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Can't wait for mine to arrive. Waynenumm, I also live in Vancouver. How's your xba-3 compare to R1? comparable?

I'm situated in Vancouver as well. In fact, I met another head-fier when I picked up the XBA-3s for $99 at the FS near Robson. Though I was gonna fight over them, but luckily they had more in stock at the back. Sound familiar to anyone? (if so, pass me a PM!).

 

I just sold them off to a friend, but might get another if they go on sale again, partly because I miss the sound (it sounded a bit too diffuse at first, but everything else was quite good), partly for the foam-filled Hybrids (only available on special order at a exorbitant price otherwise). Maybe all us Vancouverites can hold a XBA-3 owner's meet, lol.

post #92 of 1160
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Originally Posted by WAYNENUMM View Post

 

Wow - different tips and fit. I never knew there were so many different types. Hybrids. Silicone. Double flanged. Different sized holes. And such changes to the sound with minute fitting adjustments! Wow.

 

I returned the fx40, so no experimenting with it's tips. But, I put on my r1 foam tips onto the xba3, and yes, they make a difference in opening up the sound. Sadly the foam tips are making my ears itchy, so I'm now using the r1's double flanged tips on the xba3 (which also seem to have wider openings than the xba3's tips), and they are sounding pretty awesome on the xba3's also. Plenty of fun!

 

My hearing must be sensitive to the high end. I was using the R1's double flanged wider bore tip, and it sounded great, but I was getting a bit sensitive to the high end at times with certain songs (listening to Yes's Closer To The Edge at the moment). Maybe my ears can't handle all of that high end detail lol! So I tried the stock Sony tips (both hybrid and not), and to me they didn't help that situation at all. To my ears the sound was thinner, but the high end was further enhanced. I threw back on the R1 double-flangers, and whew.. nice. Then I threw on the R1's foam tips (again with very wide bores), and everything sounds perfect to me now.

 

Again, I can't believe how tips can change the sounds of iem's. Oh, and these xba3's sound pretty sweet biggrin.gif

post #93 of 1160

^^^^^^It could just be that the recording was wasn't done toooo well.

post #94 of 1160
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Originally Posted by tgx78 View Post

 

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhBwJyr1-x8

 

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
post #95 of 1160
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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

I believe it was Currowong

when these first came out ended up getting the XBA-3s over the XBA-4s.

Think you've just revealed Currawong's and Arnaud's secret reference earphones when they're out at audio shows listening to various DAC/Amps ;-)!!

 

Cheeky boy! 

 

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Again. Those are great n all but JVC got my attention when Currawong who heard them. Gave them best of show in Japan that is all I need to know..I plan on getting both the FXZ100 and the FXZ200. By the way the reason why prices dropped so fast was because of JVCs strong showing of their newest.

 

I think if you are like me and like the XBA-3s you'll love the JVCs. They are very JVC though, with a lot of bass and far less treble though, but sound more real and spacious overall. 

post #96 of 1160
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post

I think if you are like me and like the XBA-3s you'll love the JVCs. They are very JVC though, with a lot of bass and far less treble though, but sound more real and spacious overall. 


Oh no.

I thought my quest would be over with the XBA-3.

Then you go and say THIS!!!

post #97 of 1160

Dsnuts, i mean it as a compliment because your descriptions are very addictive. I need to unsubscribe from you or else my wallet.... smile.gif

post #98 of 1160
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Originally Posted by atomikn00b View Post


Oh no.

I thought my quest would be over with the XBA-3.

Then you go and say THIS!!!

 

See this is one of the pitfalls of being an informed headfier. There will always be better. But if you take the XBA-3 for what it is. I truly doubt you will be disappointed.

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Dsnuts, i mean it as a compliment because your descriptions are very addictive. I need to unsubscribe from you or else my wallet.... smile.gif

Sorry man. I just tell it like I hear it. These XBA-3s on sale should be snapped up. I know exactly how Waynenumm is hearing his XBA-3. I went through the same thing. It is just enjoyable X10. Lol.

 

@Currawong." More real and spacious?"  I can't wait. Lol. I have been selling off some of my older gear. I am ready with card in hand. Not just me either. Everyone on the discovery thread I am sure is interested as I have been posting any updates regarding the new JVCs on the thread. It will be interesting to hear the difference in the 2 IEMs. But I am such a huge fan of JVC's carbon nanotube tech. Throwing 3 dynamic carbon based drivers in a housing?  Just the way that sounds is soo how can you say. Exotic? Lol. Can't wait.

post #99 of 1160
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post

I think if you are like me and like the XBA-3s you'll love the JVCs. They are very JVC though, with a lot of bass and far less treble though, but sound more real and spacious overall. 

 

Killing. Me.

post #100 of 1160

which jvc are you talking of?

post #101 of 1160
Thread Starter 

700

JVC FXZ200.

post #102 of 1160
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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

700

JVC FXZ200.

Christmas time, that's the time I can only hope I can get this beauty. If not the fxz100 if it is more balanced and just as natural as the fxz200.

post #103 of 1160

Why don't you guys wait until I've got a pair and done a comparison? I don't want you to buy them and be disappointed.

post #104 of 1160
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post

Why don't you guys wait until I've got a pair and done a comparison? I don't want you to buy them and be disappointed.

 

that's what I'm gonna do - wait for others try them out :D looking forward to your impressions :)

post #105 of 1160
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post

Why don't you guys wait until I've got a pair and done a comparison? I don't want you to buy them and be disappointed.


Well even though my custom title says I am a AT superfan. I actually own 3X more JVC stuff. Too long of a list to put here. To be honest. I don't remember the last time I was disappointed with JVC stuff. Well the HA-S700 was really disappointing..Minus this mishap everything I have gotten headphone or earphone wise has been more than worth the money especially this year, and I can't imagine these guys dropping the ball now. I am sure many a headfiers will be interested to read the differences in the 2. Look forward to your impressions.

 

Now back on topic. How bout them XBA-3s.


Edited by Dsnuts - 11/4/12 at 3:26pm
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