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[REVIEW] Sunrise Xcape Impressive Edition

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First, I’ll like to thank Sunrise for the sample. Sunrise has had its up and down this year so far but they are not slowing down. Knowing that the China-market-oriented Xcape v2 missed its mark on the Western front, Sunrise is more than ready to replace it with something more worthy of being called the successor of the well-received original Xcape. After all, this new IEM is called the Xcape "Impressive Edition".

 

SPEC

Driver: 9mm silver coil dynamic transducer.
Impedance: 32Ω
Sensitivity: 118 +/- 3dB
Frequency Response: 16Hz-24kHz
Cable: 1.2m, gold plated 3.5mm plug.

 

Packaging, Accessories and Build Quality

Since I only received the sample and not the full package, there really isn’t much to say. Xcape-IE shares the same design as the already reviewed Xcape v2 (discontinued) and Xcited so I will just repost the same section from the old Xcited review. The only differences between Xcited and Xcape-IE are on the marking on the Y-splitter and color – Xcited will have a gunmetal grey finish while Xcape-IE will have a black finish on the earpiece. Otherwise the two are pretty much identical in build quality.

 

 

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As far as I know, the packaging and accessories of Xcape v2 is pretty much the same as the original Xcape. In such case, I won’t want to write about the same stuff twice. If you are interested, please read my previous review of the original Xcape for more detail.

 

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Original Xcape (top) and Xcape v2 (bottom)

 

The very obvious difference between the two Xcape models is of course the change in outer design and basic build quality. I have had the original Xcape for over half a year now and have yet to have any issue regarding build quality. The Xcape v2 (as well as ‘B’, which uses the same housing and design) is said to be even better in build quality, where a denser alloy is used for the new housing as well as a new cable that is better at resisting mechanical stress. The inclusion of metal shell on both the stereo plug and Y-splitter are said to be serve both an aesthetical and stress resisting purposes, though I would like to see proper strain relief as well. Isolation is about average, microphonics is decently low.

 

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Cable and plug for the original Xcape (top) and Xcape v2 (bottom)

 

Overall the new Xcape v2 does look classier and better build then the original Xcape. The only complain I have is the lack of chin slider which was included in the original Xcape. It doesn’t mean much when you are wearing the IEM straight down, but it could still be very useful for holding the cable down when it is over-the-ear. The same conclusion applies to ‘B’ as well.

 

 

Sound Quality

The IEM has been given about 200 hours of burn-in. No significant change was detected except perhaps a little bit more refined in overall presentation. Calling the new Xcape the ‘impressive Edition’ is a bit of risk for Sunrise, especially after the original Xcape owners don’t find the Xcape v2 an upgrade over the original. Thankfully this 3rd generation of Xcape does outperform its predecessors and really aims to impress. The original Xcape has a classic Sunrise house sound, which is largely neutral with a slight warmness radiated from the central upper mid. The Xcape-IE retains mostly the same flavor, brings the overall sound a little more forwarded with a touch of intimacy, some added texture, bass and soundstage.

 

The overall sound signature of Xcape-IE is warm, sweet, full and smooth. Bass is where it is most different from the old Xcapes. It is full, punchy, well bodied though misses some of the really deep note. It is a good balance between quantity and quality and should be quite satisfiable except for the most serious of bass addict. Mid is lusher and more rounded but slightly less textured compared to the original Xcape (which is its strength), but overall still above average. It takes away a little of the technicality but adds back some intimacy and richness to the mix. Treble, while still decent, takes a step back on the whole presentation. It has the same sparkle, but in smaller scale and doesn’t sound quite as crisp as the original Xcape. While not totally lacking in micro detail, it is not quite as analytical as the original Xcape or analytical IEM in general. I think it is safe to conclude that the focus of the overall sound has shifted from the original Xcape’s upper-mid-lower-treble’s detail to more of a lower-mid-upper-bass’s texture. Soundstage is above average. It might not have the same dark background as the original Xcape, the overall positioning and imaging are improved and feel less 2D.

 

Verdict

While I do find Xcape Impressive Edition to be upgrade over Xcited and the original Xcape, it is not something very major. On one hand, Xcited is turning the Sunrise house to another direction; On the other hand, Xcape-IE is trying to gives the original Xcape a more warm and musical presentation. For those who enjoy more detail and bass together, Xcited will be a good choice. For those who prefers smooth and warm, Xcape-IE will be more fitting. Between the two, I reckon Sunrise has the market very well covered. If Xcape-IE turns out to be priced close to the original Xcape [EDIT] As being priced just like the original Xcape at $80, it will be a good successor for the original Xcape’s Sonic Diamond, much like Xcited @ $70.

