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Colorado Springs, CO and (CES) Las Vegas, NV – January 7, 2014 - Westone, LVCC South Hall 1, Booth #21148, the leader in high performance audio and in-ear monitoring technology, announces the launch of the new Signature W-Series. The new signature series feature the first ever W50 and W60 models and offer unmatched performance for music lovers and audiophiles. Combining a state-of-the-art design with elite performance drivers and crossovers for audio lovers, the new Signature W-Series is designed to continue the award winning success and acclaim of the Westone lineup while adding state of the art audio performance combined with superior design for improved comfort and fit.

The Signature W-Series features Westone's proprietary balanced armature drivers and advanced crossover designs. The W50 features our industry leading balanced armature drivers that deliver outstanding performance and output. The W50 features 5 individual drivers in each earphone with a state of the art 3 way crossover. The W60 features 6 balanced armature drivers and multistage crossover designs that yield sonic purity that is unrivaled in universal monitors at any price level. Both the 5 driver and 6 driver products are firsts for Westone in universal earphones.

The W-Series is supplied two replaceable cables, the EPIC cable for easy replacement or custom cable selection as well as an Apple MFi cable with 3-button controls and integrated microphone. An Android control cable is available as an accessory. The new connector is compatible with all the new Westone cables including the ADV reflective cable and the new UM Pro cable. The EPIC replaceable cable is constructed of high-flex, ultra-low resistance tensile wire, reinforced with a special aramid fiber, and braided for ultimate durability, acoustic transparency, and isolation from mechanical cable noise. The new audiophile connector makes this cable solution conveniently user-removable, upgradeable and replaceable.

The W-Series features interchangeable anodized aluminum faceplates (red, blue and charcoal included), straight EPIC replaceable cable, replaceable MFi cable and MIC, Executive Monitor Vault, weather resistant travel case, and five sizes of patented STAR™ and True-Fit™ Tips. With Westone True-Fit™ technology, Westone combines 50+ years experience with in-ear applications that has yielded a low-profile, lightweight, universal earpiece which delivers maximum comfort and in-ear coupling for dynamic music listening.

W-Series features:

- W50: 5-driver system with unmatched sound signature tuned by artists; the three-way crossover is matched to individual low, mid, and high frequency drivers to make the sound mix smooth and balanced across all frequencies.

- W60: The premier 6-driver system with 3-way crossover that yields the finest audio available today from any earphone. The W60 features dual driver for the tweeters, mid ranges and bass for a powerful yet balance sound that offers great detail and high energy output.

"It's a great time to be a Westone enthusiast, especially with all the new products we will be introducing throughout the year. The W-Series is the latest in high performance earphones, designed & engineered for music lovers and audiophiles," said John F. Lowrey, Vice President, Audio Group at Westone. "The W-Series represents superior sound performance, fit and features that showcase the detail and clarity of the music."

W50 will be available in Q1 2014 with a suggested retail price of $749.99. The W60 will be available Q1 2014 and will retail at $999.

Find Westone on:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WestoneAudio
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/WestoneAudio
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/WestoneAudio
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/WestoneAudio
Google+: https://plus.google.com/113507830281952974478

About Westone
Founded in 1959 and celebrating 55 years of audio excellence in 2014, Westone is the world's premier manufacturer of high performance in-ear musician's monitors, earphones and innovative speaker technology. After five decades of in-ear and acoustic innovation, Westone has developed a sizable portfolio of exclusive technologies, which incorporate only the most premium materials and optimal processes into all its products. Westone continues to pioneer new innovation into the world of audio and hearing. Their in-ear earphone product lines are actively endorsed by musicians and have won acclaim in countless reviews among audiophiles and artist worldwide. Find out why Westone is Pure Music. For more information, please visit www.westoneaudio.com or call 800-525-5071.

Source: WESTONE, Inc.

Press Contact for Westone:
Jim Noyd
Noyd Communications Inc.
T: 310-374-8100
E: jim.noyd@noydcom.com

John Lowrey
Westone Laboratories, Inc.
T: 1-719-540-9333
E: johnl@westone.com

Please note: All eval requests should be sent to agency.


