Just recently purchased the xba-4ips, and am astounded at how unimpressive they are. The idea was to upgrade from my senheiser cx 300 ii pair I use for work.
At home I use hd600 cans, which are pretty good, I use them for monitoring in my studio, so I'm not a total audio n00b, even though you may chuckle at my cx 300 ii choice. I like the biiig bass, hence choosing the xba-4 with the sub woofer.
I had no idea just how "high impedance" my nexus 7 and galaxy s2 were, and apparently this is why a beefy dub step track is sounding like 3 guys playing the spoons in a shed, so I tried on a friends iphone 5, and although much better, still doesn't provide me with the jaw dropping excitement I was expecting to feel.
I'm getting a new phone soon (all music through spotify at present), and my question is: Does anyone know what the output impedance on the sony experia z1 is?
I guess for these iem's I'm going to need 1 ohm or less....
I've not heard the xba-4's sounding good yet. Am I wasting my time thinking of the experia? I realise that if I buy a fiio e18, these tiny pods could sound glorious, but it seems a lot of extra money and kit just to get a good upgrade on the cx 300 ii's.
Should I just send them back and start researching for something else like the b&w c5's?