was that I was no longer fighting the house sound leaking into my ears! Whatever channels I programmed/assigned to come through, that's what I got. The clarity was pretty good - still haven't determined with the heavy treble I was getting is the aviom we use or the ears. I'll reserve judgment for now. These ears are comfortable, which surprised me because I usually don't like the foam phones. These worked fine, although I'd like them to offer the rubber phones instead. I liked the option of being able to tighten the cord at the back of my head. All in all, a very good purchase for me. I'd have given 5 stars, except for the foam. Pros: sound quality, ability to tighten cord at the back of head. Cons: foam earphone material.
was a bit awkward to put them on compared to the iPod earphone but he sound is way much better! Always clear and powerful sound :) and the service of earphonesolutions is hats off! Keep it up! Pros: great sound great service Cons:
I had wanted a quality ear bud that would work good for snowmobiling and this works perfect. The earbuds are extremely comfortable to wear under a helmet and the cord is the perfect length. I listen to XM radio while riding and these earbuds are so comfortable that my ears never hurt while wearing them. The sound is good to but my reason for purchasing these was for the comfort. I thought the triple flange things were a waste of money as the foam jobs that come with it are perfect. I used the short ones. Pros: Extremely comfortable. Good Sound. Great lenth of cord. Cons: none
The westone UM1 are excellent for general use listening, ie, radio, podcast, audiobooks, and of course music, but get the westone 3 for serious music listening. The fit of the westone UM1 are great, you forget there in your ears and are the best replacement for those crappy apple earphones. Pros: super comfortable and sound great and there made in the USA what could be better. Cons: none,you get what you pay for no more no less
I iove the way this earphone sound's it is great for the gym and excellent for riding. A little more bass would make this product amazing that's why i think Weston upgraded the 09 modle. Pros: great sound great fit excellent foam inserts durable Cons: bass(i am use to a bigger bass because of my V-MODA vibe)
I purchased these and loved them. They have great sound, excellent fit, and thin profile. I bought them for travel and excercising. They are perfect for traveling. For excercise, they performed really well for two months which is when the left ear phone shorted out. My assumption was a moisture issue but am not sure. Pros: comfort sound profile Cons: durability
Fabulous sounding...worth every penny...fits perfectly into your ear and with the standard tips and block out all external noise..very comfortable...i bought the shure replacement ear tips which look better since they are darker...but are not as comfortable and do not block out all the noise...not a bad trade off... Pros: comfort, sound, durability,appearance Cons: white ear tips get nasty fast
I bought these earphones 4 weeks ago and they are a great improvement from my previous UE superfi.3. Westone are more comfortable to wear and the sound is great. The only issue is if you want to use them in and Ipod, ITouch, iphone and you have installed a case, you need an adapter. I read a review about this issue and I expected it fixed (or at least the adapter included as accessory) but is not. Pros: Great sound Comfortable Cons: An adapter is required if you plan to use them in an IPod/ITouch w/case.
Fantastic sound for the price!!! Pros: Cons:
Have been using the UM1s for a few days and have found the sound to be okay, nothing exciting nor is it disappointing given how many reviews report the same sound signature. My expectations were met on the sound, but the comfort level exceeded what I thought I'd be getting. I use IEMs mostly for air travel, with a monthly average of 6,000 miles. I was previously using the Etymotic ER-6 (not the 6i) and was happy with the sound of those, but the comfort level was not great especially for longer flights, when used with the flanges. After three years, my Etys broke and I got the UM1s as a replacement. The sound of the UM1s are definitely more forward than the ER-6's and the mids take precedence in the spectrum. On a flight to NY from LA, I found the sound and wearability to be less fatiguing than the ER-6s. I listened to a variety of music on the trip, including folk such as Bon Iver, M Ward, and Ray LaMontagne and the sound signature of the UM1s really compliment the aforementioned artists' sounds. To test for bass, I listened to D'Angelo's VooDoo and John Mayer's Continuum, who both feature premier studio bassist Pino Palladino. For both recordings, the vocals were the true stars along with Mayer's guitar and D'Angelo's piano playing. The bass was easily heard and sounded accurate, but lacked presence which reduced the music's overall warmth for me. Listening to the This American Life podcast was a pleasure with the UM1s. The seal I got with the mid-sized foam tips was good and I was able to hear Ira Glass's distinct voice very easily over the plane's cabin noise. When sitting in a quiet room, listening to TAL on the UM1s actually revealed to me the compression affects on the voices of the readers on the podcast versus what I would hear on the radio. Remarkable. Overall, I'm pleased with the UM1s primarily for the comfort and how easy they are to put in and wear for long periods of time. The sound is livable, but I wouldn't wear them if I wanted to rock out to music. If I wanted to spend more money, I would have gone with the Westone 3 based on what I've read here, but the price was simply not worth it for how I use the IEMs which is mostly for air travel. Pros: Comfort Lightweight Easy to place in ear Can lay on my side while in bed. Flat sound is less fatiguing. Cons: Sound is flat and mid-heavy. Expensive for the performance.
I purchased these earphones for use with my ipod so i will be comparing them against apples earbuds and a pair of sony ex71 earphones. First off there is no comparison between the um1 and the stock apple earbuds, so i am left with the sony ex 71 which are so heavy and muddy with the low end that it ruins the sound and that is the reason that i purchased the westone um1. I went back and forth between these and the shure se210s but in the end decided to go with the westones. The first thing that i listened to was the radiohead song "how to disappear completely" and it was the first time i actually noticed the trumpet on the right channel, i switched to the sony ex 71s to see if it was even there, it was but it was buried so far back that i just didn't notice. This is the biggest difference is between cheap earphones and the westone um1 - CLARITY AND A SEPARATION OF THE INSTRUMENTS (sorry for shouting but i am a bit excited). I listened to a lot of different kinds of music testing out the um1s and there are definitely limitations. It can sound a bit weak in the low end with hip hop and it can seem a bit flat in the highs sometimes but the majority of the time it sounds fantastic. I can live with the low end because i think that the bass that is present is fine most of the time, but i do wish the highs were a bit clearer sometimes. Vocals really shine with these earphones. I listened to the fleet foxes and was knocked out by how beautiful it sounded, but the best sounding group so far has to be the stooges - a complete and beautiful assault on my eardrums! Finally i have to address how comfortable they are. It took no time at all to get a perfect fit and i have listened to these for four hours with no discomfort at all. The only adjustment was the way they are worn - from behind the ear and over the top - but you get used to that after a while. I do find that The volume on my ipod is almost never above the midway point, with less efficient earphones it was always close to full. Pros: sound cable comfort Cons: only clear body (would have preferred black, but not a deal breaker) only comes with foam eartips (i didn't find this a problem) a bit weak at the high and low end of the spectrum
I purchased these earphones because I was embarking on a cross country motorcycle trip on a moderately loud sport bike. I knew that ear plugs were a must to protect my hearing, but didn't think that I could make it 4k miles without music, so these seemed like a natural choice. I was concerned about the other reviews that said they came off when a helmet was placed over them - this is not true. I used them with 2 very different tightly fit full face helmets - rarely came lose. Noise blocking - almost as good as straight up foam ear plugs - most of the higher pitched wind noise and road sounds were diminished, with only the deeper wind buffeting sounds getting through. Sound quality - Because they only have one driver, do not expect ample bass. With that said, they sounded more than adequate while riding a motorcycle, and when in a quiet room, they were good, but not great. Certainly much better than iPod stock earphones. Pros: Great for motorcycling Block tons of sound Come with 2 different size ear pieces Do not move once placed Cons: Non existant bass Largest ear plug isn't quite big enough for my ear Thin wires (also can be a con - thicker wires carry more "wire noise" to the ear piece)
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As a professional music and sound mixer, I listen critically. i have been living with the UM1's for over a week now, and I am not liking them. I find the sound "boxy" or "tubular" with a lack of bass and very high frequencies. While they are comfortable overall, they just don't thrill me. I have tried them with the supplied foam tips and the optional silicone triple-flange sleeves. The silicone tips, once trimmed to fit, do increase the apparent bass response, but they do not fix the boxy sound coloration. Their quality control needs improvement, too. my first pair arrived defective, with obvious distortion on one side. The inexpensive Sennheiser earphones I have since bought are a more natural sound, even if they are too bass heavy. Pros: Comfortable fit, low microphonics through wire, good warranty. Cons: Boxy sound, poor quality control, very bass light.
i just got my UM1s today, and might i say they fit so much better than the SuperFi.3s i have! the sound is very good on these, much better than those. The Ear tips i like cause they block out noise very well! However since they are foam, im afraid they will wear out quickly...I wish the tips were silicone so they would be more durable. Pros: Killer Sound Great Fit Dont stick out at all Cons: Flimsy wiring Foam tips will probably wear out quickly, wish they had silicone tips.
I bought these earphones as a replacement for a set of Shure SE210s that 'blew' due to a fault with an airline entertainment system. Reviews suggested the Westones were comparable to the Shures, with several suggesting they were better. I am generally impressed with the Westones, but on balance I think I preferred my original Shures. I disagree with other reviewers who were impressed with the Westone's build quality and the cable - to me they seem a little flimsy and fragile, but time will tell. I preferred the optional extension cable of the Shures and the 'smooth' , untwisted wires which allow easier adjustment. Sound quality of the Westones is fine but not especially stunning; it is difficult to compare to the Shures without having a side by side comparison, but from memory there is no major difference between the 2. Earbud comfort of the Westones was good, just like the Shures. On the whole I was quite pleased but not blown away. In contrast I was particularly impressed with the rapid and efficient service from Earphone Solutions. Despite the trans-atlantic delivery, the Westones arrived in perfect condition within a few days of ordering, albeit I had to pay the equivalent of about $20 in import tax. Well done Earphone Solutions and thanks. Pros: Comfort of ear buds. Reasonable sound quality. Cons: Flimsy wire that was difficult to adjust to get the right level of comfort.
