Philips Fidelio X2HR High Resolution Headphones with Sound Isolation and Velvet Cushions - Black - £154.99 @ Amazon
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Philips Fidelio X2HR High Resolution Headphones with Sound Isolation and Velvet Cushions - Black - £154.99 @ Amazon

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Posted 6th Aug
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  • 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 50 mm

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These are ear-sex. No other way to describe it. Both the comfort and the sound. Don't expect any sound isolation though, these are the opposite. Like high-quality speakers taped to your ears with angel's wings inbetween.
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Bit cheaper on Prime day but still a good price for excellent headphones
Yep. Good to see these posted. Very enjoyable headphones
These are ear-sex. No other way to describe it. Both the comfort and the sound. Don't expect any sound isolation though, these are the opposite. Like high-quality speakers taped to your ears with angel's wings inbetween.
These headphones are amazing! I got them last year on a similar deal. Might be worth getting an Fiio amp/dac for them tho
Better than QC35's?

Do these need an external DAC to drive them?
These are my everyday PC headphones. They are excellent for YouTube and normal every day use. Very comfortable and outstanding build quality however I do not like them for music. My Sennheiser Momentum Wireless and my Sony XM3s both sound much better when it comes to music IMO. Speech / things like YouTube is just unbeatable on these. I find they are perfect PC headphones. The only pair of headphones that you can literally wear forever comfortably. The build quality on these make other high end headphones feel like cheap toys.
Edited by: "Master_Yoda" 6th Aug
Nice bit of kit thank you OP for the post ..
alchemistkevin06/08/2019 16:26

Better than QC35's?Do these need an external DAC to drive them?


1) Yes, but they're different purpose. These are in the league of Sennheiser 660s, etc.

2) No, but they do benefit. As always when different DACs come into play, ymmv. They should run fine off any modern computer with a realtek alc1220 or similar. If your onboard is something lower end like an alc887 then a DAC is a must.
Edited by: "patricksweeney2" 6th Aug
Master_Yoda06/08/2019 16:37

These are my everyday PC headphones. They are excellent for YouTube and …These are my everyday PC headphones. They are excellent for YouTube and normal every day use. Very comfortable and outstanding build quality however I do not like them for music. My Sennheiser Momentum Wireless and my Sony XM3s both sound much better when it comes to music IMO. Speech / things like YouTube is just unbeatable on these. I find they are perfect PC headphones. The only pair of headphones that you can literally wear forever comfortably. The build quality on these make other high end headphones feel like cheap toys.


It's interesting you prefer the closed headphones for music. Is it the low-end that does it for you, or the isolation?
rev606/08/2019 16:50

It's interesting you prefer the closed headphones for music. Is it the …It's interesting you prefer the closed headphones for music. Is it the low-end that does it for you, or the isolation?



I never used to like closed headphones tbh - I love Soundstage generally speaking however the XM3's have seriously impressed me with listening to music. The XM3's sound amazing across the board with highs, lows and amazing clarity. The Sennheisers are slightly lacking with the clarity compared to the XM3's but still great controlled bass and an exciting sound when it comes to music. My favourite headphones for general use are actually the Sennheiser's - I just love them - the sound signature is just right IMO for everything you throw at them. The noise cancelling on them is garbage though. The noise cancelling on the XM3's is just crazy good. I find the Fidelios totally kill my music collection - everything sounds flat and unexciting when it comes to music on them. Everything else, and they sound great. They are not terrible for music, just very meh... For me the X2's are the best headphones I've ever used for speech / Youtube - this is where they absolutely shine.
Edited by: "Master_Yoda" 6th Aug
Master_Yoda06/08/2019 16:57

I never used to like closed headphones tbh - I love Soundstage generally …I never used to like closed headphones tbh - I love Soundstage generally speaking however the XM3's have seriously impressed me with listening to music. The XM3's sound amazing across the board with highs, lows and amazing clarity. The Sennheisers are slightly lacking with the clarity but still great controlled bass and an exciting sound when it comes to music. I just find the Fidelios totally kill my music collection - everything sounds flat and unexciting when it comes to music on them. Everything else, and they sound great. They are not terrible for music, just very meh...



