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Sony XBA-1

Single Full-Range Professionally Tuned Balanced Armature Driver and Multi-Layered Chamber

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The Sony XBA-1 is distinguished by its single full-range balanced armature driver. Unlike other balanced armature in-ear monitors that use stock armature drivers, Sony has specially designed, tuned, and produced their own balanced armature unit constructed for music reproduction. To further improve the excellent sound of the exclusive driver, Sony has created a uniquely crafted inter-chamber composed of a liquid crystal polymer that securely holds the driver in place and reduces vibration distortion. The outer chamber is composed of ABS plastic which further inhibits vibration and unwanted resonance.

The XBA-1 is finished off with comfortable silicone ear tips that also isolate noise. The soft ear cushions allow these in-ear headphones to be used for extended sessions with minimal fatigue on users. Overall, the XBA-1 delivers crisp and clean sound with precision and control.

Product Features:

  • Balanced Armature In-Ear Headphones
  • Feature uniquely crafted balanced armature drivers professionally tuned for music reproduction
  • Micro balanced armature driver made in Japan especially designed by Sony
  • Double-layer housing feature Liquid Crystal Polymer inter-chamber and ABS outer chamber for complete vibration reduction and tonal neutrality
  • Comfortable silicone ear tips provide a comfortable and secure fit as well as comprehensive noise isolation
  • Remarkably lightweight for extended use with minimal user fatigue
  • Available with iPod/iPhone in-line control and mic and Advanced Model

Technical Specifications:

  • Balanced armature drivers
  • Frequency response: 5-25,000
  • Impedance: 24 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 108 dB
  • Power handling capacity: 100mW
  • Oxygen-Free Copper cable
  • Gold-plated 3.5mm (1/8") stereo mini jack
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Product History:

Sony XBA-1 thumbnail
(newest, current model)
Sony MDR-EX310LP thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Sony XBA-1)

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

Earbuds
Earpiece Design

This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.

In-Ear
Specifically For
Some headphones can use an IR Transmitter in your vehicle, while some can be plugged into your media device and be used on the go or at home.
Home/Portable
Lifestyle

This is the lifestyle that the headphones are designed for. Each style has unique features that make it perfect for particular people.

Athlete:
Designed for those that are active. These headphones are made to stay in the ear during workouts. Whether you frequent the gym a lot or go running outside in the fresh air, these active style headphones will be your best friend.

Audiophile:
For those that need the best in music quality. These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio replication.

DJ:
Disc Jockeys (DJs) require a special type of headphone that can meet their professional needs. These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

Fashion Enthusiast:
For those that want to make a fashion statement with their headphones. Not only are these headphones designed with great sound quality in mind, but also great looks!

Gamer
This lifestyle speaks for itself! If you love video games and want a pair of headphones that will deliver explosive sound and allow you to communicate with others, this is where you need to shop!

Music Lover:
These headphones are made to sound great. They are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that will play your music in a manner that the artists would appreciate. These headphones are for those that love music.

Musical Production / Recording Artists:
You're a music creator. Whether you're producing and mixing it down or in the studio recording yourself, you need a pair of headphones that will reproduce the music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

Student:
Headphones need to be affordable and durable to keep up with the student lifestyle. A variety of styles can be considered a pair of student headphones.

Traveler:
Those that often find themselves on planes or on the road a lot. These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design. Some of the headphones in this lifestyle will feature noise cancellation technology that will help shut out outside noise.

Music Lover

General Features

Noise-Canceling
Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
No
Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

Corded
1/4" Stereo Jack Adapter
Some headphones will come with a 1/4" stereo jack adapter to connect the usual 3.5mm jack to a 1/4" stereo plug.

1/4" Stereo jack is a larger audio jack that select electronics have.

No
Volume Adjustment
Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
No
Built-In Microphone
This means that the headphones or earbuds have a built-in microphone. This can be a microphone on the cord, built into the headphone, or even a boom microphone. These mics can be used for music devices like iPods, for Smartphones to make and receive calls, or for gaming purposes.
No
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
5 - 25000 Hz
Sensitivity
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
 
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
108 dB
Driver Type
The physical design of the driver in the headphones.
Balanced Armature
Impedance
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
24 ohms
Primary Color
This is the main color of the item.
Black
Secondary Color
A color that compliments the main color of the product.
Silver

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

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4 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

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4.3
Value
4.5
Features
4.2
Design
4.6
Usability
4.6

Darrell

Canada

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Darrell Mullins

April 15, 2014

Great set of buds, very clear and comfortable and great sound even at loud settings no buzzing of distortion

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rick

katy texas

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sony earbuds

March 24, 2014

quick shipping,reasonable price. good sounding earbuds! thank you, rick

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Alex

Chicago, IL

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Ok but not the greatest

March 16, 2014

It looks good and the sound is pretty clear, but it drops off in the lowest bass notes, and the treble is uneven but on most songs that's not a problem, it's annoying on some though.

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steelcifer

Taylor, AZ

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Sony XBA-1

January 9, 2014

Great headphones and fantastic price. Plenty of ear pieces to swap out with other family members. Fits snug in the ear for total sound or back it out a little to hear whats going on around you.

