Westone announced the E-Series (Elite Series) models ES10, ES20, ES30 and ES50 high performance earphones designed by musicians specifically for music professionals and audiophiles. The E-Series offer Westone’s legendary custom True-Fit technology offering earpieces that are cast, sculpted and polished by hand from actual impressions of the individual’s ears. Therefore the user gets the most comfortable fit and acoustic seal possible.
Each E-Series earphone is meticulously built by a staff of dedicated artisans and lab technicians in Colorado Springs, Colorado and truly embodies America’s rich history of handmade artistry. The headphones utilize proprietary balanced armature drivers that are significantly more compact and efficient than traditional dynamic drivers. The ES10 features Westone’s latest industry-leading single armature driver that delivers outstanding performance and output. The ES20/30/50 feature multiple balanced armature drivers with multistage crossover designs that yield sonic purity that is unrivaled in universal monitors. The ES50 represents a new standard in premium in-ear technology with five masterfully tuned balanced armature drivers and a three-way crossover that will satisfy even the most critical ear.
Other notable features of the E-Series custom fit in-ear monitors include a two material approach to the monitor design. It consists of a flex canal, a body temperature-reactive, semisoft earpiece canal additive that offers the user increased comfort and acoustic seal for incredible noise isolation, along with a cold-pour acrylic earpiece housing for increased durability and enclosure stability.
Westone’s Dual Bore technology allows for the IEM’s high and low frequency sound components to be channeled through separate passages in the sound port and sum within the user’s ear canal instead of the earpiece. This approach results in a more convincing and transparent transition between frequency ranges.
Each E-Series in-ear monitor is supplied with Westone’s robust EPIC cable constructed of bifurcated, high-flex, ultra-low resistance tinsel wire, reinforced with a special aramid fiber. The new EPIC cable is removable and attached to the IEM by a single connector allowing for use with other premium cables from Westone. Additional cables will include Apple MFI control and Android control cables, available in January. The E-Series faceplates can be customized with thousands of new colors, materials and design combinations through Westone’s online Custom Shop.
Unique options range from real abalone shell to sleek carbon fiber faceplates and personalized graphic designs offer the wearer a chance to express his or her rock-star style. Westone will be introducing additional materials for the new ES including exotic woods, laser engraving and additional carbon fiber selections.
- ES10 ($449.99): Built to the same exacting standards as all Elite Series monitors, the E10 provides unexpectedly high sound quality from a single driver and up to 25dB of ambient noise reduction.
- ES20 ($749.99): The dual driver E20 provides exceptional low frequency response, smooth mids and articulate highs with a great balance of full sound.
- ES30 ($899.99): The E30 is the next generation of a well-balanced three-driver system and is an ideal choice for the performing musician, audiophile and home/field sound engineers.
- ES50 ($999.99): This earphone is the distinguished leader in the field for on-stage musicians and serious audiophiles, the result of Westone’s dedication to developing superb custom in-ear monitors since 1996.
“We’ve taken big steps with the E-Series that will be appreciated by our musician and audiophile fanbase,” said John F. Lowrey, Vice President, Audio Group, Westone. “The new audiophile connector makes the cable solution conveniently user-removable, upgradeable and replaceable. We also enh.anced the specialized “warm” sound signature Westone is known for. We consider the new ES50 the pinnacle for custom in-ear comfort and sound.”