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post #16 of 44

Nice, that's one of the better deals I've seen. Although, I will boast that I managed to pick a 3 and a 4 for $70 and $90 :P

 

Enjoy them!
 

post #17 of 44
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Originally Posted by eastPride View Post

 

TF10 is more V-shaped than the relatively balanced XBA-3. TF10 has a MUCH more aggressive treble which is sensitive to harshness and sibilance, but it extends better than the safer XBA-3. Low end is also much better on the TF10; Sub-bass has lower extension. Mids on TF10 are more recessed than the XBA-3, which has a fuller and more embodied midrange. I prefer the T10 here.

No, the XBA3's treble extends further, the TF10 caps at 17khz, XBA3 goes up to 20khz. XBA3 has way more subbass extension than TF10, it rumbles more, the TF10 has more midbass not subbass. It's shown in their CSD, the TF10 doesn't reach nearly as low. TF10 does have more recessed mids and a harsher treble. 

post #18 of 44
Thread Starter 
So what do you think? Will these make me view my music in a different light? I have been wanting something that will blow me away for a while, hopefully this are them, to be honest though, I dont even know what im looking for, the 1's sound great to me so I wouldnt even know what to expect from the 3's.

I guess I'll just see when I get them.
post #19 of 44
Thread Starter 
Omg, these are GREAT! The isolation is amazing, I dont hear ANYTHING with these on, they are even more comfortable than the 1's, everything sounds so clear and you can make out all the details, in addition these have BASS, im not a bass head but its nice to hear along with great clarity and detail.

I get so immersed with these on, amazing.

I think im officially an audiophile...smily_headphones1.gif
post #20 of 44
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So I decided to listen to the 1's for the first time since I got the 3;s....wow is all.

 

They sound muddy and very little bass, things get hectic when there is a lot going on too, the 1's are very good but these are just SO much better.

 

Man now I wonder about the 4's....

post #21 of 44
Hi, I'm a newbie here. smily_headphones1.gif
I just got the xba 2 from amazon for $99 and I'm still waiting for it to arrive. I'm coming from hf3 and shure se210. I was curious how is 2 armatures sounds like. I wish I didnt go wrong. I wanted the xba3 but my current budget won't allow me. If worse comes to worse, I can still ship back my xba 2. I'm just super excited right now.
post #22 of 44

lol better return them, the xba-3 are only $74 refurbed on bestbuy.

post #23 of 44
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lol better return them, the xba-3 are only $74 refurbed on bestbuy.
thanks! I'm going to order at bestbuy then compare them.
post #24 of 44

Just pulled the trigger on the XBA3 from BestBuy. I'm excited! First triple for me.

post #25 of 44
I've been listening to my new xba 3 for few hours now, switching back and forth with xba 2, the bass is a little bit punchy on xba 3 and the highs are really shining on xba 3 but a little harsh on my taste. Xba 2 highs certainly lacking and now I'm torn in between. I will give it a little more time and decide.
Edited by IceVerse05 - 4/30/13 at 1:25pm
post #26 of 44

I bought the Best Buy refurb of the XBA-3iP, and owning both it and the XBA-1, I have to say it feels like a more refined version of the XBA-1, like it's fully achieving the sound the XBA-1 is going for.  I'm not sure I would have been thrilled with it at $300, but at $75 it's an absolute steal, easily the best IEM deal since the $90 TF10.
 

post #27 of 44
I don't know if there is a term for this, but I totally dig how a new set of phones shines on things I've never heard before. Being a classically trained musician has taught me to be aware and now Sony is doing the same! Looking forward to the post burn in sound on these guys!
post #28 of 44
Sorry to be late to the party, have had the xba-1 for a week and will have the 3 by tomorrow. Also...
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I don't know if there is a term for this, but I totally dig how a new set of phones shines on things I've never heard before. Being a classically trained musician has taught me to be aware and now Sony is doing the same! Looking forward to the post burn in sound on these guys!

 

Do Balanced Armatures actually have a noticable burn-in? I have some JVC FX40s on hand that DEFINITELY have that effect, but I thought because it's a whole different type of speaker that it wouldn't happen, or at least be as noticable. 

post #29 of 44

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 #30 of 44
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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

 

An amp helps with the xba-3, but is not really required. The sansa may just need the volume cranked a bit higher, though I've no experience with that player. I paid about $180 for the XBA-3 and it was worth it to me at that price, so I would say you got a decent deal on it!

 

You can also tune the sound a bit by changing the amount of foam in the nozzle, check the appreciation thread for details if you're interested. Hope they work out for you, and happy listening!

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