Summary: I got a set of XBA-3s a few months ago and I liked them a lot, but I had been wary with them because of the somewhat steep price. Then I found at a local audio-store super discounted XBA-1s and I though those would be a really nice gift for my friend who still used crappy earbuds. I got them but I was very curious about how they sounded so I ended up opening them and what a pleasant surprise that was.
Pros: Extremely clear sound for less tha $100, Small and comfortable, semi-flat cord, super lightweight, Accesory set
Cons: No strain relief, thin cord, don't isolate that much noise, not bassy
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The XBA-1 is very practically designed, with a narrow nozzle and a thoughtful selection of tip sizes with Sony's great hybrid tips. They are very lightweight and feel comfortable in the ear, but because they stick out they are not suitable for sleeping on your side with.
Pros: Good wearing comfort, lightweight, isolating, mellow sound signature with clear mids
Cons: Blunted bass and treble, grain to the sound, not everyone likes J-cables
Summary: These earphones are massively comfortable and clarity and soundstage is amazing for its price (but im not a total expert on IEM's so maybe there's something better out there). Best used for people that want clarity and listens to rock, acoustic, EDM, classical, live etc for the best experience. Not that great to those who love dubstep, etc.
Bass goes a bit muffled at first, but becomes more clear after burn-out. Burn out time is around 1-2 days.
Pros: Good Soundstage, Extremely Comfortable, Clarity is amazing for its price
Cons: Bass goes deep but a bit muffled, needs long burn out for full experience.
Summary: Packaging-5/5 Neat and appealing Accessories-3.5/5 Good hybrid tips and cable winder, case and clip extremely bulky and ugly Build Quality-4/5 Solid plastic housing with thick semi-flat cables and large strain reliefs Sound-9.5/10 Excellent clarity and unparalleled midrange, sub-bass can be overly fast or underpowered on certain tracks The first thing I noticed about these earbuds is that they are extremely large.
Summary: hey and thanks for reading my mini review of the dony xba h1s I purchased these from argos around xmas time for a bargain price of £50 but I can honestly see why they cost more then that and I feel at £50 they were an absolute bargain . Firstly the packaging is very premium a choice of silicone and foam tips , a carry pouch , a shirt clip , some documentation and some very tidy looking headphones presented to you all very neatly with easy to open packaging making you...
Summary: Good sound and good buds. Awesome price too at just over a C-note. Problem for me was that I couldn't get them to stay in my ears even with the smallest pods. When I did hold them in my ears at the right angle, the bass was perfect. Actually, this was the first time I ever felt bass from earbuds. The treble did not crackle or squeal even at the highest volume and equalizer settings. The mids were perfect and not overpowering.
Summary: Well, after a couple of months with these I can safely say these are the best headphones I've used in a long time. Real crisp sound, and a good solid bass response. Bass is driven nicely even at low listening level, not something most sub 100 bux headphones can boast. At the other end, when listening at a high volume level where bass can effect clarity of sound, these held up perfectly.
A lot of money, clear bass, clear treble, mids missing or boosted too high.
3 February 2015
Summary: For the money involved, I had hoped for a bit more from these buds... so here's my take on them. First off, I should commend these on the absolutely clear bass and treble that they deliver.. The bass response is nice in that it's clear, without being punchy or muddy. It makes you almost feel the bass rather than hearing it. Love it. The treble being clear is a bit of a double-edged sword.