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Been waiting for these to hit £99.99 again

I have the X1's but the ear cushions are finally falling apart a bit, so I'm upgrading to the new ones. Fwiw the cushions on the X1's are very comfortable and I can wear mine all day long.

Specs:

  • High Resolution audio reproduces music in its purest form
  • Double-layered ear shells engineered for sound precision
  • Deluxe memory foam ear pads for long-wearing comfort
  • Dedicated cable management clip for tangle-free ease. Frequency response - 5 - 40 000 Hz. Impedance - 30 Ohm
  • Included is 3.5 - 6.3 mm adapter, cable clip. Magnet type is neodymium. Speaker diameter is 50mm

These are open backed, so be wary if you are wanting something to use in an open environment, they will leak some sound. Get closed back for better noise isolation.

They have low impendance which should make them relatively easy to drive, and if anything like the X1's should sound fantastic for the money.
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Jason_H02/02/2020 06:50

I bought these at Christmas. Found them to be slightly too bright. Save …I bought these at Christmas. Found them to be slightly too bright. Save your money and put it towards a pair of Sony 1000mk3 headphones.



Bright, like sibilant? Save your money and take the brightness out with a bit of EQ.
Edited by: "rev6" 2nd Feb
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Really trying to justify these for myself as I already have shp9500s
I paid 145 for these lol, but they're very good
patricksweeney202/02/2020 00:16

Really trying to justify these for myself as I already have shp9500s


Never have too many headphones.
Bought them before Christmas. They are great headphones but even with the lowish ampedence, they definitely benefit from an amp to get the best out of them, especially on console controllers or phone. You can use without but they might not give you the volume you want or are used to. Bombproof build quality and slap a v-moda mic on them and you have a great setup. The ear cushions are so comfortable but a bit warm as well but the sound makes up for it
Are these rebadged Gibsons?
amadablam02/02/2020 00:33

Bought them before Christmas. They are great headphones but even with the …Bought them before Christmas. They are great headphones but even with the lowish ampedence, they definitely benefit from an amp to get the best out of them, especially on console controllers or phone. You can use without but they might not give you the volume you want or are used to. Bombproof build quality and slap a v-moda mic on them and you have a great setup. The ear cushions are so comfortable but a bit warm as well but the sound makes up for it


Does having an amp mainly give you a higher volume or does it also improve the sound? Cheers
tempt02/02/2020 00:36

Are these rebadged Gibsons?


The original X2's were made at a Gibson factory a while ago.
will.liu02/02/2020 00:40

Does having an amp mainly give you a higher volume or does it also … Does having an amp mainly give you a higher volume or does it also improve the sound? Cheers


Bit of both, depending on what you have at the moment.
Edited by: "rev6" 2nd Feb
I bought these at Christmas. Found them to be slightly too bright. Save your money and put it towards a pair of Sony 1000mk3 headphones.
Edited by: "Jason_H" 2nd Feb
Jason_H02/02/2020 06:50

I bought these at Christmas. Found them to be slightly too bright. Save …I bought these at Christmas. Found them to be slightly too bright. Save your money and put it towards a pair of Sony 1000mk3 headphones.



Bright, like sibilant? Save your money and take the brightness out with a bit of EQ.
Edited by: "rev6" 2nd Feb
Open back headphones make fantastic headsets when paired with a v-moda boompro. I have the Philips Shp9500 but if imagine these would be even better.
It will make you realise how awful 'gaming' headsets are for the prices we pay for them.
rev602/02/2020 06:51

Bright, like sibilant? Save your money and take the brightness out with a …Bright, like sibilant? Save your money and take the brightness out with a bit of EQ.


I've done that, just my opinion, the Sony's although twice the cost beat these hands down.
Jason_H02/02/2020 08:18

I've done that, just my opinion, the Sony's although twice the cost beat …I've done that, just my opinion, the Sony's although twice the cost beat these hands down.


You just prefer the sound of the XM3's and I guess you like the NC. These sound much wider and fuller to me, less congested. More enjoyable to me.
Bought these last week to compare with the H7s I got from costco. Might have to return and reorder for that saving. Also makes the decision on which pair to keep much more difficult!
What is the difference between the X2 which I own and these? Both have high res audio.
StolenDiagram02/02/2020 09:11

What is the difference between the X2 which I own and these? Both have …What is the difference between the X2 which I own and these? Both have high res audio.


Sound wise nothing.
Edited by: "rev6" 2nd Feb
These look a lot heavier and clunkier than the Sennheiser equivalent, say the HD599.
popoyaya02/02/2020 10:25

These look a lot heavier and clunkier than the Sennheiser equivalent, say …These look a lot heavier and clunkier than the Sennheiser equivalent, say the HD599.


