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Westone ES 5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 reviews of Westone ES 5. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Comments about the treble quality and usability are generally positive. The portability and price also get good feedback, whereas many are negative about the reliability and design. Reviews are divided on the bass quality.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Westone ES 5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Jacob Schulman (engadget.com)

Westone ES5 custom in-ear monitors review

 

If you're into high-end audio gear and especially custom solutions, you've probably heard of a company called Westone. In operation since 1959, the firm

Excellent sound performance ; Custom fit provides great noise cancellation ; Many personalization options

Expensive ; Inconvenient to insert / remove constantly ; Really expensive

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : techPowerUp! (techpowerup.com)

Westone ES5 Custom In-ears

 

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....

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,...

Memory wire not an option, High price ($950), Exotic front plate upgrade option is $125, Oto-Ease is essential with the vinyl tips

Apr, 2011

Consumer review (head-fi.org)

Alessandro MS1 Review – Above and Beyond

 

Introduction – Many people started their audio journey in the same way, caught between the Japanese precision of the ATH-M50x or the Brooklyn passion of the Grado SR80i. But those a little more invested in the hobby might direct you towards an...

Dec, 2016

Consumer review (head-fi.org)

Black Magic

 

First, the set of headphones I am reviewing is 12 years old (predating the "i" and "e" series drivers and larger cups) and I listen to them almost every day, so they've had plenty of burn-in. I recommend listening to them for a few weeks at least...

Neutral, musical tonality, accurate transients and attack, lightweight, easy to drive, value, classic style

Close soundstage and physical bulk

Apr, 2016

Consumer review (head-fi.org)

Good entry level headphone

 

These where my first good full-sized headphones and have served as my main headphones for home use since 2007 until recently (2013). At $100 these are a good price, especially for people living outside of the US where Grados are just way too expensive....

Very good all-rounder, excellent value for the money

Tiny soundstage, can become uncomfortable after a while, mid-bass hump, leak a lot, not really suited for portable use.

May, 2013

Consumer review (head-fi.org)

Good, All-Round Headphones

 

These are my third pair of audiophile headphones. In the 1970's I had a set of ~$200 cans driven by a reel to reel, fed through a paragraphic 7 band per channel equalizer and a DBX Box. Fast forward thirty years to 2003. I bought a pair of Grado...

Neutral, Very Good For Spoken Word, Acoustic, Vocal Music

Narrow But Precise Soundstage

Apr, 2013

Consumer review (head-fi.org)

Good, All-Round Headphones

 

These are my third pair of audiophile headphones. In the 1970's I had a set of ~$200 cans driven by a reel to reel, fed through a paragraphic 7 band per channel equalizer and a DBX Box. Fast forward thirty years to 2003. I bought a pair of Grado...

Neutral, Very Good For Spoken Word, Acoustic, Vocal Music

Narrow But Precise Soundstage

Apr, 2013

Consumer review (head-fi.org)

Amazing

 

I bought these used off ebay, and already burnt in. They sound amazing. Everything is balanced, the bass is tight and punchy, the mids are detailed, and the highs are clear. They sound like you would expect from a company like Grado. Anyone who says...

Amazing sound

A bit odd looking, rubber tip came off of pole

Oct, 2012

Consumer review (head-fi.org)

Intro to Hi-Fi on a Budget

 

I wanted some tried and true entry level Hi-Fi quality headphones. Easy Answer: Grado. I research and researched... Which ones to get? SR60i, SR80i, SR125i? Then I found out about Alessandro. Alessandro MS1 was basically the SR125i sound, but for only...

Clear Highs / Mids, Smooth Bass, Retro Looks, Overall Hi-Fi SQ

Plastic Build Quality, Uncomfortable Stock Pads/Headband, Cords Get Twisted

Aug, 2012

Consumer review (head-fi.org)

love these headphones

 

I'm a Grado fan, and when my SR80s broke down after extensive use, I got a pair of these MS1's in a trade. I love their sound, i think they look cool, they're comfortable and they're not expensive. The previous owner modded them with softer ear...

great sound, light-weight, economical

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Jun, 2012
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