Originally Posted by daveyostrow
...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.