Westone W60 Signature Series In-Ear Monitors

Signature Series Wired In-Ear Monitors w/ 6 Balanced Armature Drivers & 3-Way Crossovers


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Westone W60 In-Ear Monitors

The Westone W60 audiophile grade in-ear monitors are designed for an extremely comfortable fit to go along with the outstanding sound quality Westone has become synonymous with. The W60 monitors, a Digital Trends Best of CES award winner, are a direct result of Westone's 50+ years of experience producing in-ear headphone applications. Incredibly light weight, you'll be able to wear these headphones for hours on end without the slightest hint of discomfort. To drive the incredible sound experience, the W60's feature a six balanced armature driver system that works in conjunction with an incredibly sophisticated 3-way crossover network. This combination of multiple drivers and the crossover network allow the monitors to produce enhanced sonic detail and a frequency range that extends well beyond your average in-ear headphone.

Westone True-Fit Technology

Westone W60 True-Fit Technology

Fifty years experience with in-ear applications has yielded a low-profile, lightweight, universal earpiece with optimum ergonomics and fit. The True-Fit sound port delivers maximum comfort and in-ear coupling for dynamic transfer of sound.

Balanced Armature Drivers

Westone W60 Balanced Armature Drivers

Operating on different functional principles than traditional dynamic, moving coil drivers, balanced armature drivers are significantly more compact and efficient, allowing for a more comfortable, electronically sensitive, and sonically accurate end result.

Acoustic Symmetry

Westone W60 Acoustic Symmetry

The Westone W60 in-ear monitors feature left and right earpiece responses that are matched to an extraordinarily tight +/- 2dB tolerance. These tight responses deliver unparalleled balance and accuracy of sound-stage reproduction giving you the best sound quality possible.


Westone W60 EPIC MICS Cable

For the active user or mobile professional, Westone's MICS (Microphone In Control System) gives simple, one-button control for music playback plus answer/end call, voice control, and communication on most smartphones.

General Features:

  • Wired Signature Series In-Ear Earbuds
  • Low profile, lightweight in-ear monitors provide maximum comfort and in-ear coupling
  • Six balanced armature driver system
    • Significantly more compact and efficient than traditional dynamic drivers
  • Sophisticated 3-way crossover network
  • Integrated 3-button control system with mic for Apple devices
    • Control volume, tracking, answer calls and control Siri
  • Includes different size tips for added comfort
  • Comes with Westone EPIC replacement cable
  • Heavy duty monitor vault included for safe storage
  • Comes with 3 sets of exchangeable faceplates (Red, Gold and Gunmetal)
  • Primary Color: Red
  • Accent Colors: Black
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 2 Year Manufacturer's Warranty

Product Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 117dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 25 Ohms
  • Cable:
    • Detachable: Yes
    • Cord Length: 52"
  • Plug Size: 3.5mm

What's in the Box?

Westone W60 What's in the Box?
  1. Westone W60 Signature Series In-Ear Monitors
  2. Premium Comfort Ear Tips
  3. 3-Button Apple Control System + Mic Cable
  4. 50" EPIC Replacement Cable
  5. Cleaning Tool
  6. Exchangeable Faceplates (Metallic Red, Gold and Gunmetal)
  7. Heavy Duty Monitor Vault
  8. User Guide (Not Pictured)

Also found as: 78505

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.

Headband Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

Specifically For
Some headphones can use an IR Transmitter in your vehicle, while some can be plugged into your media device and be used on the go or at home.
Headphone Application

This is the application that the headphones are designed for. Each application has unique features that make it perfect for particular uses.

DJ: These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

Gaming Delivers explosive sound and allows you to communicate with others.

Home Hi-Fi: These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio.

Home/Office: These headphones are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that the artists would appreciate.

Sports: Designed for active use. These headphones are made to stay in (or on) the ear during workouts.

Kids: Feature noise limiting technology so that your little ones don't damage their ears listening to music too loud.

On-the-Go: On-the-go headphones are lightweight and often fold up for easy storage and portability.

Student: Compact and rugged enough to survive life in a backpack; inexpensive enough to not hurt the wallet of a student.

Studio: Reproduce music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

Traveler/Airplane: These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design.

