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Sony's New 2014 flagship IEM - XBA Z5

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  1. thatonenoob
    Rice? ahahahah
  2. thatonenoob
    The clarity was very good.  It's definitely not an Etymotics-level analytical sound, but you will hear a lot of detail.  The Z5 subtly includes detail, and doesn't make it a point to show you how detailed it is (which is great),  The isolation was solid, and I couldn't hear the people next to me when I had volume up to around 40%.  Vocals in general sounded good.  A touch of bass line combined with good mids made for a very engaging and lively sound, in my opinion.  For instruments, it was really hard to say (I generally prefer to deliver judgements on classical at home), but what I got from the event was that the Z5's aren't too bad in that area.    
    The fit is awkward though.  I mean, it feels like you have two USBs plugged into your ears.  I wish there was a bit of a rounded support in the back to conform to the shape of one's ears.
    In general, it depends heavily on your tastes.  If you like the rounded, comfortable sound, then the Z5 is for you.  If you're into something a bit more intense, you may need to test the Z5s before making a purchase.
  3. vlenbo
    I'm tired of Sony's lack of exclusives in their flagships! [​IMG]
    If rice cannot be deemed as an exclusive novelty with the purchase of a sony xba-z5 = instant deal breaker.
    I recall that the sony a-3s have rice included with a purchase as well. So if Sony would stop including rice with a purchase of the Xba-A series, then the rice exclusivity for the Z5 would produce a worthy flagship to purchase for their lineup.
    [​IMG] Just my two cents.
  4. thatonenoob
  5. mark9104
    had a very short try in their showroom last weekend (since the salesperson has her eye glue on my back, probably because the earphone cost 6k HKD and I looked like a bum).
    Since surrounding was very noisy and I didn't had a chance to really listen to it, that's not a lot I can add, however I do have some questions for those who tried it ( Thatonenoob, Lemonhk and others).
    I found the bass heavy but I actually feel it to be lighter than H3, I was pleasantly surprise to find the lack of mid bass bloat as in H3, details seems to be quite good but I do not think it to be significantly better than H3. Compared to H3 I think it got a better control bass and probably a bit better space. Like I said, I only have a few minutes to listen to it and not the best environment so it could be quite off.
    A3 treble sound somewhat brighter than Z5, while bass and space a bit weaker than Z5 ( I only got less than 30 secs on A3 so I don't have much impression to speak of).
    Anyone got more impression on A3? And how does it compares with Z5?

  6. thatonenoob
    Hey Mark!
    My impressions may be off too, but I have to say that the Z5 has a rather "unique" signature that is quite similar to the MDR-Z7 (the same technology was used).  It is warm, and a tad bassier, but at the same time, it doesn't give the sense that the earphones are for bassheads.  The trebles on the Z5 really "expand" the sound stage, and the slightly dialed back mids create that "spacious" feeling.  In general, it was just a very smooth and warm sound signature.  Comfortable is the word I'd use!  
    Now I don't have the impressions for the A3, but I will be getting units and writing a comprehensive review soon! [​IMG]
  7. mark9104
    Thanks Thatonenoob, looking forward to your review.
    Am very happy with my xba 30 and have been itching for an upgrade for a while, but the H3 for me is a disappointment so I am eagerly waiting for the next flagship.
  8. nihontoman
    Wonder if the a2 which supposedly has 12mm lcp driver and two Balanced armatures is any good... If it is, we might have the real budget oriented kings...
  9. Tr1ppy


    Id like to know how it is too. It seems to be more in my budget and also I prefer cable down fitment. :)
  10. thatonenoob
    I will be getting them in the near future, will post a review soon! (with some luck).  Ahahah
  11. Kunlun
    Can you buy and review the z5, too?:wink:
  12. thatonenoob
    Thankfully these are loan units...so I won't turn broke in a day. [​IMG]
  13. yaluen
    Here are some impressions posted on AndAudio, a Taiwanese audio forum. They're impressions off a demo unit at a Sony location in Ginza. Original text found here: http://www.andaudio.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=115589&start=3875. The poster has the following gear listed in his sig:
    Closed: W5000/W3000ANV/W1000X/W1000/A900XLTD/A900Ti
    Open: SR-507/AD2000X/AD2000/AD1000PRM/AD1000/SA3000/MA900
    IEM: EX1000/CK100PRO/IM02/Aurvana-In-Ear2
  14. cn11
    Doesn't sound like this is compelling enough for me to spend that kind of dough, if it isn't a significant step up from the EX1000.... Especially after recently picking up the Parterre, and ASG-2.5. I'm spoiled on spaciousness now.
  15. audionewbi
    Nothing in the IEM world has the EX-1000 soundstage, nothing. 
    How hard is it for sony to focus on remaking the EX-1000 with the treble fixed, they already have the design just focus on the tuning. 
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