Sony XBA-1 Balanced Armature Headphones-1 Driver
- 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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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.
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.
Quiet on the iPod Touch without an amplifier.
Silicone eartips that turn inside out when you pull them out of your ears.
Chrome-on-Chrome, body design.
Stupid, tangle-enhancing, cord design.
They make you want to listen to "Wake up" by Rage Against the Machine again and again and again...
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.Read more ›
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.
In other words, these phones will allow you to hear, say, Sinatra with Nelson Riddle with an entirely new, frequently eye-opening, perspective. You'll hear Sinatra's voice but you'll hear with equal clarity and focus each of the sections of the orchestra--strings (violins and lower), brass (trumpets and bones) saxes (alto, tenor, baritone) and Sinatra's voice--each somehow commanding the listener's attention equally. It's a rare opportunity to be in the studio with Sinatra, hearing exactly what he hears.
The problem is that, unlike Sinatra, most recorded performances are not done "live" and in real-time. Where monitoring headphones plus multi-tracking are responsible for the final result, these Sony phones could be irritating in their break-down of a process that, like it or not, was artificially constructed--or "dishonest" in the first place.
Because of their unconventional, utterly unique, soundstage, these phones are unlikely to strike listeners as comfortable over extensive periods of time. Moreover, they're relatively large, extending beyond the ear quite conspicuously. And finally, as many other reviewers have reported, they're likely to be judged "weak" in the lower, or bass, register. (Personally, I noticed the lack of "bottom" only when I first wore a pair of bass-heavy phones, and then went to the Sony's.Read more ›
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It sounded great but it does not last long. After 3 months, the left ear brokePublished 7 months ago by Justin Vu
These do not sound very good at all ! I have some westone single balanced armature ear buds that are light years ahead of these.Published 15 months ago by Jeremy
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