Originally Posted by sardar17
i have recently ordered xba-3 for 130$ including delivery charges,,,after my excellent meelectronics a151 were stolen
1)is it worth in this range??
2)i have heard that it will not work very well with sources having high impedence
so what portable player is suitable here??
do i need an amp for these 2 devices??
i have a sansa clip+ and xperia mini cellphone
Just to update what i said on last page, answer your questions, and reinforce what others have said, I've had pretty extensive listening with my xba-30s after a week now and tried them with all sorts of different setups, a/b tested etc, I think best setup is:
1. Less than 2 impedance source, I've tried with iphone 4, iphone 4s, clip+ and home rig, and my favorite is the iphone 4s at ~1.9 output impedance (slightly less bass but more open mids/highs when compared to iphone 4 at .9), and the runner up is tie between clip+ and iphone 4, sounded very similar to my ears, just slightly more bass, and less sharp highs.
2. Amp is really not needed at all, I actually prefer my iphone 4s-> xba-30 over iphone 4s->lod out to fiio e6 -> xba-30.
3. Wide bore tips (stock tips are really comfy to my ears, but make the iems sound congested) - I am using auvio that you can buy from radioshack, I am not 100% content with these (don't get as perfect seal as the yellow sony hybrids do, but nonetheless sound better), so if anyone has better tip options I'm all ears.. (am rather new to iem world).
Overall though, its been about a week since I've had these and the "new toy effect" has worn off - and I can say that I still think these are excellent sounding for the price. Especially the bass extension... these are first iems i've heard that I can really enjoy hardstyle on, and that is saying something. my only gripe is that the build quality doesn't seem to be excellent, mostly regarding the headphone jack... it came apart a little (just the plastic on outside) and I had to super glue it back together.