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Originally Posted by stimer View Post
 

I noticed that sansa weak source need an amplifier or expensive player ibasso DX50 or something like that.

 

My:

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I like your green Sansa. Very cool looking. 

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hahaha thanks)

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Here's mine. 

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yehh very nice  :beyersmile:

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Notice my JVC's? Love them.
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Oh get a room you two :rolleyes:

 

 

@all

 

How do the XBA3/30s sound with complys?

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Originally Posted by getclikinagas View Post
 

Oh get a room you two :rolleyes:

 

 

@all

 

How do the XBA3/30s sound with complys?

If you don't use comply's with the 30's, then you're either an idiot or a masochist, because without the comply's, that terrible metallic ting in the treble will murderize you!!! ;) 

post #1058 of 1168
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Originally Posted by IEMagnet01 View Post
 

If you don't use comply's with the 30's, then you're either an idiot or a masochist, because without the comply's, that terrible metallic ting in the treble will murderize you!!! ;)

 

I originally used comply tsx200 but ended up preferring the Meelec double flange tips more... complies tend to affect treble extension.

In my experience, the metallic tinge was more dependent on the damper/filter material than the actual kind of tips.

I do agree though that complies do help tame the metallic tinge a bit.

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Originally Posted by d marc0 View Post

I originally used comply tsx200 but ended up preferring the Meelec double flange tips more... complies tend to affect treble extension.
In my experience, the metallic tinge was more dependent on the damper/filter material than the actual kind of tips.
I do agree though that complies do help tame the metallic tinge a bit.

Complys shouldn't affect the treble extension. Are you putting them on correctly?
post #1061 of 1168
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Complys shouldn't affect the treble extension. Are you putting them on correctly?

Comply's smooth out treble, so in some ways they do affect extension. Treble is NEVER as harsh or aggressive with Comply's. It's why they are wonders with my UE 700. 

post #1062 of 1168
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Complys shouldn't affect the treble extension. Are you putting them on correctly?

 



In most cases they eliminate the airiness in the highs which can make or break my listening pleasure.
post #1063 of 1168
I found that was the case when I just compressed the complys with pushing the front part in as well. When I do this I get the isolation and bass improvement of the comply but not lose the treble extension (which I like) and not mess up the mids also. I actually don't use complys any more. I make my own tips out of Moldex Spark Plugs
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My theory is correct that it takes time to appreciate XBA-30 strength, just like XBA-1. 

 

I realize that when XBA-30 is played on Sansa Clip+, the sound is somewhat distorted (which prevents me from raising the volume). There is "something" in that XBA-30 sound that makes it painful to listen to. I assume that is the "metallic tinge" that everyone has been talking about. 

 

But when played on my ipod's iTouch 4G, now it sounds really good and balanced ; I can raise volume at ease w/o fear. Soundstage is way better (stuffier on the sansa) , treble sounds airy to me, detail is awesome, and treble is balanced out while bass extension is now better, reaching to sub bass. Treble sparkle is now pleasant to listen to. I don't need to put both the additional foams nor complys; just the GR07's large hybrid tips and XBA-30 is good to go. Finally, I could enjoy listening to metal and rock with my xba-30 for longer time w/o fatigued! My only biggest gripe is only the shape and fit of the XBA-30 which prevents me from wearing over-the ear; thus, wearing down-ward cause microphonic.

 

so my conclusion that XBA-30 is source dependent? 

 

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I'm preferring this over the UM3x, which also has 3 drivers. XBA-30 sound is more articulate and greater soundstage (with that pleasant sparkle when played on itouch), while UM3x smacks with truck-load-sized-mid signature and sounds really bloated. At less than 1/2 of the UM3x price I bought , which was $280, I am impressed! but I wish in future, sony would modify xba-30 into XBA-300 with longer nozzle, miniatured size (instead of vertical) , and barrel shape for better isolation and over-the-ear wearing.

 

Salute to Iemagnet01 for giving me the opportunity to own XBA-30.


Edited by Gandasaputra - 12/11/13 at 1:55pm
post #1065 of 1168
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Originally Posted by Gandasaputra View Post
 

My theory is correct that it takes time to appreciate XBA-30 strength, just like XBA-1. 

 

I realize that when XBA-30 is played on Sansa Clip+, the sound is somewhat distorted (which prevents me from raising the volume). There is "something" in that XBA-30 sound that makes it painful to listen to. I assume that is the "metallic tinge" that everyone has been talking about. 

 

But when played on my ipod's iTouch 4G, now it sounds really good and balanced ; I can raise volume at ease w/o fear. Soundstage is way better (stuffier on the sansa) , treble sounds airy to me, detail is awesome, and treble is balanced out while bass extension is now better, reaching to sub bass. Treble sparkle is now pleasant to listen to. I don't need to put both the addition foams nor complys; just the GR07's large hybrid tips and everything is all good. Finally, I could enjoy listening to metal and rock with my xba-30 for longer time w/o fatigued! My only biggest gripe is only the shape and fit of the XBA-30 which prevents me from wearing over-the ear; thus, wearing down-ward cause microphonic.

 

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I'm preferring this over the UM3x, which also has 3 drivers. XBA-30 sound is more articulate and greater soundstage (with that pleasant sparkle when played on itouch), while UM3x smacks with truck-load-sized-mid signature and sounds really bloated. At less than 1/2 of the UM3x price I bought , which was $280, I am impressed! but I wish in future, sony would modify xba-30 into XBA-300 with longer nozzle, miniatured size (instead of vertical) , and barrel shape for better isolation and over-the-ear wearing.

 

so my conclusion that XBA-30 is source dependent? 

Any headphones with 3 or 4 drivers or more is very capricious and need player or amplifier with low output resistance near zero.


Edited by stimer - 12/11/13 at 1:54pm
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