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post #931 of 1847
I wonder if the filter can be removed? It worked wonders on the xba3...
post #932 of 1847
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Originally Posted by kevms89 View Post


yea in a way I would say so, the xba3 might be better for vocals but going back to the xba3 you notice the difference in the soundstage, the H1 really envelops you and you just feel the music!

When you start getting into these higher end iems it starts to really be about preference than quality imo

For this money instead of H1 you can take xba-40 with excellent 3D scene and incredible separation of instruments

post #933 of 1847
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Originally Posted by d marc0 View Post

I wonder if the filter can be removed? It worked wonders on the xba3...
I took mine out (the foam), no major difference imo.
post #934 of 1847
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Originally Posted by stimer View Post

For this money instead of H1 you can take xba-40 with excellent 3D scene and incredible separation of instruments
The 40 is like $230, the H1 is $150.

I want the 40's though.
post #935 of 1847
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Originally Posted by Jackson 6 View Post
 

I can believe it, just try the XBA-1, or rather don't!

For kicks, I bought a pair of XBA-1iPs recently, for $28. Not saying they are worth $99 (MSRP originally) but with a small bit of tweaking out of my iPhone 5, using the Accudio app, they sound perfectly fine, in fact nicely detailed and coherent. Have a little Joshua Redman playlist running and sounds very nice to me. I think you must have gotten a bad fit, never tried some EQing or something like that. Admittedly, they are a bit bass thin without EQ, but with it, they are actually pretty good. I would recommend them, especially at the lower prices these days.

post #936 of 1847

You guys are just now realizing that Sardar is trolling? Lol, the amount of Sony bashing should've had people taking a handful of salt with his word. Mine just came in and they're plugged and running.
 

For everyone else that have done a review, how many hours have you run through them? Have previous dynamic Sony IEM benefited from burn-in? I haven't had Sony on my ears for over 10 years so these are the first of possibly more.

post #937 of 1847
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Originally Posted by d marc0 View Post


Thanks mate. So they are a sidegrade to the xba3... Awesome!

Yeah, for a minor step down in clarity you get better soundstage, bass and a more natural timbre. That being said I'm actually starting to think my perceived loss on clarity could just be down to less energetic treble, because with my viper4android settings I'm sure I'm getting just as much detail as I did with the xba-3's.

post #938 of 1847
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Originally Posted by Soundsgoodtome View Post
 

You guys are just now realizing that Sardar is trolling? Lol, the amount of Sony bashing should've had people taking a handful of salt with his word. Mine just came in and they're plugged and running.
 

For everyone else that have done a review, how many hours have you run through them? Have previous dynamic Sony IEM benefited from burn-in? I haven't had Sony on my ears for over 10 years so these are the first of possibly more.

I've got about a week of regular use, maybe 2 hours a day, on mine and they only real change I noticed was in the first couple of hours during which the bass settled down a bit.

post #939 of 1847
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Originally Posted by feuerspiel View Post

Yeah, for a minor step down in clarity you get better soundstage, bass and a more natural timbre. That being said I'm actually starting to think my perceived loss on clarity could just be down to less energetic treble, because with my viper4android settings I'm sure I'm getting just as much detail as I did with the xba-3's.

Good to know. Thanks! These will be great buys once they start lowering the prices in less than a year's time.
post #940 of 1847
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Originally Posted by dweaver View Post

theBoss, the H1 is quite different from the 7550 in warmth and signature and the H3 appears to be even more different so I would agree with your decision 100% especially if you like the 7550.

when the news broke out that sony was gonna make a TOTL hybrid i was hoping it would (at the very least...) be an ex800st/7550 dynamic driver to cover bass to mids and a single BA to extend, clean up and smoothen the highs. is this too much to ask?
post #941 of 1847

Thanks I will let you know.

post #942 of 1847
Maybe the H1 sound sig was exactly what Sony was going for. Like feuerspiel said "step down in clarity you get better soundstage, bass and a more natural timbre.". I imagine this sig would appeal to the average consumer and it must be that market Sony aims to tap into with the H1. As you can see from their promo video, its aimed at the cute bouncy chick(type) biggrin.gif;)

