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Sony XBA-N3AP and XBA-N1AP — Impressions thread

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  1. Redcarmoose
    It is laid-back in a way, which is a strength at times. It is forgiving at the same time holds accuracy. But it’s good for extended listening for these reasons. It just doesn’t have a wow factor at first, but then shows that it politely does more than you first thought it could. I agree with the lower volume way of using it, as some people have to crank up music for bass, but if you have bass at a lower volume then you don’t turn it up as loud.
    monsieurfromag3 likes this.
  2. kova4a
    Nah, I meant that every now and then I like to blast my head off with metal goodness, so I crank up the volume and start air drumming. This has nothing to do with anything lacking the the frequency response bu rather just having fun and reproducing the feeling of a concert. And it's nice not having your ears ringing afterwards.

    edit: Btw, I should be getting the vsonic gr09 next week and will see how it compares in the price range, as it is also supposed to be super forgiving and with great tonality (also a B+ ranking from crinacle). I kinda found the gr07 37th anniversary edition a bit too unexciting and laid back, but maybe the gr09 will be better - it is apparently an updated version of gr09
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2019
  3. Redcarmoose
    I thought your ears were left unharmed by not getting a boatload of hyper-treble.
  4. rendyG
    From what I use, modded Blitzwolf is pretty good, but it still rings a bit at 5kHz.. after eq its amazing for the price :)
    IT01 isn´t bad, but it is a slight V, so guitars or vocals are not as forward as I´d like them to be sometimes.
    FH5 actually surprised me a lot here, I think it is the first iem I tried where I actually feel the benefit of more drivers as it has very good separation even in the busiest tracks.

    Keep in mind this is my preference, as you can see for example kova4a enjoys n3 for metal, but I just need that snappy bass, I´m probably spoilt from full-size planars :D

    edit: sorry for being off topic here, just wanted to help my fellow metalhead
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2019
  5. Lohb
    Running them balanced seems to tighten things up in the low-end.
  6. cfc7
    Can someone compare the N3 with IE800s?

    N3 really caught my attention when I had the chance to test it and I even liked it more than the original IE800 which was a disappointment.

    But now I really like the new IE800s which fixed what I didn't like with the original.
    However, given the price, I still find them lacking something in the bass texture for a TOTL, I also wanted a fuller sound and the lack of dynamics could lead to a boring/lean/dull sound sometimes.

    So, from the memory, I have the feeling that N3 is still a better value for the money.
  7. davidcotton
    Just think of the money you are saving though by not making a decision! Finally a way to counter the (in)famous headfi greeting of "sorry about your wallet!"
  8. ThatAFKNoob
    Do u know the difference between the XBA-N3AP and the XBA-N3?
  9. ThatAFKNoob
    Do u know the difference between the XBA-N3AP and the XBA-N3?
  10. Redcarmoose
    This product is also known as XBA-N3AP, XBA-N3AP//Q E, XBA-N3BP, XBA-N3BP//Q E

    Above from Sony, though one model has 3.5mm and one 4.4mm.
  11. haoyuan
    AP has remote cable, N3 has a cable with no remote.

    Source: I bought N3 in Japan.
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2019
  12. monsieurfromag3
    I believe XBA-N3 is the generic name for this model, followed by AP for the unit with a single-ended 3.5mm cable and BP for the one that comes with a balanced 4.4mm cable.

    Edit: oh so it seems the N3 exists too according to @haoyuan above me, it was probably what you meant @ThatAFKNoob sorry!
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2019
  13. TooPoorForHiFi
    How have the N3 holding up, I've heard they have a lot of Issue w/ the MMCX connector. A user said he got his replace 3 times.
    ThatAFKNoob likes this.
  14. ThatAFKNoob
    Can anyone compare these to the MDR-EX800ST/MDR-7550?
  15. cfc7
    Is the mid-bass impact reduced if using a balanced cable for N3?
    And what cable do you recommend?
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