Home Hi-Fi
Acoustic Principle

The basic design of the headphones. There are 3 different types:

Open: Have ports that allow air through the back of the diaphragms, enabling the headphones to sound like the music is coming from an outside source.

Closed: Completely sealed and have no air passing through the diaphragms. Sounds like you are in a closed off room.

Semi-open: Have slots or ports in the back of the cup and are partially open. This allows for a mixed sound between an open and closed headphone.


General Features

Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
Device Controls & Compatibility
Refers to the devices the in-line controls are compatible with.
Apple 3 Button (Volume, Track Up/Down, Play/Pause)
Built-In Microphone
This means that the headphones or earbuds have a built-in microphone. This can be a microphone on the cord, built into the headphone, or even a boom microphone. These mics can be used for music devices like iPods, for Smartphones to make and receive calls, or for gaming purposes.
Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

Bluetooth means that the audio signal is transmitted from your device to the headphones via a Bluetooth connection.

Corded or Bluetooth means that the headphones can be used as corded headphones or as Bluetooth headphones. They have an input in one or both earcups for use as a corded headphone while they also have a built-in battery for use as Bluetooth wireless headphones.

Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

Volume Adjustment
Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
Connector Type
The type of connection the headphones use to connect to receive the audio signal from a music source. Traditional headphones use an analog 3.5mm headphone jack. Newer technology has allowed digital signals to be sent directly to the headphone using an Apple Lightning or USB-C cable.
Jack Size
Refers to whether the headphones use a 3.5mm or 1/4" headphone jack connection.
Jack Angle

The Jack Angle refers to the angle of the input jack on the headphone cable.

Straight Jack: Straight plug with no angle.

Angled Jack: Angled plug, usually a 90 degree angle.

Swivel Jack: A swivel jack is able to swivel between a straight plug and an angled plug.

Angled Jack
Detachable Cable
Refers to whether the cable can detach from the headphones. If a pair of headphones has a detachable cable, the cable can be replaced with a longer cable, one with (or without) a microphone or if you accidentally damage the cable.
Color Shades
Primary color shades of the headphones.
Refers to materials used to build the headphones. Most headphones are built from some combination of plastic and metal to give you a durable pair of headphones.
Ear Cushion/Earbud Material
Refers to the material that the ear cushions/earbuds are made from. Ear cushions and earbuds are available in a variety of materials, ranging from basic rubber eartips to plush leather ear cushions intended for maximum comfort.
Protective Case
Refers to whether a pair of headphones come with a protective case.
Hardshell Case
Water Resistant
This refers to the level of water resistance of the fitness tracker. Some fitness trackers are water resistant and can be used while swimming, while others are only splash proof or should not be used near the water.
Ear Hooks
These headphones feature hooks that wrap around your ears for a secure fit.

Audio Features

Driver Type

The physical design of the driver in the headphones.

Balanced Armature:
A balanced armature driver uses a coil wrapped around an armature which is held in between two magnets until it is stimulated by an electrical current. When stimulated, this armature is magnetized which causes it to rotate one way or the other around a pivot point which moves the diaphragm to create sound. Balanced armature driver headphones are generally earbuds and can have multiple drivers in each earbud.

Dynamic drivers are the most common driver type. They feature a permanent magnet, usually neodymium, a voice coil and a conical diaphragm to drive your music. A dynamic headphone driver looks pretty much identical to any typical home theater speaker.

Electrostatic drivers are made up of an extremely thin membrane, usually a coated PET film, stretched between two metal plates. An electrical signal is applied to the metal plates to create an electrical field which, depending on its polarity, draws the speaker diaphragm toward one of the plates which forces air through the perforations in the diaphragm which generates the sound wave.

Planar Magnetic:
A planar magnetic driver is made up of a large membrane suspended between two sets of oppositely aligned magnets. An electric charge is applied to the membrane to induce movement and produce sound waves.

Balanced Armature
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
25 ohms
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
117 dB
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
20 - 20000 Hz
Audiophile headphones represent some of the finest headphones available. Audiophile headphones produce genuinely outstanding sound quality as well as extraordinary build quality, components and comfort. They are truly the finest headphones available.
Built-in Amplifier
This refers to whether the headphones have an amplifier built-in.

What is in the Box?

