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Sony XBA-4IP

Sony XBA-4IP
alaScore 91

146 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 146 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the usability and treble quality. The comfort and bass quality are also mentioned favorably.

sound, bass quality, comfort, treble quality, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sony XBA-4IP is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 146 reviews)

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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.

Consumer review by:

"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.

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"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.


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"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.

Consumer review by:

"Sony worked hard on this BA, but twitter is not good."


I am really big fan for the xba1 and 2(although i think 2 is literally only for the hip hop or bass-major sound). However, from 3, the twitter made the quality of the BA earphone series down. Hop the second one's twitter is better this.

The vocal+wooper+sub. woop.= really good!

twitter: I think it depends on the people's favor, but to me, the twitter sounds (like cymbals) was not good. Although it sounded interesting at the first time, but after minutes, it was really hard to listen. It sounds like when you rub the vinyl?

Consumer review by:

Rediscover your music


So finally I got the chance to own these heaven-sent earbuds. I have had my eye on these earphones since the beginning of the year and did a lot of research on it. The reviews do not lie and I'm glad the community is honest about the sound quality. The...

Full range of sound, the right earbuds stays in place and are comfortable*, no competition

none* (read review)

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Low durability


I got this headphones in autumn 2012. Sound at the beginning was not impressive. That's not bad since all the headphones deliver their best quality after many hours of use. However XB4 never reached the quality of my old MDR-EX510LP. Both compared one...


Price, durability

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Excellent Earphones. Headphone amp suggested


I got these headphones a few months ago. I am not new to the headphone or earphone market, i have owned headphones from the 10 dollar range all the way up to 1200 dollars. the last earphones i owned were ones made by Etymotic research, model ER-4 which...

Great separation of bass, mids and treble, probably due to the 4 way speaker setup in a earphone which i had never seen before.Great clarity. decent build quality. great noise isolation

high price. Requires a high quality amplifier with a higher output than what mp3 players and portable devices have built in. Non detachable cord

Consumer review by:

Great Earbuds!


Just received the XBA-4 earbuds for Christmas. The sound quality for this earbud is excellent and in my opinion is better then some noise cancelling headphones on the market. I have not listened to the XBA-1, 2, or 3 yet, but the XBA-4 provides good...

Nice warm sound, excellent soundstage

Pricy for earbuds

Consumer review by:

Excellent IEM\'s.


These are excellent headphones when properly amped. These draw a lot of power so they will sound poor using most portable devices and onboard sound on computers. You can get away with no amp if you use an X-Fi sound card, or Asus Xonar, etc. Most poor...

Comfortable","Compact","Durable","Good Bass","Great Sound","Lightweight

Must Use An Amp

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