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Headset Westone W2 Consumer

by Westone

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  • Sensitivity: 117 dB SPL @1mW
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz -18 kHz
  • Impedance: 33 ohms @1kHz
  • Driver: Dual balanced armature drivers with a crossover
  • Cable: Westone EPIC cable
  • Features: Crush resistant travel case, assorted eartips, and wax loop for cleaning

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  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.8 x 12.7 cm ; 68 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 159 g
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  • Item model number: Westone 2
  • ASIN: B00373PE9Y
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 4 Mar 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Product Description

A true dual-driver earphone, the Westone 2 uses a separate bass and high frequency architecture to give incredible detail and dynamics. The Westone 2's ultra compact package is perfectly suited for casual listening or can lay down the soundtrack when you're on the go.

Equipped with a 3.5-mm stereo plug, the Westone 2 is compatible with virtually any personal listening device.

Includes: Premium comfort tips, travel case and cleaning tool

Micro-Driver Balanced Armature Technology
- Ultra-accurate, true dual-driver system for the most dynamic sound available in a universal fit earphone.

Westone EPIC Cable
- Ultra supple braided design insures comfort and resists tangles
- Robust bifurcation w/slide adjustment keeps cord in place during activity
- Over-the-ear cable design offers superior in-ear comfort and isolation from mechanical cable noise

Westone True-Fit Technology
- 50 years experience with in-ear applications has yield optimum ergonomics and fit
- True -Fit sound port delivers maximum comfort and in-ear coupling for dynamic transfer of sound.


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By Amazon Customer on 10 Jan 2014
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This is the first time that I have spent this much on a pair of earphones. I was nervous, particulary when I 'fessed up to the other half!

These are worth every penny. The sound is astounding. I now realise how much you miss when using cheaper audio products. I sat listening to music through these last night with just a huge grin on my face. They sound beautiful. They aren't for bass heads so if that is your thing than these may not suit, but they really are gorgeous.

The initial fitting can be a little tricky but you get lots of different tips to try so I feel sure that you will find something appropriate.

The sound isolation is excellent and after trying two pairs of active noise cancelling headphones, which I returned, I wish I had gone with these in the first place.

These really are great and I wouldn't hesitate to buy again. I use with an ipod so have ordered a portable headphone amp to go with them. I will update after I have tried them with that.
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For many years I have tried dozens of earphones across inexpensive and high end brands looking for a balance of comfort and sound quality. I can report that these earphones achieve the perfect balance and are far beyond other earphones including equivalent double armature sets such as Q-Jays by Jays. The sound is immersive, wide in sound stage and balanced across the frequency spectrum. Unlike other balanced armature earphones these produce a strong, extended bass range but without undue emphasis. The fit is perfect and with foam tips avoids any irritation meaning they can be kept in for extended periods. Because they respond well to the input signal, with a decent source they do not require high volume on your player.

A review of these earphones at the site indicated they felt the earphones need a headphone amplifier, but certainly with a Cowon X7 they certainly do not. I bought the earphones in the AMPD version that includes a FIIO E6 and a comparison shows the earphones are better without the amp when using the Cowon player. However sound sources with a less strong output signal (many phones, Apple devices) then an amp will benefit. However don't assume and check as many modern phones such as the HTC One X now output a decent sound signal that mitigate the need for an amp. Of course a higher quality head phone amp may make more difference but even as a former part-time music producer I feel the sound from the earphones when used with the X7/HTC One X doesn't require a separate amp.

