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post #2461 of 2795
oh ya friends, i want to ask a question. i have limited number of money. i am confused whether to buy walkman F886 or xba h3. what do you think the best to buy?
thank you
post #2462 of 2795
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Originally Posted by bernarc View Post

oh ya friends, i want to ask a question. i have limited number of money. i am confused whether to buy walkman F886 or xba h3. what do you think the best to buy?
thank you

 

Upgrading your headphone is usually more worth it than upgrading your player.

post #2463 of 2795
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Upgrading your headphone is usually more worth it than upgrading your player.

^This

Upgrade your headphones, first, that way you'll appreciate the DAP upgrade down the road smily_headphones1.gif
post #2464 of 2795

I fully agree. The H3 stayed my hand at upgrading my modest Walkman, for there ain't nothing modest about the SQ with 'em.

post #2465 of 2795
Wow...

I'm re-reviewing my thoughts on the H3 - these kick, HARD, and have a pretty glorious midrange with the Chord Hugo...

Just wish there was a smidgen more treble, then I would actually retire the IE800...
post #2466 of 2795

How much wonga,mon vieux Chinois?

post #2467 of 2795

im looking to buy these ,but how do the sony XBA H3 compare to the sony XBA 40 ?( which i have)

would it be an upgrade ?

post #2468 of 2795
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im looking to buy these ,but how do the sony XBA H3 compare to the sony XBA 40 ?( which i have)

would it be an upgrade ?

 

For me in the bass departement and high they are a clear update, isolation is better with the XBA4.

post #2469 of 2795
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For me in the bass departement and high they are a clear update, isolation is better with the XBA4.
nice! what about soundstage? Instrument separation? smily_headphones1.gif
post #2470 of 2795

For me soundstage is also larger, separation is on par,  but I use a DX90 with the H3 and impressions can vary depending on the used DAP and impedance matching.
Any way they are an hybrid IEM and for me it was a clear update compared to the XBA4. The only downside for me is isolation.

post #2471 of 2795
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For me soundstage is also larger, separation is on par,  but I use a DX90 with the H3 and impressions can vary depending on the used DAP and impedance matching.
Any way they are an hybrid IEM and for me it was a clear update compared to the XBA4. The only downside for me is isolation.

The H3 has a 40 Ohm impedance and is easy to impedance match. The XBA-4 on the other hand is, if I remember correctly, 8 Ohms, which usually requires an amp with 1 or less Ohms output impedance to get good damping,.

post #2472 of 2795
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The H3 has a 40 Ohm impedance and is easy to impedance match. The XBA-4 on the other hand is, if I remember correctly, 8 Ohms, which usually requires an amp with 1 or less Ohms output impedance to get good damping,.

And the bass region on XBA-4 is extremely hard to drive. The OI can easily affect the SQ of XBA-4. smily_headphones1.gif
post #2473 of 2795
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The H3 has a 40 Ohm impedance and is easy to impedance match. The XBA-4 on the other hand is, if I remember correctly, 8 Ohms, which usually requires an amp with 1 or less Ohms output impedance to get good damping,.

 

 

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And the bass region on XBA-4 is extremely hard to drive. The OI can easily affect the SQ of XBA-4. smily_headphones1.gif

That's what the damping is all about, controlling the bass, which is why I said that one should have 1 or less Ohms output impedance for the XBA-4. I have a pair of XBA-3's which 12 Ohms and requires 1.5 Ohms or less. The XBA-3's bass definitely also suffers from amps with a higher output impedance.

post #2474 of 2795
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That's what the damping is all about, controlling the bass, which is why I said that one should have 1 or less Ohms output impedance for the XBA-4. I have a pair of XBA-3's which 12 Ohms and requires 1.5 Ohms or less. The XBA-3's bass definitely also suffers from amps with a higher output impedance.
your damn right! My xba3 sounds like TRASH on my walkman F887 and iPod video but excellent on my filo x3 and ibasso dx90
post #2475 of 2795
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Originally Posted by StanD View Post


That's what the damping is all about, controlling the bass, which is why I said that one should have 1 or less Ohms output impedance for the XBA-4. I have a pair of XBA-3's which 12 Ohms and requires 1.5 Ohms or less. The XBA-3's bass definitely also suffers from amps with a higher output impedance.

They scale relatively well with better amping and source as well. At least now I know I am not the only one who likes the XBA with better source biggrin.gif

I have briefly tested the XBA-3 and owns XBA-4. They are both really identical with good OI
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