Pros: Pros: -Great sound isolation -Great product support (2 year warranty) -Comfortable to wear for long periods -Outstanding sound quality Cons: Cons: -A little pricey at $109 (for my budget) -Not very distinctive looking (clear) -Style of wear takes some getting used to -Did not have the triple flanges supplied (which would have added even more isolation)
Pros: -Great sound isolation -Great product support (2 year warranty) -Comfortable to wear for long periods -Outstanding sound quality Cons: -A little pricey at $109 (for my budget) -Not very distinctive looking (clear) -Style of wear takes some getting used to -Did not have the triple flanges supplied (which would have added even more isolation)
I was replacing a pair of Ultimate Ears. I'm not sure that the Westone's sound is quite as complete, but it is very good. However, the phones are extremely comfortable, do a good job of blocking noise, and the cables are thin and flexible. Pros: comfortable extremely portable light blocks background noise Cons:
I purchased the Westone UM1's after having used $50 Creative EP-630's and EP-830's for a while. While these sounded very good and were quite comfortable (6 hours was still comfortable), the durability was awful, as I broke about 3 in less than 3 years. When I bought the Westone UM1's, I was looking for 1) much better durability, 2) better comfort, and 3) better sound quality (in that order). At this stage it's difficult to comment on the durability, but they certainly seem more durable than the Creative's though for extra safety, I've strengthened the jack connector somewhat in a DIY way. I'm certainly happy to have a 2-year guarantee (as opposed to the 1-year for the Creative's). The comfort level of these things is stunning. I've never tried $500 earbuds, so I can't compare with that, but these Westone UM1's sit unbelievably comfortable. I've actually fallen asleep quite a few times with them still in my ears, while comfortably sleeping on my side with me ear on my pillow. Depending on the angle you might block the sound somewhat, but they don't hurt or feel uncomfortable at any angle. I've tried both the Comply ear tips, and the Shure black olive shaped ones. The Comply ear tips are marginally more comfortable, but they get dirtier quicker, and I followed the advice I read online in several places that the Shure tips last longer, so those are the ones I'm using. Furthermore the noise cancellation is also much better than the Creatives. There's less "cord noise" since they are worn over the top of your ears, they cancel out the background noise a tad more than the Creatives, and I noticed that I hear the wind much less with the Westone UM1's than with the Creative's when I'm on my bike. (Note: with these earphones you're basically deaf when in traffic, so pay attention accordingly...). To be honest, I had expected to hear more of a difference in sound quality between the Creative's and the Westone UM1's. Maybe I'm just not as much of an audiophile as I thought, I don't know. The sound "feels" better, but I can't really say why or how. The obvious disadvantage of the UM1's is the somewhat lower bass as can be read in many UM1 reviews. At first I tried to compensate by putting my iPod's EQ on Bass booster, but that distorted the sound, and at some point I realized I didn't really miss the bass as much as in the beginning. Maybe when I try 2-way earphones some day I'll be able to hear a significant sound quality difference, but I can't really say the UM1's blew me away when compared to the Creative's. So to summarize... These earphones are extremely comfortable and have great sound if you're not used to $500 earphones (I guess). If you're looking for good sound quality in a very comfortable and durable package that cancels noise out very well in the train for example, and that you can even wear to bed, then this is definitely for you. I had expected a larger step up in sound quality at $110, but nevertheless I think these earphones are great value. Pros: very comfortable overall great sound durability seems good great noise cancellation Cons: low on bass
Great headphones, very good quality for the price. It pretty much is worth every penny and probably the best headphones i have used in the 100ish price range. Pros: -Comfortable -relatively cheap -Stylish -Clean crisp audio Cons: -Not bass heavy, so those who want that should do a listen test first
I bought these after leaving my Shure phones on a plane (I think). I listen to an iPod with lossless AAC compression. This is a detailed, articulate set of phones, and extremely comfortable. I was concerned that no phones at this price could be anywhere near as good as they are; I was wrong, they are worth more than they cost. Pros: Comfortable, well balanced, detailed. Cons:
Good earphones with sturdy cables. Only complaint is they don't fit as deep in ear canal as Etymotic (ER-6i). For motorcycle use they pop out of your ears half the time you put a helmet on. Pros: Sound Cable Quality Cons: insertion and use under a helmet
I previously owned a pair of Sure 210s that believe it or not my dog ate. I bought these on sale and followed my sister's advice who bought a pair of these from from Earphone Solutions per my recommendation. They have better bass response than the Sure. The buds are by far the most comfortable I've used. The cord length is a bit shorter than my previous set. I find I can only where them with the cord going behind my head as opposed to the front position that wraps around the ear due to shorter cord length. I'm a big guy so this may not be a problem with most people. I don't think the sound isolation is quite as good as the Sure buds I owned but if I had no prior experience with other buds I woulds say the isolation performance was fantastic. The provided accessories are more than adequate. I was even able to use all the foam tips from my Sure ear buds! Pros: Most comfortable Ive ever used. Sound Isolation is good Superior Bass response Apparently are less tastey than the Sure brand to my 1 year old Labrador retriever. the Mini-plug is the L shaped plug which I find to be a bit more forgiving should you accidentally drop your device. They look cool! Cons: Cord length is short. I found the length both above and below the "Y" split to be too short.
I've used Shure e3 and UE super.fi 3 before. The UM1 has the best fit, and (it's been awhile since I've used the Shures) at least equal if not better sound. The fit over the ears feels good. I've had problems with Shure and UE cords breaking. You can replace the UE cords, but I've spent more in replacement cords than the original earphones cost. So far, these cords seem to have a good construction that won't break as easy as the others. Pros: Great Fit Good Sound Long cord Cons: The point where the separate ear cords comes together gets caught on my shirt collar a lot. But that's about it.
These earphones are really nice. They are light-weight, comfortable, and feel great in your ears. I've switched my iPod to WAV files just because thy sound so good. Pros: Very nice, even, full sound. Cons: A bit light on bass. But the overall sound is wonderful.
heard some negative feedback about these....but decided to give them a try for myself. do not regret it a bit! love the headphones...would buy a second pair! Pros: light , sound great, comfortable Cons: none so far
I was very happy to find this website after spending about two weeks looking for headphones at other places and reading nothing but conflicting advice. Finally, here's a place that says quite simply these are the best headphones at this price, these are the best headphones for this particular lifestyle, etc. I wanted to know what the most comfortable earbuds were in the $100 price range and it was such a relief to find someplace that would just come right out and say it: buy the Westones. So I bought these and they did not disappoint in that area. By far the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn, the Westones are also really solidly made and the ear tips are very easy to remove and change out. I also really like the case that comes with it - nothing cheap when it would have been easy to go that route. Unfortunately, after listening to these for a couple weeks and comparing them to another set I ultimately decided that I wanted something with a bit more punch on the low end (I listen mostly to rock and metal). I decided to sacrifice some comfort to get the sound I was looking for. After contacting earphonesolutions I shipped off my Westones and told them what I wanted in exchange (the Shure SE115). Two days later, I had an email that they had received my Westones, credited my account the difference in price, and had already shipped the Shures! Two days after that I had my new headphones! Honestly, if you have any hesitations about ordering from this site I can't recommend them enough. I wouldn't be writing this review if I they were just adequate in regards to service. You can get adequate at tons of places. But, really, they go above and beyond here. I will certainly shop from them again. Pros: COMFORT!! Good sound for certain kinds of music Great build quality Good look Cons: lacking a little punch for rock and metal music
Well, I guess earphones are a very personal thing. I found that although these earphones sound just ok, they don't sound like music. Maybe if you are used to listening to ipod earbuds they sound great, but they just didn't do it for me. I returned mine. Pros: Can hear details ine music. Separation of instruments is very good. Cons: No life at all. Can't hear behind and the space around the instruments. My guess is this is due to a rapid high frequency rolloff, but again this is just my guess.
These earbuds make housework and exercising a pleasure. Clear, crisp sound, nice fit and they don't fall out of the ear. I bought these for my son for Christmas 2008. He raved so much about them, I bought them for myself. It's nice to be able to tune out the exterior noises too. I am thrilled with your prompt service as well. Pros: Cons:
i've had the um1's for 8 months. the left side went out. i mailed them back a little over a week ago. they were fixed and mailed back to me in a week. very fast warranty service. i had to use some back up earphones for a week , it made me appreciate my um1's quite a bit. if your questioning spending the money, don't. you won't be disappointed. Pros: good warranty service good sound stays in my ears when i run, most earphones fell out. i've been very pleased Cons: i cant think of any. i just wish they came in white.
This is my first experience with a Westone product. I purchased the UM1 earphones because i couldn't find a pair that stayed in my ears during exercise. The reviews were very favorable towards the UM1 in this area, as well as to the sound quality, which I am also very particular about. The fit is perfect. By far the most comfortable earphones i have ever worn. I took them out for a run the day they arrived and I forgot they were even in my ears. Perfect for active listening. As for sound, I didn't notice a big difference in sound quality from my previous earphones (primarily Sony/Koss/iPod in-ears around $40), even after breaking them in for a week. That was until i tried my last pair of earphones and compared the sound quality. The UM1 delivers much clearer vocals and warmer sound all around. It's like when i first switched to HD TV and looked back at how grainy regular TV was. My only complaint with the UM1s is that the bass is not great at all. If you're a hip hop fan or are into anything that is bass heavy, you might want to try out something else. Oh, and shipping is great. I chose regular (free) shipping, which was estimated at 6-9 days or so. I received it 3 days after i placed my order. So I wouldn't suggest fast-tracking your order, unless you really want them that soon. Pros: Cons:
I've had these earphones only a few days and I already do not know how I got along without them. I use them while on the eliptical, while mowing the lawn and while riding my Harley. They are amazing at blocking outside noise and the fit is very comfortable. I never have to readjust them or reinsert them. They replaced my Phillips Noise Cancelling earphones and the Westone is so superior they aren't even in the same ballpark. Great product at a great price! Pros: Cons:
I've been used to cheap earphones like Skullcandies until the UM1. Wow! I'm hearing things in my music I never knew was there. VERY clear and great sounding. I love the way they fit. Perfect. I burned them in for around 20 hours or so and they sound great. I wish they had a little more bass but that's it. I guess someday I may have to move up to the UM2s. I just wasn't sure about spending that much on them at this time. Earphonesolutions was great. Emailed questions were answered right away and the product shipped to my house VERY fast. I will buy from them again. Great customer service!! Thank you! Pros: Cons:
I was searching for good headphones at an affordable price for my IPOD. I try to buy American made products when I can and came across these in a Google search. I read some reviews,, compared the features and price with the competition, and decided to give these a try. I am glad I did. They stay put in the ear, eliminate a lot of outside noise, and produce great sound (and sound at half the volume of the standard IPOD earphones). Plus, these headphones feel comfortable in the ear. After a minute or two, one can almost forget they are wearing them. I highly recommend these to anyone looking to purchase earphones. Pros: Cons:
