Excerpt: Excellent bass, mid and treble. No sibilance noted and I am very sensitive to it. This is the best earphone from Sony. at this price, this is steal. The only issue I had was the ear tips, nothing from the included tips works for me. I used a third party one. But once you find the right fit, it brings you sonic nirvana.
Pros: Comfortable, Good Bass, Good Value, Great Sound, Lightweight, Stylish
Excerpt: The sound coming out of Sony XBA H3's is amazing! They sound even better after 50-60 hours of breaking them in! I'm using them with a FiiO X3. My songs are either in 16 bit AIFF or 24 bit WAV formats. Unbelievable clarity on the mids and highs. The bass is crisp and deep. It feels like the music surrounds you! The H3's are the Sony MDR-XB90EX combined with the Sony XBA-2Earbuds are a little big compared to other buds but not uncomfortable.
Pros: Good Bass, Great Sound, Lightweight, Stylish
Summary: After owning quite a few pairs of IEM's ranging from the good (shure se215) bad (audiofly af78) these are without fail the best most natural sounding i've tried. The bass is fantastic for something this size with very clear treble and a wide sound stage. Spend some time with the numerous eartips to get the right fit (i used the hybrid foam tips) and a decent source, Spotify premium set on extreme and your rewarded with immersive sound and old tracks take on a new lease...
Summary: I know reviewing sound quality is very subjective, but when I first listened to these my initial thoughts were, Wow! Amazing sound for IEM's. My source is my NW-ZX1 walkman, so a decent source. About 6 months ago I was looking for some decent IEMs for work and travel as I already had some over head phones, MDR-1R's. I tried the XBA-H1's and was extremely disappointed. They were far too bass heavy and there were little or no mids or treble!
Summary: I have Sennheiser HD-650s which I love but I was looking for headphones that I could: 1) use in the company of others without disturbing the whole room; and 2) that I could take on business trips without filling the whole overnight bag. In particular I wanted headphones that would do this without leaving me disappointed and hanckering after my HD-650s. The XBA-H3s fit the bill perfectly and I am delighted with my purchase.
These are excellent. I listen to a reasonably wide variety of ...
Amazon Customer "stuartb5", Amazon
9 July 2014
Summary: These are excellent. I listen to a reasonably wide variety of music and it is all reproduced with amazing richness, clarity and precision. They compare very favourably with the old hallowed MDR-EX700s I had a few years ago. In fact they may even be better than that! My pair needed a bit of time to loosen up after I received them, but once they got going they performed fantastically. Plenty of bass when its needed, but it never imposes itself.
Summary: Although bulky, thanks to the whopping driver, the sound *and* bass are excellent. Nice clarity and appear to handle most thing from Berlioz to Kasabian and everything in between. I actually slightly prefer them to my Grado GR10s (personal preference i know) but i happily use this headphones a lot. I have a slightly obsessive amount of IEMs and I would put them nearly on par with my Sennheiser IE800s, high praise indeed I suppose.
Summary: Very poor sound quality, never expected such a poor item from Sony. Absolutely no bass at all, so loud treble. Even my old SoundMagic E10 sounds better then this. I think its design promisin which lead me to get it. But i think this item is not for me.
The Best Headphones I have ever tried/used/bought.
Amazon Customer "xvidman", Amazon
9 May 2014
Summary: I was initially reluctant to spend £200 on some in-ear headphones as surely they couldn't match over or on-ear types; could they? I would just like to say that these are by far the best headphones I have ever had the opportunity to use/try/buy. I have had a wide variety of headphones over the years (too many to name, but include Sennheiser HD 595, Momentum's and others Sennheisers, Grado's, Beyer's, Beats (the worst), Other Sony, Philips, Denon, Apple, Bose (all of them)...
Summary: The sound is clear and brilliant; the amazing thing is, it allows me to hear sounds I've never noticed in the music I've heard so many times before. There are no particular peculiarity in the sound, if you know what I mean. Say, some earphones focus on low bass sounds, some on high tones etc. I don't prefer any of those, as I believe it's often best to hear the music as it is, without excessive enhancement in a particular sound.