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Posted 22nd Nov 2019

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Fantastic pair of headphones, though a little chonky.

Disclaimer: My X2 pair died after 2 years of use and Philips customer support wasn’t helpful in getting a (paid) repair.
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These were reduced to £109.99 a while back. They are now in stock and at £104.99.

Intuitive and enjoyable ease of use Philips Fidelio X2HR.
With the Fidelio X2HR headphones, you’re in for an authentic listening experience in exquisite sound and comfort, in your very own home. Immerse in pristine sound details and custom-fit design that’s crafted for your total enjoyment.

  • Full immersion in pristine details
  • Crafted for comfort
  • 3.5mm to 6.3mm adaptor included
  • Dedicated cable management clip for tangle-free ease
Features:
  • High Resolution audio reproduces music in its purest form
  • Acoustic open-back architecture for pristine audio fidelity
  • Double-layered earshells engineered for sound precision

Breathable velour cushions Crafting the Philips Fidelio X2HR starts with meticulously choosing each material for its functionality and ergonomic comfort. Deluxe memory foam ear-pads are matched with a velour material of optimized density with high breathability, to dissipate pressure and heat for longer-wearing comfort.

Self-adjustable hammock The self-adjustable lightweight hammock features an airy 3D mesh, which is not only breathable, but is flexible enough to ensure a perfect fit – always.

Acoustic open back design An acoustic open-back architecture eliminates air pressure build-up behind the driver, allowing the diaphragm ample free movement, greatly enhancing sound transparency and smoothening extended high frequencies.

High resolution audio High Resolution Audio offers the best in audio performance, reproducing original studio master recordings more faithfully than 16bit/44.1kHz CD formats. This uncompromising quality makes High Resolution Audio the best sound companion for the music lover. Fidelio headphones meet the stringent standards required for the Hi-Res Audio stamp of quality.
These were reduced to £109.99 a while back. They are now in stock and at £104.99.

Intuitive and enjoyable ease of use Philips Fidelio X2HR.
With the Fidelio X2HR headphones, you’re in for an authentic listening experience in exquisite sound and comfort, in your very own home. Immerse in pristine sound details and custom-fit design that’s crafted for your total enjoyment.

  • Full immersion in pristine details
  • Crafted for comfort
  • 3.5mm to 6.3mm adaptor included
  • Dedicated cable management clip for tangle-free ease
Features:
  • High Resolution audio reproduces music in its purest form
  • Acoustic open-back architecture for pristine audio fidelity
  • Double-layered earshells engineered for sound precision

Breathable velour cushions Crafting the Philips Fidelio X2HR starts with meticulously choosing each material for its functionality and ergonomic comfort. Deluxe memory foam ear-pads are matched with a velour material of optimized density with high breathability, to dissipate pressure and heat for longer-wearing comfort.

Self-adjustable hammock The self-adjustable lightweight hammock features an airy 3D mesh, which is not only breathable, but is flexible enough to ensure a perfect fit – always.

Acoustic open back design An acoustic open-back architecture eliminates air pressure build-up behind the driver, allowing the diaphragm ample free movement, greatly enhancing sound transparency and smoothening extended high frequencies.

High resolution audio High Resolution Audio offers the best in audio performance, reproducing original studio master recordings more faithfully than 16bit/44.1kHz CD formats. This uncompromising quality makes High Resolution Audio the best sound companion for the music lover. Fidelio headphones meet the stringent standards required for the Hi-Res Audio stamp of quality.
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mackashworth22/11/2019 07:36

Had my pair of X2s die last month. Was a nice 2 years of use, though. …Had my pair of X2s die last month. Was a nice 2 years of use, though. (Philips weren’t helpful at getting a paid repair, sadly.)I’m going to try the HD 599s for £89.99. (Tried submitting the deal, but it’s being ignored. Someone else can have the Internet Points.)



I've posted for the HD599 and acknowledged you: hotukdeals.com/dea…088
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Great headphones at a great price. Just bought some the other week for the same price from warehouse. They're now going back.

