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Sony XBA-4 / XBA-4IP

Sony XBA-4 / XBA-4IP
alaScore 86

199 reviews

Feb, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 199 reviews of Sony XBA-4 / XBA-4IP. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the comfort and bass quality. The usability and price also get good opinions.

sound, price, usability, bass quality, comfort

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sony XBA-4 / XBA-4IP is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Sony XBA-4 / XBA-4IP from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones on Reviewers really like the price and usability. The portability and bass quality are also appreciated. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability, and there are some less positive reviews about the size and durability.

sound, bass quality, portability, usability, price

durability, size

91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony XBA4iP Premium Quality In-Ear HeadphonesSony XBA4 Premium Quality In-Ear Headphones

Feb, 2016

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 69 user reviews of Sony XBA-4 / XBA-4IP from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on Opinions about the price and portability are generally positive. The bass quality and comfort also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the reliability.

sound, comfort, bass quality, portability, price


86% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony XBA4IP iPhone/iPod 4-Driver Balanced Armature In-Ear Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)Sony XBA-4 - 4 Drivers Balanced Armature In-ear Headphones

Feb, 2016

Expert review by: Steve Guttenberg (

Sony XBA-4 review: Sony XBA-4


Sony claims that its new $349.99 XBA-4's sound is "optimized for audiophiles," and my anecdotal testing confirms that this is truly a great-sounding set of headphones. It features Sony's newly designed "microsized balanced armature drivers," and in...

Sony's XBA-4 in-ear headphones are the company's first to use four balanced armature drivers in each earpiece for ambient noise isolation, and they sound great.

Its high performance comes at an equally lofty price.

Sony's audiophile-grade XBA-4 in-ear headphones deliver highly refined sound, with potent bass, airy treble, and excellent noise-isolating performance.

Apr, 2012

Expert review by: (

Sony XBA-4 review


The Sony XBA-4 Prestige earphones certainly aren't the cheapest in-ear headphones around but does the on-board tech justify the rather steep price tag?

Epic armature sound ; Design ; Build quality


The Sony XBA-4’s are addressing a specialised market given their price bracket, and aside from their sheer spendiness they’re a brilliant headphone.

Jul, 2012

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Sony XBA-4iP review


Plenty of the biggest brands are getting on board with the new balanced armatures tech this year. Brands like Sony, who recently showed off their entire 2012 headphone range – including seven in-ears that tote balanced armatures. The XBA 4iPs are the...

May, 2012

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Sony XBA-4iP


The best Sony headphones we've heard in years

Unique design produces superb audio ; crisp and taut but terrifically weighty delivery

Can sound brash with poor recordings

Sony XBA-4iP: Sound quality So, in each earphone you have a tweeter, full-range driver and two woofers, and while that results in a rather chunky design, these are surprisingly comfortable and secure in the ears. On top of that, they sound absolutely...

Expert review by: (stuff.tv_in)

Sony XBA-4iP review


In-ears that are crisp, detailed, punchy and superbly exciting

If you take your music seriously, these Sonys are seriously worth the price

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: Stephen Fenech (

Sony XBA-4IP in-ear headphone review


Sony knows a thing or two about producing decent audio products and they've utilised this heritage to create one of the finest in-ear headphones ever produced.

If there is a better in-ear headphone on the market than the Sony XBA-4IP then we haven’t heard them.

Apr, 2012

Consumer review by: Lucan123 (

"Amazing sound. "


These headphones wont properly with low amp powered devices. They didn't work properly with my iPhone 3. They do work, but they wont sound very good. They will sound amazing if u use them with equipment that has a decent amplifier built in (or plug...

Quality sound.

Needs to be used with a device that has decent amplifier power.

Apr, 2014

Consumer review by: nmoisan (

"Truly amazed by the sound quality"


I would consider myself as a big time audiophile. I also travel a lot and big headphones are not convenient or suitable for me. I have been looking a long time for the best in-ear headphones but I don't want to pay 500$. I have owned multiple Sony,...

Absolute clarity and great sound spectrum. They are very comfortable and convenient to travel with. By far the best earphones I have purchased.

The only real con is that I have built my mp3 collection on 192kpbs (a long time ago!) and it's now way too low quality. I hear all the flaws in the sound. Other than that, they might be a bit expensive. I had a great deal at 150$ at Sony Store.

Jan, 2014

Consumer review by: BorisSb (

"Excellent in-ear headphones"


I do not describe myself as an audiophile since I do not have the technical competence, but these ear-in sound great. I had been on the hunt for a good pair of ear-in headphones. I got a couple of ear-ins in the budget price range that are decent but...

Excellent and well balanced range of sound. Even when listening to pop or rock music it the bass does not drown out all other ranges, which is a plus to me.

The price tag is a little high.

Nov, 2013

Consumer review by: DragonLightz (

"I love its full range of treble, mid-range, and base"


Let me first state that I'm not an audiophile. I'm your average consumer, spoiled with my Aiwa HP-D9, a 60-mm U-bass flute headset design, Amorphous Diamond Coated Diaphragm, and 15mm diameter Neodymium magnets driver units. However, time took its...

Producing an excellent range of sound, the XBA-4 revolutionary design has exceeded as a replacement for my Aiwa HP-D9 bought in the early 1990s.

The price-tag is always an issue in our economically challenged time.

May, 2012

Product Specifications


Active Noise Cancellation: Yes
Display: No
Dolby PL / AC3: No
Earclip: No
Integrated Amplifier: No
LCD Display: No
Mute Control: No
Neckband: No
Noise Cancellation: Yes
Screen: No
Sound System:STEREO
Switchbox from Telephone to Headset: Yes
Volume Control: Yes


Bluetooth: No
Connection:3.5 mm Plug

General Features

Ear Canal Headphone: Yes
Form factor:In Ear Headset
Product Type:In Ear Headset
Signal Connection:Wired
Type:In Ear Headphones / In Ear Headset