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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)

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.

Around the Ear
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.

Athlete
Music Lover
Student
Traveler
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
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).
6 - 24,000 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".
105 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

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

Average Attribution Rating

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4.1
Value
3.6
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3.6
Design
4.1
Usability
3.5

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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