This network is the home of four different sites, each showcasing different facets of multi-award-winning porn auteur Mason. Erotica X
focuses on the sensuality and passion that is oft overlooked in porn, while Hard X
, not surprisingly, focuses on the rougher, nastier side of the business. Dark X
and Lesbian X
are the more niche specific of the bunch, dealing with interracial and lesbians. It all sounds so simple, and in a way it is, but what sets these sites apart from the myriad of others in their respective genres is three key components: top-tier porn stars, stellar production values, and the visual genius of Mason.
So far as the porn stars are concerned, there are currently 93 listed under the model index. Unlike a lot of sites who seem to follow a strict formula when it comes to casting, it would seem this network likes to play it by ear, which results in a mix of girls whose measurements, ethnicities, and propensity towards tattoos and body piercings range wildly. The only common denominator I can see is that they all are quite easy on the eyes.
The production values are high in every scene I have viewed. So, while these gals are quite literally being fucked, at least it is always in a luxurious home or gorgeous scenic locale, and with superb lighting and obviously expensive props at their disposal to boot. What's more, this constant high level of production values combined with the same director overseeing it all gives all these sites a brand consistency that is rarely seen on the larger networks.
Speaking of directors, Mason is probably one of the greatest in modern porno history. She first caught my eye with her work at Elegant Angel
, and since then it seems she has went on to do her own thing, picking up 14 awards and 32 different nominations along the way. I can't say I am surprised, as even those earliest works showed the sort of keen eye that is able to find the beauty in everything from the mundane to the utterly repellent. She would no doubt fit right in in Hollywood, but fortunately for us she has chosen to, for at least the time being, use her talents to elevate pornography to another level.
And even if you don't appreciate the artistic merits of her work, there is something to be said for a director who spent several years behind the lens honing her craft, and as a result knows precisely what camera angles will capture all that lurid action perfectly.
There is also something to be said for good video playback quality. Each scene can be streamed or downloaded in 7 different resolutions, ranging from 1080p HD all the way down to 240p SD. Fans of streaming should also appreciate the embedded player, which equipped with options like custom timeline markers, allowing you to instantly back to your favorite moments. I don't know about you, but having to speed forward and backward in a scene to find that hottest part doesn't do my hard-on any favors. Oh, and speaking of which, I doubt you will experience much in the way of buffering since their download speeds clock in at a lightning fast 11 megs-per-second.
As an added bonus, each scene also comes with its own photo gallery. Unlike their video counterparts, however, they are lacking in terms of resolution options — or any sort of extra viewing methods at all for that matter. As a matter of fact, there is currently only one resolution. On the bright side, it is a nicely sized one(1,920 x 1,281 pixels), and they were good enough to give us the ability to download full galleries compressed in ZIP files.
There are no dead sites to be found at X Empire
, and while that might not seem like something we should applaud them for, it is rare enough in the world of networks and mega-sites that I think it is worth pointing out, nonetheless.Lesbian X
, Dark X
, and Erotic X all add 4 new updates per month each, and Hard X
often adds as many as 8. Which means you can expect a minimum of 16 new updates each month throughout the network as a whole. And given the supreme quality that is on display here, I'd say that is a majorly impressive output indeed.
To be perfectly honest, there is very little to complain about here. The only real flaw I could find was that their model index is pretty low on details. Aside from a brief bio, the model pages serve as nothing more than vehicles for finding material and adding these gals to your favorites. But if that is a network's biggest flaw, I think they are doing pretty damn good, don't you?