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Westone UM2

by Westone

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  • Sensitivity: 119 dB @ 1mW
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz -18 kHz
  • Impedance: 27 ohms @1kHz
  • Driver: Dual balanced armature drivers with a passive crossover
  • Cable: EPIC cable
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Technical Details

  • PATENTED STAR TIPS, TRUE FIT FOAMTIPS,2 BALANCED ARMATURE MICRO DRIVERS
  • raw output dual driver balanced for any stage condition

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • ASIN: B000NIOVWC
  • Item model number: WST-UM2-CLEAR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 15, 2007

Product Description

Heads up! Due to the personal nature of this product, these earphones aren't returnable.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

You hear subtle things like a singer shifting their feet during a song.
Ronald Masters
These are great for walking or when doing noisy housework too since you don't have to crank the volume up to unsafe levels to hear them.
Dunbar M
The sound is great by being able to hear both high end and low end in detail.
David Bolenbaugh

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

71 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Masters on May 12, 2007
As anyone considering shelling out $300 for a set of ear phones I read as many reviews as I could find and from as many sources. Almost universally the UM2 was very well rated and boasting of strong tight bass sold me. Another thing I found is that Westone has a stronghold on there venders pricing. $299 across the net as far as the eye could see. Always looking for a deal though I found a place with free shipping, and felt in my own small way "I'm stickin it to the man".

Now I can't claim to be audio engineer, or even an audiophile, but what I can say with all confidence is that I've heard and, or owned over 12 different pares of ear phones ranging in price from $10 to $500. With all this background research under my belt I think I've earned the right to an informed opinion and so that is what I offer.

Unfortunately I found the hard way the adage "you get what you pay for" dose apply the ear phone too. There was a time when I told myself I will not spend more than $50 on ear phones, then it was $100 until here I am hundreds of dollar out of pocket, but with a smile on my face. At the $50 level you get a flat loud sound that gives the impression that an ipod is not quite a match for a CD player. At the $100 (single driver) level you get one of two things. On one side you get what is call three dimensional sound-stage were it seems there is more than just a left & right speaker like with the UM1s. You hear subtle things like a singer shifting their feet during a song. On the other side you get big brain massaging bass and an energetic sound aka "fun to listen to".

In my way of thinking if you take both sides of the $100 level sound-stage and bass then combine them into one it should cost $200 right?
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Johnson on December 8, 2008
I have owned Bose "Quietcomfort" noise cancelling headphones and Etymotic ER-4 earphones (a direct competitor to the Westone's) for a couple of years.

The first thing I will say is that the Bose were no where near as good as either of these earphones in sound quality or noise isolation. I won't talk about the Bose any longer, as I would never advise a friend to even consider them unless "in ear" earphones are too difficult to get used to.

I bought the UM2's because I read that their bass was better than the ER-4, and I wanted more thump. I did a direct comparison, listening to a song on one set of earphones, then quickly switching to the other earphones and replaying the song. I am not a music perfectionist, I simply like listening to Pop music (yeah, I know...that automatically destroys my credibility with classical and heavy metal listeners...but hey, they call it Popular for a reason.)

The UM2's were better than the ER-4's on my new iPod Nano, but not by much. I liked the bass much better than the ER-4, and although the treble was less 'bright', it still sounds great.

I prefer the UM2s, and they will be the ones I use every day. The ER-4's will be brought out of retirement when the UM2's break and when I fly (the ER-4's are better at eliminating external sounds.)

Comfort. The ER-4's are extremely comfortable. When I first bought them they hurt my ears. After wearing them for a while I got used to them and now I routinely wear them on 8 hr flights without taking them out. The UM2's are just as comfortable.

Even though a couple people complained about the UM2 "over-the-ear" wires, they are no problem at all. I don't even notice the wires.

When I first tried the UM2's the sound quality was pretty bad.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By AWG on April 30, 2007
These monitors are the best you can get without upgrading to a custom-fitted professional monitor. They are at least as good as the Shure's, maybe even a little better, and cheaper to boot.

Proper insertion does take a little getting used to. Be sure to read the manual. If there is not a proper seal, they will not sound or feel right. But almost anyone can get a good seal with the foam tips, as long as you put them in properly with the cords going up and behind the ears.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Smith on February 26, 2008
Ok, after reading this you will think that I work for Westone, I don't. I have my own pair of UM1's and I use a pair of UM2's when I play at my church. The UM2's have uncompairable bass quality. I don't know if i can say enough about them. We also have a pair that our bass player uses as his monitor and he said, "These are better than my Bose." They are truly the best for not only qulaity, but also in cancellation of un-wanted noise. I've used my UM1's in a car ride, and operating a CAT, all you hear is the music in the highest quality. Oh this is a little bit of a side note and history of the company, they use to make the shure headpnones, then they broke off and started their own company and they are thriving. And if those ever fragile wires break, just ship it back to Westone for $26 and shipping and get new replacement wires installed. Again I don't work for them nor did they pay me, I'm just another satified musician.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Peter Booth on May 3, 2007
I have the cheaper UM1s and I have discovered countless new details in music that I thought I knew intimately. I hav enever heard music as clearly as this, even when listening to a $20k hifi. For some reason Westone seem to provide better quality at a lower price than Shure an dother better known manufacturers. Perhaps it's because they don't spend so much on marketing?
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