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Westone W10

In-ear headphones

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Overview

Our take on the Westone W10

Ever noticed those earpieces that performers wear on stage? Many of those personal monitors are made by Westone, a Colorado-based company specializing in in-ear headphones. Their W10 'phones deliver the same kind of pro-quality sound but they're designed to plug into your phone or portable music player to enjoy at home or work — and maybe even your commute in between. These tiny 'phones fit in your ear and use a single balanced-armature driver for a full, natural sound.

Pro-level sound on the go

Ever noticed those earpieces that performers wear on stage? Many of those personal monitors are made by Westone, a Colorado-based company specializing in in-ear headphones. Their W10 'phones deliver the same kind of pro-quality sound but they're designed to plug into your phone or portable music player to enjoy at home or work — and maybe even your commute in between. These tiny 'phones fit in your ear and use a single balanced-armature driver for a full, natural sound.

W10 with cable

The Westone W10 includes two detachable cables (one with in-line remote) and three colors of removable faceplates.

No-nonsense noise isolation

When things get stressful, it's nice to shut out the world and listen to your tunes. Just like Westone's professional monitors isolate noise so musicians can stay focused in the hectic stage environment, their W-series earbuds help reduce everyday annoyances like the clanks and screeches of the train or a co-worker's tuneless whistling. 

With ten sets of included eartips — five foam and five silicone — you should be able to find a comfortable, secure fit that can block out up to 25dB of external noise. A tight seal also helps you get the clearest sound.

Two detachable cables and removable faceplates

You get two wrap-around-the-ear cables with the W10. One is braided and extra-durable. The other includes a rubberized three-button remote that gives you convenient iPhone® control. A built-in microphone also lets you take calls. Three sets of interchangeable faceplates let you change up the color whenever you feel like it.

Product Highlights:

  • Westone's pro-quality sound in a portable earbud
  • single-armature driver for smooth, lifelike sound
  • Up & Over™ cord routing system keeps headphones secured to ear
  • up to 25dB of ambient noise reduction
  • two detachable cables included, both terminated with a 3.5mm miniplug:
    • one braided, extra-durable cable
    • one cable with rubberized in-line remote and microphone for controlling music and taking calls with an iPhone®
  • includes 5 pairs of silicone tips and 5 pairs of foam tips for a customized, comfortable fit
  • three different colors of removable earbud faceplates (black, red, and blue)
  • storage case included
  • frequency response: 20-16,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 122 dB
  • impedance: 27 ohms
  • weight: .45 oz.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • In-ear headphones with attached 55" cable and in-line remote/microphone (right angle 3.5mm plug)
  • 50" Braided cable (right angle 3.5mm plug)
  • 5 Pairs of Star silicone ear tips (1 pair installed on headphones)
  • 5 Pairs of Foam tips
  • 3 Pairs of replaceable faceplates (black - installed / blue / red)
  • Faceplate changing tool
  • Wax removal tool
  • Owner's Manual
  • Quick Reference Insertion Guide
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Features and Specs

General
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control Yes
Lightning Connector No
Android Control No
Frequency Response 20-16k Hz
Sensitivity 122 dB
Impedance 27 Ohms
Weight 0.445 ounces
Cord Length 55" + 50"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control Yes
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

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Features

Overview: The Westone W10 in-ear headphones are built using the same advanced technology as the iconic ES series. The W10s deliver clear detailed sound from the single balanced armature driver. Ten pairs of ear tips in assorted sizes and materials provide maximum comfort for all-day wear. In addition, you get two interchangeable cables, including one with an in-line remote/microphone for music and phone call control.

Balanced Armature Driver: The W10s are equipped with a single balanced armature driver for high fidelity sound. These super-efficient in-ear headphones (122dB sensitivity) deliver more power and control than traditional dynamic drivers. Because the drivers are smaller, the ear buds fit snugly into your ear for comfort and in-ear coupling for best sound quality.

Two Cables: The W10 comes with an attached 55" MFI G2 cable with a 3-button remote control and microphone. The remote is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for volume, tracking, phone answer/end, and Siri activation. Some functionality with other smartphones is possible. In addition, a 50" braided EPIC cable is included. The EPIC cable is made of bifurcated, high-flex, ultra-low resistance tensile wire, and reinforced with a special aramid fiber. The EPIC cable contains no remote or microphone. The proprietary audiophile connector on the ear buds allows you to easily exchange the cables whenever you like.

True-Fit Technology: Five pairs of patented STAR Silicone Tips and five pairs of True-Fit Foam Tips are included with the headphones. The Up & Over cable routing found on both cables helps keep the ear buds in the proper place and prevents the headphones from falling out. The STAR Silicone Tips and the True-Fit Foam Tips come in five sizes each, ensuring a superior fit and maximum comfort. With a proper fit, these in-ear headphones shut out external sounds, boasting a 25dB passive noise attenuation. For convenience, a wax removal tool is included to keep your ear tips clean and working at top efficiency.

Exchangeable Faceplates: The W10s include three pairs of interchangeable faceplates: black (installed on the ear buds out of the box), blue, and red. Each faceplate has the W10 logo on one side and the L or R designation to indicate the proper channels. A special tool is required to remove and attach the faceplates, and is included in the box.

Monitor Vault: The Westone W10 in-ear headphones come with a waterproof monitor vault to help store and protect your headphones, tools, and spare ear tips. The case has two loops that enable you to attach it to a backpack strap or belt loop with a carabiner or other device (not included).

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 16kHz
  • Sensitivity: 122 dB @ 1 mW
  • Impedance: 27Ω
  • Passive Noise Attenuation: 25dB
  • Driver: Balanced armature driver, full range
  • Weight: 0.445 ounces

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