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post #1876 of 2549
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Originally Posted by sujitsky View Post

I (thankfully) haven't had any problems with the H3 fit. It sits snugly and did so right out of the box smily_headphones1.gif

I also got the ATH IM50 around the same time and their fit is something I am still struggling with. These are HUGE!

I agree. It takes practice to find a good fit. Also, the stock's tips are dookie because the stem is thick while the bore is small - combining with the big nozzle of the IM50 makes the diameter even wider. Finding another tips is recommended

post #1877 of 2549
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Originally Posted by Gandasaputra View Post
 

I agree. It takes practice to find a good fit. Also, the stock's tips are dookie because the stem is thick while the bore is small - combining with the big nozzle of the IM50 makes the diameter even wider. Finding another tips is recommended

would you have any recommendations??

post #1878 of 2549
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Originally Posted by sujitsky View Post
 

would you have any recommendations??

I've had the IM70 with these tips from ebay http://www.ebay.com/itm/6-Pairs-Hybrid-Replacement-Set-Eartips-Earbuds-for-Sony-XBA-MDR-DR-Series-JVC-/221401999941?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item338c966a45&nma=true&si=uH3AxA8Kh2tED%252F4L7b85gJ2M7QM%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 for around 2 weeks and have no comfort issues so far - better, isolation is increased with these.

The tips should look like these

 

Make sure put it like this, not all the way up to the earphone's bore. The tips fit tightly enough so it won't move around. Hope it helps

 

 

 


Edited by Gandasaputra - 4/21/14 at 10:17am
post #1879 of 2549
What changes will these make to the H3, sonically? I'm hoping not much... if at all...
post #1880 of 2549

Greetings,

 

I will be looking for an upgrade in 6 months, so I decided to start gathering information right now. I can get IE80, XBA-H3 and EX1000 at the same price, that is ~300 US Dollars. 

 

Currently I am using IE60 with iPod touch (that sounds dreadful to my years after two years listening with IE60), I do plan to change the player later. Can't say that I am not satisfied with IE60, my original plan was to go with IE80 but they were not available. As far as my playlist goes, I listen to jazz, progressive rock and classical music.

 

Please advise. 


Edited by Lohayo - 4/21/14 at 11:07pm
post #1881 of 2549

I just got very lucky, Sony New Zealand had a sale and the XBA-H3's were $230 NZD, the bargain of the decade to be honest.

 

I am so impressed with these!,  out of the box they are sensational, I was expecting a bass monster judging from what I have read, but no they seem very balanced and they rival my UERM's to a certain degree.

 

they are certainly more pleasurable to my ears (and of course its a matter of opinion) than my westone 4's UM3x's and Grado gr10's

 

I am really impressed with these.  :atsmile:


Edited by SteveKiwi - 4/22/14 at 4:33am
post #1882 of 2549
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Originally Posted by Lohayo View Post
 

Greetings,

 

I will be looking for an upgrade in 6 months, so I decided to start gathering information right now. I can get IE80, XBA-H3 and EX1000 at the same price, that is ~300 US Dollars.

 

Currently I am using IE60 with iPod touch (that sounds dreadful to my years after two years listening with IE60), I do plan to change the player later. Can't say that I am not satisfied with IE60, my original plan was to go with IE80 but they were not available. As far as my playlist goes, I listen to jazz, progressive rock and classical music.

 

Please advise.

 

Based on your chosen genres, you may want to look into the H300.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/708754/tour-t-peos-h-300-3-way-hybrid-australian-tour-thread-impressions-reviews

 

My review of the H3 will be posted in a day or two. So stay tuned...

post #1883 of 2549

Comply's do not work well with my H3's

 

