Summary: I upgraded from a pair of UM1s because they didn't deliver the bass I wanted. I used these while practicing the bass and listening to my iPOD. The dual drivers really deliver a high fidelity sound with hard to believe bass for the size. Warning: if you don't want to hear loud and clear bass that stands up in your ears, don't buy these headphones! or use an EQ.
I must say the UM2 sounds better than the UM3x which I sold shortly after few months. In short; it sounds more articulate,airy and more expansive. The UM3x sounded too bloated,closed in and collapsed to me; the soundstage was too narrow and the UM2 doesn't share the same trait which is great. The mids were too forward and the bass was too much, the highs are too soft and delicate on the UM3x; it didn't have the balance the Westone 2 does.
Pros: Good separation, pleasing midrange. Airy and engaging
Summary: This is the first time that I have spent this much on a pair of earphones. I was nervous, particulary when I 'fessed up to the other half! These are worth every penny. The sound is astounding. I now realise how much you miss when using cheaper audio products. I sat listening to music through these last night with just a huge grin on my face. They sound beautiful. They aren't for bass heads so if that is your thing than these may not suit, but they really are gorgeous.
Summary: When I decided to downsize from my Pioneer HDJ-2000 headphones, sorting through all the different in-ear monitors (IEMs) was a daunting task. In the end, between Shure and Westone, I chose the Westone UM2 based on reviews around the net. Note that the UM series is Westone's "studio monitor" series. The 'Westone 2' is their normal series dual driver IEM. Also, the 'UM2 RC' is the version with removable cables, the standard UM2 does not have this feature. Sound: excellent.
Summary: For many years I have tried dozens of earphones across inexpensive and high end brands looking for a balance of comfort and sound quality. I can report that these earphones achieve the perfect balance and are far beyond other earphones including equivalent double armature sets such as Q-Jays by Jays. The sound is immersive, wide in sound stage and balanced across the frequency spectrum.
Summary: simply amazing!! I was a bit hesitant with the price, but money well spent. Sound is incredible ALL round. Perfect amount of low-end. Once i put them on i knew how good they are. I have my iPhone at about 3/4 and its almost too loud. Volume is there if you need it that's for sure. I used the foam buds and it blocked every other sound out, amazing.
Summary: The dynamic range means that as long as you have a suitably good sound source - an iPod Classic and 320kbps bitrate is what I'm using - these give detail that I've not heard before using earphones. Because they actually aim right into the ear canal, it takes a couple of goes to get them fitted properly. Once you get the hang of it though these have also become the most comfortable I've used.
Summary: Well, I don't usually bother with writing a review and this is my first one, so bear with me. First a bit of background. I have purchased these as a replacement for my Westone UM1's, which I will now be using for in-ear monitoring in my capacity as a professional drummer. The reason for this is that my M-Audio in-ears that I use on the road, have given up the ghost after about 18 months.
Summary: Absolutley loved these ever since I got them out of the box. They fit perfectly and are very comfortable. The sound quality is exceptional. They are just a joy to use. Of course the sound source has to be good and it depends on the owners hearing , but I think these are as good as it gets.