Westone 4 True-Fit Earphones

Average User Rating:
4.3/5,
  1. dfkt
    3.0/5,
    "W4"
    The Westone 4 sounds basically the same as a Phonak PFE with grey filters. It just needs three additional armatures, and a MSRP of $450 instead of $150.

    Now there are some ultra-nano-tiny differences that should be more or less irrelevant for regular listening, but they really do sound the same, all in all. There's a tiny bit more treble resolution in the W4, a tiny bit more treble sparkle in the PFE. The W4's bass rendition is a tiny bit more voluminous, yet the PFE reach down lower than the W4 and are a tiny bit faster. PFE have a tiny bit more overall clarity than the W4 - both have similar (excellent) dynamics and similar stereo imaging. All differences are however so minuscule, only apparent in a quick switch AB test, they should not matter for real life purposes.

    The difference that probably does matter is that Phonak managed to create that sound with a single armature for $150, while Westone needs four armatures and a price tag of $450 to achieve basically the same, some two years later. By the way, James444 heard both side by side as well, and he seems to generally agree with that assessment of the W4 vs. the PFE.
  2. ofnep
    5.0/5,
    "WOW"
    Pros - excellent sound,lightweight
    Cons - non removable cable.
    My first impression are,
    1. very light and very good fit.
    2. compared to tf10 i felt the signature of westone to be a little warm(very little). this may be because tf 10 has a bit forward highs. also tf 10 has a larger sound stage then these. 
    3. mids on these just blew mind. tf 10 does not even come close.
    4. low are impressive and detailed.
    this review is written in literally written after 10 minutes of wearing these.these are my first impression and not a full review.
  3. jjb3
    4.5/5,
    "Westone 4 review"
    Pros - Cool design, great detail and transparency, amazing detail in bass, great fit
    Cons - Deep bass only on higher volumes
    I was debating for awhile between these and the W3s and IE8s. I settled on these based on what I had read of the 3s being muddy and the IE8s being not as detailed.
     
    I like to keep reviews short because I hate reading lengthy reviews.
     
    So, these have forward mids, good bass when you listen carefully, but lacking on subbass until you turn volume up a bit. Treble is sparkly at times, but rolls off and sounds better with an amp.
     
    I would say these tend to analytical, with some warmth esp. when amped.
     
    Overall, great. And if you are a recovering basshead like me they are a good choice.
  4. shotgunshane
    3.5/5,
    "Warm Balance and Excellent Detail Retrieval"
    Pros - Detail Retrieval, Balance and Clarity
    Cons - Price; mid bass warmth
    I bought these as an upgrade from the W3, which while extremely fun, I soon became disappointed in, due to mid bass bleed into the midrange.  This caused vocals to become too chesty and distortion rock guitar notes too rounded instead of hard edged.  Enter the W4.
     
    Fit and Isolation:  Westone 4 is extremely comfortable.  I love their size and weight.  They only fill up a small portion of the ear.  On the downside the nozzle is very short, making them very tip dependent to achieve their great sound.  Isolation is slightly above average with the right tip.  Shure black olives work very well for best comfort but best sound is found in the old Shure e2c tips.  They must be modded by using an olive core and provide the best bass response, without obscuring treble detail due to their larger sound hole opening.
     
    Build Quality:  Build quality is great.  Westone has one of the best cables on the market.  It is very flexible and light weight.   It doesn’t tangle and is great for looping over the ear.  The right angle connector fits most, if not all, iPhone cases including the bumper.
     
    Accessories:  Westone cases are one of the best on the market.  The shape is small rectangle and perfect for fitting the phones and an iPod shuffle.  Westone also provides a plethora of tips, none of which I like!  Shure olives or modded Shure e2c soft flex tips are a must.
     
    Sound:  The W4’s are supremely balanced and natural.  No one frequency intrudes on another.  Detail retrieval is unparalleled.  They are very smooth and coherent.  The funny thing is you may not like them when you first put them in because there is no WOW factor.  Once you get over that initial disappointment, they seemingly get better and better. The best compliment is to say they do nothing wrong.
     
    Bass:  Bass is well textured, detailed and controlled but could use a bit more sub bass presence and a tad more punch, mainly due to my preference for sleaze rock music.  Don't mistake this for bass light; it is not.
     
    Mids:  Mids are perfect for me; just a tad forward and liquid.  Vocals are placed perfectly.
     
    Treble:  Treble is amazingly extended without a hint of fatigue.  Somehow Westone has developed an outstandingly detailed treble and at the same time velvety smooth.  It’s very difficult to describe but very well done.
     
    Soundstage:  Soundstage is above average.  The UE Triple.Fi 10 is the only IEM I own with a larger soundstage.  However the TF10 makes you feel about 15 rows deep at a concert and the W4 seems to bring you closer, maybe to within 5 rows.
     
    Overall the new W4’s find themselves at the top of BA universal heap, having Dynamic Driver quality timbre; Drums sound absolutely amazing on the W4.  If you are looking for superb balance and refined detail retrieval, give the Westone 4 a try!
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  5. jamesta
    5.0/5,
    "An enjoyable, transparent sound."
    Pros - Extension, mids, clarity & overall presentation.
    Cons - Price.
    Lows are precise & natural sounding, no roll-off but no over-emphasis.  Mids live up to the Westone reputation & produce amazing sound & clarity with good depth & space, slightly sweet & warm, definitely not 'in your face' but still intimate.  Highs are nicely balanced, no roll-off, slight sweet & warm, no sibilance, no hiss from my iPhone 4 or Macbook.  Soundstage is "U" shaped & has decent depth, amazing separation.  Some recordings come across lacking energy which is likely the source, small ensembles in jazz or classical & electronica/trance shine & seem to be the exception to any rules.
     
    So far the set seems very durable.  Lightweight enough to forget about, chords are nice & flexible, go over the ear easily.  I personally like the shorter nozzles, they make the triple-flanges more comfortable for me.  Easy to sleep with in.
     
    A very nice earphone that seems to be able to do it all music-wise.  Extremely high-quality sound at all volumes.  I'm very happy with the purchase, although the price tag is pretty steep & definitely encroaches into custom territory.  I haven't had the pleasure of customs & didn't want the hassle of impressions & possible fit issues, the Westone 4 was my compromise, getting extremely high quality sound & quad-drivers but not having to worry about fit issues, impressions or resale value.