Originally Posted by dweaver
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