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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2014
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.