Today we are taking a look at the $699 USD Mangird XENNS UP In-Ear Monitors.
Disclaimer: Linsoul sent us the XENNS UP IEMs for this review, free of charge. I only covered customs taxes and fees. All thoughts and experiences with the product are naturally my own. You can find more about them here. Let’s get to it.
Let us start by the name confusion. You may have heard the Mangird company because of its popular IEM, the Mangird Tea. As Linsoul mentioned in a thread on the Head-Fi forum, Mangird changed the company name to XENNS. We don’t know much about Mangird and we don’t have much idea why they made this change. What interests us is whether their new tribrid performs well. This is exactly what we seek to answer in this review. We will call the product Mangird Xenns UP to avoid confusion. Let’s also point out that you don’t have to worry about issues such as warranty and repair service because Linsoul offers a 1-year warranty on the earphones you buy from them. You can get more information about that, here. Now that we clarified some of the confusion, let’s get to the review.
Mangird XENNS UP
Before we take a look at the Mangird Xenns Up, let’s take a closer look at Mangird’s current line-up. According to my research, Mangird offers 3 sets of IEMs at the time of writing this review. The MT4, the Tea, and the new Xenns Up. The MT4 features a 3BA+1DD hybrid configuration and is priced at $199 USD. The Tea features a 6BA+1DD hybrid configuration and is priced at $299 USD. Lastly, their new flagship, XENNS UP features a new, tribrid configuration with 2 Electrostatic Driver + 4BA & 1DD. The IEMs have shared aesthetics due to the good quality resin and special faceplates. I have the Mangird Tea and I think it is a great IEM that offers a very good price to performance ratio. As for the MT4, I haven’t heard it and my knowledge is limited so I will only compare Xenns Up with the Tea. Let’s unbox the Mangird Xenns Up now.
Packaging & Accessories
The Mangird Xenns Up comes inside of a wide cardboard box. The box has an outer cover that matches the IEM’s faceplate. On the top of the artsy cover, the brand name and the model name are present. Just below that, the configuration is mentioned in Chinese. This gives me a clue that the product is aimed at both Western and Asian markets. On the back of the cover, the specifications of the product are listed, but we see very little English here.
Furthermore, sliding off the outer cover, you see a black cardboard box that has the brand logo etched on the center of it. Upon removing it, you are welcomed by a protective foam compartment that holds the artsy faceplates of the XENNS UP and the gorgeous leather carrying case. The accessories and the instruction manuals are located under that compartment, held tightly by a denser foam. The package contents are quite rich. The IEM comes with a silver-plated OCC copper cable in litz configuration. The cable features 0.78 mm 2-pin connectors and a 2.5mm balanced plug.
Additionally, the IEM comes bundled with 4 good quality adapters; 2.5mm to 4.4mm balanced adapter, balanced 2.5mm to unbalanced 3.5mm adapter, 3.5mm flight adapter, and lastly, 3.5mm to 6.35mm adapter. Apart from adapters, you get a gorgeous hard case that can be used to carry your IEMs without any damage during transportation. The inner side of the carrying case is finished with soft suede to prevent your earphones from being scratched. As for the ear tips, you get 6 pairs of silicone tips along with 2 pairs of foam tips. It is apparent that Xenns put a lot of thought into the package and aimed towards our needs as audiophiles. Overall I am quite satisfied with the unboxing experience Xenns provides.
Design, Build & Fit
Let’s talk about the design of Xenns Up. The IEMs have hand-painted, glittery, swirl faceplates. Since they are hand-painted, every Xenns Up looks slightly different from each other. I say ”slightly” because the main theme of the faceplates revolves around 3 colors, red, white, and black as the background color. The Xenns up also features a resin shell, much like the Mangird Tea.
Mangird previously used the Egger brand, a high-quality resin from a German manufacturer, in Mangird Tea. I don’t know if they used the same brand in the Xenns Up, but when I examine it closely, I can see that it has nearly no imperfections so I believe it is on par with the industry standards. The shell is not filled and there is a huge venting port for the dynamic driver at the back of the shell. I find this particularly interesting because this is the biggest vent I’ve seen for a 10mm DD throughout the years. Even though it is packing ESTs, BAs, and a 10mm DD inside, the shell size is not very big.
So how is the fit you may ask? Well, for my ears, it is perfect. The IEM sits inside my ear’s concha and is held tightly by the helix lock without any discomfort due to its anatomical, custom-like shell shape. I believe, fit-wise, it will make most of the audiophiles happy. Furthermore, it is nice to see that Mangird continued with metal mesh nozzles instead of acrylic nozzles. Metal mesh filters are much easier to clean compared to multiple small bores of acrylic nozzles. Extra durability is certainly another plus, of course. To recap, I am quite satisfied with the overall design, build quality, and fit of the Mangird Xenns Up. Kudos to the artisans behind it!
The review continues on Page Two, after the click HERE or by using the jump below.
Page 1: Intro, The Company, Mangird IEMs, Packaging & Accessories, Design, Fit & Build Quality
Page 2: Sound Quality, Low, Mid, High, Technical Performance, Source Selection & Tips, Last Words