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Philips Fidelio X2HR High Resolution Headphones with Velvet Cushions - Black £89.99 @ Amazon
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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.

Features

- 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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Feedback time! I have spent about an hour so far with them. This will mainly be a comparison with the HD 598SR.

Firstly I love the design on the earcups, the mesh grate and colour are spot on. Very premium feel and seems really well built. The cushions are a similar velour fabric, thicker and deep. My ears do not touch the inside at all and I feel it will remain very comfortable after a bit of break in. The drivers are wide so it does stick out a bit. There seemed an initial clamp but again I reckon this won't be an issue after time as they have already loosened on me with a bit of stretching. The self-adjusting strap is extremely pleasant and I see why many prefer this type however that design adds to the height of the headband. I am not yet used to such a high-profile look and I doubt it's one I would take out, these will be at home headphones for sure! Overall high comfort and quality.

On to sound and I now get what I had heard about them prior to purchase. These are a bit more V shaped and "fun". I would say the sound signature is similar to what I loved about my Sennheisers which is a plus to me but there are the differences. These are like a bass heavy version of those. They have a similar soundstage; I would say maybe wider and this evident by how much sound escapes. Anyone sitting next to you really has no choice but to listen along. That is a positive in many ways as one of the things about open headphones is the depth of sound it can create. I worry about those who like to use a mic to chat with others while listening or gaming, will have to test that. Normally creating bass like this in an open headphone is difficult to achieve but they have done it, probably why it has a good reputation. They have managed to give enough to make it punchy and not roll off too much, keeping the clarity. Comparing directly with 598's these are more cloudy and deeper sounding with consistent bass. The sound is very clear but I concede nothing does mids quite like Sennheisers for me. So this means vocals and classical music just shines on my older headphones still more. Also there is a bit sibilance at times, possibly something I would get used to but a few tracks were too much for me. The treble is brighter but you do not notice it mostly till high pitch comes in and those S sounds really hit. It can be too much for someone like me who is not into treble heavy music. I would say if you listen to a lot of EDM or at least those tracks with a lot of treble these might not be for you. Everything else and especially rock and pop is excellent.

So to compare...
HD598SR: Flatter, clean sound with light snappy bass. Excels at mids and vocals.
Fidelio X2HR: Rounder, deep sound with punchy bass. Excels at lows and treble.

As much as I am trying to compare, I am not yet convinced there is a whole lot of difference in quality between the two to own both aside from being a different type of sound. It's more coloured sound with bass. Perhaps I am looking for a bigger upgrade in what I am hearing but please do consider these are initial impressions and I feel these headphones are easily worth twice the price I paid (£89).
Cheeter01/04/2020 09:47

I found that they leaked wayyyy to much noise.


Ha, hardly a valid criticism of an open back set of headphones. They're designed to leak sound.
Great headphones. Worth £150.
Cheeter01/04/2020 09:47

All personal preference but I returned mine. I found that they leaked …All personal preference but I returned mine. I found that they leaked wayyyy to much noise. While the sound quality was quite good, there was next to no bass. Tried these on my pc, phone and a decent hifi, still couldn't get on with them. Luckily Amazon were fine with me returning them


Isn't that kinda like buying a convertible and then complaining that it is too drafty with the roof off?? If you want any form of sound isolation/leakage reduction, you don't buy open headphones.
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Great headphones. Worth £150.
Gibzen01/04/2020 00:15

Great headphones. Worth £150.


Yup, can`t go wrong at this price
Why do you do this to me!
Great price, my previous deal on this was at £99, so this is even better.

I have had mine for a while, I don't find them quite as comfortable as the X1's I had, but for £90 you do get a lot of headphones for the money.

