BUDGET
IN-EAR

X3

EZAUDIO

Rating

Price

7.2

12 €

Review published:

06/2019

Driver

2

per Side

2

Dynamic

0

Balanced

Impedance

32 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

7

Bass

6.5

Mids

7.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

105 dB

7

Handling

7.5

Haptic

B

Value

+

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 20000 Hz

Intro

EZAUDIO has already proven with the D4 that good in-ears don't have to cost a lot of money. For almost 8€ the D4 is actually a No-Brainer! Now they are in the price segment with the X3 and also here a very good in-ear for little money has come out.

Handling

Like the D4, the X3 is made of metal, but the design is different. The X3 is a bit more compact, even though it has one more driver. Here, too, the premise is: simple, but ergonomic. The cable is similar to that of the D4, which means that it looks a bit cheap from the Y-split. From the Y-split to the plug, it's robust and covered with fabric, but then becomes thinner and more fragile.
The remote does what it should and has good speech intelligibility.

The wearing comfort is very good and should not cause any problems for smaller ears due to the compactness of the X3. However, the colour scheme is striking, because the right earpiece is blue and the left earpiece is red. This is a bit unusual, as you are used to the colour differentiation of the channels exactly the other way around.

The scope of delivery includes different silicone attachments and a carrying box, which is very valuable. Another positive aspect is the isolation of the outside world, especially with foam tips.

Sound

The sound of the X3 differs slightly from that of the D4. We get a subjectively stronger bathtub here, where the treble is more important and makes the X3 sound brighter, but in the middle they sound a bit thinner.

As with the D4, the bass is quite prominent and has a good pressure. It feels a bit lower than the D4, but doesn't develop a high output there anymore and feels more comfortable in the mid bass. But it doesn't seem overloaded and doesn't tend to oversteer. He is very solid in resolution and precision and leaves the mids untouched as far as possible. But the X3 is definitely not a bass cannon and therefore has no bass head factor. Here I would wish for a little more in the sub range, especially with electro or hip hop.

The mids are quite clear and have a present in the upper mids, which can get a bit shrill occasionally. Surprisingly, this has no influence on the sibilants, because sibilants are in no way unpleasant. The level of detail isn't breathtaking, but you also don't get the feeling you're missing out on anything. The mids sometimes look a bit thin, as the X3 doesn't seem to be one of the warmest representatives either. That makes them a bit harder than they should be. Voices could take a little more foundation, which is more important for men. But also female voices sometimes seem a little brighter than usual. As usual with a bathtub, we have a strong depression at 2 kHz and a rise around 5 and 8 kHz.

Thus we would already be at the highs, which report you back about 10 kHz and then slowly drop off. Even around 14-15 kHz there is still some level left, which makes it appear quite airy and brilliant and the tonal is quite accurate. They don't have any unpleasant peaks and you quickly get used to the somewhat brighter gait. Even fine details can be spotted. In addition, they are quite linear in frequency response. I would also call the treble of the X3 the strength.

The stage is in an averagely good range and focuses on the width. The separation is quite good, which provides a good transparency and makes the music more tangible than with some other in-ear in the price range.

Outro

In comparison to the D4, the X3 loses a bit of its naturalness and balance, but knows points in comparison to its detailed highs. Due to the quite strong increase of the upper mids, it looks a bit cold, but also more intimate concerning the voices, which is a plus for many. I also see the X3 in front in the clarity.
The cable could use a small upgrade, but there's nothing else wrong with the workmanship. For about 12€ the X3 is a worthwhile investment for every music-loving average consumer!

Legend

Haptic:

Here the processing plays a role and the usability of the scope of supply. Additionally the appearance, wearing comfort and robustness.


Value:
Here I evaluate for me subjectively the price/performance ratio - does not flow into the evaluation!

Z: No Brainer

A: money well spent

B: all right, you can do

C: gives better for less money

D: overpriced

E: collector's price

Daily life:
Here, I focus on the long-term audibility and whether I can hear it well out of the box. This is of course very subjective and therefore only a minimal deduction or bonus. 

(-0.1, 0, +0.1)

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Rating in Letters

S: 9.5 - 10

A: 9.0 - 9.4​

B: 8.0 - 8.9​

C: 7.0 - 7.9

D: 6.0 - 6.9​
E: 5.0 - 5.9​

F: 0.0 - 4.9​

D4

D4

X3

X3

Second Opinion

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CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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