Westone and TechShowcase Announce “Silent Band” Concert and Earphone Demonstration at JetBlue’s T5 at JFK Airport in New York

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This event marks the first-ever performance of its kind open to the public. JFK travelers will hear the band when they "plug in" with a pair of Westone W40 earphones at one of 10 listening stations.

We are excited to finally share with the pubic the amazing Westone sound in the most comfortable and convenient solution we have ever developed.

Westone, the leader in high performance earphones for audiophiles and on-stage musicians, announced today that rock and funk band The JDS will perform live “silent concerts” on July 24 and July 25 in JetBlue’s Terminal 5 on the bandstand near TechShowcase. This event marks the first-ever performance of its kind open to the public. Travelers will hear the band when they “plug-in” with a pair of award-winning W40 earphones at one of 10 Westone listening stations.

In combination with the silent band concerts, Westone will debut its revolutionary new SR1 Sports and Recreation custom earphones at JFK during this event. The shock-resistant, custom-fit SR1 is based on the same patented design worn by U.S. Air Force fighter pilots. The SR1 offers unmatched noise isolation, moisture resilience and secure fit. Travelers, music lovers and sports enthusiasts will appreciate the combination of Westone’s signature sound with the best-fitting earphones imaginable. JFK travelers in JetBlue’s T5 who are interested in purchasing one of the very first SR1 earphones will receive custom in-ear impressions at no charge. In a unique, unprecedented offering, customers who purchase the SR1 at TechShowcase will also receive universal silicone ear tips so they may enjoy the renowned Westone sound of their SR1 immediately. Within a week the customer will receive the custom ear-tips, handcrafted by a team of technicians at Westone’s revered labs in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Westone ES60 custom earphones, designed for musicians and also highly-esteemed by audiophiles, will also be available for special order during the two-day JFK event. The ES60 features six masterfully tuned balanced armature drivers (speakers) in each earpiece, providing the listener with a purity of sound that will satisfy even the most critical ear. Travelers who opt for the ES60 have a plethora of color, faceplate and art options when they utilize the Westone Customizer for their personal earpiece designs. Westone ES earphones are the preferred in-ear monitors for many of today’s most popular artists, including Los Lobos, The Band Perry, Peter Frampton, Josh Groban and Sara Evans. Customers interested in the ES60 will also receive in-ear impressions at no charge during the event. In-ear impressions normally require a visit to an audiologist or hearing health professional at a fee of $75 - $100.

“We are thrilled to partner with JetBlue and APW Brands/TechShowcase to launch the first truly custom earphone for the retail market,” said Jason Lockwood, President and CEO, Westone Laboratories. “We are excited to finally share with the public the amazing Westone sound in the most comfortable and convenient solution we have ever developed.”

TechShowcase, adjacent to the JetBlue T5 bandstand, will have several other Westone earphones available for purchase, including the ADV Adventure Series Alpha, voted “Best Wearable Tech” by Outside Magazine, and the W40, featuring four speakers in each earpiece.
“Quality, selection and service are hallmarks of the shopping experience at TechShowcase,” said Miguel Mayorca, Chief Operating Officer of APW Brands. “Travelers can maximize their time by improving their mobile experience on the spot. What better way to spend your wait time than trying out the latest earphones on the market while listening to a live band!”

“We are always looking for ways to further enhance our customer’s travel experience,” said Brian Holtman, Manager Retail Services at JetBlue Airways. “This partnership combines travel and cutting-edge technology resulting in a truly interactive JetBlue experience.”

About Westone
Founded in 1959 and celebrating 55 years of audio excellence, Westone is the world's premier manufacturer of high performance earphones, in-ear musician’s monitors and customer earpieces for the hearing healthcare market. Westone has designed and built over 12 million custom earpieces utilizing its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Colorado Springs, CO. Westone has many “firsts” to its credit—including the development of the very first high quality, balanced armature ‘monitors’ for use on stage by professional musicians. Westone continues to pioneer new innovations for the music and hearing health care industries. Their earphone product lines are actively endorsed by musicians and have won acclaim in countless reviews among audiophiles and artists worldwide. Westone is also committed to the prevention and cure of hearing loss and will donate a portion of audio products sold through 2014 to the Hearing Health Foundation (http://www.hhf.org). Find out why Westone is Pure Music™. For more information, please visit http://www.westoneaudio.com or call 800-525-5071.

About TechShowcase/APW Brands
Established in 1997, APW Brands operate 44 retail electronics stores in 18 major metropolitan U.S. airports. These stores are a haven for business travelers seeking the latest in mobile productivity tools and accessories, or holiday travelers seeking a high quality entertainment device. Customers are encouraged to test out the numerous live demonstration units, and ask as many questions as they like.

Press Contact for Westone:
Diane Ferraro
Westone Laboratories, Inc.
T: 719-540-9333
M: 626-222-9388
E: dianef(at)westone(dot)com

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