You can be ‘ultra creative’ and stick a red on the right and a blue on the left for a nice visually easy IEM to use but that is about it. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I actually prefer the sound of the Shure 545s but what I really liked the best is the sound from the same Onkyo DP-X1A paired with over-ear B&O H9s. 5.0. In addition, I will also talk bout the alternatives. This cable has been getting some pretty good reports and you can see where some of that pricing has gone into as this is by no means a cheap cable. However there is a little mid-range gem., the earsonics ES3 for around $500 or less I highly recommend also. Getreu der Linie ist auch der 8-fach BA kein neutral abgestimmter Inear. Could the sound of the W80s through the AOL cable possibly be described as “thin”, or would that suggest a misunderstanding of reference IEMs or even just an improper seal? Well, by way of a small referral Westone sent us the W80 recently. Aggressive sound != good sound. Additionally, the foam tips provide great sound isolation, acting like earplugs. As a result, the earphones provide clarity, detail, and articulation to all instruments, especially those with energy in the high-mids like vocals, horns, and the attack of drums. In asian audiophile community, W80 has way higher reputation than Andromeda, which most people dont like the high frequency of the Andromeda while in western audiophile community, Andromeda type of sounding iem seem to be dominating. The low frequencies of the Westone W80 sound even and natural. As instruments came in and out, they took my attention in an appropriate way, one that felt intensional on the part of the mixer. Two are dedicated to producing the low frequencies, two are for the middle frequencies, and four are for the high frequencies. Which is funny because there’s pretty much no difference (except large swathes of Asia has better food and and prettier, more feminine girls). Das Zubehör, die Verarbeitung und der Tragekomfort werden dem hohen Preis im Verhältnis zu den Mitbewebern auf jeden Fall gerecht. For example, I can definitely tell you will like the sound of IE800, but does the high frequency of that natural and smooth? How do these high-end IEMs sound? If you are shopping around and want something with depth, proper staging and precise imaging I would like more to an IE800 and dynamic drivers. Unlike most of Westone’s other models, the W80 has a bass response that extends to 5Hz. As said, this is our first Westone review on Headfonia, ever. I remember reading a few times the concept of the Westone Audio product numbers being akin to the Star Trek movie franchise with the odd numbered ones never being as good as the even numbers. Used Westone W80 Eight-Driver True-Fit Earphones with ALO Audio and High-Resolution Bluetooth Cables Gen 2 OB SKU: US1342123 MFR: 70024. Der Westone W60 ist der Flagship In-Ear Kopfhörer von der innovativen Firma Westone die seit 1959 im Audio-bereich tätig ist. earphones. The stems are also a bit longer and less slippery than the Epic G2 MMCX connectors so they are much easier to snap on and off with the W80. There is subtle difference. Twister, thanks for your review, as well as your feedback on the Head-Fi forum, I’ve been following it since the W80 … PROS: retuned sig with more clarity and higher resolution, despite more drivers the shell size remains the same, premium ALO 8-braid hybrid cable, new accessories and a travel/organizer case. W80 makes the instruments, voice sound real. Price has an influence on tonality, its not about value for money its about performance at a price point. The W80 has a warmer smoother tonality with a thicker note, more mid-bass elevation and a relaxed treble response in comparison. Much like the W50, you get a total of 4 choices but this time the colors differ slightly. Your email address will not be published. Yes, there are other options on the market at this price. Sehr gut 1,0; Sony WI- 1000X. I don’t know why many Asians love to try and differentiate themselves from the “west”. Westone managed to make the treble section detailed yet easy to listen to. 3. $1,499.99 [SKU# 70024] 1 Review | Add Your Review. The flagship W80 is an 8-BA universal IEM with a passive 3-way crossover touted by Westone as their most reference sound to date. Westone Audio W40 Four-Driver WA Ergonomic Ear Tip Technology Earphones with Bluetooth Cable. The W80 will be the more forgiving of the two with bad recordings and