The start of the 2014 NAMM show brings two more new product announcements from Westone Labs.
The first is the Westone ES60, a new flagship custom-fit monitor slotting in above the ES50 in Westone’s lineup. Featuring six balanced armature drivers per earpiece, the ES60 is said to best even Westone’s recently-announced W60 universal monitors, which shares many internal components with the ES60, in performance. The ES60 will also feature Westone’s unique “Flex canal” nozzles, made of a temperature-sensitive, semisoft material to provide the ultimate in wearing comfort (and they do work great on my previous-generation ES5 unit).
Like the rest of Westone’s earphones, the ES60 will feature detachable EPIC cables utilizing MMCX (coaxial) connectors. Optional Apple and Android headset cables will be made available in the future.
Pricing for the ES60 will start at $1299.
The Westone UM Pro 50 universal-fit monitors slot in above the UM Pro 30 model, which we recently confirmed to be internally identical to the old UM3X. Featuring five balanced armatures per earpiece, the UM Pro 50 is claimed to be Westone’s best universal-fit stage monitor yet. The earphones utilize the same detachable cable system as the ES60 and other new Westone models.
The UM Pro 50 is priced at $699.99 and a portion of sales will be donated to Hearing Health Foundation.
Westone ES60 Press Release:
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. and ANAHEIM, Calif., Jan. 22, 2014 – Westone, the leader in high performance audio and in-ear monitoring technology, will unveil the much-anticipated Elite Series ES60 for the first time at NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants trade show.) The ES60 is the newest in-ear monitor in the Elite Series of high performance earphones designed by musicians specifically for music professionals and audiophiles. The ES60 features Westone’s legendary custom True-Fit technology, providing the musician with earpieces that are cast, sculpted and polished by hand from actual impressions of the individual’s ears. This precise customization provides the world’s most accurate and comfortable fit and acoustic seal possible for the musician, resulting in the best audio performance of any in-ear monitor on the market.
The ES60 is handcrafted with six balanced armature drivers in each earphone and a multistage crossover design that yields unrivaled sonic purity. Westone’s Dual Bore technology allows for the IEM’s high and low frequency sound components to be channeled through separate passages in the sound port and sum within the user’s ear canal instead of the earpiece. This approach results in a more convincing and transparent transition between frequency ranges.
Other notable features of the ES60 custom in-ear monitor include a two material approach to the monitor design consisting of a flex canal, a body temperature-reactive, semisoft earpiece canal additive that offers the user increased comfort and acoustic seal for incredible noise isolation. The cold-pour acrylic earpiece housing provides increased durability and enclosure stability. The ES60 is the ultimate custom in-ear monitor, exceeding even W60, the Westone audiophile earphone that shares many of the same internal components and was named Digital Trends’ CES 2014 “Best in Show” headphone winner.
Unique custom ES60 options range from real abalone shell to sleek carbon fiber faceplates. Additional materials for the ES60 in-ear monitor faceplates include exotic woods, laser engraving and additional carbon fiber selections. The Elite Series faceplates can be customized with thousands of new colors, materials and design combinations through Westone’s online Customizer.
Each Elite Series in-ear monitor is supplied with Westone’s robust EPIC cable constructed of bifurcated, high-flex, ultra-low resistance tinsel wire, reinforced with a special aramid fiber. The new EPIC cable is removable and attached to the IEM by a single connector allowing for use with other premium cables from Westone. Additional cables include Apple MFI control and Android control cables.
Westone combines 55 years of experience with in-ear applications that yield a low-profile, lightweight, universal earpiece which delivers maximum comfort and in-ear coupling for dynamic music monitoring. Each ES60 is meticulously custom-built by a staff of dedicated artisans and lab technicians who ensure that every set of custom in-ear monitors exemplify the best in sound and fit available on the market today.
Westone UM Pro 50 Press Release:
Colorado Springs, CO and Anaheim, CA (NAMM) – January 23, 2014 – Westone, the leader in high performance audio and in-ear monitoring technology, will be demonstrating the Signature Series UM Pro 50 for the first time at NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants trade show.) The UM Pro Series 50 is the first signature model of the acclaimed Westone UM Series. The Signature Series brings superior sound for the stage or studio. Each unit is individually handcrafted in Colorado Springs, USA. The UM Pro 50 is the first professional universal-fit headphone from Westone with five balanced armature drivers per unit, delivering reference level sound and isolation for the stage or studio.
The UM Pro 50 combines five balanced armature drivers with a sophisticated three-way passive crossover network, providing enhanced sonic detail and a frequency range that extend well beyond typical in-ear solutions. Like every UM Pro Series model, the UM Pro 50 features Westone’s robust EPIC replaceable cable, 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 with a number of new and current Westone cable solutions.
With Westone True-Fit™ technology, Westone combines 55 years of experience with in-ear applications that yield a low-profile, lightweight, universal earpiece which delivers maximum comfort and in-ear coupling for dynamic music monitoring. Each UM Pro 50 is meticulously built by a staff of dedicated artisans and lab technicians who ensure that every set of in-ear monitors exemplify the best in sound and fit available on the market today.
Westone UM Pro Series 50 features:
- Designed with five balanced armature drivers and a three-way crossover, the UM Pro 50 is the pinnacle of design, comfort and fidelity.
- Sensitivity: 115dB @ 1mW
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20kHz
- Impedance: 45 ohms @ 1KHz
- EPIC replaceable cable with Up & Over™ cable routing helps prevent microphonics and keeps the earphone securely in place.
- Patented STAR™ and True-Fit™ Tips come in multiple sizes and give a personalized fit ensuring the best comfort.
- New audiophile connector guarantees interoperability with Westone’s reflective Adventure Series Alpha (ADV) MFI cable, Android cable, and W-Series MFi cable.
- Compatible with Westone’s UM56 Custom Adapters, the perfect fit for a universal earphone. (Ear impressions are required. Additional charge: $149.00 silicone.)
“UM Pro 50 is the first product in our Signature Series that comprises the best of all the Westone products that we build. The UM Pro 50 features the most advanced drivers that we craft right now and are designed to be a great alternative to our ES5 customs,” said John F. Lowrey, Vice President, Audio Group at Westone. “These are by far the best UM Series we have built with unmatched sound performance and great detail that musicians will love. Pure music defined.”
UM Pro 50 is available with a MSRP of $699.99 through authorized dealers and e-retailers.
A portion of sales of the UM Pro 50 will be donated to Hearing Health Foundation as part of Westone’s ongoing support of music, hearing protection and research.