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post #1141 of 2795
Have you posted any other impressions about them?
post #1142 of 2795
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Edited by Soundsgoodtome - 11/22/13 at 11:02am
post #1143 of 2795
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Originally Posted by Simon T View Post
 

 

Happy to read this, maybe the nice unboxing video from HiFiGuy528 did the trick :-)... by the way Jackson 6, next weekend I am going for a business trip and the Sony store in that particular country is carrying the XB90EX, If you receive the H3 before next weekend, would you please give me a quick sound comparison btw the H3 and the XB90EX? 

 

 

My Japanese friend told me that the ZX1 will be out in Japan on Dec 7, I have asked her to check whether a non-Japanese speaking/reading person like me would be able to fully operate the player i.e. the UI navigation is in English and/or Android/Google Pay is not limited to Japan only (since as of now it will only be released in Japan).

 

If anyone knows or can find out the answer/s of my concerns. Please let me know.

 

Thank you

 

Cheers

http://www.head-fi.org/t/680853/sony-nwz-zx1-35th-walkman-anniversary-model/345#post_9847245

post #1144 of 2795

It's arrived!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's in me hands!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm not living in an alternate universe when all postman are executed for actually delivering a product to homes or workplaces! Only took a week and about a billion phone calls. The Sony XBA H3 exists!

post #1145 of 2795
Hello!

I'm a new member here and I'd like to know a few things about IEMs in general and about one particular model that have been discussed here,the XBA H-1.

I want to get a pair of IEMs for a portable rig to use when I travel or use public transportation.This will be my firtst pair of IEMs ever.I have NO experience with portable headphones or IEMs.All I know is based on the info I collected from Head-Fi and other forums.I currently own a pair of Sennheiser HD 598 and I've been pretty satisfied with their performance since I got them 2 years ago.This was also my first pair of headphones ever.I also have an Asus Xonar D1 installed in my PC.

I listen to all kinds of music but mustly Pop,Classic Rock,EDM,Indie,Jazz,Grunge.Most of my music is in lossless format (iTunes lossless and FLAC ripped from my family CD collection).I like bass but I'm not a basshead.At least I think I'm not.The bass in HD 598 seems sufficient.

I live in Europe and sadly I can't listen to them in person since they are not available in my country yet so I'll have to order them fom UK.But from the informations I gathered from here and from the Sony website I think this pair is the one for me.I'd get the H3 instead but the size and price/performance ratio are holding me back.The H3 seems more on the professional side,for use in a recording studio or at home than on the street as a portable IEM.Which brings me to my first series of questions regarding portable headphones.

Can you wear hats while using this IEMs?The XBA H-1and the XBA H-3 looks like are sticking out of your ear.This is kind of important since the winter is just around the corner and it tends to get pretty cold around here.On the same note,will the snow and wind damage the IEMs or portable headphones in general if you decide not to wear a hat?Another weather related question,if I wear a pair of full size on the ear portable headphones in the summer do I get "hot ears"?

Will the XBA H-1 perform well straight out of a smartphone or a tablet?If I also get a portable amplifier like the Fiio E11,what are the benefits?

Thanks in advance!
post #1146 of 2795

Mind you some detective work was required, a few letters came through my box, so i ran out the house looking for postie, who was in the house next door, where i espied my amazon package, and he turfed it over. First 10 minuite un- burnt in impressions with Tori Amos, and it's quite something, amazing harmonic depth and detail, and enough volume for my humble E- 474 Walkman. Can't do 128kpbs download's? Get otta here!

 

It's so good I'll do burn in on the move. If it really .has the ex 1000 dynamic then It's a great bargain. The slow train for sonic levels to conjoin will be highly pleasing, as will the DAP and Amp/DAC upgrades if i go that way, which I shall.  

post #1147 of 2795

Yes you can wear winter hats, slight press in with the phones, but it's not uncomfortable.

post #1148 of 2795
Thank you for the fast reply.I'm gald to see you enjoy your new pair of IEMs.Congrats on the purcashe!I can't wait to get one pair for myself and if I find them unconfortable wearing hats,I will switch to hoodies.Hehehe.

