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Need help with choosing new IEMs - Sony XBA-3iP vs JBL Synchros S100I

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hello and welcome!

Finally, after long time of reading head-fi.org, I decided to create an account here ;)

 

For more than six months I'm looking for a new pair of IEMs to use with my iPhone (previously 4 and now 5S).

It's getting really frustrating, because I can't decide which ones I should buy.

I was thinking about a-JAYS Five, JBL J33i, Etymotic HF3, UE 600vi and finally Sony - XBA-3iP and JBL Synchros S100I.

 

Music I'm listening: mostly rock and electronic, but generally everything, including rock'n'roll, swing, rap and sometimes classical ;)

 

I hope you'll help me choose (XBA-3iP vs Synchros S100I).

post #2 of 10

Hi,

 

Why did you narrow down your selection to XBA-3iP and Synchros S100I? What type of sound signature do you prefer and what is your budget?Is remote/mic a must?


Edited by zamorin - 12/17/13 at 1:21am
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hey,
I narrowed it, because I already used SoundMagic E10M, NuForce NE700M, Denon AH-C560R and now I'm using my longest lasting pair of IEMs - Sennheiser MM 30i. That's why I'm looking for something new.
I don't want HF3, because they sound too "sterile" to me.
Ultimate Ears 600vi were closest to ideal until I read negative opinions about cable and plug (also, I'm not a fan of "over-the-ear" cable).
a-JAYS Five - negative opinions about sound quality.

I like balanced/dynamic signature.

Remote with mic/volume control is a must.

Budget: +/- $100
post #4 of 10

I suggest the HSA BA100 :o Check out its reviews.

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
These look promising (and aren't pricey), but have one flaw - remote doesn't have volume control... wink.gif
post #6 of 10

The XBA-3's can benefit from amping. I believe that iPhone's tend to have output impedances that might not be low enough to meet the minimum 8x impedance rule of thumb for driving some IEMd/cans for proper damping. If I remember the XBA-3's have a 12 Ohm impedance so you want to drive them from a source of at or below 1.5 Ohms.

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
What about JBL Synchros S100I (and their impedance)?
Any thoughts?
Oh, and one more thing. I noticed that S100I are more expensive than S100A (at least in Poland). I'm wondering if there is any difference between them.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Thorin49 View Post

What about JBL Synchros S100I (and their impedance)?
Any thoughts?
Oh, and one more thing. I noticed that S100I are more expensive than S100A (at least in Poland). I'm wondering if there is any difference between them.

I just checked JBL's web site as well as the PDF they offer and for some reason the plonkers don't specify the impedance. I might consider looking elsewhere for IEM's.

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
I found out that S100 have 16 ohm impedance.
So what do you think? Should I look for something else or give these a try?
Edited by Thorin49 - 12/17/13 at 10:07pm
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
Bump

P.S. Flat cables are optional, but would be nice addition, because I'm tired of tangled cables wink.gif
Edited by Thorin49 - 12/18/13 at 7:05am
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