Thanks, OP.
Had my pair of X2s die last month. Was a nice 2 years of use, though. (Philips weren’t helpful at getting a paid repair, sadly.)

I’m going to try the HD 599s for £89.99. (Tried submitting the deal, but it’s being ignored. Someone else can have the Internet Points.)
mackashworth22/11/2019 07:36

Had my pair of X2s die last month. Was a nice 2 years of use, though. …Had my pair of X2s die last month. Was a nice 2 years of use, though. (Philips weren’t helpful at getting a paid repair, sadly.)I’m going to try the HD 599s for £89.99. (Tried submitting the deal, but it’s being ignored. Someone else can have the Internet Points.)



I've posted for the HD599 and acknowledged you: hotukdeals.com/dea…088
Bought! Been watching these for a while now hope they live up to the hype
Rum_Ham22/11/2019 08:22

Bought! Been watching these for a while now hope they live up to the hype …Bought! Been watching these for a while now hope they live up to the hype


I found them slightly bass heavy at first but they soon grew on me. Although they're no longer my main headphone I'm reluctant to sell them. Good value at £105!
Reviews:

Z Reviews (Overwhelmingly positive)


Joshua Valour (Middling, negative considering existence of Massdrop 4xx)


Massdrop 4xx runs at $130 + UK shipping so consider he pays less for it than you, even if technically a little better than X2HR.
Edited by: "patricksweeney2" 22nd Nov 2019
I've had these for about a year and bought mine after trying my friends as he was banging on about them so much. I've had a few pairs of decent headphones(grado sr80, beyerdynamic dt150, akg k702, akg k7xx etc) over the years and can safely say you will not be disappointed with these and for this price you'd have to be crazy not to get them if you're in need of some good headphones at around this price. You will not get better for this money.
I absolutely would get these right now, BUT I already have the DT990 Pro's and I find it difficult to wear open back headphones in almost any environment. They sound great but you can hear EVERYTHING else that goes on around you, can't wear them near anybody as they leak everything.

I just wish they did a closed back variant
Crazy price. If you want great headphones, you need to get these.
I bought these a while back at 109 GBP, they are amazing best all around headphones in my opinion. Quite bass heavy, best for modern pop, electronic music, not so good for Rock.

Keep in mind you will need an AMP even though everyone says they are easy to drive
OGNinjaDon22/11/2019 08:56

I absolutely would get these right now, BUT I already have the DT990 Pro's …I absolutely would get these right now, BUT I already have the DT990 Pro's and I find it difficult to wear open back headphones in almost any environment. They sound great but you can hear EVERYTHING else that goes on around you, can't wear them near anybody as they leak everything.I just wish they did a closed back variant


The open-backed nature of these headphones is a FEATURE of them, not a flaw! They're not designed for public listening, but for home/studio use, where the open backs will sound superb.
popoyaya22/11/2019 09:35

The open-backed nature of these headphones is a FEATURE of them, not a …The open-backed nature of these headphones is a FEATURE of them, not a flaw! They're not designed for public listening, but for home/studio use, where the open backs will sound superb.


I fully understand the reason for open back headphones, like I stated, I already own some. I was sharing my concern for the fact I can barely find anywhere suitable to use them.

If I use them at home I can hear when my partner goes to the toilet, or closes a door, or when a car goes past outside, I like to be immersed in whatever i am listening to.
Does anyone know if these would be a significant upgrade over a pair of Grado SR60s? I've had the latter for a few years and although I enjoy the sound they're not the most comfortable and are starting to fall apart.
Edited by: "dkumar" 22nd Nov 2019
dkumar22/11/2019 12:23

Does anyone know if these would be a significant upgrade over a pair of …Does anyone know if these would be a significant upgrade over a pair of Grado SR60s? I've had the latter for a few years and although I enjoy the sound they're not the most comfortable and are starting to fall apart.


I think so.
They're built like a tank too.
Edited by: "rev6" 22nd Nov 2019
OGNinjaDon22/11/2019 09:39

I fully understand the reason for open back headphones, like I stated, I …I fully understand the reason for open back headphones, like I stated, I already own some. I was sharing my concern for the fact I can barely find anywhere suitable to use them.If I use them at home I can hear when my partner goes to the toilet, or closes a door, or when a car goes past outside, I like to be immersed in whatever i am listening to.


