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post #136 of 2796

If these latest hybrid XBA-H__ series ends up being a dissapointment like the previous multi-BA XBA series...

... there's always another Sony IEM to fall back on:

 

 

 

 

(japan-exclusive, Sony Music-Communications)

http://www.smci.jp/headphones/

 

(international version, Sony Professional USA)

http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/product-MDR7550/

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/758137-REG/Sony_MDR_7550_MDR_7550_Professional_In_Ear_Headphones.html


Edited by TheBoss - 9/7/13 at 8:44pm
post #137 of 2796
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I think what's important to keep in mind when comparing the Japanese version of the EX1000 to the International release was that the JDM model debuted with a recommended retail price of 70,000 Yen (roughly $700 USD), and the American price for their release was $499 US. So whilst the Japanese release is technically better as it came with two sets of higher cooper grade cables. The International version was priced $200 cheaper when they first came out. 

Furthermore you should be able to order in a Japnese EX1000 cable (RK-EX1000LP/SP) for about $50 plus postage from the handful of Japanese retailers that ship internationally. So with only the case of the EX1000 in mind I believe that the international release represents better value from money.
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Originally Posted by jant71 View Post
 

Don't know where the thread is headed, lol. Do we know if the cables are the same this time for the H2 and H3? Doubt they are different this time. I suspect what they will do here in North America is not include both cables which saves them money. They might just sell regular and IP versions separately.

........................................

 

So, two cables vs. one outside of Asia but I do think they will be the same. Hopefully :)


I suspect that the copper used in the cables between the models is the same, with the differences between the XBA-H2 and H3 being the wearing configuration, straight down versus an ear hanger style. Although not 100% confirmed, but very likely a head-fier pointed out that the cable connectors on the H2/H3 use MMCX connectors, which suggests that not only will you be able to swap the cables between the H2 and the H3, but also be able to use cables from Shure and Westone.

 

Also both the H2 and the H3 should include 2 cables each, one with smart phone controls and a mic, whilst the other cable is a standard IEM cable.

post #138 of 2796

they look interesting indeed... with a hefty price tag

post #139 of 2796
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Originally Posted by daveyostrow View Post
 

they look interesting indeed... with a hefty price tag

 

If you are into this hobby they have placed very aggressive prices. Sure their top of their line is no way cheap for any current idevice user but remember that is not their target audience really, they have two other product for those user. Their top of their line is considerably cheaper than most of the current 'audiophile' and audio enthusiastic gears we have on sale.  

 

For example the current popular hybrid in the market as 1plus2 and k3003 which both cost more than 1K, now considering the 39500 JPY they are asking for their XBA-H3 that is really nothing at all. 

post #140 of 2796
re wind noise - m good point.

heh re uk pre-order - they'll probably be available on pricejapan type sites sooner or later?
(I'd probably wait for reviews first (re fit, wind noise, sound, cable dodginess), don't really trust sony anymore)
post #141 of 2796
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re wind noise - m good point.

heh re uk pre-order - they'll probably be available on pricejapan type sites sooner or later?
(I'd probably wait for reviews first (re fit, wind noise, sound, cable dodginess), don't really trust sony anymore)

 

 

why?

post #142 of 2796
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why?

 

They said they would call, but didnt?

post #143 of 2796
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Originally Posted by TheBoss View Post
 

If these latest hybrid XBA-H__ series ends up being a dissapointment like the previous multi-BA XBA series...

... there's always another Sony IEM to fall back on:

 

Glad someone mentioned the 7550 / EX800ST. Such an overlooked product in my opinion. It would help if the price for the 7550 didn't seem to vary wildly though.

post #144 of 2796
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Originally Posted by a_recording View Post
 

Glad someone mentioned the 7550 / EX800ST.


Well, here's another one... ;)

post #145 of 2796
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Originally Posted by james444 View Post
 

Well, here's another one... ;)

 

Nice! The 7550 is great and unlike the EX1000 easily available. You have to really wonder why some IEMs make it and some don't.

post #146 of 2796
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Nice! The 7550 is great and unlike the EX1000 easily available. You have to really wonder why some IEMs make it and some don't.

 

maybe because of the so many look-alike models and naming schemes... but im glad they are now attempting a hybrid. 

post #147 of 2796
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Glad someone mentioned the 7550 / EX800ST. Such an overlooked product in my opinion. It would help if the price for the 7550 didn't seem to vary wildly though.

Sony USA is currently selling 7550 for $250.
MSRP was ~$350

http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921666511743




I think its unfortunate that sony is littered with too many models of headphones and iem's that are mediocre (save for the classic MDR V6) in the consumer electronics division. IMO the rule of thumb with sonys is that you gotta go around its consumer electronics division to acquire proven , durable and best bang-for-buck headphones (and soon... thier iem's)

i'm hoping one of these XBA hybrids finds its way in the 75XX professional series.
post #148 of 2796

With that prices the H3 surely won't be a gamechanger. Sony isn't IMO known for good price-ratio products.

post #149 of 2796

Sony XBA - H1, 2, 3 is not professional series for sound studio, is continuing to improve Sony XBA-40, 30, 20 and 10.

post #150 of 2796
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maybe because of the so many look-alike models and naming schemes... but im glad they are now attempting a hybrid. 

protip: look for headphones NOT in the sony consumer electronics division.

- Sony professional
- Sony Music Communications (japan)


The above is where you will find at least decent Sony headphones and an iem.
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