Summary: Totally disappointed with the sound quality of them. Too much bass and heights are so metallic. Returned after 2 days. Bought instead the Soundmagic E10 which sound exceptional. Even now, after 6 months of using them I am amazed by the crispness and fidelity of sound.
Summary: Been using SoundMagic E10's for the last year, What Hi-Fi's best earphone under £40 for the last three years running. Thought the XBA2 iP's, What Hi-Fi's best earphone between £120-£200 award winner in 2012, would be an upgrade. Sadly, I was wrong... Pros 1. The detail and depth is excellent. You will hear background instruments and echoes quite prominently. Better than the E10's in this regard. 2.
Summary: I just cannot get these to fit comfortably and just cannot get any decent bass sound from them. Not sure if I had a dud set but ended up spending £25 on a pair of sennheisers and they are much much better for fit and sound.
Summary: To my surprise, Bass is their strongest point - surprise! because balanced armature technology is known to be lacking in that department, but not on these. Bass is plenty, tuneful and they resolve it very well. Midrange is a little splashy at times, but reasonable. Treble, what treble? it either did not like my Galaxy Note II,or vice versa. there may be an impedance mismatch - I don't know, but the treble is muted big time - no sparkle, no high hats!
Summary: I'm a big audiophile and I bought these headphones thinking that they would be very good value for money. Unfortunately, they are a big let down. The stage reproduction is narrow, the treble tinny and the base is very poor. I bought these to replace my Soundmagic E10's, which was a mistake. Honestly, save your money and buy a pair of E10's. They are twice as good. Don't bother with anything else less than £100.