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Sony XBA-S65

Athletic Style In-Ear Balanced Armature Headphones with Water Protection

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Featuring Sony's own balanced armature driver specially tuned for the best music reproduction, these in ear headphones are an excellent work-out buddy. Constructed with the athlete in mind, these headphones are remarkably lightweight and deliver the finest sound quality to keep athletes pushing for perfection. Moreover, they are sweat-proof and water resistant and can be used reliable in moist or even wet conditions without sacrificing sound quality or damaging the drivers. Comfortable silicone earpieces isolate noise for a focused reproduction and minimize user fatigue.

What's In The Box?
  1. Sony XBA-S65 Active Sports Style Earbuds
  2. 4-Pairs of Noise Isolating Eartips (SS/S/M/L x2)
  3. Portable Carrying Pouch
  4. Cable Cord Adjuster
  5. Cable Clip
  6. Operating Instructions
  7. Warranty Card

Product Features:

  • In-Ear Athletic Headphones
  • Balanced armature driver reduces weight and retains great sound quality
  • Moisture protected, sweat-proof and water resistant
  • Lightweight design prevents user fatigue
  • Adjustable ear clips for a personalized and secure fit
  • Silicone ear tips prevent sound leakage and isolate noise for a completely focused reproduction
  • Oxygen-free copper Litz cord preserves signal integrity for an accurate sound
  • Gold-plated 3.5 (1/8") stereo mini jack for a clean signal transfer
  • 100 mW power handling capacity
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Product Specifications:

  • Headphone Type: Earbud, Inner-Ear Canal
  • Speaker Type: Balanced Armature
  • Number of Speakers (Each Ear Bud): 1 Each
  • Impedance: 24 Ohms
  • Frequency Response: 6 - 24,000 Hz
  • Maximum Power Input: 100 mW
  • Connection: Wired, Fixed Type
  • Cable Length: 3.94 Feet (1.5 Meters)

Sonic Electronix Insights (Scale from 1-5, 5 Being the Best)

Comfort & Ergonomics
Rates how comfortable the headphones are, taking into account build quality and materials used. Judged on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being uncomfortable and 5 being so comfortable you could sleep while wearing them.
Overall Audio Quality
Overall rating of how well the headphones perform with 1 being an unimpressive audio quality and 5 being the absolute best.
Hip-Hop, Rap, EDM, Dubstep & Pop Optimized
How well the headphones perform for hip-hop, rap, EDM, dubstep and pop music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Rock & Alternative Optimized
How well the headphones perform for rock and alternative genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Instrumental & Classical Optimized
How well the headphones perform for instrumental and classical music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Optimized for All Genres
Rates how well the headphones perform for all music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 being top-of-the-line music reproduction.
Build Quality
Overall Construction quality of the headphones. This rates on a scale of 1 to 5 the overall construction quality of the headphones with 1 being the poorest quality and 5 being as close to indestructible as a pair of headphones can get.
Design
Overall design of the headphones. This rates on a scale of 1 to 5 the overall design of the headphones, including construction, sound quality and accessories with 1 being the lowest and 5 being top-of-the-line.
Isolation
Rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being no isolation and 5 being complete isolation, this gives you an idea of how well the headphones seal your ears from your surrounding environment.
Value
Value refers to the quality of headphones (how they sound, how they're built, etc.) for the price.

Sound Signature

Sound Staging & Imaging
Sound Staging and Imaging refers to the ability of a pair of headphones to create the placement of instruments and vocalists in a recording. A small sound stage is very difficult to determine where the instruments are in relation to the vocalists, everything sounds like it's coming from the same place. An extra large sound stage separates the instruments and vocalists so that you can clearly tell where each is on the sound stage.
Clarity/Detail
Refers to how clear the headphones audio reproduction is.
Tone/Timbre
Refers to the quality of a music note that distinguishes different types of sound production (voices, musical instruments, etc.).
Bass
Refers to the bass performance of the headphones. Rated from Light bass to extreme bass.
Bass Detail
How accurately a headphone can reproduce bass notes; a culmination of attack, speed, decay and clarity. Attack is how precisely it can begin a bass note without delay. Speed is the ability to continue to attack an array of bass notes without lagging. Decay is the length of time after a bass note ends that the sound is still heard. Clarity is how easily all bass frequencies are heard. It gives perception of loose, tight, or muddy bass.

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

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
Headband 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.

Around the 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
Headphone Application

This is the application that the headphones are designed for. Each application has unique features that make it perfect for particular uses.

DJ: These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

Gaming Delivers explosive sound and allows you to communicate with others.

Home Hi-Fi: These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio.

Home/Office: These headphones are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that the artists would appreciate.

