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 Westone 79281 - $349.00

 WESTONE 3 - High Performance Triple Driver Sound Isolating In Ear Earphones
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WESTONE 3 - High Performance Triple Driver Sound Isolating In Ear Earphones

Item# 79281
Price: $349.00


 
Availability: Discontinued
Average Review: 5 / 5 Stars Click here to read all reviews!

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 Product Specifications
Connector Type:
1/8" (3.5mm)
Frequency Range:
20 Hz -18 kHz
Headphone Fit:
In Ear
Headphone Type:
Audiophile, Sound Isolating
Impedance:
30 ohms
Manufacturer:
Westone
Price:
349.00
Usually Ships Within:
Discontinued
Color:
All Black, Black


WESTONE 3 - High Performance Triple Driver Sound Isolating In Ear Earphones

Designed for the serious audiophile, the Westone3 uses separate bass, mid-range and high frequency drivers in conjunction with an advanced 3-way crossover for a truly engaging listening experience. True-Fit design technology keeps things comfortable and offers superior noise isolation. The Westone 3 will bring you closer to your music then ever before.

Equipped with a 3.5-mm stereo plug, the Westone 3 is compatible with virtually any personal listening device.

Includes: Premium comfort tips, travel case and cleaning tool
1-Year warranty

Features

    Micro-Driver Balanced Armature Technology
    - Ultra-accurate three-driver system for the most dynamic sound available in a universal fit earphone.

    Westone EPIC Cable
    - Ultra supple braided design insures comfort and resists tangles
    - Robust bifurcation w/slide adjustment keeps cord in place during activity
    - Over-the-ear cable design offers superior in-ear comfort and isolation from mechanical cable noise

    Westone True-Fit Technology
    - 50 years experience with in-ear applications has yield optimum ergonomics and fit
    - True -Fit sound port delivers maximum comfort and in-ear coupling for dynamic transfer of sound.


Specifications

Sensitivity: 107 dB SPL
Frequency Response: 20 Hz -18 kHz
Impedance: 30 ohms
Driver: three balanced armature drivers





Our Music division was not born out of a business idea, but out of a passion for music

– and the people who love it.

 

Westone’s iconic beginning in a small family home in the Rockies has framed the company’s unique culture, mission, and purpose. Westone was one of the pioneers of the in-ear monitor. We continue to be guided by an unwavering devotion to develop in-ear devices that bring out everything in the music for an unequaled sound and an unparalleled listening experience. In addition, our 50+ year hearing history gives Westone a deep knowledge of “all things ears” - which means you can count on products that offer superior fit, ergonomics, acoustics, and comfort.Our family style has created an environment where going the extra mile for customers is the rule, not the exception.

 

Pure Comfort. Pure Music.

Expert In House Review - Dave Solomon

AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION

The Westone 3 is a triple balanced armature driver earphone, with a 3-way crossover. What does this mean? It means that there are three independent drivers in each earpiece which focus specifically on one part of the frequency spectrum (bass, mids, treble). This allows for each driver to have better control and accuracy over the sound produced.

THE FIT & THE FINISH

The Westone 3 comes with a wonderful hard carrying case that allows you to store the earphones in your pants pocket without much risk of damaging them. Considering the number of drivers crammed into each earpiece, the earphones are wonderfully compact, but even still, these earphones are larger than average. They come with a generous variety of differently-sized silicone, triple flange and comply foam tips. I always opt for comply foam tips when available. One thing I will say is that Westone ships the earphones with the shorter comply tips installed on the earphone, but they do include the longer foam tips inside the box. I implore all users of any Westone earphone to use the longer ear tips for better fit and optimal sound. Once you adjust the ear tips to find the right fit, these earphones offer superior noise isolation, especially with the foam tips.

