No, the scoring is usually finished by the time a review is written but I only post two new ones per week and I like to pair up sets that are at least somewhat similar (e.g. same manufacturer, similar signature, similar price category, etc) so it might take a few weeks for me to pair something up or have a week where I don't have more urgent reviews to post.
I don't disagree with you; the GR07 is indeed better, but the XBA-1 is half the price, which is pretty nice.
I've had mine for a few days already, having had auditioned it several times prior to purchasing it, and while it's no world beater, I believe it's one of the better deals in the Sony portfolio. The extension can be better, and in general everything is just a little thin-sounding, but it's pleasant and mostly a do-no-wrong type of sound. Though I hated the J-cord, I'm getting more used to it. I'd love to hear your thoughts of it against a top-level single BA like the SBA-03, and I'd totally lend mine to you, but it's too bad I don't live in LA anymore.
Something comparable in technology and pricing like the PFE121 probably bests it, but I haven't done a direct comparison.
Don't get me wrong, I am not bashing the XBA-1 for not beating the GR07 - if you read my original CES impressions I was impressed with it as is. Just saying that I didn't get a very good picture of its performance because I only had the GR07 to compare it to.
Just as an update from waaaaay back in late February, when I asked for a IEM recommendation, I received my FXT90 yesterday and I agree with most of ljokerl's impression on it, albeit with a few things I still haven't noticed yet, such as the airiness. But still, it's quite the perfect match for me and have to thank ljokerl for his suggestion back then. Heck I even got it at lesser than street price at $108! Super bargain IMO.
Great price, glad you like 'em!
Hey joker I was wondering how the Atrio MG7 stacks up against the FXT90. I just bought the Atrio's a few days ago and I have the FXT90 but I'm not all that impressed with them because I just find them to have a sound signature I just don't like to much. I'm hoping the MG7 is more to my liking and from your review of them I think they will be I just want to know if they are as airy and bright as the FXT90. I'm looking for a warmer sound but still have some good detail and I know the bass will be great with the lake of a mid-bass hump.
Since I don't know what your signature preferences are and why the FXT90 doesn't suit them, you're probably best off just trying the MG7 yourself. They are neither as airy nor as bright as the FXT90 if that was the problem.