Westone W50 5-Driver Earphones
Westone, a leading manufacturer of state of the art in-ear monitoring and high performance audio, has released the new W50 model earphones. The W50 combines an attractive, sleek design with the latest in in-ear technology with five balanced armature drivers and a three way crossover.
Users will quickly discover that Westone has significantly advanced in-ear technology with the release of the W50. This model boasts five individual drivers, dual mid and high frequencies along with a rich low frequency driver, that promise incredible clarity and detail. The combination of the five drivers with the three way crossover provides users with increased acoustic detail and an amazing frequency range.
New Westone W50 with 5 drivers per earpiece and a 3-way crossover.
Metallic Faceplates - Multiple metallic color faceplates with secure attachment.
Mini Monitor Vault II - Constructed of a high-impact polymer, it’s the perfect size for travel and storage. Features a protective foam interior and weather resistant design.
As part of the W series the W50 comes with two replaceable cables. The EPIC cable is made of flexible tensile wire with ultra-low resistance and a specially designed aramid fiber. This braided cable offers increased durability, exceptional noise isolation, and a unprecedented acoustic clarity. The Apple MFi cable boasts an integrated microphone and three button control system that makes listening on your iPhone both simple and convenient.
The W50 comes with a variety of accessories designed to enhance the aesthetic and security of the earphones.
The interchangeable aluminum faceplates in red, blue, and charcoal allow users to customize the look of the earphones. These faceplates are easy to change and further personalize the earphones’ use.
Buyers receive a variety of True-Tip foam tips and STAR silicone sleeves to ensure a customized and comfortable fit. Once users discover the ideal fit the W50’s noise isolation capabilities come to life.
The classic Westone orange Executive Monitor Vault is included as well as a weather resistant travel case. These protect the earphones and provide both safety and security.
Earphone Solutions guarantees Westone’s two year manufacturer’s warranty to ensure customers are satisfied with their W50 earphone purchase.
Westone W50 5-Driver Earphones Review by Earphone Solutions
While we work on our full review of the Westone W50, you can read our Comparison Between the W50 and W60 by Victor Teixeira.
Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews
Boy can these hit hard. I have never heard bass go so low in a pair of headphones, let alone one driven by balanced armatures. I'm talking bass that extends so deep it reaches the rumble territory. And its not muddy, flappy, distorted bass that you might hear from some skullcandies or the like. Its is very well textured and real. My concern was that the bass would be too much and bleed into the rest of the spectrum. While I wouldn't listen to classical or soft spoken indie rock with these, the bass plays nice UNLESS you go into louder volumes. At that point a midbass hump kicks in and it can be annoying for particular styles of music. As with all other Westone products, the comfort and non fatiguing sound means you can listen to these for very long stretches, no problem. One tip - I found that comply foam tips sound horrible on these, which was very weird because they were the best for me for the W4. The deeper the tip, the better the sound was my experience in finding a good fit.
I have been using Westones for several years. My 3Rs were (disastrously) lost. My 4Rs, unfortunately, proved to have a cable connection on the right monitor that broke after just under 3 years of use. The W50s are the successor to the 4Rs. I've only had this pair for about an hour, but there's no doubt that not only does it have the distinctive Westone sound, it's a clear step up from the 4Rs, which surprises me because the 4Rs were so good. The acoustic isolation is about the same, which isn't surprising since I'm using the same foam tips that I used with the 4Rs. However, the soundstage with the W50s seems to be both broader and warmer. The lower frequencies, in particular, seem to have a better definition than the 4Rs, which is astonishing considering how good the latter were. I haven't had sufficient time yet to really put the W50s through their paces with some "reference" music selections that I typically use to evaluate playback quality, but even with the medium-fi streaming (from my long-time favorite Bagel Radio on SomaFM.com) it's apparent how good these monitors are. In the interim between my 4Rs breaking and getting the W50s, I used a brand-new pair of Bose "SoundTrue Ultra" in-ears (purchased in desperation at SFO once the 4Rs were discovered to be unusable), as well as a pair of Grado 8s I bought a few years ago (purchased in desperation in Chicago after I lost my Westone 3Rs). It's probably not an entirely fair comparison as the Bose are not in the top line of their range, and neither are the Grado 8s (although they're a lot better than the Bose) but the difference is really stark. By comparison, the Bose make drums sound like someone banging pans together. I had to turn the volume up two or three steps with either the Bose or Grados to get the same level of apparent volume as the Westones. $600 isn't a trivial cost for a pair of earphones, but I think they're worth it. If you are fortunate enough to be able to afford them, the listening experience you will receive is commensurate.
They are amazing, i have alot of in ears but this one in particulair is one of the best i bought. The bass is tight and great in the low end especially for a AB IEM also its punchy but not too much. Works great with dance electro songs. But also if you listen songs without alot of bass. Then the vocals are amazing. On the instruments side you can clearly hear where the guitar is or when the drums kick in. In comparinson with Sennheiser ie80 (bassy) This one isn't as punchy but thats good! Too much bass ruins the clearity of the vocals. I also used the shure se846 but find them not comfortable. The W50 are great in comfort you wont even feel them! And they are amazing for long periods of listening. They also respond great on equalizing so you can easily tweak the sound to your liking (Keep in mind that music sounds different for everyone this in ear is dark and warm with more bass than most AB iem) if you can try them first! Last but not least! The customer service is great fast and helpfull and als shipping is really fast! Got them in 2 days! I will sertainly buy again here
I am one hour into the W50 and have upgraded from Westone 3s which I will pass to my daughter. The W50's are simply spectacular. Much more clarity and crispness across the entire range, and at lower volumes than the 3s. I know some people have expressed better sound/bass after a break in, but I am not sure how its going to be better - its just great as is, the bass is very clean. The separation and broadness of the sound is a whole new level. I don't generally write reviews, but felt compelled to do so, when I heard these. You will not be disappointed.
I have just bought the Westone W50 earphones and I have to say that I am really happy with them. The W50 is my third Westone earphone and it is by far the best I ever had. Amazing sound, great remote control and very comfortable. It is a pleasure to wear them! When I bought them I was not sure if it is reasonable to buy earphone for 600 $, but now I have to say that I have no regrets. The 50 are worth every penny! I have a couple other very good earphones from Bose (noise canceling), Beats (wireless), Audeo and Westone ADV, but none of the comes close to the W50 when it comes to sound quality! Amazing. If there is something to criticize than it is the case and the missing adapter for the airplane, but these are small details.
The real question when spending $750 or more for earphones is can they really improve the sound from a $299 iPod? The answer is yes! I am amazed at the improvement in sound quality I have heard moving from iPod buds, to Entymonics 6R, to Bose 15, Westone 3 and now Westone 50.
The Westone 50's deliver an incredible dynamic range of sound and excel at delivering clarity from bass to mid to treble. And what is important for me is that the bass does not overwhelm. The 5 drivers deliver musical sounds and vocals that are indistinct with other earphones.
I switched mid album from my Bose 15 over the ear to the Westone 50's and I thought I had switched to another album as the music was suddenly much fuller. The difference between the Westone 3 and the Westone 50's is significant. The 3's have a bass that sometimes distorts whereas the Westone 50's deliver distinct clarity so the sounds are crisp and clear. Because the Westone 3's doesn't have the clarity of the 50's they have a warmer sound which I like but I prefer to have the increased dynamic range and details being brought forward that are missed with other earphones.
The Westone 50's are more comfortable than the 3's and having the two types of cables and detachable cable is an advantage. Overall, I am very pleased with the Westone 50's as I was afraid they wouldn't improve the sound enough for me to detect a difference.
But the difference in listening is loud and clear.