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post #331 of 3808
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Originally Posted by Fizban View Post

If my memory of 333 is still accurate, i'd say similar, but the 333 sounds cleaner and hence, treble sounds more apparent in 333 than in z5.

Z5 seems like a more competent overall performing pair of headphones, but 333 immediately grabs your attention with its mids, which in the z5 blends coherently with both bass and treble.

I can be wrong, since I couldn't even tell effectively apart the A2 and A3!

How horrid my aural discernment is!

Not to mention using a cruddy piece of mass produced ***** like the iPhone 6 as a source. Does your folly know no end? You oughtta save yourself from further embarrassment and just exit stage left
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the iPhone 6 is my main source too
post #332 of 3808
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Not to mention using a cruddy piece of mass produced ***** like the iPhone 6 as a source. Does your folly know no end? You oughtta save yourself from further embarrassment and just exit stage left Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
the iPhone 6 is my main source too

 

I just wish word' main 'is really important here:p

post #333 of 3808
The iPhone 5S I have on hold now is greattttttttttt
Who even needs A&K
post #334 of 3808

hurhurhur

 

The lower product range is really impressive this time, that's what I'm trying to say, considering I honestly cannot, albeit in a short listening fashion, tell them apart.
 

The A1 looks so CUTE!

And not shabby in the SQ either.

post #335 of 3808
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Originally Posted by Fizban View Post
 

hurhurhur

 

The lower product range is really impressive this time, that's what I'm trying to say, considering I honestly cannot, albeit in a short listening fashion, tell them apart.
 

The A1 looks so CUTE!

And not shabby in the SQ either.


I returned h1 after a week so i am really sceptical about A1,the highest priced sony iem available in india.

Stupid sony marketing:(

post #336 of 3808
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I returned h1 after a week so i am really sceptical about A1,the highest priced sony iem available in india.

Stupid sony marketing:(

Oh i was SUPER disappointed with H1 as well.
I'm very surprised why there would be a single post lauding it (but there's been quite a few).
SSO trust me, o trust me, I'm on the same page as you.

 

A1 is nothing like that.

Much clearer and brighter than the murky H1 which had problems in extensions both in bass and highs.

post #337 of 3808
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Originally Posted by Fizban View Post
 

Oh i was SUPER disappointed with H1 as well.
I'm very surprised why there would be a single post lauding it (but there's been quite a few).
SSO trust me, o trust me, I'm on the same page as you.

 

A1 is nothing like that.

Much clearer and brighter than the murky H1 which had problems in extensions both in bass and highs.


Nice,,its listed as 95$ in india and i expect it to move down to 90  in a month or so like h1.

Maybe i will take it,,,it looks pretty premium:beerchug:

post #338 of 3808

As i said, it looks cute :)
And i like the form factor.

But otherwise, moving to A2 or A3 really opens the sound up to the realms of HD.
I'd recommend them if you don't mind them being a lot bigger than the A1.

post #339 of 3808
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Originally Posted by Fizban View Post
 

As i said, it looks cute :)
And i like the form factor.

But otherwise, moving to A2 or A3 really opens the sound up to the realms of HD.
I'd recommend them if you don't mind them being a lot bigger than the A1.


Maybe if they are balanced and not overtly bassy

post #340 of 3808
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Originally Posted by sardar17 View Post


No one pays 700$ for this non linear iem with thick bass..............if at all this is true:eek:
Sony needs to leave its fetish of huge bass for more neutrality when the range increases,,,but we see complete opposite:D

Looks like they are targeting only bass loving folk nowadays,,,disappointing.Good for bass lovers though:beerchug:


But then xba-10,20,30,100 is tuned opposite to this,,,being bass light with metallic treble and sibilance:angry_face:
Why not make something balanced for the love of god??


pssst, MDR-7550...

Nuff said wink.gif
post #341 of 3808
its limited and was out some 3 years back.
post #342 of 3808
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Originally Posted by Idsynchrono_24 View Post
 

Their tagline for the Z5 is "Feel the air". This is alluding to the Z5's prowess as a fart cannon obviously. 

 

LOL.

 

If Sony's desire was to get people talking about the Z5, they've achieved that in spades.

post #343 of 3808
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Originally Posted by sardar17 View Post

its limited and was out some 3 years back.


Please don't base this IEM's capability on the fact it's a single dynamic driver or that it's 3 years old. Out of the 3 original hanger type IEM's from Sony it is the only one given the professional title and is the last man standing in regards to still being sold by Sony. One thing Sony does right is stick with strong performers. They still make headphones designed 30yrs ago because they are still some of the best headphones made regardless of age.

 

Reading your posts above, you mention your dislike of the bass leaning from Sony on their current round of IEM's. I have owned the XBA-H1 and H3 (selling the first and returning the 2nd) and totally get where your coming from in your complaint. I have also owned the XBA3 and again completely understand your comments made above. I have also owned the MDR-7550 and allowed my self to be persuaded to "upgrade" to the EX1000. Within days of getting the EX1000 I knew I had made a mistake. The 7550 embodies the concept of effortless while the EX1000's treble was just to sharp for me and the contrasts to much do to it's V shaped signature.

 

When I have let go of a Sony product I have never regretted the decision except for the MDR-7550. It is the only Sony I have almost rebought several times (twice from the FS forum's only to be rebuffed by the sellers because I am in Canada, and twice where I have had it sitting in my cart from other resellers only to find they never sold to Canada or something along those lines).


Edited by dweaver - 10/31/14 at 6:35am
post #344 of 3808
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Originally Posted by dweaver View Post
 


Please don't base this IEM's capability on the fact it's a single dynamic driver or that it's 3 years old. Out of the 3 original hanger type IEM's from Sony it is the only one given the professional title and is the last man standing in regards to still being sold by Sony. One thing Sony does right is stick with strong performers. They still make headphones designed 30yrs ago because they are still some of the best headphones made regardless of age.

 

Reading your posts above, you mention your dislike of the bass leaning from Sony on their current round of IEM's. I have owned the XBA-H1 and H3 (selling the first and returning the 2nd) and totally get where your coming from in your complaint. I have also owned the XBA3 and again completely understand your comments made above. I have also owned the MDR-7550 and allowed my self to be persuaded to "upgrade" to the EX1000. Within days of getting the EX1000 I knew I had made a mistake. The 7550 embodies the concept of effortless while the EX1000's treble was just to sharp for me and the contrasts to much do to it's V shaped signature.

 

When I have let go of a Sony product I have never regretted the decision except for the MDR-7550. It is the only Sony I have almost rebought several times (twice from the FS forum's only to be rebuffed by the sellers because I am in Canada, and twice where I have had it sitting in my cart from other resellers only to find they never sold to Canada or something along those lines).

 

U misunderstood me mate,,i meant limited availability,,its already on my radar as the next costly iem to get.

Only thing stopping me is huge customs i have to pay on a 300$ iem.

 

Multiple reviews have pointed out its a gem.

 

And the recent sony iem's are totally opposite to this thing,,,either too bassy or too thin sounding.

Blame the focus on common people:tongue_smile:

post #345 of 3808
LOL Ok, sorry missed that smily_headphones1.gif.

Btw there is one in the FS forum for $170. I just pinged the seller to see if its still available. But if your interested and the price works for you I will back down since between the difference in currency and likely shipping charges may hold me back anyway since I can get it in Canada from a Canadian reseller for about $250 brand new anyway.
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