Originally Posted by JK1
How well does the XBA-1 isolate? How is the comfort? I like the sound and the fit of the $25 Panasonic RP-HJE450, however it offers almost no isolation.Why aren't more IEMs designed with an ergonomic shape and oval nozzles? The ear canal is oval in shape. Why are most IEMs designed with round nozzles? I was almost tempted to buy the Etymotic HF5, except that may feel it isn't that comfortable, and many complain it doesn't have enough bass. A head to head comparison of the HF5 and the XBA-1 comparing sound quality, isolation, and comfort would be very interesting.
Sony Hybrids do a nice job of isolating, foam insulation or no foam. Plus, the tubular shape is slim enough to fit inside just about everyone's ear canals, so if you wear it with a deep fit, the isolation is even better.
Klipsch earphones have oval ear tips, if you want to look into their stuff. Almost every year, the X10 gets discounted pretty heavily on Black Friday...
I believe the XBA-1 will have a bit more bass than the HF5, but it's not a massive difference. The XBA-1 will have just enough bass to make things satisfying (well, for me, at least), and will never drown out other things.