Westone

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Westone is a manufacturer of hearing healthcare products and high-end earphones, otherwise known as in-ear monitors (IEMs), used by professionals.

Background[edit]

Westone Laboratories, Inc. was established in 1959 by Ron Morgan, Sr. in the family cabin outside of Divide, Colorado, USA. Westone gradually grew from a small family business to a market leader in the hearing healthcare industry under the leadership of Morgan's son, Randy. Westone Laboratories is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado with its current leadership headed by Lynn Kehler, President and CEO.

Westone pioneered many of the techniques and technologies that have become standard practice within the hearing healthcare field. Westone provides products for use by hearing healthcare professionals and their patients; from simple tubing and tools to advanced equipment that helps make life easier for the hearing impaired and their families.

Westone Music Products was the pioneer of the in-ear musicians’ monitor. Westone originally designed and manufactured the E1 and E5 for Shure, another maker of high-end audio equipment. Westone also co-developed and manufactured the early Ultimate Ears brand by Jerry Harvey, which custom-fit in-ear musicians’ monitors.

Products[edit]

Westone manufactures and sells custom earpieces for the hearing healthcare market, hearing protection products, custom communications earpieces, clinical and audiological supplies, musicians hearing protection and in-ear monitors for professional musicians and audiophiles.

In-Ear Monitors for Pro Musicians / High-end Earphones for Audiophiles Westone was one of the pioneers in the development of in-ear musicians' monitors for professional musicians and earphones for audiophiles.

Earphones and In-Ear Musicians’ Monitors[edit]

UM3X Removable Cable

Westone Music manufactures both custom-fit and universal-fit products for personal listening for consumers, in-ear musicians’ monitors for professional musicians and audiophiles, as well as hearing protection for musicians and concert goers.

Westone Music currently has five different product families of in-ear musicians’ monitors and earphones: the Universal Series (UM Pro 10, UM Pro 20, UM Pro 30, UM Pro 50) in-ear musicians’ monitors, the W Series (W10, W10, W30, W40, W50, W60) earphones for personal listening, the custom Elite Series (ES10, ES20, ES30, ES50, ES60), the custom Consumer Recreational (CR10), custom Musician's monitors (AC10 and AC20) and custom earpieces (Style #7 and UM56) for adapting to universal-fit earbuds and earphones.

The single driver UM Pro 10, dual driver UM Pro 20, triple driver UM Pro 30, and 5 driver UM Pro 50 are specifically designed to provide frequency efficiencies using a universal-fit for on-stage monitoring. While the W10, W20, W30, W40, W50, and W60 also provide a universal-fit, they are specifically designed for the personal listener. The W30 is the first true 3-way universal fit earphone within the industry. Both the UM and Westone Series product lines use the same level of professional grade components and carry equal quality, durability, and level of design. The sound of each product was carefully designed and tweaked to provide optimal sound targeted for the products’ specific job or target (See product chart below).

The Elite Series, namely the ES10, ES20, ES30, ES50, and ES60 are custom fit earphones and in-ear musicians’ monitors. This versatile line was originally targeted to provide custom-fit in-ear musicians’ monitors for professional musicians for on-stage monitoring. The ES10, ES20, ES30, ES50, and ES60 have been very popular as the custom-fit earphone for the personal listener.

Custom fit is an upgrade in personal listening and in-ear musicians’ monitors. Custom-fit designs fit the exact shape of the ear and ear canal. Headphones typically are noise cancellation products, providing background noise in addition to the music/sound the headphone drivers deliver. Custom-fit products isolate external noise and sound by utilizing a perfect seal, enhancing the sound quality delivered, while also providing a sound performance level that headphones and ear buds just cannot match. Other benefits of custom-fit earphones and in-ear musicians’ monitors are typically found by users to be the individualized comfort and secure fit.


W Series Driver
All W series monitors feature removable cables, and include 1 braided cable, and 1 Apple Certified Microphone Cable -
W10 Balanced armature, full range, single driver.
W20 Dual balanced armatures, 1 low & 1 mid/high frequency.
W30 Three balanced armature drivers with a passive three-way crossover.
W40 Four balanced armature drivers with a passive three-way crossover (2 low, 1 mid, 1 high)
W50 Five balanced armature drivers with a passive three-way crossover (1 low, 2 mid, 2 high)
W60 Six balanced armature drivers with a passive three-way crossover (2 low, 2 mid, 2 high)
Universal In-Ear Musicians’ Monitors Driver
All UM Pro series monitors feature removable cables
UM Pro 10 Balanced armature, full range, single driver
UM Pro 20 Dual balanced armatures with a passive crossover;
UM Pro 30 Three balanced armature drivers with a passive three-way crossover
UM Pro 50 Five balanced armature drivers with a passive three-way crossover (1 low, 2 mid, 2 high)
Custom Monitors/Earphones Driver
CR10 Balanced armature, full range, single driver
AC10 Balanced armature, full range, single driver
AC20 Dual balanced armatures with a passive crossover
ES10 Balanced armature, full range, single driver
ES20 Dual balanced armatures with a passive crossover
ES30 Three balanced armature drivers with a passive three-way crossover
ES50 Five balanced armature drivers with a passive three-way crossover (1 low, 2 mid, 2 high)
ES60 Six balanced armature drivers with a passive three-way crossover (2 low, 2 mid, 2 high)
Earpieces Descriptions
Style 49 Typically considered hearing protection, this product allows the wearer to hear accurately, but at a safer volume. Popular with concert goers, music teachers, DJ’s, flight attendants, bartenders, and waitresses. The design fits into the ear canal with the choice of a 9, 15, or 25 dB filter.
Style #7 Also known as Westone iCustoms[TM]. This product is popular with iPod users who would prefer a custom-fit with their standard earbuds. The custom earpieces adapt to stock earbuds and stay securely in ears when jogging, riding, or traveling. The listener receives better sound by a more secure seal in the ear with the custom-fit.
UM 56 This product allows UM product line users to upgrade their universal-fit to a custom-fit. These earpieces are canal-style similar to the size of a universal tip, but offering the comfort and seal benefits of a custom-fit.

Affiliations[edit]

Westone is one of the world's largest manufacturers of custom fit earpieces. The Company's earpieces are used for hearing healthcare, recreation, industrial and military applications. Westone's core business is custom earpieces for hearing healthcare (i.e., used in conjunction with hearing aids), but it has significant market presence in the professional musician and audiophile market. Westone originally designed and manufactured the E1 and E5 for Shure, another maker of high-end audio equipment. Westone also co-developed and manufactured the early Ultimate Ears brand in-ear monitors.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  • Westone main site [1], Westone's main site.
  • Westone Pro-Audio [2], Westone's In-Ear Musicians' Monitors.
  • Westone Personal Listening [3], Westone's earphones.
  • Bill Palmer for iProng reviewing earphones industry [4], iProng / Beatweek Magazine.