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Sony XBA3iP Premium Quality In-Ear Headphones (discontinued by manufacturer)

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  • 7g noise isolating in-ear headphones with Balanced Armature drivers, woofer tweeter and 1.2m cord
  • Triple Balanced Armature drivers
  • 4Hz-28kHz frequency range
  • Noise blocking ear bud design

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.8 x 0.8 cm ; 9 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 118 g
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  • Item model number: XBA3IP.CE7
  • ASIN: B007VXRCB4
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 April 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Experience Balanced Armature Headphones

Sony has brought together a wide range of technologies to create the Balanced Armature Headphone series, featuring the world’s only Balanced Armature (BA) drivers optimized for music enjoyment. Because these driver units can be freely tuned, they are capable of a wider range of sound, and by combining full-range, woofer, super woofer and tweeter units, they can be layered together for a highly nuanced sound experience. Thanks to the driver’s micro sized construction and high sensitivity, these headphones are able to maximize style comfort, sound insulation, sound leakage prevention and even waterproofing, all while providing great sound quality. Sony BA headphones deliver a new high-quality music listening experience.

Double Layered Housing

The combination of Magnesium inner housing and a special ABS outer housing reduces unwanted vibration and realises smooth sound response to reproduce clear and distortion-free sound, especially in the mid to high range. Double Layered Housing Design allowed Sony to achieve superior sound quality and noise reduction.

High sensitivity for such a compact size

Clear output across a full sound range

Drivers Volume Sensitivity
13mm Dynamic 340mm3 106dB/mW
09mm Dynamic 130mm3 100dB/mW
BA 80mm3 106dB/mW
Compact size

Sony's Balanced Armature Drivers are 40% smaller than the traditional 9mm Dynamic Driver Units. The smaller size allows a design that creates a better fit inside the ear. This attenuates the outside sounds better than headphones with Dynamic drivers, resulting in a superior listening experience.

Sound quality

Compared to Dynamic drivers, BA drivers have an even response across the frequency range, with low and middle vocal ranges standing out. The sound has a very precise feel. BA drivers can be tuned for higher or lower ranges and combined to emphasize certain sounds.



Woofer
Sony’s original sound filter structure blocks higher frequencies while amplifying lower ones. The woofer unit reproduces richer, deeper and powerful base.
Tweeter
A specially designed diaphragm, coil and damper are used to enhance playback of high-end frequencies. The tweeter unit reproduces bright and detailed high notes.
   
 
 
Full Range
The core Balanced Armature driver design produces an even response across the full sound range, with improvements over ordinary balanced armature unit for high frequencies. The characteristic of flat and uncoloured mid range reproduces crystal clear and profound vocal sound
Super Woofer
The super woofer unit improves playback of very low-range frequencies to provide a full, rich bass sound that can be felt with the whole body. It also harmonises each units to reproduce rich expression through all frequencies.


Core Range
XBA-1 »
XBA-2 »
XBA-3
XBA-4 »
Mobile Variant
XBA1-ip
XBA2-ip
XBA3-ip
XBA4-ip
Summary Crystal clear profound vocal sound
The Balanced Armature driver in XBA-1 is specially designed to produce an even response across the full sound range, with consistent high sensitivity over low to high frequencies. This results in a highly precise reproduction of crystal-clear and profound vocal sound - bringing you hours of music enjoyment and comfort.
Amplify your music experience with powerful bass and clear vocal sound
Sony's XBA-2 is specially designed with Dual Balanced Armature Full Range Drivers with Woofer units. This allows the headphones to produce an even response across a full sound range while adding a powerful bass to its crisp and clear vocal sound. Reverberating every beat of your music to give you a superior sound experience every time.
Immerse your ears in bright and clear sounds with rich bass
Sony's XBA-3 comes with Triple Balanced Armature Full Range Drivers with Woofer and Tweeter units. This combination produces bright and detailed high frequency with powerful bass and clear profound vocal sound. Enhancing and refining your listening experience, taking it to a whole new sound haven that's yours truly
Be impressed by the richest of sounds
The ultimate in superior sound performance, XBA-4 comes with Quad Balanced Armature Full Range Drivers with Woofer, Tweeter and Super Woofer units. It delivers an immersively rich soundscape across all frequencies - ranging from profound bass to bright and detailed high frequency sound. So go ahead. Listen to your music in its truest, purest form. And you'll agree that nothing else can compare.
Driver detail Single Balanced Armature driver (Full range) Full range + woofer Full range + woofer + tweeter Full range + woofer + tweeter + super woofer
Frequency Sensitivity
Cord Detail 1.2m OFC Litz cord neck chain ( mobile variant - 1.2m Y shaped, with in line controls) 1.2m OFC Litz cord neck chain ( mobile variant - 1.2m Y shaped, with in line controls) 1.2m OFC Litz cord neck chain ( mobile variant - 1.2m Y shaped, with in line controls) 1.2m OFC Litz cord neck chain ( mobile variant - 1.2m Y shaped, with in line controls)
Weight 3g 6g 7g 8g
Frequency Range (Hz) 5 - 25,000 4 - 25,000 4 - 28,000 3 - 28,000
Sensitivity (dB/mW) 108 108 108 108
Capacity (mW) 100 100 100 100
Impedance (Ohm) 24 12 12 8
Supplied
Accessories
Carry Case Carry Pouch Carry Case Carry Case Carry Case
Ear Buds 4 sizes of Silicone earbuds, 3 sizes noise isolation 4 sizes of Silicone earbuds, 3 sizes noise isolation 4 sizes of Silicone earbuds, 3 sizes noise isolation 4 sizes of Silicone earbuds, 3 sizes noise isolation
Cord Adjuster Yes Yes Yes Yes


