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post #1906 of 2904
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Originally Posted by BestEarCN View Post
 

need some help to pair the h3 with a dac, they sound a little too bright or sparkle from df 1.2, heard audioengine d3 could be good, but the 10ohm output impedance worries me.

They sounds better straight from my sony z2 :)

Anything with low output impedance should be good, maybe something like the JDS C5 or any of the Leckerton amps?

Though honestly, they sound just fine out of my iPod classic which has a few ohms of output impedance.

 

I absolutely cannot believe those FR graphs that show the H3 not having any sort of bass boost whatsoever...


Edited by mechgamer123 - 5/2/14 at 1:02am
post #1907 of 2904
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Anything with low output impedance should be good, maybe something like the JDS C5 or any of the Leckerton amps?

Though honestly, they sound just fine out of my iPod classic which has a few ohms of output impedance.

 

I absolutely cannot believe those FR graphs that show the H3 not having any sort of bass boost whatsoever...

 

Agreed. I highly doubt that is correct. Have a look at the Goldenears site. It shows that the XBA H3 has a clear and pronounced mid-bass boost. And subjectively it sounds like it has a clear mid-bass boost as well.

 

I used it with a Meier Audio PC Step and HRT microstreamer and it sounds good with both! The PC Step sounds warmer and only does 16bit 44.1khz though.


Edited by nudd - 5/2/14 at 3:16am
post #1908 of 2904

I'm seriously considering these .

 

The XBA-H3 that is.

 

Recommended? 

post #1909 of 2904

seriously good if you can buy these in the 200-250$ range... i picked mine up for around 240.  

post #1910 of 2904

The XBA-H3 is currently $239 US by Amazon directly now

#9 in stock


Edited by snapple10 - 5/2/14 at 3:16pm
post #1911 of 2904
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The XBA-H3 is currently $239  by Amazon directly now

#9 in stock

It's £213.90 here

post #1912 of 2904
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Originally Posted by daveyostrow View Post
 

i hear the DF 1.0 is more dynamic... i may get one myself.

m200 are great, an audiofiles basshead phone. H3 in comparison is very in your face, gets your attention. 

dragonfly describe them as smoother though, guess i need to look into that

post #1913 of 2904
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The XBA-H3 is currently $239 US by Amazon directly now

#9 in stock

damn got them $300 a week a ago, even with student discount

post #1914 of 2904
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Originally Posted by snapple10 View Post
 

The XBA-H3 is currently $239 US by Amazon directly now

#9 in stock

I've been checking amazon quite often but it's always $350!

post #1915 of 2904
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Anything with low output impedance should be good, maybe something like the JDS C5 or any of the Leckerton amps?

Though honestly, they sound just fine out of my iPod classic which has a few ohms of output impedance.

 

I absolutely cannot believe those FR graphs that show the H3 not having any sort of bass boost whatsoever...

 

Agreed. I highly doubt that is correct. Have a look at the Goldenears site. It shows that the XBA H3 has a clear and pronounced mid-bass boost. And subjectively it sounds like it has a clear mid-bass boost as well.

 

I used it with a Meier Audio PC Step and HRT microstreamer and it sounds good with both! The PC Step sounds warmer and only does 16bit 44.1khz though.

I'm also not totally sure if Goldenears is correct either though, I feel that I would be able to hear the treble elevation a bit more if it were as pronounced as they make it seem.

Seems the H3 is one of those weird enigmas that has to be listened to to fully appreciate. :D

post #1916 of 2904
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I'm also not totally sure if Goldenears is correct either though, I feel that I would be able to hear the treble elevation a bit more if it were as pronounced as they make it seem.

Seems the H3 is one of those weird enigmas that has to be listened to to fully appreciate. :D

+1 - I'm not into too much technical analysis but this is the best iem I've heard and I think it's easily worth double the $. If they could have made it smaller, they would sell tons more, I think the seize just puts some people off so they don't even give them a chance

post #1917 of 2904

been considering XBA-H3 , but a couple questions i'm wondering if anyone in this thread could answer.  i've read a couple times that they're quite non-fatiguing, although people are expressing this as a positive i was curious as to whether or not these have that sparkle factor up top.  i like ultra crisp highs and would expect that from the  two balanced armatures but have gathered that may not exactly be the case with these.  the other question i have is about the fit / comfort.  i own TF10 and barely ever use them because i can't manage to get the fit / seal i want even after try multiple tips.  XBA-H3 looks to insert similarly into the ear, i know they won't be the most comfortable IEM out there but if i can get a decent seal so they sound the way they're supposed to then i'd be content.

 

thanks !

post #1918 of 2904
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Originally Posted by X i l i X View Post
 

been considering XBA-H3 , but a couple questions i'm wondering if anyone in this thread could answer.  i've read a couple times that they're quite non-fatiguing, although people are expressing this as a positive i was curious as to whether or not these have that sparkle factor up top.  i like ultra crisp highs and would expect that from the  two balanced armatures but have gathered that may not exactly be the case with these.  the other question i have is about the fit / comfort.  i own TF10 and barely ever use them because i can't manage to get the fit / seal i want even after try multiple tips.  XBA-H3 looks to insert similarly into the ear, i know they won't be the most comfortable IEM out there but if i can get a decent seal so they sound the way they're supposed to then i'd be content.

 

thanks !

They have very good highs (compared to my other IEMs) and I do not feel it lacking in that sense. I can listen to these for 4-5 hours without much trouble. For the fit: I was able to get a great fit straight out of the box and these are extremely light for their size. It may differ for you but these give me great isolation.

post #1919 of 2904
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Originally Posted by X i l i X View Post
 

been considering XBA-H3 , but a couple questions i'm wondering if anyone in this thread could answer.  i've read a couple times that they're quite non-fatiguing, although people are expressing this as a positive i was curious as to whether or not these have that sparkle factor up top.  i like ultra crisp highs and would expect that from the  two balanced armatures but have gathered that may not exactly be the case with these.  the other question i have is about the fit / comfort.  i own TF10 and barely ever use them because i can't manage to get the fit / seal i want even after try multiple tips.  XBA-H3 looks to insert similarly into the ear, i know they won't be the most comfortable IEM out there but if i can get a decent seal so they sound the way they're supposed to then i'd be content.

 

thanks !

As far as fit goes, they are VERY light. The over the ear wires help to keep them secure as well. I did not have any problems with fit but I also bought the Comply ts200 - the Comply's fit even more securely but however I found they did not give the same highs as the Sony hybrid silicone. I find the highs/treble with the hybrid silicone tips to be very bright and clear but not shrill or harsh.  but ymmv

post #1920 of 2904
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Originally Posted by X i l i X View Post
 

been considering XBA-H3 , but a couple questions i'm wondering if anyone in this thread could answer.  i've read a couple times that they're quite non-fatiguing, although people are expressing this as a positive i was curious as to whether or not these have that sparkle factor up top.  i like ultra crisp highs and would expect that from the  two balanced armatures but have gathered that may not exactly be the case with these.  the other question i have is about the fit / comfort.  i own TF10 and barely ever use them because i can't manage to get the fit / seal i want even after try multiple tips.  XBA-H3 looks to insert similarly into the ear, i know they won't be the most comfortable IEM out there but if i can get a decent seal so they sound the way they're supposed to then i'd be content.

 

thanks !


You might want to check on the Sony MDR EX-1000. They are much easier to fit as they are definitely smaller. They have a magnesium body that is a lot more stable than the H3's plastic body. And they have a very special dynamic driver that is not the same as the bass driver of the H3 even though the specs are similar. The EX-1000 is much more refined across the board and the treble are very fast and sparkly.

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