I finally got the TS200's from comply.  I have used Comply's with other iem's and for the most part, felt they improved the experience. After listening to with them for several hours and then switching back to the Sony Hybrids, I have to say that the Sony's are definitely superior for the H3 EXCEPT for isolation where the Comply's are far better. Also somewhat easier to get a better seal with the Comply's (I have big ears and the largest Sony's are JUST big enough). This also makes the Comply's a little more secure. BUT as far as sound goes, the Sony's are simply much better. I think the Comply's tend to warm up the sound and fudge the bass which the H3's clearly don't need. (Yes I made sure the Comply's were not compressing the sound tube) Clarity with the Sony's is far superior, vocals are clearer and more forward and the treble has more bite without being harsh. Even the bass is better, the drums are sharper with more punch. I listened to Hurricane by Dylan 3 or 4 times with each tip - It's a great song for testing because of the huge variety of instruments, vocals and percussion (Also Hurricane Carter just passed away in Toronto so a bit of a tribute) So I'll be buying a backup set of the Sony's but it drives me nuts that you can only get them in a pack with S,M,L instead of being able to buy 3 pairs of Large. Why would anybody want to buy REPLACEMENT tips for iem's in a variety of sizes?  . 


Edited by hockey_magnet - 4/22/14 at 5:21pm
post #1884 of 2549

Just curious - what's the difference bet Red and White if any?

 

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Originally Posted by Gandasaputra View Post
 

I've had the IM70 with these tips from ebay http://www.ebay.com/itm/6-Pairs-Hybrid-Replacement-Set-Eartips-Earbuds-for-Sony-XBA-MDR-DR-Series-JVC-/221401999941?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item338c966a45&nma=true&si=uH3AxA8Kh2tED%252F4L7b85gJ2M7QM%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 for around 2 weeks and have no comfort issues so far - better, isolation is increased with these.

The tips should look like these

 

Make sure put it like this, not all the way up to the earphone's bore. The tips fit tightly enough so it won't move around. Hope it helps

 

 

 

post #1885 of 2549

it's just color difference.

post #1886 of 2549
Currently out of stock but try the LL, light purple hybrid tips. I have large ears and these work great.

https://servicesales.sel.sony.com/ecom/accessories/web/viewItemDetail.do?operation=getItemDetail&itemID=662891&category=6&categoryName=Headphone
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Originally Posted by hockey_magnet View Post

Comply's do not work well with my H3's

I finally got the TS200's from comply.  I have used Comply's with other iem's and for the most part, felt they improved the experience. After listening to with them for several hours and then switching back to the Sony Hybrids, I have to say that the Sony's are definitely superior for the H3 EXCEPT for isolation where the Comply's are far better. Also somewhat easier to get a better seal with the Comply's (I have big ears and the largest Sony's are JUST big enough). This also makes the Comply's a little more secure. BUT as far as sound goes, the Sony's are simply much better. I think the Comply's tend to warm up the sound and fudge the bass which the H3's clearly don't need. (Yes I made sure the Comply's were not compressing the sound tube) Clarity with the Sony's is far superior, vocals are clearer and more forward and the treble has more bite without being harsh. Even the bass is better, the drums are sharper with more punch. I listened to Hurricane by Dylan 3 or 4 times with each tip - It's a great song for testing because of the huge variety of instruments, vocals and percussion (Also Hurricane Carter just passed away in Toronto so a bit of a tribute) So I'll be buying a backup set of the Sony's but it drives me nuts that you can only get them in a pack with S,M,L instead of being able to buy 3 pairs of Large. Why would anybody want to buy REPLACEMENT tips for iem's in a variety of sizes?  . 
post #1887 of 2549
post #1888 of 2549
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Originally Posted by d marc0 View Post
 

The Sony XBA H3 Review is up:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/694003/d-marc0s-journal-my-head-fi-journey-new-sony-xba-h3-review-and-comparisons/330

 

Cheers!

Superb stuff mate, well done

post #1889 of 2549
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Originally Posted by d marc0 View Post
 

The Sony XBA H3 Review is up:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/694003/d-marc0s-journal-my-head-fi-journey-new-sony-xba-h3-review-and-comparisons/330

 

Cheers!

 

Thanks for the good read! I completely agree on the significance of the tape mod.

post #1890 of 2549
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Originally Posted by james444 View Post
 

 

Thanks for the good read! I completely agree on the significance of the tape mod.

 

You're welcome!

 

Yeah, the improvements the tape mod brought to the H3 is a lot more significant than what it did with the MH1.

Truly impressed! I can believe Sony didn't implement a better bass port design to achieve the same result as the tape mod.

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