1.Is the Isolation really that terrible? I get a perfect seal and hardly hear anything with my XBA-3 with sony tips.
3.Can I wear them like regular iems? I hate putting cables around my ear.
5.Is sonys $250 asking price about right for the SQ?
1. Isolation is typical earbud. That is some, but not a lot.
2. Bass is best. ****** XBA. MDR7550 outperforms almost all universal iems in terms of bass.
3. Not likely you can wear them not around your ears. They are really comfortable, so don't worry too much.
4. Comfortable as hell. Better than anything I've owned(about 7 different iems, including a ciem).