1. audio123
    Magaosi X3 - 3rd Anniversary Joy
    Written by audio123
    Published Jun 12, 2018
    4.0/5,
    Pros - Smooth, Intimate, Build Quality
    Cons - Lack of Sparkle
    Introduction

    Magaosi is a Chinese brand that produces iems. They started out with the K3 and has since improved it to the K3 HD. Recently, they have released the K5, X3 and Y3. I would like to thank Penon Audio and Magaosi for the review unit of X3. The X3 is available on https://penonaudio.com/magaosi-x3 .

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    Specifications
    • Driver Configuration: 3 Balanced Armature
    • Sensitivity: 118dB
    • Impedance: 21Ω
    • Frequency response range: 20-20000Hz
    Unboxing & Accessories

    The X3 comes in a black package with protective cover that sports the brand name, model name and description of the iem. At the back of the protective cover, there are specifications of the X3. The black package has a transparent film that shows the iem. After opening the package, there are the iem, MMCX cable, Bluetooth MMCX cable, micro USB cable, user manuals and semi-hard carrying case which contains packs of tips.

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    IEM Build & Design

    The X3 has transparent clear shells and the drivers can be seen. On the faceplate on each side, there is a carbon fibre design with the brand name printed in gold font. The nozzle is slightly angled and it is constructed out of metal. The iem utilizes MMCX connectors. The X3 has an ergonomic design with a comfortable fit.

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    Cable Build & Design

    The cable is made of 4N copper and silver-plated copper. It utilizes a 4 core braided design. The MMCX connectors have a silver housing with translucent clear and red ring on the left and right side respectively. There is a memory wire area section in which the cable is enclosed in a translucent heat shrink tube. The chin slider is translucent clear and the y-splitter has a silver housing with the brand name printed on it. The jack is 3.5mm gold plated right angled. It has a silver housing with grip. There is strain relief.

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    Bluetooth Cable

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    Sound Analysis

    Lows

    The sub-bass of the X3 is extended moderately and there is a good control. Rumble is presented quite naturally. Each bass note is articulated with a smooth hit. There is sufficient sub-bass quantity. The bass decay on the X3 has a moderate speed while the bass texture is rendered smoothly. The mid-bass has body and it is able to express the slam with a weighted feeling. It is not very agile. The bass operates in a smooth approach that is relaxing to listen to and there are no signs of aggression.

    Mids

    The midrange is presented in a clean manner with a laid-back feeling. The X3 is able to display its midrange soothingly and emotions are conveyed effectively. The mastery is good as vocals are produced with ease. The lower mids has moderate quantity and it can tackle male vocals with no signs of hollowness and dryness. The upper mids has slight forwardness and this helps to boost female vocals with extra intimacy. There is control in the midrange without any shouty feeling. The details retrieval is good with emotions conveyed well.

    Highs

    The treble extends moderately and there is no sibilance and harshness. There is moderate crisp with lack of sparkle. The treble presentation is not bright and it is being articulated in a smooth manner. There is a moderate amount of air rendered. The smooth expression helps to ensure a relaxing fatigue-free listen.

    Soundstage

    The X3 expands in a natural manner and the width has a moderate magnitude. The depth is closed in. When tackling busier tracks, congestion may occur at times. Positioning of vocals and instruments has a moderate precision.

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    Comparisons

    Magaosi X3 vs Brainwavz B400

    The X3 has more sub-bass quantity than the B400 and the B400 is able to extend greater than the X3. There is better depth for the sub-bass section on the B400. The mid-bass on the X3 has extra body and the slam is expressed with weight. The X3 is able to create an impactful punch. Each bass note on the X3 is presented with a smoother hit. The bass decay on the B400 is quicker with agility while the bass texture on the X3 is rendered more smoothly. The B400 has a higher engagement level in its bass while the X3 presents it with musicality. The lower mids on the X3 has more quantity than the B400 and male vocals sound thicker. The upper mids on the B400 is more forward and it gives a more intimate feeling. Female vocals take on a lively approach. The B400 is exciting to listen to. The B400 has a higher level of transparency. For the treble section, the B400 has greater extension with crisp. The X3 presents its treble in a smooth manner and finesse is showcased well. There is a lack of sparkle for both. The B400 is brighter in its presentation with an accurate articulation. The amount of air rendered is more on the B400. In terms of soundstage, the X3 expands naturally and the B400 has a greater width magnitude. The depth of the X3 is more closed in.

    Magaosi X3 vs HiFi Boy OS V3

    The X3 has less sub-bass quantity than the OS V3 and the extension on the OS V3 has a larger magnitude. The mid-bass on the X3 has more quantity than the OS V3 which helps to contribute to the slam. The bass decay on the OS V3 is quicker with agility while the bass texture on the X3 is rendered with additional smoothness. The agility of the OS V3 allows it to tackle pacy tracks with ease. Each bass note on the X3 is being articulated with a smooth hit while the OS V3 takes on a clinical approach. The lower mids on the X3 is fuller sounding than the OS V3 which helps to express male vocals well. There is good amount of body to accentuate the presentation. The upper mids on the OS V3 is boosted and it enhances female vocals to be presented in a more intimate manner. The midrange on the X3 takes on a laid-back approach while the OS V3 is energetic. The treble on the X3 has less extension than the OS V3 and it is less bright. The amount of air rendered is slightly more on the OS V3 with extra crisp. The X3 ensures a smooth fatigue-free listen. In terms of soundstage, the X3 has a natural expansion with closed in depth. The OS V3 has a greater width magnitude.

    Conclusion

    The X3 is a smooth sounding iem that is able to produce relaxing bass, intimate midrange and controlled treble. There is a fine execution with finesse shown and it ensures an enjoyable fatigue-free listening session. In addition, the X3 comes with a nicely braided hybrid cable and Bluetooth cable. The X3 is a good iem to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of Magaosi.

