Westone W20 Dual Driver Earphones
The W20 comes with 2 sets of cables; one for audio and the other with mic and controls for the iPhone. The W20 is part of the W-Series of earphones from Westone that features state-of-the-art balanced armature drivers with an advanced crossover design. The detail and clarity provided by the W20 is unmatched and enhances any listening experience.
This dual driver earphone will make any audio recording sound even better! Notable features of the W20 sound profile include:
separate bass and high frequency drivers that are balanced for incredible detail.
a two way crossover design that provides an even sound that isn’t congested or cluttered.
a sonic purity that exceeds expectations and is unbeatable when compared to other dual driver universal earphones.
A W20 purchase includes two replaceable cables and a MMCX connector that makes changing the cables quick and easy. The EPIC cable is made of flexible tensile wire and contains a specially designed aramid fiber. This fiber provides increased acoustic transparency, durability, and noise isolation. The Apple MFi cable has a microphone and a three button control system that allows users to receive phone calls, play and pause the music, and control the volume without accessing the iPhone’s screen.
The W20 model comes with three sets of interchangeable faceplates (red, black, and blue) so users can customize the earphones to fit their personalized preferences. The W20 also offers Westone’s True-Fit technology and five pairs of True-Fit foam tips and five pairs of STAR silicone sleeves. The variety of tips promises that all users will be able to find the perfect fit. A W20 purchase also includes a Westone Vault Monitor and a specialized cleaning tool.
A purchase from Earphone Solutions can be trusted! We ensure that Westone will honor the two year manufacturer’s warranty designed to protect a customer’s investment in the W20 earphones.
Westone W20 Dual Driver Earphones Review by Earphone Solutions
The W20 is a dual balanced armature driver. Like its brother W10, they are very comfortable and provide a flush fit; they will not fall off of when you go for your morning run or if you are stuck on a long flight and just want to sleep. They can be worn underneath a full face helmet and will provide a great seal, just as long as you choose the right sleeves for you. It offers a sound signature that incorporates more bass and more subdued highs. The mids are clear and in just the right amount.
I found the sound to be incredibly detailed which allowed me to enjoy and analyze parts of my favorite songs I may not have noticed before. Read more of our Review of Westone W20 by Jeff Browand, Comercial Pilot.
Regarding W20 Customers' Reviews: We transferred all customer product reviews from the predecessor W2 over to the page of the new W20 due to the similar configuration (2-way crossover, dual drivers). The new W20 now includes 2 cables: MFI Music Control for iPhone and a new improved braided cable for audio only. During A/B tests between the W2 and the W20, we can assure you there is a big upgrade in sound quality possibly because of upgraded new drivers, different 2-way crossover tuning, drivers placement (which can change sound a lot) and new shell acoustics. All customer reviews dated before October 18, 2013 are for the predecessor W2 model. All customer reviews posted after October 18, 2013 are for the new W20.
Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews
I started out on the UM1 and got a set of UM2 Pros when I thought I lost the UM1s. They ended up in my snow pants. Forgot them after shoveling snow. Anyway, the UM2s just started breaking up in the right ear. I used them daily for a few years, so normal wear and tear got them, not lack of quality. In fact I tried to fix them myself but the wires are so we'll protected I had a hard time getting through the protective fabric around the inner wire with my sharp exacto knife if that tells you anything. This version did not have the removable cord like these new ones do. Brilliant move. So I got these W20s as a replacement. Wow. Just Wow! I am hearing things that even the UM2s didn't pick up. I'm totally blown away. Listening to Radiohead and Steely Dan brings a smile to my face. Between the three Westone sets I've had I'd rate them from first to third W20S, UM1 then UM2. There was just something special about the UM1 that made me miss them. But these W20s...Next Level! Hope this is helpful to someone.
I have tried W20,W30,W40 and W50 and here are my ratings. W20-5 Stars W30-2.5 starts W40-3.5 Starts W50-2 Starts I have also tried Sony XBA-H1,Etymotic ER4P and Shure 535V. Westone W20 is probably the best earphone. Period. The price, the comfort, its so light and yet so powerful, the clarity of sound. etc. I switched between W20 and W30 for the same song . I used spotify with songs downloaded at 190kpbs or greater. W20 had much brighter and rich sound.W30 appeared muffed or low in volume compared to W20. W30 I felt was very dull compared to W20. W40 I had high hopes for this. But I don't think I am planning on keeping this. It comes with a bunch of nice accessories, at least 10 pairs of customizable ear tip, interchangeable faceplates, cables. Ultimately I cannot justify the 499$ price . I had a Sony XBA-H1(Two driver Hybrid) which I purchased for 148$.Sony sounds as good. The Bass is much better in the Sony XBA-H1.I think there is too much hype created on this product. I spent a lot of time switching between the Sony XBA-H1 and Westone W40, I expected much more for the 500$ price. Frankly I could not find anything that would make me keep this. Its just a good earphone which is very expensive, Please try other IEM before shelling out money for expensive W40. W50:It was ok, Its very similar to the sound signature of W30.It was very dark or dull for me and frankly I cannot justify the 600$ price. Summary:W20 beats every other earphone I have tried in terms of price,comfort,clarity.W20 is the clear winner and thus my search for a great IEM Ends.
Took my W20s running and afterwards put them in my running shorts pocket. Threw my clothes in the wash forgetting about the earphones. They had already gone through the wash cycle before I remembered and rescued them at the rinse and spin cycle. Air dried them for a couple of days and then put them in the Monitor Saver case for final drying. Took a few tries before the desiccant would stop changing colour. Earphones are still working 2 months later. W20s are tough!
I have been using earphones since the 1st iPod came out. Starting the ER4's. I look for comfort and, sound quality and fit. These Westone W20 are truly great. They are comfortable in my ears and I tend to were in-ears for 8 hrs a day. The sound is super, great tone range, no mud not base heavy and clear in the upper range. I listen to classical, rock, heavy metal and Jazz depending on my mood that day. Plus audio books. The product comes with many differnet ear tips so you can pick one to fir your ear choice and a nice waterproof case. Folks at Earphonesolutions were great and the order shipped when promised and arrived 1 day before promised :) Thanks much. I am enjoying the earphone as I type.
The Westone W20 Dual Driver Earphones surpassed my expectations. The sound from them is worth every penny. With foam ear tips they are excellent at noise isolating - so much so, that on my next flight I am leaving my noise cancelling headphones behind and taking these instead. I am using the Westones with my Samsung Galaxy S5 phone. The earphone button features that work are: Single click = Play/Pause music or Answer call / End call; Double click = Skip to next track. If you want volume control the Goggle Play Store has one app that will give you this feature while using these earphones. The customer service at Earphone Solutions is second to none. I called twice to ask questions before putting in my order and both times the gentleman who answered was very knowledgeable, patient and polite. I ordered on a Wednesday and FedEx had the package to me the next day!
Thank you Frank!
Great service from earphonesolutions ! I was afraid by the promotion giving me a free pair of Audéo Phonak 122 while buying these, making this site looking like a fake site with promo to make you buy there but finally, I had the product after 2 days instead of the 3-6 days announced and with two pair of earbuds for the price of one! Only problem was the clearance fees, not include in the price ! I had a bad suprise at delivery, had to pay 30$ ! For the earbuds : Pro : - Well packaged, - Comfortable , - Good sound but I expected a bit more for the price, seems a bit weak on the bass, - Replacable cable and second cable included ! (without remote), - Three colors Cons : - The remote doesn't work entirely with Android ( I knew it but still, it should be ) - Price
Thanks Mathieu. Please note, to get the bass, with all balanced armature drivers, you need a good seal and that usually takes a good 2 weeks as you try the different eartips sizes and materials to find out which one best matches your anatomy.
