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post #121 of 285

Going to try the XBA-1 for my everyday use. XBA-4 did not impress me that much. 

post #122 of 285

The XBA-1 is the best sounding one...lol. 

 

XBA-2 has an ace up its sleeve though, I think with some tweaking it may surpass the XBA-1.

 

XBA4 and 3 are too v-shaped. 

post #123 of 285
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The XBA-1 is the best sounding one...lol. 

 

XBA-2 has an ace up its sleeve though, I think with some tweaking it may surpass the XBA-1.

 

XBA4 and 3 are too v-shaped. 

I just checked sony facebook pages and was reading all the positive reviews I was reading about the XBA-4. I kid you not one of the users has decided to use the XBA-4 for its music mixing! I realized that I am not crazy and infact the people who were giving positive feedback on the XBA-4 were simply either lying to themselves or they have never heard how the SE535, ERS4 or UM3 sound before.

 

Anyways i need a cheap IEM, not a fan of carrying amp now days. Eterna sounded good at the start, but now days I dont really like it anymore. Why cant the IE80 be cheaper :-(

post #124 of 285

wonder how they put up against the W4!

post #125 of 285
wow these XBA-4's really opened up!! The treble detail is awesome and the atmosphere is wide, engaging and deep... Bass is clean and punchy... And the mids are also way above average than expected. One of the best (and most fun) headphones i've ever heard hands down! They just needed some burn in, and patience... And yes, that feeling or characteristic of the treble, mids, and bass flowing together at the same time works magically... XBA-4's are my go-to Trance headphones, right next to CK10, IE80, TF10, and the FX700(which I dont have anymore, unfortunately) By the way, the FiiO E11 works wonders with the XBA-4 and CK10!
post #126 of 285
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wow these XBA-4's really opened up!! The treble detail is awesome and the atmosphere is wide, engaging and deep... Bass is clean and punchy... And the mids are also way above average than expected. One of the best (and most fun) headphones i've ever heard hands down! They just needed some burn in, and patience... And yes, that feeling or characteristic of the treble, mids, and bass flowing together at the same time works magically... XBA-4's are my go-to Trance headphones, right next to CK10, IE80, TF10, and the FX700(which I dont have anymore, unfortunately) By the way, the FiiO E11 works wonders with the XBA-4 and CK10!

My XBA-4s live in a case with a Sansa Clip+ loaded with 40GB of Trance. Great combo.

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wow these XBA-4's really opened up!! The treble detail is awesome and the atmosphere is wide, engaging and deep... Bass is clean and punchy... And the mids are also way above average than expected. One of the best (and most fun) headphones i've ever heard hands down! They just needed some burn in, and patience... And yes, that feeling or characteristic of the treble, mids, and bass flowing together at the same time works magically... XBA-4's are my go-to Trance headphones, right next to CK10, IE80, TF10, and the FX700(which I dont have anymore, unfortunately) By the way, the FiiO E11 works wonders with the XBA-4 and CK10!

 

 

I have to agree with you. I haven't listened to my XBA-4 in weeks (months really) as I've been occupied with the ASG-1.2, JVC FXD80/70 and W4. But yesterday I popped them in my ears after a long absence and was quite surprised that I forgot how good it can sound. This might be one of the widest soundstages I've heard in a universal BA. The XBA-4 is tricky though. You have to get the insertion of these fat babies just right (not too deep) or your will obscure the beautiful sub-bass. But excellent spacing between instruments (It's as if they're are on a wide stage in an acoustically refined pavilion. Lots of details in vocals and mids. John Coltrane's tenor saxophone sounds so smooth and buttery on "Blue In Green." The texture of the piano keys sounds nice and full. I've had them up for sales but I think I might bight the bullet and keep them. Those of you can can this IEM for $200 are in for an excellent deal. The sound is worth more to my ears than the lost I would have to take in cash selling them. Is it worth the $360 I spent for them when they came out? No it's not. But it is  worth $250 to $300 once everything settles in with the sound, and at $200 it's a steal. 

I like this better than I liked the EX1000. The EX100 is great sound IEM, don't get me wrong, but the piercing highs my poor ears just couldn't bear.

post #128 of 285
Have sony stopped the ex1000 now? If so any any ideas whats replaceing it

I have a pair and over the years have tried many headphones, and i have to say they are the best ive ever heard

Logitech also sent me a free pair of ue700s this week which i find ok, but not a patch on the sonys.

I am still intreaged to buy some xba4 but im sceptical as i hated the etymotics 4p of which were flat as a fart, being BA also but only a single
post #129 of 285
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Have sony stopped the ex1000 now? If so any any ideas whats replaceing it
I have a pair and over the years have tried many headphones, and i have to say they are the best ive ever heard
Logitech also sent me a free pair of ue700s this week which i find ok, but not a patch on the sonys.
I am still intreaged to buy some xba4 but im sceptical as i hated the etymotics 4p of which were flat as a fart, being BA also but only a single

 

Littleted, I can tell you that the XBA-4's are far, far from flat. Have you had a look at the frequency response graphs on them? Lol.

 

As for the EX1000, it may be that Sony simply won't be making any more premium audio products... they've certainly stopped doing so in most categories. 

post #130 of 285
Thanks I will prob get some xba4 and give them a go
I. Nearly bought them twice now lol just the last amazon page I never click

Cheers
post #131 of 285

A-recording, any plans on updating the reserved second post, perhaps adding your opinion on various SQ improvement variation you were able to achieved (if you were able to achieve any) by paring the XBA-4 with different amp, sources.

 

Thanks in advance. 

post #132 of 285
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Ooh, no plans like that since I generally do not try to change amp or sources. Its never been demonstrated to me in a satisfying way that its worth the trouble or cost.

The graphs do suggest what differences you would expect to hear if you were curious.

I was thinking either updating the second post with comparisons with the MDR 7550, or making a new thread comparing the dynamics EX1000, 7550, FXD80 and GR07.
post #133 of 285
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Ooh, no plans like that since I generally do not try to change amp or sources. Its never been demonstrated to me in a satisfying way that its worth the trouble or cost.
The graphs do suggest what differences you would expect to hear if you were curious.
I was thinking either updating the second post with comparisons with the MDR 7550, or making a new thread comparing the dynamics EX1000, 7550, FXD80 and GR07.

That would be superb as well. 

I have given up on the XBA-4, decided to keep for sack of its fun memory. On the positive side I learned that it is incredibly hard to design for low impedance sources and ohm and sensitivty are not the same thing. 


Edited by audionewbi - 9/4/12 at 4:57am
post #134 of 285

I got the impression from some comparisons that the sweet spot in the XBA line is the XBA-3's. I can swing a bit more money and get the XBA-4's ($225 roughly) but is it that much better? I also feel kind of bad getting the XBA-4's now since I will likely pick up the new UE quads.

post #135 of 285
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I got the impression from some comparisons that the sweet spot in the XBA line is the XBA-3's. I can swing a bit more money and get the XBA-4's ($225 roughly) but is it that much better? I also feel kind of bad getting the XBA-4's now since I will likely pick up the new UE quads.

Without even trying I can gurranty UE900 would be a much better choice than the XBA-4. The ergonomic appears much better, and the sound I am sure it will be great considering it is still an Ultimate Ears brand. 

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