The first is the angle, it makes getting a decent grip on them hard and you tend to slide down as you apply a bit of pressure on the stock cable with the housing also getting in the way. First of all no one is suggesting the W80 is not superior to the ES3, I think you are being overly simplistic and not seeing the bigger picture. Back then it was albums, rock concerts and interviews with a typewriter for the local rag. You can argue that at the price point a hard plastic resin should not be the primary molding material for a flagship headphone but then I will give you that 12.7g strap-line and you may think twice. They have superb evenness and a sense of naturalness to their sound. Westone W80 – Twister6 Reviews Westone W80 The Next Gen at its Best! Maybe it’s just common knowledge that good over-ears through good cables will deliver a fuller sound than any IEMs. The product was provided to me free of charge for the review purpose in exchange for my honest opinion. Westone W80 review: Build quality The W80s have an ultra light housing construction. N'Dambi. But the w80 just kills es3 in every every aspects by miles. Founder & Owner of headfonics.com. I own both earsonics es3 which you guys have a higher score than w80. As a result, vocals and high-frequency rich instruments like cymbals and strings have an audible sense of airiness to them while maintaining their richness. They are much easier to work with using the ALO Audio Reference 8 though which has a longer stem. This cable has been getting some pretty good reports and you can see where some of that pricing has gone into as this is by no means a cheap cable. Westone managed to make the treble section detailed yet easy to listen to. DESIGN & FIT – Westone W80 Earphones Review. The ES80 is Westone’s new flagship in the “Elite Series” line of custom-fit, in-ear musicians’ monitors. The nozzle is really thin, maybe a T-100 at best. Gone is the old EPIC braided cable of yesteryear and in comes a new stock rubbery OFC Epic G2 cable measuring 1.2m in length with low microphonics and memory retention. (At least in the same arena of Andromeda) Alles versandkostenfrei, 30 Tage Money-Back und 3 Jahre Garantie. If Hua didn’t “overreach” with the “culture difference” garbage then he had you hogtied. PROS: retuned sig with more clarity and higher resolution, despite more drivers the shell size remains the same, premium ALO 8-braid hybrid cable, new accessories and a travel/organizer case. Additionally, the electric guitars felt full and harmonically rich. Sound Quality. Öffnet man die minimalistisch designte Box, sticht neben dem In-Ear zunächst einmal die recht kleine und aus Kunststoff gefertigte, neon-orange Transportbox ins Auge. They feature dual balanced armature (BA) drivers. They're stable enough for sports use, and they're portable, so they're easy to carry on you at all times. 2 Review | Add Your Review. Scoring is not linear, just because something cheaper gets a higher score doesn’t mean its technically better, it just means its does what it says it does very well plus its much better than the direct competition. 13 thoughts on “ Review Guide to 2nd gen Westone W-series, W10, W20, W40, W60, and W80 ” Pingback: Westone B-series, B30 and B50 – Twister6 Reviews. Overall, the Westone W80 fits super well in the ear, and has remarkable sound isolation. The dividers are actually customization also on the left side so you can keep the compartment system or ditch them and stick in whatever you like. It had detail and air, that wasn’t overly hyped, but just contributed to the aestheticism and emotional impact of the voice and its nuances. In fact, the Westone W80 has the exact same sensitivity rating at 111dB but is at a crazy 5Ω … The final pitch is the ever welcome True-Fit technology that Westone pioneered and many have tried to copy. Well, by way of a small referral Westone sent us the W80 recently. The Westone W80 comes with two cables. The W80 has 8 drivers, smooth as it sounds, Westone could have done more with the technical ability of 8 drivers as other companies have shown with 5 driver, 6, 8 and 9 at this price point. If you want a bass bump, these won’t be the ones for you. Add to wish list. A thousand dollars is a lot of money to spend on an earphone, but with the Westone W60, I think there is enough to justify the purchase. It is a big of a jump up from the W60 price wise but it is an even number and I am a betting man. Overview – Westone W80 Review. $1,499.99 [SKU# 70024] 1 Review | Add Your Review. Sehr gut 1,0; Sony WH- 1000XM4. Additionally, a light broad dip in the bottom range of the high-mids creates a sense of spaciousness. Yes, there are other options on the market at this price. The IEMs come with a bunch of ear tips, including foam tips. Westone W80 review - Earphones that’ll empty your bank balance - By TotallydubbedHD - Duration: 10:40. totallydubbedHD 6,057 views. It is fairly long compared to the body but in real terms, it is a mid-length nozzle and the final aspect of the comfort and seal will rest with the tip choice. Dabei sind jeweils 2 Treiber für die Höhen, 2 für die Mitten und zwei für den Bass zuständig. The ES80, which is the exact same driver pick and count and almost same price from Westone scored over 9. Twister, thanks for your review, as well as your feedback on the Head-Fi forum, I’ve been following it since the W80 … There is a broad boost at the bass of the upper octave. I’m not really an audiophile and certainly not a headphone specialist, but that noted I had a question. Which is funny because there’s pretty much no difference (except large swathes of Asia has better food and and prettier, more feminine girls). I liked the face plates on the W50 when they first came out. I tried the W80s for a few days and thought the music (Dire Straits, Fleetwood Mac) didn’t have much depth. You also get a small screwdriver for changing the faceplates as well as quick user manual guide which found useful for confirmation on how to remove the stock cable safely. Clearly, a lot of thought has been put into the W80 accessory packaging with little compartments and netted restraints for everything as well as a little flap divider to reduce knocks as well as hold the user guide. As for mid-bass etc – if its overly cooked it clouds instrumental clarity, thats a technical point not a preference point. The W80 is really small for an 8-driver BA design, even by today’s minuscule standards Westone do it smaller and lighter than anyone else in the market today. I remember @BKG22 chimed in explaining that bonus cable didn't add to the msrp price (only to their cost). Two are dedicated to producing the low frequencies, two are for the middle frequencies, and four are for the high frequencies. I love tubes, smooth, and organic. The MMCX connectors, particularly with the stock cable, are tricky to work with for two reasons. Do we know the price of W80 v2 yet? However, if you want an even image of instruments, these will be a great option. Overall, the Westone W80 fits super well in the ear, and has remarkable sound isolation. It features eight conductors: 4 braided silver-plated copper and 4 OCC copper wires. What a fantastic argument i’m reading years later. Der Günstigste im Review ist der W40, welcher zu einem Preis von knapp über 500€ (Amazon|Headtek) ... Westone W80 Als Flaggschiff der Marke Westone präsentiert auch der W80 den Haus-Klang der Amerikaner. It packs 2 full-size BA bass drivers, two BA for the mids and a total of 4 for the highs. If you get a pair of Westones, you have to really … Not everyone has the same opinion on sound as you or me so no I wont review saying “best ever, end game” – that language belong in the forums. Typically, they come in at around 20-30Ω or lower. Oh and the W80? Sehr gut 1,2; Westone W30. The W80 has a warmer smoother tonality with a thicker note, more mid-bass elevation and a relaxed treble response in comparison. I think Westone has done a comprise here already that includes a $300 ALO ref cable which makes the sound more aggressive to meet the taste of western market but in all asian forums, users use the epic cable, mic-cable or other copper-based upgrade cable to pair with W80. Let’s take a closer look with this Westone W80 review. Sadly, I never got to hear the W60, but by all accounts, it was well received. This is all about personal preference. Inside you get the following: The Reference 8 cable also comes in its own little ALO Audio netted carry pouch which is consistent with their own line of cables packaging. Again, just a super simplistic understanding because even if I enjoy something I have to contextualize it in terms of what the market is doing right now at that price point. Open Box Condition: OB. The ES3 is less than 500 euros and punches above its weight and price point for many. There maybe culture difference here. The Westone UM Pro 50 comes with all the usual Westone goodies – a heavy duty weather-resistant case (with gasket seals, for heavensakes), eartips, and a wax removal tool. Chaz Chambers. With the right tip, you get a very high level of isolation, a good seal whether in relaxed or open jaw position and a fit that is almost negligible in terms of pressure and weight awareness. Well, that’s easy: the Westone W80 has been covered so much already that Westone preferred promoting the good old W60 at the moment. The flagship W80 is an 8-BA universal IEM with a passive 3-way crossover touted by Westone as their most reference sound to date. Review of Westone W80 8-BA driver IEM. The second is the pressure to apply is hard to gauge and you could end up doing damage if you get it wrong. 