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Philips Fidelio X2 Headphones £112.15 (~ $192 AUD) Shipped from Amazon UK

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Amazing price on these headphones from Amazon UK. I think this is the lowest you'll ever see them.
Highly praised open-backed headphones, well regarded to be a great purchase for headphone users.
Also known to be easy to drive, not requiring an amp.

Some user reviews at Head-fi:
http://www.head-fi.org/products/philips-fidelio-x2

edit: Just to clear some things up, the price shown on the website is including VAT. When you get to checkout with an Australian address, VAT will be deducted and you'll have 112 GBP shipped. Also, I used market rates for currency conversion, but Amazon will bump it up to ~$200AUD when paying in AUD. Sorry for the confusion

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    • +4 votes

      Snobism and audiophilia and not the same thing. These would be premium for over 90% of the population.

      They may not be what audiophiles call 'summit-fi' or even high-end, but they are definitely premium.

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    Well baws9k is spot on in a way. Premium or non premium can be subjective I guess.

  • +3 votes

    Probably one of the best headphones under $300.

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      Better than the Momentum?

      • +2 votes

        These have a comparable sound to Sennheiser HD650 cans. Not quite as good, but cost a lot less. Momentums are more bass heavy, for people who recognize Beats have poor sound quality;-)

        If I didn't have HD650s, I would buy these instantly. I have Momentums as well; they both have their place for different genres. The Momentums are also more portable.

        Before anyone calls me a Sennheiser fan boy, I own lots of other brands LOL

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          ok, thanks!

      • +1 vote

        If you're comparing the on-ear headphones from Sennheiser, then you're comparing an over-ear to an on-ear set of headphones. They're pretty different.

        Is you mean the over-ear momentum's, then the Sennheiser's are a more expensive option than these (but are much better because of it)

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          I am compare the over ear Momentum 2

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        They're really different. Neither headphone is "better", because they're made for different purposes.

        The momentums are closed backed, portable headphones. They'd be good in a library, or bus, for example, where you need portability, and don't want other people to hear your music.

        The X2s are open backed, and don't fold down. 'Open Backed' means that they let a lot of air in through the cups. As a result, you get more realistic sound, and a wider sound-stage. The disadvantage is that anyone near you would be able to very clearly hear your music, as if you were using speakers.
        The X2s would be suited to you if you just needed them at home, for example. They'd be good for gaming, or for use with a home stereo.

  • +4 votes

    I thought I got a good deal with these last week for $295 with ebays 15% sale…

    • +2 votes

      I was also considering buying these cans for $295…how do you like them?

      • +1 vote

        They're great, I'm still pleasantly happy with them despite paying an extra $100. Powering them with a JDS labs dac amp is amazing, although they're still very good without a dac/amp, it's Bass is the best I've ever heard on an open back set of headphones, very comfortable. Only thing that bugs me is the cable which I can replace on ebay with a shorter one, definitely recommend them.

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          How do they compare to your other cans?

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          I have a pair of R70x's which are way more lighter & are way more neutral & natural than these & much harder to drive than the X2's, not really sure what I'm going to do with them now cause I love the X2's so much, I'll probably switch between them depending on what I'm listening to. for $200-$100 cheaper than the r70x's the x2's are a great.

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          Will buying a cheap AUX cable on ebay reduce the audio quality or will it sound the same?

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          @lostn: It won't reduce the quality; that's physics. It comes with a cable though, unless you want a shorter one, then get an average one that looks good because these headphones deserve it :P

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          @POL1T1CS: You sure? So everyone advertising gold plated or whatever is just a con artist?

          I know that is true of HDMI cables because the image is digital and will look the same regardless. I'm not sure about 3.5mm audio though.

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          @lostn:
          The quality of the cable is more important than the metal used for the 3.5mm jack.
          i.e. thickness of the copper, OFC or not, shielded cable, etc.

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          @jutsu: Dang. Is there a recommended cable comparable to the original but shorter in length? I don't think I should need more than 60 cm to 1m.

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          @lostn:
          I currently own an AKG Q701 with a 3m cable (mini XLR/ 3.5mm jack…so the replacement cable is more expensive) but I just rolled up the cable and put it on the desk or on the bed because a cable like that often cost more than $10.

          The only extension cable I have is from an old IEM made by Jays.

          However, i've recently bought 2 cheap cables at 0.5ct each… with a $2 coupon on ali like this picture https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1EqeYLXXXXXX.apXXq6xXFXXX8/VOX...

          ps: I can't tell the difference between a short cable (from a cheap samsung IEM) and a short OFC cable

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    Damn, I just got the Philips SHP9500 from the US. This is a very good price.

