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Sony XBA1 Premium Quality In-Ear Headphones

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  • 3g noise isolating in-ear headphones with Balanced Armature driver and 1.2m cord
  • Noise-isolating in-ear design
  • 4 ear bud sizes included
  • 5Hz–25kHz range

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.8 x 0.8 cm ; 5 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 100 g
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  • Item model number: XBA1.AE
  • ASIN: B007I1QZFI
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 21 Mar. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

Product Description

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

Headphones
Carry Case
Headphone cord length adjuster
Earbuds ( S/M/L )
Warranty Card

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Customer Reviews

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr P Maheswaran on 24 Feb. 2014
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I normally don't leave product reviews, but I feel these earphones are being poorly rated for all the wrong reasons.

If you have read all of the negative reviews, most complain of a lack of bass. This is not strictly true since the bass delivered by the Sony XBA1 earphones are quite different to conventional earphones. Conventional earphones are mostly bass-heavy and because of this, the treble comes across very "muddy" and "muddled". The XBA1 delivers the content exactly as it was intended i.e it does not exaggerate any aspect of the music.

If you use the correct size ear buds provided (VERY IMPORTANT! Otherwise external noise will leak in) to form a good seal in your ear, the sound is very good. The bass is there, but it's not overpowering. Instead it is very controlled and not "mini-earthquakes". The vocals are very clear and instruments sound wonderful. Sony even provide you with ear tips fitted with foam, and these make a huge difference in isolating the outside noise and make the music listening experience much more immersive.

My girlfriend tried these earphones and she hated them, citing a lack of bass "ruining her music". Conversely, I tried her Marley Midnight Ravers earphones and equally hated them due to the bass being so overpowering. If you like big bass, then you will hate the XBA1. You will be better off with BEATS or JVC, both of whom are known for producing earphones that are for bass lovers.

These are very good earphones and absolute an bargain at £21.50. I love mine and currently rediscovering my music collection since the XBA1 makes me hear little details I couldn't hear before. Definitely recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Howard Lam on 18 Jun. 2013
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Some reviews complain about the tinny sound. I think it's more a product of the headphones producing much better controlled sound, rather than the bass skewed alternatives. I quite like the clarity, I miss the lower frequency response, but at £29 I don't think you can get much better in terms of overall sound, fit and comfort.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gortonandy on 6 Feb. 2014
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The Balance Armature Drive Unit originally introduced by Shure in high end models is not a panacea.
It has a very immediate, fast and precise sound that brings music to life. But it needs a perfect seal from the outside world as the ear canal acts as the resonant tube for the bass. If the fit isn't right there is no bass whatsoever, and due to the small size of the driver even then, the bass isn't that much.
However the same failings are true of the Shure SE530 which costs a few hundred pounds, yet these are on offer here at a measly £21. So despite their obvious flaws they are the bargain of the century, giving a taste of that high end immediacy and 'involvement' so craved by the Linn/Naim 'flat earthers' way back in hifi's prehistoric era (ie the 1980s).
Yes the sound is hard and tinny at first but they mellow as they run in, and that lack of bass 'slam' can be cured by tweaking the EQ controls on your ipod or whatever. So at this price what's not to like?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By venusinflares on 17 May 2012
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I previously had some Sony MDR-EX71 which had lasted me several years and only needed replacing because the membrane fell off leaving them sounding very tinny (understandable). So, I replaced them with some Sennheiser CX300 which were awful.

I actually bought these to replace the Sennheiser which gave up after two months. These earphones are a revelation compared to the Sennheiser ones, and they only cost £10.00 more.

They come with a carry case, a set of four standard ear piece covers and a set of three noise cancelling ear piece covers so you will find some that fit. I'm using the medium size noise cancelling ones.

They do take a little bit of getting used to as the ear pieces are a lot longer than ones I've owned previously and at first they feel like they are sticking out of your ears a bit but you soon forget about that once you start realising how wonderful they sound. The sound is crystal clear - you can hear every little thing. It's just perfect - well it is for me, it might not be the case for bass lovers but for me it really is perfect.

They are also extremely comfortable - I've been sat with them in all day and can't feel them.

I love these earphones. If you are debating whether to buy these or Sennheiser, buy these. Trust me, I've had both and there is genuinely no comparison.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gordon on 3 Sept. 2012
Overall: When I first listened to it, to be honest, I was surprised! The highs and mids were clear and natural but the bass response was a little bit too weak for first time use. Kinda disappointed tho. After a few days of using, I begin to fall in love with this earphone because I find that the sound is natural and accurate, including the bass response. It really brings the listening experience to a whole new level. I don't know whether it was the placebo effect or what, the sound became much clearer and the bass did improve after a period of burn-in. I do know the fact that Balanced Armature (BA) IEM doesn't need burn in at all but what's the harm of doing that, so i did the burn in for quite some time with medium volume. For the eartips, it fits perfectly into mine and the noise isolation is pretty perfect as well. In order to get the best sound experience with this XBA1, make sure you have a nice and tight eartip fitting otherwise you will get very inferior sound. Very! Besides, I love the overall quality build of XBA-1. I love its glossy look and flat cable which I believe reduce the risk of tangling. One word, stylish!

**BASS Review: I wouldn't want to compare this to other dynamic driver IEMs out there in the market, I am sure their bass responses would be so much better and punchier than this. I would describe the bass as natural, nice and not so overwhelming! I wouldn't recommend this to those who demand the deep and punchy bass response, you might wanna go for XBA2 or XBA4 which features BA woofer driver and BA super woofer driver respectively!
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