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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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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. Optimized housing design for ultimate wearing comfort Convenient Cord Adjuster supplied Approximately 4-ft (1.2m) neck-chain cord Carrying pouchSpecifications Driver Unit - Closed, Balanced Armature Frequency Response - 5 - 25,000 Hz Impedance - 24 ohms at 1 kHz Sensitivity (db) - 108 dB/mW Plug - Gold-plated L-type stereo mini plug Cord - 47 1/4 in. (1.2 m), OFC Litz cord neck-chain Headphone Type - Vertical in-the-ear style earbuds Power Handling Capacity - 100 mW (IEC) Weight (Approx.) - 3 g (0.11 oz) without cord

Product Information

Product Dimensions 3.5 x 1.4 x 6.7 inches
Item Weight 2.9 ounces
Shipping Weight 3.2 ounces
Manufacturer Sony
ASIN B006K55662
Item model number XBA-1
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4.0 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #3,853 in Electronics > Headphones > Earbud Headphones
#33,610 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Players & Accessories > MP3 & MP4 Player Accessories
#36,015 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater
Date first available at January 9, 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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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...


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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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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These should not be your candidates for everyday use as primary phones. They offer a sound quite unlike that I've heard from any number of domestic and Chinese brands (including Ultimate Ears, Altec, JBL and previous Sony phones). The armature design (as opposed to conventional speaker-drivers) has been "tuned" by Sony to extract the individual components that make up the whole.

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.
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