The Westone MFI cable is designed for the iPhone. It will work with the Android as you noted, but it will not have all the functions (sometimes volume control, music skipping, etc depending on the Android model you have).
I understand you are outside the US. In those cases some countries will collect duty and taxes from their citizens. That's beyond our control. From our experience in dealing with our international customers (since the year 2000!), there is a big advantage in buying from us even after including these taxes, as our lower prices are much better than in Canada, Europe, Asia and Oceania.
Service first class...enough said this company rocks with that. As a tire kicker, when I pull the trigger I don't want to wait and well done once again. This is my second Westone having been through 3 episodes of Shure that were disappointing and a bowers and wilkins that I left on a plane.....yes, I am an idiot. Hope this hold up better than the first pair that the cables were too weak to support moderate use. I am never understanding the companies logic to trade off of weight of cable vs. durability. I think this is over thought. Sound is solid, deep and clear and as pure as it gets. As a drummer I am hearing what I need to here...thanks Westone...good product, delivers on promise.
As like in the past, Earphone Solutions delivered on time and as expected, I couldn't ask for more than that. The Westone 2 is a very good set of earphones, performing above my expectations. Beautiful highs and great bass. Pros: Great sound Reasonable pricing A very good selecton of ear pieces to choose from Includes a durable hard body zipper case Cleaning and maintenance tool included Cons: No dislikes, very pleased with this product
I bought these to upgrade from the Westone 1 because I thought they were OK but not great. I really like the Westone 2! The sound is awesome and better than the Westone 1. I really wish I could get the Westone 3 though. My only complaint besides the cost is that these are not repairable. My pair broke less than 4 months after the 2 year warranty was up (left ear stopped working and then got quiet and crackled sounding). I had to buy a replacement model from Westone for $125 if I wanted another pair. I did because I like them but am dissapointed that these have cost me as much as they did since I bought the first pair and then a replacement pair. It would be a strong case to buy the UM models since they are completely repairable! I should note that I take great care of these and they always go in the case when not in use. Overall I would say I'm satisfied but my bank account is not. Pros: sound fit comfort Cons: price not repairable length of time before broke
Owner of many Westone earphones UM2 and 3 True Way (3 for Kids and wife) and Shure 530, I buy the W 2 for my wife for a bike use (We used to listen music when riding and travelling). I Just want to say that it's perfect sized under a helmet, with amazing sound as usual with Westone's product. I'm waiting for the next promotion day to buy another one. I must also said that earphonesolutions is one of the only way, in France, to get Westone product at a normal price. So I want to thanks them for their website efficiency and good prices. Pros: Size fitting well with all types of helmet, confortable for bikers Sound great and well in line with the Westone usual quality Good isolation for the outside noises in plane, buses, cars or bikes Cons: When you buy it, you must be aware that one of the main fragility is in the cables, especialy near the earphone itself. Take care of it !
Haven't used them too much on my motorcycle yet but, they do block most of the wind noise as I hoped they would. They also sound better than my Shures E3c with about the same wind noise blocking. OK the sound is full and clear! You will hear a lot more interments and sounds that cheaper bud just don't produce. They also don't over power the bass with distorted boom, it's there just not over done and clear. You get what you pay for! Pros: Noise blocking and full rich sound. Cons: Nothing yet.
I started my foray into the audiophile community with the low-end, single dynamic driver Shure SE215 - which I promptly sold off upon receiving these babies. Just to clarify, I was not, and still am not a basshead. However, using the Westone 2 after being accustomed to the dynamic Shures, I found the bass somewhat lacking with the default comply tips and the sound signature being overly airy and treble-focused. I thought I had just blew 200 dollars on a pair of earphones I wasn't gonna like and was considering returning them until I read of a solution online advising me to modify the triple flanged tips provided into double flanges. Needless to say, these tips made a WORLD of difference, no kidding. They isolated much better and sealed in the bass. With these tips and a few days of brain burn-in, I began to appreciate the sound Westone had created here. Everything just sounds so detailed and natural, sort of like a cross between the musical W1 and the serious UM3x - lying at the perfect trade off point between a fun sound and an analytical one. Soundstage is on a whole different level when compared to the shures, which now sounded cramped and muddy in presentation. Sound quality aside, I'd like to commend the work westone has put into moulding the earpieces and perfecting their braided cable. Build quality is just AWESOME! Not forgetting to thank earphonesolutions with their prompt replies to my enquiries and zippy shipping. I received these a mere two days after placing my order, despite living halfway across the globe. On the flip side, instrument separation is decent, but not remarkable. To my ears, instruments are blended together musically and individual instruments aren't as distinct as I like them to be. It's like you have the vocals, and then the blend of instruments instead of vocals and individual instruments. Bass lovers may fare better with the more bass heavy W3 or even the UM2 as these earphones are definitely not for this group of enthusiasists. For the rest of us, don't give up on these amazing earphones just because they sound light at first, like I almost did. Get a proper seal before passing out your verdict. Your ears will thank you. Pros: - balanced, natural sound - above average soundstage for its price - Westone's build quality and lightweight cables - earphonesolutions great service :) Cons: - may not be suitable for bass lovers - instrument separation can be improved upon
Hey Adrian, thank you for the positive feedback!
I think these are a very good pair of headphones. I had the Shure Se 215 and various other 50-100 dollar headphones. I paired these headphones with a Fiio E-11 amp and they just sing. The bass is hard hitting with clear highs and mids. These head phones are durablle and I use them under my motorcycle helmet as well as the gym. I would recommend buying the monitor saver and using to keep moisture away. Pros: Fit Great sound when paired with a headphone amp All around quality and build Good bass but not overwhelming clear highs and lows Comfort Cons: Price
I have moved on from um1 to w2, and I would say there is a great jump in performance from um1 to w2. Beside the solid sound, the ambience noise isolation is good and the fit is comfty too. For this price range, I believe this is the best I could ask for. Pros: - bass - mid - fit - ambience noise isolation Cons: - price
I had high hopes, but I can't get a good seal no matter what I do. If I use fingers I can push on the units and get a pretty good sound. When I do this they sound ok. Not the greatest as I hoped. Almost to flat or linear, the highs don't pop, a little muddied. Distorts badly at louder settings. My old Shure E2C's sounded better with the same songs and music player. I can get a seal with those. I have ordered a kit to make my own ear molds so I'll try and salvage the Westones. Pros: Elegant design Cons: I cannot get a good seal. Doesn't mean you can't NOT made in America. Say's MADE IN CHINA right on the box
Thanks for the feedback Jeff and sorry they are not to your satisfaction (at least for the time being). The W2 is made in China. The UM2 is made in the US.
Got fantastic service from earphone solutions. Their replies to my questions were helpful and prompt. On top of that, their delivery was incredibly quick - I live halfway round the world in Singapore and i got my order in 2 days. Pros: Good clarity and detail in the highs and mids Tight bass Fit from the big foam eartips was fantastic Very very comfortable to wear and listen to Feels good quality Nice set of accessories Cons: Foam eartips gets dirty fast and is hard/close to impossible to clean properly Im not a basshead but I found that the lower end was somewhat lacking. after equalization it sounded great so this is somewhat a non issue.
