Sony XBA-4IP 4-Driver Balanced Armature in-ear headphones includes a full range driver, two added woofers and an extra tweeter - all micro-sized and tuned to perfection by Sony engineers. Marvel at the super smooth frequency response made possible by the double layer design that encloses the special magnesium inner housing inside an ABS outer housing that makes unwanted vibrations a thing of the past.
Select from 7 pairs of comfortable ear cushions and listen for longer since the natural noise blocking design discourages annoying distractions. Controlling your iPod, iPad or iPhone on the go is a breeze when you can switch tracks, turn down the volume, take calls and more with the in-line remote and built-in mic. Handy travel carrying pouch included.
Reviewed by 4 customers
Sony still a quality brand.
This is my first pair of In-Ear headsets; before I had refused to get a set. I've own a pair of Sony's XB-500 and XB-300 cans which sounded great, but both had a terrible bleed noticeable by someone from 5 feet away. They were also too cumbersome to travel with as they didn't fold to compact. I had to get a set that would travel easier with me and still sounded great. After burn-in period, they sound really good on my iPhones (4S and 5). On my VAIO laptop: not so good. Impedence may be an issue as it seems they are made for portable media. Other than that little stumble the bass is deep and controlled. The mids are perfect. The highs do get that little bright but can be controlled by the standard EQ settings on the portable device.
Bought these in April 2012 and the microphone and volume controls died on my March 2013. Not too bad considering I sweat a lot and have been using them constantly during that time. For this price, I'll just buy another and hope they last just as long.
One of the best headphones I've owned. I rarely write reviews but was compelled to this time because these were awesome right outta box. I bought them with some research as there is very limited information on the web so far. What convinced me was that Sony designed the XBA series from ground up with Balance Armature. Typically, Sony has made good headphones and therefore I thought a reinvigorated product line had little chance to be disappointing. And disappoint they did not. The first thing you'll notice is that they feel solid and well built. The finish is of A-grade Sony product. The sound, what really matters to anyone, is simply incredible. I listen to a lot of bass-heavy electronic music and its effect is lost when headphones loosen in the ear but XBA-4ip stays in place and has a warm thumping bass that is rare in in-ear styles. Then there is the distinct mid-range, where so much information resides that i'm hearing new unheard sounds in tracks I've known so well. The highs are also crisp without reaching distortion. The ipod control is responsive. Overall, I love these headphones more than the Dr. Dre Beats or Bose IE2. XBA's is where music meets the ears.