Originally Posted by IEMagnet01
did you purchase some XBA-30?? I'm trying to decide between a new pair of TF10's and the Fidelio S2. It's driving me nuts right now!! I've got both orders open, but don't know which one to choose?
Looks like you already bought the TF10.
My experience with TF10 and XBA-3iP is that TF10 is more detailed. You can hear things better with TF10 than XBA-3. In my opinion, TF10 easily beats XBA-3 in sound quality.
However, I normally never use my TF10 because the fit sucks and the highs can be piercing to my ears. I've tried at least 5 different sets of tips with TF10 and also wear them the non-Frankenstein method. Nothing works to alleviate the fit problems over the 2+ years I've owned them. I only use TF10 for movies and video games sometimes, when I want to hear every little detail. I'm only keeping TF10s for when I get enough money for the custom reshelling process.
As for XBA-3iP, they are my go-to portable IEMs. No fit issues at all. They are very lightweight, so prolonged listening isn't a problem. The detail may not up to TF10's level, but they are adequate. Soundstage and instrument separation are great. Unlike a lot of people, I don't get metallic tinge in the highs, nor do the highs pierce my ears like TF10s do. The only complaint I have with my XBAs is the fact that the iPhone controls don't always work correctly. But that's not as important as the SQ to me and most people here.
I wish I had a XBA-30 to compare my XBA-3iP to. It'll be interesting to hear your comparisons...