ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Westone UM1

Updated on July 23, 2010

Westone UM1 Review

Introduction to UM1
This earphone is basically a professional audio earpiece. It has a sensitivity of 11 decibels, and has a balanced armature. And it belongs to the line of Westone UM. If you should choose to buy it, the package comes with multiple replaceable Comply Foam tips, and a wax loop that is used for cleaning them, as well as a small but bulky padded pouch. The specifications are similar to most mid level high quality IEMs.

Looks and feel
The first time you lay your eyes on it, you will see that it is very noticeably different from any other pair of earphones you have ever seen before. For one, you'll see that the ear tips are huge and uniquely shaped, with a transparent casing in which you can see the parts, in case you have ever wondered what goes inside. Its novel look does not just stop there, it actually goes down even to the wires that it comes in, there are two wires twisted and braided and intertwined from the top down all the way. It supposedly improves the durability of the cord, which is plausible. Regardless, such a look is generally a hit or a miss, and depends on your personal preference.

Sound Range
Probably one of the best sounds you can get from a noise isolating earphone in this price range, which would be $150+. The sound quality sounds like a low end $200 earphone from other brands. It covers all the highs and treble well. The main problem is the lack of a bass, which can be solved by changing the tip, or toggling the equalizer settings on your iphone or itouch (although much less effective). This pair is probably the best for the person who enjoys listening mainly to songs with mids, as it comes out rich and pleasantly over the balanced armature.

Fit of the ear phone
Due to the weird or unconventional design, it actually turns out to be a rather good fit, coupled with the soft and mouldable earplug-ish ear tips as well as the technique by which you are supposed to place it into your ear. It takes quite a while to get it in as compared to other earphones, but once its in it stays there very nicely.

Hygiene
This pair is probably great for the health conscious. It comes with replacements for the eartips, which you can use to change out dirty tips as time passes, as well as a wax loop to clean out the ear wax from the IEM.

Competition
As mentioned earlier, even though it is only about a 150 USD, it holds its own very nicely against the other earphones, like the Klipsch Image S4 earbuds or the Etymotic. Its key feature is actually not say spectacular sound quality but its noise isolation power.

Noise Isolation/Noise reduction
Take note that this differs from noise canceling, which is more complicated.
Westone probably comes in as the most affordable earplugs which streams music, blocking up to 25 decibels of unwanted noise.

If after this review you feel like purchasing a westone, why not check out my hub on how to buy a cheap westone um1

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)