1. I can’t stand their DAC’s. Additionally, the foam tips provide great sound isolation, acting like earplugs. Westone reached out to us this summer and asked if we were interested in reviewing the ES80. Your email address will not be published. The cold sound won’t. Westone tips are much longer than most regular tips so the depth of insertion on the W80 is really good. It is built on a similar premise to their Litz series they use with their own Campfire Audio range and is relatively light and easy to work with. For example, the Andromeda, also you judge es3 > es2, which clearly indicates you personally dont like the mid bass and natural to a little bit warm tonality. The vocal had the same quality and sounded gorgeous. Strain relief I would rate as a bit average on the stock with nothing that substantial on either the jack or MMCX terminations though there is a degree of flex in the MMCX strain reliefs. New Tone from Westone! The W80 did not. The W80 is an 8 driver IEM, it should be capable of more. If earsonics es3 is 8.8, w80 can not be lower than 9.5. Westone UM-Pro 50 Review. The Westone W60 once was their reference product and it even won the “Best of CES 2014” award, but that all was back in 2014. The arch of the chassis curves seamlessly into the MMCX termination at the top so you really can’t wear the W80 any other way but over the ear. I do not prefer ‘harsh’ and I do not review with “personal preference in mind”. Also, W80 treble is more natural and smoother while both Campfire iems have more sparkle in treble and a little harsher lower treble peaks (that will vary depending on quality of audio recording, but Campfire treble is less forgiving in comparison to Westone). I’m curious with both having 8 drivers. I literally can not believe the score mechanism. Das Zubehör, die Verarbeitung und der Tragekomfort werden dem hohen Preis im Verhältnis zu den Mitbewebern auf jeden Fall gerecht. cables. I don’t know why many Asians love to try and differentiate themselves from the “west”. earphones. I like the W80, thats my personal opinion, but my objective opinion is that at its price point it could do more with 8 drivers than what people are doing with 5 drivers, 8 or 9 . The high frequencies of the Westone W80 have an even and natural sound. As the name suggests, the W80 holds 8 balanced armature drivers; 2 bass, 2 mid and 4 high. Probably not hence the inclusion of the additional Reference 8 alternative. The fit of the Westone W80 are some of the easiest IEMs to fit in my relatively smallish ears. It goes on and on. When it comes to IEMs, it feels like there are new releases everyday. ES20 Earphones From $749.99. Diese wurde für einen möglichst sicheren Transpor… The W80 has a very small form factor for a very flush fit. Have you hear the empire ears anthena viii by chance? It is hard to keep track after 100’s and nearly 1000 product reviews. Westone W80 ← Westone Earphones & Earbuds. Im Gehäuse vom W60 sind ganze 6 Balanced-Armature-Treiber eingebaut. The thin nozzle does make the tip choice more critical to get the best seal with the W80 but to that end, Westone has supplied their usual very generous array of tips. For example, when I was listening to the song Miles Runs the Voodoo Down by Miles Davis, the guitars, panned drums and far off keys contrasted beautifully in the width and depth with the intimate, centered trumpet. Also on the IE800 – I am not sure where you are reading your stuff from but I have always stated the treble is brittle. Weiterführende Informationen zum Thema Westone W80 können Sie direkt beim Hersteller unter westone.com finden. I actually prefer the sound of the Shure 545s but what I really liked the best is the sound from the same Onkyo DP-X1A paired with over-ear B&O H9s. They are not even in the same league. It maintains a sense of intimacy which contrasts musically with the instruments set further back in space. Unlike most of Westone’s other models, the W80 has a bass response that extends to 5Hz. Additinally, they work well for all genres, especially for those that need a harmonically rich and accurate sound like jazz and classical. In terms of tonality, w80 is 8.5 while earsonics es3 is 8.8. As a result, the foam tips form to fit the exact shape of the ear canal, providing a great seal and an easy fit. Westone Audio W60 Six-Driver WA Ergonomic Ear Tip Earphones with Bluetooth Cable. September 23, 2018. In asian audiophile community, W80 has way higher reputation than Andromeda, which most people dont like the high frequency of the Andromeda while in western audiophile community, Andromeda type of sounding iem seem to be dominating. So he’s correct, your scoring was inconsistent in this instance. I remember reading a few times the concept of the Westone Audio product numbers being akin to the Star Trek movie franchise with the odd numbered ones never being as good as the even numbers. The Westone W80 