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Then when you hear the XBA-3s. Don't know these might make you sell your FXD70s.Lol...I would never sell my FXD70s to be honest. I don't sell what I like in sound. Those are keepers and so are the XBA-3s..The FXD70s sound quality is very similar to your HA-S500 with ATH- Pleahers. They sound like fantastic earphones.. The XBA-3? To me sound like high tech holographic sound implants that utilize state of the art armatures to achieve every single sound in character and ambiance in your music can muster but also adds lushness and completeness to the sound like nothing you have ever heard. You don't just hear your tunes. You are surrounded by it. These are crack for your ears. Music immersion on these earphones are a first for me. These XBA-3s make you rethink how you listen to your music. Makes you dig deep into your old tracks and listen to them again..They make you listen to music you never listen to before. They make you appreciate all your music. And to me that type of experience can't be bought at any price. Let alone $130.

 

Lots of people may have mentioned this already, but man I hate you Dsnuts lol... I also hate the fact that I live in Canada.

My Visa taken out of my wallet and I am heading toward Futureshop . ca.


Edited by tgx78 - 10/31/12 at 3:01am
post #47 of 1160
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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

 The advantages of BA drivers and the great tuning are clearly evident here.

 

Can you tune IEMs that don't have crossovers?

post #48 of 1160
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Originally Posted by Crenshaw View Post

 

Can you tune IEMs that don't have crossovers?

You can with acoustic impedance.

post #49 of 1160
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Originally Posted by rostic83 View Post

Awesome headphone.

 

After having Noc's NS600, Phonak Audeo 132's and Klipsch S4i, i was on a mission to find the brightness of Phonaks while having the bass of S4i.

 

i got to listen to XBA2 and they sounded nothing close to my likings but trying XBA3 i was shocked to see how much they opened up by simply adding a twitter.

 

I do agree they sound a bit metal type of sounding but none of that matters if your not looking analytical headphones.

 

i still notice nice instrument seperation and they are not muffed.

 

Bass is tight and goes deep even on POP songs, Dance and Trance it really takes off deep down.

 

My mission was to find headphones that do not go over the ear, have iphone remote and offer nice clarity as well as having a good bass but not super powerful.

 

Just awesome headphones

 

Picked them up for $240 at Sony Australia

 

The more I use them the more I actually love the highs on these. Sure they might sound a bit armatureish but to me the transparency in the highs are actually one of the more intriguing aspects of the sound. These actually sound like speaker tweeters and perform like so more than earphone highs. That is why I mentioned these sound like high end speakers in my ears more than anything.  Jazz and rock sounds unbelievable on these. I mentioned on my first post about these how I had to get used to the highs. I realized so many of my earphones and headphones have exaggeration happening. I think the highs are represented really well on these actually. I have them in my ears as I am typing this listening to Stevie Ray Vaughan. Guitars just pop on these like no other earphones I have. Agreed on the pop n trance on these. Can't get enough.

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Lots of people may have mentioned this already, but man I hate you Dsnuts lol... I also hate the fact that I live in Canada.

My Visa taken out of my wallet and I am heading toward Futureshop . ca.

 

Classical is off the hook on these by the way. Instrument separation is something special on these. Grand scale of larger recordings have great presence. May times you will have an out of head experience listening to classical on these. Instrument timbre is so enjoyable. I have a feeling this one you are going to enjoy quite a bit. Look forward to your take on them. You guys in Canada are seriously lucky is all I can say.


Edited by Dsnuts - 10/31/12 at 9:49am
post #50 of 1160
Thanks for the heads up on these guys. Just ordered a pair from Future Shop for $129. They have 15 left online now.
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it would be great, if dsnuts could do a comparison with xba-4. 

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Now sold out online at Future Shop.
post #53 of 1160
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Originally Posted by sofastreamer View Post

it would be great, if dsnuts could do a comparison with xba-4. 


I am curious much on how the XBA-4 sounds vs the XBA-3s. I might have to borrow a firends to compare. I know there are a few that have tried or owned both so maybe some one else can chime in on this one.

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Hey dsnuts, as usual it if after I do a dsnuts-taneous purchase (and while waiting for the goods to arrive) that I started doing a bit of learning about what I purchased lol!

 

Pretty much general positive opinions about these puppies :)

 

I'm sure you have read this thread:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/631704/double-review-etymotic-hf3-sony-xba-3-with-appearances-from-the-vsonic-gr07-mkii

 

eke2k7 obviously likes the xba3's. But what is your take on the below impressions of his?:

 

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XBA-3: Coming from the GR07, I immediately noticed the loss of texture in the hi-hat of the drums, which was replaced by this annoying "TSSSST TSSSST" sound. It almost sounded like sibilance.

