Sony XBA2iP Premium Quality In-Ear Headphones
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- 6g noise isolating in-ear headphones for iPhone, with Balanced Armature drivers, woofer and 1.2m cord
- Dual Balanced Armature drivers
- 4Hz-25kHz frequency range
- Dedicated built-in woofer unit
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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.
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|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|
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My previous in ear headphones were Shure, and whilst the sound was great, the usual problem of the cable disintegrating reared its head recently and forced me to buy a new pair.
A quick read of the What HiFi 2013 feature online pointed me towards a few options, not least these Sony units, however you could have knocked me down with a feather when I found these on Amazon for £85. So much so that I spent about 10 minutes looking at all of the small print etc. to see if they were seconds, returns or similar. I then proceeded to throw my money at them as fast as technology would allow, and through the joys of Amazon Prime delivery, I had them in my hands not long after breakfast this morning.
A couple of immediate comments, firstly the attention to detail on the design, as well as the build quality, is fantastic. Very confident inspiring and the cable is flat enough not to tangle but not so flat as to be awkward and annoying to wear or store. I was also very surprised to find six different pairs of earbuds - three in each size, half of which are standard silicone rubber and half of which are noise isolation buds with foam between the layers of silicon. As someone who usually falls somewhere between the medium and large bud size supplied with headphones, I was delighted to find that the foam makes the medium a perfect fit. Runners will also be pleased to know that you can effectively wear them upside down and over the top of the ear, which gives them a little more security when moving fast. Sony also supplies a lovely magnetic-close carry case, a clothes clip, and a cable tidy. However, the latter is just too heavy and causes the buds to come out of your ears.
Anyway, on to sound. Having only just received them I haven't had time to burn them in yet, however have spent a couple of hours now flicking between some different music styles using 320kb on an iPhone 5 and I have to say they absolutely trash the Shure's. I've always been reticent to spend big bucks (£150+) on in-ear headphones because they are compromised by their very nature, however I'm now wondering if I've missed a trick because the balance and clarity offered here is amazing. No one frequency dominates, and it means you can pick out nuances of individual instruments rather than just an overall noise. Initially I also felt they were a little weak on the bass, until I played Purity Ring's album, at which point I realised that the headphones are simply faithfully recreating the recording, rather than trying to add their own 'enhancements'. Play bass-heavy music, and you will certainly get bass!
I'm now in the process of swapping all my downsampled music on my iPhone for lossless files from my computer, which will only enhance things further!
Anyway, well done Sony, well done Appods and well done Amazon. One very happy customer (and one more on the way...my wife also just ordered a pair).
PS: for those of you not requiring the in-line controls, you can get this great sound even cheaper via the standard XBA2's!)
Crisp sound with good base, build quality is excellent as you'd expect from Sony. The in-line remote is very handy which allows you to change volume, track etc. Also includes multiple size rubber ear buds to suit.
Well worth the money, recommended!
The fit is also very good. I can't comment on alternatives, but I'm very happy with these 'phones indeed, and represent decent value for money.
The result? It paid off, almost. The middle button works exactly like it would if you are and Android user. Clicking it will answer and end calls, and multiple presses will allow you to pause/play and skip tracks while listening to music. The only caveat is the volume buttons do not work. Pressing either or trying to do a combination of button presses will yield nothing. The volume of your song will stay the same. It's a small unfortunate set-back that doesn't detract from the fact that it is still a very good sounding set of earphones, that you can use as a headset for calls as well (if you are using an Android device).
That set-back is the only reason for one less star, otherwise it is a very good set of earphones. It comes with a nice assortment of tips in different sizes and their hybrid cushioned tips which fit very comfortably in the ear during my time with them.
Coming from a Sennheiser IE7, these earphones have a lot to live up to. The sound quality is great, nice highs, clear vocals, good mid's and the woofer does help in the bass department. Bass head's will not really get a kick out of these, however it is present, not overpowering and is quite pleasant as it adds more body to your music. However, the sound itself, is rather different to the IE7. You actually do not get a big sound-stage with these earphones, not that I could tell and the sound signature itself was quite different to that of the IE7 and dynamic driver's in general.
It's quite different from dynamic driver earphones and doesn't require any kind of "burn-in", even though it's skeptical to say that any earphone requires that, these earphones sounded great as soon as you take them out of the box.
Overall I'd say that this is a good buy if you are looking to get some balanced armature earphones and is within your budget.
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