Originally Posted by Twinster
For me they are both very musical & engaging but for different reason. The XBA-3 (not the 30 in my case) have a more laid back signature with good presence in the bass making them great for genre with accent in the lows (EDM, Dub step, Pop, Rock). The EQ5 with their mid centric signature are great for acoustic music and vocal like Jazz or acoustic Rock. The EQ-5 also have more sparkle on top. This is IMO of course.
Thanks for your feedback! I've been wanting to move away from the typically bright and analytical IEMs that I've had(RE2, ER6i, RE0, B2) after having listened the richer, organic and fuller sound of the RE-400 - without satisfying much of the clarity/detail those IEMs offered.
It's difficult to decide because I've read that both the XBA-3/30 and E-Q5 are transparent, clear and - you've just confirmed it - lively in their own unique ways. Okay then, which of the two has a wider, more exciting soundstage?
As a side note, because of where I live, both IEMs will cost be around $200 - so value for money would be desirable!
Edited by isis - 5/4/13 at 1:45pm