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Sony XBA-1 Balanced Armature Headphones-1 Driver

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  • Micro-size, full-range driver units deliver detailed and transparent sound reproduction
  • Double layer housing for smooth frequency response
  • Long-term comfort and natural in-ear fit
  • Noise blocking design
  • Secure fit and noise attenuation
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 1.4 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B006K55662
  • Item model number: XBA-1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 9, 2012

Product Description

Step up to Sony Balanced Armature and step up to a revolution in audio. A full range driver delivers clear vocals and great sound reproduction for a sublime audio experience. Rediscover all the emotion of your favorite music with the world's only driver optimized for music enjoyment.<br>

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By DJ on June 27, 2012
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I think most of the people that have given these a bad review have never had experience with balanced armatures before. A single BA is not going to have the bass impact of a dynamic driver but the bass texture and detail is very good and its a natural sound not bloated like a lot of bass heavy IEM's.

As for the mids and highs they have very good detail with a warm sound signature. The mids are a bit more forward sounding over the bass and treble so vocals really standout and sound very smooth. Highs are laid back and never sibilant but still have plenty of detail but lack some micro detail of other BA based IEM's like the R-50 or ER-4S.

Soundstage is good with average width and depth though you still get a few out of the head sounds from time to time. Instrument separation and imaging is also good again though not up there with more expensive BA based IEM's but for what these cost they preform very well.

For very nice sounding single BA that cost under or at $70 the XBA-1 is a smart choice for people that are just starting to get into more higher end sounding IEM's. They have plenty of bass and if you need a little more impact just EQ the low end up or buy a portable headphone amp like a FiiO E6 or E11. If they were still selling at their msrp of $80 I would have given them 4 stars but at $62 these are an easy 5 star IEM. Over all these are an excellent BA in their respective price range and unless your a huge bass head these should please most people imo.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mark VINE VOICE on April 26, 2012
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The Good:
New Technology earphones that leave the midrange intact and enhance details you might never have heard before.
Compact design with many of the qualities you expect to find in higher-end, in-ear-monitors.
With a Chu-Moy headphone amplifier, they are brutal.

The Bad:
Quiet on the iPod Touch without an amplifier.
Silicone eartips that turn inside out when you pull them out of your ears.

The Ugly:
Chrome-on-Chrome, body design.
Stupid, tangle-enhancing, cord design.

The Naughty:
They make you want to listen to "Wake up" by Rage Against the Machine again and again and again...

Virtues

At their best, the Sony XBA-1s are good, and when I write 'good' I mean they are in the same league as the Grado igis or Denon AHK C751s, both of which are star-power earbuds that started out life costing as much or significantly more than the list price of the XBA-1s and producing sound that companies generally reserve for consumers willing to spend as much or more on their headphones as they spend on their players.

Sony's balanced driver approach pays off in a big way. The XBA-1 produces a nice, basic sense of sound stage: they create the impression of instruments and voices separated in space that is ordinarily found only by spending a lot more money on a set of over-the-ear headphones that you are definitely *not* wrapping up and sticking into your pocket.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Nguyen on August 30, 2012
The built & material are really nice. I like the flat cable and metal buds. It feels great in the hand. The headphones comes with plenty of tips ( way more than other earbuds). There is no flaw that I see.

The sound it gives off is really good. Outstanding mids and vocal. It makes all of your music comes alive. The bass is okay. The sound is very balanced and separated. I love this earphone, it fits my music very well. I listen to mostly string, piano and music with vocal.

Make sure you buy from authorized dealers. There are many fakes out there.

UPdate: The high could be higher. it rolls off a little bit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Lepelenko on April 23, 2013
These headphones are great, very comfortable just have to find the correctnear piece. For those complaining about bass please open your eyes and read these only contain one driver which just helps bring out the vocals. If your looking for more bass I suggest you go with more drivers or headphones specifically designed for extra bass output. But for this price im happy withthe sound and quality, the only down side is the built in microphone which lets the person your talking to hear all the background noise. But overall I cannot complain about these headphones!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MetalCharlie on October 16, 2012
Got these phones for a steal and it was HIGHWAY ROBBERY! I've added 5 different pairs of headphones in the last two weeks. These include the Ultimate Ears 500 and 600, The JVC HA-FX40, MEElectronics A151's, and the Sony XBA-1's. This to go along with the Altec Lansing Ultra 606's and the Klipsch S4's i picked up about a month ago. The XBA-1's simply put these to shame with overall clarity, warmth, and accuracy. No the bass is NOT overpowering, and bassheads need not apply. it's not gonna rattle your head with overprocessed bass thumps. The bass presented here are NATURAL and controlled, and just the way the recording artists wanted you to hear the bass sound like. That's the strength of balanced armature technology. They deliver uncluttered sound, strong instrument separation, and crystal clear vocals and drums. You HEAR the music! The XBA-1's are also darned elegant looking. So lightweight and polished. They simply get noticed by others. The looks alone make people think you're listening to much more expensive audiophile phones. The cord is semi flat and tangle resistant. The housings feel delicate, but are sturdy at the joints. For the price point currently being asked, you can't be a better sounding, more accurate IEM. At the end of the day, as long as you're looking for something showy and great sounding, without the need for Dr Dre Beats or Monster Turbine type bass thump, then you can't go wrong with purchasing the XBA-1's. My next step? XBA-2!!!
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