Westone W60 Earphones
New Westone W60 with 6 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.
The Westone W60 offers listeners an amazing six-driver system with three-way crossover. Dual drivers help produce a clear sound with rich detail in the highs, mids, and bass. The music sounds deep, powerful, and alive.
Balanced Armature Westone’s balanced armature drivers are far more efficient and produce a much more detailed sound than a traditional dynamic driver. The Westone W60 features six balanced drivers per earpiece with a three way crossover network. This setup provides enhanced audio detail and a clear frequency range that makes the music sound amazing and hard to replicate by others.
Westone True-Fit Technology Westone offers more than fifty years of experience with in-ear listening technology. The True-Fit Technology promises a lightweight and low profile earpiece with unmatched comfort and sound quality. Users can choose from five pairs of True-Fit foam tips and five sets of STAR silicone tips. True-Fit foam tips ensure a maximum seal and comfortable use and the STAR silicone tips precisely conform to your ear to eliminate unwanted noise.
Replaceable Cable The Westone W60 includes a new replaceable cable connection with a braided EPIC cable and a round MFI cable featuring a 3-way button control and microphone. Changing the cable is simple and this flexibility helps extend the life of the earphones.
Three Button Apple Control System and Microphone The round MFI cable provides function control for Apple products and includes volume, tracking, phone answering, and Siri activation.
Multiple Faceplates Customizing the W60 earphones is simple! The W60 includes three metallic exchangeable faceplates to update and change the look of the earphones. Users can choose between metallic bronze, red, and silver and even mix and match left and right earpieces.
Satisfaction Guaranteed Every purchase is guaranteed. Earphone Solutions guarantees Westone’s two year warranty and ensures customers are happy with their investment in the W60 earphones.
The Westone quality is unmistakable. For over twenty years Westone has been perfecting in-ear monitors and earphones for musicians, sound engineers, and music enthusiasts. The Westone W60 truly revolutionizes listening and music enjoyment.
Westone W60 Earphones Review by Earphone Solutions
Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews
These IEMs have amazing sound quality and are incredibly comfortable. Very clean and natural sound with decent but not overpowering bass. You can hear a very subtle quality loss with the Bluetooth cable over the standard headphone cable but the sound is still amazing over Bluetooth. I use these headphones for more than 8 hours a day at work and on the daily commute and never feel uncomfortable with them. Battery life is about 6 hours so I do need to charge them over lunch for about 30 minutes to get through the day. My only complaint about them is when you answer are call with the Bluetooth cable you can hear way to much ambient sound. I know that most Bluetooth headsets will do this so you can hear your own voice on a call but for $50 I can get a Bluetooth headset that does a much better job at this than the westone cable provided. Of course, the sound of music for the Bluetooth headset is not good but considering the w60 cost $1000 and the Bluetooth is another $150 is most cases I would think that westone could do a better job at call quality. I also hope they update the Bluetooth cable to support 5.0 soon although I have not had a problem with discounts via Bluetooth. I would recommend these IEMs if you want to use them for lossless music but if you just want to listen to podcasts and make phone calls, I would say just get the w40s. They are just as comfortable but the sound is not as good for flac music.
i am upgrading from the Westone 4's as my previous in-ear monitors. before that i had owned Westone 3's and have had Shure SE535s. although i find these earphones great, maybe i just over-hyped myself from all the great reviews i read on these. the performance upgrade wasn't a big of jump as i heard from the W3s to W4s. my biggest complaint is i really don't see the value in paying $1000 for these. it they were in the $500-$600 range, than absolutely but the sound i hear from them are nowhere near the asking price of $1000 tag. the iPhone cable is a bit irritating as well. although i love that i can now make calls, the cord is very lose and does not stay around my ears. their standard weave cables are incredible as usual however and the best i've seen. the fit and sound seal is also incredible as usual from Westone earphones. overall, if you've never owned high end monitors before than yes you will be blown away by the sound but if you have previously owned W4s/se535s you more than likely not feel justified in dropping $1000 for these.
