Amazing. Thank you for your reply. Exactly the comparison I was after. I went with my instincts and bought an EX1000 from a fellow head-fier. Hoping it arrives soon! I love the EX1000's treble, sub bass and it's neutral and natural presentation. I feel like the XBA series is more focused on mainstream music. I had the XBA H1 briefly and I could instantly tell that Sony lost its direction. Really wish they bring back the EX signature in the future.