Out of my budget but would love to check them out.
Edited by Macgirl - 1/6/14 at 1:22pm
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Unbelievable. Now even westone is getting on this snake-oil multi driver race. hocus pocus..

 

is UE following up with 10 drivers hocus pocus too???


Edited by smoothtalker - 1/6/14 at 7:25am
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''- W60: The premier 6-driver system with 3-way crossover that yields the finest audio available today from any earphone. The W60 features dual driver for the tweeters, mid ranges and bass for a powerful yet balance sound that offers great detail and high energy output.''

 

what a overly presumptuous statement.

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Pretty surprised to see Westone coming out with 6 drivers universal iem. Won't be surprised to see them announcing ES60 any time soon.

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Nice assortment of accessories. Both EPIC and MFi cables and that silver faceplate is better than the red and blue, IMO. But honestly if I was going to stretch things that much, I'd go custom. I guess they have to stay in the game though and these will appeal to those that don't want the hassle of getting customs.
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Nice assortment of accessories. Both EPIC and MFi cables and that silver faceplate is better than the red and blue, IMO. But honestly if I was going to stretch things that much, I'd go custom. I guess they have to stay in the game though and these will appeal to those that don't want the hassle of getting customs.

But very boring, i understand they are taking the W series line from 1 to 6 drivers, so sticking with that line they are sticking with the same kind of design.........but i hate it, i dont care if it came out with 50 dynamics drivers and 50 ba drivers, i cant stand the new design. its lacks luster, totally boring in physical appeal, and i know we arent here for appeal of physical asthetics but more so sound.....i still just cant stand it.

 

and if the w40 is 500.00 i imagine the w60 to be in the 700+ range....now you are getting near the shure se846 which i think probably incorperates more technologies than the w60

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lol

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I like this move and I particular like the bravado by Westone. Competition at the TOTL level (in universals) can only help the market progress.

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But very boring, i understand they are taking the W series line from 1 to 6 drivers, so sticking with that line they are sticking with the same kind of design.........but i hate it, i dont care if it came out with 50 dynamics drivers and 50 ba drivers, i cant stand the new design. its lacks luster, totally boring in physical appeal, and i know we arent here for appeal of physical asthetics but more so sound.....i still just cant stand it.

 

and if the w40 is 500.00 i imagine the w60 to be in the 700+ range....now you are getting near the shure se846 which i think probably incorperates more technologies than the w60


Fair enough, but how can you say "very boring" concerning the aesthetics? It's the basic over the ear style that has proven ergo-comfort styling, only now they've given you the option to add color or just keep it black. Versatile styling without committing to one color choice at time of purchase! I wasn't turning cartwheels when they first announced the interchangeable faceplates but I can see the appeal.

 

Concerning price and technology advancements....well, it's the age old argument of diminishing returns. Are more drivers and crossovers and blah blah blahs really worth it?

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Unbelievable. Now even westone is getting on this snake-oil multi driver race. hocus pocus..

 

I think Westone have always leaded the driver race. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the W3 was the world's first 3 driver universals, and also the W4.

 

I'm pretty sure there's a market for this. Even companies that make customs now also have universal shell option, still with hefty price tag. If the W50's and W60's perform up there with their price tag that would be cool. But from my experience with the SE846's, it's hard to make something in universal shell to sound up to the level of CIEM or even universalized-CIEM.

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I bet the W60 is a grand. 

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I bolded and increased the size of the text with the pricing information in the original press release....

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I bolded and increased the size of the text with the pricing information in the original press release....

Ha! I missed that. My guess was right on though :)

Thanks! 

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Colorado Springs, CO and (CES) Las Vegas, NV – January 7, 2014 - Westone, LVCC South Hall 1, Booth #21148, the leader in high performance audio and in-ear monitoring technology, announces the launch of the new Signature W-Series. The new signature series feature the first ever W50 and W60 models and offer unmatched performance for music lovers and audiophiles. Combining a state-of-the-art design with elite performance drivers and crossovers for audio lovers, the new Signature W-Series is designed to continue the award winning success and acclaim of the Westone lineup while adding state of the art audio performance combined with superior design for improved comfort and fit.

