6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great IEM to downgrade to,
This review is from: Sony XBA-H1 In-ear Headphones with Hybrid Driver System (Electronics)
Having sold my Earsonics SM64s, I was looking to downgrade without a huge loss in quality from what I had been used to. If there was something that frustrated me about the 64s, it was that they lack oomph from the bass - somewhat rectified when I paired them with a Fiio E11 portable amp. But that just wasn't a practical option for me and I'd get frustrated having to carry that around with me on the go.
I did some research and was intrigued by Sony's H line with the hybrid drivers. Sounded like a good idea so I took a punt on them and have been listening to them for the past couple of weeks.
I really, really like these. Music sounds fun, exciting and engaging provided you get a good fit. The foamed tips don't muffle quite like the Complys can so that's a big thumbs up to the Sony engineers. Bass is thick and warm but not bloated. Mids are lush and even though the highs aren't quite as crisp and snappy as I'd like, these are £99 IEMs and there are going to be compromises. That being said, they aren't bad or that recessed even. Just not what I'd consider perfect.
I'd happily recommend these to someone wanting their first 'decent' IEM or even someone like me who was looking to downgrade and streamline their setup. Maybe in time I'll try the H3s and see if they are worth the extra £100.