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post #76 of 131
My XBA-3s arrived today, and after a brief listen, I'm loving them. The extra bass over the 1 warms things just enough for me. These are keepers, so I may be having a clear out of my IEMs in the near future...wink.gif
post #77 of 131
For Canadian's, Future Shop is having a 3 day sale on the XBA3 for only $99 which makes them a very good deal!
post #78 of 131

i just picked up a set of XBA3 this morning & its .... not bad! bass is kick ass, mids/vocals are prominent & balanced, highs are present & accounted for without being harsh or bright. all this out of a clip+ running 320bitrate mp3s. its not as good as a beyer T1 but i cant say im disappointed. its definitely worth trying for $99 & futureshop takes returns up to 30days. 

 

for once, we canucks catch a break over the US ksc75smile.gif

post #79 of 131
Yup, if I decide I still don't want to keep them. I will see if someone on head-do wants them. But I think I may keep them for their price.
post #80 of 131

I've had the XBA-4 for about two weeks and I'm ecstatic; didn't think I would be, didn't think I'd ever buy these. I wouldn't pay its current price simply because I'm very good at misplacing stuff and accident prone, and I've got another habit to feed (photography); but as chronicled here I got them for about $146 USD.

 

Beyond the price these are excellent, I would call them immersive, you just feel surrounded by the music, and there's such precision to it; I'm sorry I don't have the audio geek verbosity to explain it better. With 320 kbps MP3s on a NWZ-A818 it sounds positively glorious. The one thing I hate is the asymmetric cord and the y connector which never fails to grab the collar of my shirt, so they have to be worn behind the neck.

post #81 of 131
Ok at $250 these just don't compete against other similarly priced IEM's but at $99 the XBA3 simply kick butt. I have been craving a nice bass oriented IEM that doesn't sacrifice the mids or treble to much and these definitely are fitting the bill. The cable design sucks and they are but microphonic but I really like their sound signature.
post #82 of 131

personally i like the Y style cord as it gets out of the way behind the neck & i havent found it microphonic at all. indeed its the opposite for me. athough XBA3 is large (for a iem), i found it to be an easy fit & even easier seal with the tips thats on it from the factory. only thing is my ears do get a tad (only slightly) sore after prolonged use. other than that, i cant ask for more in fit & finish.

 

SQ wise, it mite not be the best value for $250 but its definitely an over achiever in the $100 category. im glad i got them.

post #83 of 131
Sorry I should have clarified. The micro phonics on these are due to this being a fairly sealed I as compared to my GR07 MK2 so they really are not that bad, certainly no worse than average. I prefer the traditional cable design but running the cable in rhe back is not bad.

Listening to an artist by the name of Beckah Shae and really really digging all the bass. I have owned the FXD80 and much prefer the XBA3 over that IEM. Again based on the $99 sale price. These don't have the trenle spike in the FXD80 and the bass is more pleasant in my opinion.
post #84 of 131
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Originally Posted by dweaver View Post

Sorry I should have clarified. The micro phonics on these are due to this being a fairly sealed I as compared to my GR07 MK2 so they really are not that bad, certainly no worse than average. I prefer the traditional cable design but running the cable in rhe back is not bad.
Listening to an artist by the name of Beckah Shae and really really digging all the bass. I have owned the FXD80 and much prefer the XBA3 over that IEM. Again based on the $99 sale price. These don't have the trenle spike in the FXD80 and the bass is more pleasant in my opinion.

 

Do they have the same separation and air as the FXD80?
post #85 of 131

I don't have the FXD80 anymore so can't say for sure but I think they offer decent instrument separation and air. The sound stage is not bad but super airy though. Over all I feel like they have slightly less bass, more up front mids, and treble that is nice but not sibilant or harsh in any way (if anything possibly a touch to controlled).

 

The best way I can put it is these are kind of like the TF10 which at regular price was to high in my opinion but when on sale for $100 was a steal of a deal. Oh by the way I like these more than I did the TF10 LOL.

post #86 of 131

Hopefully getting these. The futureshops close to my location are sold out, so I have a friend buying it, then shipping it. It was either these or the JVC FXT90. I'm sure I'll like this one though!

post #87 of 131
I absolutely prefer these in comparison to the FXT90. The bass is deeper and more controlled, the mids are better, and the treble is so much smoother while still being extended.
post #88 of 131

although i bought the XBA-3s with little thought (what with the $99 sale) & with the expectation of returning them, im liking what i hear the more i listen. for sure getting the fit & right tips make all the difference to me (ended up with the S hybrid silicon/foams even though i use L with normal silicons) but once i did, dang the sounds is well balanced & most of all, very musical & fun. soundstage is above average in width & well extended in range only lacking in lower bass & micro details - compared with my fullsize T1 in balanced mode driven by a full desk balanced amp. in & of itself, i cannot fault it based on (sale)price2value factor.

 

off a Clip+, highs are a tad "sparkly" & perhaps a hair more than i'd like. with a Sony NWZ-E series DAP, smoothness is the word & highs are more coherent although bass is less than the Clip+.which make the Sony great with midcentric material.

 

how good is the XBA-3? well i've plans to see a local audiologist next week to get impression moulds done to get the new Frogbeats C4 (based on LFFs review) as i'd like to have a simple "hi-end" rig driven just with a Clip+. this XBA-3 is making me ask myself silly questions like "how much better can the much more expensive Frogbeats be?" & "do i really need anything more than this while mowing the lawn??". like i said, silly thoughts for sure & im surprized im even asking them. 

 

thats what i think of the XBA-3s etysmile.gif

post #89 of 131

I got two pairs of these, one for my sister and one for myself.   At $99, these are a real bargain!  My only reference point are my Shure 425's.  In comparison, the high and the low-end are both better separated.  However, the Shure's emphasis on mid-range makes vocal driven songs sound more cohesive, at the cost of separation and detail.   On some songs, the XBA3's sounded more like a collection of sounds than a song.   I may just need to get used to them.  

post #90 of 131

I just picked up the XBA3 at the Futureshop $99 sale ... so far really liking them, but I don't have many IEMs.

 

I'd like to use these with my iPhone 4S unamped, does the XBA3 require any amping? 

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