Well, took delivery of the JVC HA-FX1X (Xtreme Xplosive). How can this iem for about $20 not have too much love here? There are many different ones that get mentioned all the time (MEE, I’m looking at you)….lol….Not knocking MEE, I own the A151, CC51, SP-51, M9 & M6…But I just can’t believe it does not get mentioned at all. Other than a few head-fiers that recommend them and they keep on writing great things about them. It may be the name I guess (pretty long and numbers and letters and too many XXXs). The bass too powerful…?
Don’t know, but I pulled the trigger on these bad boys….
Couple of things to mention before I get into the sound:
Cable: Sturdy, straight & very manageable (does not tangle). (SoundMAGIC, please look at these cables).
Fit: Very comfortable. Using the stock tips that were on the phones. Just pull my ear up and insert.. bada bing, perfect seal…
Isolation: Outstanding…Was running around the house doing some things and when I did the dishes, I turned on the food disposal in the sink and could not hear it…Thought it was broken until I saw the water go down.
Sound: …..Upon first cranking them up my first impression was like a large sign that read “I’m here, I’m big…Can you handle it?” It reminded me of when I first put my PRO900s on my head for the first time.
A couple of my DAPs I have with single tracks on shuffle all the time- House, Trance, Hip-Hop, Metal, Rock etc…A nice little mix of things…Grabbed my Shuffle and hit play and first up was KoRn’s “Here To Stay”….I was definitely not ready for that entry…Deep, impactful, extended bass. I could not believe these phones would produce this depth. Some phones distort with that bass entry on higher volume levels, but the XXs took it and asked for more….The mids and highs were not far behind. It was like they were saying to the bass “enough of this thumpin’ and here, take some smoothness and sparkle to even you out”.
Highs are shimmering, mids are coming out to play and you have this bass all inside your head that just brings a smile to your face. You are looking forward to that kick drum or bassline to hit…..Very, very fun phone…
J-Lo & Lil’ Wayne (I’m Into You), Pitbull & T-Pain (Hey Baby) were getting down, deep and dirty with the XXs. As well as AVB (Sail) & Rank 1 (Such Is Life, Airwave), Delerium ft. Sarah (Silence- Sanctuary Mix)….
I knew hip-hop and edm were going to love these phones but if you were to tell me that metal and rock was going to get a kick out of them too, I would not believe it. There is no way with all this bass can these buggers have speed as well….
Right now Meshuggah’s “Bleed” is all in my head and it’s slammin’ without missing a grind or beat. Put them to the test with a little blast beat action (Opeth- Lotus Eater) and they held up their end nicely. Alter Bridge’s “Find The Real” with the drums and the guitars is just sick, I tell you…
Other high points and “wow” moments in no particular order (there were many)- Mega’s “Tornado Of Souls”, “The Scorpion”, Opeth- “Baying Of The Hounds”, “Ghost Of Perdition”…With all the activity going on, the JVCs don’t miss a beat. Vocals (or growls…lol) are in the forefront and don’t get crowded by the delicious beats.
For under $20, I am definitely impressed that this much fun can be had. If you love bass, beats, kick drums etc. then these are for you. If you are into the analytical or neutral side of things, these will not be your cup of tea.
They will definitely put some rump in your hump….Good times!!!