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I will tell you more on the weekend for sure. Only so far, the Classic can drive them easily, the same is valid for the NWZ-A845. Both DAPs only sound differen. I cannot tell which one is better. Like them both. And both are capped for Europe. And yes, they have a prominent bass, but I find it very good controlled.
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Sounds .... Sweeeeeeettt!
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I havent heard the ue900, but I did own the heir 4a and XBA 40 at the same time and the XBA40 sounded astronomically better to my ears. A shame really considering how much more expensive the 4a are. It is a horrible iem IMO. 

wot..? XBA-40 soudns better than 4.Ai? i'm about to drop some dough on a 3.Ai lol..looks too classy but hey the Dunu DN-1000 was highly recommended to me. now this H3 is here

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Hi James444, which tips do you use on the H3?
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Hi James444, which tips do you use on the H3?

 

He has to remove the rubber feet from the bottom of large electronics and bore a nozzle in them to fit on his iems. Such is the size of his canals.

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He has to remove the rubber feet from the bottom of large electronics and bore a nozzle in them to fit on his iems. Such is the size of his canals.

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He has to remove the rubber feet from the bottom of large electronics and bore a nozzle in them to fit on his iems. Such is the size of his canals.

 

Nah, Eke's exaggerating as always. Usually, boring a nozzle into something like this will be perfectly adequate:

 

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Hi James444, which tips do you use on the H3?

 

Joking aside, I use the large stock tips. For some reason getting a good fit with the H3 is much easier for me than with the EX1000.

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those are pretty interesting cans...

Surely the metaphor of 'cans' doesn't apply to ear buds? I chanced upon these in SOGO Taipei about 2 hours ago. There was a demo set of XBA-H3  on the wall with other sony products and I tried it with my iPhone. Played a track by Terje Gewelt on string bass, "As Raindrops fall'. The bass didn't sound any better or worse to my XBA-3SL. To memory: the top seemed a bit more airy, and to use audiophilespeak, the 'soundstage' is more open. 

 

 

The retail price was about the equivalent of $370USD. 

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Surely the metaphor of 'cans' doesn't apply to ear buds? I chanced upon these in SOGO Taipei about 2 hours ago. There was a demo set of XBA-H3  on the wall with other sony products and I tried it with my iPhone. Played a track by Terje Gewelt on string bass, "As Raindrops fall'. The bass didn't sound any better or worse to my XBA-3SL. To memory: the top seemed a bit more airy, and to use audiophilespeak, the 'soundstage' is more open. 


The retail price was about the equivalent of $370USD. 

Looking on amazon and xba 3sl is $100 more then xba 3

Why??
Are they a lot better?
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Looking on amazon and xba 3sl is $100 more then xba 3

Why??
Are they a lot better?

 

 

Apparently so. Supposedly the top end is better.

They are both superseded now in any case by other models. 


Edited by leftyray - 12/7/13 at 7:51am
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Not been here in a while. Have to ask, is the H1 an upgrade to the xba 3 and the vsonic gr07?

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Not been here in a while. Have to ask, is the H1 an upgrade to the xba 3 and the vsonic gr07?


Most of the impressions seem to indicate the H1s are a sidegrade to the xba3(although some say the H1s scale well with high end equipment).
I don't think there have been any comparisons to the gr07.
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Even if they are a technical side grade, it's entirely possible that the difference in presentation and note qualities could make them a real upgrade or downgrade for individual preferences.
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H3 graph. The bass is actually a bit tighter than the H2s, but looser than the H1s. So, I'll say the H1 has the best bass balance, though likely the H3 has better depth due to driver size and probably balances better when vent modded. Treble and midrange balance are pretty similar between all 3 except the H3 has much more treble bandwidth/airyness as expected. 

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I think the innards tell the story. An acme 9mm single driver/ single ba, verses liquid polymer 16mm driver and two ba's.

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