Hello all, This is my first time making a review. I'm just going to write down my findings and opinion about this particular product. This is the first time i actually bought a "expensive" earpiece. So far i've only had the sennheizer CX200 in ear. Which was meh~ I live in the Netherlands and i received my package within 2 days which was really awesome. I never thought to get it so fast. It even had a free Fiio amplifier. I tried the amplifier at first, but i didn't really bring it. So afterwards i bought a LD9 fiio cable, which takes the direct signal from your ipod to your headphones. And the quality greatly increased. So far the dual driver is insane. I love it. It's not heavily on the bass like many earphones are. So if you want to listen to classic music, or orchestra it's not that the bass is overruling. I love it! Second to that. Since i bought it. I really enjoy listening to music, it fits perfect. And closes off the sound from outside very very good. Listening music has never been so enjoyable. The only downside is. The upgrade is so huge, i can't wait to hear how the westone 3 and 4 sound like. Conclusion: It's quite some money you have to pay. But it's worth it, all of it. If you really love music, you need one of these! Pros: Great sound Bass is not overruling Great fit, closes off sounds from outside perfectly Cons: The price is abit high, but still worth it a 100%
Let me preface my review by saying I am in no way an audiophile. After purchasing some high-end circumaural phones and realizing they're much too large to carry around in public, I realized I needed something compact. But after a couple of consumer-grade earbud experiences, I was hesitant to spend more money. Online sources (reviews, forums) are ripe with opinions spanning the spectrum from "stellar" to "suitable only for the deaf." I was at least able to determine Westone was a brand with which I probably couldn't go wrong, so I took the plunge. First impression: how does that amount of sound come from such a little piece of electronic equipment? I have yet to find a track that produces enough bass to be distorted and the highs don't pierce my eardrums. And they stay in my canals! No more pushing them back in with every head turn or step, making them suitable for the gym. Pros: Fit/comfort Sound quality Build quality Cons: Expensive Cord could be longer
I had these for about 2 weeks before exchanging them because they did not have enough bass for me. When i fist listened to them, i was quite impressed. The clarity and forward mids really make the singers voice stand out. The bass was tight but a little lacking to me.(westone 3 is perfect in bass) But i found the clarity in the mids to be much better than westone 3. The separation for westone 2 is just amazing! i have never heard that kind of separation in an iem before.(separation better than westone 3) In this case, i found that the not so big soundstage was a good thing.(my opinion though) The small soundstage really complimented the beautiful mids and airy highs very well. The westone 2 are also much smaller than the 3. They are extremely comfortable and easy to get perfect seal. The cable although may unwind over time, are very nice and thin, unlike the older shures. The cable also may not look durable, but i think it is.(its very tough and looks hard to break). Overall, this is probably the best iem in this price range. (Although i have never owned, i have tried the shure se 425 and think these are better because they sound much more pleasing and less boring, but again, still my opinion) Pros: -clarity -comfort -cable -very nice mids -seperation -accessories -free amp Cons: -light on bass -cable can unwind
I've been using earbuds to listen to tunes and movies on my IPad while on airplanes during several international flights this year. My Etymotics are starting to show wear so I was looking for a replacement and (hopefully) an upgrade in comfort and sonic quality. I tried noise cancelling earphones (Bose) but I find that in-ear headphones are much more effective at cutting down the noise of the airplane (engines, pilot announcements, and fellow passengers). From my most recent trip, I found that the W2's are a big step up from my last pair of ER6i earphones. It took a while for me to get a proper fit since the W2s are laid out differently - the body of the phone is perpendicular to the earpiece so I found it harder to cram the earpiece into the ear. And as the man says, a tight fit is the key to getting the bass working right. If you get these cans, you can test if you have a proper fit: press the earpiece firmly into your ear and if the bass fills in, you don't have a proper fit yet. Once you have the fit dialed in, I think you'll find the effort well worth it. I have also tried listening to tunes before going to sleep - as described on the website, the layout of the headphones does mean a comfortable fit even when pressed against the pillow. Pros: Great sounds - good definition and separation. Thumping bass. Cons: You do need to work on the fit - don't get discouraged if they sound like crud at your first try.
Thanks for the feedback Doug!
That's what I keep thinking about the sound quality. Very smooth across the whole range- nothing too pronounced, nothing dropped. I tend to listen more to electronic music that uses a lot of layering of sounds, and the detail is great. Bass is sharp and not emphasized or muddled, and the highs are not "bright" or shrill. They also sound fantastic watching movies on my laptop. The fit is comfortable, but not quite as minimalist as the Shure E3C's they replaced- I also wear them to help sleep and find they can poke a bit on a firm pillow. Westone sponsors a bicycling team, and they definitely deliver sound isolation and stability on my rides. They are a bit pricey, but considering the number of hours they're in my ears each day, I figured it was a good investment. I'm a bit concerned about their durability as the wires seem thin and they tend to snug into my ears a bit, but hopefully the twisting pair will stand up. I was pleased to see that Westone is an American company, but the box said they were made in China, so a bit of a letdown there. Pros: Sound detail Sharp bass without being overwhelming Really have to emphasize detail again Cons: Snug fit means I have to pull a bit to dig them out, which leads to concerns about durability
I read all the reviews on the Westone 2 Dual driver earphones and was expecting great things. I wasn't impressed. I purchased these just before taking a 2 week motorcycle trip up around Gaspe' Quebec and back. I live in VA. the mid and highs are good. The bass, not so good. I have a pair of $30 sony ear buds that have better bass. On a positive note, they do fit in the ear quite well and do a good job of blocking out surrounding noise. I was just disappointed with the bass quality. so overall, do I think they are worth the money, NO, would I buy them again, NO, would I recommend them, NO. Not for that kind of money Pros: fit in the ear. Noise canceling Cons: lack of bass and bass thumping sound
Hi Breen, Thanks for the review. We are sorry you didn't love your new W2s. Please keep in mind that in the first few days you rarely get a good bass because balanced armature drivers require a very good and tight seal / fit, in order for them to deliver the bass they are capable of. Thank you.
I bought these to replace a pair of shire E2c's. I'm not an audiophiles by any means. But the westone 2's sound fantastic to me! All the base I need (more than I anticipated) and nice clear highs. I use them inside my motorcycle helmet in conjunction with a Sena Bluetooth communicator system and they fit better than my shures ever did. Mostly due to the smaller size. With the comply foam tips the fit is perfect and they eliminate all the outside noise you don't want to hear. I can wear these all day in my helmet and the only place I feel any discomfort is behind the ear due to the super thin twisty wire and my ears being squashed down on them. Plus I find the twisty wires tangle pretty easy. Construction seems solid enough. They seem to be be way too small and light considering all the sound they put out. Overall I would say these are a good buy. But remember I only have an obsolete set of shures to compare them to. I also paid for fedex shipping due to my country having a postal strike, and they showed up here in Calgary in 12 hours!! Well done guys!! Pros: Good fit in my ears with the comply foam tips Good bass (with a tight seal) Crisp and clear highs Good construction Cons: Twisty cord annoys the back of the ears and tangles easy.
