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Shure se215 vs Sony XBA-3 vs Philips SHE9850

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Hi friends, as the title suggests, i am quite confused. These would be my first pair of expensive headphone and would like to know what suits me best. Shure se215 vs Sony XBA-3 vs Philips SHE9850.(These are the only ones available in my part of the world, so please dont suggest me any others) I know there is some price difference in these, but i am ready to take a pay more for good sounding music. I listen to dubstep, trance and house music. I currently own Sony XB30EX Extra-Bass Stereo Headphones. Thanks. :)

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Also i just checked the vsonic GR06. Are they also good??

post #3 of 31
XBA3 are the best of that bunch by quite a bit and I think they will work with your genres well. They are also likely the most expensive but worth it in my opinion.
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wow thank for the quickie mate... i was damn sure i would have been recommended the shure's... but as you said that the xba-3 are better, it was surprising...

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Why not SHE9900? You can obtained them cheaply on ebay and they sound clear and transparent with a good ability to perform above average for all genera of music. 

 

I am not a fan ot XBA line, it is said that their XBA-1 and XBA-3 are the best one, I havent tried it but I do own the XBA-4 and I dislike it greatly. 

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Hi, unfortunately the SHE9900 aren't available in my country!!

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How about TDK BA200? Xba tends to produce that harsh and metallic treble when it reach the higher area of the treble region. TDK BA200 tends to be just fine with every genre, for me at least. If not available, I have no clue then since Xba-1 and TDK BA200 are all I have now.
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XBA3 are the best of that bunch by quite a bit and I think they will work with your genres well. They are also likely the most expensive but worth it in my opinion.


Seconded.

 

Though their treble presentation can border on metallic, they still sound great.

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How about TDK BA200? Xba tends to produce that harsh and metallic treble when it reach the higher area of the treble region. TDK BA200 tends to be just fine with every genre, for me at least. If not available, I have no clue then since Xba-1 and TDK BA200 are all I have now.

 

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Hi, unfortunately the SHE9900 aren't available in my country!!

unfortunately they arent available in India... what about the shure? thanks

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Seconded.

 

Though their treble presentation can border on metallic, they still sound great

 

Have you personally listened to them mate?? thanks

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Originally Posted by Iroaseta View Post

How about TDK BA200? Xba tends to produce that harsh and metallic treble when it reach the higher area of the treble region. TDK BA200 tends to be just fine with every genre, for me at least. If not available, I have no clue then since Xba-1 and TDK BA200 are all I have now.

unfortunately they arent available in India... what about the shure? thanks

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I can't comment on the other two but personally I don't think the XBA-3 has enough bass for the music you listen to.

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unfortunately they arent available in India... what about the shure? thanks

Have you personally listened to them mate?? thanks


Yes, I own the XBA-3 and they're my preferred IEMs for listening away from my desk.

post #13 of 31
xba 3 definitely don't meet your required bass. trust me. i have xba3i and on my way to sell it for up coming denon ah c300
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@ kartoonz...

Did you decide on which one to buy?? Actually Im also confused on the exact same models Shure SE215, Sony XBA-3

 

@ All

I had Denon AHC560R in my preference but read a lot of bad things about Denon's build not being so good and that the wires break so easily...so that was eliminated...

Going with the other two...I understand one is a Dynamic driver and other is a Balanced Armature one...but somehow I am stuck to these now...I am sure I will be hearing my music on one of these very soon.

I had a Klipsch S4A II and I liked it a lot. But the left bud will not produce any sound anymore. Trying to get it replaced but I need a good pair ASAP.
SE215s are available in a couple of online stores and Sony, I assume, will be available in the REAL stores...
Based on what I checked, here in India, SE215s are slightly more pricey than XBA-3s...

 

Now let me put in my requirements...
 

 - I hear a lot of Indian film music (goes across all genres - classical, blues, jazz, electronic)

 - My primary source is my Galaxy Nexus and Iphone 3GS (mostly mp3s from 192 to 320 kbps)

 - I hear music on the go with my helmets on and also while on bed - Not sure how XBA-3s will really work out on this aspect as I think they will stick out of my ears.

 - I like a more balanced sound (i.e. I love Bass, Mids and Treble equally)

 - Build quality is very important as I take it with me wherever I go (motorcycle, walking, jogging, trains, buses, bed)

 - Overall comfort is very important but I can do with a slightly lesser isolation. I prefer less sound to be leaked though.
 - I am new to BAs and I am not sure how my ears will accept them - Guys who hear both can suggest :)

 

I was initially thinking of XBA-3s but somehow I missed them (maybe I thought they were pricey) and almost finalized on the SE215s (did not mind the price as I liked the design and reviews) after a lot of research. I had read the entire 70 odd pages of Shure SE15 impressions and a bit skeptical about the cable issue many were facing. So I started a second round of research and bumped into the XBAs again. Im ready to buy even SE215SPE if the build quality is better in those.

Any quick response will be really appreciated!!! Thanks a lot Head-fiers

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hi i have definitely decided not to get the sony xba 3 due to the asymmetrical cable shape, the left chord is shorter than the right one. I hate this designs type. thank god i checked some reviews since i had nearly got em... i'm probably looking at the shure se215 or logitech UE 600. 

http://geb.ebay.in/g/ImportHubViewItem?itemid=400483324109&Logitech-Ultimate-Ears-600-Noise-Isolating-Earphones-Dark-Silver

 

the shure's are available cheap from abroad. i asked the seller and he said that he has sold few to indian's without any issues. i think its worth  try. im considering either the shure's or UE 600 perhaps in the next coming week.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sure-SE215-Clear-Headset-Earphones-Professional-stage-artists-monitor-Headphones-/181071526176?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item2a28b43920

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