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Westone W30

In-ear headphones

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Item # 842W30

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Overview

Our take on the Westone W30

Looking for highly detailed and balanced sound from portable in-ear headphones that travel well? Westone designed their earbuds for serious listeners on the move. Each tiny earpiece is loaded with three balanced-armature drivers — one covers the bass, another the midrange, and the third is dedicated to high frequencies. A sophisticated three-way crossover design helps ensure accurate sound over a wide frequency range. Your music will sound smooth and natural with lifelike instrument separation. 

Fine-tuned sound from tiny earbuds

Looking for highly detailed and balanced sound from portable in-ear headphones that travel well? Westone designed their earbuds for serious listeners on the move. Each tiny earpiece is loaded with three balanced-armature drivers — one covers the bass, another the midrange, and the third is dedicated to high frequencies. A sophisticated three-way crossover design helps ensure accurate sound over a wide frequency range. Your music will sound smooth and natural with lifelike instrument separation. 

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The Westone W30 headphones include two detachable cables, three different-colored faceplates, and ten sets of eartips.

Generous eartip assortment helps block out the noise

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 W30. 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
  • each earbud uses three balanced-armature drivers for smooth, accurate sound over a wide frequency range
  • passive 3-way crossover
  • 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: 107 dB
  • impedance: 30 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
  • Westone Audio App promo
  • Hearing Health Foundation card

Great sound across the spectrum. You cannot go wrong with WestoneAudio.

Glenn, Cheyenne, WY

Reviews

Westone W30 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(2 Reviews)

Westone W30

Glenn from Cheyenne, WY on 11/9/2016

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Great sound across the spectrum. You cannot go wrong with WestoneAudio.

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Amazing!!!

John B from Orlando, FL on 3/26/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Thanks to Crutchfield's 60 day return policy, I returned the Grado 10e's (Sounded good but way too much cable noise to enjoy them) and got these W30's. WOW! I am blown away at how much better they sound and I have NO CABLE NOISE with the W30's! I've used the W30's directly, with only my iPhone 6 Plus, my iMac and a MayFlower Electronics O2 DAC/AMP, and with my iPhone and a TEAC HA-P50 DAC/AMP, and I'm honestly blown away at the sound of these headphones! They are also so comfortable to wear, it's almost as if I don't even have them in my ears! I don't care about the colors changes they include because for me it's ALL ABOUT THE SOUND, but it's a nice added bonus. Only time will tell how well they hold up under normal use ... but for me ... these are keepers!

Pros: - Comfort - Amazing sound! - Detachable Cable - Plenty of tips choose from - Solid Storage Case

Cons: - None

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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 20-18k Hz
Sensitivity 107 dB
Impedance 30 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

Product Research

Features

Overview: The Westone W30 in-ear headphones are built using the same advanced technology as the iconic ES series. The W30s deliver clear detailed sound from the three 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.

Three Balanced Armature Drivers: The W30s are equipped with three balanced armature drivers with a 3-way crossover for high fidelity sound. These efficient in-ear headphones (107dB 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 W30 comes with a 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 W30s include three pairs of interchangeable faceplates: black (installed on the ear buds out of the box), blue, and red. Each faceplate has the W30 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 W30 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 - 18kHz
  • Sensitivity: 107 dB @ 1 mW
  • Impedance: 30Ω
  • Passive Noise Attenuation: 25dB
  • Driver: Three balanced armature drivers with a 3-way crossover
  • Weight: 0.445 ounces

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Because I'm a boss. [ D  Oct 11, 2016 ]

1 question already asked

I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The W30's are voiced for consumer applications (more bass, makes everything sound great)and the Pro's are voiced for musicians to use on stage as in-ear montors (less bass, more focus on clarity). If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Apr 22, 2015 ]  Staff
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