• Westone W-Series 52 Inch Replacement EPIC Braided Cable for Universal Earphones, 78565
Westone W-Series 52 Inch Replacement EPIC Braided Cable for Universal Earphones, 78565

Westone W-Series 52 Inch Replacement EPIC Braided Cable for Universal Earphones, 78565

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  • Earphone precision interconnect cable
  • High-flex, ultra-low resistance tensile wire cable
  • Wrapped with a braided aramid fiber for improved durability and sound quality
  • 3.5mm connection
  • Cable only - earphones sold separately

Customer Reviews

In which Westone resells a dollar store cable.Let me start off this review by saying I like Westone a lot, I've bought thousands of dollars worth of their products for over a decade now and consistantly refer people to them. Most of what they make is excellent and their support has always been on point. It's been a great company.This product however, sucks. It really, really sucks. If you bought your first pair of Westones and it came with these, I feel bad for you. You probably won't buy from them again after these fail and it's really unfair that they should include it with some great products. I suggest you pursue warranty if it does fail in first year, they've been historically great with RMA's.Background on Westone's other EPIC cables: Their main line of cables they have been branding as EPIC cables and these are not them. There have been minor iterative changes to the EPIC cable throughout the years but overall it's an excellent product and the latest one they shipped with these connectors is my favorite cable they've made so far. They have low microphonics, don't stick to clothing, and hold up to daily abuse. The feel is like a small fine rope. I've only had one pair fail on a removable line with the old 2-prong connectors and that was after 4 years of daily use. The non-removable ones never failed, usually wiring would go inside the IEM or sweat would find a way in. The failure point has been removed on the current model. If you don't need a headset and your cables broke or you want to try something different, go buy those. They are slightly cheaper and it's money well spent. Actually they are a lot cheaper than some of their competitors and with the low microphonics they are a favorite.Back to these: The cable material is completely different. It's unfortunate I can't write this as an audio review, else I'd ask you to close your eyes and listen to the next section, maybe have a friend read it to you.How I suppose it's made: Imagine a sweatshop in China. In the first area of stations there are children hastily soldering strands of copper wire to connectors and a headset controller. It looks bad, but it won't matter soon, it just needs to connect. They must be quick now to send these to the next station. At the next stations there are a few items on their tables and it's their job to add a headset cable. A child starts by grabbing a handful out of a bucket of some generic brand of bubblegum. They have to chew this some time, about 5 minutes to ensure the proper consistency. Now they spit it out, and reach into a bucket of powdered charcoal and spread it onto the wad of gum. Each child must carefully knead the charcoal into the bubblegum. This is where it's important to have small hands. This is to ensure a uniform grey color to the material. Now they grab the hastily soldered wires and proceed to coat the wires in the gum mixture using razor blades to trim the edges. Workers lay trays of cables to dry and set in a kiln. The product is complete and ready for packaging!Feel: Yummy gummy! These are sure to snag, tangle, and stick wherever they lay. They stretch to some extent but after a few months of daily use will start to show dents and small tears from getting pinched or caught in stuff (think jacket zipper, that sort of thing). I could really only find some dollar store earbuds that were made with this material. Except in that case for under $10 you get throwaway buds along with. They work wearing over ears, despite what the other review said. It just doesn't have any sort of memory portion or reinforcement here so it may be more annoying to wear this way. It's a huge pain to remove the connectors from the IEM's without damaging the cables due to their gumminess. The gumminess gets worse as you own them, whereas with the EPICS they just get slightly stiffer over the years.The remote: It works until it doesn't. It just feels cheap without a lot of haptic feedback. The volume up on my first cable felt fine, but the volume down you had to press quite hard, and it was easy to hit the middle mic/hangup button when searching for it. It would have been much better for Westone to choose to use 3 separate buttons that were shaped different. The big rocker is almost impossible to adjust volume correctly with gloves on.Microphone: Actually no complaints. It works as well as the phone until the cable fails.Durability: For daily use, it might last only 6 months. I think mine actually made it less. The bubblegum breaks down around the bad soldering and areas of flex. I included a picture of my 3.5mm connector with a mystery bump on it. I'm guessing a big ole glob of solder. I