Summary: I like my music, and I like it loud. Everything from classic rock, 80's pop, modern jazz, classical, etc. (sorry no rap) Songs I have heard thousands of times all of a sudden have hidden secrets to them while listening with the UM1. I researched and read many reviews, and narrowed in on these. Well worth every penny.
Summary: When I first got these last night and tried them for a half hour with my iPhone I was pissed. No bass at all and the sound was weak. An added insult, while watching TV it didn't sound like they canceled noise at all. Very upset. Today I brought them to work and decided to try the longer ear tip pieces (it comes with the short ones on). I didn't think the length of the ear pieces would help the sound much.
Summary: "Westone UM1 Review" I was in the market for a set of earphones to replace my Vmoda Bass Freq earphones which I gave to my daughter. Prior to the Vmoda, I owned a set of Sony MDR EX71 SLB earphones, which stopped working in the left ear due to a short in the wire. I really liked the portability of earphones over headphones, but hated the way the wires kept getting tangled up in the Sony and Vmoda earphones.
Summary: Stunning comfort, durability is excellent (so far (coming up to one year old, and still with two more years extra warranty). Ok background on me (what am I comparing these too, I have owned etimotic research ER6i’s (had 4 of these all broke within a year) shure E2c’s (in my opinion the wire is too thick) ultimate ears metro fi 100 (broke within a week, stunning sound tho) and these Westone UM1’s, pretty big list of expensive headphones!, these are by far the best!
Pros: Improves Sound Quality, Improves System Function
Summary: The reason I bought these phones was due to the annoying microphonics from every other pair of phones that I had ever used. Did the UM1's ever deliver- no microphonics!! It is like listening to music again for the very first time. The music is the only thing that you hear. Simply amazing. The phones fit perfectly in the ear with a fit resembling a hearing aid. They neither fall out or feel like they are crammed in the ear.
Pros: Attractive Design, Clear sound, Compact, Durable, Easy To Set Up
Summary: I bought these to replace stock ibuds on ipod. I have gotten almost daily use out of them on a noisy bus and while working out. They are terrific phones! After 6 months of using the comply foam tips I replaced with Shure's triple flange tips (cut down). Much easier to put in and the same great sound. No question, if you are looking for better sound than what your mp3 player came with, buy these! It's worth it. I'd never ever go back to $15 earbuds.
Excerpt: After getting fed up with cheap Sennheiser headphones breaking, I wanted to try a more expensive pair. I like a wire that goes over the ear and the twisted cable on the UM1 is more comfortable and less noticable than an older pair of Shure headphones that I have. Sound quality is fantastic. Gone is the muddy bass that cheap headphones seem to boost as high as possible, replaced by a really clear mid and high end.
Excerpt: There are tons of reviews saying how more expensive phones like these UM1's sound amazing, but I wasnt exactly sure myself what the sound difference between my cheap sennheiser in-ear's and these babies was really going to be like until i wacked them into my laptop and played some flac. music files. These headphones are extremely comfortable to wear, the comply foam ear tips give such a good seal you can hear the insides of your body when theres no music playing.