I was a bit nervous ordering from a company so far away, but I thought it had a good feel as a family business. I could not believe how quickly and efficiently my order arrived by international courier, just a couple of days. I was really delighted.
The shipping was also very good value compared to other retailers, who seem to add a hefty margin. I upgraded from the Westone 4, which is an older model, which came without a mic cable. The W60 comes supplied with 2 cables, one with a mic and iPhone controls. I find that this works very well and the cable and controls are of very good quality. The cable connector to each IEM is also much easier to use than the old model. The cable does not have the plastic tubing over the ears, which helps keep it in place, but it is probably more comfortable and easier to fit, even if it does fall off from time to time, but the IEM does not come out of my ear. The fit is very good and they are very comfortable, I would say more so than the W4s. They are very snug and seem perfectly designed.
The protective orange box, like a mini peli case, now comes with a pressure equalization valve.
The sound is really phenomenal and I have no regrets, after a few weeks listening, of spending the extra cash. I think I am happy to say that in this case I have got what I paid for. I have very varied taste in music and listen to all genres from classical, to reggae, pop, rock and rap. Bob Marley, Santana, Iggy Azalea, Elton John, Stones, Hendrix, Doors, Van the Man and then a bit of opera, Andre Rieue, Chopin, Mozart etc etc, they all sound fantastic. I have just listened to the new U2 album 3 times in a row and the sound knocked my socks off. Piano pieces are so precisely rendered and the deep vibration of cello solos are a pure treat. I was never a great fan of rap until I discovered good IEMs and now I just love all those big bass sounds. These IEMs bring a whole new listening pleasure to each and every piece of music. They are impressive when I am in the mood to turn them up really loud, but the key is that even at low volumes the sound is rich and full. The sound stage is wide, very wide and yes you will find yourself looking around from time to time to see where that sound came from. If you have a few bob, remember you can't take it with you, so go on and treat yourself, you won't be disappointed. I also downloaded the Westone Pure Music App, which is very good with iTunes, but unfortunately it does not interface with Spotify.
At the price, I really hope I don't lose them, as I don't think I could live without them now.
Thanks for the great review Chris!
I've been using Westone W3 IEMs for a couple of years sound fantastic and easily the most comfortable...wore them on a 20hr flight to the States with no fatigue. I didn't think I'd ever find anything better but I've been listening to the new W60s from Westone for a couple of weeks now and they've blown the socks off the W3s. The bass, middle and treble clarity is exceptional with a huge soundstage. You can clearly hear individual instruments as they were meant to be heard, sounds like you are sitting in the recording studio, to the point that I've actually flinched and turned around in surprise when a drum was played unexpectantly (embarrassing when you're in the middle of a shopping centre!) Still extremely comfortable with excellent sound isolation (I use Westones StarTips) Yes, they were expensive but they live up to the adage "that you get what you pay for"...I paid a premium and got the best sounding IEMs ever
These in-ear headphones are a good size; they fit well in the ear, are very portable for everyday use and perfect when paired with an ipod or iphone. They come with the 3 button MFi cable. They are so comfortable that I use them all day long and I do not feel any ear fatigue. The isolation is excellent when you use the right size of eartips for each ear.
The accessories included are plenty. The earphones come with two types of sleeves: silicone and foam and these come in a variety of sizes. This model also comes with three colors of metal faceplate - red, gray and gold which are interchangeable; a very nice touch to personalize it. The tool to change the faceplates are included as well as a cleaning kit and a case of very good quality. Besides the cable with 3 button control, these earphones come with a plain audio cable.
In terms of sound, the W60 offers a very balanced sound, with lots of bass, mids and highs but don’t misunderstand this - the sound is supreme and each aspect of separation is there. I especially like the way it conforms to the type of music I listen to; if the music is very “bassy” the bass will stand out. If you listen to brighter songs, then you will get more of the mids and highs.
The bass is present with no exaggeration or bloated; it is wonderful and accurate in songs that have a high presence of bass, sounding very natural.
