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...
I own the XBA-4, and I really like them. But I'm wondering if they are at the same level than other earphones such as the SM3 or the Westone 4.
First, what are the major differences between the XBA-4 and the XBA-40 ? Do they both offer the same amount of details ? Should I buy the XBA-40 instead of keeping the XBA-4 ?
Here, you seem to say that the xba-40 are comparable to the W4... But in what way ? Do they have the same amount of details, I mean, are they technically at the same level ?
And I have a last question : I'm going to buy the iPod classic, because my current Cowon J3's storage is full. The iPod Classic has an output impedance of 5 Ohms, and the XBA-4 have a 8 Ohms impedance. Is it a problem ?