Not because we’re earphone freaks (and we’re still waiting for the SA7 to be back on store someday…) but mostly because just like with photography, Sony is gaining back some momentum on the audiophile sector and it’s always nice to have a wider range of earphones. Many models you won’t use with their walkmans (a nearly inexistent product line) but more like …. with an Apple product for example. Maybe when Apple decide to start manufacturing their own head&earphones….
And because one or two models aren’t enough they just presented 11 with the XBA line. XBA1 with a single full-range driver, XBA2 adds a woofer, XBA3 adds a tweeter and the 4th adds a super woofer! (rrrrright…). Then they’ve also created the Noise-cancelling model, the sporty waterproof XBA-S65 model and the bluetooth XBA-BT75.
Probably because none of the above suit you (you’re a heavy headphone businessperson in need of a controller) the XBA-1 to 3 have an iP version each with inline controls.
Prices seem to go from $100 to $475 (at least not the 1K MDR-EX1000) but again, these seem to be Asian-market-only, so bad luck to us all! They’re already listed on the Sony Singapore and Sony Australia pages (more info & photos via Engadget).