Needless to say these IEM's are awesome but as an avid runner they are amazing. They stay solidly in place and turned down to the lowest volume possible on my iPhone all of the lows-mids-and highs are still sharp as a tack and I can hear all traffic going on around me. There is no cord noise thanks to the braided cables and thick construction. Pros: Everything Cons: No removable cables
Best earphones that I've ever owned. Use them mostly for bike riding. They never fall out and super comfortable. Pros: Perfect fit, comfortable and great sound.. Cons:
My background: I play weekly in a live band setting (church, special events, band) and use them every week. I have also used them to mix in conjunction with other speakers for producing. These headphones simply are amazing. VERY wide sounding but maintaining a flat response. I am a bass player and the lower response was an important factor when shopping for IEMs. I am able to hear every instrument in my mix, BEAUTIFUL!! Pros: Cons:
The westone 2 earphones are by far the best i ever owned, before I bought the Westones I bought the new Bose, boy those sucked so bad I took them back to the store. oh can i say sucked??? Sorry but that is the only way I can tell you how bad they were. They were not worth 5 bucks let alone a 100. Anyone who has a problem with the Westone 2, DONT KNOW HOW TO USE THEM. Pros: they're the best. Cons: the price????
I bought these headphones for my wife for her commutes to and from work. I have two pairs of custom headphones by Ultimate Ears (the UE7 and 11) and these headphones are pretty damn good. Are they custom? NO! But they sound amazing, they possess life, and have a full range of the music. I would buy these as a spare pair for myself. Pros: Full range of music, possess great musicality Cons:
for the first time ever i have cranked the music all the way up. The sound got better all the way to the top, and i am now wondering what all i've been missing all these years listening through v-moda vibes and similar products :) Granted, this not something one should do a lot to avoid hearing loss, but, wow! I listened to both classical and electronic music that way, and it was awesome. Pros: comfortable for hours with the long comply tips, very good sounding. good sound isolation. i have very small ear openings - e,g. the ipod stock ear buds don't fit, but this product fits without problem. Cons: i have not found anything to dislike so far.
I had a pair of UM1s that had one side go bad and bought these as a replacement hoping for a step up. It's not fair as I can't directly compare the UM1s but I guess I was hoping for more of an improvement. That said, I'm still happy with the Westones and would buy again Pros: Excellent fit and clarity. Cons: Price.
This is my 2nd pair of Westone. The 1st pair UM1 didn't last more than 6 months. Hoping this pair will last a little longer. Nice mid and treble, to get the full effect of the bass you need to position the earphones all the way in using the right tips. Personally I find the comply foam tips to be the best. Great for jogging fits snugly and stays in position inside the ear throughout the 30mins of exercise. Pros: Cons:
One of the best things about this website, is that they have negative reviews still up on the website, they don't pull them and hide them like other sites do, shows integrity! One of the things I read was the lack of bass, but was most commonly blamed on the lack of proper seal. I found this to be the case, with the proper earbuds, the bass is unsurpassed by any other buds I've used before. The highs are crisp and clear without a tinny sound, bass is deep. I love these. My major beefs are simple design flaws, not any of quality. Pros: Amazing sound crip highs deep clear bass appear to be quite durable, have only had them a short time tho Cons: Left/Right hard to distinguish, often find myself putting them in the wrong ear. Some etching on the right or left that could be felt would be amazing, or a large bump? The braided cord I find to be ultra unfriendly, has a mind of it's own, doesn't lay flat all the time and gets caught, but is strong. I have to use the smallest earplug and it's still a tad too big.
Thanks for the review Troy. I find my cables do be very flexible. Yours should most likely improve with time. Thanks!
Love the fit of these earphones. I use them snowboarding and during flights with no problems at all. Strengths are definitely in the high end of the sound range, could do with a little more base but then again it could be my music files are not so good as well. I need to listen to some music from another source to compare. Pros: Great sound. Great fit. Do not fall out when I am working out or snowboarding. Cons: Why doesn't someone design a easy way to wrap up the lines to stop them tangling?
I'm pushing 60 so my ears are not as sensitive as they once were, and I also have some hearing loss associated with age, so you have to look at my review in that context. I've had these for 3-4 wks now, bought after my shure headphones died after 2+ years of use. I have to agree with other reviewers; these are the most comfortable headphones I've used, and I've used i think 5 different models. sound is great, certainly a step up from the shures that i was using before, but to be honest i'd really have to compare side by side to tell how much better. suffice it to say i'm pleased with them, and i'm happy with my choice. Pros: comfort sound Cons: nothing yet
I was very apprehensive about spending this much money on a pair of earbuds that I did not demo first hand. I did the research and found it to be a trusted brand that most professionals use. These ear buds do not disappoint, the noise isolation is first rate and the sound is very musical. I ride a harley with thse on and it is better then the onboard stereo that came witht the bike. I also bought a pair of the 1's as a gift and the recipient couldnt be happier with them. The westones are worth the cost! Pros: -comfortable -excellent noise isolation -lots of bud tips for the perfect fit -musical Cons: -not a bassy earbud -price -duty at time of import was a lot to pay
In order to get an excellent bass from them, you need a good fit. That's true for all high-end balanced armature driver earphones. Thanks for the review!
I just got around to trying the Weston 2 earphones I received for Christmas. I find the base response on these earphones to be very poor or non existent. I find my Sennheiser/adidas CX 680i to have much fuller sound experience. I am not sure if I have a defective set or not, but these head phones cost 3 times as much as the Sennheiser. Giving 1 star for fitting kit. Pros: The fit is great Cons: Bass response Price
Hi Patrick, Thanks for the review. I own both Westone 2 and Sennheiser Adidas CX680i. The CX680i has dynamic drivers and does not require a good fit to deliver bass. Higher-end earphones that use more expensive balanced armature drivers require a very good seal to deliver bass. You never get the bass from these higher-end out of the box. You need at least 3-4 days. This is a one time process. You're basically need to find the eartip that best matched your personal anatomy and that takes a little while. Only after you get the fit right is that you will get the bass. As an experiment you can cover the earpieces with your 3 middle fingers and gently move the earpiece upward, downward, forward and backward. There will be a "magic spot" where you will be able to experience the real bass these can deliver. Again this is a 1 time process. After that you will always get the bass. That's why we give our customers 30 days. Because we know you need at least a couple of days to get the "correct" eartips for your ear canals. The bass on the Westone 2 is MUCH better than on the CX680i. I guarantee you! :)
My friends cant understand why I would pay that much for a set of earbuds, after all, they are free with every MP3 player! Once you hear the clarity and definition of the various components of the music, you will understand why. I spent a significant amount of time "settling" for the 2" vs the 3"s. I shouldn't have. The Westone 2"s are GREAT. Hard to imagine how much better the 3's could be to a casual listener. May reviews say the bass is not present in the 2"s. More would be annoying. The delicate upper end is very well represented. Do yourself a favor and order the long black comply's. I found they provide the greatest sound isolation. Also, the 2"s are very small and do not go deep enough into the ear making the long comply's a perfect match. Personally, I prefer the black just because they look better than dirty gray. Pros: Very well balanced sound. Strong enough bass, excellent highs and good vocal separation. Good fit with the comply's. Aside from the hardware, earphone solutions is one of the most knowledgeable sites about earphones I have found. Cons: Cost
I have finally gotten around to reviewing these only after they are no longer working. I guess that I really miss them! In any case, I have had them for almost one year and have been completely satisfied with the sound quality. I find the bass perfect, though I must confess that I do not like the kind of bass that dominates the music and makes my car or head vibrate. I like my bass sounding natural and musical, providing real depth to the music without deforming it. And that, I find, is what these earphones provide. All the other ranges sound natural to me and have real presence. These are my first high-end earphones and therefore I cannot make detailed comparisons. However, I consider myself an audiophile and use Sennheiser 650's with my stereo. These earphones cannot equal those headphones, but then they cannot be expected to. The important thing is that I truly enjoy listening to music on my Ipod with the Westone's and do not feel I am missing anything in the music. They are just about as close as one can get to carrying around a high-end stereo! The only disappointment I had initially was with the sound-isolation. Perhaps I had the wrong expectation. In any case, when I am listening to soft or even medium-loud music I do not really experience any isolation. If I am in an airport, I can hear everything going on around me: this is good for catching the boarding call, but not so good for the experience of the music. I thought that perhaps I had not found a very good seal. But I spent days trying all of the ear pieces included by Westone and the ones I choose appear to be a tight fit and are very comfortable. And, as I have already said, the sound is excellent. So I must assume that these earphones just do not provide the kind of sound isolation I had hoped for. But now for the truly bad news. The other day I put my earphones on to listen to something on my Ipod and found that the left channel was completely dead: no sound at all. The last time I used them the sound in both channels was fine; in the meantime they had been sitting in their protective case. I am obsessively careful with these earphones, using them only to listen to music while sitting, whether at home or while traveling, and putting them carefully back into their protective case after every use. So I was astonished, to say the least, that the left channel should simply cease to work with no evident cause. Of course, the earphones are under warranty still and I will send them in for replacement or repair. But this is still a big nuisance: I have to mail them to Westone securely (which cannot be cheap) and then wait who knows how long to get them back. I am leaving for a trip to Europe in a week and must now confront the prospect of traveling with no earphones and therefore no music (after having become accustomed to this!) And the other review I read here describing the exact same problem with the Westone 2 makes me apprehensive about how long the next pair will last once I receive them. Let me add that dealing with Earphones Solutions has been great! No complaints there: if I must in the future switch to different earphones, I will certainly buy them here. Pros: Comfort. Small size Great sound, very natural and with a wonderful soundstage Cons: Litte sound isolation Apparently not very durable
Francisco, you should give these eartips a try for the lack of isolation you describe. They are not for everyone but if you suspect you may have a shallow and wide ear canal, this is the holy grail: http://www.earphonesolutions.com/shpalablfosl.html Thank you!
