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Fair is fair. After all the Groupon griping that took place a few pages back, the XBA-3iP arrived today from the Groupon deal ($136 shipped). I ordered them on Dec. 11 and they made it in 18 days, or 2.5 weeks as the offer's "fine print" said. Oh ye of little faith, so let me be the first to say Groupon came through. They were sent by UPS to USPS (yes, it's called Smart Ship) and the mail person dropped them off today. The Sony box had slight damage on the corner, but they were only packaged in a padded envelope, not in an outer box a la Amazon.

 

They appear to be new, with the original seal. They were a bit disheveled, but I doubt the box had been opened before. Not used, which could be a possibility (an open box-type deal) with sales like these.

 

As for sound, this isn't the place. Short version, I really like what I am hearing with the iPhone 5. A knockout for $136 no doubt. Worth $329 (original price) or even $212 on Amazon? Tough to say, because once you get them much cheaper (TF10, Monster Trumpet), it's hard to imagine paying substantially more. They should have a word for that (how difficult it is to say something is worth more if you get them at a steal).

 

Okay, enough rambling. Groupon, I apologize. Whether or not the few rumbles here on Head-Fi helped grease the skids we will never know. But they delivered and on time. Now just hope the XBA-3iP has some durability. Not sure Sony would cover them under their already pathetic 90-day warranty.


Edited by killerweed - 12/29/12 at 2:41pm
post #7067 of 9235
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Originally Posted by killerweed View Post

Fair is fair. After all the Groupon griping that took place a few pages back, the XBA-3iP arrived today from the Groupon deal ($136 shipped). I ordered them on Dec. 11 and they made it in 18 days, or 2.5 weeks as the offer's "fine print" said. Oh ye of little faith, so let me be the first to say Groupon came through. They were sent by UPS to USPS (yes, it's called Smart Ship) and the mail person dropped them off today. The Sony box had slight damage on the corner, but they were only packaged in a padded envelope, not in an outer box a la Amazon.

 

They appear to be new, with the original seal. They were a bit disheveled, but I doubt the box had been opened before. Not used, which could be a possibility (an open box-type deal) with sales like these.

 

As for sound, this isn't the place. Short version, I really like what I am hearing with the iPhone 5. A knockout for $136 no doubt. Worth $329 (original price) or even $212 on Amazon? Tough to say, because once you get them much cheaper (TF10, Monster Trumpet), it's hard to imagine paying substantially more. They should have a word for that (how difficult it is to say something is worth more if you get them at a steal).

 

Okay, enough rambling. Groupon, I apologize. Whether or not the few rumbles here on Head-Fi helped grease the skids we will never know. But they delivered and on time. Now just hope the XBA-3iP has some durability. Not sure Sony would cover them under their already pathetic 90-day warranty.

 

Wow, that's exactly the condition my XBA-3iP came in today. Box was ripped in the corners like someone wanted to open it but didn't know how. The headphones were OK and brand new, but it's definitely not resellable. Maybe Groupon got a bunch of these with messed up boxes in bulk on a discount. Or maybe they did it themselves so we can't resell it. Who knows. Mine was also shipped first from UPS to USPS and then they delivered it to my mailbox. Weird way to deliver goods.

 

I'm burning them in now with FLAC files. Sounds very good out of the box, but the highs are a little too piercing. Very comfortable and easy to fit in ears. Will do a comparison in the XBA-3 Appreciation thread with my TF10 and Miles Davis Tributes, once they're properly burnt-in.... http://www.head-fi.org/t/633755/xba-3-overlooked-the-appreciation-thread

 

Even though the goods were delivered and the price was good, I'm probably never buying from Groupon again. Super slow delivery, despite the fine print, and the box looked like a dog was trying to eat it. 

post #7068 of 9235

Ultimate Ears SuperFi 4 - for $45.60 - New from Amazon - pretty damned good price for a BA IEM... Not sure if they are any good - but that is a good price.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Ears-SuperFi-Isolating-Earphones/dp/B000Y8Y8FG/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1356829573&sr=1-1&keywords=superfi4

post #7069 of 9235

Audiofly AF78  w/mic $83.79 on AMAZON (cheapest ever)

post #7070 of 9235

Got my Groupon Sony's today too, took pretty much what the fine print said it could, didn't find anything wrong with the packaging or the headphones themselves, the damaged package doesn't seem to be universal. Maybe, as someone mentioned, a result of the mailing packaging.

post #7071 of 9235

Yeah, and no reason you can't resell them without the box as used IEMs. My box was not that bad either, just one corner was a bit "bruised." As far as burning them in properly, being BAs burn-in is really not very needed, even 24 hours at most. So doubt they will change. I am not hearing any sibiance beyond songs that typically are sibilant.

 

Anyway, this isn't the thread for reviews, just for deals. I think the $136 deal was excellent. It's over now and I'm glad I bought them.

post #7072 of 9235
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Audiofly AF78  w/mic $83.79 on AMAZON (cheapest ever)

 

Wonder if Audiofly can price match the Amazon price if I order directly through them in Australia... Email sent regardless!

post #7073 of 9235

My tracking info shows Jan 5 which will be 4 weeks. I'm not happy and wrote JIP-u-poun a scathing email. They will probably be refused and claim made.

post #7074 of 9235
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Wonder if Audiofly can price match the Amazon price if I order directly through them in Australia... Email sent regardless!

Ohh tell us the answer when they reply ^^ 

post #7075 of 9235

Just bought my A161p for 73 bucks :D Can't wait to hear them!

post #7076 of 9235

Just ordered a A161P for 71$, time to give some gifts :D

post #7077 of 9235

Earphonesolutions.com has 25% off all headphones besides Beats, Grado, Klipsch, and Sennheiser until Jan. 4th. Use code CELEBRATE2013.


Edited by AznInvasion138 - 12/30/12 at 2:03am
post #7078 of 9235
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Wow, that's exactly the condition my XBA-3iP came in today. Box was ripped in the corners like someone wanted to open it but didn't know how. The headphones were OK and brand new, but it's definitely not resellable. Maybe Groupon got a bunch of these with messed up boxes in bulk on a discount. Or maybe they did it themselves so we can't resell it. Who knows. Mine was also shipped first from UPS to USPS and then they delivered it to my mailbox. Weird way to deliver goods.

I'm burning them in now with FLAC files. Sounds very good out of the box, but the highs are a little too piercing. Very comfortable and easy to fit in ears. Will do a comparison in the XBA-3 Appreciation thread with my TF10 and Miles Davis Tributes, once they're properly burnt-in.... http://www.head-fi.org/t/633755/xba-3-overlooked-the-appreciation-thread

Even though the goods were delivered and the price was good, I'm probably never buying from Groupon again. Super slow delivery, despite the fine print, and the box looked like a dog was trying to eat it. 

Wow, mine came today as well. When I opened up the package, the box was a little torn up on the sides, but it doesn't look like they were open box. This is my first multi BA and all I can say is there're definitely worth the $129 I paid for them. Groupon was actually helpful when I called them up and asked about where these were. The soundstage and fit on these are great.
post #7079 of 9235

Meelectronics S6 Sport Headphones at Amazon *DEAD*

 

Anyone thinking of m6 should jump on these. They were $20 a week ago. Free Shipping.


Edited by dflock - 12/30/12 at 8:37am
post #7080 of 9235
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Meelectronics S6 Sport Headphones at Amazon $16.83

 

Anyone thinking of m6 should jump on these. They were $20 a week ago. Free Shipping.

Weird, it shows 

Price: $39.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver ShippingDetails
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