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post #16 of 1150

God damn it! I must resist temptation :( At least let me save up a bit :(

post #17 of 1150

This place is horrible ( can't decide if that is a good horrible or a bad horrible ), in the space of two days I am considering 3 more IEMs in addition to the MH1C I just ordered last night, and also debating whether to get a few more of those for gifts and i haven't even heard them yet.

 And then there's the full sized stuff.

post #18 of 1150

I don't think they've been overlooked, just that their regular retail price is quite high. They are on my wishlist and the next time Futureshop shop sell them for $99 I'll consider it. I did hear a demo at the Sony Store once and was mighty impressed.


Edited by jarrett - 10/28/12 at 6:32pm
post #19 of 1150
Thread Starter 

Not overlooked but compared to the XBA-4s and XBA-1s they are. I remember. I believe it was Currowong

when these first came out ended up getting the XBA-3s over the XBA-4s. I have read many a guys that end up sampling these phones that liked the XBA-3s over the 4s. Carlsan should have a pair soon and he owns the XBA-4 so he should post some comparos.  I had no idea how good these were until that deal on the deals thread. Knowing how they sound now I would gladly pay $200 for this sound. Heck I prefer this sound over my A900X I payed $330 for.

 

What I am wondering is if the new XBA-30s have any improvements.

700

post #20 of 1150

IMO

 

XBA3>XBA1>XBA4>XBA2

post #21 of 1150
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Originally Posted by Inks View Post

IMO

 

XBA3>XBA1>XBA4>XBA2

 

Noooooo! XBA-1 4EVA!!!!! tongue_smile.gif

 

(Actually, I'm only half kidding). The XBA3 isn't bad; it sounds more 'correct' than the XBA4, at least.

post #22 of 1150
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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

Several weeks ago I got in on a deal that seemed too good to be true on one of these Sony XBA-3s

700

Future Shop of Canada was selling these for a mere $100. They retail upwards of $280 or so.  I am a big fan of Sony stuff and I use a Sony Z1060 as my main portable device for music listening so I thought why not. I contacted my best friend who happen to live near a Future Shop so I had him pick me up what turned out to be the last pair of XBA-3. So I got lucky. I got them a week later and opened up the box and started listening to them.

 

My only other experience with a 3 BA driver earphone was none other than a pair of TF10s I bought off another headfier a while back. But truth be told I was never all that impressed by them, But this thread is not about the TF10s. It is about the XBA-3s. I have to say. These are my favorite earphones to date and for good reason. What these earphones have done is made me a believer of Armature technology.. See for me I never was sold on armatures. Could have been the lack of real sounding bass end or the robotic nature of the highs that put me off. These. Are a different story. These I feel are special. I did a quick search of the XBA line and there is not too much about these earphones. Most guys get the XBA-4s or the XBA-1s but not these. Perhaps they are a bit pricy for most to try out. I feel at a sale price for $200 or so these should be purchased with confidence.  

 

But at $100? I got what turned out to be the most impressive earphones I have ever put into my ears. I know there are many guys here at headfi that have much more experience with higher end universals than I do but I felt after using these ever since I got them I feel it is a shame there is not a thread just for them and the new XBA-30s that have just been released in Japan.

 

Initial impression.

 

So without further ado. What makes the Sony XBA-3 sound so seductive. I was listening to of all tunes. Johnny Cash Ring of fire and as many times as I have heard that tune what was a huge surprise to me was just how wide that tune sounded on the XBA-3. I do a lot of commuting for my business so I was in my car listening to my XBA-3s when this tune came up. The tune sounded wider than the speakers that are in my car. It sounded like I was in a big concert hall. This turned out to be one of many more out of head experiences on so many tracks..I kept on taking the earphones out as I was simply amazed at the sense of space the tune was throwing out. The advantages of BA drivers and the great tuning are clearly evident here. Earphones and headphones relay a sense of space to your ears giving you that stage that we all know. These are the first earphones that adjusts to the actual recording. If the tune was recorded in a bigger scale these relay that to what your hearing much better than any other earphones I have heard. It is quite addictive as I found myself going from tune to tune and it threw a big smile on my face as the sense of space of a particular tune would actually change pending on how it was recorded. Simply Amazing.

 

The sound is a complete one perhaps more complete than I ever thought an earphone could convey and Sony did a masterful job with the tuning on these earphones. I have quickly become a fan of the mids on these earphones. Very accurate and detailed..I read many a review on these earphones but I had no idea just how good the mids were until now. It seems Sony takes their mids very seriously. Every single Sony headphone and earphone I have had always had good to outstanding mids and these are perhaps the best I have heard to date..The meat of your tunes reside in the mids and the accuracy these convey is. Dare I say perfect..These earphones really shine with instrument and vocal presentation that is some of the best I have heard. The 3 drivers works extremely well together and sound like high end speakers in your ears.. I read some reviews online saying the bass is a bit much ect. Lol. It has enough bass for even Hip hop and EDM but these aren't bass heavy at all. Music without my bass is like music without highs. For this sound, it is perfect imo.

 

More of a balanced sound than tilting toward highs or the bass end. Now the highs I had to get used to but I quickly realized my ears are too used to colored highs that are on many of my earphones and headphones. These have a delicate clean and crisp approach to the highs that once you figure out put the focus back to the mids more than the highs and if you think about it that is actually the correct way to hear your tunes. The highs should be the rhythmic accents to your tunes and not the focus and that is the tuning Sony did on these. I simply bow down to the delicate balancing they did between the 3 drivers in each ear..Bass has solid impact and the subs in here are tuned much like the highs in that they convey more accurately how the bass should sound more than anything bloaty or exaggerated. Yet they threw in just a touch more than neutral levels because who don't like their beats hitting hard? 