Thanks again!Cheers!
post #1149 of 2795

The fake russian winter hat allowed less pressing, the cheapo hat a bit more.

post #1150 of 2795
You made my day Turokrocks... I think it's time to pre-order it together with the PHA-2 :-P...

Thanks a lot.
post #1151 of 2795
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Originally Posted by Simon T View Post

You made my day Turokrocks... I think it's time to pre-order it together with the PHA-2 :-P...

Thanks a lot.

You are welcome.

 

Waiting for pictures and impressions for any Sony product you get.

post #1152 of 2795

Friends i'd like to share my H3 experience with you. I received my xba H3 last week. Before these I had sennheiser ie80 which I lost on a BA flight. and before the ie80's I had the ie8's. Anyways, I was going to get another pair of ie80's when I thought I ll try out something different. I checked on the head fi forums and looked like xba h3's were the talk of the town. Got these for £230 including postage on Amazon. Out of the box, the H3's sounded really harsh. After about 5 mins of listening, I took them out and honestly, I felt some pain in my ears. This has never happened to me before but it is likely that I was looking for that bass response I got from the ie80's so turned the volume up. But no, these just did not match to the quality of ie80. I thought I am doing something wrong. So read through the forums and decided to 'burn' these in. Left them on for about 12 hours. I think currently they are about 15 hours burned in. The harshness has gone, but there's no other significant changes. If you are coming from ie80, these will sound like a major downgrade. Bass response and soundstage are just no match to the ie80's. Some people might argue the 15 hours of burning in is not enough and you need at least 50 hours. But I don't see these phones improving a lot. So have decided to send these back. Can't wait to have the ie80's which I ll get second hand on ebay. Ooooh the ie80 paired with the xperia z-ultra (awesome phone too btw), with android 'Equilizer' app and 'super Bass' function on is downright 'eargasm'. I'd happily pay 500 quid if I find something that beats this. Sorry to disappoint future xba h3 owners. your experience could differ from mine (I hope it does). I also have to comment on the build and comfort, although the H3's looks sturdy, they are not too easy to put on. The curvature around the ears felt a bit rigid to me and I had to really push these in to get a good fit in my ears.

post #1153 of 2795

Harsh? There like a chocolate fountain. Helps if your used to the Sony sound, or maybe you got a duff one.

post #1154 of 2795
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Originally Posted by doitdb View Post
 

Friends i'd like to share my H3 experience with you. I received my xba H3 last week. Before these I had sennheiser ie80 which I lost on a BA flight. and before the ie80's I had the ie8's. Anyways, I was going to get another pair of ie80's when I thought I ll try out something different. I checked on the head fi forums and looked like xba h3's were the talk of the town. Got these for £230 including postage on Amazon. Out of the box, the H3's sounded really harsh. After about 5 mins of listening, I took them out and honestly, I felt some pain in my ears. This has never happened to me before but it is likely that I was looking for that bass response I got from the ie80's so turned the volume up. But no, these just did not match to the quality of ie80. I thought I am doing something wrong. So read through the forums and decided to 'burn' these in. Left them on for about 12 hours. I think currently they are about 15 hours burned in. The harshness has gone, but there's no other significant changes. If you are coming from ie80, these will sound like a major downgrade. Bass response and soundstage are just no match to the ie80's. Some people might argue the 15 hours of burning in is not enough and you need at least 50 hours. But I don't see these phones improving a lot. So have decided to send these back. Can't wait to have the ie80's which I ll get second hand on ebay. Ooooh the ie80 paired with the xperia z-ultra (awesome phone too btw), with android 'Equilizer' app and 'super Bass' function on is downright 'eargasm'. I'd happily pay 500 quid if I find something that beats this. Sorry to disappoint future xba h3 owners. your experience could differ from mine (I hope it does). I also have to comment on the build and comfort, although the H3's looks sturdy, they are not too easy to put on. The curvature around the ears felt a bit rigid to me and I had to really push these in to get a good fit in my ears.

 

Sounds like you couldn't get a perfect seal. The H3 shouldn't be harsh at all.

post #1155 of 2795

Unless there's any model variation I'm not sure but can say my H3 is DEFINITELY not harsh

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