The mids and highs are very fresh and natural, especially in songs with lots of vocals and acoustic guitar. Very few headphones manage separation the way the W60 does.
In conclusion I highly recommend the W60 because they are lightweight, comfortable to be worn all day - every day - and very practical for use with any portable device. And of course because of its amazing sound.
Received my W60's today. This was after, first, trying the SE846 for a few days. While the SE846 does some amazing things I was generally put a bit off by it’s very aggressive, forward, “in your face” type of presentation. This is not a fault of knock on SE846 but more of a personal preference. I will surely say the jump in SQ from from W40 to W60 is as large as from SE535 to SE846. W60 is absolute perfection! It truly is. When I put them in my ears there was no huge “wow” factor or anything that knocked me off my feet. Just basically the best sound I have heard out of an IEM perhaps ever, in a very relaxed and laid back kind of way. This is simply the best treble I have heard with any IEM at any price. Not as insanely detailed as JH13 but presents it much better, so much more naturally. JH16 treble is also natural sounding and similar to W60 but JH16 overall has a VERY heavy presentation to it. It’s like the 1,200 calorie cheeseburger. W60 strikes a really nice balance between JH13 and JH16. I can honestly sit here and say I may have finally reached my END GAME. I am listening for flaws, any single flaw or thing I would change and there is absolutely NOTHING. No matter what I throw at it, it all sounds sensational. While it is very balanced I find the listening experience VERY emotionally engaging. I attribute this mainly to the airiness and transparency. It's much more out of head versus SE846. Compared to W40: Remember, W40 adds perhaps 15% more bass over W4. I estimate W60 adds another 15% from W40 but it sounds a little more dynamic in nature. Very elastic. The lower midrange veil of W4/40 is completely gone which makes the overall transparency and resolution to die for! SE846 has great clarity but it cannot match the W60 in terms of resolution and transparency. W60 bass is just as good as SE846 in terms of amount and extension, it just doesn’t hit quite as hard. Not sure that is necessarily a fault. W60 treble and transparency are better, no question. The W60 sound stage is larger than W40 and SE846 and there is an added “airiness” which is very euphoric. This surely is a result of getting rid of the lower mid veil. Then throw in a butter smooth slightly warm presentation and you have an amazing audiophile device. Like SE846, the W60 is very efficient. Amp is really not adding much to the sound. Is W60 worth it? There is something sick about this hobby. I have been listening to some very very good IEM’s these past several years. Better than perhaps 99.5% of people out there (as you have too!). But even at that level we find “flaws” or things we wish the IEM did better. Granted these things can be subtle but in correcting them you end up virtually erasing any and every flaw you perceive which ultimately leads to audio bliss and total listening perfection. W60 did this for me. Price aside, isn't this what it's all about? In essence, the search is over. So no, it is not a huge difference over W40 but it's as if the engineers had the exact intentions of what little more I was wanting from W40 and completely nailed it. So ergonomically comfortable, so smooth and refined sounding yet so detailed....its absolute perfection to my ears.
