This is Sony’s high end IEM that features a hybrid driver setup and it also supports Hi-Resolution audio which better than typical CD quality. The package comes included with a hard 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

The cable is 1.2 meters long, Sony included a cable shortener tab which works well for walking and if you’re shorter in height as it prevents the cable from dangling too much. The cable doesn’t touch the face in normal setup and there is a plastic tab (Y tab) that reduces the gap between 2 cable, pull up until 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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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 wish they included a volume rocker, but again their focus has is about minimalism. Check our video review for the microphone test.

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Sound isolation is the best as the sound tube goes deep into the ear canal blocking most of the environmental noises. It is powered by a pair of BA driver and a 9mm neodymium dynamic driver with a liquid crystal polymer 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. Also, the sound chamber in the housing is slightly bigger than the Sony XBA-N1AP and it would give better soundstage or depth feeling.

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The co-axial connectors to swap cables.



Technical Specification

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Weight: Approx. 6g without cable
Driver Unit: Hybrid
Dynamic Type: Closed,Hybrid
Impedance (Ohm):16Ω(at 1kHz)
Frequency Response: 3Hz-40,000Hz
Sensitivities (dB/mW): 107dB/mW
Cord Type: Detachable Y type
Cord Length: Approx. 1.2m
Plug: L-shaped gold-plated 4-pole mini plug
Wearing Style: In-ear

 

Audio quality

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Pop/EDM:

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 kick in good and immediately.

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. Bass is slightly louder than vocal but has good clear separation between the two. Bass is well bodied. EDM tones sounds alive, excited, and fun.

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Carrying Pouch

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, and it  feels bright. Tones are well bodied and sounds 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 frequency vocals / vocal separation)

Mitch Grassi’s hi-pitched male Tenor vocals perform very well at the highs with the right amount of shine, it 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 it 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, pure Hi-Resolution audio. However the strength lies within the bass area and it does overpower the mid range and high range, great for bass heads. Again, the mids to highs are equally sharp and crystal clear just that the audible level differs from the bass.

However when compared to the cheaper SONY XBA-N1AP, the low bass frequency energy is slightly powerful and response faster at normal bass frequency, the bass vibration stays for a longer duration. The mids to the highs does sound slightly louder in terms of audio level but bare noticeable tho the depth is slightly more than Sony XBA-N1AP likely due to the bigger housing.

So get the Sony XBA N1Ap for bass and Sony XBA 300AP if you’re a refine person. If you have little more money get the Sony XBA-N3AP and you’re guaranteed the best.

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