Great headphones at an affordable price. Can listen to music at half the volume of standard IPOD earphones and with better sound quality. THey also block out a lot of outside noise! Earphone Solutions was great. Not only were they the best price (with coupon code), they shipped fast. I can't remember the last time I ordered a product and had it at my door so fast. Plus, it was free shipping. I highly recommend Westone and Earphone Solutions! Pros: Cons:
I bought these primarily to reduce wind noise while listening to music while riding. I use a full face helmet that already had speakers installed. These earphones do an amazing job of eliminating the outside noise while delivering outstanding sound quality for the money. They fit great without the helmet but you need some ear room in your helmet to keep the pressure off of them in order to prevent discomfort. They are well made and I would recommend them. Pros: Cons:
These headphones are much more expensive than any I have bought before, but they are worth the money. So far they have not fallen apart like all my other ones had, and they sound good. They are also very comfortable and they don't constantly fall out of your ears, which was another problem I had with other headphones. Good for falling asleep to music. Pros: Cons:
As a Hi-Fi-enthusiasist I'm really surprised in a definetly positiv meaning. The UM1 are great. The Sound is precise, fully dynamic and very linear. Just perfect. Not as good as my stereo, but I didn't expect such a thing. Perfect fit, great sound, worth every single $. Pros: Cons:
These are good headphones, a little pricey. I like the fact that you can change the foam fitting ear plug to fit your size ear (small, medium or large) but quite honestly, I do not find it more comfortable than the $40 pair I had previously. Great sound! Pros: Cons:
Everything about the Westone UM1 is excellent. The sound, the fit and the price all excellent. Pros: Cons:
As a small female, I've had a difficult time finding good sound quality headphones for running and cycling, specifically headphones that fit in my ears and do not move. I would highly recommend these as an entry to high-end headphones. The sound quality is very good, although not perfect for audiophiles, but great for the price. I may try a higher-end headphone at a later time for superb sound (I'm kind of an audiophile geek), but will definitely need the foam block style to keep them in place in my ears. Pros: Cons:
I've tried many competitive sets, both expensive and economical. These are the best. I have now ordered custom formed ends for the UM1's. Pros: Cons:
I purchased this headphones about 8 months ago. I had a pair of the Um1's for more than a year and I never had a problem with them, until they got stolen. I figured I couldn't live without the same um1's so I purchased them again. About 4 months in, they started to short out in the left ear phone. I figured maybe there was some condensation in the headphone itself and to let it dry. It's been going on and off for the last 4 months. I'm not happy about it, as my previous um1's had no problems whatsoever. As for sound quality, noise cancellation, and staying in your ear through anything, they're seriously great. I love them. They are the only headphone that will allow you to play tennis and have them stay perfectly in place. This goes to say along with the other Westone Products, you can't find a better product. I just wish they had a better quality for lasting enjoyment. Pros: Cons:
I bought two pair--one for me (drummer) and one for my daughter (bass) for on stage in ear monitors at our church. We are using an Aviom system to drive the in-ears. We both find them comfortable and they have a clean sound. If I had it to again however, I'd get the UM-2's to get more bottom end to enhance the sound for both of the instruments we play. Pros: Cons:
first time I ever bought ear canals. The foam blocks out sound but i expected more detailed sound for $109.00 I am happy with the um1 but I wonder if there are better ear canals. I do not have the luxury to try them all so i will settle for these. Pros: Cons:
Took 2 tries to get headphones to stay in for the length of a 1 hour run, but now they fit well and stay put indefinitely. Oh, and the sound is great. Pros: Cons:
Excellent quality and received in short period. Best customer service. Quick order process. Willing to do bussiness again. Pros: Cons:
I love these earphones. They are great on the road. Feel good in the ear and the cord is the right length. Pros: Cons:
for the price these are the best earphones i have ever owned. they are great. not too much bass, but enough. i mostly listen to rock music and it sounds great. Pros: Cons:
I have been looking for earphones that will stay in place while i Bike, Lift , Run...ect! If that is all you want then these are awesome. These have been touted as great workout headphones so i decided to give them a chance. That is where they failed. I can get by the fact that the cord is forever long and i have to blow out my eardrums to get any quality of sound from my i pod. The biggest problem is the second you start sweating they virtually stop working. The sweat gets into the little ear canal and you have to dry them with a moisture saver that takes overnight to even begin to work. There is nothing more disappointing than getting to the peak of your workout and all of the sudden one or both of your earphones stops working. The last thing i want to deal with is my headphones at a time like that, and for the price i should not have to! Pros: Cons:
I ordered these and had 'em in 3 days - can't beat that! I ride an '08 Honda Goldwing long distances. Wings are famous for power and quietness but there's still tire noise and wind noise to contend with. Noise makes you tired and faling asleep at 80mph on 2 wheels is not good! These don't block outside noise as well as shooter's plugs but when you add in a little music they're perfect. Sound is better than anyone could expect on a motorcycle ! I feed my XM thru the bike's stereo and it's awesome. I can't even feel them under my helmet (they fit flush to the ear). I wore them for 8 hrs on the first day in total comfort. Best bang for the buck motorcycle accessory EVER !!!!! THANKS! Pros: Cons:
I bought the westone um1 because it was advertised for use while sleeping and had a reasonable price tag. I have used the more expensive in-ear Shures and others and the westone um1s are indeed most comfortable. The sound quality is more than adequate for my digital white noise nature recordings that I use the earphones with to help me sleep. In addition, I am a commercial airline pilot who commutes to work. The Westone UM1s have decent noise cancelling that only my Bose QC2s surpass. I use them for jogging. Simply put, very good product! Pros: Cons:
I am very happy with my new UM1, they are very comfortable in my ears and the level of noise cancelling is astonishing! For this price, I would say UM1 is definitely the best buy! Pros: Cons:
I bought these earphones because I like to jog on a treadmill and my old earphones kept falling out. These have been great. The sound quality is good and I don't have to keep adjusting the earphones to keep them in my ears. I would recommend these earphones. Pros: Cons:
Incredible sound even at high speeds on my Harley- this are the best earphones for the money that you can buy Pros: Cons:
Very comfortable, clear, lightwieght. I like them very much. Pros: Cons:
It is an excellent earphone. It's worth of your $. It is the most comfortable earphone that I've ever had. Pros: Cons:
Absolutely best headphones I ever try! Impeccable sound. Perfect fit. Wires are my only concern. They are very flexible (witch is great) and they look very fragile! Pros: Cons:
My wife purchased an ipod to keep me company on long training runs. I soon gave up on the prospect of enjoying music while on the move; the constant readjustments and inferior sound quality of the factory earphones was frustrating and distracting at best. As a result, the ipod was returned to the original packaging for quite some time. An exhaustive search for a quality product NOT made in China resulted in my ordering the Westone UM1. A wise investment for running with quality music sans the distractions. These headphones are well suited for such a task and have redefined my ipod (and saved its repurposing). I agree with some of the other comments and save my audiophile compulsions for the home setup; however, for me the value and quality of this product is spot on. Indeed, I have enjoyed the Westone UM1 so much I ordered my wife a pair. Earphone solutions deserves cudos for their service, especially the paypal option! Pros: Cons:
Great fit, transparent sound, good articulation, decent, if not strong, bass. Good value for all around phones and for vocal monitors. Pros: Cons:
I am enjoying these UM1's more each day as they break in. They work well with my Zune 8 gig player. They also bring out the flaws in your recordings, but overall I am Very pleased. They are also sooo comfortable. I can't wait to try them on a plane. Pros: Cons:
The westone um1s are great entry level in-ear headphones for someone looking to get much more detail from there music than crappy ear buds that come with today mp3 players. The low end is subtle but there. Since it's a single driver you'll get the full sound spectrum with very even balance from the highs to lows. I love that fact because the music I listen to isn't very bass heavy so if that's what u want these might not be for you. Just to mention it as well the fit and comfort it amazing. You can forget that these are in. Great purchase. Earphone solutions is a great site with great service and pricing. Pros: Cons:
As an audiophile and avid runner, I was hoping that the UM1 would provide the most "bang for your buck". To this point I have not been disappointed with the quality or the balanced sound from the headphones. As far as eliminating outside sounds during playback, the headphones are average at best. I would recommed the use of these headphones for the average consumer, but probably not an audiophile or musician. Pros: Cons:
The Westone UM1's were better than expected and I expected a pretty good earphone. I had a great difficulty with the standard earphones with my iPod and I was disappointed with my Vmoda Vibes. With standard earphones I had trouble with fit and sound quality and while the fit was better with the Vibes, I was dissatisfied with sound quality which was sounded simply flat to me. I looked and looked for something priced reasonably and were better sonically than the Vibes. I was impressed with Earphone Solutions website. It seems they used to sell more brands but had "thinned the herd" to the brands that provided the best in terms of comfort, sound and warranty across the price spectrum.I read other customer reviews and looked at Earphone Solutions rankings. Finally I came to the decision to go with Westone. I wish I could afford the Westone "3" but $399.00 was too steep and the UM2 was $299.00 so close to the "3's" price so I thought it was between the "3" and the UM1. I went for the savings. I have always worn my earphones dropped down from my ears with the cords in front and was always pulling the earphones out when active. Wearing the earphones over the ear and down the shoulder takes a little getting used to but it works better for me.I also like the braided cords on the UM1 better. Hate tangled cords which still happens but not as bad or often. Wonder how the new Monster Turbo earphone roll up cords work! I was impressed with the quick shipping from Earphone Solutions and the US Postal Service, across the country in three working days! For the price, I think the UM1's are the best value for the money and I like the clear earphone appearance over a black earphone. A winner for sound, fit, comfort and overall quality at a resonable price. Pros: Cons:
These earphones are very comfortable to wear, including lying with one ear in a pillow. The fit is acceptable with the default earpads, might be even better with some of the others -- I haven't tried them yet. The sound is generally excellent, although if I had a player with tone adjustments, I would probably turn the treble down a little. Pros: Cons:
I was hesitant to pay $109 for earphones at first. (Every pair I have ever owned has either fallen out of my ears or been so uncomfortable that I could not wear them.) These are perfect for my smaller ear and are very comfortable. And, I never knew that music sounded so good coming from earphones. Great product! Pros: Cons:
The sound quality is truely amazing. I have been using the UM1 with an iPod in my living room while my Bang & Olufson stereo system collects dust! Fair to say that before I tried the Westone UM1 my iPod was junk, but i did not know it. Now I wonder about the sound quality from UM2 and Westone 3! Pros: Cons:
Well balanced earphone. What I like about is the price compared to the quality. I can recommend this earphone. The cable could be a little more solid, however, I love playing with these! Pros: Cons:
