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post #166 of 280

Thanks for the reply guys. I'm curious if the 12 ohm XBA 40 would be like the XBA 30 and not be source dependant. If that's the case I'll definitely try to get me a pair as I love bass and soundstage.

post #167 of 280

Yes the xba 40 is source dependant.  I think my xba 40 just sounds really brighter (less dark?) with an upgrade to the c5 from the e11 because of 2 reasons:  higher impedence from the C5, as well as the C5 just being more neutral than the e11.  So yes, unfortunately the xba 40 will be source dependant.  (I think the xba 40's are best though with a 5+ ohm high quality source, as opposed to a 1 ohm)

 

After hearing the highly regarded ASG-2, I was disappointed tbh, which was a shocker.  I expected to be blown away.  It couldn't hold a candle to the xba 40's.  Which leads me to believe that they can compete with even the best of the universals.  I do have a jh16 pro on the way though (grr 2-3 more weeks to go as of this moment), and I really hope to not be disappointed with them compared to the xba 40 haha.

 

The xba 40's (and possibly the rest of the xba's) do have a weakness though:  Even though they are capable of quality epic/large/feel-like-1hz bass, they distort quite easily with super mid/hi-bass heavy tracks + bass boost.  They are fine though with sub bass.


Edited by chengsta - 5/14/13 at 8:20pm
post #168 of 280
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Thanks for the reply guys. I'm curious if the 12 ohm XBA 40 would be like the XBA 30 and not be source dependant. If that's the case I'll definitely try to get me a pair as I love bass and soundstage.

XBA-30 is very source dependant as well, for me it sounds best with source with less than 1 Ohm output.

Look at the graph, the difference in highs for source with 0 Ohm and 30 Ohm output is around 10 dB!

For me it sounds best from my iPhone 4, or if I have to use it with higher impedance source I just throw my E6 in between.

 

post #169 of 280

Hey chengsta, your impressions vs the ASG 2 is what started my interest towards the XBA-40.

 

All of the talk about needing an amp puts me off a purchase as I only want to simply plug it into my Cowon S9 and my xfi usb sound card.

I was hoping the XBA 40 12 ohm version would be the solution to be amp-less.

post #170 of 280
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Hey chengsta, your impressions vs the ASG 2 is what started my interest towards the XBA-40.

 

All of the talk about needing an amp puts me off a purchase as I only want to simply plug it into my Cowon S9 and my xfi usb sound card.

I was hoping the XBA 40 12 ohm version would be the solution to be amp-less.

 

Well I hear the cowon is a really good source, so maybe you don't need an amp if you have those.  I just have a 'crappy' ipod nano (which I love), which is why I use a LOD with an amp.

 

And about that asg-2, it didn't do anything wrong, the xba 40's were just more musical whereas the asg-2 was just so flat it sounded tone deaf.

post #171 of 280

The recent generations of iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad work really well with the XBA series.

I have a feeling Sony engineered the XBA range with the apple products as a source in mind.

post #172 of 280
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The recent generations of iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad work really well with the XBA series.
I have a feeling Sony engineered the XBA range with the apple products as a source in mind.
Totally agree.

In other news, my JDS Labs C5 came in today. Very impressed! Possibly the first true competitor to my beloved E12 & XBA-40 pairing (which has already beat the E11, C&C BH, Headstage Arrow 3G, and CMoyBB 2.03).

Only had about 15 min with it so far but first words that come to mind are bright, clarity, wider soundstage, and bassier than the E12s. A more atmospheric bass if anything.

Will post more impressions when I have more time with them.
Edited by canikickit1 - 5/16/13 at 9:29pm
post #173 of 280
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Totally agree.

 

In other news, my JDS Labs C5 came in today. Very impressed! Possibly the first true competitor to my beloved E12 & XBA-40 pairing (which has already beat the E11, Headstage Arrow 3G, and CMoyBB 2.03).

 

Only had about 15 min with it so far but first words that come to mind are bright, clarity, wider soundstage, and bassier than the E12s. A more atmospheric bass if anything.

 

Will post more impressions when I have more time with them.

 

Did you get a chance to compare the E12 vs C&C BH? I've read a few people raving about the BH...

post #174 of 280
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Totally agree.

 

In other news, my JDS Labs C5 came in today. Very impressed! Possibly the first true competitor to my beloved E12 & XBA-40 pairing (which has already beat the E11, Headstage Arrow 3G, and CMoyBB 2.03).

 

Only had about 15 min with it so far but first words that come to mind are bright, clarity, wider soundstage, and bassier than the E12s. A more atmospheric bass if anything.

 

Will post more impressions when I have more time with them.


I'm glad you like them c5's!  Just totally destroys the e11 eh?  Right now I really think the c5's are the best portable amps out there, especially for the xba 40's.  The bass is just insanely awesome, it fits with any genre of music. 

post #175 of 280
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Did you get a chance to compare the E12 vs C&C BH? I've read a few people raving about the BH...

Edited!

I've actually had the c&c bh as well. The amp made the xba-40s very bright. The clarity reminded me of the BA in xba, but almost to the point where it is analytical (which is what I wanted to move away from having HF5s and ER4Ps) . Long periods of listening made it a bit fatiguing, the SF switch closed the soundstage a bit, and the LF switch made great bass and highs. All in all, if you like clarity, brightness, and a touch analytical around sig, then the c&c bh is for you.
post #176 of 280
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All in all, if you like clarity, brightness, and a touch analytical around sig, then the c&c bh is for you.

I think I'm gonna stick with the E11 for now. I like a bit of warmth in sound and the e11 fits the bill. The C5 is still over my budget at the moment.

Thanks for sharing.
post #177 of 280

great comments.  I have the XBA 30's paried with a HTC One.  I think that's enough to drive them given it comes with a stronger built in amp than most phones.

post #178 of 280

XBA-3/30 doesn't need strong amp, but low impedance. HTC One I think is 2 Ohm, so maybe is not the best partner for XBA-30, but if you like it, that's all that matters. beerchug.gif

I actually enjoying mine more than anything else I have. ksc75smile.gif

post #179 of 280
I also have an HTC one and would like the xba30 but I want to use them for running and the gym would these be any good for that? Also is the only real place to get them is off the amazon.jp website?
post #180 of 280
I also have an HTC one and would like the xba30 but I want to use them for running and the gym would these be any good for that? Also is the only real place to get them is off the amazon.jp website?
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