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X9

MOXPAD

Rating

Price

6.6

15 €

Review published:

12/2018

Driver

2

per Side

2

Dynamic

0

Balanced

Impedance

16 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

7.5

Bass

5.5

Mids

6

Trebles

Sensitivity

95 dB

6.3

Handling

7.5

Haptic

B

Value

+

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 20000 Hz

Intro

The MOXPAD X9 are now a bit older (2016) and belong to the first purchases at the beginning of my passion for collecting.
Since they are hardly represented in the net at all, as far as reports of experiences are concerned, I have them outcropped and tested again extensively.

Handling

The X9 are rather rustic in their workmanship, which means that they do not look particularly noble nor were premium materials used. Simple plastic, which reminds optically of a polished stone, characterizes the exterior of the X9.

Now it is of course a matter of taste and also a question of comfort whether it always has to be metal, because this of course also increases the weight. The X9s are wearing perfectly. You quickly forget that you're wearing them because of their fit and weight, but not because of the included cable.
It suffers from the Knowledge Zenith illness and has a metal stiffener for stabilization above the ear. This is not only unwieldy, but also not very comfortable, as the metal can easily bend again and lose its grip. The cable is of the stiffer type. Here it is worth buying another MMCX cable if you don't already have it. Since the X9 are quite inexpensive with 17 €, there is still some budget for the purchase.

The isolation is average, depending on which volume you prefer and how high the surrounding volume is.

Sound

The sound of the X9 is warm, slightly bass accentuated, slightly bright in the treble and airy with a v-signature.

The bass scores with precision and is balanced in its spectrum. The mid-bass is slightly accentuated, but the sub-bass also comes across cleanly and only drops noticeably below 40 Hz. At just over 20 Hz, the end is also reached. It is fast, dotted and pleasantly tuned in the overall sound spectrum.

The lower mids are not as prominent as the higher ones, which sometimes makes it a bit thin. The X9's strengths certainly don't lie in the richness of detail in the mid-range, but rather in genres where the mid-range doesn't play the most important role, or where most of the music doesn't play the main part (POP, EDM, ELEKTRO).
The upper mids are again more accentuated, but rarely have unpleasant peaks. Thus, despite their distance, voices are well positioned, but also a bit too intimate. In general, one can say that the midrange lacks body.

The highs are bright, but not the most detailed. Nevertheless, they are pleasantly airy and the separation works quite well in the interaction with the mids, even if it gets a bit more demanding. They have a quite good extension, but this is only average in the price segment. More brilliance would certainly make the sound even more interesting. It's quite possible to listen to music with the X9 for hours without getting tired if you don't exaggerate the volume and bring the lower treble/higher mids to the front.

Outro

The X9's strengths clearly are its clean, deep bass, which neither gets muddy nor slips too much into the midrange. The V-signature is a bit too strong for my taste, and the mids are missing body despite the warmth. The highs on the other hand do it quite well but could take a bit of sparkling. For dance music of any kind the X9 are very well suited, without a strong bass head factor to certify and one can work with them certainly also in other genres. However, there is a higher probability that the desired result will not be achieved. I would recommend them only conditionally for the stage.

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. 

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