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post #991 of 1168
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Originally Posted by spurxiii View Post

You got me curious now. Do you reckon I could damage the XBA3 by putting it in the fridge?

Good idea! Go ahead and let us know... You can do a YouTube video as well: xba3 torture test! Lol
post #992 of 1168
I was kind of serious and wanted to know if there's a major change in sound quality with the temperature dropped
post #993 of 1168
My XBA3 is brand new in a box so I might try this next week when I Crack them open. Remind me to try this
post #994 of 1168
Maybe this will finally get that awful metallic sound from the highs?!
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Originally Posted by IEMagnet01 View Post

Maybe this will finally get that awful metallic sound from the highs?!

...ill see for myself how the xba30 have improved the metallic highs soon enough

post #996 of 1168
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Originally Posted by daveyostrow View Post
 

...ill see for myself how the xba30 have improved the metallic highs soon enough

did you purchase some XBA-30?? I'm trying to decide between a new pair of TF10's and the Fidelio S2. It's driving me nuts right now!! I've got both orders open, but don't know which one to choose?

post #997 of 1168
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Originally Posted by IEMagnet01 View Post

did you purchase some XBA-30?? I'm trying to decide between a new pair of TF10's and the Fidelio S2. It's driving me nuts right now!! I've got both orders open, but don't know which one to choose?
I hasn't heard the tf10 in a long time, but they are technically in another league. At least in my opinion. Fit is the biggest issue you may have with them. The separation/layering of the xba3 were probably the only phones that impressed me like that, only like multi BAs do
post #998 of 1168
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Originally Posted by daveyostrow View Post
 

...ill see for myself how the xba30 have improved the metallic highs soon enough

I still find the XBA-30's treble is still offensive. I hate it when the treble focuses on cymbal crashes, hi hats, and anything that sounds tssstsssh. Possibily, this is the first time I heard sparkly treble coming from XBA-30's; Yamaha EPH-100 and FXD80z's forward treble arent offensive and crazy like XBA-30 though. Maybe it's because the BA's version of treble....I own W4 and UM3x and those trebles aren't sparkly like that

 

I had put plenty of foams (from the sony hybrid foams) and more on the right side since cymbal crashes and hot trebles are focused on right side.  I also use meelectronic's double flange to give more distance from my ear to the driver since rinchoi said,"  Deep insertion is not recommended for Sony XBA-3. Once the insertion depth gets closer to the reference plane, the high frequency goes out of control, leaving a very sharp peak at  ~13 kHz...". No wonder using sony's stock tips hurt my ears so badly. I know this applies only to XBA-3, but the problem is still prevalent on XBA-30. 

 

Overall, I am satisfied with everything, the bass, mid, and soundstage, but the treble! Sadly, I still prefer my XBA-1 over XBA-30 due its lovely sound, non fatiguing, inoffensive, great isolation and comfort. 

post #999 of 1168
I had the same experience with the xba3. The xba40 had super smooth highs so I am only assuming the xba30 are somewhat as smooth.
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Gandasaputra, seems like you're already frustrated with your purchase?? Maybe sell?

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Originally Posted by IEMagnet01 View Post
 

Gandasaputra, seems like you're already frustrated with your purchase?? Maybe sell?

Nah I'm keeping these whether it's undesirable or not. When I first owned XBA-1, I hated the sound (it sounded like a broken IEM) but eventually I appreciate its strength. So, I believe that it applies to XBA-30 too. Similarly to Westone W4 and UM3X's sound too, maybe BA's sound needs time to get used with.  I just own this for 1 day! but I think my ears need a rest and try something else.

post #1002 of 1168

i think you're on the right track about just using them till you get used to the signature. I've done that with my UE 700's. Dual Armature drivers, and bass as dry as the desert, but I refused to sell. The price of these things keeps going up, and eventually I grew to enjoy listening to them, despite the dry bass. The treble is so crisp and timbre so clean, with that instrument separation, I just couldn't part with them, so I know what you mean. 

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I know!  I'm very positive this IEM will shine. I loved XBA-30 at first listen and my jaw fell to the floor, but those are all just my initial impression. I went through disappointed times with BA IEMs like W4 ( too dry) , UM3x ( forwardest mid), XBA-1 (tinny) and X10 (sibilant at high vol. ) but now I favor those over dynamic IEMs. But hey, I collect IEMs as part of my hobby and I never selling 'em; they're like piece of art and it is very fun to know each unique SQs. :) 


Edited by Gandasaputra - 12/4/13 at 12:19am
post #1004 of 1168
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Originally Posted by Gandasaputra View Post
 

I know!  I'm very positive this IEM will shine. I loved XBA-30 at first listen and my jaw fell to the floor, but those are all just my initial impression. I went through disappointed times with BA IEMs like W4 ( too dry) , UM3x ( forwardest mid), XBA-1 (tinny) and X10 (sibilant at high vol. ) but now I favor those over dynamic IEMs. But hey, I collect IEMs as part of my hobby and I never selling 'em; they're like piece of art and it is very fun to know each unique SQs. :) 

Very cool to hear. I'm glad you're the guy who bought my XBA-30's off me. They're in good hands. 

post #1005 of 1168

The Sony XBA-4's are currently on sale on amazon.com for $172.00 US. That's $195.00 off the retail price. The XBA-3 is on sale for $136.00 US. That's $140.00 off. 

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