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post #826 of 1195

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

post #827 of 1195
I don't think an amp is required
post #828 of 1195
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Originally Posted by spurxiii View Post

I don't think an amp is required

appreciate the help,,,,,,

post #829 of 1195
XBA3 sounds at it's best when paired with <2 zout sources like iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4th/5th gen. I wouldn't pair an Xperia with them.
post #830 of 1195
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Originally Posted by d marc0 View Post

XBA3 sounds at it's best when paired with <2 zout sources like iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4th/5th gen. I wouldn't pair an Xperia with them.

what about sansa clip+??

post #831 of 1195
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Originally Posted by sardar17 View Post

what about sansa clip+??
It should be fine.
post #832 of 1195

I use them with a Clip+ and sometimes with E06.

 

It's fine without.. but I use it to save battery life on the Clip. 

 

The only benefit would be if you want extra bass eq.. but I think the XBA3s are plenty warm enough. :)

post #833 of 1195

The XBAs are pretty warm and sound most unlike other BAs

post #834 of 1195
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Originally Posted by spurxiii View Post

The XBAs are pretty warm and sound most unlike other BAs

I call them the dynamic sounding BA IEMs.
post #835 of 1195
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Originally Posted by d marc0 View Post

I call them the dynamic sounding BA IEMs.

They sound more like dynamics than even the RE400s which are dynamic
post #836 of 1195
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Originally Posted by sardar17 View Post
 

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.

post #837 of 1195
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Originally Posted by Magdumper View Post
 

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.

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thanks man.........generally the first thing i do after getting costly cans is to put some tape around the jack

post #838 of 1195

Just one more update - I deiced rather impulsively to do the "foam mod" to my xba-30s (take some tweezers and pull a small amount of foam out of the nozzle, takes all of three minutes) because i was not satisfied with fit(comfort) of any wide bore tips I could find - and I can confirm that it definitely opens up these iems a LOT. Now, to my ears, the xba-30 with my iphone 4s sound as close to my HE-500s as possible with any set up i've tried with player/tips/etc, using stock yellow tips.. these same tips before sounded congested (kind of like pleather vs velour pads on he-500) and im so happy they sound perfect now, because they seal so effortlessly and well with my ear canals, something most tips fail to achieve. Even with an impedance drop from 1.9 to 0.97, the bass starts to sound bloated and highs/mids less crisp, but the exact setup I have now is absolutely perfect.. such controlled and perfect bass, pure bliss (to me). So if you are pretty picky about sound signature, expect to try a lot of different tips/etc... also since you ordered xba-3 and not xba-30, you might want to wait a while like i did to do foam mod, and only do it if you absolutely feel you need to, because some people report that it sounds a little hard in highs as it is, and removing foam may make it worse, idk. Hope I helped in some way, happy listening!

post #839 of 1195

what are the other player options i have to use with xba-3??

 

that is players with low impedence of 1-2 ohm

 

pls suggest anything below 150$

post #840 of 1195
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Originally Posted by sardar17 View Post

what are the other player options i have to use with xba-3??

that is players with low impedence of 1-2 ohm

pls suggest anything below 150$

I believe the xba line was designed for ios devices. If you're not an Apple user, I guess the sansa clip and colorfly c3 are your best options. If you can find a Sony dap that has low impedance then great as well.
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