Our take on the Westone W20 by Crutchfield's Jeff Miller
Dual-driver earbuds that deliver sophisticated sound
Here's an impressive set of earbuds. The Westone W20 in-ear headphones plug into your phone or portable music device, rest snugly in your ear canals, and produce an impressively deep soundstage. In-ear sound is something Westone knows — the Colorado-based company builds personal monitors that are worn on stage by professional musicians. They've packed dual balanced-armature drivers and a crossover into each W20 earpiece, producing clean, accurate sound across a wide frequency range.
Three different-colored faceplates included (earpiece shown detached from cable).
Professional level 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 during hectic live performances, their W-series earbuds help reduce everyday intrusions like the clanks 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 W20. 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.
- Westone's pro-quality sound in a portable earbud
- dual balanced-armature driver design for a wide frequency range
- 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: 20-18,000 Hz
- sensitivity: 117 dB
- impedance: 33 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
|Mic For Taking Calls||Yes|
|Frequency Response||20-18k Hz|
|Cord Length||55" + 50"|
|1/4-inch Adapter Included||No|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
Overview: The Westone W20 in-ear headphones are built using the same advanced technology as the iconic ES series. The W20s deliver clear detailed sound from the dual balanced armature drivers. 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.
Dual Balanced Armature Drivers: The W20s are equipped with dual balanced armature drivers with a crossover for high fidelity sound. These super-efficient in-ear headphones (117dB 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 W20 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 W20s include three pairs of interchangeable faceplates: black (installed on the ear buds out of the box), blue, and red. Each faceplate has the W20 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 W20 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).
- Frequency Response: 20Hz - 18kHz
- Sensitivity: 117 dB @ 1 mW
- Impedance: 33Ω
- Passive Noise Attenuation: 25dB
- Driver: Dual balanced armature drivers with a crossover
- Weight: 0.445 ounces
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