Tag: In-Ear Monitors

“Made Right Here” Sweepstakes and Limited Edition Westone In-Ear Headphones Review

All Limited Edition In-Ear Headphones Include Case and Interchangeable Tips

Just ahead of Independence day celebrations, Westone announced on June 1st, 2012, the opening of their much anticipated “Made Right Here” sweepstakes. Winners of the sweepstakes will receive anything from Westone apparel to a Grand Prize including round-trip airfare and accommodations to visit the Westone headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado and a list of stuff too long to list here (click on any of the links in this paragraph for more info).  While no purchase is necessary to enter the sweepstakes, each Westone has released special edition red, white, and blue versions of their popular UM1, UM2, and UM3x each with the chance to win.

Proudly crafted in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Westone in-ear headphones are among the finest in audio reproduction. With all the excitement surrounding the sweepstakes aside, this is a great opportunity to evaluate exactly what sets the UM1, UM2, and UM3x apart.

Westone UM1 Review

UM1 in Blue

the Limited Edition UM1 is available in the complete array of patriotic colors and featured in red, white, and blue. The construction of these headphones is lightweight and the package includes enough ear-tips to give users a wide selection as well as the possibility of finding the best fit. Part of the reason these in-ear monitors are so light is because they utilize a micro balanced armature driver.

In terms of sound signature, the Westone UM1 are well balanced and neutral making it an ideal in-ear headphone for critical listeners or for use as a reference headphone. As the entry level model, the UM1 is quite impressive. While the transparency of the UM1 is certain to be regarded as a highly desirable quality from audio purists and recording artists, it is likely to leave mainstream users accustomed to heavy coloration, particularly in the lower frequencies, craving a little more drama. Nonetheless, whether you are a recording artist, an analytical listener, or  just venturing into high-end audio, the UM1 is a great in-ear monitor on a budget.

Westone UM2 Review

UM2 in Red with Attached Cord

The Limited Edition UM2 is offered with a removable cord in White and Blue or with the attached cable in Red and White.  Like just about every Westone In-Ear model, the UM2 are extremely comfortable and include a broad selection of eartips. The UM2 are also extremely light weight and are physically non-fatiguing making them ideal for long listening sessions.

In terms of hardware, the UM2 feature two micro balanced armature drivers with passive crossover that separates high and low frequencies, sending them to the corresponding driver. Having high and low frequencies played by dedicated drivers gives the UM2 the its famed sound stage. Unlike many in-ear headphones, the UM2 feature a convincing sound stage with accurate vertical and horizontal placement as well as perceivable depth.

The sound signature of the UM2 benefits greatly from the separation of high and low frequencies. The UM2 delivers bass that is accurate and noticeably separate from the higher frequencies. As a result, bass and treble coexist in pleasant harmony without muddying each other or robbing one another of texture and nuance. Overall, the UM2 is a remarkable and thoroughly enjoyable in-ear headphone

Westone UM3x Review

UM3x with Attached Cord

The UM3x is available in either White or Blue with a removable cord or in Red and White with the attached cord. The UM3x is a supercharged version of the UM2. By integrating a third micro balanced armature driver, the UM3x features a passive crossover network that effectively separates the incoming signal and directs it to the high, mid, and woofer drivers. This results in greater articulation of specific frequencies. The UM3x offers a broad sound stage in which high, mids, and bass are each separately detailed and delivered with utmost clarity. Do not expect to find even a hint of muddling with this in-ear monitor. For the ultimate experience, there are very few in-ear monitors that deliver such an immersive experience as the UM3x.

Overall

The “Made Right Here” series of special edition in-ear headphones offers a model for every level. Whether you are just launching into new aural adventures or are an experienced and seasoned musician with high demands, Westone offers something patriotic and efficient. Make sure not to miss out on the excellent prizes and give-aways by entering the “Made Right Here” sweepstakes.

Click Here for Sweepstakes Entry Form and Details, Contest Ends July 31st, 2012

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Westone In-Ear Monitors

Westone

                                            Pioneers of In-Ears

Westone UM1 Team Edition (Orange)

Westone UM1 Team Edition (Orange)

Westone is without a doubt one of the leaders of the In-ear monitor industry.  Not only have they been manufacturing and designing for over 50 years, but they have helped revolutionize the way you listen to In-ear monitors.  Westone sets a high standard for In-Ear monitors and have numerous affiliations with hearing healthcare,  industrial, and military applications.  They have recently released their Westone 4R which boasts a Quad driver structure for optimum mids and highs and a clean, deep bass output.  They have even partnered up with the United States Air Force to design special noise isolating In-ear monitors. They are  endorsed by countless artists and an abundance of athletes that appreciate attention to detail.  It is an understatement to say they are qualified to meet your listening standards.

                                                Westone Techonlogy

Westone UM3X

Westone UM3X

Westone products feature exclusive technology based off of over 50 years of research and development.  Their True-fit technology assures maximum comfort and dynamic transfer of sound.  The balanced armature drivers are significantly more compact and electronically sensitive then traditional In-ear designs.  Having 2-way and 3-way multi-BA driver configurations allow the monitors to have an extended frequency response and a very rich, detail-oriented sound.  All Models include the EPIC (Earphone Precision Interface Cable) cable which is constructed for increased flexibility and durability.  Select models have the EPIC removable cable which allows the user to replace the cable if damaged without having to purchase an entirely new driver.  The Westone 4R has exclusive Acoustic Symmetry which matches the left and right driver to a precise +/- 2dB tolerance.  This increases the balance and accuracy of the two drivers and creates an acoustically pleasing sound-stage reproduction.  Almost all products are designed and manufactured in the USA by a staff of dedicated and passionate artisans and audio engineers.

We had a hands-on, exclusive look at the Westone 4R’s at CES 2012.  Watch below!

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Rockford Fosgate PP15MM: Put Punch in your Ears

Rockford Fosgate PP15MM In-Ear Monitor Headphones

By Seth Wilde. – Product Specialist

Headphones are all the rage these days.  There are so many different brands and styles; it can sometimes be hard to choose a good pair.  However, One thing is for certain.  The little white earbuds that come in the iPod box are simply not good enough.  For the true music lover, a higher quality set of headphones or earbuds is necessary to fully enjoy the music.  Rockford Fosgate has been making quality audio products for over 30 years.  They have established a legacy of high-end, high fidelity loudspeakers that stand out from the rest of the competition.  Since they entered the headphone industry, they have generated a lot of buzz with their Punch Plugs series of earbuds.

The Rockford Fosgate earbuds have been receiving rave reviews all over the Internet and in shops across the United States. The buzz and reviews are a result of many different reasons.  One reason is simply the fact they are Rockford’s first step into the headphone industry.  Another reason is the quality of the product.  Consider the Rockford Fosgate PP15MM in-ear monitor headphones.  Featuring a 15mm in-ear driver, these earbuds are able to play loud.  While competitor earbuds only have a 8mm or 10mm driver, the 15mm results in enhanced sound quality and deeper bass.  The bass response in these headphones is incredible.  The lows hit hard and are unlike any other headphone available.  While some of the Monster Beats in-ear speakers like the Monster Beats Tour earbuds come close, the PP15MM earbuds produce deeper and louder bass response.  They also feature an impressive 105dB sensitivity rating and a max output rating of 115dB!  Very few earbuds can play that loud and still sound great.  The tangle free cable and protective case is great for those that travel a lot or go to the gym frequently. The Rockford Fosgate PP15MMI are also available and include a in-line microphone for use with iPhones, Blackberries, and other smartphones. Rockford is truly making a statement with their entry piece in the headphone industry!

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