Chose the Westone 2's based on research from the internet. Wasn't really sure about this brand or how good it really was since this was the first time I had heard of it. But reviews were very positive and it seemed that Westone had many fans. Ordered from Earphone Solutions and my W2's were delivered in 2 days. Straight from the box, I liked what the W2's sounded like. If I had to describe them in one word it would be "neutral". After an hour with the W2's, I was very impressed. Very detailed throughout the frequency range, airy highs, very large soundstage, uncolored mids - not recessed or forward at all, and tight, controlled bass. In fact, the W2's reminds me of my Dynaudio bookshelf monitors in terms of sound. My regular IEM before the W2's was the IE6, which is laid-back with a very "warm" sound, even though the mids are colored and the highs are not very detailed, there was something that got me addicted to the sound of the IE6, it was easier to just listen to the music and relax. After almost a full day with the W2's, I can definitely say that it is my new favorite, all the qualities of the IE6 plus the detail (which is what I've always liked). Since the W2's are balanced armature (dual), and they should not need to be burned in, but I have had them on constantly since they arrived, and I am noticing an improvement in the sound. I am listening on a Mac using iTunes or Play, and all my music is 16/44.1 ALAC. The only thing I can nitpick about is the tube on the IEM itself, it seems very fragile, actually the entire shelling seems a bit thinner that what I expected. The W2's are extremely light, small, and with the Comply tips, are super comfortable, but I get the sense that I need to be more delicate with these than any of my other IEM's. The cable seems durable, but it's a twist-braid type, which means that it will tangle up often. I really wish they had put some kind of shrink wrap sleeve/tubing on the cabling, while it looks nice and works nice, it is very tangle prone. Overall though, I am extremely satisfied with the Westone 2's. It has exceeded my expectations and I almost think it's a bargain now. I am very curious to try the W2's with some popular DAC's and see how they sound, this IEM is definitely capable of more if you make some upgrades I think. Pros: overall sound quality, clarity/detail, airy soundstage, neutrality, price, comfort. Cons: IEM tube seems weaker than it should be, cord can get tangled easily.
I've been really happy with the performance of these headphones, and they are are good fit. I am currently on my second pair. However, the first broke after two years (the cable in one channel), and now the second pair have lost sound in one channel after less than a month of usage. Westone's response was to offer that I send them in for repairs "if it was covered by the warranty". No apologies or explanation. This is not the kind of service and quality I expect when paying premium. Pros: Good sound Comfortable Cons: Frail Cable seems to be a weak point Bad service from Westone
Dear Paal, we are very sorry your experience with the manufacturer was not the best that it could have been. Please contact us next time either via email or telephone to 1-321-939-0228 so that we can minimize the hassle of your warranty process. If you bought from us and sent the registration card you have 2 year worry free and we will be glad to act on your behalf. Gracias!
This is the best set of earphones I have ever used. I use them almost daily running and cycling and the sound is incredible. They are easy to insert and position and are comfortable for hours of use. Pros: Cons:
I've have about 30 hours of listening in on the Westone 2 now. The sound clarity is very, very good. Doing an A-B test against my old JVC Marshmallows it is easy to hear the difference in sound quality and definition, although I don't know if I would go so far as to say it is life changing the way some other reviews of high end earphones do. The ear pieces are very small and light. The cable is comfortable and there are no microphonics when worn over the ear. I was a little disappointed that the cable was not heavier - my 'phones get a lot of abuse and I was hoping for a cable that would survive being hooked on the occasional doorknob. These 'phones have bass, but it is not very present at lower volumes. On my iPod Touch 3G I was previously listening using JVC Marshmallows and Monster Turbine High Performance, each using about 3 bars of volume. Both of these have more bass than the W2 at low volume (obviously the JVCs bass is boomy and muddy sounding - but not really fair to compare $25 vs $250). And yes, I do have a great seal. As the volume gets louder, the W2's sound better and better. Compared to the Monsters, the Monster's sounded better at lower volume, being generally clearer and having more bass. I wonder if an amp would improve the W2s. Everyone says they don't need to be amped, but to me they have that underpowered feeling. At 60 - 70% volume though, the W2's sound fantastic. FYI, I didn't stick with the Monster's because the cable construction was so poor (it literally started to fall apart within two weeks). The cable also tangled easily and I didn't like the heavy ear pieces, which would clink together if just draped around my neck. I do think I preferred the sound of the Monsters, although I never had the chance to do an A-B test. The other thing I miss is that the nozzle is too small to fit the foam sleeves from my Marshmallows. The Marshmallow foam is the best I've ever used. It is firmer than the Comply foam and also smoother, more like vinyl so it doesn't pick up dirt as easily and you can fiddle around with them without completely crushing the sleeve. This makes it easier to pop them in and out without having to wait for it to re-expand. I guess I'm just lucky that the size fits me perfectly. Last, the lack of an iPhone volume/mic/remote. If you have a recent iPod and haven't used the new volume/mic/remote you are really missing something. I got the aftermarket mic and remote, but it is not nearly as nice as the integrated control on the Apple buds. Pros: Light-weight Cable construction No microphonics Clean, high-def sound Cons: Lack of presence at low volumes Doesn't fit my Marshmallow sleeves Cable could be heavier No integrated iPhone volume/mic/remote
Thanks Michael for the excellent review!
