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The bass distorting and bleeding into the mids just doesn't sound right.confused.gif  How is it compared to plugged straight into the Classic? The Cmoy''s circuitry might not react too well to the unusually low load of the XBA?

I have a European Sony Walkman Z which has an apparently high Z of 27 Ohms and while the sound is different compared to the E11, the effect is subtle and sound very good, just different. The bass isn't affected much but the Z provide slightly more treble presence and the soundstage is more spacious. The E11 is a tad cleaner overall. I really enjoy both to be honest. biggrin.gif


Edited by zenpunk - 3/5/13 at 10:31am
post #542 of 1160
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Originally Posted by zenpunk View Post

The bass distorting and bleeding into the mids just doesn't sound right.confused.gif  How is it compared to plugged straight into the Classic? The Cmoy''s circuitry might not react too well to the unusually low load of the XBA?

I have a European Sony Walkman Z which has an apparently high Z of 27 Ohms and while the sound is different compared to the E11, the effect is subtle and sound very good, just different. The bass isn't affected much but the Z provide slightly more treble presence and the soundstage is more spacious. The E11 is a tad cleaner overall. I really enjoy both to be honest. biggrin.gif

 

Compared to the HP out, the mids sound more forward and the bass more controlled. No bleeding whatsoever-- 

 

I did read that the Ipod's LOD has an zout of 100ohms.. but when connected to an external amp (such as the Cmoy), what is supposed to happen? Sorry not too knowledgeable in this area 

 

The best results so far are from my HP out from my Iphone4gs, the super-woofer kicks in when needed and everything sounds great. Must be that 1.97 zout

 

I might pick up a Clip-Zip (a supposed 0.5  - 0.6 zout) and compare.

post #543 of 1160

The high Z of the LOD out shouldn't matter as an amp has usually very high input impedance >10kOhms.

If the XBA sound great/better without an amp that sounds like a win-win situation..wink.gif

I found that using a portable amplifiers for iems is usually a waste of space. Because of the XBA's unusual load it is among the few iems that might benefit. 

post #544 of 1160
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The high Z of the LOD out shouldn't matter as an amp has usually very high input impedance >10kOhms.

If the XBA sound great/better without an amp that sounds like a win-win situation..wink.gif

I found that using a portable amplifiers for iems is usually a waste of space. Because of the XBA's unusual load it is among the few iems that might benefit. 

Makes sense... following the 8x rule of input impedance to output impedence, 100ohms to Cmoys alleged 100kohm input impedance should handle it well.

 

 

But so far, the 30s are definitely the best all-rounders regardless of source. Once the 40 is paired with the right source, it is certainly v-shaped as I can tell. The soundstage is wider than the 30s, though the 40s doesn't handled mids as well as the 30s. 

 

lol i'm trying to find a reason why to keep the 40s over the 30s tongue.gif maybe its the extra armature, or the fact that I got it cheaper with Tenso then from importing it from Japan to the States.

post #545 of 1160

how does the xba30 paired up with the walkman Z ?

 

the xba30 really caught my interest.

 

also,

which is better (xba30 or 40) for rock/metal/punk/pop genres.


Edited by virus12345 - 3/6/13 at 12:36am
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I manged to get the XBA 3IP for £120 Delivered (brand new), Not sure if this has been answered already but will the volume control's work on any device or is it just for Apple products ?

 

I'll be using the XBA's with my Sony Nwz Z1050. I'm currently using the MDR XB41EX.

post #547 of 1160
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I manged to get the XBA 3IP for £120 Delivered (brand new), Not sure if this has been answered already but will the volume control's work on any device or is it just for Apple products ?

I'll be using the XBA's with my Sony Nwz Z1050. I'm currently using the MDR XB41EX.

Volume controls only work for apple devices. Play/pause/skip button could work with android devices tho you may need an adapter depending on the type of headphone jack.
post #548 of 1160
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I manged to get the XBA 3IP for £120 Delivered (brand new), Not sure if this has been answered already but will the volume control's work on any device or is it just for Apple products ?

I'll be using the XBA's with my Sony Nwz Z1050. I'm currently using the MDR XB41EX.

Hey, where did you manage to snag those from? smily_headphones1.gif
post #549 of 1160

It was from a Amazon marketplace seller.

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You guys will love the new XBA series. Believe me.

post #551 of 1160
Still waiting for someone to finally compare the XBA 3 to 30...
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Edited by d marc0 - 3/7/13 at 8:31pm
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Still waiting for someone to finally compare the XBA 3 to 30...

Here's my take on it , also including the xba40

http://www.head-fi.org/t/653564/review-xba-3-vs-xba-30-vs-xba-40/15#post_9236183
post #554 of 1160
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Here's my take on it , also including the xba40

http://www.head-fi.org/t/653564/review-xba-3-vs-xba-30-vs-xba-40/15#post_9236183

Awesome review! I think I will sell my XBA3 to get the funds for this upgrade.
post #555 of 1160

Price on XBA-30 has reached a new low if purchased directly from Amazon.jp: ¥ 12,544 (approximately $135 USD). Tenso service/shipping fees usually are about $20.

 

Not currently in stock, but it seems the past few times they've ran out they've had it back in stock much earlier than the 1-2 months they estimate. It's usually in small quantities, however.

 

EDIT: The white/gold one is in stock for the same price.


Edited by PeterDLai - 3/12/13 at 5:18am
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