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Sony XBA-3
8.4 out of 10

Sony XBA-3

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Overall 7
6.5

Expert Review

reviewed
22 May 2012
  • Summary: The Sony XBA-3s (MSRP $279) have a few impressive performance points on their own to boast about.
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Overall 10
10

Expert Review

head-fi.org
11 May 2012
  • Summary: could have been a perfect phone if it had better sound stage and a bit more prominent mids , bass lacks pace , but its okay , i will take that , the sound sig is dark warm , and notes are thick , clarity is not a problem can be driven from daps , but a bit more life to highs will do good , amping...
  • Pros: clear , good bass , nice mods , highs are okay .
  • Cons: v shaped sound sig , mids lack forwardness . j cord , should have added a cable clip !! come on , how can you lack sound stage ?
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Overall 10
10

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head-fi.org
11 May 2012
  • Summary: When I first listened to XBA 3 I was startled at the detail of the sound that these earphones produced. Even lower bit rate audio sounded bright and detailed with clearly separated instruments. The package contains noise isolation silicone earbuds with stuffing inside that blocks lot of noise.
  • Pros: Detail, Instrument Separation, Sweet Treble, Isolation, Soundstage
  • Cons: Bass needs tuning, Some may find the cable annoying
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
11 May 2012
  • Summary: This is my first review and moreover and I am not an audiophile by any means. I would try to list out what I feel are the pros and cons. I am comparing these with RE-262 which I bought for approximately same price. 1.
  • Pros: Instrument Separation, Clarity, Fit, Bass, Soundstage, Isolation
  • Cons: Thin Cables, Cable Length, Vocals
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
11 May 2012
  • Summary: Naotaka Tsunoda is the first person I've ever met who has the title of "Distinguished Engineer". He handed me his business card at the Fujiya Avic show in Tokyo and suggested I try the new range of IEMs he had designed with his team. I have been looking for a reasonable pair of IEMs for a while.
  • Pros: Comes with both noise-reducing and ordinary tips and good accessories. Sound is fairly well-balanced.
  • Cons: Cable is a bit short by itself so the extension is always necessary.
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Sony XBA-3 Earphones (Playback 53)

AVguide
14 February 2012
  • Excerpt: Sony has always liked the letter X. Who can forget Sony’s X-plod car amplifiers and the unfortunate connotations of X-plod when applied to automotive audio? Undaunted, Sony has introduced eleven new models of XBA headphones. XBA stands for “Experience Balanced Armature.
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Overall 8
8.0

Sony XBA-3 in-ear headphones

Good Gear Guide.au
24 April 2012
  • Summary: Sony's high-end in-ear headphones are a surprising package. These headphones sound impressively musical, but could be slightly more detailed in higher frequencies. They're well constructed apart from an annoying cord design.
  • Pros: Good bass response, Clear treble, Well built
  • Cons: Slightly lacking detail, Bulky design, J-cord design
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