Nice cable, did the ear-hooks came with the cable kit?
Sony XBA-A3 - Impressions Thread - Page 2
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My experience with the A3 has been pretty positive one, I love how they pair with my ZX100 walkman, they feel balanced in terms of SQ a bit bassy at times but they oupt great bass with quality. Mids and highs are crispy too and overall soundstage is very nice, wide and spacious.
Before the A3 i owned the XBA-H3, which to be frank were OK, but the bass bump in midbass let so much to be desired and not to mention they were rather bulky and not comfortable.
If i do a memory comparison... the XBA-A3 is a huge step-up from the H3 in every aspect:
Bass doesn't feel bloated at all, it doesn't leak to the mids or highs and hits even deeper.
Mids: are more forward and balance out things, they feel crispy , there is no distortion present, I sometimes perceived my H3 distorted in the mids.
Highs: They are not harsh like the H3: and add to the music detail, and microdetails, they extend great.
Separation: the instrument separation is nice, i can distinguish one instrument from another (esp on today masters which are better than in the old days), different voices are well positioned.
Soundstage: Is wider and less constricted than the one of the H3, i can feel the recording venue like a concert hall, theater, or studio. You can feel the reverb tails dissipate very well.
The Thomas tallis Spem In alium popped the other day in my playlist: superb representation, nice layering, nice separation for such a big chorus (40-voices) and the reverb deccay very well presented, the female singesr shine very well and tingle my ears as do tenors and bass singers very well deep extenson of their voices
Comfort is also way better than the XBA-H3, i don't get any itching or discomfort even after using them for 8 hours a day
As regarding the Oppo HA-2 i didn't notice any difference in changes of SQ using Walkman A17 + HA-2 VS A17 alone, certainly they scale good for the weak amp of walkmans
Edited by gerelmx1986 - 1/1/16 at 3:23pm
gerelmx1986 have you heard any other similar sound iem to compare with?
From what I have read/ been told, Aurisonics 2.5 sounds very similar to the Z5. And the A3 sounds similar to the Z5.
The EPH-100 is also similar to the A3, although the A3 is leaps and bounds above the Yamaha.
I used to have the EPH-100 then got the Dunu 1ks which I felt were much better. Now I got Fidue A73 which has slightly different sound then the Dunu but I now prefer that type of sound.
I been told its close to Trinity Delta. Not much on the Sony though.
My friend owns the d2k and says the A3 is far superior. At under 300 I'm surprised these aren't flying off the shelves.
Trinity Delta seems interesting, reminds me of the Dunu Titan1.
Nice looking cable. Did you use the stock Sony connectors? Aftermarket mmcx connectors that don't have the two grooves are guaranteed to cause connection failure with the iem. Many people have experienced this.
The safest way to upgrade cable is Sony's own MUC upgrade cable. Its 8-braid cable with the 2 grooves on the connectors.
I think it's an OEM, but both looks and fit the same way(with the grooves and connection, *Comparison below*). I think the 8-Braided Cable you're referring to is the "MUC-B12SM1" and the "MUC-B20BL1". If I'm not wrong, those are for Sony's headphone.
From left to right: Custom's Termination, Sony's Stock A3 Termination
The Official Sony Upgrade Cable available for the A2, A3, Z5 etc would be the one below. It's possible to get the Sony's 8-Braided Sony's Upgrade cable which are for the headphones and get someone who specialise in cables to alter the Termination but I think for the price(204USD, MUC-B12SM1) and (219USD, MUC-B20BL1) respectively, it's a tad expensive. After-market cable would be the way to go for customized looks and materials etc.
Sony MUC-M12SM1 (For A2, A3, Z5 etc)
Edited by Meth - 1/2/16 at 3:52am
The ear-hooks I bought is by the company Fischer Audio. I actually came across it while browsing around Treoo looking for some accessories. It's a really good find, hands-down the most comfortable ear-hooks I've ever worn compared to all the other 3rd party ear-hooks I've bought.
Edited by Meth - 1/2/16 at 12:50am
For me, I rinse them carefully with tiny drops of water, then wipe them off with a cleaning cloth. There's a tiny hole at the sides, so be carefully.
Edited by Meth - 1/2/16 at 12:42am
I was going to get the d2kj but sound would not suit me as its not for bass lovers.
I might just cave in and get the A3s!
Only other popular choice is RHA T20s or 10s.