believe my cable failed just above the connector. I believe if it didn't fail here, it would have eventually failed just after one of the MMCX connectors. Symptoms of failure were music pausing for a few days at random, followed by loss of remote function and intermittent left channel.Price: This is an insult to all of their customers. To sell an *substantially* inferior product for more than their flagship cables is confounding. Gut instinct is to say it's Apple tax for the headset, but there's nothing Apple specific in these cables so that can't be the case. Also, the Android ones sell for just as much. This is a good way for them to print money. If this was sold for $10 or less, I'd give it 3 stars. It's an ok buy for $10 max.I bought another out of necessity but wrote this angry review to warn others to research and locate other options on the market. I would have if there was time for me.UPDATE (received new cable): First off, I have to apologize to the Chinese. This cable is actually Made in the USA. Maybe that's why it costs more and maybe that's why the quality sucks. I'm actually very satisfied with the Made in China UM Pro 50's they hook up to. So replace all instances above of Chinese children sweatshop workers with hammered/sloppy Americans. The only visual changes were to the Y-point that looks more basic now and the plug which is now slimmer and has no more glob of solder in it. Same crap material and disappointing remote. 1Breaks in half a year.Brought this replacement cable on April 2017 since the old cables (both cables, w/ and w/o the mic) broke on the cable-jack joint. This one broke again on Dec 2017.The joints are not reinforced and look weak. They are easy to break due to fatigue especially if you wrap the cables around your ear (I think that's the way to wear it?). 1Doesn't wrap around earsThese work, but do not wrap around the back of the ear like the traditional wires so you can't use then as a monitor wire. They are also not wrap braided on the outside and do not have a slider to make them tighter. The fact they don't go around the ear may be a big plus for some of you. 3Excellent cable replacementI bought these as replacements for my Shure SE-215s because the Shure's default cable, while attractive, has ends made from "memory wire" which interferes with glasses, and because my Android phone (as many others do) has issues with 3-pole (non-microphone) cables. This is a 4-pole cable (mic'd) without memory wire, which is fantastic.It does however lose a star for not being quite as bright as the Shure cable. It seems to accentuate midrange slightly while lowering treble equally slightly. Some people might like that, but I prefer a more detailed cable supporting a dark-sounding headphone/earbud. In the seemingly total absence of mic'd linum cables, this is a fantastic choice and I have no regrets about my purchase. 4Works great.Working great. No complaints. Sounds great and mic works great. Buying another for someone else. 5Connection too weak.The cables worked fine, but I had a major problem with these not gripping my earbuds strongly enough. I very nearly lost one of my earbuds on multiple occasions with these, which made me not trust using them at all when out and about, which was the entire point of buying this cable in the first place. 2Not DurableNot at all durable - this is my third cord in less than a year. They all begin fraying at the hookups and eventually fail. Inexcusable for such a pricey cord. 1This is the 2nd cable to have failed within 3 ...This is the 2nd cable to have failed within 3 months. IMHO this is unacceptable in such an expensive product. 1Don't last longThis is probably the 4th cable I've had to purchase. I've tried both the iPhone control cables and these ones. All of them have broken between a few months to less than a year. The cables themselves are fine until they break. It's a bit ridiculous to pay $500 for headphones (which I absolutely love btw, I can't live without my W30's), and then have to buy new cables once or twice a year for a ridiculous price because they don't hold up. Unfortunately there aren't really any other options...If you read the other reviews you'll see I'm not the only one. Since I like the headphones so much, I just deal with it, but it sucks. For the price they should be built much sturdier. They're great until all of a sudden they break. My last pair of these broke after I think 3 months. The left side stopped working because the cable somehow disconnected inside the rubber cover where it attaches to the headphone. Really frustrating. 2Wish there was an option for a different cable jacket typeThese work with the UM3 Pro's, which is nice because I've been needing a wire with a mic for a long time. The only thing is that I wish they had the other cable type (EPIC), instead of this rubbery cable jacket. This rubbery cable catches on everything and sticks to my clothing. Works really well though for chatting on my macbook and on android, which is what matters to me the most. 4
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Description
  • Earphone precision interconnect cable
  • High-flex, ultra-low resistance tensile wire cable