In 2005, I got a set of the Shure E2c's and joined the world of sound isolation. My need was based on two essential drivers: 1) gym 2) travel. I was very pleased with the headphones relative to my expectations and they lasted until Feb of 09 (one of the cables split and the wire is exposed but they still work). I was determined to get another set of Shure's but after researching for a week decided to try the UM1's due to the raves about the comfort. I am more pleased with the sound quality and the comfort is beyond reproach. My main concern, before buying, was the potential issue with the bass. I don't listen to a lot of bass-intensive stuff but do enjoy a wide range of artists and flat, tinny outputs don't interest me. I have found this can be managed quite effectively by the ipod "equalizer". Durability is still a question but I am sure Earphone Solutions will take good care of me. I have had a very good purchasing experience on this website. I would strongly, stongly recommend purchasing the UM1's from Earphone Solutions to even the most critical and pessimistic of consumers. Pros: Cons:
Why didn't you tell me about these before. Really great value for a reasonable price. The sound is awesome, after dialing in the eq on the ipod. Size wise a little beefier than average buds but easily compensated for in sound. The size just seems big til you put them in, then they are just there. Low profile enough to wear in my motorcycle helmet and not even feel, bonus. If you are even hesitating a little just buy em, they freakin rock. You will be so stoked after puttting them on you will want to tell everyone how great they sound. I am the cheapest, read thrifty, person I know and this seemed like a lot of money. But I already spent half this much on two pairs of so-so buds that no longer work. Having to buy another pair led me to this site with reviews. I read em all and figured this model should be fine. My only regret is if I had it to do over this would have been my first replacement set. Pros: Cons:
The most comfortable earphones I can imagine. Wore them 9 hours straight on an int'l flight and forgot they were in by the end. I spent a significant portion of the flight finding new and important nuances in familiar music. Pros: Cons:
I enjoy the UM1 very much. Everything is very clear and distinct. There is a slight lack of bass, but I am not worried about that. My only concern is the actual jack to ear piece wires seem kind of . . . wimpy. I've only had them for a month so we will have to see how they stand up after some more use. Pros: Cons:
I have several different In-ear earphones, from Sony and panasonic to Etymotic Research ER6i (good) and UE SuperFi 5 (very good - but stick out of your ear kinda far) and I have to say that I was disappointed with to sound of the UM1. But they are by far the most comfortable in-earphones, and the twisted cord is just the right length. I wear them at the gym and they block out noise the best. Just wish the sound quality was better. Pros: Cons:
It is a pleasure to review this product and your service. This is my first experience with "higher end" earphones. Previously I used the Apple earphones that came with my iPod and a pair of Skull Candy Smokin' Buds. I'm 63 with partial hearing loss in one ear and constant tinnitus. I use my iPod and a Bose Sound dock playing classical, new age, or soft vocal music to drown my tinnitus when going to sleep. I was looking for some comfortable earphones to use when traveling with out my Sound Dock, and that would also work under a motorcycle helmet. The technician I spoke with in your office was very knowledgeable and helpful. Two days later the earphones were in my mailbox. I was told to expect it to take a few days for them to "fit" into my ears and provide their best sound. So I wasn't expecting them to sound so great right out of the box. But they did. And only got better as time past. I started listening about 7:30 pm. And got carried away reviewing all my favorite music collected over many years. It was like hearing my own CD's for the first time! The bell-like clarity, nuance, tonal range and brilliance were far better than I expected or hoped. Even with my damaged hearing I could not believe my ears. And I just had to hear "just one more" track. Finally gave up and went to sleep at 2:30 am. I am tremendously pleased. Haven't heard music like this for years. Someday I'll try the UM2's or even the Three, but for now I'm blown away. Don't think I'll use them much on the motorcycle however, can't afford to divert attention from other traffic. But they'll be great for crossing Kansas. I recommend these UM1's to anyone who doubts that "expensive" earphones are really worth the price. They are, they really are! Pros: Cons:
Very good fit. Great sound and value for the money!! Pros: Cons:
They stay put during workouts. Great sound. Very comfortable. Pros: Cons:
I'm using these earphones as monitors (drummer) as well as with my iPOD. These things are amazing! First they offer impressive sound with great low end bass. If you're not getting the bass then verify you have the earphones inserted into your ear properly. If it's your first time using earphones like these it's not intuitive. Second, as a drummer, my ears take a beating (no pun intended). These earphone give me the ability to play how I want, but still protect my ears. No comlaints, only praise. Pros: Cons:
I had started with a pair of Shure SCL3's, but wasn't 100% happy with the feel and comfort. I found out I must have fairly small ear canals. I had read that the UM1 might offer a better fit for smaller ear canals, plus I liked the cable design. These things are fantastic. They almost put themselves in. I had no trouble finding the proper angle for insertion. Isolation is perfect, sound is clear. I love everything about them and would recommend them highly. Pros: Cons:
I just bought the Westone UM1 weeks ago, but I can see it's a great monitor. I play at church, so I use that every weekend. They are very confortable. But it could have a little bit more bass and come with different tips, but it's ok, you're gonna like that! If you want something perfect, save some more hundreds and buy the Westone UM3! Pros: Cons:
Fit is great - very comfortable compared to other brands I have worn Noise cancellation is perfect for me. I use the smallest buds so I can still hear a certain level around me. If I use the next larger buds it cuts too much ambient noise for my purposes. Sound is great but I can only compare to the cheap headphones I've used in the past. Case is a nice touch as is the braided lines that help prevent tangling nightmares! Pros: Cons:
The westones are great!! They have awesome sound and they block out a good deal of noise. I highly recomend to anyone. Pros: Cons:
First the positives: I love the clarity and definition of the sound coming out of these earphones. There is no "enhanced" bass, midtones or treble added by the manufacturer to muddy up the tones - the only way they're going to get any more precise is to upgrade to the Westone 2's, which I can't afford. I use a Zune, which doesn't have an EQ (on purpose), which works fine since the recommendation is to leave the EQ off & simply let the sound be true. I also appreciate the obvious build quality. The braided cord is stronger & of higher quality than the competition, and the typical stress points have been reinforced. I don't see the cord or the stress points breaking any time soon. I also don't pull them out by the cord either, of course. Now the only two negatives: these earphones are meant to have the cords come back over the top of the ear and tighten behind the head - not dangle in front like most. There is a little "bead" that tightens the left & right cords to the base of the back of your skull. I find that the bead constantly loosens, meaning that I'm also constantly tightening it back up. It's pretty entertaining, looking like an idiot with my hands raised and behind my head in the middle of the street, fussing with that friggin bead. It...is...annoying... As is the fact that, since most of the cord is meant to be behind you but most of us keep our digital audio devices in front of us, gravity continually pulls the cord back towards the front, meaning that when there is little cord left in the back your head is going to get tugged on as you turn it. It is very, very strange. It is no problem if you keep your device in a backpack behind you. But as I keep my Zune in my shirt or jacket pocket I find this really darn annoying. Maybe you'll find a work-around for this problem. All in all I would not let those 2 relatively minor yet weird negatives stop you from scoring these earphones. The sound and build quality are outstanding and I don't regret my purchase. Pros: Cons:
I love these, especially the sleek design. The earphone fits so perfect in my ear that the total seal facilitiates a superb audio experience. They are just perfect. Pros: Cons:
work great with my iPhone...generally more clarity when watching movie or TV shows...sound range and crispness of music fabulous...once i learned how to put them in, good fit and close to total external sound blockage at better price than a more expensive and well-known brand of earphones. Pros: Cons:
These are the MOST comfortable IEMs i have used. I upgraded from a pair of e2c's and those got uncomfortable after prolonged use. The um1's have superb SQ. I LOVE THEM Pros: Cons:
definitely fit small ears better than others I've tried-some effort to get them adjusted, but worth it. Pros: Cons:
Very pleased. They are not $500 earphones but I gave them 5 stars because of how they do on the cost/benefit curve. For the price (especially on sale) nothing touches them. Ones I've tried that sell for $30 less are terrible compaired to UM1s. Phones that sell for twice the price are better but not twice as good. At this price I have nice phones and my world won't end if I lose them. Steve Pros: Cons:
I was hesitant to spend $100 on earphones, but glad I finally made the jump and did it. They are worth every penny! Pros: Cons:
Carefully went from site to site looking into the next set of earbuds to purchase. This site was not only helpful but so were the customer reviews. Exactly what I wanted, crisp sound, great all around high low and mids, and comfort!! Next Pair will be purchased from eps... Pros: Cons:
I got these earphones for my husband on his birthday. he goes to the gym everymorning and listens to his i pod. he was very pleased with these. makes his workout so much more enjoyable he says. he's a happy camper. worth every dime they cost. thank you, oh and one of the best parts besides sounding so teriffic he says they say in his ears and dont come out. that he loves just as much. great product! Pros: Cons:
I was looking for an earbud with enhanced sound, the ability to reduced other noise and durable for use during rigorous exercise. All three requirments have been met. I highly recommend the Westone UM1 Single Driver True Fit In-Ear Earphones! Pros: Cons:
They are the first comfortable ear phones I've ever purchased. The sound is wonderful as well. Pros: Cons:
bought for a friend for exercising, she is very happy, she reports they are comfortable they don't fall out and the sound quality is great. Pros: Cons:
My MP3 player is saving my life, literally making it possible for me to spend hours doing cardio exercises while undoing years of inactivity. The factor that has been the weakest, however, has been the earphones. I went from the standard earbuds to over-ear headphones to badly made in-ear phones and in-ear noise-canceling. If the last set hadn't been so flimsy, I might never have researched the best headphone solution for exercise as well as motorcycle riding. Based on another review, I decided to try UM1s, and they are truly impressive, from the build quality to the design which allows a secure fit and a low enough profile to fit under a helmet. The sound is detailed and true, without the exaggerated bass and tinny highs of the 'phones I had been used to. I am able to enjoy the music at much lower volume levels, and hear details and lyrics that have eluded me for decades. Bottom line, these are comfortable, clear, and enjoyable - allowing me to lose myself in the music while my body endures yet another hour on the treadmill. I highly recommend them. I have spent far more on multiple sets of junk than on this one quality set. Don't make the same mistake. And do your exercises! Pros: Cons:
Amazing earphones. The isolation coupled with the sound quality amaze me whenever I listen to a new track, even when it's one I've listened to many times before (on different headphones). I have, on more than one occasion, found myself thinking I was hearing a sound outside, only to learn that it was part of a song that, 1) I'd never heard before and, 2) was so realistic that I thought it was real. Having owned a pair of Ultimate Ears before, I would say that the build quality is similar (more ergonomic, if anything), with the same attention to mids and highs (the bass is similarly weak) but with even greater definition. All told, a strongly recommended pair of earphones. Pros: Cons:
Like most people who get to this site I spent a lot of time trying to find the best bang for the buck. These were the first IEM I had ever tried and I was very pleased with the comfort and improvement in sound compared to the ipod ear phones. These are really nice if you fly a lot. I have Bose QC3's and these are much easier to travel with and really knock out the noise. I would buy these again in a minute. I wish they had a little more base but they are amazing for what they are and what they cost. Ear Solutions was great and shipped very fast and I will definitely buy from them again. You will be pleased if you buy these. Pros: Cons:
I purchased UM1's some time back for myself to use with my mp3 player and as in ear monitors when I play guitar. The sound is awesome, the fit is comfortable. I just purchased another set for my son. I would highly recommend giving these a try versus the competition. You won't be disappointed. Pros: Cons:
