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I know there's another thread about XePort stuff, but I wanted to make a dedicated thread for reviews and opinions. If the mods decide that merging would be better, that's cool too, but I really think that XePort deserves some attention.

 

 

XePort is a relatively new company from San Diego that has three extremely cheap models out—the 3010, 5010, and 7010. Creative names huh? Well they were kind enough to send me each of them to review. I got them today and I felt they were good enough to bother writing initial impressions on in the midst of the Monoprice 8320 fever.

 

Ironically, the bottom-of-the-line 3010 ended up being my favorite of the lot. It’s not the most detailed, but for the under $50 class, I don’t look at technical abilities as much as how inoffensive the sound is. The 3010’s actually sound like something I’d buy for $50, even $70. Bring on the flames! But seriously, for $10, IEM’s should not be this clear. Bass isn’t exactly plentiful, but I was just listening to A Fine Frenzy’s One Cell In the Sea, and I actually thought I was using something that’s much more expensive than $10. Now, they’re hardly neutral. They’re incredibly bright actually, which is quite strange for an IEM under $50, because this is the prime bass heavy price segment. Instead, XePort made a bright, slightly midforward IEM that just sounds wonderful with indie and stuff like that. If I had more money, I’d stock up on these and give a pair to everyone I know. Let the hype train for these commence!

 

The 5010 is a tunable IEM similar to the SP51. Comparisons are probably going to be inevitable, so for immediate comparisons, I already like the much cheaper 5010. The SP51 in comparison is incredibly grainy and harsh with the silver ports, sucked out and uninvolving with the grey ports, and the black ports are just a mess in comparison to the 5010, which manages to have extreme bass while not making the vocals sound like they’re underwater. I used to discount the SP51 of its faults because it’s a good deal cheaper than the VB’s, but the 5010 is, to my ears, superior. I don’t want to say too much more because these are preliminary impressions, but so far, these are downright awesome. I’m going to be keeping the black ports on because it’s silly fun. I want to write so much more about these, but it gets a bit tedious switching ports, so I'll save that for the full review. 

 

The 7010 is awesome in its own right with its warm, full sound with a hint of harshness in treble, but to be completely honest, I like the CC51 more. The 7010 is bassier and less refined than even the 5010, and vocals seem to have a veil on top of them. Midrange isn’t actually that recessed, but vocals and other instruments in that range are a bit veiled. What the 7010 does have over the CC51, however, is that I haven’t heard much sibilance from it, something that I only recently noticed after switching to them from the ACS T15 (which I’m still in too much in awe to make a review for), which has awesome treble. Is the 7010 worth $20? Sure! Is it worth getting over the CC51 if there’s less than a $10 difference between the two? Not really. To be completely frank, I expected the 7010 to be my favorite of the line, but it ended up being my least favorite. It sounds much better than something like the EX71 and Marshmallows, which were like the only $20 options only three years ago (!!!) but even compared to its brothers, it’s not up to snuff. If XePort managed to fix the midrange, I’d probably get all my friends to buy them, but as it is, it’s hard to recommend when the 3010 and 5010 are much more pleasing.

 

XePort seems to have hit the ground running in its audio endeavors and I must say, they’ve created some very compelling products. The 3010 is quite honestly my favorite IEM under $50 at the moment—if you want superlatives, which seems to be quite effective, they easily could pass for costing 5-6 times their price because of the uncharacteristic-for-the-price sound signature. To get back to the real world, they don't even hope to compare to anything I've tried over the $100. If I remember correctly, the B2 is easily better, and the ACS T15 is indisputably better in pretty much every way. I like to see hype trains, but anyone that expects anything under flagship price to hang with the best is kidding themselves. In the case of the 3010, it happens to be a bright, midforward IEM that works wonderfully with vocals, something that I haven't really come across in any IEM anywhere near $70. Now, they don't hold a candle in technical ability to anything more than entry level, but seriously, these are $10.

 

If XePort makes better stuff at the same budget prices, well, they just might be the new MEElectronics. 

 

Full review to come in a week or two. I didn't really check for grammar issues and stuff like that, so forgive me for mistakes. Oh, and pictures will come tomorrow, maybe.

post #2 of 42

good insight, now I feel even better for my purchase on xeport. 

 

cannot wait to see more from you. 

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Just wanted to chime in here.

Great comments. I took the plunge and got the 7010s myself and am quite satisfied for the $20 I spent.

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Nice impressions Ishcabible, agreed with you on most points, though my preferences lean me most towards the 7010 =). They seem to have the most "consumer" oriented signature and it really makes for a fun listen with upbeat music. Really good stage and separation too. I liked the 5010 the least out of the three, though I didnt listen to them for too long before giving them to a friend.

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Originally Posted by kidcharlemagne View Post

Nice impressions Ishcabible, agreed with you on most points, though my preferences lean me most towards the 7010 =). They seem to have the most "consumer" oriented signature and it really makes for a fun listen with upbeat music. Really good stage and separation too. I liked the 5010 the least out of the three, though I didnt listen to them for too long before giving them to a friend.



Did you try them with all the ports and different tips? They do improve quite a bit. Well, I guess it doesn't matter at this point. tongue_smile.gif

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I did try them with the stock grey ports and the silver ports; didnt use the black ports, and my tips were meelec biflanges. They were good, I just felt the 3010 and 7010 had abit more to offer in terms of clarity up top and in the upper mids and presentation. I loved the build; itd be nice to see Xeport use the 5010s cable on the 7010+3010

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The 5010's cable is seriously the best I've seen in anything under $100. I don't understand how so many other companies put crappy cables on lower end stuff now that I've seen what XePort can do for $15. 

 

Did burn in help at all with the 7010's? I'm not the biggest fan of them so far. The CC51's didn't benefit at all for burn in (and I'm not really a believer of it as much as brain in), but I like to be optimistic about stuff I don't really like.

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Cant say I noticed much difference in sound while listening to the 7010s over the past few weeks, the mids are still a bit recessed as you describe, though im not hearing that veil; there seems to be enough detail and texture in there, but vocals arent as up front as something like my Aurvana 2's. I guess im just used to it because of my FX500

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It might just be my mid-range strictness since all but two of my full size headphones are mid-centric. 

 

This thread needs more members. If I had a bit of money, I'd buy a few pairs for a giveaway.

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Now with International free shipping :D

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Originally Posted by Ishcabible View Post

The 5010's cable is seriously the best I've seen in anything under $100. I don't understand how so many other companies put crappy cables on lower end stuff now that I've seen what XePort can do for $15. 


Better than Dunu cables if you've heard them?

 

Also looking forward to your full review. 

 

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Better than Dunu cables if you've heard them?

 

Also looking forward to your full review. 

 



It's thicker and covered with a plastic material that doesn't catch lint. But DUNU has a really good cable in its own right. I don't have anything higher than the Tridents though. The ones up could have a better cable for all I know. 

post #13 of 42

I have both the 5010 and the 7010. I really don't care too much for the 7010s. I was hoping they'd sound just like the CC51s, but they don't. The veiled midrange is my biggest issue with them. In general they're dark-sounding which just isn't my thing.

 

I like the 5010s much better. They sound similar to Miles Davis Tribute while using the black ports. Huge bass + forward mids. Even with the silver ports though they aren't exactly neutral in the bass department. If you're a basshead on a budget, these are great.

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Now you're going to have to try out the 3010's. wink.gif

 

I'm still mighty disappointed with the 7010's. It could be that I was hoping that it's a CC51 clone, but I just can't get past the mids, or the mids just can't get past. Something like that.

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Would you prefer MEElectronics M9s or the Xeport 3010s?

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