I must admit I was charmed by the KZ ZS6 when I started using the Senfer XBA 6in1, the ZS6 has deep bass and aggressive highs, all that I love in a good earphone. Yes, it’s no surprise by now you should know I like treble cannons.
Then the XBAs arrived on a little yellow box, Igor from audiobudget.com wrote highly about them so I bought a pair. I had very little hope they would dethrone the ZS6, well I was wrong, very wrong.
The Senfer XBA grows on you, slowly but surely. Their treble is still a bit wild but to less extent than most balanced armature KZ earphones. the mids and lows are controlled if you have a decent seal and good tips. After a while you will forget you are using earphones, unlike the sometimes uncomfortable and heavy ZS6.
The Senfers are not as detailed has the ZS6, then again they won’t pierce your eardrums if you are sensible to treble. They go loud but always balanced and in control and I love them for that. The bass goes very deep and is tight. The XBAs are for most part very balanced sounding.
I liked them so much I bought a second pair just like I did with my ZS6s, yea they are that good. Its the type of earphone you will regret not having on your collection when Senfer stops making them.
Construction wise they won’t win any prizes on design originality, but the MMCX connectors on the housings will make them last a long time, a replacement cable can also bring a upgrade to the table if you need a earphone to use with your smartphone.
The silver version has a print mistake on one of the housing labels, it’s aesthetic so it’s not the end of the world for most people. If you don’t tolerate little mistakes, I recommend therapy and the black version IF you can find it.
Anyway to end, if you need a pair of earphones that are comfortable, have a balanced sound and push way over their price tag the Senfer XBA 6in1 is something to consider.
The MMCX cables are easy to get hold of if you need a alternative cable and that in my book is a huge bonus compared with the 2 pin KZ options.
Accessories and cables depend on the shop you buy the Senfers, so choose wisely.
Note: Igor for audiobudget.com works with affiliated links, I’m not associated with him in any way besides my huge respect for his work.