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Sony In-Ear Black Headphones - XBA-1IP

Abt Model: XBA1IP | UPC Code: 027242820968
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Balanced Armature Driver/ Made For iPod/iPhone/iPad/ VoiceOver Support/ Double Layer Housing/ Noise Blocking Design/ Noise Isolation Earbuds/ Black Finish
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Sony In-Ear Black Headphones, Model XBA1IP

Prepare for unbelievable audio quality you never thought possible from in-ear headphones. These balanced armature beauties are meticulously pre-tuned by Sony engineers to deliver a pristine soundscape full of beautiful highs and deep, resonating lows right out of the box. Better yet, they feature in-line iPod® control for adjusting volume, changing tracks and even answering calls.


  • Sound Story
    Compared to conventional Dynamic drivers, Balanced Armature drivers reproduce a smooth, broad and even frequency response with notable vocal clarity. Sony® Balanced Armature drivers are tuned for higher or lower frequency response, as well as combined to emphasize certain sound characteristics
  • Balanced Armature Driver
    Newly developed micro-size, full-range driver units deliver detailed and transparent sound reproduction. Be it your favorite vocalist, driving bass line, piano, guitar or drum solo, hear even the most subtle musical details with tremendous clarity. Get reacquainted with your favorite music
  • Made for iPod®/iPhone®/iPad®
    Full integration for iPod®, iPhone® and iPad®.1 The in-line remote gives you volume and track controls (Play, Stop, Next/Prior) for iPod®, iPhone® or iPad®, and the built-in microphone makes it easy to take calls through it all
  • VoiceOver support
    The simple press of a button activates VoiceOver mode, where the iPod® states the name of the currently playing song or playlist (on enabled devices)
  • Double Layer Housing
    It’s in the details… A special, liquid crystal polymer inner housing provides the necessary rigidity for smooth frequency response, while an ABS outer housing suppresses vibrations for clear mid-high frequency sound reproduction. The result is rich audio performance
  • Wearing Comfort
    The ultra-compact design of a Balanced Armature (BA) in-ear headphones allows for a natural in-ear fit and improved long-term comfort
  • Noise Blocking Design
    Sony® Balanced Armature (BA) in-ear headphones afford a comfortable fit that also results in significantly lower sound leakage levels, both in or out, allowing you uninterrupted access to your music
  • Secure Fit
    Hybrid silicone earbuds come in 4 sizes to ensure a tailored fit that further maximizes overall sound quality and comfort
  • Noise Attenuation
    Noise isolation earbuds (Included: Small, Medium, and Large) not only provide an outstanding fit, but also utilize pressure relieving urethane foam to further reduce ambient noise



  • Driver Unit: Closed, Balanced Armature
  • Frequency Response: 5 - 25,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 24 ohms at 1 kHz
  • Sensitivity (db): 108 dB/mW
  • Volume Control: +/- Button


  • Remote Control Functions: Volume, FF, RW, Play, Pause, Mic


  • Case Type: Carrying Pouch
  • Plug: Four-conductor gold-plated stereo mini plug for iPod with remote function
  • Type of Use: Portable


  • Headphone Type: Vertical in-the-ear style earbuds
  • Microphone: Electret Condenser

Inputs and Outputs

  • Digital Audio Input(s): Compatibility- The terms: iPod, iPhone and iPad are collectively described as “iPod” except in special cases. iPhone 4 iPhone 3GS iPod touch® 4th generation iPod touch 3rd generation iPod touch 2nd generation iPod nano® 6th generation iPod nano 5th generation iPod nano 4th generation iPod classic® 120GB 160GB (2009) iPod shuffle® 4th generation iPod shuffle 3rd generation iPad®
  • Microphone Input: Omni Directional, In-Line Microphone


  • Power Handling Capacity: 100 mW (IEC)

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Cord: 47-1/4" (1.2 m), OFC Litz cord neck-chain

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 0.21 oz
  • Shipping: 1 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor
  • Extended Service Warranty Available: Click the warranty tab above for details
More reasons to buy the Sony XBA-1IP from Abt Electronics
  • is an authorized dealer (Learn More).
  • The Sony XBA-1IP is Brand New.
  • The Sony XBA-1IP Ships in a Factory Sealed Box.
  • Abt ships this product for free!
Wired Or WirelessWired
iPod ControlsYes
Sound IsolatingYes
Noise CancelingNo
Mobile Phone ControlsYes
Power SwitchNo
Volume ControlYes
Water ResistantNo


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Sony In-Ear Black Headphones

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Bright and Bassy but balanced


from Abbotsford, BC, Canada

Comments about Sony In-Ear Black Headphones:

I purchased these headphones after researching earbuds on (shameless site promotion I know but I always encourage others to research the measurements of a product rather than only user reviews) and they are definitely high quality. The measurements on these are almost the best of the Sony balanced armature line (they are nearly identical to the xba-4s which are a supposed step up from these and according to golden ears the xba-h series is not worth considering. This is entirely based on the golden ears measurements which I sometimes disagree with but any headphones/earbuds that meaure well also sound great) and they stand up to all my other headphones (AKG K551, Beyerdynamic Dt 990 pro, Sennheiser HD 380, and Sony xba-1s which I would only recommend as an inexpensive alternative to these as they are noticeably worse). At prices of 200$ and above they are a mixed bag but any less and they are great headphones for blocking out noise with a very "fun" V-shaped sound signature full of detail and bass. I hope this helps any others as serious about audio as I am and it might be worth looking at golden ears to see if the frequency response suits your tastes (some people dislike bright and or bassy headphone/earphones like these but I can't live without them).

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from New York, NY

Comments about Sony In-Ear Black Headphones:

I can't hear anything properly because there is no insulation on the cables. When I walk to work and the cables rub against my jacket, there is so much interference traveling up the cables and covering the music. Not what I'd expect of $90 headphones! The remote is great, nice product design, but the bass is pretty crummy.

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from Undisclosed

Comments about Sony In-Ear Black Headphones:

This is definitely the best product I have bought in my life. I am 13 and music is my life. These headphones are just great for all kinds of music

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good sound,comfortable a little bit less


from Phoenix,AZ


  • sound good,price good


  • wearing experience is a little bit worse than my other sony earbuds

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    Comments about Sony In-Ear Black Headphones:

    sound really good,even better than xba4 i think since i had one before.price is very good cuz bought it on sale time.the only con is that wearing experience is a little strange than my other sony earbuds,and i don't know why

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    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


    Greatest ever


    from NYC

    Comments about Sony In-Ear Black Headphones:

    Best in-ear headphones I've ever heard. Worth every penny.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Quality Ear Buds


    from Maryland

    Comments about Sony In-Ear Black Headphones:

    I just recently got an iphone and wanted better headphones with a mic. I heard about these and tried them out and I like them. The ear buds are nice and solid in my ears, and don't irritate them. Plus the sound quality is excellent and really sounds nice and full, and that is both on my phone and my laptop where its a whole other world. These are a definite must buy!!!!

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