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Westone 2 Dual-Driver Universal Fit Earphone, Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Ultra-accurate, true dual-driver system for the most dynamic sound available in a universal fit earphone
  • Westone's Epic Cable provides ultra supple braided design insures comfort and resists tangles
  • Over-the-ear cable design offers superior in-ear comfort and isolation from mechanical cable noise
  • True -Fit sound port delivers maximum comfort and in-ear coupling for dynamic transfer of sound
  • Includes: Premium comfort tips, travel case and cleaning tool
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Style: Dual-driver | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
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Product Description

Style: Dual-driver | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging

The Westone Series of earphones will take your personal listening to new levels. The Westone Series of universal fit earphones offers ergonomically designed earphones with high end sound. 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. What's in the box: Westone 2 earphones, Premium comfort tips, travel case and cleaning tool, 2 Year warranty.

Product Information

Style:Dual-driver  |  Product Packaging:Standard Packaging
Product Dimensions 5 x 1.5 x 5 inches
Item Weight 2.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 5.6 ounces
Manufacturer Westone Laboratories, Inc.
ASIN B00373PE9Y
Item model number Westone 2
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4.5 out of 5 stars 218 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #7,038 in Electronics > Headphones > Earbud Headphones
#63,856 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Players & Accessories > MP3 & MP4 Player Accessories
#66,176 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater
Date first available at Amazon.com February 4, 2010

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Style Name: Three-driverPackage Type: Standard Packaging
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.
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Style Name: Quad-driverPackage Type: Standard Packaging Verified Purchase
I am not a hardcore audio expert who can talk about impedance and all those technical terms, but at least can call myself an audiophile who definitely explore, search and use receivers that normal people wouldn't go beyond. I've used sennheiser, bose, dr.dre, and finally westone, one of the top tier earphone companies along with ue, phonak, shure, etc.

Before, my world was all about bose. bose ie, ie2, bose qc15, sounddocks, and for the first time, I tried westone 4r just because I was drunk and somewhat impulsively purchased it (lol). I've also purchased bose qc20i as I'm a bose fanboy and compared it (which is available on bose qc20 amazon review).

I was impressed and realized I was missing out. Because I have an experience where I was personally disappointed with dr.dre studio which seemed to have been overrated, I thought this was going to be one of them which it wasn't.

Comfort
-I wasn't really comfortable as it's my first time with in-ear kernel earphone types. I felt suffocating and didn't feel like wearing them. Answer is, get a smaller foam tip and try it for at least three days.
Oh the joy. It's very comfortable and fits exactly right in your ears. Just give it a few days.

Sound quality
-at first, I was biased and disappointed as I wanted to defend bose. After a few days of listening, I had to forfeit. This earphone is amazing. Very well balanced compared to more bass that bose has, but more clarity, and there are instruments playing and going on everywhere in every direction inside your head. I recommend you to try 'Higher Ground by RHCP'. Amazing.

I will give it a month and see how it is, but I want to tell you that this is amazing.
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Style Name: Three-driverPackage Type: Standard Packaging Verified Purchase
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.
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Style Name: Three-driverPackage Type: Standard Packaging
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.
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