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post #1171 of 1182

Ive us3d the XBA3's with the FiiO X3 a bit.  I agree they sound pretty darned good.  I know Sony has improved on them a lot, according to what ive read.  But I'm quite happy to stick with these for awhile longer.

post #1172 of 1182

XBA-3 is  very much V-shaped, metallic sibilance is omnipresent. I don't use an amp, you guys think it will make a difference? I also got XBA-H3 which is a completely different beast, and so far could not find any piece of music that would be more enjoyable with XBA-3. I am curious if XBA-30 sounds better than XBA-3, in particular if XBA-30 is less sibilant...


Edited by musicX - 2/4/15 at 2:37pm
post #1173 of 1182
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XBA-3 is  very much V-shaped, metallic sibilance is omnipresent. I don't use an amp, you guys think it will make a difference? I also got XBA-H3 which is a completely different beast, and so far could not find any piece of music that would be more enjoyable with XBA-3. I am curious if XBA-30 sounds better than XBA-3, in particular if XBA-30 is less sibilant...

Most important with XBA-3/30 is to have source with less than 1 Ohm output impedance to sound correct.

post #1174 of 1182
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Does anyone know if it's possible to get replacement noise reduction tips (the one w/the foam ring underneath) for these XBA-3s? I've been using mine for years now and the foam has gotten too flattened out so won't stay under the silicone tip easily anymore. But Sony doesn't seem to sell these particular tips separately anywhere, or at least I haven't been able to find it yet. All I see are replacement hybrid tips which I'm not as fond of. I don't understand why Sony would include these noise reduc tips and not provide replacements for them.


This may be late, but it's available in japan, you can also try you local service center and purchase them as a spare part (not off the shelves), price will be very expensive.

 

I have about 4-5 sets, I never liked them, I used the SS size normal ones, and I purchased a pack of SS 2 pairs from Japan, never got the chance to use them, had my XBA 3 for over 2 years and still on my first set, also have the EX500, EX600 and EX800ST, that's why I have so many tips. 

post #1175 of 1182
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Most important with XBA-3/30 is to have source with less than 1 Ohm output impedance to sound correct.

I don't know, it still sound V shaped out of an O2.

post #1176 of 1182
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Originally Posted by playingwithfire View Post
 

I don't know, it still sound V shaped out of an O2.

 

 

I found using an amp (FiiO E11, 0.5ohms impedance out), helps it sound more 'dynamic', more controlled and with better details. But the xba-3 is more a musical than a flat/reference/analytical earphone, so you can't really change that 'v-shaped' frequency response without some EQ-ing. I also found that with use (possibly burn-in?), the sibilance and metallic highs became much more tame, but that may also be due to me getting used to the sound sig, but I found that using foam tips (I'm using comply ts-200) helped me instantly in this regard.

post #1177 of 1182
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I found using an amp (FiiO E11, 0.5ohms impedance out), helps it sound more 'dynamic', more controlled and with better details. But the xba-3 is more a musical than a flat/reference/analytical earphone, so you can't really change that 'v-shaped' frequency response without some EQ-ing. I also found that with use (possibly burn-in?), the sibilance and metallic highs became much more tame, but that may also be due to me getting used to the sound sig, but I found that using foam tips (I'm using comply ts-200) helped me instantly in this regard.


I just don't think "fun headphones" are my thing. My desktop setup is with a HD 600, which while not analytical, is very natural and fairly balanced. This, along with the Westone 3, was just too V shaped for my liking. I have gotten the AT IM02 and it's much more my cup of tea. Now I just wait for someone to buy those off me.

post #1178 of 1182
anyone tried xba 3ip is this good?
post #1179 of 1182
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anyone tried xba 3ip is this good?

XBA 3IP is the same as XBA 3, just have iPhone remote added.

post #1180 of 1182
thanks
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anyone tried xba 3ip is this good?

volume is slightly lower, if you want it louder and better sounding, get the non ip version.

post #1182 of 1182
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volume is slightly lower, if you want it louder and better sounding, get the non ip version.

anyone tried this 3ip version in android phone? does mic and other buttons work?

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