The general sound is not good specially bass (completely terrible). I got at Singapore airport the Phillips earphones SHE9850 with excellent sound and bass for half the price. Absolutely, they are overpriced. Pros: Cons: No bass.
Gustavo, please make sure you are getting a good seal, otherwise the low frequency is what "leaks" out. Thanks!
I had try all kinds of earbuds before try this Westone w2 earbuds with the p foam standard eartips which o.k. with the bass.but once I tried the triple flange cutoff stem flush with the big end flange, wow you can hear unreal bass from these things. thanks WESTONE Pros: Cons:
Previously I have had the V Moda Vibe for 2 years and I loved them other than the Fact that they always fell out of ears when I was at the gym. I purchased these because it seemed they were very comfortable and they would stay in the ear and I wanted to experience high end head phones. To my dismay I am completely unsatisfied so far with the bass response. The V Moda Vide were strong in the bass department and these seem extremely muffled. I am hoping they will open up but Ive had them for about a week now and I have listened to them for at least 15 hours and I'm still not impressed at all. I am also using the largest ear piece in the Traditional and foam and neither impress me. I will give it another few days. Any recommendations? I listen to Dance Music with large bass hits. Overall sound is crisp except when bass hits. Pros: Crisp sound Comfortable Cons: Lack Of Bass
V-Moda has dynamic drivers like Apple's earbud and they move air so the bass is not so dependent on a good seal as it is the case with higher end balanced armature drivers. There is plenty of bass on this model but you really need to work through all the 10 eartips included to find out which will better match your ear canal anatomy. Remember: OK seal = OK bass. GREAT seal = GREAT bass.
I hope I wasn't biased by reading others' reviews, because my experience had some similarities. I mainly bought these because they were supposed to be so comfortable, discomfort having been my chief complaint with other earphones, and on that count they were as advertised - the most comfortable I've ever had. I can wear them for a 2 hour walk without that growing urge to rip them out and give my cartilage a break. On the other hand, I've also noticed, as have some others, a distinct lack of bass response. The music almost sounds distant. At first I thought I wasn't getting a good seal - and the seal DOES make a huge difference - but even when they're fitting perfectly, there's just not a lot of bass there. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they will 'open up', as some people have said happens with other Westone phones. Mid and upper ranges sound good. My earphones also arrived without all of the extra ear pieces & wax loop that they're supposed to, but Westone's customer service was amazing and I got them the very day after I called them. Pros: comfortable, good sound in mid and upper ranges, non-tangling cord, good customer service Cons: wimpy bass
Hi David, if you're still not getting good bass after 7-12 days, you may want to try the eartips PA910-LARGE. Thanks for your review!!
I have a pair of Westone 3s and I can definately tell the difference. These are a pretty good quality pair of headphones but I guess I was expecting more for $250. It seems to me that these are all highs and lows, with little balance but perhaps that is what they claim to be. I would spend the extra $150 and get the Westone 3s which are excellent. Pros: Comfort, sound quality, look Cons: No mids
I recently purchased these earphones and am very satisfied with the quality both the workmanship as well as their sound quality. They definitely met my expectations. I am basically a run-of-the mill audiophile though have a long background in amateur choral experience and enjoy recorded classical music. Pros: Cons:
I've had a long history of infatuation with IEMs and earphones, and while I am happy with the high-end universal and custom IEM that I currently own, I am always interested in new models that come out and with trying out new gear. For over a year I have had an infatuation with my Westone 3 with UM56 custom tips as my favorite universal IEM, and I also like the UM3X when I tested them at CanJam and RMAF. But since I have the Westone ES3X custom IEM I didn't feel like I needed that same flavor in a universal IEM too. After the W3 and UM3X, Westone introduced the W1 which I enjoyed a good amount as a relatively neutral to warm single balanced armature IEM, beating my Phonak Audeo PFE in overall balance but not in detail or low/hi extension. The W1's biggest fault was the lack of deep bass below 30Hz and slightly soft muted highs and details; but they are a very musical and enjoyable earphone to me, especially when amped. In their price range they became one of my favorites. With the introduction of the W2, Westone has addressed all my concerns with the W1, and more. The difference between the W1 and W2 is actually a bit bigger than the upgrade from W2 to W3. GEAR: I have been listening most with portable DAC/amps like Headamp Pico, RSA Predator, iBasso D4 or Nuforce uDAC via my Macbook Pro. I also used my 3G Nano and iPhone 3GS. And, I listened to them on my higher end desktop rig with PS Audio Digital Link III DAC feeding Woo WA6 and Single Power Square Wave XL. I listened to a wide variety of jazz, classical, electronic, acoustic folk, and rock music, all in Apple Lossless Codec, with one brief stint testing how they handled low quality 128K MP3. I also compared the W2 to a wide variety of other IEM, as mentioned below. If I didn't mention an IEM in my lists further in the review, then I don't have it in hand to compare to the W2. PACKAGING: The pack-in list of accessories with the W2 is better than most other companies, and you get a nice firm but pocketable zipper case, a Westone volume attenuator to tame loud sources or to cut hiss, an airline volume attenuator (not in photo), a 1/8" to 1/4" adapter, a wax cleaning tool; and you get a wide assortment of silicone, vinyl and Complys foam tips for a proper fit and sound. It makes spending $249 on the W2 hurt less when you feel like royalty, even if the pack-ins probably don't cost Westone that much. (UM3X don't come with all the extras and you only save $20). To me, the extras are worth it, just for the extra tips and volume attenuator. WHAT I HEAR: BASS: The W2's bass is good and plays deeper and harder than the W1's. It's probably close to what I remember from the pair of UM3X that I last heard 4 months ago, but certainly there is less bass presence and impact than the W3. Still, most people who would call these IEM bass-lite either don't have a good fit, they are using the wrong tips/amp, or they're a bass-head. The W2 play down deeper than W1 and are clearly stronger at 25Hz than W1, but it does become hard to hear 20Hz test tones without adjusting the volume (unlike my TF 10vi pro and W3 which are still strong at 16Hz). Still, the very deep bass notes in Bella Sonus "Enamored" are not missing, which is an improvement over the W1. The bass impact with W2 on my un-amped iPhone 3GS is good and will not disappoint, and it will not disappoint those who don't like too much bass either. And it's even stronger with some amps. As a bonus, it's not as easy to over-drive the bass with an amp as with the W1 or competing RE252. Bass impact and depth is slightly less than my Triple.fi 10vi Pro. In compensation for that, I thought the W2 bass was slightly faster, and the W2 don't have the TF 10vi Pro's mid/upper bass coloration/bump. MIDS: The mids are nice, clear and present, and while not recessed they are not too forward. They remind me a little of how I remember the UM3X mids sounding, although not quite as refined sounding as I recall the UM3X sounded. The W2 mids are more forward and present sounding in comparison to the W3, and bring the action to the foreground just a little more than W3; but the W2 are not nearly as mid-centric as the W1 due to the lows and highs keeping up with the mids better. The W2 mids are probably also on a similar level as the Triple.fi 10vi Pro that I have here, but often the W2 mids actually seem a little more revealing or look deeper into the music than the TF 10vi Pro. The improved detail can be a blessing and a curse, as I will discuss later. Treble: The highs are similar to the W3 and are nice and crisp, with good detail. I'd say that the W2 mids/treble combined actually border on offering the same great detail that the Phonak Audeo PFE offered; but without any of the sibilance that came with the Phonak, or having the mids at a higher level than the bass. The Phonak's sibilance could be tamed by changing the grey sound-tube filters to black ones, but then they would not be as detailed and vibrant as the W2. With the wrong amp and/or wrong tips on the W3 it was possible to accentuate sibilance (but also easy to fix with tips and/or amp). To me the W2 can behave similarly with the wrong tip/amp choice, but in no way do they accentuate sibilance on their