The earphones fit especially well in the ear. The cable is design to be worn behind the ear, rather than straight down. This is always my preference since both in terms of comfort and functionality. Being able to wear a cable behind the ear often eliminates microphonics (sounds caused by the cable rubbing up against something). The Westone 3s come with the standard Westone braided cable which is by far the best cable design I’ve seen for in-ear-monitors. The braided design is very rugged; kink and tangle resistant; and very good at reducing microphonics. The cable terminates to an right-angle plug which is convenient for portable devices, since there is less of a chance that you will put stress on the headphone output jack.

Westone also includes a convenient inline volume control which can be tagged onto the plug before being connected to your source. Finally the Westone 3 offers the often-needed cleaning tool and ¼ inch adapter. It does not offer smart controls or microphone; I prefer the absence of these controls when evaluating audiophile level headphones, but again, not everyone sees it my way.

ALL ABOUT THE SOUND…

The sound of the Westone 3 is mind-blowing. I’ve owned the Westone 3 for about two years now, but I remember the first time I used them, I could not get over how such huge sound was being brought my ears from such as small enclosure. The bass is very full and robust, particularly the mid-bass where the bass guitar sits. This would be my top pick for earphones being used for anything where bass is especially important – ala Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae and Rock. There is a great sense of weight in the sound, but it does not sound rolled off or veiled. The midrange is not as forward here as the Westone 3’s direct competitor the Shure SE535. The Shure SE535, while also consisting of 3 balanced armature drivers in each ear, is not a 3-way crossover design. What I specifically prefer about the Westone 3s over other triple driver in-ears is their ability to articulate all elements of percussion with force, weight and clarity simultaneously. For this reason, I use it the most out of all my universal IEMs when I’m in the mood for pop and rock music.

Listening to Jamiroquai’s “Virtual Insanity” (which was the first song I ever listened to with these) I am reminded by the impact that these had on me when I first heard them. The vocals are not too forward, but sit in the mix at the forefront. Once the song takes off and the rhythm track drops in full-force, one can fully appreciate the fantastic instrument separation which the Westone 3 offer. The piano does not become one with the rhythm track but instead has its own specialized placement which, by the way, is a detail which I rarely boast about when using IEMs. It is so easy for a heavy attack piano to join the snare as a single unit when both are centered in the mix. Only a good headphone can articulate the overtones necessary to compartmentalize the two instruments. The Westone 3 can do this to an extent which is uncommon with in ear headphones.

There is an obvious boost in the mid bass region all the way to lower mids which make recordings sound lush and full. This often is a great enhancement to the music, but an example of this being problematic is when listening to a classical recording which spotlights piano. In this setting the piano is a bit weighty and slow, especially in fast-paced passages. The Westone 4 is by far my favorite universal earphone for classical. Please refer to my upcoming review on the Westone 4 for more on this. One last thing I will mention is that some recordings show that the Westone 3 can be just a hair more sibilant than normal. This does not bother me, as I am not ultra sensitive to sibilance (the accentuation of the sound of the letter “s” and some cymbals), but I could imagine some people who are sensitive to sibilance being slightly bothered by it.

LAST WORD

The Westone 3 was the first 3-way crossover universal In Ear. Still relatively new, the Westone 3 is one of the world’s best universal in ear monitors. It’s full and lush sound will appeal to those who seek extra bass, but audiophile-grade detail. At this time, the Westone 3 has only been eclipsed by Westone’s more recent offerings, but it is not so simple to merely suggest this, since I believe for percussive heavy music, the Westone 3 may be at the top of the list!

Rating Chart @ Pricepoint

Sound Quality

9
Design & Features 8.5
Portability 10
Isolation 10
Comfort 9
Value 9

Customer Reviews

Outstanding product and Outstanding company2/1/2012
 
Pros:
Absolutely the best pair of ear buds I have ever owned. The customer service of Westone is second to none
Cons:
They are a bit pricey, but absolutely worth it!!
Other Thoughts:
Bought a pair of Westone 3 is June 2010. I literally use them everyday, both at home and during gym workouts. In December, the left channel stopped working. I called Westone, and they gave me a return authorization number. Within one week, a REPLACEMENT pair was mailed, at no cost! I simply can’t recommend this product or this company enough!

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