less prone to sibilance with a smoother but more rounded mids response and a richer sounding vocal. Diese wurde für einen möglichst sicheren Transpor… The Westone UM Pro 50 comes with all the usual Westone goodies – a heavy duty weather-resistant case (with gasket seals, for heavensakes), eartips, and a wax removal tool. Chaz Chambers. Interviews. Once in the ear, you get a tiny bit of pressure but mostly from the tips themselves sealing rather than the W80 body touching anything. The manual simply states pull in a straight line but they are a complete bugger to disengage and nothing like the quick snap of most MMCX I have used before. I’m in San Francisco. I didn’t say I ‘prefer’ the Andromeda, I said its technically on point for its price. I like the W80, thats my personal opinion, but my objective opinion is that at its price point it could do more with 8 drivers than what people are doing with 5 drivers, 8 or 9 . However, if there is one high end IEM that has withstood the test of time, it is the Westone W80. 2 Review | Add Your Review. The ES3 is less than 500 euros and punches above its weight and price point for many. Öffnet man die minimalistisch designte Box, sticht neben dem In-Ear zunächst einmal die recht kleine und aus Kunststoff gefertigte, neon-orange Transportbox ins Auge. It is bigger than some headphone cases and it is packing a lot inside. However, new players on the scene are really pushing hard on what 5, 6, 8 and 9 drivers can technically do regardless of personal preference. We have had a fairly long history of reviewing Westone here at Headfonics. I remember @BKG22 chimed in explaining that bonus cable didn't add to the msrp price (only to their cost). Construction and build is what I’ve come to expect from Westone at this point, with a robust constitution that feels like it could survive years of abuse. AM Pro 10 Earphones. This includes their branded Star tips (silicone) as well as the True Fit (foam) tips. Which of the tested IEMs would you recommend as the best price-performance ratio? I guess you prefer a little more harsh high frequency but that is your personal taste. First of all no one is suggesting the W80 is not superior to the ES3, I think you are being overly simplistic and not seeing the bigger picture. Let’s take a closer look with this Westone W80 review. $1,499.99. I first started reviewing in the late 80s (ouch!). Many feel that the w80’s is the new generation of w60’s, which is not actually true; however, to allow a certain reference point of something I know very well and to compare to something new to me, I will try to force myself to be neutral in my discussion. 4. Hi. We used them on a couple of flights and on the daily commute and found them to be great performers in this category. Do we know the price of W80 v2 yet? When it comes to IEMs, it feels like there are new releases everyday. Here we feel it falls short and that is why we score lower. The Y-split is a rubbery type finish which feels pretty solid but there is no adjustable chin strap. The real world has many different sounds and I suggest you try a wider range of sounds to understand that. Gone is the old EPIC braided cable of yesteryear and in comes a new stock rubbery OFC Epic G2 cable measuring 1.2m in length with low microphonics and memory retention. Darüber ist eine mit Modellnummer, technischen Daten und Werbetexten versehene Kartonage gestülpt. Comfort levels were also excellent. UM Pro 20 Earphones. A super-low impedance of just 5 ohms allows this IEM to work just fine with phones, computers, and DAPs. (At least in the same arena of Andromeda) I will test them out and see it they are worth buying. According to your reviews, it is easy to tell that the sound preference. But even if that’s right I’d value your opinion on my experiences with the Westone versus the much more reasonably priced Shures or the Klipsch X20is. The stock cable also sports a large inline remote playback/mic for iOS and Android DAP control (optional cable choice) and is terminated with a right angled 4-pole 3.5mm gold plated jack at the bottom and MMCX connectors at the top. As for mid-bass etc – if its overly cooked it clouds instrumental clarity, thats a technical point not a preference point. This is all about personal preference. It had detail and air, that wasn’t overly hyped, but just contributed to the aestheticism and emotional impact of the voice and its nuances. The sense of height felt spacious comparing the intimacy