Saturday, April 11, 2015

Westone Signature Series W60 In Ear Monitors Review

Having decades of experience in premium audio products, Westone makes some great ones!  And the top of the line is the Westone W60 IEM’s, known as their signature series. It doesn’t get much better than these! They feature a detachable cable, as well as an exchangeable metal faceplate in red, gold or silver. Now you can have them match your outfit! The cable has built-in controls for your iPhone. They actually come with 2 pair of cables!  One has the iPhone controls, and the other doesn't.  SO you can actually use one of the cables as a spare!  And for your aural bliss, they feature 6 balanced armature drivers and a 3-way crossover network. So the highs, mids, and bass all have 2 drivers dedicated to those separate frequencies.

Features and specs:

New Westone W60 with 6 drivers per earpiece and a 3-way crossover.
Metallic Faceplates - Multiple metallic color faceplates with secure attachment.
Mini Monitor Vault II - Constructed of a high-impact polymer, it’s the perfect size for travel and storage. Features a protective foam interior and weather resistant design.
The Westone W60 offers listeners an amazing six-driver system with three-way crossover. Dual drivers help produce a clear sound with rich detail in the highs, mids, and bass. The music sounds deep, powerful, and alive.
Balanced Armature Westone’s balanced armature drivers are far more efficient and produce a much more detailed sound than a traditional dynamic driver. The Westone W60 features six balanced drivers per earpiece with a three way crossover network. This setup provides enhanced audio detail and a clear frequency range that makes the music sound amazing and hard to replicate by others.
Westone True-Fit Technology Westone offers more than fifty years of experience with in-ear listening technology. The True-Fit Technology promises a lightweight and low profile earpiece with unmatched comfort and sound quality. Users can choose from five pairs of True-Fit foam tips and five sets of STAR silicone tips. True-Fit foam tips ensure a maximum seal and comfortable use and the STAR silicone tips precisely conform to your ear to eliminate unwanted noise.
Replaceable Cable The Westone W60 includes a new replaceable cable connection with a braided EPIC cable and a round MFI cable featuring a 3-way button control and microphone. Changing the cable is simple and this flexibility helps extend the life of the earphones.
Three Button Apple Control System and MicrophoneThe round MFI cable provides function control for Apple products and includes volume, tracking, phone answering, and Siri activation.
Multiple Faceplates Customizing the W60 earphones is simple! The W60 includes three metallic exchangeable faceplates to update and change the look of the earphones. Users can choose between metallic bronze, red, and silver and even mix and match left and right earpieces.
Two year warranty
·  Sensitivity: 117 dB SPL @ 1 mW
·  Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
·  Impedance: 25 ohms @ 1 kHz
·  Passive Noise Attenuation: 25 dB
·  Driver: 6 balanced armature drivers with a 3-way crossover
·  Weight: 0.445 ounces / 12.7 grams
·  Cable: EPIC replaceable cable and MFI Cable
·  Cable Length: 52” / 132 cm

The Westone W60 came in an elegant looking box, with photos and specs of the product. The materials used in the construction was plastic and metal. The quality of the materials used was excellent, as was the fit and finish. They felt well made in hand. And I love the interchangeable covers, that give them a different look. You can definitely tell that this is a premium top of the line product. Included were the owner's manual, multiple different size and styles of ear tips, cleaning tool and way loop, and extra cable without a built-in remote, and an extremely durable hard plastic case that looks to be waterproof. (Although may not be marketed as waterproof.  So may want to test it first to make sure, if you plan to use them that way).  And for you Apple product users, there is a Westone app that can be used to customize and improve the sound.

Listening to these beautiful deliverers of music nirvana is an experience to remember.  Fresh Aire II: Going To Another Place,  strings were extremely crisp and clean with excellent dynamics and resolution. The flute was very smooth with nice air and harmonics. Piano was extremely natural sounding and great tone. The kick drum was very deep, full, with nice impact and very good authority.  Steve Miller Band: Swingtown, percussion was extremely crisp and clean with excellent resolution and dynamics. Kick drum was deep with authority. Bass guitar also had good extension and resolution. Keyboards sounded extremely natural. Vocals were smooth like honey with excellent harmonics and texture.  No Doubt: Hella Good, percussion was extremely crisp, clean with excellent dynamics. Bass was extremely deep with good impact and authority. Stephani’s sexy vocals just sounded so amazingly silky smooth with amazing texture and resolution. I thought I was right there in the recording studio.  Eric Bibb: Don’t Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down, guitar was crisp and clean with excellent resolution and detail. Piano was very detailed, sounded natural with excellent dynamics. Vocals were silky smooth like honey, and their texture and harmonics were stellar! They provided the intimate sound of being right there in the studio next to Eric Bibb and having a mic in front of you. The Resolution was amazing. Imaging was also spot on, and they threw a big sound stage.

Their four figure price tag is not for everyone. I think Ferris Bueller said it best, “It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend it.” Their 6 balanced armature drivers deliver an extremely neutral sound that is jaw dropping, goose bump rendering aural bliss. I can see that some would ask the question: 6 Drivers? Really? Does it really sound that good? But before you can even finish asking the question, knowing what the question is, I would answer “Yes!!!” And to make things even better, Westone has an audio app for Apple products that helps you custom tailor and improve the sound even more.  Based on their design, features, quality and performance, the Westone W60 has earned our Editor's Choice Award.  For more info and complete specs, check out their websites at