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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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
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.
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.
|Mobile Variant|| |
|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|
|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)|
|Frequency Range (Hz)||5 - 25,000||4 - 25,000||4 - 28,000||3 - 28,000|
|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|
Variations - Waterproof, Bluetooth & Noise Cancelling
|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|
|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|
Headphone cord length adjuster
Earbuds ( S/M/L )
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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?
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.
- clear, transparent, natural sound,
- just enough bass to suit my needs (I'm not a basshead),
- excellent bass definition, good depth and impact (considering these are single-driver IEMs); I wouldn't say there's something missing there, the bass very nicely supplement the overall listening experience without drowning out any details,
- the mids sound transparent and detailed,
- little or no audible noise even at higher volumes.
- very little microphonics,
- good sound isolation,
- great efficiency.
- treble roll-off (however this couldn't be avoided when using a single driver).
These earphones are exellent for the price. I was absolutely astonished that such performance can be achieved at this price point. They are much better than the Philips SHE9850 that I had some time ago. They are light-years ahead of: Creatice EP-630, Sennheiser CX300 and several other dynamic-driver IEMs. I would describe these Sony IEMs as being refined and very vell designed with attention to every detail. I couldn't find anything wrong with them.
I'd also like to thank Amazon for a swift delivery.
Very clear and scrips sound. Mid-range sounds are fantastically accurate, especially considering the pricing of these in-ear headphones. Great design, comfortable, quite sturdy.
However, I like a deep base and the MDR-range from Sony cater to that need much better. I would have given it 5-star rating if the bass wasn't so flat.
If classical and jazz is your type of music, these will do a very good job. For pop, rock, house and hip hop these are not your best friend.
Most recent customer reviews
Excellent sound quality and noise-cancellation.
Not sure a bout the cord though, the future will tell if its good or not.
very pleased. good time in post. Thanks