Sports: Designed for active use. These headphones are made to stay in (or on) the ear during workouts.

Kids: Feature noise limiting technology so that your little ones don't damage their ears listening to music too loud.

On-the-Go: On-the-go headphones are lightweight and often fold up for easy storage and portability.

Student: Compact and rugged enough to survive life in a backpack; inexpensive enough to not hurt the wallet of a student.

Studio: Reproduce music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

Traveler/Airplane: These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design.

Home/Office
Sports
Student
Traveler/Airplane
Acoustic Principle

The basic design of the headphones. There are 3 different types:

Open: Have ports that allow air through the back of the diaphragms, enabling the headphones to sound like the music is coming from an outside source.

Closed: Completely sealed and have no air passing through the diaphragms. Sounds like you are in a closed off room.

Semi-open: Have slots or ports in the back of the cup and are partially open. This allows for a mixed sound between an open and closed headphone.

Closed

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
Device Controls & Compatibility
Refers to the devices the in-line controls are compatible with.
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
Smartphone/Tablet App Available
These headphones have a companion app available from the manufacturer. These apps are generally available on both the Google Play Store and iTunes for Android and iPhone use. They usually include an equalizer and other controls to give you complete control over your music.
Equalizer/Tunable
This means the sound of these headphones can be customized to your listening preference through either an app or on-board controls.
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.

Bluetooth means that the audio signal is transmitted from your device to the headphones via a Bluetooth connection.

Corded or Bluetooth means that the headphones can be used as corded headphones or as Bluetooth headphones. They have an input in one or both earcups for use as a corded headphone while they also have a built-in battery for use as Bluetooth wireless headphones.

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

Corded
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
Bluetooth Version Compatibility
Which version of Bluetooth the device is compatible with. Is it important that the both devices being paired are the same version of Bluetooth. For example, a Bluetooth version 2.0 cell phone can be paired with a compatible version 2.0 headset.
aptX Codec
Refers to whether these headphones feature aptX Bluetooth audio streaming.
Jack Size
Refers to whether the headphones use a 3.5mm or 1/4" headphone jack connection.
Jack Angle

The Jack Angle refers to the angle of the input jack on the headphone cable.


Straight Jack: Straight plug with no angle.


Angled Jack: Angled plug, usually a 90 degree angle.

Swivel Jack: A swivel jack is able to swivel between a straight plug and an angled plug.

Included Adapters
Refers to the connection adapters included with the headphones like 3.5mm or 1/4" input adapter as well as airplane adapters that let you use your headphones with airplane specific headphone jacks.
Detachable Cable
Refers to whether the cable can detach from the headphones. If a pair of headphones has a detachable cable, the cable can be replaced with a longer cable, one with (or without) a microphone or if you accidentally damage the cable.
Color Shades
Primary color shades of the headphones.
Material
Refers to materials used to build the headphones. Most headphones are built from some combination of plastic and metal to give you a durable pair of headphones.
Ear Cushion/Earbud Material
Refers to the material that the ear cushions/earbuds are made from. Ear cushions and earbuds are available in a variety of materials, ranging from basic rubber eartips to plush leather ear cushions intended for maximum comfort.
Replaceable Ear Cushions
Refers to whether the ear cushions can be removed and replaced. Often times on heavily used headphones, the ear pads can wear out long before the actual headphones. Headphones with replaceable earpads often last much longer than headphones without replaceable earpads.
Protective Case
Refers to whether a pair of headphones come with a protective case.
Weight (oz.)
This is the weight of the unit in ounces.
Water Resistant
This refers to the level of water resistance of the fitness tracker. Some fitness trackers are water resistant and can be used while swimming, while others are only splash proof or should not be used near the water.
Child Safe
Refers to whether a pair of headphones are designed specifically for children. Child safe headphones feature volume limiting technology so that your child canít damage their ears while listening to music.
Foldable
Refers to whether a pair of headphones can be folded up. These headphones feature hinges in the frame above the earcups that allow the headphones to neatly fold into a much more manageable size. Folding headphones are perfect for anyone who spends a lot of time traveling and needs a compact pair of headphones that can fit in their bags.
Ear Hooks
These headphones feature hooks that wrap around your ears for a secure fit.

Gaming Headphones

Compatible Systems
Refers to what system(s) these headphones are compatible with.
Wireless Type
Refers to the wireless connection type used by these headphones.
USB Connection
Refers to whether these headphones can be connected via USB.
Noise Cancelling Microphone
Refers to whether the microphone eliminates ambient noise for crystal clear conversations.
Detachable Microphone
Refers to whether the microphone can be detached from the headphones.
Microphone Impedance
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
Microphone Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the microphone will pick up (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better.
Surround Sound
Refers to the surround sound type used by the headphones.
Separate Game & Chat Volume Controls
Refers to whether the headset has separate volume controls for the game and chat channels.

