A large American IT giant was founded almost from scratch: the founders of Apple were collected the first computers in the garage and Jeff Bezos from Amazon sold books, sometimes working as a courier (now, for a moment, is the richest man in the world). In a similar scenario began with the history of the manufacturer, headphones Westone out of Colorado springs: a small family business into a large company capable of competing with famous brands on the market sound. In its history, which dates back several decades, Westone has implemented the classic “American dream”, making a name for itself in reinforcing the headphones.
fun fact: Westone dabbled not only in music industry but also in medicine, military industry, and sports. As a result, the company is familiar to all it is for the headphones — now many of the world musicians use her equipment.
In General, we're not in history class going, so straight to the point. Those who in the subject, already know this, but just in case recall: for several years, Westone launches the main line of headphones under the code name "W". Simply but with taste, moreover, is quite easy to remember. The series includes as many as five models of headphone: , , , and .
Yes, the index of each model is the number of the reinforcing emitters. So, one driver W10, W20 — two-and-two-way crossover. Next, the models increases only the number of drivers, the crossover remains a three-lane. You're correct, the version of the W80 as much as 8 emitters, four of them responsible only for high frequencies! Price headphones also increases with number of emitters: if the younger W10 costs about 15 thousand rubles, the W80 will cost more 120 thousand rubles! However, Westone has never released a cheap "gag" to just ride the subway, these guys are more about quality care than about the budget. And for the true audiophile, the price has long ceased to be an obstacle (buy the same players Astell & Kern and feel great).
By the Way, Westone became known and those that successfully made headphones, made for a specific customer (custom-fit): the first poured into the ear canal customer special moulding foam that solidified in the ear and allowed his image to make the shape of the future the headset. Then the impression was created of molded form, and originated the “filling” of the device. Make casts of your ears can be today, including in Russia. Headphones cost not much more expensive, but will get a custom model!
Important innovation — all headphones support listening without wires (included cable), but also the opportunity to listen to the music «the wire», of course, will not go away. No matter how trying to convince us otherwise, the playback quality Bluetooth over the years have made significant progress (thank you aptX and his "friends").the
All models are more "colored" box design, but since the W40 package becomes a little more stylish, tighter and more minimalist (like the W80). The older model refers to the special series, which even the name of the award — Signature Series.
Inside, everything is neatly laid out in compartments, in a dense material – it is difficult to imagine that when transporting something in principle can be damaged. W80 — so this is like a safe, though the younger with the package everything is fine.
The General point that distinguishes products Westone is loaded. Yes, the products of the company — not cheap, but so many nice things and no bonuses and many more expensive products of famous brands. This huge variety of tips — both silicone and foam. Not only in W60, for example, but in W10!
Storage is fairly expensive in-ear offerings from Westone offers a small sealed shockproof black case, inside is covered with a thin layer of the same foam — like signature is obtained (W40 and W60 it's pretty massive). And there's a pleasant addition in the form of cleaning nozzles from earwax. Well, we are all human, this can not be avoided, and even headphones clean and in order will. In another W80 and cloth to care is plus a small carrying case.
In all cases the kit put two cables (one for playback via Bluetooth), only in younger models it is attached to a conventional headset (with iPhone and Android works), and since W40 — already Hi-Def Silver MMCX. Manufacturer as it suggests that it is time to spend money on a good player and not listen to these headphones with the iPhone.
The Exception to all the rules — W80 model. Here is the kit put the ALO cable, is specially designed for Westone, as well as wire support aptX Qualcomm HD.the
The Design of all models of the series are similar, this is a classic shape for in-ear headphones universal housings. There is almost always black plastic, high-quality swivel connector MMCX, gold-plated contacts compact form. Actually all headphones look cool, even the youngest W10. Additional drivers in the senior little impact on the size and weight of the headset, but no more. To enhance the design of the headphones, the manufacturer has provided additional sets of coloured overlays.
Special attention deserves the comfort. Westone doesn't change itself, so the updated series W consists of in-ear headphones with behind-the-ear way of wearing. To some, this method does not close, but all the advantages of this approach is evaluated when you feel how the headphones securely fixed in the ear canaland no microphone effect. And for the musicians who gigs often laid not less than athletes in weightlifting, it is a necessary feature, because there's nothing worse than suddenly dropped out of the earpiece during the performance.
Enough to choose the right nozzles (I liked the foam ear pads medium size) and the fit is very secure. All versions, even the top with a large number of drivers, very lightweight and compact, will fit in any ear.
The Detachable cable gives the possibility of a small customization, because you can attach another wire if complete, something happens.
Generally, all headphones look cool, and even if you pay attention to W10, you still get a quality product with a stylish design. Not to mention the appearance W80.the
A Conversation about sound better to start with technical characteristics — here they are just very different.
All headphones equipped with a reinforcing emitters (the difference is only in quantity), thus have a different frequency range, sensitivity and resistance. Hence a completely different sound pitch: all headphones frequency pronounced and there is no "mush" not be able to collect. But here's W10, for example, in the upper range, and familiar songs lost friend brightness, but there were parts that used to mention it quite problematic. scored better, but the bass was a bit muffled.
W40 and in terms of the sound do not find any flaws from my point of view. B bass is expressed much more clearly, and in the upper frequency pattern acquired the former brightness. With the parts all stayed at the same level and I still find new moments in familiar songs.
I was surprised very much. 8 (8, Carl!) the reinforcing emitters! The main purpose of this decision — not only listening to music from a compact audiosplitter devices with a variety of pocket amplifiers in the appendage. The filling of osmeriformes ligaments and the passive three-way crossover work out a price for the full program. However, I still don't understand how in the body weight of slightly more than 10 g and the size of a bean grain fits so much high technology.
For comparison, listen to the previous «wired» generation W80 — with Bluetooth of course headphones more versatile. The rest of the features and integration are no different. Insulation is at the highest level, although there are in the same plane, there are areas that can break through this sound blockade. But in 90% of cases not a single superfluous sound of the outside world reaches your auditory receptors, if you choose the right nozzle. Fortunately a lot of them, and they fit almost any user.
Graphs of frequency response given here makes no sense (Yes they are in the back of each box is), but here's an example of the measurement models (W10):
To return to the usual ear-plugs very difficult. Even during testing with iPhone feelings were quite different. About Astell & Kern AK380 and say no — the player and Westone W60/W80 were made for each other.the
These headphones are very cool. And all anything, Yes here the price of these solutions is far from the middle segment in the current understanding of the model range. But those for whom these works of engineering art really like you, will be happy to meet with solutions from Westone as for musical enjoyment and for work. Importantly, the right sound source to choose to give them to achieve their full potential.
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