 

I am very much more impressed with these than any other Sony product I have heard to date. These are what I thought my Sony EX600 should have been. These are what I hoped the TF10s was going to be.

I don't know if there ever will be another opportunity to grab one of these for $100 but if you ever see such a deal online. Grab them like it was the last bottle of vodka at the end of the world..

 

Last word of advice. Anyone that is looking for one of the most engaging, lush, fantastically 3D layered detailed and dreamy out of your head sounds around. Try these with absolute no hesitation. I can't express to you guys just how much I enjoy these earphones. And as always. Happy listening. 

Very Nice review Dsnuts! Would you mind sharing your opinion on the stage of Crying Lightning by Arctic Monkeys? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a59iwBNIXQU


Edited by vlenbo - 10/28/12 at 11:45pm
post #23 of 1150
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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

Not overlooked but compared to the XBA-4s and XBA-1s they are. I remember. I believe it was Currowong

when these first came out ended up getting the XBA-3s over the XBA-4s. I have read many a guys that end up sampling these phones that liked the XBA-3s over the 4s. Carlsan should have a pair soon and he owns the XBA-4 so he should post some comparos.  I had no idea how good these were until that deal on the deals thread. Knowing how they sound now I would gladly pay $200 for this sound. Heck I prefer this sound over my A900X I payed $330 for.

 

What I am wondering is if the new XBA-30s have any improvements.

700

no, just color

post #24 of 1150

dsnut, how does this compare to ckm500?

might want an upgrade.

really love the mids and treble of the ckm500 but i miss my she3580 bass.

soundstage of ckm500 is fantastic too.

i hope the xba-3 would be like ckm500(or better) with the she3580 bass. gs1000.gif

post #25 of 1150
Thread Starter 

What your looking for is the CKM700 or the CKM900 whenever AT decides to bring those out. The good news is they just released some new CKS earphones the CKS99 might be something you should look at. These XBA-3s are at a complete different level of sound refinement. But for a bass guy these will sound somewhat light in the bass department. I love the bass on the XBA-3 it adapts to your tunes but is a notch lower in bass impact and sub bass against the CKM500. The CKS99 I am willing to bet you is what your looking for. They sell on ebay for $160ish. The product is so new. No one has it yet on Headfi.

 

I am tempted to give them a go myself..Based on what I know about the CKM500 and the CKS77.. I have a feeling it will be a combination of both these earphones with even bigger stage and monsterous Sub bass. CKS99  w 2 sub chambers and 2 acoustic resistor chambers. Reads like a high tech bass phone to me.

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I know no one has these yet. Worth checking out. These could be a much refined CKS77 which would be exactly what your looking for. Curious myself.


Edited by Dsnuts - 10/29/12 at 6:24am
post #26 of 1150
You can ger the cks99 from amazon.co.jp and use tenso service to save a few bucks.
post #27 of 1150
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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

What your looking for is the CKM700 or the CKM900 whenever AT decides to bring those out. The good news is they just released some new CKS earphones the CKS99 might be something you should look at. These XBA-3s are at a complete different level of sound refinement. But for a bass guy these will sound somewhat light in the bass department. I love the bass on the XBA-3 it adapts to your tunes but is a notch lower in bass impact and sub bass against the CKM500. The CKS99 I am willing to bet you is what your looking for. They sell on ebay for $160ish. The product is so new. No one has it yet on Headfi.

 

I am tempted to give them a go myself..Based on what I know about the CKM500 and the CKS77.. I have a feeling it will be a combination of both these earphones with even bigger stage and monsterous Sub bass. CKS99  w 2 sub chambers and 2 acoustic resistor chambers. Reads like a high tech bass phone to me.

700

I know no one has these yet. Worth checking out. These could be a much refined CKS77 which would be exactly what your looking for. Curious myself.

you know you'll get themwink.gif

post #28 of 1150
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Originally Posted by DaBomb77766 View Post

Now you know what it always feels like to be Canadian <3

 

LOL, true. 


Edited by vlenbo - 10/29/12 at 11:32am
post #29 of 1150

I need help. I can't seem to stop buying iem's based on dsnuts recommendations. It would be good for me to stop!

 

This is my story that I posted in the discovery thread...

 

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Pretty much before getting introduced to this thread (or was it the fxd70/80 thread - doesn't matter), I didn't even want iem's. I had crappy ones that came with various gizmos. I bought a pair of skullcandy iem's for $50 a few years ago. Yuck. You gotta stick'em in your ear.. they are a hassle if you want to get them in and out a lot... they can make your ears itchy, and they sound like crap! Or so I thought. frown.gif Someone (you, rick, someone, dunno anymore) convinced me to get the fx40. Why not give it a try for $25 from Future shop. Although the high end was too much for me, the fxd40's made me realize that iem's might actually have meaning. The R1's even contributed to that feeling, as they sound quite good to me. The fxd70's were supposed to be the way for me to reach iem-audio-nirvana at a really decent price - all I had to do was to ignore your ongoing praise of the xba3's (which was easy because they would never be close to $100 again). But noooooooo LOL!

 

So, I have the fxd70's on the way, and let's not forget that I also have the mh1c's on the way. I will be returning the r1's.

 

Does anyone here really think that if I were to get the xba3's (for the great price of $129 at futureshop.ca), that there is really any chance that I might actually be satisfied enough with them that I won't feel the need to get any other iem's... for at least a while???

 

Be honest. Help me. Or not!

post #30 of 1150
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Originally Posted by WAYNENUMM View Post

I need help. I can't seem to stop buying iem's based on dsnuts recommendations. It would be good for me to stop!

 

This is my story that I posted in the discovery thread...

 

<snip>


Be honest. Help me. Or not!

 

I couldn't wait for you slow pokes. DONE! lol!

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