This is Sony’s high end IEM that features a hybrid driver setup (one BA driver, one dynamic driver) and it also supports Hi-Resolution audio which better than typical CD quality. The package come included with a soft carrying pouch, a cable clip, a cable shortener tab and 7 eartips sizes (4 silicone and 3 comfort foam).

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Silicone Eartips
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Foam Eartips
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Soft Pouch

The cable is 1.2 meters long, Sony included cable shortener tab which works well for walking and if you’re shorter in height as it prevent the cable from dangling too much. Cable doesn’t touch the face in normal setup and there is a plastic tab (Y tab) that reduce the gap between 2 cable, pull it up till your chin if needed to. The cable is also detachable as you can use other cables by Sony or go wireless mode.

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Cable Clip and Cable Shorterner Tab

The control center is located on the left side which houses the microphone and the single multi-button for your call and media control. I wished they included a volume rocker but again their focus has been about minimalism. Check our video review for the microphone test.

Sound isolation is the best as the sound tube goes deep into the ear canal blocking most of the environmental noise. It is powered by a pair of BA driver and 9mm neodymium dynamic driver which will help in the bass area. The comfort foam eartips is the way softer than comply eartips and great for long duration usage as it stay in place without moving around.



Technical Specification

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Weight : Approx. 6g without cable
Driver Unit : Hybrid
Dynamic Type : Closed,Hybrid
Impedance (Ohm) : 32Ω(at 1kHz)
Frequency Response : 4Hz-40,000Hz
Sensitivities (dB/mW) : 102dB/mW, 105dB/mW
Cord Type : Detachable Y type
Cord Length : Approx. 1.2m
Plug : L-shaped gold-plated 4-pole mini plug
Wearing Style : In-ear

What’s In The Box
Clip
Carrying Case
Headphone cable
Length Adjuster
Hybrid earbuds (SS/S/M/L)
Triple Comfort Earbuds (S/M/L)

 

Audio quality

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EDM/POP/SYN:

Tiaan – Be Ok (Low bass frequency)

Low bass frequency is superbly energetic and highly notable, you can feel the air pressure booming in your ears. It doesn’t eat into the vocals and has zero bass distortion. The subtle bass vibrations fade smoothly. Low bass frequency is well bodied. The low bass slightly overpowers the vocals in term of audible level. The bass does kicks in fast and powerful

Pia Mia – Do It Again (standard bass)

Bass is superbly energetic and highly notable you can feel the air pressure in your ears. The bass fade butter-ultra-mega-godlike-smooth with a long drag especially at the 2:05 mark, the vibrations is pure eargasm and blissful. Better kick than the Sony XBA 300AP. Bass is slightly louder than vocal but has good clear separation between the two. Bass is well bodied. EDM tones sounds alive, excited, lively and fun.

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Foam Vs Silicon Eartips

Vocals/Instrumentals:

Violinder – Raindrops (high frequency instrumental)

The Piano/Violin tone sounds right and natural, leans closer to the crystal-clear type not the warm-sound type, I prefer crystal-clear type. It has right amount of shine at the highs, feels bright. Tones are well bodied and sound full overall.
 The bass/drums does overpowers the Piano/Violin in term of audible levels but not in a huge amount. Good separation between the two.

Pentatonix – See Through (high pitch vocals/separation)

Mitch Grassi’s hi-pitched male Tenor vocals perform very well at the highs with the right amount of shine, feels bright and alive. Each singer can be identified easily. Every diction and pronunciation is crystal clear. Vocal beat-boxing, echoing and humming is eargasm, but does slightly overpower Mitch Grassi’s vocal in the song.

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The IEM performs well form the low bass frequency up to the high frequency without breaking a sweat, it feels natural all the way, a true Hi-Resolution. However, the strength lies within the bass area and does overpower the mid range and high range, great for bass head. Again, the mids to highs are equally sharp and crystal clear.

So get the Sony XBA N1Ap for bass and Sony XBA 300AP if you’re a refine person.

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