own; at least not any more than the UM3X or any other IEM that reveals what is in the recording. So, I think that detractors of the W3 treble will be more satisfied with the W2 or UM3X. It's still possible to change the W2 sound a lot by changes of position/depth in the ear canal or changes in tips, as discussed below. SOUNDSTAGE: The W2 soundstage is very respectable vs other IEM, and I think it puts you in a slightly bigger venue than Triple.fi 10 Pro, but a smaller one than with the W3 (or IE8 which was similar to W3 in that arena). The W2 tend to back-out of the way and their sound usually does not appear to be coming from little speakers inside the ear canal. If I had to guess, I would say the W2 falls between the UM3X soundstage and the W3, which is not small nor huge - but I hate to do that without being to directly compare them. EAR TIPS: There are some times when the W2 or W3 sound better with my custom UM56 tips, and other times where I prefer the silicone single flange tips or modded triple-flange tips, depending on source or amp. The Complys foam tips are not bad, and there are times when they are useful. With my Westone 1 I always use a modded triple flange, which strikes the best balance for me (this was before I replaced my UM56 tips that I lost with the W3 last summer). Like the W3, I can find some combinations of ear tips and amp that don't suit the W2. For instance, W2 with single flange silicone tip on a Nuforce uDAC was sometimes too bright/thin and enhanced sibilance in certain female vocals known for that issue (Diana krall, Eva Cassidy), but with other music that was not an issue at all. With the sibilant recordings I can switch to the UM56 tips and it's a great combo. But then just the opposite occurs with the iBasso D4 with upgraded opamps, and if I used the W2 with UM56 tips on the D4 amp it became a little thick sounding and lost some of the crispness. A simple witch to the single flange silicone tips brought the sound to be much more balanced and more open. And here is the crazy part, if I use the W3 with those two amps, then I have to use the opposite tips as the W2 to correct those very same issues. Where the W2 sound good with single flange silicone tips the W3 required me to switch to the UM56, and visa versa. HOW DO I LIKE THEM: On a more emotional level, the W2 are as good as everyone else on Head-Fi forums says they are. I can spend a whole evening listening to the W2 with stock silicone single flange tips, and not feel that creeping urge to grab my Westone ES3X or JH Audio 13 Pro. Overall the W2 seem to be a fairly dynamic sounding IEM, whether used with an amp or right out of my iPhone 3GS headphone out. They don't require an amplifier to sound good, and I may listen to them at anywhere from 40% to 80% on the 3G Nano or iPhone 3GS volume control, with 90% being pretty loud. With my upgraded iBasso D4 amp the W2 can play extremely loud without distorting, and with Anthony Wilson "Jacks of Hearts" jazz CD the W2 don't distort until the amp volume knob is past 3 o'clock at earsplitting volumes; which I'm guessing were in the 115-120 dB neighborhood (don't worry, I didn't do this for even half a minute). Their high sensitivity does predispose them to revealing background hiss in some noisier sources or amps, but using the included volume attenuator and rolling back it's volume knob by 2-4 mm will cut the hiss out. This is an issue with many other very sensitive IEM as well. I do think they reveal the hiss a little less than the ES3X, and closer to the amount that the W3 will pick up. Since I wear the cable over my ears, cable micro-phonics are not a problem for me. Knowing that the W2 fell just below my W3 in terms of total immersion in the music, soundstage, presence and bass impact, I spent a lot of time comparing the W2 to the TF 10vi Pro which were my next best universal IEM (better than the IE8 that I got rid of after 500-600 hours of use). I owned the TF 10vi Pro for a short period in early 2008 and preferred my Livewires T1 custom IEM, so I didn't keep them. But this last Christmas I acquired another pair of the iPhone model for my daughter, but she didn't like the fit. I ended up with them for my iPhone, since I had previously returned the Phonak Audeo PFE iPhone headset. I still say the TF 10vi Pro are not neutral nor uncolored, and with some of my amps like uDAC or iBasso T3 I found that the TF 10vi Pro are a little too forward in the mids for my tastes. Yet that extra bit of midrange presence doesn't seem to increase their clarity. Compared to the W2, I feel that the TF 10vi Pro are slightly less revealing; but in return they do a better job of smoothing out sibilant program material or making 128K MP3 listenable. I think the W2 are more crisp, detailed and fairly accurate in representing what is on the recording. The neutrality and transparency of the W2 is refreshing after switching from listening to the TF10vi Pro; and although the TF have plenty of detail it just doesn't seem quite as apparent. And as I said before, the W2 bass is also almost as good as the TF 10vi Pro with a dedicated bass driver, and a lot better than the W1 without being too much; but the TF does extend deeper and hits slightly harder. So, I feel the W2 is less colored than many other universal IEM, while still retaining a sense of warmth, and I would take them over most universal IEM except for the W3 or UM3X (maybe over UM3X but I have to compare them 1st). The W2 is probably less colored or more balanced sounding than the W3 where the extra bass power and impact are hard to miss, but without losing the fun side that I like. When I compared the W3 to the UM3X at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in October '08, after loosing my first pair of W3, I enjoyed the W3 just a little more and went home with another W3. The UM3X might actually be technically better, but there is something about the W3 that draws me in every time. In that sense, the W2 do a similar thing for me when comparing them to the TF 10vi Pro, and the W2 just draw me into the performance a little better. I'll be listening to the "Dark Knight" with the W2 and forget to change IEM to another for comparisons until after the album is done playing. How can you get any work done when that happens? Basically, with W2 you get the clarity of the Phonak without too much mids or sibilance. You wont be wishing for more bass like with the Phonak, RE252 or ER6i. You wont hear a slightly boosted mid/upper bass like with TF 10vi Pro or Image X10, wont feel the bass slightly intrudes into the mids like X10, and you wont feel the treble is slightly rolled off like in the SE530 or X10. I can tune the W2's sound easily to match my source or amp just by changing the various ear tips or adjusting how deeply I insert them. Due to the smaller shell of the W2 they tuck in tighter and are more comfortable, and they don't rub the wrong way if I fall asleep wearing them. IN SUMMARY: In direct comparisons to other IEM that I have on hand, the W2 beat the head-direct RE2, RE3 and RE252, Nuforce NE-6 NE-7M and NE-8, Maximo iP-5HS, depodded Altec Lansing IM716, and Denon AH-C700. They beat their W1 sibling by extending the bass and treble and raising those levels to be more even with the mids. So far I enjoy the W2 slightly more than the Triple.fi 10 Pro that I have here, but it is more of a different kind of sound and dependent on what one's preferences are. Some will prefer one, and others will like the other. The Triple.fi are a little smoother or more refined sounding, and have deeper bass than W2; but the W2 have better clarity/transparency, and present a bigger soundstage to seat you in. The W2 seem to sound good with most of my sources and amps, while the TF 10vi Pro are more sensitive to the amp I choose and can be too forward sometimes with the wrong one. My TF 10vi Pro have the advantage of being an iPhone headset, but Griffin makes a microphone headset adapter that allows you to make phone calls with the W2 on the iPhone. Just a week or two ago I'd have put the W2 and Triple.fi 10 Pro on a similar level of performance, without these two IEM actually sounding anything like each other - but after a couple more weeks of dedicated listening I currently give the nod to the W2 as the one that I enjoy more. I find myself drawn into the music better, and having more fun listening. I think they are very good IEM, and belong in the company of other well regarded IEM like TF 10vi Pro, Image X10, or SE530, where the W3 and UM3X could be considered the pinnacle (or ACME). If you can't afford the UM3X or Westone 3, you wont be losing much if you choose the Westone 2, and I think most people could be happy with them for a long time. Pros: Very balanced sound that can be tuned with tips and ear canal position. Musical and enjoyable while remaining accurate. Good bass detail and presence. Detailed Mids. Nice Treble Sparkle. Useful pack-ins included. Cons: Sound can vary a lot with different tips. Sound can vary a lot with different depth of insertion. Works best with cable over the ear which I like, but not everyone does.