Is this with their NC on? DSP can do wonders. Just fo fun, give Sonarworks a go with your Fidelio X2's sonarworks.com/truefi (Windows and Android) just to see if you prefer them this way. The reason I suggest this is because I don't find them flat, but this software will make them flatter
Z-reviews mentions these a lot
Cavs06/08/2019 17:02

Z-reviews mentions these a lot



They mention a lot of things a lot. A bit confusing really.
rev606/08/2019 17:01

Is this with their NC on? DSP can do wonders. Just fo fun, give Sonarworks …Is this with their NC on? DSP can do wonders. Just fo fun, give Sonarworks a go with your Fidelio X2's https://www.sonarworks.com/truefi (Windows and Android) just to see if you prefer them this way. The reason I suggest this is because I don't find them flat, but this software will make them flatter


I have LDAC enabled and Noise Cancelling on with the XM3s. I do find they sound awesome for music with Noise Cancelling on.
Edited by: "Master_Yoda" 6th Aug
Epic headphones, underrated
Master_Yoda06/08/2019 16:37

These are my everyday PC headphones. They are excellent for YouTube and …These are my everyday PC headphones. They are excellent for YouTube and normal every day use. Very comfortable and outstanding build quality however I do not like them for music. My Sennheiser Momentum Wireless and my Sony XM3s both sound much better when it comes to music IMO. Speech / things like YouTube is just unbeatable on these. I find they are perfect PC headphones. The only pair of headphones that you can literally wear forever comfortably. The build quality on these make other high end headphones feel like cheap toys.



Nah I'd say my 650's are the perfect PC headphones With a good filter setup in APO they are sublime.
Edited by: "powerbrick" 6th Aug
I bought these almost 4 years ago for around this price. I thought they were a steal. 4 Years later, these are still my go to headphones for casual listening. They are simply divine and you would have to spend many times £150 to achieve a reasonable improvement in quality. Call these your end-game and you can live life peacefully thereafter.
Excellent headphones and a steal for the price. As others have said, they don't isolate you from external noise or other people from your noise, so best used when you're on your own or have very tolerant people around you! They sound amazing though; my only complaint is that the memory foam can get a bit warm after a while.
For quieter listening, I've got Oppp PM-3s - also great but such a shame they don't make them any more!
Master_Yoda06/08/2019 16:57

I never used to like closed headphones tbh - I love Soundstage generally …I never used to like closed headphones tbh - I love Soundstage generally speaking however the XM3's have seriously impressed me with listening to music. The XM3's sound amazing across the board with highs, lows and amazing clarity. The Sennheisers are slightly lacking with the clarity compared to the XM3's but still great controlled bass and an exciting sound when it comes to music. My favourite headphones for general use are actually the Sennheiser's - I just love them - the sound signature is just right IMO for everything you throw at them. The noise cancelling on them is garbage though. The noise cancelling on the XM3's is just crazy good. I find the Fidelios totally kill my music collection - everything sounds flat and unexciting when it comes to music on them. Everything else, and they sound great. They are not terrible for music, just very meh... For me the X2's are the best headphones I've ever used for speech / Youtube - this is where they absolutely shine.


That's reasonable. I dont really need dramatic bass, so the slightly enhanced bass characteristics of the X2's compared to most open backed headphones is sufficient. I haven't tried the XM3's, but I find it hard to go back to closed headphones in general as they all have that very claustrophic sort of sound in comparison. Have heard good things about the XM3's though, as a superior option to Bose QC35's.

I'd also add that the X2's are amazing for gaming, for the same reasons you say they are good for speech/Youtube. Sense of presence is fantastic and that's really what you want from gaming audio.
What is the best way to pair them with USB C / bluetooth devices? The BTR3 looks decent (supports AptX, AAC etc)?
horstachio06/08/2019 19:27

What is the best way to pair them with USB C / bluetooth devices? The BTR3 …What is the best way to pair them with USB C / bluetooth devices? The BTR3 looks decent (supports AptX, AAC etc)?



What do you mean pair them? Attach the BTR3 3.5mm to the headphones. You could attach the receiver to the headband I guess with some rubber band, zip tie, velcro strap, whatever. Something easy enough to remove to charge.
rev606/08/2019 19:32

What do you mean pair them? Attach the BTR3 3.5mm to the headphones. You …What do you mean pair them? Attach the BTR3 3.5mm to the headphones. You could attach the receiver to the headband I guess with some rubber band, zip tie, velcro strap, whatever. Something easy enough to remove to charge.