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Dimon

Israel

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Good choice

January 3, 2014

Great sound (listen to the instrumental and electronic music), good sound insulation, decent quality, a wide range of nozzles,wire through the neck. Great choice for the money

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Jason

Canada

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Great value

December 9, 2013

This earphone is amazing. Have a exellent bass and I like it during I listening the rock.

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DP

Vail, AZ

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Sony earbuds

November 30, 2013

I love them! The sound is great and they are comfortable.

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Calpike

Washington, DC

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Good earphones, but not great design

November 28, 2013

I use these at the gym with an iPod. I can't comment on the microphone because I don't use it. They sound great -- no emphasis to bass or treble, just "normal". The cable is just the right length to fit in my shorts pocket and not get caught on machines. My only complaint is that the left ear cable is much shorter than the right ear cable. Clearly, that's a design feature for people who use a clip to secure the cable to their shirt, but I don't want to do that.

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ramses

miami, florida

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great product!

November 25, 2013

Oh man the product was great! Everything new as described! Came before promised I will be buying again!

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seba

Chile

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buen producto

November 19, 2013

suena decentemente, tiene mucha potencia, espero que dure mucho tiempo.

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crisk

new york, ny

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As an old Sony fan.... Disappointed

September 18, 2013

Not only it hasn't enough Bass, but wire carries (not insulate) annoying friction sound (and pounding sound from motion). My previous Sony earbuds completed insulated these. They may be ok for music, but to listen to audiobook is extremely annoying.

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beast

St Louis, MO

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sony earbuds

September 17, 2013

These headphones are so comfy and with all the extra attachments you can vary how much sound you want into your ear. I love these headphones because I can use them for hours without my ears to start hurting. The quality of sound on these head phones are amazing.

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mickery

Nashville, TN

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Hi Fi, Easy Price

September 17, 2013

These are audiophile earbuds at a low end price. You can spend as much as you want on great earphones but these give you the most for your buck. These are for listeners who like nuanced voice and music. Clear and responsive. Of course if you are a thump lover you will want to boost your bass levels. These are comfortable to wear and the buds seal well. I have no idea how Durable they'll be; I always lose mine before I find out. Basically these are 4-star earbuds for 5-star listeners.

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JL

S.L.C., Utah

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Clear

September 17, 2013

These single-balanced armature headphones are definitely very nice and clear. Because they are "single" balanced armature headphones, they are lacking some bass if that's a question in your buying choice. If you just want precise and clear... buy 'em! They were delivered in perfect condition as well.

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Jerry

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Beat value

August 30, 2013

Sound is true and clear. Like everyone else says, it lacks excess bass. This could be easily fixed by turning up the bass in equalizer or bass mode for players.

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Chuck

New York

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Not the best for Sony standards but still very good headphones

August 25, 2013

This XBA-1 is the successor to the MDR-EX310s, which were the previous gen $100 price range Sony headphone. Unfortunately, the sound quality does not compare to the EX310s. Perhaps its because the change from dynamic drivers to balanced armature but the bass isnt as rich, max frequency is weaker, not as clear mids or highs. For the price that Sonic has them for, they are a terrific buy.

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Fax

Va.

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The only 5 star ear phones in my opinion

August 10, 2013

I'm glad to see these at Sonic & even happier to see the price. Best buy sells them for a much more expensive price. I've always owned the best Sony earphones because I wear them at work every day. I've owned these for about 1 year. There the best I've ever owned. exceptional sound quality, The ear pieces help to reduce any noise from the wire touching anything. They do have a neck chain style cord but they don't mention that on the box. that's a must have feature! I do recomend extended warrenty because the cord is long & even after wraping it up with a supplied spool they may cause the cord to wear out in less than 4 years of everyday use, which I normally get from ones with a short cord. I could say more good things about them but I think I'm running out of room.

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Scott

Mansfield, TX

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Reliable Quality

January 22, 2013

The Sony XBA-1 single balanced armature driver in-ear headphones are reliable and are very good quality ear buds. They are noise cancelling and provide a clear tone to any music you listen too. These are a higher end product where you wont be disappointed.

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A-Rail

San Fran, Cali

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True Audio Reproduction

December 21, 2012

I really love the balanced armature. There is no driver that performs quite like it. Sony certainly did it right with this one, and a very affordable price point. P.S. a headphone amp is HIGHLY recommended on this one. ;)

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Tim

AZ

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Sony XBA-1 in-ear headphones

July 7, 2012

I have used these headphones for listening to high quality music and they are awesome in reproducing a full, rich sound. Frequency response very balanced. Excellent for the money and comfortable too.

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Accessory Tools and Products

Accessories added

StreetWires ZN5XF35

ZeroNoise 5 Series 3.5mm (1/8") mini-jack extension cable with oxygen-free copper wire

Your Price $16.95

FiiO E6

Single Input and Output 1/8" (3.5mm) Interface and USB Rechargeable Battery

Your Price $27.99

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

XBA-1

UPC

027242819504

Weight

0.12lbs

Internal SKU

xba1

Internal Product ID

49569

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: Sony XBA-1