I doubt the difference is minor, so your socks will probably be staying off for a while lol. They have good Bass for a BA, no sibilance and a good size soundstage, but IMO the sound comes through a little disjointed and unnatural. I think the UE 700 with comply tips sound better (except the bass). I've read on a few reviews that if you amp these they sound a lot fuller, but that defeats the purpose of the control talk.I 'm using them with apple lossless unamped through my iPhone 4. For $134 there're not to bad though. Looking forward to your guys impressions of them.
Got the XBA-3ip today and let me tell you that they are going back to Amazon, they sound so unnatural and bright and I like bright sounding earphones. They have no comparison with the SE535LTD it maybe because I am spoiled by my Shure Ear monitors I don't know, so everyone know the sound signature I like I like the Ety's sound and the Sony XBA is like nothing in comparison, they kill the songs. Tried to listen to Deep Purple's Machine Head and Ian sounds wrong with the Sony XBA-3ip earphones
With this said I will send them back tomorrow.
Too bad, mine did not arrive as yet....Coming from TF10 I did not like 535 bronze for thick and lush midrange…535 red may have better highend…I may end up returning XBA3 and buy 535 red or wait for GR08