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