Summary: In the realm of über high-end in-ears where the Westone ES5s roam there are only three real competitors, the JH AUDIO JH|16PROs (8 driver design) and the Ultimate Ears 18 Pros (6 driver design). The Westone ES5s beats them both when it comes to price. They are $200 cheaper than their JH AUDIO counter parts and $400 cheaper than the Ultimate Ears alternative which basically makes them good value for money.
Pros: Balanced sound throughout the range, Cheaper than other über high-end in-ears, Incredible detail recovery, Amazing fit due to special vinyl tips, Extensive bundle covers everything need and then some, Pelican case, Cheaper than the JH AUDIO JH|16PROs, Most comfortable custom in-ear solution, Natural sounding midrange, Incredible extension
Cons: Memory wire not an option, High price ($950), Exotic front plate upgrade option is $125, Oto-Ease is essential with the vinyl tips