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XBA-C10 Rumoured Best Sony Earphones

by 2013/08/04
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£49

Product Name

XBA-C10

Positives

Clean sound, Light body and Comfortable shape.

Negatives

Ordinary Design. Bass quality could've been better. Doesn't handle distortion very well.

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Comfortable and Affordable In-Ear Headphones

best sony earphonesThe best Sony earphones usually come with a fancy price tag. This one however is quite reasonably priced. Whether it is among the best Sony earphones or not, you are about to find out. Despite all its expensive promotions (using Florrie Arnold, an English musician, to perform for its ad), Sony XBA-C10 are not expensive at all. First thing to keep in mind is the fact that XBA-C10 is an amateur release by Sony and is considered a cheaper version of the XBA-10. As much as we like to believe the price cut is only due to the lack of accessories that come with the XBA-C10, there’s more to it. There have been a few claims by certain users of both the earphones that XBA-10 produces a better sound than C10. Analysis from other reviewers claim the XBA-C10 to have a cleaner sound in comparison to another pair of Sony earphones; the XBA-1, they claim C10 to be slightly more damped but nothing that would make a noticeable difference. The overall (white) design isn’t all that fascinating, but if simplicity charms you, then it’ll do just fine! The look goes well with iPhone 5.

Assembled in Thailand, the body of XBA-C10 is perfect. They fit inside your ears perfectly, cutting off the world outside (not always the best thing though). It gives a clean sound at the top and mid-range; you get to hear all the smallest details that you probably wouldn’t notice on other headphones, even in the higher price category. You can listen to music for hours but the ears won’t tire. It does seem to lack the strength when it comes to loud music or lots of distortion, which might just turn into noise. Worst thing you would want in a locked in-ear headphone is to have loud noise piercing your ears. Nevertheless the sound is enjoyable, lively and not the same as that of regular earphones. But if you are a deep bass lover, this is NOT the one for you. I would recommend the Sony XBA-C10 for acoustic and vocal listening. It might not be the best earphone Sony has to offer, but for its price it is definitely a reasonable product.

US: Amazon

CA: Amazon

Europe

Germany: Sony

Netherlands: Centralpoint, Narrato

UK: Amazon, Sony, Argos

Poland: Komputronik

International

Ebay, AccessoryJack

Asia

Sony

 

 The sound as a whole was clear and clean and just the correct amount of external noise was reduced when out and about. Using them while typing I had a zero noise keyboard. 

 It's just amazing how Sony comes out with all these "UNIQUE" designs and yet provides one of the best IEMs for dance music. I wish I could just buy all the Sony IEMs and stack them on my desk. 

 Sony XBA-C10 has bright, high resolution, clarity and suitable for strings (guitar) and female's vocal/singer. 

 I like it, it's easy to handle and compact sound. It was good price's above all affordable. 

HARDWARE

  • Weight 4 g
  • Color Black
  • Design In-ear
  • Connection type Wired (3.5mm)
  • Wire length 3.94 ft

AUDIO

  • Drivers per ear 1
  • Impedance 24 Ω
  • Frequency response (low) 5 Hz
  • Frequency response (high) 25000 Hz

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  • jim
    2014/09/17 at 12:35 am
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    Ease of Use84%
    Features100%

    Great headphones

  • Firdaus
    2015/02/08 at 1:13 pm
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    Ease of Use96%
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    It is a balance armature driver so of course it sounds softer. It has a single driver not like its cousin the xba 2 and so on which a woofer and a tweeter which has more bass but makes the sounds darker.i personally own the xba 2 and i found the xba c10 very clean sound and not dark compared to the xba2. It also doesnt struggle with vocals especially female ones but the xba 2 female vocals has a shrill to them. The xba c10 is also good at string instruments.

  • Kip Nix
    2016/08/26 at 7:12 pm

    If you need an earphone without bass, why not get one of the cheaper ones like Skullcandy? There, I just saved you a lot of money.

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