Fabulous headphones at a mind-blowing price.
As all of us who are into really high quality sound know that audiophile headphones are custom-tailored for maximum fidelity and uncompromising performance. That’s exactly what the Philips Fidelio X2 delivers. A stunning pair of headphones that will satisfy the most critical of audiophiles. These are the créme de la crème of portable audio must-haves….
The sound is led by a solid but clear mid-range, layered over a really satisfying balance of bass and treble. Some sound aficionados might want the treble to be sharper (not my personal preference, I have to admit!), but we found that the detail these headphones produce is really exquisite. The bass is tight and precise, restrained yet solid and superbly detailed. The effortless way that the X2 performs, regardless of sources, is really quite astonishing and impressive.
Brilliant sound quality and stylish design – offers hours of really comfortable listening pleasure. Given its premium build quality, its pricing delivers superb value. And, it comes with swappable cables.
- Offers no extras
- 3M cable only
The final verdict!
These are a superlative pair of headphones…a package that offers supreme comfort, premium build quality and listening pleasure par excellence.
Maximum fidelity. Uncompromising performance.
On every parameter, the Philips Fidelio X2 stands out. Supreme sound output. Beautiful design. High quality build. Superior levels of comfort. And, given that we keep testing headphones all the time, these are one of the best value headphones we’ve come across in a long time. We fell in love with it because it’s a spectacular pair of headphones that produces transparent audio for critical and analytical listening, delivering high levels of aural pleasure and enjoyment.
The Fidelio X2: A serious pair of headphones, for serious audiophiles
This pair of headphones has been designed and built for serious music lovers – audiophiles who will only settle for excellent audio quality. It’s a superb choice because it’s significantly less expensive than other high-end open-back headphones, without sacrificing on sound quality or making any design compromises. We were able to test it against legendary products, like the Sennheiser HD800 and Oppo PM-1 as well as newly-launched flagship headphones from both Sony and Shure, and it held its own quite easily. We have no hesitation in giving it our Editor’s Choice award.
Hyped up sound delivery
If you have been comparing the X1 and the X2, you will realise that the X2’s sound and design have been tweaked. Definitely and clearly. The new additions are:
- Replaceable cushions
- A small jack connector
- Updated damping material
- A new larger headband
- A good measuring cable
- A different driver diaphragm
And, other assorted changes! It may look the same on the outside, but the X2 is no small revision. You just have to listen to it to realise that! That’s when you accept its all-round brilliance. The improvements are especially obvious in voices, wind instruments, cymbals, and in the finer nuances of the treble, which are more distinct and clear. The soundstage is still rich, but the bass is tighter and better balanced. These headphones carry an audio signature that made us very happy. Even before burn-in, they were so easy to listen to.
Each note is accurate in its presentation. The firm and solid bassline drives every track with confidence. There’s a tight grip on the proceedings and dynamics are rendered with style. Vocals are full of emotional punch and the cymbals flow over the top with precise detailing. You can’t fault the X2s’ taut, tuneful and controlled quality.
The X2 is a classy affair in terms of build, comfort and looks. The light-as-air hammock underneath the headband ensures a truly comfortable fit. The (removable/replaceable) memory foam, velour-covered ear pads are to die for – they cup the ears and cling (that’s really what it does!) on to your head with a firm grip and a light touch. What’s more, now the X2 weighs less. In addition, the headband is bigger, providing more space and better fit for your head. The X2s feature open-back mesh ear cups and a detachable (3m) cable and clip. The leather headband is as strong as ever and the familiar mesh band sits below for enhanced comfort.
Tech Specs (as per Amazon.com)
- Powerful 50mm neodymium drivers for wide yet precise range
- Acoustic open-back architecture for pristine audio fidelity
- Double-layered ear shells engineered for sound precision
- Layered motion control diaphragm delivers precise sound
- Pre-tilted drivers fit the ears for minimal sound reflection
OFC low impedance cable for clear transmission and shielding
- Dedicated cable management clip for tangle-free ease
- 3.5mm to 6.3mm adaptor included
- Deluxe memory foam earpads for long-lasting comfort
- Breathable velour cushions to help dispel pressure and heat
- Self-adjustable airy hammock with 3D mesh for a perfect fit
5.0 out of 5 stars
December 31, 2016
Best headphones I own
You gotta love it when you get a pleasant surprise when you buy something. I’m a rather serious audiophile and I have a nice collection of top notch headphones/earphones. For full size cans, I have a pair of HD650’s, which are quite amazing. For earphones, I have JH Audio 13v2’s, Westone UM Pro 50 SE’s and Shure 535’s. All three of these are amazing in their own ways (JH Audio’s best overall of them). I bought these for one reason – I wanted to have a pair of full size headphones that were easy to drive. I didn’t want to spend a whole lot – $300 was about all I wanted to put into this. The mighty Sennhesier HD650’s fully deserve their stellar reputation – they are awesome. But they have a big catch – you need to be tethered to a powerful headphone amp to get the best out of them. Without proper amplification, they sound hard as soon as the volume goes up. I like full size cans over Iems because they are so much more comfortable and easy to deal with – and they don’t have that “underwater” sensation you get with earphones. I have an Astell & Kern AK120ii DAP and my ideal would be a set of full size cans that have sound quality at least comparable to the HD650’s but that could be driven straight out of the AK120. The AK120 alone can’t drive the HD650’s ( at least not very well). Based on reading a million reviews, I decided to go with the Phillips X2’s. It was between the X2’s and the Audio Technical MSR7’s.
I was hoping for parity at best with the HD650’s, and frankly I didn’t think I would even get that – I thought anything I chose would still be a cut or two below the HD650’s. Well, I was wrong. To my astonishment, these X2’s are actually better than my HD650’s. And my JH13’s, and my UM Pro 50, and my SE 535’s. Pretty much everything – transparency, clarity, sweetness, coherency, etc. Although they dig nicely down into the deep bass (deeper than the HD650’s), this is the only area where some of the others beat them. The JH13’s and Westones have more bass power. But none of them can match the incredible sweetness of the X2’s. They are simply incapable of sounding harsh or hard. The better the recording (especially DSD’s) the more they reveal. They are the best I have ever heard on massed strings (so hard to get right). The air they put around instruments & voices is the best I have ever heard. The second I put them on (before any break in) I just went “ahhh”. They just get everything right. Yes – they are quite easy to drive. But they still do benefit from amplification- they love both my Ray Samuels Predator and my Peachtree Shift.
So there you have it – if you are an audiophile looking for high quality, easy to drive, full size headphones, look no further. I’m pretty sure you will love these. Great job, Phillips!
5.0 out of 5 stars
November 4, 2015
I used to be a Beats by Dre guy until I tried these headphones out
I used to be a Beats by Dre guy until I tried these bad boys out. I’m not an audiophile by any means but I started to dabble in the Reddit r/headphones community and I started to pay closer attention to quality sound and the materials that are used to manufacture headphones. These headphones have a great weight to them, they look super sleek and elegant in black, they are EXTREMELY comfortable to wear, and they are well-built. The only small downside is that the velvet padding attracts a bit of dust but it’s the small price I pay for comfort (it is easily cleaned by wiping it off). These headphones definitely have a warm sound to them (great bass) and they sound very crisp because they are open-back. Hands down the best headphones I have yet to own in this lifetime.