Westone UM1 or Klipsch Custom 2?
Jun 12, 2009 at 2:52 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 5


New Head-Fier
Jun 12, 2009
Hi folks,
This is my first post, but I've been researching here for a while.
I would like to get some decent, but not expensive, IEMs for:
1 - iPhone (I'll get a SmartTalk adapter for the mic/button)
2 - on-stage monitoring at church (if we go that way in the future)
3 - playing guitar through my POD X3 Live
4 - monitoring music production through my Mac (Logic)

I have a set of Sennheiser HD 280 Pro monitor headphones, which I'll keep using, so the first 2 (and mostly the iPhone/Pod) are the most important uses.

I listen to mostly worship music (pop/rock) and jazz, rock and some classical - not much dance-style music.

I'm after something fairly flat and accurate (monitors), not enhanced to sound 'fun' (as I read someone say here).
Comfort is important, as is invisibility, but sound quality is number 1.

In Australia, I can get the Westone UM1s for $160, and the Klipsch Custom 2 for $199, so the price difference isn't much. On paper, the Klipsch sound good, because they're dual-driver instead of single, but I would really like to hear any qualified opinions based on experience.

Thank you in advance!
Jun 12, 2009 at 4:05 AM Post #2 of 5
I would advise against getting the UM1 especially at that price, I don't feel the UM1 is worth anywhere near that premium

Having owned the UM1, there's a few things I'd like to say about the sound

There is a very apparently high roll off which is not suitable for classical and jazz music.
The mids sound congested and muddy, especially during more complex and involving passages.
They are very bass light

I would only get the UM1 if comfort was your top priority. (which it is not in your case)
Jun 12, 2009 at 4:29 AM Post #4 of 5

Originally Posted by duanepo /img/forum/go_quote.gif
Actually DUAL DRIVERS are better than single drivers.


Phonak Audeo (PFE) and the Sleek SA6 are one of the few examples that are capable of besting multiple driver IEMs
Jun 12, 2009 at 5:08 AM Post #5 of 5
Thanks for the replies so far!
Can anyone compare the Klipsch? They're usually $380 AUD, down to $199, which is a good discount, but price doesn't always indicate quality.
I could get the UE Super.Fi 5vi for about $270 AUD, but I've gone away from those based on some other input (saying UM1 is more durable and comfortable).
I'm not sure what the "dual drivers are better than single" comment meant, since that's the same as what I already said, (but it looked like a correction).

Thank you

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