Well made in-ear monitors. The standard tips fit my ear canals without discomfort and do a good job of minimizing external noise so that the volume can be kept at a reasonable level. I'd like a bit more bass, but this is an exceptional value for the money. Maybe Westone will eventually make a model between the UM1 and UM2 since it's a significant price jump to get the dual drivers. Great for use in the gym! They really stay in place while I'm on the exercise bike or running on the track. Very unobtrusive. Because these earphones do such a good job reducing external noise I would not use them to bike or run outside. Pros: Cons:
I bought these over other earphones because of their comfort - they certainly are comfortable, provided you use the right sized tips, and they do provide a good fit. As far as sound quality goes, it's good - I'm not a massive audiophile so don't come to me for an opinion. I haven't compared these to any other earphones, but I'm very happy with my purchase. Pros: Cons:
Great sounds for such a small item Pros: Cons:
where is the bass? Pros: Cons:
I was very impressed overall, especially with the clarity in which it played highs and lows simultaneously, which my old sony MDRs didn't even come close to. At first I was a disappointed with the weak bass, but that was probably because the sonys were a bit bass heavy, since after a day or two of using the UM1s, the bass was great. Incredibly comfortable too Pros: Cons:
These are excellent earphones but they do take some time to get used to. They need to go deep into your ears and the flat response may seem lacking at first if you are used to earphones with a more booming bottom end. Give these things a couple weeks and you will be sold. Other areas of note - no cord microphonics, sound isolation just as high as regular soft foam earplugs, totally comfortable once acclimated to the fit. Pros: Cons:
Great fit, incredible sound, and very comfortable. I was hesitant to purchase because of the price, but it was a very good investment. The music is very crisp & clear. Pros: Cons:
I only bought these for gym workouts, they are perfect. They fit so well that you forget that you have them in. Great sound and you can listen at a much lower level. Made in USA sealed the deal for me, well worth the money. Pros: Cons:
I'm use to good quality foamy headphones which sound good but are bad for sweaty work outs. I've tried a couple cheaper brands and they sounded terrible. I didn't try anything else in the price range of the Westone UM1 but read quit a few reviews of many brands. I took a chance on the UM1 based on the reviews of them on Earphone Solutions review page. There is depth missing in the sound but after a couple minutes I don't even notice. I'd have to listen to all models and brands to be sure but I really believe these are worth the money. I didn't think any earbuds could sound half as good as these do. Pros: Cons:
I researched for a solid week before finally choosing these over the Etymotic ER6i, the Shure SCL2, or the UE Super.fi 4. Basically, the Ety's have the best isolation and can be had on the cheap, but they seem to break often. The Shure's had the least complaints about bass but look awful, and the UE's work with the iphone and have replaceable components. All of them had complaints about comfort. I chose these because they supposedly had a balanced sound, were well-made (in the USA), and above all, were comfortable. All of these are true- the bass can be lacking sometimes (but is present) and the highs aren't as crisp as my old beat up Bose Tri-ports, but overall the sound is very pleasing and balanced, better than the Tri-ports. They are comfortable; not at first but I think that's because I wasn't used to them. Now I can routinely forget they are there. One review said they were low profile enough to sleep in, which isn't really the case for me, but at least the design puts the pressure on the flat of the ear cavity and doesn't shove the inserts deep into my ear canal. Added with the sound isolation, I was more comfortable leaving them in my ear than taking them out the entire duration of a 13 hour flight. They seem well made and rugged; the braided cord is nice and is the perfect length when my ipod is in my pocket. The plug barely fits into my iphone case (an inCase slider), but does if I cram it, so I could see a potential problem there. I don't mind because it makes it nearly impossible to accidentally pull out. These are a 5 for the price, but a 4 in the full spectrum because of the relatively poor sound (relative to much more expensive earphones, that is). If I were to spend less than $150 on earphones, I would buy these every time. Pros: Cons:
Very satisfied with my UM1's The sound is great, and the earphones fit very well. I use them mainly while running, and they are perfect for that activity. Would definitely recommend these to anyone! Pros: Cons:
I gave these to my 26 year old son for Christmas. He is using them with his Nano. He says they are fantastic and can't believe how much better his music sounds. The buds fit nicely in his ears, eliminating all exterior noises. He suggests that I purchase them for myself now. Pros: Cons:
not the sound I expect from ear buds that cost more than $100.00 Pros: Cons:
Bought these to replace my Shure e2c which finally gave up the ghost. Sound like you'd expect for a single driver. WAY more comfy than the Shures, but not nearly as robust. Time will tell how rugged (or not) they are. Slider doesn't stay put but I'm sure there's a fix for that. Pros: Cons:
I bought the westone UM1 earphones a few months ago. I can honestly say they are the best set of earphones i have ever had. They are a bit more money than the everyday earphones you find in retail stores but worth every penny. The sound is good and the fit is great. I use them primarily for the gym. They never pop out of my ear and you can hardly feel them. They are also great for blocking out any sound from your surroundings, all you can hear is the music. I can highly recommend these earphones to anyone who likes to workout on a daily basis or to anyone who is looking for an upgrade to those garbage earphones that come with your mp3 players. My next investment will be the westone UM2 earphones. I hear the sound is incredible and the fit is just as good but for the price you can't beat the UM1. Pros: Cons:
I'm very happy with these earphones. It was suggested in a couple of places that they would work well under a motorcycle helmet, so I thought they were a good bet. They fit completely in the ear, so they're much less likely to be torn out as you pull on your helmet than other sets. The foam tips aren't great, though. They tend to fit loosely, at least on me. It isn't the end of the world, though. The sound quality is pretty good. I am very happy with it, but it didn't 'wow' me. I can only really compare them to my last earphones, which were shure e2c's. They didn't fit under a helmet well at all, but the foam tips did work better. I think the UM1's are on a par with, or maybe just below, the e2c's. I guess I'd say that if you want to wear them under tight-fitting headgear these are wonderful. If you don't they're a good option. Also, I have to admit they do look pretty slick. Pros: Cons:
Not enough bass for me. I like the sound of the ones that came with my Ipod better. They do stay in my ear but I guess in the ears are not for me. They just aren't comfortable enough. Disappointed... Pros: Cons:
I purchased these for my husband and he loves them! He says that the sound quality is excellent. He takes them to the bookstore and says that he can't hear any outside noises. Pros: Cons:
I own the Shure SCl3's and absolutely loved them. Unfortunately while cleaning them I accidently unscrewed the 'tip' (the protruding horn for the speaker) and lost it. So I set out to purchase another set. After much study, I decided to try the Westone UM1. When the box finally arrived I eagerly opened to find a well packaged set of UM1's. I read through the manual and figured out the proper way to use these beauties, and I must say, they fit soooo well. Better than anything I have worn before. When they are properly in place you can hardly notice they are there. I was very happy. Initial sound check easily put them on par with the Shure SCL3's. The second biggest reason I use in-ear sound isolating earphones is so that I can keep the volume way way down, and still be able to listen to my music or podcasts throughout the day, while allowing important outside sounds to keep me alert. The UM1's worked beautifully. I was able to keep my sound level at around 2 to 5% of max. Unfortunately after about an hour of use, the left channel earphone stopped working to my dismay. I thought at first it may have been my iPod, so when I got home I tested the UM1's on multiple devices with the same results. The left earphone was not functioning anymore. Testing with my Shure SCL3 and a couple other cheap headphones I found no problems. I really liked the Weston UM1's while they lasted (short as it was) but am now waiting to send them back in the hopes that these were just a fluke bad set. Time will tell. In the mean time I have purchased another set of Shure SCL3s else where just incase. I'll hold off final judgement when Earphone Solutions finally gets back to me with where and how to return the crap pair. No word since I spoke to the nice service person last week. My busy work schedule makes it hard to continuously phone and hound for service repair. Mars Pros: Cons:
ive gone thru three pair so far and decided to try these. at first i didnt hear any bass at all but i had to move them around til i got a good fit. i love these they sound the best of all the others ive had. i always bought cheaper ones and finally broke down and paid a little bit more. i use them everyday while running on the treadmill and punching the heavy bag. i have allready worn out the canal tips and i am back here to buy some more. definitely give these a try ive had them about 6 months. Pros: Cons:
A step down from my Eytmotics in terms of sound quality, but they are more comfortable. Nice sound insulation, very good for soothing yourself to sleep on long flights. Pros: Cons:
I play drums with the worship band at my church and needed my own pair of ears to replace the loaner Shure E2's they had let me use. These seem to be comparable to those I had been using. I use the long comply tips that come with them and they isolate well, even considering I am playing drums in between a drum sheild and the wall behind me. I run them off of an Aviom and they sound good. The fit is good and they are definitely comfortable. This may sound goofy, but in my opinion, they look more professional than the black or white shures. There were only two things that sort of dissapointed me about these. One was that the cinch piece in the back seemed to slide out of position easily, but that was easily remedied with an email to the earphone solutions staff. They told me how to cross the cables and slide it over the X and it worked. The only other thing I was sort of bummed about was the bass response but this may just be my ears because I've heard many people like the bass in these. I have been using them for about 3 weeks wondering if they would burn in and the bass would be more defined and I've made sure that I'm getting the best possible seal, but it's just not there especially when plugging them in to my ipod. On stage it's not really an issue because I get the ambient bass from the house and the Aviom seems to drive them a bit lower. But if I plug them in to my iPod for practice or just listening, they sound pretty tinny to me. I met a guitarist for a national touring Christian singer this weekend and he was using the UM2 with a custom molded insert and said the UM2's were the way to go if you have the resources to go that way. Overall, I would say I'm happy with these for the price and what my primary use is. I also think that if you're testing the water with in ear monitors they are a good first step. Pros: Cons:
I had ordered the Westone UM1 earphones and selected ground shipping but was very happily surprised when they arrived only 2 days after ordering. They fit great into my ears (usually feel uncomfortable with in-ear earphones) and block out the outside noises amazingly. So far I am very satisfied with this product. Pros: Cons:
Overall, I'm pretty happy with these. The sound seems great all around, and they are very comfortable. I got them to block out the obnoxious radio music at my gym and they are great for that! The foam ear inserts did not come with cleaning instructions and cost $7 a pop for new ones, so I wonder if I'll end up spending quite a bit over the life of them in replacements. My only other complaint is that the plug surround is too large for my ipod cover, so I can't use them with the cover on. This seems like certainly an avoidable problem with a better design. Pros: Cons:
Great set of cans Very impressed! clarity, separation, highs & lows all top notch, I'll be using these a lot. They're better than what I've used in the past. Bose Tri-ports, Sennheiser CX-300's & V-Moda Vibes Pros: Cons:
Superior fit and sound at almost a reasonable price. Dramatic improvement over the standard ipod earphones. Revealing incredible sound details lost with the standard earpiece. Better than my car stereo. Sturdy design. A must upgrade to appreciate the ipod. Pros: Cons:
