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Would you guys recommend these? I was thinking about getting the DUNU tridents. Saw these armature earphones and are considering them now. WHat should i get :S?


The Tridents have more solid build quality. If you want a beater that you can abuse, then the Trident is the one for you. The Sony isn't bad in build quality, though; it's just made of plastic. The second thing is the sound. Do you need a lot of bass? If so, then the XBA-1 isn't for you (consider the XBA-2, but they're already more expensive). Otherwise, the XBA-1 is superior to the Trident in just about all other technical categories.

 

post #17 of 36
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The Tridents have more solid build quality. If you want a beater that you can abuse, then the Trident is the one for you. The Sony isn't bad in build quality, though; it's just made of plastic. The second thing is the sound. Do you need a lot of bass? If so, then the XBA-1 isn't for you (consider the XBA-2, but they're already more expensive). Otherwise, the XBA-1 is superior to the Trident in just about all other technical categories.

 



Agree, the Sonys do look pretty fragile as compared to other IEMs because of it's cheap looking plastic. 

post #18 of 36
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Otherwise, the XBA-1 is superior to the Trident in just about all other technical categories.

 

Can you guys recommend anything in the trident / xba-1 price range which is just as good or better. 

I listen to all sorts of music but classical. I love rap music as well as nightcore 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ew__WkN7-4

(that's one of my favs 'cos it's pretty much a nightcore classic)

Those two genre's will be what i'll listen too the most. Are the tridents the way to go? Or you guys got other things?

 

 

post #19 of 36

 

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Originally Posted by syNRG View Post

Would you guys recommend these?

I was thinking about getting the DUNU tridents. Saw these armature earphones and are considering them now.

WHat should i get :S?

 

Definitely. The XBA-1 is a top contender - I am currently in the process of reviewing XBA 1, 2, 3, 4 and some other XBA IEMs. After a week of use, I will write a full review on the XBA line and how they compare (passing the honeymoon period). Currently, I'd say it's one of the best, if not the best, valued IEM/headphone. It's balanced - good bass response&impact, beautiful mids and highs, textured timbre and a slightly-outside-of-your-head-kind-of soundstage. The areas where top tier IEMs will dominate is increased soundstage size and depth, better instrument separation and higher resolution&imaging.

 

The interesting thing is.. it somehow manages to rival dual BA IEMs such as UE700, SE425, etc. smily_headphones1.gif

post #20 of 36
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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.

post #21 of 36
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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.

post #22 of 36

When can we expect this awesome review of the XBA series? tongue.gif I know you said after a week of use, but how long have you been using it? Is this the 7th day?

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Definitely. The XBA-1 is a top contender - I am currently in the process of reviewing XBA 1, 2, 3, 4 and some other XBA IEMs. After a week of use, I will write a full review on the XBA line and how they compare (passing the honeymoon period). Currently, I'd say it's one of the best, if not the best, valued IEM/headphone. It's balanced - good bass response&impact, beautiful mids and highs, textured timbre and a slightly-outside-of-your-head-kind-of soundstage. The areas where top tier IEMs will dominate is increased soundstage size and depth, better instrument separation and higher resolution&imaging.

 

The interesting thing is.. it somehow manages to rival dual BA IEMs such as UE700, SE425, etc. smily_headphones1.gif

 

 

post #23 of 36

Interested in what everyone thinks of the detail retrieval of these vs. an HF5 or similiar.

Pinning them against a TWFK such as UE700 is a  tall order.

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When can we expect this awesome review of the XBA series? tongue.gif I know you said after a week of use, but how long have you been using it? Is this the 7th day?

 

 

 

 

post #24 of 36
I'm excited to hear a review on XBA-1
post #25 of 36

Okay that's it. I've decided to buy XBA1, and compare them against what I have on hand: ER4PT, UE700, PFE112, CKM99, MDTribute

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Okay that's it. I've decided to buy XBA1, and compare them against what I have on hand: ER4PT, UE700, PFE112, CKM99, MDTribute

 

Can't wait for your impressions!

post #27 of 36

Mine are up for sale, as I have other things coming in and won't be needing them anymore...

post #28 of 36

I hope it compares well, but single BA headphones have always shown to be lacking in something until you put two BAs in them. I have the MEElec A151 myself

post #29 of 36
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The XBA-2 is close to $200. Much too expensive for many people. The XBA-1 at around $72 is even a bit of a stretch for many people. There are so many who want to spend under $50 or perhaps even under $30 for IEMs.

post #30 of 36

I am interested in what jarrett thinks of the MEElec A151's?

 

The price range is similar to that of the Sony,so I 'd be interested to hear how the two compare.

MEElec has some good rep with limiting microphonics and I've read a couple complaints from buyers,(Amazon), who said the sound was great but microphonics were problematic.

A comparison review between these two would be keen! 

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