|The XBA-3 model of the Balanced Armature headphones is the best sounding one of all. Clearly the crowd's favorite too, judging from the many people who agree to it's sound.|
|An illustration showing the incredibly small sized BA driver(left) comparing to a regular dynamic driver(middle) and a Malaysian 10 sen coin(right).|
|A water test for the sport model XBA-S65. The headphone still played like it did before. Impressive!|
|The range from left, XB-1, XB-2, XB-3 and XB-4. Note the bigger body size as we higher up the range.|
|The large group of bloggers and press at the launch.|
|The Sony Representatives and model parading their latest ware. Negano san is third from left.|
I had a great time trying out the various models in the range, all powered by a portable Sony player with dedicated headphone amp. The model that I felt sounded most balance and certainly very audiophile transparent sounding is the XBA-3 model, which is a 3 way design. The more expensive XBA-4 which come with a built in super woofer is just tad over boosted in the bass, which mask the detailed musicality of the XBA-3 somewhat.