Home Wireless Headphones

Hub Connection Type
Refers to how the hub connects to your home stereo system
Wireless Type
Refers to the wireless connection type used by these headphones.
Wireless Range
The maximum distance the headphones can be from the hub and still work in feet.

Audio Features

Driver Type

The physical design of the driver in the headphones.

Balanced Armature:
A balanced armature driver uses a coil wrapped around an armature which is held in between two magnets until it is stimulated by an electrical current. When stimulated, this armature is magnetized which causes it to rotate one way or the other around a pivot point which moves the diaphragm to create sound. Balanced armature driver headphones are generally earbuds and can have multiple drivers in each earbud.

Dynamic:
Dynamic drivers are the most common driver type. They feature a permanent magnet, usually neodymium, a voice coil and a conical diaphragm to drive your music. A dynamic headphone driver looks pretty much identical to any typical home theater speaker.

Electrostatic:
Electrostatic drivers are made up of an extremely thin membrane, usually a coated PET film, stretched between two metal plates. An electrical signal is applied to the metal plates to create an electrical field which, depending on its polarity, draws the speaker diaphragm toward one of the plates which forces air through the perforations in the diaphragm which generates the sound wave.

Planar Magnetic:
A planar magnetic driver is made up of a large membrane suspended between two sets of oppositely aligned magnets. An electric charge is applied to the membrane to induce movement and produce sound waves.

Balanced Armature
Impedance
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
24 ohms
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".
105 dB
Power Output
Refers to the power output rating (in watts) of the headphones.
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).
6 - 24,000 Hz
Audiophile
Audiophile headphones represent some of the finest headphones available. Audiophile headphones produce genuinely outstanding sound quality as well as extraordinary build quality, components and comfort. They are truly the finest headphones available.
Built-in Amplifier
This refers to whether the headphones have an amplifier built-in.
Amplifier Recommended
This refers to whether a separate headphone amplifier is recommended for use with a specific pair of headphones. It is highly recommended that any headphone with an impedance greater than 100 ohms be amplified.
Pass Throughs
Refers to whether a pair of headphones has an output to connect to another pair of headphones.

What is in the Box?

Main Product
The main product in the box.
Accessories
Accessories included with the headphones
Paperwork
Paperwork included with the product.

Warranty and Return Policy

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

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
36%
4 Star
21%
3 Star
14%
2 Star
21%
1 Star
7%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.1
Value
3.6
Features
3.6
Design
4.1
Usability
3.5
jGRite

Florida

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Good for everyone, but me.

July 29, 2013

These headphones fit PERFECT. I already had a sweat proof headset that didn't stay in my ear like these. The problem with these is they aren't loud enough. I wear these at a skating rink and I have my own playlist that I listen to when I skate. My Pioneers drown out other sounds. These do not. If my device could be louder, these headsets would be PERFECT, but if you're looking to drown out all sound then I have another headset (with many colors to choice from) that will get the job done. If you don't need to drown out sound then these will never fall out and be PERFECT for you.

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Lake villa Illinois

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January 1, 2014

Great ear phones. I would recommend these to anyone who asked.

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Rlagarto

Florida

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I disagree with most of previous comments

October 16, 2013

First the headphone design allows you to tie the cord around your ear, and does a pretty good job. If you have problems, most likely will be because the cord is not to pull the cord a little more or the rubber buds are not your size. Just change it for the right one.
Now about the sound, for me is not that good volume is low and not that clear i had to use an amp to get better results. My previous headphones a monster isport sounds way better, but those ones have serious fit problems. so i keep Sony ones over monster, because until now, I had no issues about the fit.

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EuroBlue

Belgium

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Still looking for the perfect running headphones? These aren't.

September 18, 2013

I run every day, rain or shine. Needless to say, my headphones experience a lot of abuse and I am almost constantly on the look out for good running headphones. I won't be trying these again.

Point one: running headphones need to stay in place. These ones use a strap that goes around the ears and then you tighten it into place using a slipknot. It stays on the ear, but the buds don't really stay IN the ear, moving around and sometimes coming out. Also, the strap is not that comfortable when you have it as tight as it needs to be to stay in place. And I have already noticed, after 3 months, that the structure of the headphones is becoming weaker even with normal tightness.

Point two: for reasons I don't understand, the left headphone came with a speck of dust inside. Try as I might, I cannot remove this. As a result, I have an annoying buzz at certain frequencies.

