Sabian Xs20 Performance Set

Sabian Xs20 Performance Set

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Xs20 Performance Set, Cymbal Pack from Sabian in the Xs20 series.

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Sabian Xs20 Performance Set tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Sabian
  • Model: Xs20 Performance Set
  • Series: Xs20
  • Category: Cymbal Packs
  • Added in our database on: 02/03/2012

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Sabian Xs20 Performance Set user reviews

Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 10 reviews )
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sanjuro's review

Sabian Xs20 Performance Set
The Xs20 is a really good entry level/intermediate cymbal pack.  Make no mistake, they are for beginners, but are waaaay better than most of the entry level cymbals for only a slight price increase.  Like most situations, it is probably better to dish out the extra cash rather than settle for less and regret it.  The Zildjian Zht's are comparable to the Xs20's, but don't come close to comparing in value.  The Zildjian pack is a lot brighter and more coated sounding (ok for certain types of music that require cutting), but the Sabians tend to be a lot more versatile.  These are even acceptable to gig with, and I often find professional drummers using these when they don't want to lug around their expensive stuff. 

The hihats are great for this level.  They have good chick, wash, and stick definition.  They are not particularly subtle or mellow, but no cymbals are for this price.  They aren't overly bright, which is a relief.  The crashes are excellent, probably the best part of the pack.  They gave a good balance, strong attack, and smooth decay.  The ride is ok, probably the least versatile cymbal here because it sounds pretty raw.  The bell sounds great however, and it crashes pretty well. 

Like I said earlier, while the Zildjian Zbt's and Sabian B8's are a toss up, the Xs20's beat the Zht's.  They use the same alloy that many more expensive Sabians use, and this is audible right away.  Forget about b8's or b8 pros, these are where you should look for a cymbal pack if looking for value and quality.  Sabian makes great high end cymbals in genreal, but these xs20's prove that they don't forget about the lower end options either.  I am picky about cymbals, and enjoy playing xs20's very much.

FateFelledVictim's review

Sabian Xs20 Performance Set
The Sabian XS20 cymbals are what I played on when I auditioned for my band, and these cymbals have a horrible tone. I played with the band and cymbals for about 2 weeks, and eventually brought my Zildjian’s out. I was using the XS20s with a Pearl Export drum set with a Tama Iron Cobra, 12”,13” and 16” toms, 14” snare and 20” kick. The set was alright, but these cymbals I could not take.

They would hold an extremely high pitched ring after initial hit, and the cymbals I was using, the 16” Crash, 20” Ride, 14” Hats and an added 18” Crash all had an overall horrible tone. The band was amazed at how much better my Zildjians sounded in comparison to these. I use A Customs, K Customs and Z Customs and they are beautiful cymbals. These on the other hand are flat out horrible. These are the cymbals you are on an extreme budget, but then end up taking them back a week later. The 16” Crash rings too much and the tone is horrible, even when aged, the Ride is the only decent part of this pack, and is very pingy, and the hats are tonally horrible, and mess up nearly everything. The additional crash on the set I auditioned on still had the problem with the ringing overtones, but sounded a lot better than it’s 16” counterpart.

For the price, these are still horrible and sound way too tinny. You can get a big set up for decently cheap, but what you save in money you lose in tone. I would spend the extra money to get cymbals you can brag about, like A Customs and Z Customs; or if you are a Sabian guy, the AAX or HH cymbals. Don’t make the mistake I did and even think about playing on these. Save yourself the time and money and purchase something halfway decent.

Jonathan74's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Sabian Xs20 Performance Set
Hello everyone,
This is 2weeks I reu my command performance XS20 cymbals Thomann and reu in 4 days !!!
Report qualitprix unbeatable, the set includes 20 1ride "1crash16" 1hi-hats14 "and gift if order 1splash10 Germany."
These cymbals his irreproachable, though I expected to have more finesse for the hi-hat.
I t very surprised at the sound of the splash very musical (normal plus there is a foundation of the more musicality) compar has my old who was a Sabian PRO10 "normally slightly Superior.
concerning the sonority it very difficult for me to have you dcrire but all I say is that some sounds dmo the Sabian vraiments site are very faithful to the r alit.
Purchase a remake without siter. (And I have to try a lot of cymbals !!!!!)
Sabian thank you !!! 10/10

bulldrummer's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Sabian Xs20 Performance Set
How long have you use it?

I use it for one week and nothing to say about this wonderful set, the hi-hat is very powerful, the effect of air lock is not present on the cymbals, I had earlier on MEINL for beginners This is really nice! As for the ride, play the bell is nice and the crash no objection to its many (all cymbals with of course the famous B20 alloy SABIAN series, such as AAX, Hand Hammered, or more recently VAULT!

How would you rate the quality / price?

Quality / price ratio excellent compared to PRO and PRO SONIX which are more expensive and are not alloy B20, when compared to ZILDJIAN ZXT they are much better positioned because of their sounds.
Especially having bought these cymbals in Germany, I got them to 339 euro and a splash XS20 10 "available (value at all in France: about 550 euros => it says they are not expensive for cymbals almost professional.

With experience, you do again this choice? ...

Of course YES!

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