 

For a quick sum up, check out the Concise Multi-IEM Comparison in my sig.


Edited by ClieOS - 5/27/11 at 8:38am
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nice !!! so this is the 4th version?

and still the original v1 gets the Sonic Diamond ?!

 

post #3 of 31

Great work! I've been looking forward to this review

 

EDIT: Is there any info on pricing and availability in the US?


Edited by EraserXIV - 5/27/11 at 7:39am
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Originally Posted by kanuka View Post

nice !!! so this is the 4th version?

and still the original v1 gets the Sonic Diamond ?!

 

It is the 3rd generation. Original Xcape > Xcape v2 > Xcited / Xcape-IE. The later two are in the same generation. The original Xcape has been discontinued for a few months now, so is the Xcape v2. The Xcited and Xcape-IE have not fully launched yet, only one of the UK dealer has limited stock. They should be ready for market soon.
 

 

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Originally Posted by EraserXIV View Post

Great work! I've been looking forward to this review

 

EDIT: Is there any info on pricing and availability in the US?

I think X-IE will be the same as original Xcape, around $80. Xcited will be cheaper, around $70. The final price usually depends on dealer. As far as I know, lendmeurears.com will carry them both but the stock has been delayed.
 

[EDIT] I got confirmation that the price will indeed be $70 / $80 for Xcited / Xcape-IE.


Edited by ClieOS - 5/27/11 at 8:21am
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Is Xcited the natural move from v1? Btw I ordered those ECCI PR401... lendmeurears was out of stock :/

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Is the technical level of the sound quality on par with the DBA-02?

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Originally Posted by jarrett View Post

Is Xcited the natural move from v1? Btw I ordered those ECCI PR401... lendmeurears was out of stock :/

I would consider Xcape-IE the upgrade of v1. Xcited is closer to PR401 as they are both balanced / u-shaped sounding.

 

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Is the technical level of the sound quality on par with the DBA-02?

Technically they both have different pros and cons. X-IE is more textured, sweet and full on the mid and bass, DBA-02 is better at speed, treble and micro detail. They are slightly on the opposite of each others.
 

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ClieOS,

can share where we can buy it? thanks.

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Currently only one UK dealer is selling it, but the price is a bit high. You can wait for lendmeurears.com to have them in stock and it shouldn't be too long now.

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Write a sweet message explaining how wonderful they are and your get £10 off the Sunrise Xcape Impressive Edition.


Edited by anadin - 5/27/11 at 11:11pm
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I'd be keen to know when these will be available to the masses ksc75smile.gif

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Hi ClieOS

 

I bought xcape few moths ago and seems that I have v2. Now we have ie and xcited so it means that mine v2 is a beta version one of these. Do you know which one? And can you describe differences between v1, v2, ie, and xcited in sound. I can sell my v2 and buy new one if its really worth it.

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Originally Posted by Mufas View Post

Hi ClieOS

 

I bought xcape few moths ago and seems that I have v2. Now we have ie and xcited so it means that mine v2 is a beta version one of these. Do you know which one? And can you describe differences between v1, v2, ie, and xcited in sound. I can sell my v2 and buy new one if its really worth it.

Might help you if you read my review of Xcape V2 and Xcited here. Xcape v2 is not really a beta version of either Xcited or Xcape IE. They don't sound alike. Xacpe v1 is neutral, laid back and mid focus. Xcape IE is closed to the original Xcape, but with better bass, more upfront presentation and a more immersive soundstage. Xcape V2 is warm and thick, which is different form Xcape v1 or Xcape-IE. Xcited is more u-shaped sounding (strong bass and treble with a slightly recessed mid) and it is different from the Xcape series.
 

 


Edited by ClieOS - 5/31/11 at 5:26am
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Ok last question do you know which comply foam will be fit for xcape? I guess that t-400 but I wanna be sure...

 

And one more do you know when xcited or ie will be officially released?


Edited by Mufas - 5/31/11 at 3:38pm
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Ok last question do you know which comply foam will be fit for xcape? I guess that t-400 but I wanna be sure...

 

And one more do you know when xcited or ie will be officially released?


Yes, T400 will fit. The release date should be very soon. Last I heard a few days ago, Sunrise already finished up the packaging.

 

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