So I can recommend these earphones thoroughly and will stay with this company in future. The sound quality and comfort has reinvigorated my passion for music which is the best testimony I can think of.
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Ive had the Westone 2's for 3 weeks now and I'm very happy with them. For the last year Ive been using the Senn IE8's which are in complete contrast to these. Where as the IE8's are huge on bottom end frequencies and rolled off on the high end, the Westone 2's are much more balanced. Balanced and neutral, completely uncoloured and the amount of detail these uncover is amazing. The sound isolation is the best Ive used yet and I own 2 sets of active noise cancellers both in and over ear. I think it has a lot to do with the shape of the westone's, they sit in the outer ear filling it and this in itself prevents your ears picking sounds up unless the sounds are very close (your wife shouting at you...).
They come with lots of different tips so you will find an exact fit for a good seal which is important. I prefer the standard grey rubber tips as these provided the best sound with good isolation. There are Comply tips provided but none of them fitted my ears and I think they can soften the sound too much. (The shure black foam washable tips fit with westone and I would recommend these for travelling for the extra isolation.)
So would I recommend buying these? Yes to all audiophiles, though a headphone amp is essential as the Westones will not do any favours to most mp3 players as they will show up all deficiancies, especially bright sounding players like Sony and Cowon and without an amp you will end up having to add bass and tweek the high end because the sound will be tiring. Bypassing the soundcard on both my laptop and Sony mp3 into a heaphone amp and dac and the sound becomes amazing, The Westone's can handle anything, from complicated Ochestral peices to acoustic jazz and heavy rock.
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134 of 152 people found the following review helpful
Sensationalism, but less precision 29 Jan 2009
By Paul Tashman - Published on Amazon.com
When I decided to purchase my first pair of pristine-quality headphones, I tried the Shure SE310s, Shure SE530s, and these Westone 3s. The first and primary thing I noticed was that both of the Shures were focused on clarity and precision with defined mids and medium highs and lows. When you hear a voice with the Shures, it's like the singer is right there singing to you, but the basses and highs are there, but not as focused. The Westone 3s on the other hand have a very sensational sound with very clear highs and lots of bass. The focus on these headphones are the ups and downs of the music. They make the listening experience a roller coaster ride of "wow". In my opinion, if you are listening to rock or pop, then get these. If you are listening to jazz, classical guitar, or musicals, get the Shures. These Westones and the Shure 530s are of comparable quality, but with different focuses.
47 of 58 people found the following review helpful
These are criminally underrated. A love story from a Shure SE530 owner 9 Oct 2009
By Gaseous Clay - Published on Amazon.com
After the novelty of the Shure SE530s wore off on me, I began to realize that their sound was very consistent, but rarely did I find myself wanting to sing/rap along or dance uncontrollably. In other words, the sound of the 530s was smooth and rich, almost to a fault. I listen to a lot of house and hip-hop music, and the bass frequencies were there, but lacked any visceral impact. With rock music, the cymbal crashes were muffled and the drums didn't resonate or slam like I thought they should.

So while I would have been content to live with the Shures and assume that they were the best, I started reading user impressions on [...] about other high-end universal earphones, namely the Westone 3, Westone UM3x, Sennheiser IE8, and Ultimate Ears Triple.fi. Most users seem to agree that these models have surpassed the 530s. I read that the Westone 3s, Sennheiser IE8s and Triple.fis offered what I was looking for: a more "U"-shaped sound, with the treble and bass accentuated.

After a few months, I gave in and got a pair of the Westone 3s ("W3"), and after 3 days of near non-stop listening, I know I have stepped up in class. The W3 don't get marketed as heavily as the Shures, which in my view is unfortunate because they are of exceptionally high quality and Westone offers great customer service.

Build Quality and Comfort:
The Shure 530s, while well-built, always stuck out of my ears even with the deepest insertion of tips. I haven't had problems with the cable fraying after 3 months of use, but the cable's thickness produced microphonics whenever the cable brushed up against my shirt or hit my chest. These problems are things of the past now that I have the W3. The thin cable is light and hardly makes any noise even when I run. The flatter design of the part of the earpieces that rest on your outer ear canal, combined with the short nozzle, make the earpieces feel like they've disappeared once I put them on.

Sound Quality:
I've only heard the Shure 530s and Triple.fis, so I can't offer a comprehensive comparison. The Triple.fis did make a powerful impression on me, with their booming bass, wide soundstage, and bright treble. I chose to go with the W3 because of the massive size of the Triple.fis (impossible to sleep on), and concerns about the cable and short warranty. I also seriously considered the Senn IE8s, but ultimately went with the W3 because I already had a collection of tips (including Westone UM-56 customs) that would fit the W3.