Point three: notwithstanding the annoying buzz, the sound quality isn't that great. Your sound will become mashed and tinny. There are plenty of headphones that deliver much better sound.

Point four: for such a mediocre output, these headphones were actually quite expensive....

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Frank Smokesweed

Canada

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Awesome earbuds!

September 17, 2013

I would recommend these because a week after owning them my girlfriend accidentally put them through the wash cycle and they still work perfectly. Water resistant as advertised! I also own a pair of Ultimate Ears studio reference in ear monitors and the sound quality is comparable.

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Don

Mililani, HI

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Good earphones

August 1, 2013

I've got a lot of use out of them. I use them on my elliptical and have eliminated the problem of earphones falling out of my ears. The ear straps take some getting used to, but they sound great and do what they're designed to do. Sonic had the best price by far that I could find.

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shamdam

Pennsylvania

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Best I've used for workouts

July 25, 2013

I've been using these for several months. Music quality is very good. Best feature is that they block out the awful Top-40 station in our fitness center. They also stay on during all types of activities.

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paul

miami

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great value

February 14, 2014

The service was great, shipped quick and as discribed. They are 10 out of 10. Good company!

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iDre

Canada

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Terrible headphones for the price.

September 21, 2013

"Balanced Armature" seems to mean incredibly weak low end. While the stylized design is quite pleasing, and the rubberized loops may keep the headphones hanging on your ears, but they do nothing to actually keep the buds in the correct position inside your ear while doing "sports". Correct positioning is essential to make good contact between the rubber piece and your ear, to properly hear the best of the poor sound quality that these buds offer. But while running I would constantly have to adjust the buds in my ears. They don't solve the problem of securing earphones while being active.

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Event Horizon

Bridgewater, NJ

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Great sound, terrible fit

September 17, 2013

Best sounding sport headphones, as long as your sport is ... chess. Nice drivers, clean sound, good bass. Yes, good bass. I will explain later. But I think, nobody, really nobody from this particular design team NEVER went to gym or tried to run, because these headphones, regardless of it's interesting design, can not stay fit longer then 1 min. When they fit securely, so there are no air gap, they sound really, really nice. As soon as you start moving, and they get off your ear just little bit, bass is gone, zero, none nothing and SQ is goes to level of $5 headset. So, Do not even think about them as long your sport includes any movements of body.

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David

Bakersfield, CA

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September 17, 2013

I only use ear phones for audiobooks while exercising. I find Sony's $10 earphones work and fit better than these.

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Alex M

Cambridge, MA

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Good value and performance

September 2, 2013

I bought this primarily because I wanted some earphones that would loop around my ear so I wouldn't have to worry about it falling out of my ears especially if I'm walking or in the train and holding onto the rail with one hand and holding a bag in the other.

One thing about the earphones is that it is soft and flexible - good in the way that it curves around your ear and doesn't have any hard edges that poke you; bad in the way that because its soft if you accidentally tighten it too much because it needs to stay in your ear you could end up twisting your ear lobes a bit.

The sound performance was pretty good, I'm not an audiophile and I'm happy as long as I can hear the subtle bits of music without being overwhelmed by a lot of bass. As long as it stays tight in your ear it provides reasonably decent noise isolation. Only problem is that because you kind of cinch it around your ear when you're wearing them, if someone asks your something you have to loosen it a it and pull it off your ear to hear them clearly.

They come with a nice fabric bag to store the earphones when you're not using them. I've gotten them wet by sweating on them and even gotten trapped in some really bad rain in Boston and it's still performed.

I recently got off the noise isolating bandwagon and took the plunge into the much more expensive but oh so rewarding realm of noise cancelling earphones. I bought a pair of Bose QC20's for $300 and they are super comfortable and cut out noise like nothing else. If you're not looking to spend that kind of money these Sony earphones are pretty damn good. I also ended up buying a set of Shure exercise earphones with a loop around the ear but the wire cracked open after very limited use while these Sony's which were 1/4th the price are still going strong.

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Seth

Milwaukee, WI

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OK Value-Needs More

August 28, 2013

I bought these hoping I'd finally have ear buds that stay all the way in my ear while running (inside & outside). These definitely stay on my ears better than alternatives. However, they do loosen from my ear hole while running and it doesn't take long until the music is quieter and very dull because of this distance. They never fall all the way off, but won't quite stay on either. Durability has been great with sweat.

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Kees

Netherlands

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Good sports product

July 25, 2013

Easy to fit, comfortable wearing, great sound, only one problem, if you wear them, you can't hear cars coming from behind.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

XBA-S65

UPC

027242826182

Weight

0.11lbs

Internal SKU

xbas65

Internal Product ID

49575

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Wiring Diagram Legend

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