stocked with eight balanced armature drivers. Westone Audio W40 Four-Driver WA Ergonomic Ear Tip Technology Earphones with Bluetooth Cable. Here we feel it falls short and that is why we score lower. As instruments came in and out, they took my attention in an appropriate way, one that felt intensional on the part of the mixer. I first started reviewing in the late 80s (ouch!). Westone probably among audiophiles is most known for their W-series of universal IEMS, with the W80 as the flagship. This soundstage contributed to the emotional impact of the song. Since you separate out the “value for money”, the tonality point should be a objective one that not involving price. For example, when I was listening to the song Quizas Quizas Quizas by Pink Martini, the guiro, bongos, and shaker all felt super spacious and perfectly placed in the mix level-wise. The cable is their Reference 8. ... Then after that review was published, Westone came back to me myself to get their ES80 custom IEM flagship reviewed. $1,499.99. While they’re not overly hyped, they retain clear detail, articulation, and airiness. Matchability Efficiency . 3. I live in Asia buddy so the culture thing is hogwash, plenty of our guys love different earphones for different reasons. No doubt Westone was overdue for W-series refresh, though the company still likes to maintain their signature house sound without extreme deviations, unless they switch to a new series like B30 and B50. Westone says that they are perfectly matched, and as a result, the earphones have a wonderful soundstage, so I’m excited to get into the sound of them. As a result, the earphones provide clarity, detail, and articulation to all instruments, especially those with energy in the high-mids like vocals, horns, and the attack of drums. Because the driver housing is so tiny, they rely mostly on the eartip seal (alongside the hook-behind-the-ear design of the cable) to keep them in pace. The ES3 punched way above the competition at THAT price point hence its scoring reflects that. 10:40. Ultimately the choice is up to your whether to go with Shure, Campfire, and the likes. You feel that it may have some more details but they just don’t sound real. How time flies. The SE846 is the only Shure I would put money down on but even now I find its sound a little incoherent for me and not as well balanced as I would like. I absolutely hate over technical, metalic sounding gear. This is a four high purity silver-plated copper (SXC) conductor cable combined with four OCC copper conductors in FEP jackets. It came through with accuracy, making dense arrangements feel transparent. They fit so good and they are tiny, the W80 is no different in that regard which is astounding considering how many drivers are in there. It’s definitely something that I admired, as it reminds me of my favourite universal earphones, the Audeo Phonak PFE 232s. For example, I can definitely tell you will like the sound of IE800, but does the high frequency of that natural and smooth? The plates are held in place with a small screw at the rear of the housing and you also receive a small screwdriver in the box for taking them on and off. The low frequencies of the Westone W80 sound even and natural. UM Pro 20 Earphones. Thanks! Many feel that the w80’s is the new generation of w60’s, which is not actually true; however, to allow a certain reference point of something I know very well and to compare to something new to me, I will try to force myself to be neutral in my discussion. Getreu der Linie ist auch der 8-fach BA kein neutral abgestimmter Inear. W80 Earphones. Despite the size, you do get a much smaller semi-stiffened zip case that is pretty pocketable because the standard case for everything is strictly something that goes in a large bag. Given the old Westone W4 only weighed in about 1g lighter with a quad driver design that is remarkable. 9. Sehr gut 1,0; Sony WI- 1000X. I would not describe it as thin, certainly warm and rich sounding with an easy flow. twister6 says: June 8, 2019 at 4:55 pm. In this review, I will always try comparing W60’s to W80’s and to few other well-known models. Anyway, it has to be tough to score zillions of audio products and keep every duck in its row, so who really cares…. Silicone will bring in a bit of an airier sound but isolate a little less. All For One. Out of the box, you get a blue colored plate which is a new one to me and comes with the previously available gold, gunmetal, and metallic red plates. All rights reserved. The W80 is $1499, for that kind of money people expect a fantastic sound. Despite this lightness in level, they seem to have a good sense of extension, creating separation between the kick drum and bass guitar. Now its desktop/portable and digital 2.1 audio on a rather nice laptop. 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