Originally Posted by tgx78
Can't wait for mine to arrive. Waynenumm, I also live in Vancouver. How's your xba-3 compare to R1? comparable?
For $35, I really like the R1's. They have a lot of bass that seems well controlled, and a very warm sound which I enjoy. I really like the sub-bass on them. Whenever I put them on, I enjoy them.
The xba3 are a bit brighter, have a more balanced sound, and the bass, mids and highs are more transparent and detailed. The bass is definitely not as prominent, but it still has a fair amount of bass, and it is quite a bit more detailed, accurate and controlled. Same with the mids and highs. For example, sometimes snare drums on the R1 can sound a bit manufactured, whereas with the xba3 they sound as they should (to my ears). Plus on the xba3 you will hear a sounds and instruments that you won't hear on the R1. And one more good thing about the xba3 is that they seem to sound great with every genre I've thrown at them.
Great bass with a warm, enjoyable "fun" sound? R1. Awesome balanced, transparent, accurate and detailed sound.. xba3.
Keep in mind that I am a relative newbie, so my thoughts and opinions could change on a whim lol!
Edit: I just listened to Yes's "I've Seen All Good People". Here's a video:
R1: Bass and sub-bass very pronounced. At first it sounds really cool. But after a while it feels like it's going to blow out my eardrums lol. Also, the guitar in the left channel sounds not quite but almost sibilant to me. After listening to it for a while, I find my ears getting a bit fatigued due to both the bass and the treble.
XBA3: Bass is not nearly so pronounced, but it still sounds good and full to me. And the quitar sounds good. Non-fatiguing for my old ears (at least with the r1 foam tips on).
Edited by waynes world - 11/3/12 at 10:30pm