I don't regret my decision at all. Unamped out of my iPod Touch 2g, the sound is bright and lively without being fatiguing, and the bass rumbles and slams when it's supposed to. The main complaints some people have about the W3 are that it produces sibilance (harsh "S" sounds), has a "mid-bass hump" (unbalanced higher bass frequencies), and sounds wildly different with different tips. I haven't had any of these issues. The sound with the gray silicons is somewhat bright, but still has punch in the bass. With the medium Comply tips, the bass is deepened and the treble muffled slightly, but there seems to be more distance and reverb in the sound, creating a larger soundstage. Unlike with the Shures, I haven't found a tip set that I just think sounds awful--they all sound very good to me.

In summary, the W3 have delivered what I was looking for but not always getting from the Shure SE530s: A lively sound, with energetic highs and deep bass impact, that still has great detail in the mid-range. Now, I AM finding myself nodding my head to beats, playing air guitar, and grinning with the sheer joy of music.
26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
The best so far but not perfect 23 Feb 2009
By Demon3 - Published on Amazon.com
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I also own the Shure SE530 in ear headphones. I never found the Shures to be enjoyable to listen to and these Westones certainly are. The bass is astounding driving the songs along and the treble is satisfying. The big downfall of these headphones is the midrange. I play only lossless files through a Mac laptop, an iPhone and though a Pico Headphone DAC/amp. I have a wide range of music with huge presence such as Mary Chain Carpenter, Jennifer Warnes, Eurythmics and many more. Not once have I heard any presense through the Westones. The midrange is recessed and if you turn up the volume to hear the midrange then the bass pounds your skull into smithereens. I hope that Westone can adjust the voicing or choose another midrange driver for the next incarnation of this product. If you have the money I recommend the product but it's not perfect.

Update:

Now that these headphones have worn in and I have experimented finding the optimal inserts I now get that presence I was missing before. Very impressive.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The best overall choice in earbuds 21 Nov 2009
By L. Coltman - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been a musician all my life and have spent years looking for the perfect sound source. Having spent many hours in front of expensive studio monitors, I have always searched for a headphone that will provide that moment experienced by musicians when they walk into the control booth to hear what they've just recorded. I have used many studio headphones, have listened to mid-range and high-range Grado's and Sennheiser's, have spent many hours with the UE triple-fi 10 pro's and the Shure SE 530's, and have agonized over what is missing in all of these headphones and in-ear monitors. The Grado's and Sennheiser's are not exactly appropriate for portable listening and provide little or no sound isolation. The Shure's provide a very flat response but are weak in treble and bass presence. Although seemingly sonically accurate, they provide a compressed sound spectrum, and thus aren't accurate as regards the high and low and presence found in good studio monitors. The Triple-fi 10 pros provide a lot of bass and treble but are muddy in the mid-range and don't allow the listener to hear all the details of the music. The Westone 3's are perhaps not as accurate as the Shure's but they are the closest to the overall musical presence found in the best studio monitors. The treble has wonderful extension and presence. The bass is rich and warm without being overwhelming. The mid-range is crystal clear and each instrument stands out. I can say that they are simply the best sound I have ever experienced from any headphone or in-ear monitor. Moreover they sound just as great whether you are listening to classical, jazz, pop, rock, metal, hip-hop, or world music. And they are the most comfortable of any of the in-ear monitors I have used. A bargain at any price!!
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Earphones 23 Jun 2010
By Carlos Barba - Published on Amazon.com
I purchased the Westone 1 True fit earphones about a year ago. They are without a doubt the best earphones that I have ever owned. Tremendous noise cancelling. I play drums at my church and use them with our in ear monitoring system. I can barely hear the drums as I play them. The box comes with a variety of different styles of modular inserts. I use the triple mushroom style which is very comfortable. I also use them when I cut the grass and the sound of my mower is very faint. I purchased them via the web for around $130. I was on a limited budget so these are the ones I chose. The sound quality is great and I haven't had any problems with them.
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