Very comfortable though.
rev602/02/2020 02:06

The original X2's were made at a Gibson factory a while ago.


Originals were made by Woox, then Gibson bought the brand, they are now owned by HK Holdings. I bought a Gibson pair, scary reviews about build issues, but mine were fine. I then stupidly got rid of them, and recently bought a pair for the above price before Xmas, these are the HK Holdings variant. Again, some issues, apparently, but the pair I have are spot on.
popoyaya02/02/2020 10:25

These look a lot heavier and clunkier than the Sennheiser equivalent, say …These look a lot heavier and clunkier than the Sennheiser equivalent, say the HD599.


They are heavier as they have quite a bit of metal on them, but they are among the comfiest headphones I've owned, including HD600.
I got these the last time they were £100 and I'm so glad I did. I already have a few (cough) headphones, but I've always fancied these. Philips basically used numbers and normal sound stuff to get to a sound signature that was ballpark what they were going for - open, natural detailed etc, the things you might expect from a £300 open backed headphone. Then, they got a bunch of seasoned critical listeners to come in to listen and ask them what they would change. After a lot of this, they used this info to tune the sound to the human panel's preferences, which I think has resulted in a more enjoyable listening experience.

Of course, you get the critic who might say it's not reference or it's too bassy or a bit bright. The bass has been tuned to match the natural effect the room has on speakers, I think this is a pretty clever idea. I find the treble absolutely fine also, but given some don't like it, then that might be something to think about. However, treble is a very personal thing and EQ sorts most of these issues out. They may not be reference, but they are detailed and revealing enough and most of all, they are fun to listen to.

I also find them comfortable. They are big and not for outside, but the headband and soft earpads are very nice.

Frankly, all told, I'm pretty sure you cannot buy a better set of over ears for £100. Bargain!
StolenDiagram02/02/2020 09:11

What is the difference between the X2 which I own and these? Both have …What is the difference between the X2 which I own and these? Both have high res audio.


Original X2 was not hi-res, these are and are called X2HR. No difference either way, just marketing guff.
StolenDiagram02/02/2020 09:11

What is the difference between the X2 which I own and these? Both have …What is the difference between the X2 which I own and these? Both have high res audio.


Nothing.
Jason_H02/02/2020 08:18

I've done that, just my opinion, the Sony's although twice the cost beat …I've done that, just my opinion, the Sony's although twice the cost beat these hands down.


Not a chance. Have you listened to the X2 through a decent dac or amp? I had the XM3, the quality is rubbish compared to a wired set like the X2 connected to a decent dac amp. If you just stick the X2s into a phone, they won't sound any good, the XM3 has it's own built in dac, which is probably better than most phone dacs.
I love my headphones, have several decent highish end pairs, and still keep going back the X2s.
tempt02/02/2020 00:36

Are these rebadged Gibsons?


Gibson make these. Woox made the original batch of the X2's. When Gibson originally took over there were some obvious quality control issues - out of balance channels, badly glued on ear pads being the 2 main ones. In an effert to put this behind them, Philips and Gibson rebranded the X2's as the X2hr with much tighter quality controls.
AndrewFranci-b2794.0739202/02/2020 11:05

I got these the last time they were £100 and I'm so glad I did. I already …I got these the last time they were £100 and I'm so glad I did. I already have a few (cough) headphones, but I've always fancied these. Philips basically used numbers and normal sound stuff to get to a sound signature that was ballpark what they were going for - open, natural detailed etc, the things you might expect from a £300 open backed headphone. Then, they got a bunch of seasoned critical listeners to come in to listen and ask them what they would change. After a lot of this, they used this info to tune the sound to the human panel's preferences, which I think has resulted in a more enjoyable listening experience.Of course, you get the critic who might say it's not reference or it's too bassy or a bit bright. The bass has been tuned to match the natural effect the room has on speakers, I think this is a pretty clever idea. I find the treble absolutely fine also, but given some don't like it, then that might be something to think about. However, treble is a very personal thing and EQ sorts most of these issues out. They may not be reference, but they are detailed and revealing enough and most of all, they are fun to listen to.I also find them comfortable. They are big and not for outside, but the headband and soft earpads are very nice.Frankly, all told, I'm pretty sure you cannot buy a better set of over ears for £100. Bargain!


