Westone Adventure Series ADV Alpha Earphones

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Westone Adventure Series ADV Alpha Earphones

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Westone-ADV-Alpha-Headphone-review-small.jpgHigh Points
� The Adventure Alpha ADV earphones are made with high-quality materials and are well constructed, with a reflective fabric cord and magnesium and aluminum speaker modules/housing.
� The foam earpieces, combined with the Active Fit System, were comfortable, secure, and effective in sound isolation. An abundant supply of earpieces should accommodate just about any user.
� Smartphone functionality worked well for music and phone control.

Low Points
� The Active Fit System's "Up & Over" cable routing may be uncomfortable for some.
� The cables did accidentally detach from the earpieces on occasion after minor snags, which creates a concern about longevity.
� The earphones' slightly reserved midrange and upper-frequency range give the impression of a bass-heavy presentation.

Comparison and Competition
One competitor to the Westone ADV Alpha earphones is the $179 RBH EP2. I would have to say that the Westones have a slightly more detailed but also more reserved upper-frequency range, while the RBH EP2 has a more lifelike and natural midrange. I happened to have Westone's 4R earphones (review forthcoming) on hand, which I compared with the ADV Alphas. While not a completely fair comparison (since the 4R costs twice as much), the 4R exceeded the Alpha's performance in overall frequency range, depth over the entire range, smoothness, and ability to recreate the live performance. Other products worth looking into are the Polk Ultra Focus 6000i and, if you have a large budget, the Ultimate Ears UE11 Pro. See the Home Theater Review Headphone category page to read other related reviews.

The Westone Adventure Series is one of the few higher-end earphones that target the active/sport demographic. They are designed to provide the sound quality of other high-quality earphones, while having the ability to be used in harsher environments and they look like they can take a beating. Even if you don't plan on being that active, having earphones that can take some abuse is a great feature. This is a well-made product, with much thought put into its design, and I really enjoyed using the ADV Alpha earphones. The roll-off that commences in the midrange and continues through the higher frequencies may be intentional voicing, as it suits the earphones' intended "on the go" use in two ways: first, the reticent higher-frequency presentation hides harsh artifacts that are too common with the compressed music typically utilized on portable devices; second, the stronger low-frequency presentation compensates for the low-frequency rumble associated with vehicles and public transportation. The active-lifestyle features are nice additions that make these earphones a great companion for those who are on the go or in the gym, and the well-executed design and high-end materials result in a product with value you can appreciate.

Additional Resources
� Read more headphone reviews from HomeTheaterReview.com's writers.
� Learn about portable audiophile music players.
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