Which one should I ask for from my wife? The XBA 4ip has good isolation, good separation and layering from instruments, but is not very neutral. My music stock is pop, rock and dance.
The EX-1000 is neutral, softer and more realistic with the bass and the midrange. Treble is brighter.
I also like complex passages of music.
If I went for the XBA 4ip, I would use it outside, and indoors with an amplifier like the Graham Slee Solo Diamond, or the Woo Audio WA7.