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Westone UM1 Single Driver True Fit Earphone

by Westone
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Sensitivity: 114dB @ 1mW
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz -16 kHz
  • Impedance: 25 ohms @ 1kHz
  • Driver: Balanced armature, full-range
  • Cable: Westone EPIC cable

Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 91 g
  • Item model number: UM1
  • ASIN: B000QDCOE6
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 14 Dec 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

Product Description

Making the transition from old school wedges to in-ear musicians' monitors couldn't be easier than with the Westone UM1. Utilizing Westone's single-driver balanced armature technology, these hand built universal fit monitors are the best way to not only protect your hearing while on stage, but realize the detail and clarity only an in-ear monitor mix can provide.

Includes: Premium comfort tips, travel pouch and cleaning tool.

Single-Driver Balanced Armature Technology
- Ultra-accurate driver for the most dynamic sound reproduction in a universal fit in-ear monitor.

Westone EPIC PRO 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Westone UM1 - a treat for your ears 18 Feb 2013
I've been on the lookout for decent earphones or headphones for a few months now. I began by considering the Sennheiser HD25s but realised I needed to able to use them to sleep in, which ruled out traditional headphones and led me to IEMs (In-EarMonitors).

Where possible, I'll default to pro-audio gear over consumer so I filtered it down to Shure or Westone, both of which have an excellent reputation and, of course, are active in the pro-audio field. The dealer I bought from (who sells both) recommended Westone over the Shure for comfort when lying down. Both makes have a very low profile, being designed originally for on-stage and on-screen where they have to look discrete. A bonus is (a) you don't look a twit whilst wearing them in public and (b) they don't puncture your eardrum if you lie down.

Westone have two ranges of non-customised IEMs, the Universal Monitors and True Fit. Reading between the lines, it looks to me that the UMs are designed to handle more power (you can EQ them at LF) and possibly more robust. In any case, if in doubt, go for the pro-audio model; I bought the UM1s.

They're tiny. The box arrives in the post and you think, I paid £90 for that? They come with a semi-rigid case, an ear loop (earpiece cleaning tool) and a selection of tips, of which two pairs are the memory-foam variety. It comes fitted with the memory foam tips so that is what I've used. I was quite apprehensive about fitting IEMs as various descriptions made it sound like a surgical procedure. In the event, it's quite straightforward and will probably become second nature. The stock tips fit fine so I haven't experimented with the others. And they're very comfortable. I have worn them for 4 hours and within a few minutes, you forget they're there.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars completly stunning!!!! 16 Sep 2008
to get things in context i am not one of these people who have just taken a shot at getting some decent headphones after thinking there may be something more to the stock ipod headphones, perviosly i have had three pairs of etimotic ER6i's, a pair of shure E2c's, ultimate ears metro.fi 100, and now these westone um1's, i use my monitors at work under ear defenders this provides extra sound isolation and also allows me to listen to music in comfort without pain from the ear defenders pushing against the headphones all except the ultimate ears have done this well.
I have used these headphones with the etimotic platic tips however the foam tips provided are very comfortable however they will not last forever and tend to pick up muck from your ears.
I was rather hesitant when buying these because of the rather large price, I found reviews saying they were the most comfortable headphones they had found within the range, and I definitely agree with them using them all day with no problems. Some users who have not had these type of monitors may find them a little odd you do stick them in your ear canal and this is how they isolate all that sound but I found after a few minutes you forget they are that far in, and now I forget I actually have anything in my ears the sound feels like it's coming from inside your head! After that you will never go back to `normal' headphones!!, another thing to get used to is the wire over the ear these are defiantly better designed for that than the shure e2c's but with glasses I find that you can notice it on occasion. But it's nothing to get worried about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfort in sound 19 July 2011
Having spent the last few months testing a wide range of headphones and IEM's, I purchased these without trial due to the reviews on this site and elsewhere.

The first thing to note is the comfort of fit. Absolutly 'A grade'. You forget you are wearing them.

The sound is stunning for this price range.

Bass - Tight and punchy, if a little understated it is more than present.
Mids - The UM1's forte. Piano notes which end 'prematurely' on other headsets are drawn out on these (I forget the term for this). Vocals are impactfull and yet do not drown out the other frequencies.
Highs - They sound good, they are not the best but you spend most of the time listening to the extra detail in the mids not to worry about them!

Detail is great, real definition between the instruments.
Soundstage is not overwhelming, but the music is no longer confined to 'in your head' - an experience felt with most budget phones.

Music genres used for the above: Acoustic Folk, Alternative Rock, Classical, Pop (MJ)

This is the only review I have written for a product purchased on Amazon so well done westone for such a great product and thumbs up to iHeadphones for such speedy delivery.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good headphones but they don't last 27 April 2011
The sound quality and comfort are great but they don't last very long. I had Etymotic Research headphones before which lasted for years but these lasted around 8-10 months then the earpiece just split. I got them replaced and the same thing has happened and I looked after them, using the case when I wasn't listening to them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I had been looking for weeks for a decent set of earphones that don't come out of your ears when down the gym, and also provide excellent sound quality. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr. Craig N. Fleming
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Product Where It Counts
* Good snug & secure ear fit.
* Clear articulate sound, very detailed mid and upper mid range. Perhaps a little bass light, as in not booming or thuddy, but you can hear... Read more
Published 17 months ago by HectorSpace
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb
I previously owned the Shure SE210s which were good. The UM1s however are noticeably better. They provide a neutral sound that is clean and detailed. Read more
Published 20 months ago by A. Sharaf
4.0 out of 5 stars Great in-ears to someone on a budget!
I've been using these in-ears on my shows for 2 years now, and I'm glad I did this choice. For the price you won't find better, believe me. Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2011 by André_PT
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable and long lasting
I've had my UM1's for over a year now. I use them at work for maybe 4-5 hours a day five days a week. Read more
Published on 24 May 2011 by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
A price of around £100 for a pair of earphones might sound like a lot to any consumer listener (as opposed to an audio professional who might spend up to £2000 on them) but it is... Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2011 by Troy
2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
My first review...

I may have ended being one unlucky buyer.. The bottom line is that my set of UM1's lasted for a couple of months..The right ear driver busted... Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2010 by Juan Prietobaez
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
These westone UM1 are brilliant.I have had a number of earphones for my ipod 5th gen over the years such as bose etc and none come close in my opinion to these for the money. Read more
Published on 18 July 2010 by Shane Wilshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant headphones
These headphones are really comfortable and the sound quality is excellent for their price range. Would highly recommend these headphones.
Published on 20 Feb 2010 by Mr. S. W. Stanley
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic IEM's
I have been through quite afew IEMs trying to find the right combination of sound quality, comfort, noise-isolation, and cord length for my daily commute on the tube and during my... Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2009 by Tazza
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