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Sony XBA-3iP

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

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  • Sony XBA-3iP

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  • Sony XBA-3iP

Item #: 158XBA3IP
 
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Our take on the Sony XBA-3iP

by David Brown
Sony

Rich, full-range sound from an in-ear headphone

Experience clear, detailed sound across the musical spectrum in a comfortable in-ear headphone. Sony's XBA-3iP headphones deliver sparkling treble and deep bass to open your ears to a whole new level of listening.

Sony XBA-3iP balanced armature headphones

Three balanced armature drivers produce a detailed
response across the frequency spectrum.

The triple balanced armature advantage

Each of the XBA-3iP's earbuds houses three drivers: a full-range driver for overall clarity, a woofer for powerful bass impact, and a tweeter to make high frequencies shine. How does Sony fit them all into a small, comfortable in-ear 'phone? By using balanced armature technology. Unlike dynamic drivers in typical headphones, the XBA-3iP's precision-tuned drivers each employ a pivoting magnetic arm to generate crystal-clear sound. Three drivers mean more detail, better performance for high and low frequencies, and new life from your favorite tunes.

Great sound that fits

Think three drivers means a big headphone? Not with balanced armature drivers. Each of the XBA-3iP's micro drivers are 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.

Remotely control your iPod® or iPhone®

Control your iPod or iPhone without even touching it. The XBA-3iP'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:

  • 3 balanced armature micro drivers in each earbud:
    • full-range, for overall clarity
    • woofer, for improved bass response
    • tweeter, for rich detail
  • 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
  • leather carrying case included
  • frequency response: 4-28,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 108 dB
  • impedance: 12 ohms
  • weight: .25 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.

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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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4-28k Hz
Sensitivity
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108 dB
Impedance
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12 Ohms
Weight
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.25 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?

Download owner's manual

  • 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 case
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty Card

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Features

Dual Balanced Armature Drivers: The Sony XBA Series in-ear headphones (XBA-3iP) 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. Sporting three Balanced Armature drivers (full-range, woofer and tweeter), these XBA-3iP in-ear headphones deliver a full-bodied spectrum of sound rounded out by crisp highs and deep lows. Meticulously pre-tuned by Sony engineers, these micro-sized drivers reproduce a balanced high to low frequency response, and even emphasize key sound characteristics to enhance your music.

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-3iP 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 Case: The Sony XBA-3iP comes with hard carrying case to store and transport the headphones.

 
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