BUDGET
IN-EAR

XBA 6in1

SENFER

Rating

Price

7.5

45 €

Review published:

02/2019

Driver

3

per Side

1

Dynamic

2

Balanced

Impedance

32 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

8

Bass

7.5

Mids

7.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

120 dB

7.7

Handling

7.5

Haptic

B

Value

-

Daily Life

Frequency

15 - 35000 Hz

Intro

SENFER likes to use the large companies, as for example in the case of the K3003 by AKG (K3003i), or as in the case of the here reviewed XBA 6in1 by Sony (XBA-H3). SENFER copies here not only the exterior, more or less good, but also the driver configuration. Of course not the original drivers are used, but cheaper ones. The whole thing is offered for a tenth of the price of the original. Since I don't have a direct comparison, I treat these in-ears as independent representatives in the Chi-Fi universe.

Handling

The design is a bit unusual, since the XBA 6in1 are unusually long on the one hand, but also in the design itself. The dynamic driver has its own chamber, which can be seen from the outside, as well as the two BA drivers.

However, the wearing comfort might turn out to be a big negative point for some. On the one hand you need the perfect fit to get some of the bass, on the other hand the sound tubes are quite long, which can lead to pain in the ear canal or become unpleasant. The last is the case with me.

The XBA is available in silver and black but it is by no means metal, which could be assumed for the silver version, but plastic.

The isolation is one of the best I've heard or not heard so far. No matter how loud you hear, nobody will notice. This is certainly due to the completely closed design! But also the other way around there is nothing to complain about. Of course these are no active noise filters, but passively they also dampen enough.

Sound

I've had the SENFER XBA 6in1 for quite a while now and quickly put it aside after the first test listening because the bass response was much too thin. I thought I had received a broken product where the dynamic driver didn't do its job properly, so I decided not to review it.
Well, about a year later I decided to listen to it again, because I'm not as bassfixed as I used to be.

I'm not so sure what I didn't hear or heard wrong, but the bass of the XBA 6in1 is fantastic. It was probably the lack of a good seat. Not inflated, with a lot of depth and under control. It doesn't attack the mids, and provides a pleasant warmth and a solid body. The bass gives every genre the necessary impact. With electro or hip-hop it is more joyful to play in the sub-bass and takes itself back in rock or pop, just as it is required and in such a way that it remains natural. He has punch, kicks and also resolves very well. What do you want more?

I liked the mids from the beginning and nothing has changed. The upper mids are quite pushed, but that doesn't make them exhausting, but just gives them more presence, puts voices more in the foreground and makes them crisper and clearer. But this is a bit at the expense of the space in the midrange. Especially voices have a great presence and always seem natural, without sounding too thin or bloated. Those who listen to a lot of vocal-oriented music will have a lot of fun here.

The highs are a little bit the shortcoming of the XBA 6in1. These are bright and airy, which makes them sparkle in the room and opens the stage upwards, but sometimes they sound a bit artefactual and sharp. They are by no means shy, and show what they have. But sometimes unfortunately too much. However, the accentuation here is on sometimes! Usually they are direct, but that to a bearable level with good extension, details and naturalness. That's a high level of complaining, but you shouldn't be averse to highs!

The separation is really good, which is due to the good resolving mid and high frequencies. The stage, however, is not the largest, both in width and depth, while the first seems wider. They are by no means claustrophobic, but there is more between the ears, which makes them pleasantly intimate. The preceding mids have a large part in it. However, the left/right position is still very well represented.

Outro

Sometimes it's worth giving someone or something a second chance, even if it's just an in-ear. In this case I was rewarded for it and now have another in-ear in my collection, which I like to use every day, even if this is always limited in time due to the wearing comfort in my case. If you get the right fit, you get a great bass, forward mids in a positive sense and crisp highs with a little aggressiveness!

Buy here: https://www.linsoul.com/product-page/SENFER-XBA-Earphone?lang=de

Legend

Haptic:

Here the processing plays a role and the usability of the scope of supply. Additionally the appearance, wearing comfort and robustness.


Value:
Here I evaluate for me subjectively the price/performance ratio - does not flow into the evaluation!

Z: No Brainer

A: money well spent

B: all right, you can do

C: gives better for less money

D: overpriced

E: collector's price

Daily life:
Here, I focus on the long-term audibility and whether I can hear it well out of the box. This is of course very subjective and therefore only a minimal deduction or bonus. 

(-0.1, 0, +0.1)

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Rating in Letters

S: 9.5 - 10

A: 9.0 - 9.4​

B: 8.0 - 8.9​

C: 7.0 - 7.9

D: 6.0 - 6.9​
E: 5.0 - 5.9​

F: 0.0 - 4.9​

DT6

DT6

XBA 6in1

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DT6 PRO

DT6 PRO

EN900

EN900

UES

UES

Second Opinion

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CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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