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Sony XBA-1iP

In-ear headphones with remote for iPod® and iPhone®

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Our take on the Sony XBA-1iP

by David Brown
Sony

Take control of your music while enjoying great sound

Sony's XBA-1iP in-ear headphones let you take control of your iPod® or iPhone® while giving your music the clarity and detail it deserves. These headphones offer big performance in a small package that won't break the bank.

The balanced armature edge

Say goodbye to those stock earbuds and let the XBA-1iP's impressive balanced armature technology breathe new life into your music. Unlike dynamic drivers in typical headphones, the XBA-1iP's precision-tuned drivers use a pivoting magnetic arm to generate crystal clear sound, revealing new details in those familiar tunes.

Size is everything

When you're on the go, a compact, in-ear headphone won't slow you down. That's another advantage of balanced armature technology. Each micro driver is fine-tuned by Sony engineers to ensure that small size equals robust sound, while fitting comfortably in your ear. An assortment of interchangeable ear tips ensures a snug fit that keeps noise out and your music in.

Control is within reach

Control your iPod or iPhone without even touching it. The XBA-1iP's cord features a built-in remote, giving you easy volume and track control. The remote's built-in microphone lets you seamlessly make and answer calls while your iPhone remains safely nestled in your pocket or bag. The remote also supports Apple VoiceOver, allowing compatible iPods to tell you title and artist info for the current track.

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Highlights:

  • in-line remote to control playback and adjust volume on iPod®, iPad®, and iPhone®*
  • remote has a built-in microphone for answering calls on your iPhone
  • 4 pairs of hybrid silicone ear tips included for optimum comfort and sound quality
  • 3 pairs of noise isolation ear tips with urethane foam for sealing in sound
  • 48" oxygen-free copper cable with gold-plated stereo mini plug
  • cord adjustment slider for a comfortable fit
  • soft carrying pouch included
  • frequency response: 5-25,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 108 dB
  • impedance: 24 ohms
  • weight: .21 oz.
  • warranty: 90 days
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

*Works with iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod classic 120GB & 160 GB (2009), iPod nano 4th, 5th & 6th generation, iPod shuffle 3rd & 4th generation, and iPod touch 2nd, 3rd & 4th generation.

Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
General
Fit Style
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In-ear
Earcup Type
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Closed
Noise-canceling
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No
Bluetooth
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No
Frequency Response
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5-25k Hz
Sensitivity
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108 dB
Impedance
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24 Ohms
Weight
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.21 ounces
Cord Length
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48"
Airline Adapter Included
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No
iPod Control
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Yes
Volume Control
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Yes
Built-in Microphone
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Yes
Parts Warranty
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90 Days
Labor Warranty
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90 Days
Product Research
What's in the box?

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  • In-ear headphones (with in-line remote/mic and attached 48" cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector)
  • 4 Pair of silicone ear tips (SS/S/M/L)
  • 3 Pair of silcone/foam ear tips (S/M/L)
  • Cord adjuster
  • Clothing clip
  • Carrying pouch
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty Card

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Features

Balanced Armature Drivers: The Sony XBA Series in-ear headphones (XBA-1iP) are outfitted with Sony's newly developed Balanced Armature driver units engineered for crisp, balanced sound of incredible depth and precision. Infused with premium audio technology, even the most subtle musical nuances are delivered with tremendous clarity and detail. Compared to conventional dynamic drivers, the XBA-1's Balanced Armature full range driver delivers crystal-clear vocals and booming bass with impressive depth. Plus, the micro-sized driver comes precision tuned by Sony engineers to evenly reproduce a broad spectrum of high to low frequency response for an incredibly balanced audio experience.

Double Layer Housing: A specially made inner housing constructed of liquid crystal polymer holds the driver units rigidly in place for super smooth frequency response. Enclosed in an ABS outer housing that suppresses unwanted vibrations, this innovative double layer design delivers crystal-clear mid to high range sound and overall crisp, rich audio.

Noise Isolation Design: Because Balanced Armature drivers sport an ultra compact design for a smaller overall form factor, they slip easily inside the ear for a snug, more natural-feeling fit. The result is reduced ambient noise and limited sound leakage.

Multiple Ear Tips: The Sony XBA Series in-ear headphones come with 4 sizes of silicone ear tips (ss/s/m/l) and 3 size of silicone/foam ear tips (s/m/l) to ensure a tailored fit that further maximizes overall sound quality and comfort.

In-Line Remote + Mic: The in-line remote gives you volume and track controls (Play, Stop, Next/Previous) for your iPod, iPhone, or iPad; and the built-in microphone makes it easy to take calls from your iPhone. A simple press of a button activates VoiceOver mode, allowing your Apple device to state the name of the currently playing song or playlist. Apple device compatibility as of 8/16/2012:

iPod Model Generation Tested Version Audio Output In-Line Remote In-Line Mic
3.5mm Connector Audio Playback Playback Controls VoiceOver Answer/End Call Voice Control Hands-Free Communication
Shuffle 1st n/a Y Y N N N N N
2nd n/a Y Y N N N N N
3rd n/a Y Y Y Y N N N
4th n/a Y Y Y Y N N N
dock connector 3rd 2.0.2 Y Y N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th 3.1.1 Y Y N N N N N
mini 1st 1.4.1 Y Y N N N N N
2nd 1.4.1 Y Y N N N N N
video 5th 1.3 Y Y N N N N N
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y N N N N N
120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y N Y N
160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y N
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y Y N N N N N
2nd 1.1.3 Y Y N N N N N
3rd 1.1.3 Y Y N N N N N
4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y N
5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y N Y N
6th 1.1 PC Y Y Y Y N Y N
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y N N N N N
2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N Y N
3rd 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y N Y N
4th 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y N
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y N N N N N
3G 4.2.1 Y Y N N N N N
3GS 4.3.5 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4S 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
iPhone 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y N
2 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y N

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

Headphone Cable w/ 3.5mm Connector: The Sony XBA-1iP in-ear headphones feature an attached 48" audio cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector. An included clothing clip and cord adjuster help prevent the cable from moving around too much and tangling up.

Carrying Pouch: The Sony XBA-1iP comes with soft carrying pouch to store and transport the headphones.

 
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