Easy to sum up, they're just fun to listen to.
will.liu02/02/2020 00:40

Does having an amp mainly give you a higher volume or does it also improve …Does having an amp mainly give you a higher volume or does it also improve the sound? Cheers


Depending on the DAC. If it's a cheapo one, it'll just raise the volume. If its a higher end one, then it'll blow your mind. I had a dragonfly red, and they sounded amazing. I now have a Shanling M5s DAP, and it blows my mind, love 'em.

Genrally, the amp will need to coupled to a decent DAC, otherwise it will probably just raise the volume.
Edited by: "Bazza71" 2nd Feb
Jason_H02/02/2020 06:50

I bought these at Christmas. Found them to be slightly too bright. Save …I bought these at Christmas. Found them to be slightly too bright. Save your money and put it towards a pair of Sony 1000mk3 headphones.


I have both xm3 and original X2's . X2's are clearly better if you want good sound at home, since they are open and sound more natural. xm3 is something you can wear outside, while travelling etc. At home I only use X2
popoyaya02/02/2020 10:25

These look a lot heavier and clunkier than the Sennheiser equivalent, say …These look a lot heavier and clunkier than the Sennheiser equivalent, say the HD599.


They are relativy light and comfortable af
Bazza7102/02/2020 11:16

Depending on the DAC. If it's a cheapo one, it'll just raise the volume. …Depending on the DAC. If it's a cheapo one, it'll just raise the volume. If its a higher end one, then it'll blow your mind. I had a dragonfly red, and they sounded amazing. I now have a Shanling M5s DAP, and it blows my mind, love 'em.Genrally, the amp will need to coupled to a decent DAC, otherwise it will probably just raise the volume.


The shanling is too expensive for me, would just getting the dragonfly red be good for a causal listener? And would I need an amp with it as well?
tempt02/02/2020 00:36

Are these rebadged Gibsons?


Any reason for this question or just trying to stir up people as usual tempt?
JontyMick02/02/2020 11:47

Any reason for this question or just trying to stir up people as usual …Any reason for this question or just trying to stir up people as usual tempt?



Just curious, I got my answer. Thanks.
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will.liu02/02/2020 11:36

The shanling is too expensive for me, would just getting the dragonfly red …The shanling is too expensive for me, would just getting the dragonfly red be good for a causal listener? And would I need an amp with it as well?


The red is brilliant and that is all you need, no amp. Just get a usb c (if that's what your source uses) to female usb cable and you're sorted. Enjoy.
Bazza7102/02/2020 11:49

The red is brilliant and that is all you need, no amp. Just get a usb c …The red is brilliant and that is all you need, no amp. Just get a usb c (if that's what your source uses) to female usb cable and you're sorted. Enjoy.


Thank you just ordered. Just wondering what headphones do you use?
Bazza7102/02/2020 11:04

They are heavier as they have quite a bit of metal on them, but they are …They are heavier as they have quite a bit of metal on them, but they are among the comfiest headphones I've owned, including HD600.


How do they compare soundwise?
will.liu02/02/2020 11:57

Thank you just ordered. Just wondering what headphones do you use?


X2, AKG K702, HiFiman HE4xx, Audio Technica ATH-SR9, Sennheiser IE80s, tweaked custom IE800s (check out diyearphonelabs), AKG Y50BT, Samsung Galaxy Buds, Vsonic VSD5s. Naughty habit, but love it.
Bazza7102/02/2020 12:34

X2, AKG K702, HiFiman HE4xx, Audio Technica ATH-SR9, Sennheiser IE80s, …X2, AKG K702, HiFiman HE4xx, Audio Technica ATH-SR9, Sennheiser IE80s, tweaked custom IE800s (check out diyearphonelabs), AKG Y50BT, Samsung Galaxy Buds, Vsonic VSD5s. Naughty habit, but love it.


you have a lot of headphones! perhaps you could recommend me a decent 3.5mm audio cable? the 3m that comes with these X2HR's is too long!
Bazza7102/02/2020 12:34

X2, AKG K702, HiFiman HE4xx, Audio Technica ATH-SR9, Sennheiser IE80s, …X2, AKG K702, HiFiman HE4xx, Audio Technica ATH-SR9, Sennheiser IE80s, tweaked custom IE800s (check out diyearphonelabs), AKG Y50BT, Samsung Galaxy Buds, Vsonic VSD5s. Naughty habit, but love it.


Do you like the x2s out of all those? Thats the only pair I have, hoping the dragonfly will boost it up a bit
Chowchilla02/02/2020 12:35

you have a lot of headphones! perhaps you could recommend me a decent …you have a lot of headphones! perhaps you could recommend me a decent 3.5mm audio cable? the 3m that comes with these X2HR's is too long!



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Very good quality at a silly price.
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