and brightness in the trumpet to the anchoring presence of the bass guitar. Westone Audio W60 Six-Driver WA Ergonomic Ear Tip Earphones with Bluetooth Cable. I would even go further and say most Asian nations have blantently copied the styles, behaviors, habits, and intellectual property to bring them to where they are now culturally (examples: music, dance, shopping, software and computing, work culture, dating, social media use, e-commerce, economic policy). They are not even in the same league. Westone W60 Review: Final thoughts and conclusion. The sense of width is spacious and has nuance. iFi Micro iDSD Signature Versus iFi iDSD NEO, Soundstage of the Gods – Audeze LCD-4 Review. There maybe culture difference here. Review of Westone W80 8-BA driver IEM. CONS: entry level W10/W20 still have plastic faceplate clips, only W80 has BT v2 cable. True-fit technology is best in class for a universal and weighing in at 12.7g, even with 8 drivers, makes the W80 one of the comfiest fits I have ever had. This is a traditional BA tuning done very well, and a few years back I would be extolling its virtues. In fact, the Westone W80 has the exact same sensitivity rating at 111dB but is at a crazy 5Ω … Objectively I just wanted something a bit more from a flagship. The ES80 is rated at 80Ω and 111dB and truth be told that is a slightly unusual rating for a modern-day multi-BA monitor. Foams will dampen the top end a little but thicken the sound and create the best seal. Learn how your comment data is processed. Sehr gut 1,0; Sony WH- 1000XM4. The plates are held in place with a small screw at the rear of the housing and you also receive a small screwdriver in the box for taking them on and off. Like Like. Stattdessen ist auch sein Bassbereich rund 5-6 dB angehoben. The W80 is an 8 driver IEM, it should be capable of more. Also on the IE800 – I am not sure where you are reading your stuff from but I have always stated the treble is brittle. See All Media. $189.99. I liked the face plates on the W50 when they first came out. I think Westone has done a comprise here already that includes a $300 ALO ref cable which makes the sound more aggressive to meet the taste of western market but in all asian forums, users use the epic cable, mic-cable or other copper-based upgrade cable to pair with W80. I have quite a few ALO Audio cables and they generally stand out as a solid upgrade from feeble Plastics One creations so I have a feeling this is a welcome addition for serious buyers. Thanks! The cold sound won’t. Limited Quantity Available – Buy Now See all Westone items. 1. Silicone will bring in a bit of an airier sound but isolate a little less. This soundstage contributed to the emotional impact of the song. The SE846 is the only Shure I would put money down on but even now I find its sound a little incoherent for me and not as well balanced as I would like. Not everyone has the same opinion on sound as you or me so no I wont review saying “best ever, end game” – that language belong in the forums. The cable that comes in the box with the Westone W80 is a high-end cable made by ALO (the same folks that make the cables for Campfire Audio IEMs). I mean, by miles. Colorado Springs, CO – January 14, 2020 - Come see Westone Audio Music at NAMM … The thin nozzle does make the tip choice more critical to get the best seal with the W80 but to that end, Westone has supplied their usual very generous array of tips. Anyway, it has to be tough to score zillions of audio products and keep every duck in its row, so who really cares…. I can’t stand their DAC’s. Its driver housing is small-medium in size and has a somewhat unassuming look. The cable is their Reference 8. It is built on a similar premise to their Litz series they use with their own Campfire Audio range and is relatively light and easy to work with. It goes on and on. Westone W80 In-Ear Kopfhörer Review vom 24.03.2018 Ich konnte den Westone W80 einige Tage zuhause testen und mir so einen guten Eindruck von diesem zugegeben recht hochpreisigen InEar verschaffen. This time I will review the well known and popular Westone W20 in-ear earphones. Additionally, a light broad dip in the bottom range of the high-mids creates a sense of spaciousness. ... Then after that review was published, Westone came back to me myself to get their ES80 custom IEM flagship reviewed. Pieces and tool for changing them, -big hard shell, zipping case... 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