These sound fantastic. I can sleep with them in my ears, even while laying on my sides. They are extremely comfortable. Did I mention they sound excellent? Punchy, realistic bass. Clear mids and highs. Made very well. 5 stars all the way! Pros: Cons:
Excellent product & value. I don't have any experience with high end earphones but I do know quality, both in music and product, and the UM1 excels in both. I used these on a recent flight and the noise reduction that they offered was excellent, and the comfort excellent also, last but certainly not least the sound quality was very good. I would purchase again without a second thought. Pros: Cons:
fast service, great comfortable fit, excellent noise reduction and terrific sound. fit my purposes to a T - live sound monitoring, late-night mixing, casual on-the-go listening in often noisy environments. paid $110 and worth every penny Pros: Cons:
I use these for with my Shure In Ear Remote Monitor PSM 200. I am a singer in a rock band and move around a lot. The Westone UM1 is far superior to the earphones that came with the Shure unit. They stay in your ear and are very comfortable. Response is great ! Rugged design. Braded cord stays on behind your ear. No problems with moisture. Get them,Fot the quality and ruggedness they are a steal for the price. ! Bobby Pros: Cons:
I love these headphones! My first purchase of more than $20 headphones and well worth it. I no longer have to listen to folks in the cubicle forest argue with their cable companies or gossip about 30 pound turkeys. The sound quality is amazing. I am noticing so many nuances in songs I've listened to so many times before with lesser headphones. These are very comfortable even for my small ears and they never fall out. I wouldn't jog with them on the open road though, they block too much background for it to be safe. I love them and earphone solutions too. Pros: Cons:
Great bass, somewhat muddy middle and high. I bought these for my little brother (11 years) and he likes them very much. The best thing about them is that he only has to turn the volume up on his Zune to 6 out of 20 to achieve good sound level because of the good noise cancelling. Great for ear protection! Pros: Cons:
These earphones finally don't interfere with taking my helmet on and off! They have a nice sound, and block a pretty good amount of outside noise as well. I guess due to their single driver, the sound could be fuller, but otherwise they make a great companion for my rides, and I can't feel them in my ears. The very first earphones that actually fit my ears and don't have to worry about them slipping out! Thank you! Pros: Cons:
The Westone UMI earphones are incredible. The earphones have great sound. It sure made a difference from the reguler iPod earphones. I had never bought any before and I am very pleased with it's performance. They stay in my ears. I also appreciate the fact they were made in the USA. Pros: Cons:
I own several travel headphones. All of which got rave reviews on Amazon..They have been passsed on to my children . I purchased these with the hopes that I could have a good pair of inexpensive ones. I own some open air-Grado's which are fantastic. The Weston UM1's are perfect for travel. I especially like the foam ear buds over the silicone in-ear ones. These are comfortable and the sound is just fine for travel. They seal great and fit great. If you are looking for a set in this price range...you can't go wrong. Pros: Cons:
I work out quite regularly and have had issues getting a decent pair of IEM's or Ear buds to stay in my ear and not fall out or loosen up. These are by far the most comfortable ear phones ive ever worn hands down. So I've had them now about 3 weeks, and have put them to every possible test I can think of to get them to fall out. I started off with biking then moved onto the cross trainer and they never budged. The next day I used them while i lifted weights and had no issues. So I figured I would stop messin around and put them to the real test. Out in the heat running hard. They stayed put and actually are so light i thought they were falling out a couple times only to find they were still tightly seated and the sound was pretty good. Since then I have tried several other activities and to no avail they do not budge I even tried playing basket ball as well as jumping rope and they came out perfect. The only down fall that I see is the Comply tips seem to wear pretty fast although I use mine 2-3 times per day for workouts and have not had to replace them, I can see the wear. Not a big deal they are a cheap replacement and definately worth the money. If you lead a active lifestyle and are looking for decent sounding IEM's or earbuds this is it. If you want AMAZING sounding step up to the UM2's or the new UM3's. They were a bit outa my price range but for the money. I don't think the UM1's can be beat for comfort. Pros: Cons:
I had a set of Shure SCL-2s that I lost...so I replaced them with these, per suggestion from a friend. They are both around the same price range, entry level in-ear earphones. These sound very clear and accurate, and the bass response is there. Not muddy at all. They were also very comfortable and didn't fall out easily. The earpiece compresses as you squeeze it, then it expands in your ear, ensuring a snug fit. You can hear all the small details of your audio. I hope I can upgrade to UM2s in the future, but this is all I can afford right now, and I'm very happy! Pros: Cons:
I can't believe the quality for the price. Comfortable and the sound is incredible. I am recommending them to others who love music as much as I do. Pros: Cons:
I don't know why you would purchase anything else. I spent the same amount on a pair of BOSE in canal buds and it was like night and day. The UM1 is an amazing product and Earphone Solutions came through with fast delivery. 5 STARS ALL AROUND! Pros: Cons:
Wow, I can actually relax on the subway with these things. Very comfortable, easy to fit, and great noise blocking. Can't wait to try them on a flight. Lost a star because they seemed a little pricey but to be honest they're my first pair of in-ear phones so don't have any others to compare with. Pros: Cons:
I am very pleased with these buds. They are pleasent to wear and sound great. They are also made well. My only con is that it takes a little doing to take them out of your ears. They really fit down in your ears. I would like to upgrade to the UM2s in the future as I am sure they are of the same guality as the UM1s. Pros: Cons:
Have tried nearly every brand, these are the best, most comfy, best value. If they ever top making them I'll buy 10! Pros: Cons:
I bought these earphones after a long search. I have used Bose in ears, Sony EX-81, Koss SparkPlugs, Sennheiser CX300, and I'm sure a few others I forgot. With the Westones, I get a great fit, and superior sound. The isloation is so good that I can't anything going on around my cube, which is great for those tasks that require concentration. One slight down side is that I can hear compression artifacts in my MP3s now that i didn't hear before. Bottom line, excellent comfort and sound, and the price is just right for what you get. Pros: Cons:
Great sound and good noise canceling. Very happy. MADE IN USA Pros: Cons:
I have the Westone um2 and although the um1 is not as good as the UM2 they are a big step up from I Pod standard phones.The fit is very comfortable and the sound is clear. Pros: Cons:
These earphones are a great investment! I had tried a few other brands in the past and always had problems with room noise filtering in. With the UM1 I have absolutely no excess noise and only hear what I need to in my in-ear monitor. They are also great at reducing outside noise while listening to an MP3 player. Pros: Cons:
amazing...cant even feel them in your ear. for in ear headphones how can u beat these. and how often can u say u can JUST HEAR MUZIC. and at all levels...u don't have to listen to them loud...but don't expect to be able to talk with them unless u purchase the in-line button microphone..i haven't bought them but I'm thinking about it now...amazing...just music in your ears, nothing in the background!...would have spent 150$!... Pros: Cons:
I have tried many earphones in the lower range the ones I owned the last were by philips 35$ is wat they cost me... they weren't pretty good on the sound clarity as UM1's but they do gave me some nice bass.They are bit low on bass (I know it said in the description flat response) but I guess once I got used to them they are working fine for me Pros: Cons:
They are a little expensive, but the results are fantastic. I think is a very good product for this price. I'm looking forward to have the UM2,....or UM3 Pros: Cons:
Wow! I have had these for a few weeks now, and I can't say enough about how much I like them. After my second pair of V-Moda buds broke within a few months of ownership, I bought a cheap pair of Skullcandy buds from the dept. store. They lasted about two weeks. I went back to using my Senn HD595s around the house, and realized it was time for a quality pair of earbuds too. After weeks of research on brands such as Shure, Ety, UE, Bose, etc. I found this website and saw the reviews of the Westone UM1. I did some more research on them and learned that they are a major player for pro IEMs and custom earmolds. I had a tough time deciding between these and the Shure SE110. My decision was swayed by the Comply tips, durable braided cables, and US manufacture. Sound quality is excellent, Low-Mid-High frequency ranges are all equally represented and warm. Bass is tight, not overdone. Comfort is also by far the best, and these actually stay in my ears while on the treadmill unlike any other earbud I've tried. I can only imagine how the UM2s sound, so perhaps someday I will upgrade but I feel very well compensated for my $100 investment. Thanks for introducing me to such a wonderful product. Pros: Cons:
I have had these for a few days now and am very happy with my purchase. So far my observations are: Comfort: A+ You won't find a more comfortable pair of IEMs at any price. The "memory foam" tips are top notch, and make a perfect seal in about 20 seconds. Quality of construction: A+ again. This is my fourth pair of IEMs in the last 2 years. I'm tired of shoddy materials and poor quality. I don't expect to have any issues with these, they are light years ahead of other brands I have tried. Braided cord is stellar. Sound: A (adjusted for price) Balanced and warm sounding, with a flat profile. They really bring out the flaws in MP3/ACC files though. Be warned, they may turn you into an audiofile if you aren't one already. Sound is comparable to my Senn HD 595s. I would prefer a bit more bass extension, but that's a personal preference. Seperation is also very nice, mids and highs are clear and accurate. Overall, for $100 you can't go wrong. I haven't tried the new Shure Se110s, but I can't imagne them besting these. Especially when you consider quality of construction (USA Manufactured!) and comfort into the equation. Pros: Cons:
I have had my UM1 earphones for about 3-4 months. They are my first real decent pair of headphones, previously having used some Sony NX-1s. My biggest concern was, of course, getting better sound quality, but also comfort and very important, that I be able to wear my new headphones while wearing my motorcyle helmet (no problem here). First off, after having personally tried all the price-competitive models from Etymotic, Shure, and Ultimate Ears, I can say that dollar-for-dollar, the UM1s are def the best, on almost every dimension. I liked Ultimate Ears in that the cord is replaceable but the UM1 twisted cord is super durable. Unlike, especially Etymotics ER-6/6i. Garbage, seriously, easy to tangle and will wear out soon. Also, Ultimate Ears stick way too far out of your ear to comfortably lie on a pillow (impossible for a helmet). Other than that issue, I might have bought them. At this price range, Shure simply doesn't compete. Their equivalent earphones are two to three times the size, for starters, which make them uncomfortable obviously. Simply a nonstarter for me. Overall, very happy with my choice. These are the best earphones you can find in this price range. Highly recommended. Read other reviews for details on the sound quality, but trust me when I say that for size, fit, comfort (I've worn my UM1s for hours w/no pain), and build quality (including the cord), the UM1s can't be beat. Pros: Cons:
Ok so now I am prepared to write a review after having these babies for 5 months. Let's start with sound: Hmmmm ok agreed sound is better than the stock i-pod buds but hold on that doesn't justify its price of $109. May be around $60 would have been good. These IEM's have great highs, alright mids and poor lows. I should have got the senn CX 500 for this price, they are equally comfortable and have better base and equal clarity if not better. The UM 1's have amazing sound isolation way better than senn's. These buds are extremely comfortable, but very costly for this price. The cord is braided and so chances of tangling are reduced. These come with a good carrying case which is very handy and protects the expensive earphones. If these headphones were for $ 60 or so then they would have deserved 5 stars but for that high price of $ 110, I don't think they deserve 5 stars. These are best suitable for vocal, and classical music but not so much for bassy music. Not that I am a bass head but these certainly lack the warmth to some extent ( and yes I did get a secure fit, you can't go wrong with the fit on these, they are easy to fit) Pros: Cons:
