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Sony XBA-BT75

Wireless Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones Headset Stereo Earphones with Clear Balanced Armature Drivers

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A unique and completely innovative design, these wireless in-ear headphones feature a micro balanced armature driver that allows the Bluetooth IC and rechargeable battery components to be integrated directly into the earpiece unit. The seamless integration of all Bluetooth and recharging technology eliminates the bulk and clutter typically associated with Bluetooth wireless headphones. Adding to their versatility, these in-ear headphones feature an in-line volume control and microphone that puts all the power in the user's hand.

Moreover, these headphones include a portable charging unit that can be charged and used to recharge the headphone unit up to 2.5 times, expanding the headphone unit's life from 3.5 hours to nearly 9 hours of use.

Product Features:

  • Wireless Bluetooth Headphones In-Ear Stereo Headset
  • In-ear design with comfortable noise isolating ear tips for a focused and quiet listening environment
  • Rechargeable batter and Bluetooth IC is built into the headphone for a seamless and clutter free design
  • In-line volume control and microphone for complete phone compatibility
  • Micro balanced armature driver deliver precise and clear sound
  • Micro balanced armature driver made in Japan especially designed by Sony
  • Includes portable charging unit and carrying case for charging on-the-go
  • Case retains a charge and recharges headphones up to 2.5 times
  • 3.5 hours headphone battery life on a single charge
  • Noise isolating silicone ear cushions are comfortable and reduce user fatigue as well as offer a secure fit

General Bluetooth Specifications

  • Bluetooth Version: 3.0
  • Bluetooth Power Class 2
  • Effective Range: Approx. 10m (30ft)
  • Frequency Range: 2.4GHz Band (2.4000GHz - 2.4835GHz)
  • Interface: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
  • Supported Audio Format: SBC
  • Supported Content Protection: SCMS-T
  • Frequency Range (A2DP): 20-20,000 Hz
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

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.

Earbuds
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

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.
Yes
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.

Bluetooth Wireless
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
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
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).
14 - 24000 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
20%
4 Star
60%
3 Star
20%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
3.6
Value
3.8
Features
3.4
Design
3.6
Usability
4.4
Adam

Australia

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Good value for price

December 23, 2013

Great sound quality, high listening volume potential if desired (greater than wired headsets). Cord between earpieces is somewhat stiff, feels fairly durable but sometimes torsion against the back of the neck can force the earpieces out of the ears (mild annoyance). Next/prev track function works with android device (previous BT headset Plantronics Backbeat GO did not have this functionality). Sometimes when adjusting the right earpiece i accidentally hit the button that causes music to pause, if I used the headset for calls as well this could result in accidentally hanging up. Overall a pretty good unit, reasonable priced for the quality.

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Xinan

Singapore

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Great Stereo Bluetooth Headphones

August 22, 2013

This is probably the best sounding Bluetooth headphones.
The design is quite nice, modern and fashionable. I like these so much, 109.99 is great deal.
At first it took me a few days to learn how to wear it properly. It has almost all the feature I need, including all common features such as answering, play/pause music, next/previous, adjust volume. It works great with iPhones. iPhone doesn't support fast-forward/rewind with Bluetooth headset, it's not the problem of this headphones.
I was hoping that the battery status can display on iPhone's status bar, but it does not have this feature. Maybe it's because this earpiece is old, released two years ago I think. The battery status can still be inferred from the blinking of the LED indicator on the right ear.
For me, the battery life is longer than the stated 3.5 hours. It usually lasts 5 hours. The battery case that comes along together with the headphones makes me never need to worry about the battery.
Bottom line, nice sound, takes time to get used to, great feature and not bad battery life. Modern design.

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lo

new york

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can be better

September 20, 2013

Not ear bud friendly the size of unit should be little bit smaller but the sound is good.

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Byron

Granada Hills, CA

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WoW

July 9, 2012

I Purchased these headphones last week, and I called on the phone, and spoke with a gentleman who was pretty helpful. And even better than that, he did not hesitate to price match the legit sale I had him look up online. It took 2 days to get to me (fast shipping though the 2 days felt like a week cause I didnt order them until Thursday night) which was nice, and I was able to put them to use right away.

The packaging on the headphones was pretty nice. It wasnt over done like you see on some of these "rapper/musician endorsed" headphones, which does not seem to matter to me one way or the other. Sometimes it makes me think they spent all the money on the presentation so at least you have something nice to look at, when you find out the sound sucks. But the presentation was nice, upscale for Sony. It comes with a charging dock/cradle, extra sizes of the ear tips, and a little pouch.

A few of my concerns were 1) the Cradle. I would have preferred it to use a generic Micro USB or something I can charge wherever im at, but instead, it needs to be connected to this Sony terminal to re-charge. But after i started reading the set up, I learned that this dock/cradle HAS a built in battery, and can recharge the headphones 2.5 times. so that fixed the first issue. and 2) The volume control is in a weird position when wearing them.

After I have used these all week and weekend, These concerns seemed to be irrelevant. I do not frequently change volume levels when I am running or working out, so I just set the volume to the level I wanted, and then did my thing. And I have not needed to charge the device on the go either. I have them fully charged when I leave for the gym, or go on a run, and when I am done for the day, I charge it up again. If i was going to be out using them for an extended period of time, I could just bring the dock, and recharge it there.

The comfort to me was not an issue. I had read some reviews where they mentioned it took a while to get use to, but prior to purchasing these, I used the JayBird Freedoms. So this was an easy transition for me. Very similar style and fit. When I got the right tip in, it fit securely and I was able to get a great seal out of them.

Bottom line, and MOST important in my opinion, was the sound quality. This is where i think Sony has the ability to excel (when they put forward the effort). These headphones are probably the best sounding BLUETOOTH headphones i have heard. Keep in mind bluetooth. I have some Studio headphones that are definitely better, but those are over the ear, and wired. The clarity from these is amazing. The separation of the instruments and vocals are crystal clear. as distinct as a live concert. They are more detailed then any other bluetooth headphones I have heard. They are full sounding, and I think I am sold now on balanced armature. These are the first balanced armature headphones I have used, and now I know what all the fuss is about.

Overall there are a few features I would have liked to have seen done differently, like the volume button, or the carrying case. But when it comes down to it, the sound quality is superb. The bluetooth functions were easy, and are consistent. They are expensive, but i do understand how they justified the cost. I am happy with this purchase, and I would buy these again.

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Neil

Scottsdale, AZ

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Really good (but not quite perfect sound), little funny looking

December 6, 2013

The Sony XBA-BT75 sounds great, but I didn't give it 5 stars in that I find that I like to add some bass via equalizer to get a really nice "coloring" of the sound. Also, I cannot wear these with certain gym activities but it's fine just walking on the treadmill or riding a stationary bike. The charging system is fine. Worth the money, but can't say about durability since I've only owned them a month. I actually mainly got them for listening to on airplanes, listening to music when I can't play the stereo (e.g. late at night) and am very happy with them so far.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

XBA-BT75

UPC

027242838291

Weight

0.50lbs

Internal SKU

xbabt75

Internal Product ID

49581

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

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Product Name: Sony XBA-BT75