On a more serious note. If we were to take the XBA-3 and *fix/change it, replacing the bass BA driver with a nice 13/16mm dynamic;and tweaking the tweeter, would be the way to go. So, maybe we would be right in expecting the triple driver XBA-H2 to be the true triple driver XBA-3 upgrade? Maybe the dual driver XBA-H1 is the intended replacement for the dual driver XBA-2? As far as prices go, I expect the XBA-H1 to settle around/below the 100$ bracket. The indian launch price is 113$ (and is already available from some sellers for 100$). The price drop of the XBA-3 was dramatic, which is why this current comparison between the XBA-H1 and XBA-3 is justified.
* Initial japanese reviews seem to suggest that sony have got it wrong with the XBA-H2, which is a bummer. redface.gif Lets see.
post #943 of 1847
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Originally Posted by getclikinagas View Post

Maybe the H1 sound sig was exactly what Sony was going for. Like feuerspiel said "step down in clarity you get better soundstage, bass and a more natural timbre.". I imagine this sig would appeal to the average consumer and it must be that market Sony aims to tap into with the H1. As you can see from their promo video, its aimed at the cute bouncy chick(type) biggrin.gif;)

On a more serious note. If we were to take the XBA-3 and *fix/change it, replacing the bass BA driver with a nice 13/16mm dynamic;and tweaking the tweeter, would be the way to go. So, maybe we would be right in expecting the triple driver XBA-H2 to be the true triple driver XBA-3 upgrade? Maybe the dual driver XBA-H1 is the intended replacement for the dual driver XBA-2? As far as prices go, I expect the XBA-H1 to settle around/below the 100$ bracket. The indian launch price is 113$ (and is already available from some sellers for 100$). The price drop of the XBA-3 was dramatic, which is why this current comparison between the XBA-H1 and XBA-3 is justified.
* Initial japanese reviews seem to suggest that sony have got it wrong with the XBA-H2, which is a bummer. redface.gif Lets see.

Exactly what I was thinking, remember people who dont know much about sound and headphones usually love bass, difference is if they hear these then go back to beats they will notice the difference big time, then again I wouldnt be suprised if people said beats are better because they have more bass lol

Regardless of their target market the headphone is great, it does everything very well and it all depends on what you want more, clarity or a bit more warm sig.
post #944 of 1847
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Originally Posted by kevms89 View Post


Exactly what I was thinking, remember people who dont know much about sound and headphones usually love bass, difference is if they hear these then go back to beats they will notice the difference big time, then again I wouldnt be suprised if people said beats are better because they have more bass lol

Regardless of their target market the headphone is great, it does everything very well and it all depends on what you want more, clarity or a bit more warm sig.

Absolutely true. Sony can not please everyone and I am sure that they are set up well, better than t-peos H-100. It's not their cup of tea.

post #945 of 1847
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Originally Posted by getclikinagas View Post

On a more serious note. If we were to take the XBA-3 and *fix/change it, replacing the bass BA driver with a nice 13/16mm dynamic;and tweaking the tweeter, would be the way to go. So, maybe we would be right in expecting the triple driver XBA-H2 to be the true triple driver XBA-3 upgrade? Maybe the dual driver XBA-H1 is the intended replacement for the dual driver XBA-2? As far as prices go, I expect the XBA-H1 to settle around/below the 100$ bracket. The indian launch price is 113$ (and is already available from some sellers for 100$). The price drop of the XBA-3 was dramatic, which is why this current comparison between the XBA-H1 and XBA-3 is justified.
* Initial japanese reviews seem to suggest that sony have got it wrong with the XBA-H2, which is a bummer. redface.gif Lets see.

 

Isn't that the XBA-H3? The third armature replaced with the 16mm driver and the treble driver tweaked into a super tweeter. There is only one triple driver. The other two are dual drivers with 13mm and 9mm dynamics plus an armature.

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