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Excellent IEM carrying an affordable price tag

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Pros: Nice Form factor, detachable cables, precise bass response, affordable price, balanced sound without been boring

Cons: Somewhat unnatural sound, strident treble

This is a work in progress, everytime I listen to them with a different source, there's always something new emerging and changing the overall perspective someway.  Sources used: Macbook Pro, iphone 4s, Fiio e10, Schiit Magni, This is a personal Unit: Bought at LMUE for 38USD during pre-saleBurn-in time: I don’t believe in huge differences, but in order to avoid a debate, I’ve been using it extensively before posting this.Some songs I used: (320kbps and some of them are lossless)Pistol Shrimp - Heart (RoboCLIP Remix)Disclosure - Help Me Lose My Mind (feat. London Grammar)Saux - Fortunate (feat. Timantti)Fever Ray - If I Had A HeartOur Mother - Lion OS XThe...
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Well made and nice product

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The entire Sony XBA Line is stunning: very sensitive and well executed lines, comfortable despite size, flat cable, nice case, a 90'plug.   The first time I tried the Xba3 the sound wasn't appealing at all. Unnatural and spiky treble, (some people refers as metallic sound) and didn't cope well with my recordings. Nowadays I understand the praise and it has to do (IMO) with music genres: I find the xba-3 perfect for jazz recording, in fact I never hear anything closer in terms of overall satisfaction for Jazz, classical is also very enjoyable.   I decided to mod them, I used micropore tape to reduce a bit the treble, although they lost...
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Effortless sound with a pleasant signature

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Pros: Non silibant, not fatiguing, small form factor, comfortable,

Cons: Price

Bass response doesn't bleed to the vocals or any other frequency, thin and lightweight cable with no microphonics and a narrow plug to connect to portable devices.  Some people called holographic sound but I would say it's more like a de-phase between armature drivers.  Westone star tips are excellent, I use them for almost all my IEMs, I think the 

I hope this will be the future of IEMs

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Pros: Decent sound quality, detachable cable, sealed (not vented), strong bass response, reinforced cable, did I mention detachable cables?

Cons: Expensive mic cable, despairing treble response, swiveling mechanism can be annoying, the ear pieces are quite big for the small dynamic driver

I don't consider them nice or even fun thinking about sound, but everytime I'm working out I feel like I made a great investment. Going out with my Westone 4R or my customs make me feel paranoid to some extend. The isolation is quite amazing although I feel like they're quite big for my ears. I just hope to see more IEMs in a few years like this one. 

A True legend

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Pros: Visceral bass response, clear and powerful.

Cons: Mids are kind of weak

I noticed so much praise around here that my expectations were quite high and I gotta say: I was not disappointed at all. There's little new we can say about such a famous/infamous IEM. I bought a pair to reshell them and try customs so I can't comment about build quality. Not really a fan of V-shaped signatures but this one is special, some people can argue about the overwhelming bass hiding mid-details, but again, the TF10 are really wonderful! Highly recommend them!

Mediocre noise isolation with average sound quality for a hefty price

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Pros: Light and compact design, works on active and passive mode,

Cons: On ear construction doesn't provide noise isolation, heavy battery compartment,

I'm biased against on-ear headphones. For a daily commute I use in ear monitors and for listening sessions nothing beats over-the-ears counterparts. At work isolation is not such a problem (neither a good idea for my line of work to be fair) but I don't see why people still need the type of headphones that doesn't bring the best of both world, or at least a consensus.    The active noise isolation IMO is more a gimmick because the on ear design doesn't provide a decent seal, so the noise canceling is useless.   To be continued.  
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