Westone 1 True-Fit review: Westone 1 True-Fit

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.7
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 5.0
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The Good The Westone 1 True-Fit Earphones come with a vast array of eartips to offer just about any user the most secure and comfortable fit; passive sound isolation is great; handy accessories are included in the box; the design seems durable.

The Bad The Westone 1 True-Fit Earphones don't sound as good as many other sets that cost the same or less; contoured earpieces may prove troublesome for a handful of users.

The Bottom Line The Westone 1 True-Fit Earphones are very comfortable and durable, but the sound quality doesn't quite match up to the price tag.

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In 2006, we got our hands on professional audio manufacturer Westone's only two pairs of consumer earphones--the UM1 and the UM2 --both of which received high marks for their good looks, comfortable fit, and excellent sound quality. Rather than toy with two winning products, the company then added a third headphone to the lineup, the ultrahigh-end Westone 3 True-Fit Earphones . Now, one more set, the more wallet-friendly Westone 1 True-Fit Earphones, is making an appearance. These $139 canalphones step up to the plate with a great design that manages to be ultralightweight, durable, and comfortable, but the sound quality leaves something to be desired.

The design of the Westone 1 True-Fit Earphones is a bit unconventional, namely because of the cable. Each wire is individually coated in black rubber and then braided to form the overall cord. Westone asserts that this winding characteristic contributes to both the comfort and durability of the cord. The cable, which measures 50 inches, terminates in a gold-plated L-plug and features a slider at the Y for preventing tangles. Westone includes an optional inline volume control attachment that increases the overall length by 10 inches. There's also a quarter-inch adapter, a cleaning tool, and a hard-sided zipper case with an inner pocket, along with perhaps the largest selection of eartips we've ever seen. You get three sets of stiff and tapered rubber eartips (S, M, and L), three sizes of soft silicone sleeves, three sets of foam fittings in various lengths, and one triple-flanged set. It's clear Westone takes the term "True-Fit" quite seriously.

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Westone 1 True-Fit

Part Number: CNETWESTONE1 Released: Sep. 4, 2009

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Sep. 4, 2009
  • Color Black
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Additional Features Wax loop for cleaning
    Single balanced armature drivers
    Noise isolation
  • Type headphones
  • Headphones Form Factor in-ear
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
About The Author

Since 2003, Jasmine France has worked at CNET covering everything from scanners to keyboards to GPS devices to MP3 players. She currently cohosts the Crave podcast and spends the majority of her time testing headphones, music software, and mobile apps.