Westone Introduces W4 High-End Earphones

Shopping for headphones? Obviously a lot of other folks are as well. With the proliferation of digital audio players, there has been a huge boom in people looking for aftermarket headphones that'll actually sound decent. If you're interested in buying headphones that may actually cost more than your media player, Westone has a new pair that may be perfect for your golden ears. The Westone 4, or W4, is a new pair of audiophile-quality earphones, right up there with Shure and all the other high-end brands.

What makes these special? A few things, actually. First off, these are the world's first universal fit earphones with four driver arrangement. The Westone 4 uses a four driver balanced armature design with 3-way crossover to achieve breathtaking clarity and realism, and the "EPIC" cable is rugged, twisted and guards against microphones. The ear tips use the company's True-Fit technology, and these are extremely lightweight as well. They'll ship in early Q1 2011 for $449. Like we said, maybe more expensive than your media player, but it'll probably breath new life into it.

Westone 4 the World's First Four Driver Universal Fit Earphone

Westone Laboratories, Inc. Introduces the World's First Universal Fit Earphone With Four Balanced Armature Drivers

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO--(Marketwire - December 14, 2010) - Westone Laboratories, Inc. introduces the Westone 4, the world's first four driver balanced armature universal fit earphone designed specifically for the serious audiophile and music enthusiast.

"The earphone market has become quite crowded in the last several years with lots of 'me too' types of products. Westone was an early pioneer back in the early 90's working with bands like Def Leppard and Rush to develop an in-ear monitoring solution to combat excessive stage noise," explains Lynn Kehler, President & CEO, Westone. "Developing the first universal four driver product is a statement of our commitment to leading the market with products that are superior in both sound and quality."

Pushing the limits of both technology and ergonomics, the Westone 4 uses a four driver balanced armature design with 3-way crossover to achieve breathtaking clarity and realism. The EPIC Cable (Earphone Precision Interconnect Cable) is both durable and guards against microphonics. Westone's exclusive True-Fit technology, based on over 50 years of experience with in-ear applications, results in an earphone that is extremely comfortable, lightweight and compact.

"A Westone customer expects a truly engaging music experience. Not only does the Westone 4 take the experience to the next level, but these earphones can lend themselves to so many applications due to their compact size and sound signature," describes David Slepak, Manager of Marketing. "For the audiophile it's pure heaven, gamers will feel like the action is surrounding them, we've even had exceptional feedback from the home and field recording community as an alternative to bulky over-the-ear headphones and difficult to use near field monitors."

The Westone 4 will be revealed to the world in Westone's exhibit located within the iLounge Pavillion at the Consumer Electronics Show January 6th in Las Vegas. The world's first four driver universal fit earphone will carry a suggested retail price of $449 and start shipping early in the first quarter of 2011.

Westone, The In-Ear Experts since 1959, has been at the forefront of in-ear monitoring technology since the early 1990's. Offering a wide range of custom and universal-fit products for music lovers and musicians the world over, Westone musicians' monitors are used by acts ranging from Third Day and Playing for Change to Flyleaf and Nine Inch Nails. Westone is committed to superior customer service, with musicians on the development team, experienced audiologists on staff and knowledgeable technical support personnel available to answer any questions. 
Via:  Marketwire
mentaldisorder 3 years ago

These seem to be rather junky.  The cable is an immediate turnoff for this price range.  All they did was twirl a standard cable and I don't know how someone would want their headphones oriented so that you need to loop the wires over your ears or hang oddly down.  The connection point to the headphones also looks rather shoddy. 

dodgers2213 3 years ago

i'm partial to the smartbuds by Zagg

inspector 3 years ago

Mental, many people like to hook the wire around their ears... I actually like the twisted design, the only thing that is wrong with it is the price :P lol.

jessiethe3rd 3 years ago

I have the W3's... they are no joke and while folks seem universal on their dislike of the cable you have to understand the design is very smart. It does not cause that stupid and irritating rubbing noise because the cable is so light. It's also not cheap. It may look cheap but they are very solid... I'm excited to buy the W4's provided the reviews come back that they outclass the Shure 5s.

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