Then turn it up
dkumar22/11/2019 12:23

Does anyone know if these would be a significant upgrade over a pair of …Does anyone know if these would be a significant upgrade over a pair of Grado SR60s? I've had the latter for a few years and although I enjoy the sound they're not the most comfortable and are starting to fall apart.


Hello, I have had the sr80, 125, 225, and have the 325... these are far more comfortable. Quality of sound is somewhere between 125 and 225 (225 and 325 not that much different to my ears)... not as bright... very smooth with good sound stage. Hope this helps.
Many thanks to rev6 & jonb2412 for your feedback - might take a punt and place an order for them.
Currently using an B & O H6. Would the X2s be more suitable for home/PC gaming use?

Thanks.
Edited by: "williamsonjohn47" 22nd Nov 2019
Had it on deal alert since I missed them at £109 - Thank you, ordered.
venomous_REAPZZ22/11/2019 09:28

I bought these a while back at 109 GBP, they are amazing best all around …I bought these a while back at 109 GBP, they are amazing best all around headphones in my opinion. Quite bass heavy, best for modern pop, electronic music, not so good for Rock.Keep in mind you will need an AMP even though everyone says they are easy to drive


What amp are you using?
Tempted to order these even though I just ordered the HD58X from drop. It was between them and Philips X2HR so may just get both. Unsure now.
rev622/11/2019 16:35

https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/philips-fidelio-x2hr-high-resolution-headphones-with-sound-isolation-and-velvet-cushions-10999-amazon-3338052


Quite right. I submitted this deal at around 0500 AM. Just took ‘em a while, I suppose!
Edited by: "mackashworth" 22nd Nov 2019
I got a pair when they were £110 as well, and they are fantastic headphones... but much bigger than I expected. They make me (with my tiny head) look like a, really old looking, child.
Great pair of headphones. Paid 200 for mine years ago
Amazing pair of headphones. My ears cant discern better sound quality than this pair produces.
That said they are quite large and heavy. So I find them a bit uncomfortable after a linger session. Sound is smooth but can also be fatigueing after a while.
These are fantastic, unfortunately I have a cat and the fabric cups catch a lot of her fur or I would use them more. Can't get better for the price imo. Unlike the Sennheiser these have padding on the inside so the driver wall isn't uncomfortable if it makes contact with your ears, where as with those its pretty annoying.
Rum_Ham22/11/2019 14:22

What amp are you using?


Chord mojo has been the best iv ever heard
williamsonjohn4722/11/2019 13:51

Currently using an B & O H6. Would the X2s be more suitable for home/PC …Currently using an B & O H6. Would the X2s be more suitable for home/PC gaming use?Thanks.


IMO the best headphones sub £200. At this price its a no brainer. Would buy another pair if i wasnt on my second already
OGNinjaDon22/11/2019 08:56

I absolutely would get these right now, BUT I already have the DT990 Pro's …I absolutely would get these right now, BUT I already have the DT990 Pro's and I find it difficult to wear open back headphones in almost any environment. They sound great but you can hear EVERYTHING else that goes on around you, can't wear them near anybody as they leak everything.I just wish they did a closed back variant


Without open back you'd lose 40-50 percent of the soundstage.
Duc109822/11/2019 20:18

Without open back you'd lose 40-50 percent of the soundstage.


That's just a complete random number you've used.

I have and use open back headphones, their soundstage is great, I also have and use closed back headphones and their soundstage can be awesome as well. (some better than others).

I prefer isolation, i don't want to hear anything else other than the music.
These headphones just click with me, they are brilliant all round. The only downside is that you can't use them in a room with another person, but then if I'm listening to music on headphones, I'm generally not anyway. If you buy them I really don't think you'll be disappointed. (They're built well too.)
OGNinjaDon22/11/2019 21:05

That's just a complete random number you've used.I have and use open back …That's just a complete random number you've used.I have and use open back headphones, their soundstage is great, I also have and use closed back headphones and their soundstage can be awesome as well. (some better than others).I prefer isolation, i don't want to hear anything else other than the music.