P.S. the reason I swapped my X1's for these is due to the ear pads, these ones have detachable/replaceable ones so that should solve that problem.
Edited by: "LordHippos" 1st Apr
Fantastic deal. I think everyone should have a pair of these at this price
How do these compare with Sony MDR-1AM2, or Sennheiser Momentum? I know they're different types of headphones closed vs open, just wondering about sound quality.
Edited by: "anewman" 1st Apr
Been looking at these for a while. Well since the last deal. Would these work well with an iFi hipdac? Also, am I right in saying that I would need the lightning to USB camera adaptor from Apple to get audio out of my iPhone X?
Also sorry to bombard the thread but a balanced out put is 4.4mm how would this connect to these?

And final question I could run these on my consoles / PC with a v Moda boom mic attached? Albeit at lower quality due to impedance?
anewman01/04/2020 00:53

How do these compare with Sony MDR-1AM2, or Sennheiser Momentum? I know …How do these compare with Sony MDR-1AM2, or Sennheiser Momentum? I know they're different types of headphones closed vs open, just wondering about sound quality.



I prefer these to the momentum’s easily (only ever tried the Sony’s for two mins in a shop so unfair to compare) these are slightly heavier and not for travel but can tell they are better build quality. The sound is flat so good point for referencing. Mid to highs are better with it being open back. Bass is arguable. I would personally say the best headphones sub £200 (K550 mk3 is close but hard to find) Is a couple slightly better between £200 and £300 like the Grados then the Amiron at £400.

Also What Hifi gave these a five star and said they are best under £300 so at £90... I would recommend.
JamesBrown-2b3d5.9136601/04/2020 00:54

Been looking at these for a while. Well since the last deal. Would these …Been looking at these for a while. Well since the last deal. Would these work well with an iFi hipdac? Also, am I right in saying that I would need the lightning to USB camera adaptor from Apple to get audio out of my iPhone X?


I’m pretty sure they take balanced and unbalanced so yeah. And yes will need converter which are like £8 I think. Wouldn’t recommend these for travel though.
A couple of years ago were nearly £320, crazy. I figure the drop in price is mostly due to your average consumer willing to spend that much going for Bluetooth instead?!40244818-43Qlh.jpg
a review on the Philips site points out that the newer X2HR isnt as good compared to the older X2 which was made by Gibson...

philips.co.uk/c-p…nes
Amazing value for money, even a couple of years ago when they were over £200 they were punching well above their price range in sound quality.
simba258501/04/2020 02:03

a review on the Philips site points out that the newer X2HR isnt as good …a review on the Philips site points out that the newer X2HR isnt as good compared to the older X2 which was made by Gibson...https://www.philips.co.uk/c-p/X2HR_00/fidelio-fidelio-headphones#reviews


I have both and they sound the same to me.
Bought for £99.99 back in December - which was an excellent deal back then! £89.99 is an amazing price for these cans! Heat added
anewman01/04/2020 01:42

A couple of years ago were nearly £320, crazy. I figure the drop in price …A couple of years ago were nearly £320, crazy. I figure the drop in price is mostly due to your average consumer willing to spend that much going for Bluetooth instead?![Image]


That, combined with/or I think Philips will be bringing X3 out soon.

philips.co.uk/c-p…nes
SPKeith01/04/2020 02:14

That, combined with/or I think Philips will be bringing X3 out …That, combined with/or I think Philips will be bringing X3 out soon.https://www.philips.co.uk/c-p/X3_00/fidelio-fidelio-x3-wired-over-ear-open-back-headphones


Im real curious to know if they've flattened the FR just a bit, that would be great.
They'll probably be £300 or so.
anewman01/04/2020 01:42

A couple of years ago were nearly £320, crazy. I figure the drop in price …A couple of years ago were nearly £320, crazy. I figure the drop in price is mostly due to your average consumer willing to spend that much going for Bluetooth instead?![Image]


They are most likely clearing stock for Philips new X3 line, so these might get discontinued soon.