Main Product
The main product in the box.
Westone W60 Signature Series In-Ear Monitors
Accessories included with the headphones
Carrying Case
Cleaning Tool
Replacement Ear Tips
Secondary Cable
Paperwork included with the product.
User manual
Warranty/Registration card

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
2 years
Labor Warranty Duration
2 years
Warranty Provider

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

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Average Attribution Rating

Westone W60 fan

Granada Hills

Amazeballs USA

May 27, 2016

Overall (4 Stars): The Westone W60s are truly amazing. The detail of the total 12 drivers are outstanding and they sound good with any genre of music you can throw at them. Another great feature is they can be used with any device without sounding muffled or under powered. When amplified, they sound even better. They are never too bright or overdone across their entire frequency range.

Value (3 stars): I gave them 3 stars as they are expensive for in-ear headphones, but the technology and sound quality more than make up for the premium price. There's nothing on the market that I've listened to that comes close to these.

Look and design (4 stars): This is one place I think they could use some improvement. For such expensive headphones the design and coolness factor are a little lacking. I've also had trouble with the covers on the earpiece breaking. I called Westone and they just sent me a bunch of covers for free. Also, all of the included accessories never leave you wanting or needing anything. The hardshell case is almost indestructible too.

Durability (3 Stars): They get a rating of three stars because of the of the covers cracking about once a month. In all fairness I do use these about 8 hours a day and a few hours on the weekend, so they get a lot of use.

Features (4 stars): With the amazing 6 balanced armature drivers per ear, there's not much that comes close to these. As stated earlier they also come with a huge variety of accessories. It also comes with two different cords, one with a mic and controls for an iPhone/iPad and one without.

Ease of Use (5 stars): They in ear headphones. Not much to say here. Totally easy to use.

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High Hi-Fi

Alturas, California

The business

February 8, 2016

These are by far the best in-ear monitors I've ever heard and they beat out many over-ear cans except on soundstage. They are well balanced or just tuned perfectly for my ears. Highs are rolled off to keep from being harsh but no detail is lost. The mids and bass are crossed over perfectly. These aren't bass heavy but there is still enough, probably because of quality. I love playing my music loud all the time but no joke these are the first headphone that I don't have to or necessarily want to turn up loud. They sound great with spotify running off the phone but when I upgraded to the LG V10 which has a hi-fi dac and got Tidal hi-fi there is definitely a noticeable difference. They fit comfortably and isolate well....enough so I don't hear my girl nagging. Besides the price you will not be disappointing. Sonic worked a great deal so I pulled the trigger and don't regret it. Just buy it and don't worry about any other headphones. The phone is great too.

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Sebring, Florida

Astonishing sound!

January 28, 2016

I have longed for a great set of headphones/earbuds and these take the cake, the ice cream, and even the clown. I've been listening to and enjoying music that I gave up on years ago, the W60 in-ear monitors have changed the way I listen to music, permanently.

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Albany, NY

Westone W60 Ear Buds

January 8, 2016

These are by far the best I've ever heard. I travel a lot and it blocks noise while delivering crisp, clear sound. As a rummer they also fit my ears perfectly, with the many choice of buds that are sent with it, and stay nicely in my ear with the same sound quality as if I was still. A little costly but if you use headphones as much as I do, it was worth the investment!

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Seattle, WA

Verified Purchase
Excellent balance

November 9, 2015

I've been listening to these for a couple weeks now and I think they certainly prove themselves as high-level in-ears. They actually remind me a lot of the Sennheiser HD800 with the balance that they have.

The sound is crisp and clear all around. Some have said the bass is low in quantity, I think it's well balanced and always shows up when the song calls for it. Again, it reminds me of the HD800 in the way it gives what is asked without really anything extra. In that sense, it can seem a bit boring or flat upon first listen but that's because it's not imparting a lot of its own flavor.

Build quality is very solid and the two cables are both quite nice. A ton of comfortable tip options included as well -- I often have problems finding proper tips but I was able to narrow down pretty quick with the included ones here.

As an overall package, I have a hard time faulting the W60 and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a more neutral/balanced sound.

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I love Westone IEMs, and the W60s are the TOTL. Also, I heard them at CES a while ago and were blown away... was just waiting for the right time and offer to pull the trigger.
John T on Apr 10, 2015

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Signature Series Wired In-Ear Monitors w/ 6 Balanced Armature Drivers & 3-Way Crossovers


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