Sony XBAN3AP : Worth the money

These are a fantastic pair of earphones. I use them with my dragonfly red when using my phone, and also with my sony high res walkman. If you are just playing mp3’s directly from your phone probably not worth the expense as you may struggle to hear much difference vs. Not a big fan of the extra foam buds but the rubber ones that it comes pre-installed with are very comfortable and durable.

Well done sony, the hybrid line is really coming together.

It really sounds like a £200 pair of earphones. The sound is not quite as great as my old ue earphones (bass is slightly lacking) but these are much easier to wear than my old ue “pegs”. They will take time to “tone up” so don’t be put off by the tinny sound they make new out of the box. The diaphragms need to be flexed through use first.

Finding the right size of earbuds is fiddly but the perfect fit is essential to ensure the best sound quality. Clarity is of a very high order and individual instruments are clearly discernable. What really stands out is having a seperate dynamic driver to handle the low frequencies. As a result, there is a sense of scale with orchestral music and punchier drums with rock music. My only criticism is that bass could be deeper and it lacked definition. I know it appears to be expensive for something so physically small but if you are passionate about sound quality it is worth it.

Previously i used some sony mdr-xb50ap, the extra bass earphones. I thought they were fantastic, but not audiophile quality. These n3 earphones though are a massive step up. The sound is super clear and the bass is very powerful when you turn the volume up at bit. The audio is a lot more balanced that the sony mdr-xb50ap. My old earphones just sound messy now. If you want the bass sound of some cheaper bass heavy earphones just use the spotify (or similar) eq to do that. These earphones are really able to handle whatever thrown at them. You won’t regret getting a pair.

I was unsure whether my phone would drive them or if i would need to take the dac with me, the phone is easily powerful enough.

Been using these just over 1 year, and almost like clockwork, the cable has started to go (one ear is starting to have a dodgy connection. This seems to happen with every sony pair i have, but luckily, the cable is replaceable. Sony, of course, don’t sell replacements that have a remote, so it’s a 3rd party lottery. I really do love the sound on them though, they’re the best sony iem’s i’ve had, definitely recommend them sound wise.

This is actually my second pair of these. I lost the first and couldn’t find anything else that i liked quite as much so bought them again. The sound signature of these is exactly what i am looking for – a lot of detailed bass without it being overblown and ruining the rest of the frequencies. Mids and highs are smooth and well balanced.

  • A good upgrade
  • Stellar IEM – IF you have the correct power output and seal on the right eartips
  • Worth the money

Sony XBAN3AP.CE7 Premium High-Res Audio In-Ear Headphones with Dynamic Drivers – Black

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Better performance on popular music than ie80, espeailly the fantastic bass and details. Did amazing improvement from h3 to n3.

You need at least 350milliwatts and up of *headroom* to get the full potential out of these. They are current hungry and 32ohms. . 80mwatts is not going to cut it. You’re not going to use the full 350+mwatts – but you need that current power reserve, so they are not straining at max volume with lower output devices. After owning about 20 sets of iems over 3 years. Stellar balance of musicality and technical ability. They are also very forgiving of lower bitrate mp3, though you want to feed them losses 16/44 flac and hi-res as much as possible.

  • A good upgrade
  • Stellar IEM – IF you have the correct power output and seal on the right eartips
  • Worth the money

Sony XBAN3AP.CE7 Premium High-Res Audio In-Ear Headphones with Dynamic Drivers – Black

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