I think its different markets tbf. Most Bluetooth headphones are targeted for portable use, so the general consumer will buy Bose/Sony for their noise cancellation and wire free tech, or other cheaper alternative. Normal wired full sized headphones including this midfi one, and are still popular among audiophiles, students and gamers alike.
Gibzen01/04/2020 01:21

I prefer these to the momentum’s easily (only ever tried the Sony’s for two …I prefer these to the momentum’s easily (only ever tried the Sony’s for two mins in a shop so unfair to compare) these are slightly heavier and not for travel but can tell they are better build quality. The sound is flat so good point for referencing. Mid to highs are better with it being open back. Bass is arguable. I would personally say the best headphones sub £200 (K550 mk3 is close but hard to find) Is a couple slightly better between £200 and £300 like the Grados then the Amiron at £400.Also What Hifi gave these a five star and said they are best under £300 so at £90... I would recommend.



These are old tech though you won't get better for £90 for an openback for comfort, sound and home use. I have a pair of them and while they are great for movies, I don't really like them for music. My Blon B20 blow them away but they are cost significantly more Heck my Koss KPH30i sounds significantly better than this.

WhatHifi are a joke. Hifiman Sundara is probably the best for under £300. It one ups the Sennheiser HD660 while being cheaper. These for £90 are a bargain though and are certainly worth that.
Edited by: "Hinch87" 1st Apr
Hinch8701/04/2020 02:28

These are old tech though you won't get better for £90 for an openback for …These are old tech though you won't get better for £90 for an openback for comfort, sound and home use. I have a pair of them and while they are great for movies, I don't really like them for music. My Blon B20 blow them away but they are cost significantly more Heck my Koss KPH30i sounds significantly better than this.WhatHifi are a joke. Hifiman Sundara is probably the best for under £300. It one ups the Sennheiser HD660 while being cheaper. These for £90 are a bargain though and are certainly worth that.


I don't think the Sundara was out when Whathifi reviewed these (regular X2's) in 2015
Edited by: "rev6" 1st Apr
Thanks OP, ordered, been on waiting list for months
Hinch8701/04/2020 02:28

These are old tech though you won't get better for £90 for an openback for …These are old tech though you won't get better for £90 for an openback for comfort, sound and home use. I have a pair of them and while they are great for movies, I don't really like them for music. My Blon B20 blow them away but they are cost significantly more Heck my Koss KPH30i sounds significantly better than this.WhatHifi are a joke. Hifiman Sundara is probably the best for under £300. It one ups the Sennheiser HD660 while being cheaper. These for £90 are a bargain though and are certainly worth that.


To be fair these are all £250+ doesn’t take away from these being worth £150 worth of headphones in my opinion.
I’ve got the Phillips9500s, is there much of an upgrade over these?
Hinch8701/04/2020 02:28

These are old tech though you won't get better for £90 for an openback for …These are old tech though you won't get better for £90 for an openback for comfort, sound and home use. I have a pair of them and while they are great for movies, I don't really like them for music. My Blon B20 blow them away but they are cost significantly more Heck my Koss KPH30i sounds significantly better than this.WhatHifi are a joke. Hifiman Sundara is probably the best for under £300. It one ups the Sennheiser HD660 while being cheaper. These for £90 are a bargain though and are certainly worth that.


Thanks for illuminating us with your subjective wisdom. All the headphones you mention however are at least twice the price. Which doesn't make for a good comparison.
And while you find them better, objectively they are just slightly different. Most people's ears won't be able to tell the difference and their brains care more about the price anyway.
Incredible price for fantastic headphones, love mine!
As someone with a large head its very challenging finding headphones that fit comfortably! Anyone know would these be flexible and comfy?
jimel01/04/2020 09:01

As someone with a large head its very challenging finding headphones that …As someone with a large head its very challenging finding headphones that fit comfortably! Anyone know would these be flexible and comfy?


They're both flexible and comfy.
And any suggestions re plugging directly into a ps4 pad? Would I need one of those mini amp device things?
jimel01/04/2020 09:12

And any suggestions re plugging directly into a ps4 pad? Would I need one …And any suggestions re plugging directly into a ps4 pad? Would I need one of those mini amp device things?


