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Sony XBA-4IP Four-Way Driver Earbuds iPhone Stereo Headset Headphones (XBA4iP)

iPhone/iPod Controls and Microphone with Four Balanced Armature System

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The Sony XBA-4 is the most complete of the balanced armature series. The distinguishing feature of these in-ear monitors is the combination of 4 separate and balanced armature driver units. Each driver is assigned a dedicated frequency range and include a full-range driver, a tweeter for high frequencies, a woofer for low frequencies, and super-woofer for the very lowest bass frequencies. Each balanced armature unit is specially designed, tuned, and engineered by the Sony team to deliver precise sound and work in a complementary fashion to create a full-bodied and rich reproduction.

Further refining the quality of the sound reproduction, the XBA-4 feature double layered chamber construction with a high-rigidity magnesium inter chamber that keeps the drivers securely in place and minimizes vibrations. The outer chamber is constructed of ABS plastic that further inhibits unwanted vibration and maintains a neutral tonality.

Rounding out the experience, these in-ear headphones feature comfortable silicone ear tips that create a secure fit within the ear while effectively isolating noise for a focused and untainted reproduction.

Product Features:

  • Balanced Armature In-Ear Headphones
  • Features 4 dedicated balanced armature driver systems
  • Micro balanced armature driver made in Japan especially designed by Sony
  • One dedicated tweeter driver focuses on high frequencies
  • One woofer driver focuses on lower frequencies
  • One super-woofer designed for the absolute lowest frequencies
  • One full-range driver compliments both tweeter and woofer while handling mids with precision
  • Double layer chamber construction features magnesium inter housing and ABS outer chamber for vibration free and tonally neutral construction
  • Noise isolating silicone ear tips for a comfortable fit and isolates noise
  • Oxygen-Free Copper Litz cord
  • Gold-plated 3.5mm(1/8") stereo jack
  • Also available in standard model
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

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.

Audiophile
Music Lover
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.

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.
Yes
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.
Yes
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).
3 - 28000 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.
8 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

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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.8
Value
5.0
Features
4.8
Design
4.5
Usability
5.0

trustableman

Netherlands

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stunning quality - as I have bought a new mp3-collection

January 3, 2014

My mp3 collection has brand new sound - even songs I know very good give me a complete new, brilliant impression. Very appreciated. Thank You Sony for this experience

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Louey Louie

Australia

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Half the Price than other Online Stores

October 27, 2013

I'd researched other online stores for these headphones, Cheapest I could find them was here on Sonic Electronix.... Shipping was about 2 weeks from USA to Australia, Of course there is Expedited 5 day shipping if you are willing to pay extra for the service... The product itself is an amazing set of headphones, well worth it if you can get them at half price as I did here

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Chrisjay

Singapore

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Excellent Quality

October 20, 2013

I recommend this earphones to anyone who wants the best. Very good build, it has got 4 dedicated drivers inside for various frequencies.

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Philo

Canada

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October 19, 2013

Hi... I'm just an average guy whose aural distinctive capabilities are light years from what the discerning audiophile might say about these babes.Personally, these are the epitome of what music is all about!! They sound great to me & after a listen either solo or hooked up to a Dac /Amp, you do not appreciate what they have to offer ..you are either tone deaf or just plain deaf!! These are good buds...really good buds!! Try them...you will love them!!!!

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

XBA-4IP

UPC

027242833500

Weight

0.33lbs

Internal SKU

xba4ip

Internal Product ID

49577

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-4IP Four-Way Driver Earbuds iPhone Stereo Headset Headphones (XBA4iP)