I have had my UM1 earphones for 6 months. Prior to these I was hooked on Shure and living in the UK had stumped up the Â£Â£s to buy them, going up through the models from E2C through to SCL4. In their own right the Shure models are amazing, and with the right buds had a nice fit and a really professional sound / finish. Then I read how Westone were the designers of the original Shure products and gave them a try. Wow! What a difference. The cables are far more plyable and with the sponge buds the phones are perhaps the most comfortable I've ever worn. I accept that when you compare these to the SLC4 Shure phones for sound quality - when tested to studio / laboratory levels - the mid and high ranges don't quite match up, but if you're listening to a good MP3 player, you probably wont notice the difference. I'd recommend these to anybody, whatever your choice of music, for personal use and I'd say to invest in a few packs of the sponge bud tips for comfort. Sponge tips also make the noice cancellation work a lot better too. The only reason I'd change would be if I decided to invest some cash and go for the UM2.....otherwise these are the best I've had. Pros: Cons:
I've owned these headphones for around 6 months after my Shure's died. I really like the slim profile (the Shure's always stuck out too far) and the good sound. I mainly wear these to the gym and after a few uses the sound went dead and dulled. I read the manual and saw that you shouldn't expose these to moisture, but I never had any problems with sound with my Shure's. I have to let these things dry for a day before the sound comes back, and it seems like its getting worse (as stated in the manual. They sound great and are very comfortable but I am extemely disappointed that I can't wear these to the gym regularly as thats really the only time I listen to my mp3 player. So if you're looking at these to wear to the gym be warned. Pros: Cons:
The UM1 is by far the best fitting earphones I have ever tried. I have a pair of the shure EC2 and these are better fitting and far more precise when it comes to sound quality. I have also tried the bose in ear headphones and there is no comparison. These earphones are superior to anything in their price range. Pros: Cons:
Fantastic. Comfortable. Sound purchase (pardon the pun). I've used them just walking around downtown, riding the subway, snowmobiling. They are the most comfortable buds I've ever worn. The one con my wife doesn't like them because I can't hear her when she's talking, oh wait not a con. Pros: Cons:
I've tested all the brands, and a variety of levels of quality. I keep coming back to Westone. I think that Westone earphone capture a LIFELIKE tonality that other phones do not. They are also the best at comfort. Even that another earphone might have a little more treble detail, or a little more bass, the UM1 is naturally balanced with a lifelike sound. UM1 easily my favorite in this price range. Pros: Cons:
This is my frist pair of higher quality earphones. As someone who has never tried anything other than middle to lower quality Sony and JVC brands, these rock my socks off. I have ridiculously small ears (1.5'' long) and I could never find inner ear earphones that would be small enough for me. These are it. They stay in very well, and are very comfortable. One con is that the ComplyTips are difficult to put on the device. I would reccommend these to anyone new to higher qulaity headphones and for personal MP3 player use. Thank you earphonesolutions.com for helping me make the right decision! Pros: Cons:
These earphones are more comfortable than I ever imagined earphones could be. The cables are managed nicely and seldom get in the way. They sound great and have given my mp3 collection new life. More importantly, I'm still using them on a regular basis after 4 months. Pros: Cons:
My brother just recently bought me the iPod and it's awesome but the stock earphones sucked majorly. He recommended I get the UM-1s and I have to agree that these are great to listen to. It's an even tone and the more I listen to them everyday, the bass gets more clear and smooth sounding. Excellent choice for the $!!!! Pros: Cons:
I've had my UM-1s for about 2 weeks now and impressed with the fit, isolation, and overall tonality. I work in pro audio for my living, and I find the UM-1 to have a balanced, un-hyped response. Those who complain about the "bass" must listen to techno/trance/drum & bass or other such "unplayed by human hands" material with artificial LF content. I used the UM-1s to monitor the microphone placement and progress of a new digital recording of our symphony, and found the bass level and tone to be very consistent with what the microphones were picking up. Again, the description that comes to mind is "un-hyped." People used to listening with the acoustic equal of the "smiley-face EQ" with the bottom 2 octaves and top 2 octaves boosted all the way, I'm sure these aren't the ticket. If you want to hear what is really there I suggest these. I prefer them to the Shure E2 by a long shot, and I think one would have to spend considerably more $$$ to get a product that is actually superior. If you want a product that does the EQ for you, move on, these don't do that. Pros: Cons:
I started with the Sure E2G, sound was ok nothing out of this world. the fit was very uncomfortable so I exchanged them for the UM-1, now the fit is excellent, they do block the outside noise,(25db suppression) the sound: lack of bottom end bass ,the mids could get muddy at times. I guess it is a decent compromise between confort and sound. A friend of mine purchase a set of creative Zen aurvana headphones $99. Now this puppies have excellent bottom end (clear bass) and the highs are crisp.Westone have some serious competition in the same price range headphones. If you want to spend $100 for a decent set of headphones it's worth giving them a try. Pros: Cons:
The day I received these, two friends had just bought bose products; one the Quietcomfort 3, the other bought the In-Ear Headphone. The UM1 produced more accurate sound from all frequencies than either of the Bose products. The incredible fit offers the same amount of noise cancellation at 1/3 the price. These gems are simply a steal of a deal. Pros: Cons:
These earphones are a little disappointing for my taste. The sound is flat and dull. Reminds me of listening to music on am radio. Good mids, poor definition on bass and highs. However, the fit is very comfortable with excellent sound isolation (I have small ear canals...is that too personal??). The sound quality seems to vary with the style of music. Overall, I prefer my sennheiser pmx70 earbuds for sound quality and for half the price of the um1. I guess I need to buy the $400 earphones to get the sound I want. Forget it. Pros: Cons:
I had the opportunity to compare the UM1 with the V-Moda Vibe on a side by side basis with the identical music. The UM1 performed well except for some mid range 'muddiness'. On the other hand, the V-Moda Vibe performed exceptionally well across the frequency range. Excellent, but not overly exaggerated bass, yet clear and very well defind mid range and treble. The UM1 is very very good. The V-Moda Vibe is simply better in audio quality. Pros: Cons:
To start off, these headphones are very excellent in many different ways. They have amazing sound isolation, and they absolutely stay in your ear no matter what. I played an hour of tennis with these in, no problems. One thorn to pick is that everyone said the sound quality is amazing. I cannot say I'm sold on that, I've listened to my previous $40 iPod headphones, in one ear and the UM1's in the other. They don't sound much different, nothing too special about the sound. All in all they are great headphones. They do the job of isolating sound. Not the best sound though. Recommended nevertheless. Pros: Cons:
Not only am I impressed with the sound isolation and the sound quality of the UM1 , the customer service is the best. Earphone solutions truly stand behind all that they claim. Great web site .... Pros: Cons:
I have only had my UM1 earbuds for a few minutes and I already love them. Perfect fit, very good balanced sound and fantastic isolation from outside noise! For the $110 these are definitely 5 star earphones. Compared to the V-Moda Vibe earphones (I tried them and returned them) the $20 extra is well spent money!!! Pros: Cons:
I absolutely hate the standard earbuds that come with the iPods - they don't fit my ears well at all, they were constantly falling out, and the sound quality was pathetic. As a result, the iPod was practically worthless to me. That was until I received my Westone UM1 earphones. What a huge difference! The UM1s fit great. They are small and comfortable, and sound 10X better than those $^%! earbuds. I just wish I could justify spending the extra $200 for the UM2s. In my opinion, the UM1s should be the minimum required equipment for all mp3 players. Highly recommended. Pros: Cons:
The Westone UM1 is clearly a significant upgrade to the earbuds bundled with consumer mp3 players: good isolation, great audio. Their performance is to a great extent dependent on the source, i.e. how good the associated amp/player is. I noticed better bass and high end extension when listening through my computer soundcard than with my flash mp3 player. This is why all earphone reviews must be evaluated carefully. In many cases, I think one is reading a review of the associated electronics as much as the earphones. that being said, the Westone UM1 will appeal more to audio purists than to the Hip Hop crowd. The presentation of the UM1's is overall very natural, albeit with softly rolled off highs and articulate, but not powerful bass. Vocals are especially good, entirely free of sibilance. This is an earphone you can wear and listen to for hours without fatigue. Comfort is super with the enclosed gray foam tips. I have not tried the yellow comply tips. Pros: Cons:
Best earphones I have ever had. They are perfect for all my plane trips for my work. Pros: Cons:
The sound of these UM1 is GREAT... also in ITALY! Guaranteed! Delivered in ONE week in Italy from order without any customs costsâ¦ Thanks to earphonesolutions and its Staff! Pros: Cons:
UM1âs are unbelievable for the $$. Pros: Cons:
Quite simply, an excellent choice to replace factory standard ear buds. Immediatley you'll notice a huge difference and will forget quickly about the $110. I compared the Shure's 3&4 and found that the Um's were more comfortable, equal in sound quality, lower profile and about $100- $200 cheaper. I like the 25 db reduction in background noise which comes in handy for air travel and motorcycle riding. The lower profile is also a plus; comfortable under helmet, I can lay on my side and listen in bed comfortably. The cord is superior to the shure. It is limp and comfortable where I find the shures to be rigid and heavier. I am giving the product a 4 star rating based on value and performance, though I would expect that the UM2 is a 5 star choice, offering everything I mentioned previously and better sound quality, of course they are about $200 more. Pros: Cons:
Awesome! Had 'em for a year, perfect fit & sound. Buy 'em now from ES. CDR Dave Dahl, US FIFTH FLEET, Manama, Bahrain. Pros: Cons:
I just purchased the Westone UM1 as an upgrade to my Ultimate Ears Super.fi 3 Pros. The UM1sfit better, have clearer mid and high range sound and they have a better cable than the Ultimate Ears. Which is a godsend for when I go jogging with my Ipod Nano, it's good to have such great cables. I have small ears and the standard length Canal Comply tips fit so much better than the foam tips that came with the Ultimate Ears. I am now pursuing getting the custom ear pieces made for me since my left ear canal is slightly deformed due to a facial injury sustained while skydiving many years ago. The UM1's fit better than any other earphones I have ever used. If your current earphones are hard to fit, try the UM1's, you won't be disappointed. Pros: Cons:
Extremely confortable. Lows are nice a round, high not too harsh. Only negative is that the midrange can get muddy and distorted at higher volumes. I've found this occurs on a number of tracks. Other than that, love them. Pros: Cons:
I am extremely impressed by the shipping standards of FMA solutions. Ordered late at night on Tuesday with a 2 day shipping option and received my earphones on Thrusday. Thank you. Now for the earphones. I previously owned the Audio Technica CM-7Ti model earphones. These are open style (which means music leaked out) but had great sound. The Westone UM1s obviously surpassed these earphones at the same price. They are extremely comfortable once you get used to them and the sound is exceptionally clear. For the bass, if you are one of those going for thumping bass, I recommend the Shure phones. In my experience, the Westone products focus on more natural clarity of sound. Compared to the etymotics, it is not as meticulous, but then again, a much more smoother experience. It is perfect in the bed as the earphones won't interfere with your sleep. If you have some money but not enough for the UM2s or Triple driver phones, and if you are one who wishes to hear "pure clarity", then I strongly recommend the UM1s. I use them on my iPod all the time. Sit back and enjoy. Pros: Cons:
These earphones are fantastic. They go INTO your ears and so they will take a couple days to get used to. The sound is wonderful - very natural and non-fatiguing. Highly recommended. Pros: Cons:
