Westone: Expand their headphone line with Westone 1, September 4

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Last year, Westone released the first true 3-way earphone, the Westone 3. It comes in an overhauled shell, but remains similar in size to the UM2 before it. With a focus on consumers, the Westone 3 has a ‘fun’ sound which is graphically v-shaped in its frequency response with emphasis placed on bass and treble. This year, Westone are releasing the Westone 1, a one-way balanced armature earphone which utilises the same housing and what looks to be the same accessory kit. But, at 199$ versus the 399$ MSRP of the Westone 3, the new headphone will be an easier decision.

In typical Westone fashion, the Westone 1 will utilise the excellent cable which is the industry’s least microphonic and best relieved and bumpered earphone. The suggested street price will likely fall to around 139$, making this a perfect earphone for the active audiophile.

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Jays s-Jays Earphones in Review – One Quick Bumble Bee

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Jays from Sweden joined the earphone market in 2006 with the balanced armature earphone, d-Jays. Since then, their engineers have been busy creating new technology and designs for their products. Later, they introduced the dynamic driver, j-Jays and the dual balanced armature, q-Jays that we tested in May 2009. Today, we have the s-Jays, an earphone that uses a new technology dubbed, ‘siren’, which refers to armature drivers which work similarly to moving coil drivers (dynamic). The drivers are designed to maximize low frequency performance and allow for high volume output without distortion. Jays has taken this technology and put it in their s-Jay, for the reasonable sum of $89.99.

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Big Hype, Big Sound: Monster Turbine Earphones in Review

The Monster has Emerged!

The Monster has Emerged!

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Known the world over for car audio cables, Monster are now gunning for the growing portaphile audience who demand their mobile audio to be pristine.  The Turbine, is Monster’s first high-quality earphone and is a fabulous entry into the crowded inner earphone sub-genre.  Monster’s competition are the stalwart sellers: Shure, Westone, Etymotic, Sennheiser,  Futuresonics, Bose, Apple, Phonak, Klipsch, Sleek and many more. For Monster’s Fanfare thread at Headfi.org, click here. Feel free to Monster Turbine Earphones in Review – Big Hype, Big Sound.

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