  • Wrapped with a braided aramid fiber for improved durability and sound quality
  • 3.5mm connection
  • Cable only - earphones sold separately
Reviews

Customer Reviews

In which Westone resells a dollar store cable.Let me start off this review by saying I like Westone a lot, I've bought thousands of dollars worth of their products for over a decade now and consistantly refer people to them. Most of what they make is excellent and their support has always been on point. It's been a great company.This product however, sucks. It really, really sucks. If you bought your first pair of Westones and it came with these, I feel bad for you. You probably won't buy from them again after these fail and it's really unfair that they should include it with some great products. I suggest you pursue warranty if it does fail in first year, they've been historically great with RMA's.Background on Westone's other EPIC cables: Their main line of cables they have been branding as EPIC cables and these are not them. There have been minor iterative changes to the EPIC cable throughout the years but overall it's an excellent product and the latest one they shipped with these connectors is my favorite cable they've made so far. They have low microphonics, don't stick to clothing, and hold up to daily abuse. The feel is like a small fine rope. I've only had one pair fail on a removable line with the old 2-prong connectors and that was after 4 years of daily use. The non-removable ones never failed, usually wiring would go inside the IEM or sweat would find a way in. The failure point has been removed on the current model. If you don't need a headset and your cables broke or you want to try something different, go buy those. They are slightly cheaper and it's money well spent. Actually they are a lot cheaper than some of their competitors and with the low microphonics they are a favorite.Back to these: The cable material is completely different. It's unfortunate I can't write this as an audio review, else I'd ask you to close your eyes and listen to the next section, maybe have a friend read it to you.How I suppose it's made: Imagine a sweatshop in China. In the first area of stations there are children hastily soldering strands of copper wire to connectors and a headset controller. It looks bad, but it won't matter soon, it just needs to connect. They must be quick now to send these to the next station. At the next stations there are a few items on their tables and it's their job to add a headset cable. A child starts by grabbing a handful out of a bucket of some generic brand of bubblegum. They have to chew this some time, about 5 minutes to ensure the proper consistency. Now they spit it out, and reach into a bucket of powdered charcoal and spread it onto the wad of gum. Each child must carefully knead the charcoal into the bubblegum. This is where it's important to have small hands. This is to ensure a uniform grey color to the material. Now they grab the hastily soldered wires and proceed to coat the wires in the gum mixture using razor blades to trim the edges. Workers lay trays of cables to dry and set in a kiln. The product is complete and ready for packaging!Feel: Yummy gummy! These are sure to snag, tangle, and stick wherever they lay. They stretch to some extent but after a few months of daily use will start to show dents and small tears from getting pinched or caught in stuff (think jacket zipper, that sort of thing). I could really only find some dollar store earbuds that were made with this material. Except in that case for under $10 you get throwaway buds along with. They work wearing over ears, despite what the other review said. It just doesn't have any sort of memory portion or reinforcement here so it may be more annoying to wear this way. It's a huge pain to remove the connectors from the IEM's without damaging the cables due to their gumminess. The gumminess gets worse as you own them, whereas with the EPICS they just get slightly stiffer over the years.The remote: It works until it doesn't. It just feels cheap without a lot of haptic feedback. The volume up on my first cable felt fine, but the volume down you had to press quite hard, and it was easy to hit the middle mic/hangup button when searching for it. It would have been much better for Westone to choose to use 3 separate buttons that were shaped different. The big rocker is almost impossible to adjust volume correctly with gloves on.Microphone: Actually no complaints. It works as well as the phone until the cable fails.Durability: For daily use, it might last only 6 months. I think mine actually made it less. The bubblegum breaks down around the bad soldering and areas of flex. I included a picture of my 3.5mm connector with a mystery bump on it. I'm guessing a big ole glob of solder. I believe my cable failed just above the connector. I believe if it didn't fail here, it would have eventually failed just after one of the MMCX connectors. Symptoms of failure were music pausing for a few days at random, followed by loss of remote function and intermittent left channel.Price: This is an insult to all of their customers. To sell an *substantially* inferior product for more than their flagship cables is confounding. Gut