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Get the Sony MDR-7550 now or wait for the XBA-H

post #1 of 9
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I've been itching for some new earbuds and so going through these forums for the past couple of weeks and also watching some YouTube videos.

 

Now I've narrowed it down to the Sony MDR-7550 (though the ATH-CK100PRO also seem sweet, but can't get them where I am). Price for the MDR-7550 is quite reasonable IMO at around $250.

 

However I've also read about the new XBA-H (1 and 3).

 

Anyone would venture an opinion whether it would be worthwhile for me to wait a little longer to see what these new earbuds can do? Any ideas on what they might cost?

Also would they be a happy medium between the MDR-7550 and the XBA4 (which  from what I've read wouldn't be my cup of tea).

 

Many thanks!!

 

post #2 of 9

Not that many people can comment because H3 hasn't been released! Check out my review on the 7550 though. 

H3 should cost around $350(not so sure).

post #3 of 9
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Thanks for the response! Your review was actually one of the first reviews I've read! It's really helpful.

 

Two questions: Regarding isolation, would you still use them in a train for example or a busy cafe? How much in terms of performance would you lose if not using a dedicated amp? I listen to my music very loud but I guess would also lose some fidelity/soundstage also?

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Thanks for the response! Your review was actually one of the first reviews I've read! It's really helpful.

 

Two questions: Regarding isolation, would you still use them in a train for example or a busy cafe? How much in terms of performance would you lose if not using a dedicated amp? I listen to my music very loud but I guess would also lose some fidelity/soundstage also?

 

They don't isolate much, but they are usable on trains and busy cafes. I tried them on a train before. Once music's playing, you won't notice too much outside noise.

 

You won't loose much even if you don't have an amp. While they do improve, you will be fine if you don't have one.

 

That depends on your definition of loud. If it's like 110db, you will hear distortion. But unless you push them to extreme, they can handle loudness very well.

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thank you! That's very helpful. To be honest there doesn't seem to be much to stop me. :)

post #6 of 9

Lol. I do love the 7550. I think 7550 and H3 will be very different sounding though. H3 is supposed to be more V shaped.

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

Well this fall is shaping up to be a gadget-lover's heaven... can't wait for all the new stuff coming out.

Need to budget appropriately though :)

 

Last question on the 7550. Do you think the plastic body cheapens it a bit? Meaning that a metal body is much for resistant to daily life while a plastic one shows its age more.

post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by lessibb View Post
 

Well this fall is shaping up to be a gadget-lover's heaven... can't wait for all the new stuff coming out.

Need to budget appropriately though :)

 

Last question on the 7550. Do you think the plastic body cheapens it a bit? Meaning that a metal body is much for resistant to daily life while a plastic one shows its age more.

 

No. Plastic is more durable imo. It's lighter, so they take drops much better than EX1000. Also, they scratch less. Metal on EX1000 shows age more(not to mention EX1000 paint chipping).

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Great! Thanks for all your help and looking forward to your nice reviews.

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