Review: Westone UM2 Dual Driver True Fit Earphones | iLounge

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Company: Westone

Website: www.Westone.com

Model: UM2

Price: $299

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Westone UM2 Dual Driver True Fit Earphones

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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge ()
Published: Tuesday, November 7, 2006
Category: Headphones, Earphones, Headsets + Accessories

[Editors' Note: On November 1, 2006, iLounge published The 2007 iPod Buyers' Guide, with more than 30 brand new, capsule-sized product reviews - only for products we considered to be amongst the very best we've seen throughout the year. The short review below is excerpted from the Guide, which you can download here.]

Westone’s UM2 is the high-end offering in its Universal Series in-canal earphone line, featuring twin audio drivers inside transparent housings similar to the lower-end UM1s. As with the UM1s, black cables run to an oversized headphone plug that connects to any iPod; a zippered carrying case and four total pairs of neutral gray ear foams are included across several different sizes. Westone also sells UM56 Custom-Fit Earmolds designed to provide superior isolation and comfort.

Simply put, as of the date of review, the UM2s are amongst the strongest double-driver earphones we’ve heard - a sonic rival to Ultimate Ears’ super.fi 5 Pros, but with a slightly different sound signature that’s a little warmer at the expense of treble detail, a balance many people will like. The bigger difference is their fit: the UM2s are decidedly more comfortable thanks to an ear-hugging shape, braided cabling, and smooth, rather than rough-edged roam inserts. But they’re also more expensive, and currently not discounted, the biggest offsets to an otherwise ear-pleasing design.

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