instinct is to say it's Apple tax for the headset, but there's nothing Apple specific in these cables so that can't be the case. Also, the Android ones sell for just as much. This is a good way for them to print money. If this was sold for $10 or less, I'd give it 3 stars. It's an ok buy for $10 max.I bought another out of necessity but wrote this angry review to warn others to research and locate other options on the market. I would have if there was time for me.UPDATE (received new cable): First off, I have to apologize to the Chinese. This cable is actually Made in the USA. Maybe that's why it costs more and maybe that's why the quality sucks. I'm actually very satisfied with the Made in China UM Pro 50's they hook up to. So replace all instances above of Chinese children sweatshop workers with hammered/sloppy Americans. The only visual changes were to the Y-point that looks more basic now and the plug which is now slimmer and has no more glob of solder in it. Same crap material and disappointing remote. 1Breaks in half a year.Brought this replacement cable on April 2017 since the old cables (both cables, w/ and w/o the mic) broke on the cable-jack joint. This one broke again on Dec 2017.The joints are not reinforced and look weak. They are easy to break due to fatigue especially if you wrap the cables around your ear (I think that's the way to wear it?). 1Doesn't wrap around earsThese work, but do not wrap around the back of the ear like the traditional wires so you can't use then as a monitor wire. They are also not wrap braided on the outside and do not have a slider to make them tighter. The fact they don't go around the ear may be a big plus for some of you. 3Excellent cable replacementI bought these as replacements for my Shure SE-215s because the Shure's default cable, while attractive, has ends made from "memory wire" which interferes with glasses, and because my Android phone (as many others do) has issues with 3-pole (non-microphone) cables. This is a 4-pole cable (mic'd) without memory wire, which is fantastic.It does however lose a star for not being quite as bright as the Shure cable. It seems to accentuate midrange slightly while lowering treble equally slightly. Some people might like that, but I prefer a more detailed cable supporting a dark-sounding headphone/earbud. In the seemingly total absence of mic'd linum cables, this is a fantastic choice and I have no regrets about my purchase. 4Works great.Working great. No complaints. Sounds great and mic works great. Buying another for someone else. 5Connection too weak.The cables worked fine, but I had a major problem with these not gripping my earbuds strongly enough. I very nearly lost one of my earbuds on multiple occasions with these, which made me not trust using them at all when out and about, which was the entire point of buying this cable in the first place. 2Not DurableNot at all durable - this is my third cord in less than a year. They all begin fraying at the hookups and eventually fail. Inexcusable for such a pricey cord. 1This is the 2nd cable to have failed within 3 ...This is the 2nd cable to have failed within 3 months. IMHO this is unacceptable in such an expensive product. 1Don't last longThis is probably the 4th cable I've had to purchase. I've tried both the iPhone control cables and these ones. All of them have broken between a few months to less than a year. The cables themselves are fine until they break. It's a bit ridiculous to pay $500 for headphones (which I absolutely love btw, I can't live without my W30's), and then have to buy new cables once or twice a year for a ridiculous price because they don't hold up. Unfortunately there aren't really any other options...If you read the other reviews you'll see I'm not the only one. Since I like the headphones so much, I just deal with it, but it sucks. For the price they should be built much sturdier. They're great until all of a sudden they break. My last pair of these broke after I think 3 months. The left side stopped working because the cable somehow disconnected inside the rubber cover where it attaches to the headphone. Really frustrating. 2Wish there was an option for a different cable jacket typeThese work with the UM3 Pro's, which is nice because I've been needing a wire with a mic for a long time. The only thing is that I wish they had the other cable type (EPIC), instead of this rubbery cable jacket. This rubbery cable catches on everything and sticks to my clothing. Works really well though for chatting on my macbook and on android, which is what matters to me the most. 4
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  • Due to the nature of the products that we sell, we will not be able to replace or refund unwanted items if they have been opened or any seals are broken.
  • The refund will not include the import duties or the cost of delivery or return postage.
  • If your refund is approved, then it will automatically be credited to the original method of payment, within 7-10 days.
  • DirectNine reserves the right to alter and enforce this Return and Refund Policy at any time without having to serve a prior notice to users.
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