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  2. manukmanohar
    Magaosi X3 - It's not in the numbers!!
    Written by manukmanohar
    Published May 14, 2018
    4.5/5,
    Pros - Excellent isolation, Very detailed sound with amazing bass, neutral mids and smooth treble
    Cons - Slightly dark sounding for my taste
    Introduction:

    “Magaosi” first caught my attention with its 3 driver (hybrid) IEMs – K3 Pro, which I was quite happy with, for the price. Since then, they have followed it up with K3 HD (more refined apparently), K5 (5 BA), and now its flagship X3 (only slightly costlier compared to K5). Magaosi X3 caught my attention, as it claimed to be using 3 flagship Knowles drivers, used in higher end IEM’s, and provide great isolation.

    Before I continue, I would like to thank Penon Audio for making this review happen. Although I received the IEMs at discount, my words remain true and honest, and I was not given any guidelines or requirements for the review, irrespective of whether it would be a positive or a negative review.

    Technical Specifications:

    Price: $189 (https://penonaudio.com/magaosi-x3.html)
    Drivers: 3 Balanced Armatures (Knowles 22955 , 29689 , 33518)
    Isolation : 25db sound isolation
    Impedance: 21ohm
    Frequency response: 20 Hz-20000 Hz
    Sensitivity: 118db
    Distortion:≤1%
    L&R channel balance sensitivity:≤2db
    Max input power : 10mw

    Build & Comfort:

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    Their transparent, custom like shape looks gorgeous; the faceplace has a carbon fibre like look, but imprinted inside the acrylic fibre like material. The fit is exceptional; however, earpieces don’t come with any markings, to indicate whether to affix right or left part part of the mmcx cable; but that is taken care once you get used to it.

    Please note that since Magaosi was celebrating their 3rd year anniversary, my box also came with additional Magaosi Wooden IEMs, plus a Bluetooth cable (Magaosi B3). For the purpose of this review, I don’t intend to review either of them. However, please do comment if you want my impressions on how it sounds with the Bluetooth cable.

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    The standard cable it comes with, looks great, and seems to be the same as the one which now comes with Magaosi K5 2.0 Upgrade Cable version (4 core OCC & Silver-plated cable mixed braided). In addition to that, there is an ample selection of tips encased in a leather bag, including the tri-flange tips which come along with the earphones.

    With the right tips, they are very comfortable (again in the end, found KZ starline tips, or Spinfit Tips to fit well), while at the same time isolating very well. I was also using it extensively with Spinfit dual blade (bi-flange), which does get a bit hot, in extended periods of listening and isolates even better.

    Source & Tip:

    I have been listening to this IEM for over a week now. Primary source was HB1 bluetooth cable, LHL Geekout V2+, and sometimes even directly through One Plus 5 (OP5) phone. I found the IEM’s to be quite sensitive, but not having any hiss, with any of these sources. Again, found LHL Geekout V2+ to be a step-up compared to others (probably more because of the DAC rather than amp). Primarily playing my tidal collection and sometimes the FLAC files I have in the phone or computer.

    When plugging in directly through OP5, the soundstage was less wide, plus upper mids and treble was more recessed. With LHL Geekout V2+, it opened up the soundstage even further, as well as the upper mids and treble region. (more airiness). I also noticed that JVC spiral dots enabled these IEM’s to brighter at the top ,and provide the airiness, which I tend to like a lot, but at the expense of bass (bass roll-off with very little sub-bass). I would also like to mention that my primary listening setup at home is a slightly EQ-ed HE-560 driven on a SMSL M8/ Sapphire combo, so my perception of treble airiness, and what it means could be different, as HE-560 may be perceived as bright by some.

    Sound Quality:

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    Bass responses from these are really great. It extends pretty deep, and is exceptionally fast. It is overall ever so slightly elevated. Mids are neutral, and is able to portray lots of details. Both, the vocals and strings are rendered very well. Treble is very smooth, and resolving (no harshness in treble at all). However, you might find it to lack that airiness and sparkle, fully, especially when driven off poor sources. Please keep in mind that my home setup is HE-560, which some view as bright, so it is all dependent on how you like treble, in general.

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    I would characterize the IEM’s as slightly dark, but overall neutral (with probably sub-bass that is north of neutral, with the right tips). It delivers a smooth, resolving sound and is a pleasure to listen to. Soundstage is quite good, with above average width, and great depth. Instrument separation is very good, and imaging is really nice as well. So, to summarize, Magaosi X3 is an IEM tuned towards smoothness and resolution, and gives an almost balanced sound.

    Verdict:
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    In comparison with Magaosi K5, i think it had a slightly larger soundstage , and has more lush vocals (being mid forward). However, X3 in my ears, seems to extend much better in bass, and slightly better in treble, while having neutral mids. Bass is very very fast (decay is very fast in general) compared to K5.

    Based on my experience, I think I would rate it higher than MEE Pinnacle P1, Simgot EN700 Pro, Fidue A73 , Magaosi K5, RHA t10/t20i. In terms of isolation, only Magaosi K5 which has a similar shape comes close, amongst the IEM’s I have tried in this price. At a time, when the trend in Chi-Fi seems to be to increase the number of drivers, for better sound, Magaosi bucks the trend with its X3, by including 3 flagship Knowles driver and delivering!!!

    Overall, I feel Magaosi X3 delivers great value for its price, and should be in your consideration set, if looking for a somewhat neutral IEM tuned towards smoothness.
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    1. vishal2410
      Have to try this one out...nice review!!
      vishal2410, May 14, 2018
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    2. manukmanohar
      Thank you. :)
      manukmanohar, May 14, 2018