The Signature W-Series features Westone's proprietary balanced armature drivers and advanced crossover designs. The W50 features our industry leading balanced armature drivers that deliver outstanding performance and output. The W50 features 5 individual drivers in each earphone with a state of the art 3 way crossover. The W60 features 6 balanced armature drivers and multistage crossover designs that yield sonic purity that is unrivaled in universal monitors at any price level. Both the 5 driver and 6 driver products are firsts for Westone in universal earphones.

The W-Series is supplied two replaceable cables, the EPIC cable for easy replacement or custom cable selection as well as an Apple MFi cable with 3-button controls and integrated microphone. An Android control cable is available as an accessory. The new connector is compatible with all the new Westone cables including the ADV reflective cable and the new UM Pro cable. The EPIC replaceable cable is constructed of high-flex, ultra-low resistance tensile wire, reinforced with a special aramid fiber, and braided for ultimate durability, acoustic transparency, and isolation from mechanical cable noise. The new audiophile connector makes this cable solution conveniently user-removable, upgradeable and replaceable.

The W-Series features interchangeable anodized aluminum faceplates (red, blue and charcoal included), straight EPIC replaceable cable, replaceable MFi cable and MIC, Executive Monitor Vault, weather resistant travel case, and five sizes of patented STAR™ and True-Fit™ Tips. With Westone True-Fit™ technology, Westone combines 50+ years experience with in-ear applications that has yielded a low-profile, lightweight, universal earpiece which delivers maximum comfort and in-ear coupling for dynamic music listening.

W-Series features:

- W50: 5-driver system with unmatched sound signature tuned by artists; the three-way crossover is matched to individual low, mid, and high frequency drivers to make the sound mix smooth and balanced across all frequencies.

- W60: The premier 6-driver system with 3-way crossover that yields the finest audio available today from any earphone. The W60 features dual driver for the tweeters, mid ranges and bass for a powerful yet balance sound that offers great detail and high energy output.

"It's a great time to be a Westone enthusiast, especially with all the new products we will be introducing throughout the year. The W-Series is the latest in high performance earphones, designed & engineered for music lovers and audiophiles," said John F. Lowrey, Vice President, Audio Group at Westone. "The W-Series represents superior sound performance, fit and features that showcase the detail and clarity of the music."

W50 will be available in Q1 2014 with a suggested retail price of £749.99. The W60 will be available Q1 2014 and will retail at £999.

Find Westone on:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WestoneAudio
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/WestoneAudio
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/WestoneAudio
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/WestoneAudio
Google+: https://plus.google.com/113507830281952974478

About Westone
Founded in 1959 and celebrating 55 years of audio excellence in 2014, Westone is the world's premier manufacturer of high performance in-ear musician's monitors, earphones and innovative speaker technology. After five decades of in-ear and acoustic innovation, Westone has developed a sizable portfolio of exclusive technologies, which incorporate only the most premium materials and optimal processes into all its products. Westone continues to pioneer new innovation into the world of audio and hearing. Their in-ear earphone product lines are actively endorsed by musicians and have won acclaim in countless reviews among audiophiles and artist worldwide. Find out why Westone is Pure Music. For more information, please visit www.westoneaudio.com or call 800-525-5071.

Source: WESTONE, Inc.

Press Contact for Westone:
Jim Noyd
Noyd Communications Inc.
T: 310-374-8100
E: jim.noyd@noydcom.com

John Lowrey
Westone Laboratories, Inc.
T: 1-719-540-9333
E: johnl@westone.com

Please note: All eval requests should be sent to agency.

Out of my budget but would love to check them out.

Fixed.  The sad thing is it's probably accurate as well.

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Disappointed that I am in the end of the ES5 process (they're in for a remold after a poor fit) at the time of the ES60 announcement... though once the fit of my ES5 is right, I don't think universals will appeal to me as much. Still, I'll be interested in the comparisons people make. ES60 sounds like it'll top ES5, but I do think it's strange they would trump their customs with a universal.

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