Please refer me to affordable headphones that have as good or close to the soundstage as open back.

I havent seen anything even close
Duc109822/11/2019 21:50

Please refer me to affordable headphones that have as good or close to the …Please refer me to affordable headphones that have as good or close to the soundstage as open back.I havent seen anything even close


Nobody ever, ever, said that the soundstage was close. It obviously isn't.

If you factor in the annoyance of being able to hear your entire surroundings and anybody near you being able to hear everything you are listening to, you can afford to lose a tiny bit of sound stage without compramising on price. Open back headphones are a very particular thing, which are great, but unstuitable for an office, travelling, noisy household etc.
OGNinjaDon22/11/2019 09:39

I fully understand the reason for open back headphones, like I stated, I …I fully understand the reason for open back headphones, like I stated, I already own some. I was sharing my concern for the fact I can barely find anywhere suitable to use them.If I use them at home I can hear when my partner goes to the toilet, or closes a door, or when a car goes past outside, I like to be immersed in whatever i am listening to.


If Icould hear the wife on the toilet over the music on my headphones, I'd be changing the misses before my cans.
venomous_REAPZZ22/11/2019 09:28

I bought these a while back at 109 GBP, they are amazing best all around …I bought these a while back at 109 GBP, they are amazing best all around headphones in my opinion. Quite bass heavy, best for modern pop, electronic music, not so good for Rock.Keep in mind you will need an AMP even though everyone says they are easy to drive


I completely agree with the need for an amp, and not being reliant on being driven by a mobile device.

In the thread referring to the previous Amazon deal (£110 - in which I bought mine) there was a lot of comparison between these and the AKG 702. The gist of it being that these were much easier to drive and thus pretty suitable for (the standard output of) mobile devices, whereas the AKGs definitely needed an amp to get the best out of them.

Now, there may be some mobile devices with enough volume out of the output to really let these shine, but in my experience with a Sony XZ1 Compact (directly from the 3.5mm output), and the same phone with a separate B&O DAC (powered from the phone), and a couple of tablets, was that the volume level from the mobile devices was low enough that I didn't feel it was worth it over other (more convenient) Bluetooth options.

As they are pretty unsuitable for mobile use anyway, due to their incredible size and my reluctance to look like a Teletubbie, it doesn't really matter much to me, but even with (these easier to drive) headphones I only use them with an A/V receiver.

Of course there are self-powered headphone amps that are designed for mobile use and (some of) these might be pretty good, but if you are planning to use it with a mobile device then I definitely do think that you need some kind of dedicated amp to give it the welly it needs.
Edited by: "PurplePerson" 23rd Nov 2019
Great for gaming but like others have mentioned they don't last long, poor build quality maybe?
OGNinjaDon22/11/2019 08:56

I absolutely would get these right now, BUT I already have the DT990 Pro's …I absolutely would get these right now, BUT I already have the DT990 Pro's and I find it difficult to wear open back headphones in almost any environment. They sound great but you can hear EVERYTHING else that goes on around you, can't wear them near anybody as they leak everything.I just wish they did a closed back variant


Open back is meant to be for indoor use only. I already have the same dt as you and am looking for closed backs now.
OGNinjaDon22/11/2019 09:39

I fully understand the reason for open back headphones, like I stated, I …I fully understand the reason for open back headphones, like I stated, I already own some. I was sharing my concern for the fact I can barely find anywhere suitable to use them.If I use them at home I can hear when my partner goes to the toilet, or closes a door, or when a car goes past outside, I like to be immersed in whatever i am listening to.


Are you driving these correctly? I use my dt990s with an amp and I don't have this problem.
jokerevo23/11/2019 13:18

Are you driving these correctly? I use my dt990s with an amp and I don't …Are you driving these correctly? I use my dt990s with an amp and I don't have this problem.


Yup, also have an amp, the issue is with the holes in the ear cup, the design allows you to hear everything. Great in a quiet atmosphere.
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