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Ixos XHS-513 review

There's definitely promise in there, but this Ixos needs more authority to really begin to shine Tested at £7.99

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

It's got some good attributes, but we feel this Ixos needs more authority to really shine


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    Lively sound

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    good detailing

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    sweet midrange


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    Tonally bright

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    needs more bass authority

With its flexible jacket, the Ixos XHS-513 looks the business, although the two-piece banana plugs slackened each time we changed the cable.

Ergonomics notwithstanding, this lead offers a lively, excitable sound that would pep up any dull system.

There's a sweet midrange, and a decent amount of detail – especially with percussion. However, it's tonally bright and lacks a degree of authority in the bass.

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