I got these to replace the Etymotic ER6 that I used for 3 years. I noticed immediately that the UM1 fit is perfect for my ears. It even sounds great out of the box. I can't wait until these get burned in. There is way less cable noise when compared with the Etys. I am very pleased with this headphone. Thank you. Pros: Cons:
The UM1 are the best balanced earphones I have tried and they are so responsive to the EQ that I have managed to copy the sound of every other earphone I have compered the with. No matter what type of sound you prefer you can have it (if you have a desent EQ on your mp3 player). I have used them for 3 month with my iPod 5G and could not be happier. Pros: Cons:
I agree with others that these UM1's are very balanced. Now that is not to say that you can't adjust to your taste with an equalizer or "WOW" if you have it. The UM1's can produce tons of bass,mids,highs but they are factory set for balanced sound. Now for the fit. Once I learned just how to insert them properly, within 5 mins they seem to disapear, can't feel them in my ears at all. I beleive these are the best for the money. You will have to spend 200 to beat these. Pros: Cons:
I'm not an audiophile and this is my first IEM. I'm definately content with my UM1s. The small profile makes it easy to lay in bed on your side without somethin sticking out too much. Isolation is good with the provided comply tips, use these with my zen all the time on the airplane. I did get some noise from when the cord was positioned in certain areas or bent in a certain fashion. The little plastic piece that secures the line behind your neck seems a bit cheap, but doable. Sound quality is good, as everyone else has said. One thing I wish I did was buy comply tips, I'm almost out after a few months. The triple flange is too big for my ears so i couldn't really use those. Overall, I'm very satisfied with the UM1s. Pros: Cons:
This is my first IEM and I have a couple of headphones (HD580 and SR80) to make a comparison with. I really like the sound of the UM1 which I feel is very musical (not punchy). The mid range has an enduring sweetness to it and the sound stage is very open. Users should spend some time breaking it in as well as finding the best way of wearing it for that essential seal. Highly recommended! Pros: Cons:
My second UM1 from earphonesolutions,same fast shipping and quality.I got it on 6th day,i have ordered. Pros: Cons:
Well balance, extremely comfortable, discreet design, affordable, music sounds lively. A little bit more bass would be 101% perfect, hey, it's an imperfect world, I am contend. Pros: Cons:
I forgot to mention, earphonesolution.com has fast shipping, competetive price, professional, highly recommend. Pros: Cons:
fastest shipping i've ever seen, fast customer support! great free add-on s from earphonesolutions. Besides that amazing earphone, perfect isolation.it seems very stong, i dont think the cable somehow brakes or other problems ever. Carrying case is very secure for the earphone. No matter of what, just buy it definetly amazing after my sony ex71 so called iem. Pros: Cons:
UM1 Excellent comfort as I wear these all day long.Lows,mids excellent but the bass is weak.Overall excellent value for the money!The UM2's must blow your mind!! Pros: Cons:
really good earphone and hv a great human voice when listening Pros: Cons:
good god their incredible, so worth it Pros: Cons:
These are comfortable, and have a quite good tonal up to mid-range, where I find them too harsh. The treble roll off to fast and is way to lossy, there's lots of details missing -compared to my standard Koss UR-40. Somehow I'm dissapointed but in noisy environments one miss out on the details anyway... Jens S, Sweden Pros: Cons:
Great all around sound, comfortable fit, and solid build quality. Stepping up from the Sony MDR-EX71SLs, which are known for being bass heavy, I don't feel like I've lost bass with the UM1s but rather gained clarity in the bass. A huge step up. As they're my first IEMs that provide substantial sound isolation, I am not only enjoying music at a far lower volume than I used to, but I find myself turning down other sources as well. It's just not comfortable to blast it and now I know there's an alternative. I'm a "bang for the buck" shopper and the Westone UM1 is definitely where it's at. Earphonesolutions support staff was absolutely outstanding and I have not hesitated to recommend them based on the overall service ever since. Pros: Cons:
Not so bass sounds crappy... Er6i sounds much better... Pros: Cons:
These are great earphones.I have iriver h320 and with these phones,i think myself near an orchestra.Bases r incredible,mids trebles r good like bases.And thnx earphone solutions for fast shipping,i got them only in 5 days.Love from TURKEY... Pros: Cons:
Lovin' it. every moment Pros: Cons:
These are great Canal Phones. The sound perfect and are super comfotable. I used to have the sony in ear phones and they always fell out. The westone stayed in place throughout my two hour workout. Thanks earphonesolutions for the fast shipping and the best headset around. Pros: Cons:
It only took as long as to pull the short foam tips off, and put the standard length ones on to be sold on this wonderful product. They were comfortable immediately, and sound great. Earphone Solutions were great with answering an email, and getting the UM1's in the mail.. I couldn't be happier. Pros: Cons:
Amazing headphones. After listening to these I can hear all sorts of things in my music library I never heard before. I can hear instruments in the backround that were never there with stock phones. These are also very comfortable iems. I wasn't sure if I would be able to stick something into my ear but thanks to all the included tips I found the set that makes it feel like I'm not even wearing headphones.Earphonesolutions was also very helpful in making my decison and shipping them out quickly. I ordered these on a Tuesday morning and they arrived here on Thurday afternoon of that week. To top it all off this speedy shipping was just with the free shipping options! Thanks and great job earphonesolutions! Pros: Cons:
In a word...comfortable. they always feel great and nothing is better at the gym or jogging on trails. obviously the sound isn't on par with dual driver sets, but the price isn't either. for $100, i haven't heard anything better and i have tried the shure e2, e3 and e4. i also own triports and the b & o phones (i have been trying to find the right ones!) and i think my searching has finally ended. all in all, these earphones combine the best features of all of the above, great comfort, great sound, great isolation and awesome value. Pros: Cons:
No problems whatsoever with Earphone Solutions. I'm glad that I bought them here. The UM1's are nice earphones. The sound is very nice. Flat and even to my ears. They don't blow me away. I had some Sony noise cancelling NC-11's and to my ear those sounded just as good and maybe even a little better - but they were very fragile (one side just stopped working) and had lot's of cord noise which made working out with them a real pain. Earphone Solutions sent an instruction sheet telling you how to use the UM1's and that it would take ten days or so to get them to fit right and I will say that you should listen to the advice. It took a while to get them to feel and sound just right (my left ear inserts at a slightly different angle then the right and it took a few days to figure it out) but now using them is second nature and the sound is good, No cord noise to worry about when working out and they really are very comfortable. It sure would be fun to try the UM2's but for the money I think these would be hard to beat. Pros: Cons:
wow. listening to them now, and i'm hearing things that i have never heard before with any of the 10 pairs of headphones i've owned.(none IEM's) I can't compare them to the other IEM's because i haven't listened to them, but these are WAY better than the iPod ones. Very sufficiant bass and increadible clearness. Couldn't want more. Pros: Cons:
first of all, great response from this store. quick processing and fast shipping. the um1 sound great out of my x5L for this price. they have a slightly warm sound, with phenomenal vocals. bass is good and responds well to eq. perhaps not the best for symphonies but besides that, they excel. Pros: Cons:
Reviews that are not relevant will be deleted. Example: "these are great" "this sucks", "the left doesn't work". Reviews that are relevant: "This sucks because the earpiece hurts my ear and they keep falling or they don't have enough bass, or they don't have enough highs, etc.". If a product arrives and it's defective you cannot post a review saying they suck because in fact you got a defective product. Since you are covered with a 1-2 year warranty and your earphones will be replaced at no charge, save your review to a fully working earphone. It's not fair for our readers. If after receiving a fully working replacement you find they are bad for one reason or another, you are welcome to post your review with whatever relevant critics you have on the product. Thank you, EarphoneSolutions.com Pros: Cons:
Just got these yesterday. I don't think there is a better iem in this price range, miles better then shure e2's and e3's and the option to go with custom molds is great. Warm and very musical, with a touch of high-end rolloff, I can listen to these for hours. Pros: Cons:
The UM1s are super comfortable and sound really good with the Comply Tips. I found the triple flange to be a bit uncomfortable but after trimming off the last flange, they became just as comfortable as the canal tips. UM1s are a great value and sturdy in design. Earphone Solutions gave fast responses to any questions asked and quick service. Thanks Flavio and staff! Pros: Cons:
i just purchased the um1 a week ago and am happy about them...im not really happy about the bass but the mids and highs are great...the fit with these are the best ive tryed out...for the price and sound the um1 are the ones to buy!!! Pros: Cons:
Wow! Great overall sound (nice highs, great mids, and awesome bass) and very, very comfortable. I've had a series of earphones, but I believe my search is over! And hat's off to Flavio and the rest of the crew at EarphoneSolutions. Top notch products with the best customer service to match. Thanks! Pros: Cons:
Not quite detailed as the ER6i but these earphones have wonderful mids and better bass. Bass is very good. Tight and punchy. Have a slight mid bass hump. Lower bass extends quite a bit. Mids are sweet! Vocals sound very good on them. UM1's treble is a little recess compared to the ER6i. UM1 is a musical earphone while the ER6i is more analytical. The UM1 can sound a bit muffled especially after listening to the ER6i. Very good for rock/metal/pop songs. The UM1 have a warmer, lusher and fuller sound while ER6i have a more metallic, brighter sound. UM1 doesn't have the prominant details of the ER6i but its still there. To my ears, the UM1 is more musical, balanced earphone. The ER6i is a bit lopsided, leaning towards the treble. A more analytical earphone. So depends on the individual, both are equally good. I personally prefer the UM1. Pros: Cons:
These ear phones have outstanding sound, the best I've heard but I havn't tried the others high end plugs or the UM2s. Pros: Cons:
Earphone solutions was fantastic! They were available to answer my questions two times and steered me to the best solution for my needs. I bought the Westone UM1 and am very happy that I did. Bill T. Carmichael, CA Pros: Cons:
Question & Answers
Questions on Westone UM PRO 10 New V2 Earphones
Are there any driver differences between this model and UM1? Are there any sonic improvements or is just repackaging and a removable wire?
- Tech Support answered:
- Going from UM1 to UM PRO 10 is the most obvious improvement we have tested so far. The sound is quite superior to the UM1 with more detail and the cable design is even better which now has a very soft arch. Very soft on the skin. Still made in the US. Bass has also more detail.
good bass for electronica?
- Tech Support answered:
- The UMPRO 10 offers a good amount of detail, specially on the mid range when compared to the old UM1. It has a decent amount of bass but if you are looking for something really "bassy", get the ADV, also from Westone.
I'd like to ask if there will be replacement cables released for UM PRO 10?
And I'm guessing a comply T-100 will fit this?
- Tech Support answered:
- Yes. The cables as an accessory will be available before summer. And yes, the T-100 are compatible with this model; same nozzle size as the previous models.
I am looking for noise cancellation ear buds for a relative who plays drums. He plans to wear them while playing. Can you recommend the best, yet economical ear buds for him?
- Tech Support answered:
- The UM PRO 10 is an excellent choice; they are comfortable and isolate noise very well. They come with a 2 year warranty and the cables are replaceable. He can also use these as a stage monitor.
Do you not stock the replacement cable?
- Tech Support answered:
- Not yet but we will in the near future :)
What accessories are included with the UM 10? Extra tips, case, etc...? Can't seem to find this info on your site.
- Tech Support answered:
- We apologize for the inconvenience.
The UMPRO10 comes with a selection of sleeves - 20 pairs. 10 pairs of the silicone sleeves and 10 pairs of the foam sleeves. It also comes with a wax removal tool and a travel case.