You'd really just have to try and see if the pad gives you enough volulume.
rev601/04/2020 00:32

Fantastic deal. I think everyone should have a pair of these at this price …Fantastic deal. I think everyone should have a pair of these at this price



I love them, but I thought you were complaining you had sibilance with yours(?)
Master_Yoda01/04/2020 09:22

I love them, but I thought you were complaining you had sibilance with …I love them, but I thought you were complaining you had sibilance with yours(?)



They can be sibilant, it depends on the source though. I think they're great for movies and games. I don't use them for music.
anewman01/04/2020 01:42

A couple of years ago were nearly £320, crazy. I figure the drop in price …A couple of years ago were nearly £320, crazy. I figure the drop in price is mostly due to your average consumer willing to spend that much going for Bluetooth instead?![Image]



Honestly, these are the ONLY headphones I've owned which actually feel and sound like they deserve to be £300 headphones. I woiuld have been happy paying £300 for mine. I absolutely love these headphones. I actually feel angry when I see these going for rock bottom prices - it's like a crime. Most £300 bluetooth headphones feel like cheap garbage compared to these. It bugs the hell out of me why these are constantly being discounted - they don't deserve to be struggling for purchases - the public are clueless.
I loved these. Just buy them.
What would people recommend for USB-C to 3.5mm cable? I bought some little one on Amazon, that was a mistake. Static and high pitch sharp sounds + muffled music. I would like to use this on a Note 10+ or Mate 20x 5g
RaiKush01/04/2020 09:40

What would people recommend for USB-C to 3.5mm cable? I bought some little …What would people recommend for USB-C to 3.5mm cable? I bought some little one on Amazon, that was a mistake. Static and high pitch sharp sounds + muffled music. I would like to use this on a Note 10+ or Mate 20x 5g



Depends on the device. Some support "pass-through", others need a DAC.
rev601/04/2020 09:41

Depends on the device. Some support "pass-through", others need a DAC.


I would have thought since the earphones supplied with the phone are USB-C already, and meaning its all decoded in the handset...
RaiKush01/04/2020 09:43

I would have thought since the earphones supplied with the phone are USB-C …I would have thought since the earphones supplied with the phone are USB-C already, and meaning its all decoded in the handset...



Digital audio isn’t the only way to listen to music with USB Type-C headphones. The standard also supports “Audio Accessory Mode”, whereby the D+/D- pins switch roles to support analog audio signals. Again this isn’t a new technology to USB Type-C.

Phones with and without the new connector are specially designed to handle the negative voltage swing of the analog audio signal. Accessory Mode is popular with older USB audio dock devices and the Android Open Accessory Protocol 2.0 with audio support has been around since Android 4.1.

soundguys.com/usb…63/
Edited by: "rev6" 1st Apr
rev601/04/2020 09:45

Digital audio isn’t the only way to listen to music with USB Type-C …Digital audio isn’t the only way to listen to music with USB Type-C headphones. The standard also supports “Audio Accessory Mode”, whereby the D+/D- pins switch roles to support analog audio signals. Again this isn’t a new technology to USB Type-C.Phones with and without the new connector are specially designed to handle the negative voltage swing of the analog audio signal. Accessory Mode is popular with older USB audio dock devices and the Android Open Accessory Protocol 2.0 with audio support has been around since Android 4.1.https://www.soundguys.com/usb-audio-explained-18563/


That's PhD like thesis on sound....lol will read through....thanks
All personal preference but I returned mine. I found that they leaked wayyyy to much noise. While the sound quality was quite good, there was next to no bass. Tried these on my pc, phone and a decent hifi, still couldn't get on with them. Luckily Amazon were fine with me returning them
RaiKush01/04/2020 09:47

That's PhD like thesis on sound....lol will read through....thanks



So technically it could do both, depending if it's supported. I would probably just go with a DAC/AMP like this for example.

amazon.co.uk/Por…8-6
Edited by: "rev6" 1st Apr
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