 

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One relatively jarring thing though (at least IMO) is that at the higher treble when the drummer strikes the cymbals, there is a tinkery, metallic sound that bothers the crap out of me. I want to attribute it to the tweeter, but I'm not totally sure what the exact culprit is. Adele's voice is more enveloping than in the other phones,

 

Have you noticed anything similar? Thanks.

post #55 of 1160
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Interesting read on 50 flagship comparison by DavidMahler of headphones.com

 

#53 SONY: XBA-4

 

noimageI owned the MDR-EX700LP for several years. This was Sony's flagship in-ear model until the release of the MDR-EX1000. While I liked certain aspects of the EX700LP's sound (particularly the bass presentation), I was never thrilled by neither the earphone's overall sound quality nor its ergonomic design. It was because of my lack of enthusiasm for the EX700LP that I never ventured to try the EX1000.

 

In 2012, Sony introduced their very first in-ear product-line to utilize balanced armature drivers. This product-line is known as the XBA line. While they released several different XBA models at different price-points, it was the quad-driver model, which was to be the most highly anticipated within the audiophile community.

 

The XBA-4 is Sony's newest flagship in-ear model. To my knowledge, it is the one of only two quad-driver universal-fit IEM currently available; the other being the Westone 4. However, unlike the Westone 4, which incorporates dual bass drivers, the XBA-4 has a single bass driver and a single driver dedicated to sub-bass frequencies. I pre-ordered the XBA-4, but shortly after it arrived, Sony sent headphones.com a sample of the entire XBA-line. When I had the chance to spend time with each of the earphones, I discovered that I actually found that the XBA-3 sounded better to me. The XBA-4 is brighter and a bit sharper. It seems to me that the XBA-4's sound signature is more revealing than that of the XBA-3, but at the same time the XBA-3 sounds more natural and balanced. If I had known that I was going to be given the opportunity to review the entire series, I probably would have gone with the XBA-3 instead.

 

*The XBA-4 is offered in two different versions. One comes with an Apple Remote and is known as the XBA-4iP, while the other comes without this feature and is known simply as the XBA-4.

 

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...I hope that the sale never comes back so I don't have to worry about having to buy them again. :P

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...I hope that the sale never comes back so I don't have to worry about having to buy them again. :P

 

That's what I said the last time the sale ended, so good luck with that! cool.gif

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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

Interesting read on 50 flagship comparison by DavidMahler of headphones.com

 

#53 SONY: XBA-4

 

noimage<snip>

 

The XBA-4 is Sony's newest flagship in-ear model. To my knowledge, it is the one of only two quad-driver universal-fit IEM currently available; the other being the Westone 4. However, unlike the Westone 4, which incorporates dual bass drivers, the XBA-4 has a single bass driver and a single driver dedicated to sub-bass frequencies. I pre-ordered the XBA-4, but shortly after it arrived, Sony sent headphones.com a sample of the entire XBA-line. When I had the chance to spend time with each of the earphones, I discovered that I actually found that the XBA-3 sounded better to me. The XBA-4 is brighter and a bit sharper. It seems to me that the XBA-4's sound signature is more revealing than that of the XBA-3, but at the same time the XBA-3 sounds more natural and balanced. If I had known that I was going to be given the opportunity to review the entire series, I probably would have gone with the XBA-3 instead.

 

*The XBA-4 is offered in two different versions. One comes with an Apple Remote and is known as the XBA-4iP, while the other comes without this feature and is known simply as the XBA-4.

 

 

Coming from a guy who has the xba3's on the way, I don't mind reading that.

 

Edit: my guess is that the xba3 would have ended up higher on his list (and would have probably been given it at least a "B" value rating if he reviewed it at the $130 future shop price)


Edited by waynes world - 11/1/12 at 12:08pm
post #59 of 1160
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Originally Posted by DaBomb77766 View Post

...I hope that the sale never comes back so I don't have to worry about having to buy them again. :P

 

Like I said... good luck with that. 3 available still:

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/sony-sony-premium-in-ear-headphones-xba3-black-xba3/10194279.aspx

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Wow, FS site says the regular price is $200? Was there a price drop?  Also, didn't these just come out at the beginning of this year?  I wonder why they're being replaced so soon.

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