Variations - Waterproof, Bluetooth & Noise Cancelling
Model XBA-S65 XBA-BT75 XBA-NC85
Summary Active sports style with washable and tight fit design Bluetooth wireless Blanaced armature headphones with box-less design Digital noise cancelling balanced armature headphones
Driver detail Full range Full range Full range
Colour options Available in black or white Available in black Available in black
Cord Detail 1.2m Y shaped cord Cordless 1.5m OFC Litz cord neck chain
Weight 10g 6g 6g
Supplied
Accessories
Carry Case Carry Pouch Carry case and charger Carry Case
Ear buds 4 sizes of Silicone earbuds, 3 sizes noise isolation 3 sizes of silicone earbuds 3 sizes of noise isolation earbuds
USB Charging Pod No Yes Yes
Cord Adjuster Yes N/A Yes

Box Contains

Power cord, Operating instructions

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By uumode on 10 Feb. 2013
This is rated by What Hi-Fi and over at head-fi.org which is why I gave this a shot.

I considered the other high end headphones £200-£300 but generally the life span of in ears don't seem to be that long, so spending £300 didn't appeal to me.
The Sony seemed to offer a quite good performance review Vs price ratio, with the added bonus of iPhone volume, mic and play controls. This also automatically dismissed quite a few of the other high end earphones.

Anyway I choose Sony because of it's mass production experience, economies of scale and minituration expertise. Other high end ear phones would inevitably be produced in lower batches and without Sony's extensive track record of making earphones.

I expected great things from the XBA 3 but when compared to the standard stock iPhone pod earphones that come with the iPhone 5, I really had to listen hard to hear the differences. I was expecting it to be night and day. It wasn't. Apple claim 'The audio quality is so superior, they rival high-end headphones that cost much more.' and I think I almost buy into that now.

At first listening Vs the stock Apple pod earphones the Sony sound less transparent, and congested - However this could be a trait of sound isolation buds in general as it is similar to having your fingers in your ears or underwater because the silicon seal in your ears is so much tighter and plugged. The Apple pods are just hard plastic, but the sound is more around you and open (and you get more of the environmental sounds).

Bass seems a bit deeper on the pods, but it is woolly and ill defined compared to the XBA3.
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I have had many In-Ear headphones including: Klipsch 10 & 10i, Sennheiser IE8, Shure 530 and lesser models from Denon and Sennheiser. What I particularly like about the XBA-3ip, is the very good sound quality across the audio spectrum. If you like bass then you will find it here but not excessively so.

The build quality is very good compared to many of the one's I have had before. I certainly expect these to last for a while.

One tip for new users, it is possible to leave the (foam filled) ear tips in your ear if the headphones are pulled straight out too quickly, so pull them out using a twisting action prevents this.
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Purchased this in March 2013 sound was excellent but the button unit disintegrated in Feb 2014 after very little use. Had to buy superglue in Barbados to try and hold it together. Now binned and have gone back to Klipish X11i's.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By deadlybadger on 27 Dec. 2012
I am a very heavy user of inner ear headphones. Since I got my first iPhone 3 years ago I must have been through 2-3 pairs a year. I have spent everything between £20 and £150 before now and had some really good quality headphones. I have always liked the Sennheiser CX 300 for the price and I had a pair of Beyerdynamic MMX 101s which sounded brilliant but were incredibly flimsy. My previous favorites were a pair of Shure SE 115s which isolated so well and had incredible bass.

I was a little skeptical about paying so much for these Sonys, especially as going on previous experience they won't last long!

Out of the box the Sony buds immediately give you a quality impression. They feel well made and have some nice details like flat cabling and the inclusion of a device to shorten the cable. They have a very wide range of silicone earbuds to help you find the right fit, which is essential to getting the best sound.

Thankfully the sound is excellent, they sound really controlled and precise. There are high frequencies audible I have never heard in my music with other brands. They are not as bass heavy as the Shures but sound so much clearer.

If you are a fan of really heavy bass check out the Shure SE 115s... for anything else these will do nicely!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Barry on 11 April 2013
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These IEMs are great but have a serious flaw, high level of sibilance which makes certain treble sounds very harsh, bordering on painful (see various threads online). I returned them for this reason and got the newer model, the XBA 30ip. These fix that issue and you're left with a beautifuly balanced, crip and detailed sound.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Whitfield on 9 Nov. 2013
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When sat properly in the ear, the sound quality is very good however even with the clip attached to clothing I find the buds easily fall out or get knocked which obviously affects the quality.

I have 2 main gripes with these earbuds however, the first is that the microphone and remote are on the left side. This has taken a bit of getting used as all my other headphones had this fitted to the right. the second is that the microphone isn't great, as people keep saying it is difficult to hear what I am saying when talking. This becomes very annoying and means I have to hold the mic close to my mouth. Considering having a mic connected is supposed to supply handsfree calling, this product seems to be falling a little short.

I have given this product 3 stars for the sound quality, I knocked 2 stars off for the problems above and the extra price you have to pay to add a mice which doesn't work very well.
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