Review date: March 2017
Phoenixxx is a network of six sites, each with a distinct theme, but often pairing masculine studs with young and slender bottoms; these include "PhoenixXXX," "My Gay Boss," "My Husband Is Gay," "Bang Me Sugar Daddy," "I'm Your Boy Toy," and "Phoenixxx Twinks."
The Phoenixxx tour is very generous, offering clips for about half of the videos on the actual site. But clicking "Models" or "Videos" on the main menu bar will take you to the sign-up page rather than the index you were expecting.
When you sign up, be aware that the trial membership is very limited: only 3 - 4 scenes. Technically they do tell you this, but it is in small gray text on a black background and very easy to miss.
This is a network of six sites, and all the content can be accessed by mousing over the "Videos" button on the top navigation bar. The button for "Sites" takes you to a page where the latest updates can be viewed by site, while the "Model" index delivers you to model profiles that are cross-referenced with his videos. An Advanced Search feature has been added so you can search by site, by models, by category, or by a combination of all three, for a more fine-grained search.
You can personalize the selection of videos at Phoenixxx, such as marking a scene as a favorite or assigning ratings to scenes and later pulling up your top rated ones. You can also display the indexes in a basic thumbnail or a "detailed profile" format. A nice feature is the "Playlists," which take favorites a step further: you can take any streaming video, dictate a start and stop time and then add it to a Playlist -- so you can bookmark not just your favorite videos, but your favorite moments in the videos.
Clicking "Our Friends," "Live Cams" and "Hookup Now" on the menu leads to content that is not included in your membership. Members will find ads at the top of index pages. You can minimize these, greatly improving your experience on the site.
The Men and the Action
While there are five sites following themes, the network also releases videos under the generic "Phoenixxx" brand. There has been steady growth of these in the past year and they tend to be just hot sex without a particular scenario attached.
Video counts for the content areas in the network are as follows:
Phoenixxx (49+ videos) masculine guys in hardcore action videos.
My Gay Boss (60+ videos) in which an employee has sex with his boss.
My Husband is Gay (58+ videos), in which a supposedly straight married guy gets it on with another man.
Bang Me Sugar Daddy (58+ videos) features older, younger pairings.
I'm Your Boy Toy (43+ videos) has a similar set-up to Bang Me
Phoenixxx Twinks (40+ videos) focuses on well-toned twinks.
Bonus Videos (387+ videos) [including Bonus Twinks, Phoenixxx Bonus and Bonus Hunks] all model types including twinks and mixed-race. Many are recycled, older videos.
While there are exceptions, most of the models on the sites are either masculine and muscular with some body hair; or young, slender and smooth. If you're looking for collegiate types, you won't find that many here. Each scene has a text description and there are a fair number of videos that are model interviews, with no sex. As well, in the model index there's a profile including stats and a description of the guy's hottest characteristics.
The viewing quality of the videos is somewhat mixed, though truly new material is excellent. These scenes are sharp and well-lit, with a decent range of medium and close-up shots and camera angles throughout. Still, these are one camera shoots and there are always limitations when using just one camera.
Some newly added videos are simply recycled scenes which were released several years ago; the quality is often lower than freshly shot scenes.
At review date there are over 690 videos in the Phoenixxx network, with at least one update every week. However, many of these updates are listed under "Phoenixxx Bonus," "Bonus Hunks" and "Bonus Twinks," most of which appear to be older material.
MP4videos in the six main sites are available to both stream and download in five qualities. The smaller ones will stream in-browser, while the HD versions will open in a new windows. The top size is 1920x1080p HD (5000 kbps).
The other video selections, often listed as "Bonus," are normally recycled scenes of noticeably lesser quality and in standard definition.
Screens: Phoenixxx includes a full mobile version with your membership. All the videos will look great on a TV screen if they are not "Bonus" material.
Image and Other Content
Each of the sex scenes includes an image gallery of about fifty good-sized (1000x700 pixel) digital photos; they can be downloaded as a zip file or browsed in slideshow mode. There are no image galleries to accompany the interviews.
The Phoenixxx network is a great place to find masculine guys paired with younger, smooth bottom boys. The video is HD for freshly made content and there's at least one XXX update every week. However, not all "new" material is really new; many of the updates are older, recycled scenes. There are lots of navigational bells and whistles but ignore the upsells inside the members area and skip the very limited trial.
30 day: $24.95 (rebills @ $24.95)
3 day: $1.95 (limited trial) (rebills @ $24.95)
Trial limited to four scenes.
Most scenes use condoms.
[safer sex in porn]
30 day: $24.95
(rebills @ $24.95)
3 day: $1.95 (limited trial)
(rebills @ $24.95)
Trial limited to four scenes.
Other payment options:
Phoenixxx is operated by Stunner Media and has been online since 2011.
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