Hello, Flavio....I received the W60s this morning and you were "spot on" in your description of them when we talked last week. I have been like a kid in a candy store today -- listening to all my music again and again but experiencing it all for the first time, if that makes any sense. The W60s are allowing me to hear things I have never heard -- or experienced -- before in my music. I have had them in my ears for almost six straight hours now with not the least bit of discomfort. I realize that I do not have the technical expertise, background or "ear" that many of your customers have but I know what I am hearing when I have these little beauties in my ears. And I certainly know how they compare to other products on the market -- I have most of those tucked away now in my office. I travel frequently and in fact, have another trip coming up this coming Monday. I am so anxious to try these out on my flight -- the first time I have been excited about a longer-than-average flight in a long time. Over the years, I have tried all the products out there and have paid for the W60s many times over. Just listening to them today makes me wish I would have discovered these much sooner but am so glad to know I will have them in my briefcase from now one. The sound, clarity and richness are remarkable, Flavio, but I think I am most impressed by the "genuine-ness" of the sound. In listening to some old school music (James Taylor, John Denver, Seals and Croft, Jackson Browne, etc.) today, the W60s made me feel like I was literally sitting in the recording studio and experiencing nothing other than the instrumentation and the artist. Thanks again for taking time to visit with me about the W60s last week and for recommending them to me, Flavio. Best regards, Steve
I have owned literally every IEM over the years and currently own the shure 846 and 535 and have owned the westone 4 and others. I looked forward to receiving my westone 60 and after numerous delays I received it recently and gave it some serious listening. My basis of comparison is the shure 846 which i have owned for several months and i love. My first impression of the w60 was negative when i put my tips on and placed them in my ears, the stem is quite a bit shorter than that of the shure 846 and the shure has a ridge which helps keep the tips on. As soon as i put them in my ears i knew i had a problem. The angle is somewhat different than the westone 4 was an is a bit straighter and as a result it fit uncomfortably into my ear and worse for me the tip kept coming off when I tried to remove it from my ears and one of the times i was afraid i was going to have to go to the doctor to have it removed from my ears. Perhaps my ears are the reason for this problem but i havent had this issue with any of my other IEM's. The sound was also very disappointing to me. It was to my ears somewhat muddy and veiled and a bit dull. In comparison to my 846 it was a real letdown. I recognize that these 2 IEM's are very different sounding and others may find the 60's more to their liking but for me the 846 is head and shoulders better!
Question & Answers
Questions on Westone W60 Earphones
What is the release date on these? If I order now, when will they ship?
- Tech Support answered:
- Hi Sunny,
We expect to be able to ship these out in mid-May, according to Westone. If you are in the US your pre-order will ship FREE via Fedex Overnight - use coupon code FREE1DAY. If you are an International customer your pre-order will be shipped out via FREE Fedex International Priority - use coupon code FXTL. Most of our International customers receive their orders within 2 days of being dispatched.
Where are these manufactured?
- Tech Support answered:
- Hi Rich. These are manufactured in China. All "W" Series are manufactured in China. All "UM PRO" Series are made in the USA. Here is a list of products Made in the USA: http://www.earphonesolutions.com/made-in-usa.html
I read the Westone W60 review and saw the comparison with Shure 846. The Shure 846's were reported to have bass that overwhelmed the listener. The reviewer described audio fatigue with the Shure 846's whereas the Westone W60's were described as being more balanced. Did reviewer try the adjustable sound profile on the Shure 846's. Shure provides a tool that the user can use to change the end tip to shape the sound to your liking. It would be nice to see if that makes any difference.
- Tech Support answered:
- Hello BFG,
Yes, great question. The SE846 was compared by Ricciardi only featured the "Balanced" nozzle. The sound signature of the SE846 would have changed between the other 2 nozzles to "more bass" and "less bass". Thanks so much for binging this up. We will ad a disclaimer to the top of those comparisons to let readers know, only the "balanced" nozzle was compared ( http://www.earphonesolutions.com/battle-of-the-titans )
First and foremost, are these in you stock today? (Not necessary to import)
Secondly I use IEM in a large church setting (Aviom) as well as on stage in a band so they get a considerable of use. I have been using Shure SCL5's with great success (rugged with a neutral sonic signature) as well as 525's (less desirable fit and performance IMO). I am looking to replace the SCL5's with either the W60 or 846's. From a sound stage and ruggedness point of view, do you have a recommendation? I am also a PT recording engineer and would like to think I have a decent set of ears so fidelity is of the utmost importance. Note also my ears are on the smaller side and the SCL5's fit very well. For some reason though the 535's do not fit as well.
I would appreciate you thoughts.
- Tech Support answered:
- Dear Steve,
We are extremely sorry for the delay in getting back to you - we've had some technical issues.
The W60 and SE846 are in stock.
The W60 is very clear and very detailed. It will be more comfortable for you - based on the fact that the SE535 does not fit as well - the SE846 is a tad larger than the SE535 and certainly larger than the W60.
Please take a look at the side-by-side pictures of this comparison: