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In-ear headphones with remote for iPod® and iPhone®
From Sony: Balanced Armature Drivers
From Sony: XBA Headphones
Item # 158XBA4IP | MFR # XBA4IP
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Our take on the Sony XBA-4iP by Crutchfield's David Brown
Pristine sound from a powerful in-ear headphone
You may not think earbuds are capable of generating deep, high-impact bass. And if they are, you may think it's at the expense of crisp, clear highs and smooth mids. Sony blows the doors off those assumptions with the iPod®- and iPhone®-compatible XBA-4iP, a comfortable in-ear headphone that will give your music the audiophile treatment it deserves.
The power of four balanced armature drivers
Each of the XBA-4iP's earbuds houses four drivers: a full-range driver for overall balance, a tweeter for sparkling high frequencies, a woofer to beef up the low end, and a super woofer to handle that deep, rumbling bass that most headphones simply can't reproduce. How does Sony fit all four drivers into such a small headphone? By using balanced armature technology. Unlike dynamic drivers in typical headphones, the XBA-4iP's drivers employ a pivoting magnetic arm to generate crystal-clear sound. All four drivers work together to bring out subtle nuances in your music and deliver an outstanding listening experience.
Great sound that fits
Think four drivers means a bulky headphone? Not with balanced armature drivers. Each of the XBA-4iP's micro drivers are fine-tuned by Sony engineers to ensure that small size equals robust sound, while fitting comfortably in your ear. The drivers are housed in a double-layer encasement, minimizing vibrations for purer sound. 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-4iP'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.
*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.
What's in the Box:
- 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
- 4 balanced armature micro drivers in each earbud:
- full-range, for balanced sound
- tweeter, for rich detail
- woofer, for improved bass response
- super woofer, for extended low-end response
- 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: 3-28,000 Hz
- sensitivity: 108 dB
- impedance: 8 ohms
- weight: .28 oz.
- warranty: 90 days
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
|Earcup Width x Height||0.535 x 0.645|
|Mic For Taking Calls||Yes|
|Frequency Response||3-28k Hz|
|1/4-inch Adapter Included||No|
|Parts Warranty||90 Days|
|Labor Warranty||90 Days|
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. Meticulously pre-tuned by Sony engineers, four Balanced Armature driver units (full-range, tweeter, woofer, and super woofer) reproduce a broad, finely balanced range of sound; from soaring highs to bellowing bass, and everything in between. Plus, these micro-sized drivers are engineered to 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|
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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