Philips Fidelio X2
The Philips Fidelio X2 are a truly stunning pair of headphones.
Offering supreme sound quality, gorgeous design, premium builds quality and fantastic levels of comfort.
It’s vibrant sound, with rich, lively bass is not found on many open headphones. Plus the X2 has clear, non-fatiguing middle and upper ranges, with the fantastic soundstage.
The cosmetic changes aren’t drastic either, and taking after their beautiful, solidly built predecessors, the X2s feature meshes open-back earcups; memory foam, velour-covered ear pads to die for; and a detachable (3m) cable and clip.The leather headband is as strong as ever, and the familiar mesh band sits below for your comfort.
Crafted for Comfort
The 50-millimeter drivers use high-power neodymium magnets to reproduce your music’s full dynamic range, while the pre-tilted speaker plates comfortably fit your ear’s natural angle. Connected by a self-adjusting, lightweight headband (made of calfskin leather and breathable, three-dimensional mesh), the double-layered cushions and velour-covered memory foam ear pads are designed to dissipate pressure and heat. Plus, the detachable OFC low-impedance cable is equipped with a dedicated management clip for tangle-free use.
Their majesty starts to come across from the second you take them out of the box. They’re big; that’s for sure. And the premium build materials and 50mm neodymium drivers ensure they’re satisfyingly weighty without being heavy.
The airy hammock underneath the headband provides a super comfortable fit, and the (removable/replaceable) memory foam earpads sit around the ears and clamp on to your head with a satisfyingly firm grip and a soft touch.
It’s when you start driving these things that their all-around brilliance suddenly becomes clear, though. They’re not quite as neutral as some Philips headphones of the past, but they carry an audio signature that makes me extremely pleased. Even before burn-in, they’re just so easy to listen to.
As you would expect, though, they’re not perfect. They do leak sound, and they’re not super isolating so on a bus you’re going to be disturbed. The 3m cable is not ideal for out and about listening, either – though you could argue that the open back design of the cans aren’t made for on the go listening anyway.
And the lack of a travel case certainly backs that notion up – though I suspect the omission of such a case is more about keeping that price down than anything else. And the headphones are so big that a travel case would have to be quite unwieldy anyway.
I also had a few minor issues with the 3.5mm jack. On a couple of occasions, the left channel cut out, and I needed to wiggle the jack in the earcup to get the sound back. This niggle seemed to disappear after a while, though – these things happen, and it doesn’t look like it’s a lasting issue.
Philips Fidelio X2 Features
-Philips has decided against going back to the drawing board for the winning formula, instead opting to tweak its existing model.
-The X2s have new drivers, which use the multi-layered diaphragm technology introduced in the brand’s S2 in-ears. This, it claims, gives a more accurate bass response and a cleaner, more transparent treble.
-The jack is now 3.5mm too, though a 6.3mm adapter is included.
Philips Fidelio X2 Specs
-Frequency response: 5–40,000 Hz
-Impedance: 30 ohm
-Maximum power input: 500 mW
-Sensitivity: 100 dB at 1 mW
-Speaker diameter: 50 mm
-Distortion: < 0.1% THD
-Acoustic system: Open
-Magnet type: Neodymium
-Cable: 9.8 ft (3 m) detachable OFC
Dream sound in a comfortable package makes Philips top-of-the-line Fidelio X2 the first choice for music lovers who love a well-balanced sound.
These headphones are so good. It says a lot that with multiple pairs of far more expensive headphones under my desk, these have been my cans of choice lately.