Sony XBA-4IP 4-Driver In-Ear Headphones with iPod/iPhone Remote, 3-28000 Hz Frequency Response, 8 ohms Impedance

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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.

Sony Features

  • Sound Story: Sony Balanced Armature drivers are tuned for higher or lower frequency response and combined to emphasize certain sound characteristics
  • Balanced Armature Driver: Experience a highly sublime audio experience with 4 newly developed micro-size driver units (full-range + tweeter + woofer + super woofer). No matter the genre, a dynamic performance, transparent staging and vivid clarity are par for the course
  • Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad: Full integration for iPod, iPhone and iPad.1 The in-line remote gives you volume and track controls (Play, Stop, Next/Prior) for iPod, iPhone or iPad and the built-in microphone makes it easy to take calls through it all
  • VoiceOver support: The simple press of a button activates VoiceOver mode, where the iPod states the name of the currently playing song or playlist (on enabled devices)
  • Double Layer Housing: A special, high strength magnesium inner housing provides the necessary rigidity for smooth frequency response, while an ABS outer housing suppresses vibrations for clear mid-high frequency sound reproduction. The result is a total, complete audio performance
  • Wearing Comfort: The ultra-compact design of Balanced Armature (BA) in-ear headphones provides a natural fit inside the ear, resulting in better, long-term comfort and more effective noise attenuation for a superior listening experience
  • Noise Blocking Design: Sony Balanced Armature (BA) in-ear headphones provide a comfortable fit that also results in significantly lower sound leakage levels both in or out, allowing you uninterrupted access to your music
  • Secure Fit: Hybrid silicone earbuds, in 7 sizes, allow for a tailored fit that further maximizes overall sound quality and comfort
  • Noise Attenuation: Noise isolation earbuds (Included: Small, Medium and Large) not only provide an outstanding fit, but also utilize pressure relieving urethane foam to further reduce ambient noise

Sony Specifications

Driver Unit
Closed, Dual Balanced Armature
Frequency Response
3 - 28,000 Hz
108 dB/mW
Power Handling Capacity
100 mW (IEC)
8 ohms at 1 kHz
Remote Control Functions
Volume, FF, RW, Play, Pause, Mic
47-1/4 in. (1.2 m), OFC Litz cord neck-chain
Headphone Type
Vertical in-the-ear style earbuds
Electret Condenser
Case Type
Leather Carrying Case
Four-conductor gold-plated stereo mini plug for iPod with remote function
8 g (0.28 oz) without cord
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Reviews about this item

Reviewed by 4 customers


My music sounds much better.


from Miami, Fl  -  Value Oriented

Sony still a quality brand.


Great for portable devices


from Chicago, IL USA & Manila, RP  -  Frequent Traveler

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.


Worked great for almost a year


from San Francisco, CA

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.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)


Lows, Mids and Highs...Like never before


from Boston, MA

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.


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Shopper  Will this work or compatible with iPhone5?
WILLIAM W  It sounds good on the iPhone 5. For some reason I get better results from my iPhone 4S however. The controls and microphone works as well.
Shopper  Will this work or compatible with iPhone5?
WILLIAM W  It sounds good on the iPhone 5. For some reason I get better results from my iPhone 4S however. The controls and microphone works as well.
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