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Westone W80 review: Earphones that’ll empty your bank balance

The W80’s are the Westone’s flagship product, with eight drivers lobbed inside each ear, the American company had the intention of creating the ultimate universal earphone on the market. Having heard a multitude of different earphones, I was intrigued to see if and how the Westone W80’s would compare to some of the best universal and even custom-made IEMs on the market. Westone always has a special place in my heart, as it was due of the Westone 2 earphones that I got into in-ears.

The Westone W80’s aren’t cheap, at an eye-watering £1,200 price tag, the earphones are extremely expensive to say the least. They can also be found for $1,500 in the US. Everything in this review will take into account the price, as for the same money you could build a high-end gaming PC, buy several high-end earphones or even buy a car.

Pros: Packaging and accessories, comfort, build quality
Cons: Price and value, overall sound quality, microphonics

Packaging & Accessories: 10/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 8.5/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 7/10 – judged with ALO cable
Isolation: 8.5/10
Comfort: 9.5/10
Sound Quality: 8/10
Value: 3/10 – based on £1,200 price tag
My final Rating: 6/10

Review Date: April 2017
Review Price: £1,200

Here is a video review of the earphones:

Read on for an in-depth review of the Westone W80 earphones.

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