First of all, i'd like to say that this is my first high end ear/headphone, so I have nothing to compare this to. With that said, first thing i'd like to mention is how they stay in my ears (without feeling uncomfortable). i like wearing hats, so being able to wear them without my earphones coming off every 10 seconds is amazing in itself. I also love the fact that it doesn't really stick out of my ear. It feels like it's ergonomically fitten in/on my ear. The sound is amazing! i hate cliches but i must say this: i can hear aspects of my music that i've never heard before. i can hear riffs that i haven't noticed until using these. The base is nice and tight, not boomy and muddy that it covers up other instrumentals. everything's just so CLEAR. it's like clouds parting to see the open sky. It also isolates external noises really well! I was in the library early this afternoon when i had them on. I decided to take a nap. a few minutes later, someone slapped me on the head. When I asked why they hit me, they told me that they've been yelling my name and clapping to get my attention. I love these babies!! Oh, and my music volume was low. As in on my itunes, it was only one bar!! Pros: Amazing sound comfy isolates well looks good Amazing sound REALLY amazing sound Cons: probably gonna get hit a lot more often now...
More depth and soundtage than single driver Shure and Etymotics 6i.Twice the cost but much closer to th full size experience A bit more elaborate to install/insert than others, but cables more substantial Rt lft hard to read Pros: Cons:
Ok, so i have owned shure ec2's, v-moda vibes, UE Super fi 5 pros, and a short time with shure 530's... I am a bass head at heart but it's worthless if you don't have clear clean mids and highs. That being said the Westone 2's have great mids and trebles, not piercing as some others and they are more detailed than my super fi 5's. When i had bought these I asked earphone solutions what the big differences are between the UM2's and the new 2's are. They replied with it's in a smaller case, which are super comfortable btw, and there is more bass presence. When i first received these in the mail i tried them on and was not impressed. The bass was muddy and not really there. Much less than my Super fi. 5's that i was using previously. So i decided to burn them in for about 30 hours or so... and to my surprise they have definitely opened up! Where the bass was falling apart before, now it was tight and crisp with a nice low end thump. Overall i am now happy with my purchase. I think they will open up even further with a hundred or so hours on them. I can tell you that the same thing happened with my super fi 5's. So give them time and they will sound better with each and every time you put them on. -Matt Pros: -Clean, clear highs -Very comfortable -Tight bass after burn-in Cons: -Less bass than i was expecting...
I've had the Westone 2 earphones for almost a couple weeks now. It has taken me most of that time experimenting with the different tips to find the right combination of comfort and sound, and I'm ready to offer my opinion. Before commenting on the audio, I would first like to say that these are the most comfortable earphones I have ever used. I can keep these in my ears for hours without any discomfort. Also, if you take the time to get a proper seal, these will stay in your ears regardless of the activity. I live in a cold climate and often wear a hat that covers my ears. It's nice to have earphones that don't stick out, and need to be reseated all the time because they are rubbing on my hat and falling out of my ears. I can pop these in my ears, pull my hat on, and never have trouble with them moving around or falling out -- a HUGE plus for me. As for the audio: I am pleased with the sound quality with the small exception of the bass. I am an admitted basshead, and enjoy a strong low end when listening to music. To my ear, it really does seem the mids and highs are more emphasized with these earphones. Of course, I don't mean to say there is no low end. Bass is present (as long as you have a good seal), and as I would expect with high end earphones, is tight and controlled; which is a nice change from the muddy (uncontrolled and boomy) low end on some of the cheaper earphones I've used. I did expect a bit more bass response from these, but it's not a deal-breaker. The sound signature of these is perhaps a bit different than I expected, but that's okay. The good news is these do respond well to the EQ, so it's possible to tweak the audio to your liking. The mids and highs absolutely shine on the Westone 2s. It's probably cliche by now to say this, but I am hearing elements of audio that have been inaudible using other earphones. Vocals are crisp and clear, and I'm almost able to visualize the different elements of the sound stage. I can hear the picking of guitars, and drums and cymbals have never been more defined and clear. All of this happens without any harshness -- just beautifully clear, controlled, and well-defined music and vocals. The isolation is also very good with Westone 2. Put these in your ears and the world just seems to fade away. It's amazing how well these attenuate ambient noise. I can see myself using these without music when I feel the need for some peace and quiet, e.g. - plane, bus, etc. They can bring down even a high noise floor to a tolerable level. Although I would like a bit more low end, overall these are very good earphones that offer much better audio quality than low-end earphones, and can be worn comfortably for hours. I'm happy, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend these. I'll close with a big thanks to Earphone Solutions. My earphones were shipped quickly, and arrived via Priority mail even though I had chosen the free shipping option. I also asked a couple of questions using Twitter, and received friendly and prompt responses. It adds up to great customer service, and is very much appreciated. I'll definitely not hesitate to recommend Earphone Solutions to any of my friends and family. Pros: Beautiful mids and highs, excellent fit and comfort, good isolation, additional one year warranty Cons: Low end somewhat lacking for my taste
I love them!! These are the best in-ear earphones I've ever own.I can practically hear some details I have never heard from any inexpensive IEMs before.Not only that the bass is excellent and deep (but not as much as the Sony EX300LP) but they also deliver a lot of details at Mid and High.I like their soundstage and their separation of instruments.For better results , I recommend you use them with amps and you will experience a wider soundstage. Pros: Good quality building Excellent sound Comfortable and fit Affordable price Nice accessories Cons: The travel case is good enoug but I wish it has a better place to secure the monitors in place (like two holes in the box to place the monitors in) rather than having them dangle around in the case.
Having had a pair of UM2s for the past few years I was disappointed when they gave up the ghost a month ago. The Westone 2s are proving to be a worthy replacement. As expected the sound quality is excellent although I do find I need to use the standard Comply tips to get proper isolation. All in all a good match of excellent sound quality and isolation. Pros: comfort, great sound, good build quality, Cons: could be easier to get proper isolation
After playing live...LOUD...music, I learned that I had some hearing loss. So, at the advice of an audiologist, I researched high-quality in-ear monitors. I finally settled on the Westone UM2s...and I'm glad I did!! Not only do they block out potentially damaging ambient sound, but they deliver clear, crisp sound quality acorss the spectrum--especially low-end bass (which is important to me as a bassist). Plus, the folks at Earphone Solutions were very helpful sorting out my options and helping me decide the best solution for my situation (and my budget)...then, they shipped my purchase quickly! Pros: great sound quality great bass response superior hearing protection excellent warranty easy to use Cons: thin wire leads 3/8" plug (no 1/4" adapter)
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