Summary: These are my initial impressions after a week of use, with a 2011 Macbook Air & RSA Shadow.
Value: 5/5 Value is relative, so I'm defining this value as relative to the top end IEM market. I don't have any experience with other top end IEM such as the JH13/16 or UE11/18 so I can only compare price.
Summary: Westone ES5
Disclaimer: This review is just a reflection of my opinions and experience.
Sensitivity: 120 dB SPL/mW
Frequency response: 8 Hz - 20 kHz
Impedance: 20 ohm
Speaker Technology: Five balanced armature drivers with a passive three-way crossover
Features : Replaceable cable,...
Pros: Breathtaking Sound Quality, Perfect Fit, Superb Noise Isolation, Top Notch Build Quality and Removable Cables!
Summary: Please excuse my inexperience in reviewing audio gear - however I wish to contribute what I can to information on this product.
First a bit of background - I previously came from sony ex700, earsonics sm3, and HifiMan reZERO.
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.
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, Natu...
Cons: Memory wire not an option, High price ($950), Exotic front plate upgrade option is $125, Oto-Ease is essential with the vinyl tips