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post #211 of 285

I'm a little behind, but fantastic review!  I've always had trouble find good sounding IEMs I can just tote with me anywhere and know they'll sound good.  I have a couple of JLab IEMs which are okay I guess, but still searching!  

post #212 of 285
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Hi everybody!

 

Got my XBA-40 three days ago. Thanks to a_recording for the comparison with XBA-4 and choosing the 40`s)

 

Glad to hear you are enjoying them. Consider getting one of those channel reversing adapters if you are going to swap them around like that!

 

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+2 for comparison between XBA-40 and EX1000 etysmile.gif

 

Okie. I'm super busy at the moment but I'll try to get an comparison up there in the next couple o weeks :3

post #213 of 285

Thank you in advance! =)

 

I used to own a pair of ancient EX71's from Sony, too bad they broke lol.
 

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Updated post #3 with XBA-40 and 7550 impressions! (And video) :D

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Updated post #3 with XBA-40 and 7550 impressions! (And video) :D

 

Interesting read, thanks! Wondering about the differences between the XBA-3 and 30 too. smile_phones.gif

 

(Funny how the SM3 keep cropping up like the epitome of dark but still top-tier IEMs)

post #216 of 285
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It's not that funny, the SM3 is great haha.

 

It's always that tiresome debate about neutrality. -__-

post #217 of 285

I meant funny in a good way. wink.gif

 

Honestly, I don't hold any grudge against the SM3, apart from the fact that they were probably hyped too much for their own good.

 

As for neutrality, like MF said, it's a moving target. You preferring the 7550, SM3 (and most likely 334) just shows that your ears are still in better shape than mine, nothing more, nothing less.

post #218 of 285

You know, I got the xba 40 paired with the e11.  I do agree that the xba 40 is a bit dark, but after some experiments I find that it's a bright iem if you so choose it to be.  In fact, I felt the treble was a bit off, kind of veiled.  All I did was replace the silicone tips that came with the xba 40 with normal black sony silicone tips and suddenly the treble became uncapped, it went up a pitch or 2 and felt more natural sounding, and airy.   The bass was only affected by actually becoming more detailed 0_o, still as deep and rumbly as ever.  I liked it before but now I really love it with the tip mod.  I feel it didn't actually shift the entire sound spectrum upwards, but actually expanded it. 

 

The story is that I once got the sony mdrex58v for $20, and I loved the crispness and clarity, but it broke.  After getting the xba 40, i bought the 58v again to compare, and it was more detailed than the xba 40 to my slight disappointment.  I then proceeded for sheeps and giggles to switch tips and the result is what you see in the 1st paragraph.  I don't know if the tips from the mdrex58v is exactly what is being sold by sony on amazon though. 

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Wondering about the differences between the XBA-3 and 30 too. smile_phones.gif

 

This has already been answered (thx Inks!).

post #220 of 285

@james444: what is your favourite source/amp for EX1000?

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@james444: what is your favourite source/amp for EX1000?

 

I like the EX1000 with all my sources and don't feel their sound varies much. But my favorite with them would probably be the Graham Slee Voyager amp.

 

(Edit: just a word of caution, the GS Voyager isn't recommendable for BAs due to its high output impedance of 31 ohms.)


Edited by james444 - 4/6/13 at 8:56am
post #222 of 285

Spent the weekend with my slightly modded HFI 780 and my portable setup, I really liked and it produced quiet an enjoyable sound and for a moment I wondered why I bought the other headphone so I plugged in the EX1000 and have a listen and after the first track I remembered why I kept the EX1000. Time to spend the week with them once more.

post #223 of 285

Does the EX1000 play well with the Sony PHA-1?

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post #224 of 285
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Today I had a chance to listen to the XBA-40 compared to the Westone 4R. They were actually quite comparable; both somewhat dark sounding earphones.

 

The XBA-40 was still a little bassier with the highs more rolled off compared to the 4R. The 4R sounded a bit more lively and balanced to my ears. In terms of actual soundstaging and detail retrieval though they were on par. This is great because it's a comparison I've been wanting to make for some time...

post #225 of 285

Interesting - I can safely write off the Westone 4R from my "check out" list then :) I´d  really love to hear the UE900 and Earsonics SM64 some day though. I´ve decided to sell my XBA-40 after I received the EX-1000 this week. It´s a question of taste, but personally I don´t think they belong even remotely in the same league and at least discontinuing the EX1000 in many markets is a strange move as the XBA tuning is as far from the EX-series flagship as possible. Posted some brief impressions in the other long EX-1000 thread.

 

By the way I also received my O2/ODAC this week and they pair very nicely with the EX-1000. The EX-1000 seems to improve a lot by using a quality source/amp. The Sennheiser IE800 for example seems less amp-dependent so far.

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