Sorry I mean a good Bluetooth DAC for when I am using a device without a headphone port
horstachio06/08/2019 19:32

Sorry I mean a good Bluetooth DAC for when I am using a device without a …Sorry I mean a good Bluetooth DAC for when I am using a device without a headphone port



It'll work great for that too. Never heard it myself but it being a Bluetooth receiver with LDAC as well, as well as a USB DAC, I think I want one too.
Very good headphones and a good price! If you can try before you buy, it's a good idea to do that as everyone had their own preferences and ideas about sound and comfort, but these are supremely comfortable even for my big ears and big head. Absolutely fine for me while wearing glasses too. And of course they sound *very* good; surprisingly good bass too for an open headphone. As mentioned by others, lower end onboard sound likely won't give you the best of these, but if your in the market for headphones and these are within your budget then you are unlikely to regret your purchase!
Not tried the HR ones but had previous. My other go to set along with AKG K7xx/12. Think I'll try these for the price
Noxia06/08/2019 22:03

Not tried the HR ones but had previous. My other go to set along with AKG …Not tried the HR ones but had previous. My other go to set along with AKG K7xx/12. Think I'll try these for the price


Supposedly sound the same
I am confused. When they sound isolation do they mean no sound in or out cos some comments suggest otherwise in this thread?
FunkiestMonkey07/08/2019 06:38

I am confused. When they sound isolation do they mean no sound in or out …I am confused. When they sound isolation do they mean no sound in or out cos some comments suggest otherwise in this thread?


Sound isolation on these is going to be very low / non existent given that they are open back headphones. But don't mistake that for bad - they are designed this way.

In case it's not obvious, open back means that the cup that the headphone driver sits in is not sealed - in this case it's a grille allowing air (and therefore sound) to flow freely in and out. This is not a design flaw. In a quiet environment, this design generally gives a better musical experience - bigger soundstage / positioning of instruments etc. Open back is considered a better choice if you are listening in a quiet environment, where you won't hear anyone else and there's noone about who is going to be upset if they hear you. I can't fully describe the benefits as they don't suit my current use cases.

Closed back is the opposite. The earcups are largely sealed, perhaps with the exception of bass vents. I'm sat on a bus listening to my dt770s now, happily knowing that they cut out a lot of the bus noise (not all - they don't have noise cancellation) and no-one on the bus has to hear my music.

If anyone considering these (the Philips) wants to use them in a mobile setting, they are not the best choice, as you'll hear everything around you and everyone gets to hear your music. Closed back headphones will better suit that scenario.
alchemistkevin06/08/2019 16:26

Better than QC35's?Do these need an external DAC to drive them?


Total different tools for different jobs confusingly given they are both headphones.

Qc35 = great for mobile use, as closed and noise cancelling.

Fidelios = great for home / quiet environment.

Do they need a decent amp and DAC to drive them? I'd have a scout around head-fi to find out. I'd imagine they will sound better that way than straight out if a smartphone, but I don't know. Not every headphone gives massive reward for more power / dedicated DAC.
I still use an old pair of X1's as my PC headphones. Anyone jumped from the X1's to these and can comment if it's even worth considering?
These as good as Apple AirPods?
Are these better than my old pair of HD 650 (paired with Creative ZXR soundcard). Itching for an upgrade!
l33t-krew07/08/2019 09:09

Are these better than my old pair of HD 650 (paired with Creative ZXR …Are these better than my old pair of HD 650 (paired with Creative ZXR soundcard). Itching for an upgrade!


Quite similar. More comfy and much wider and engulfing soundstage, but smaller details may be lost. More of a side-grade, but I preferred the X2 to the hd 650.
Is there a closer back version of these or similar headphones please (to pair up with a future purchase of a quad dac phone)?
FunkiestMonkey07/08/2019 11:10

Is there a closer back version of these or similar headphones please (to …Is there a closer back version of these or similar headphones please (to pair up with a future purchase of a quad dac phone)?


Philips L2 is more closed but not totally closed.
125 on prime day, but still a good deal, heat added
Amazing headphones.
Amazing headphones had these for about a year, use them for pc and console gaming and music. Sound amazing! I use these with V-MODA BoomPro which also has a great sounding mic.

Only issue I had was found they get warm with the stock ear pads so I swapped them out for memory foam ones.
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