  • +1 vote

    How are returns with Amazon UK? I bought a pair of these a couple of months ago and they were faulty, so returned them for a refund. I still want them though.

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      Ordered a pair anyway. Hopefully my order gets filled. The price was too good to let go.

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    Haha was going to post this when I got home. Great pair of headphones though especially for under $200

  • +2 votes

    "Usually dispatched within 1 to 2 months"

    This doesn't inspire confidence thou.

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      Amazon uk was out of stock last week because of this http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/philips-x2-fidelio-headphone... (it was also on the french bargain website).

      Pre-orders can sometimes be honored but orders can also be cancelled a few days later because amazon doesn't take our money until a shipment is scheduled.

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        Amazon begun to schedule some deliveries for October !

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          mine is scheduled in november ;_;

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    This or the beyerdynamics dt770?

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      They are different. This is open back. The Beyerdynamic DT770 is closed back.

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        This or DT880 and 990?

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          These, definitely.

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      I would have gone for these at this price, just for the comfort factor

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      At this price. These 100%

      Unless you want complete isolation and that's why you're considering the DT770's, other than that, if you don't mind that these are open, definitely these.

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      The DT770 has a distinct treble peak signature and depending on your choice of music can be a good or a bad thing. The X2 is more of a wide v-shaped sound signature but without losing too much on the mids. Its open can though but sound stage is really good. The DT770 is closed back and therefore good for commuting.

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    Are these the newer model which has poorer built?

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      The Gibson acquisition of Woox was over 2 years ago.

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      the gibson version had a few reported issues, but they were not wide spread, and should be fine now.

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        Yeah the Gibson ones were said to have the earpads glued but it turns out Woox started gluing them too. I guess they never sold the replacement earpads and therefore decided to glue them. I got a pair from a local store and was lucky enough to get a Woox. I don't believe the Gibson ones are inferior. They all (Woox or Gibon) have one major cosmetic problem. The metal ring/tapes are not properly glued and may de-laminate.

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          Are you saying that the pads of the current model is glued on?

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          @fenger: Yup. Its not permanent adhesive. You can still remove it and clean it up. Just be careful not to damage the speaker diaphragm.

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          @Davesday: So if I replace the pads, will the new pads stay without glue?

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          @fenger: It should as per original design. I tested the WOOX one from a local hi-fi shop and I could easily remove it and replace it. There are a few guide pins that provides friction in holding the pads. I don't foresee this design to change with the Gibson ones as the forums say its only a factory change. My unit is made by WOOX and I can see its being glued on so I did not remove it. Check out the headfi forums for more information.

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          @Davesday: Thanks for the info.

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    Holy shit, just notice the exchange rate atm. 0.58327. Wow.

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    Wow.hasn't been this price since the bad batch of them produced when they first came out

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    How are they for traveling? eg in a plane?

    • +5 votes

      Terrible because they're open headphones.

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        Doh, thought I had read somewhere in here they were closed.

        Any thoughts if they are a significant step up from Alessandro MS1?

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          That I really couldn't say, no experience sorry.

          Check out headfi forum, there must be some threads there about best travelling headphones.

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    Dayum, wish I waited on these now :| Exceptional price.

  • +6 votes

    No Bluetooth, no deal!

    /Courageous comment

    • +1 vote

      I suspect that your comment was probably tongue-in-cheek, but I actually found myself thinking that :)

    • +2 votes

      hello there iphone 7 user

      • +1 vote

        Oh no no, couldn't be further from it, but it seems to be the order of the month at the moment, so may as well join in. My troll/sarcastic comments are usually met with a flurry of negs, so I'm surprised this one hasn't!

        • +1 vote

          Perhaps it's because you flagged your comment as such

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          @elektron:

          I had hoped the "/Courageous comment" would be enough! Oh well, all fun and games :)

  • +1 vote

    Do I pay in GBP or AUD? Amazon converts the 112GBP to roughly 200AUD

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      I normally choose to pay in GBP with Amazon UK or USD with Amazon US, would be cheaper than pay by AUD to Amazon as their exchange rate is really high.

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        Ok, I just paid it in GBP wish it is cheaper than pay it in GBP.

        For paying in GBP it is like 202AUD for now.

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          Came out to be 200.09 using amazon aud conversion.

          fyi; for those wondering the different in price it's because EU VAT, it gets automatically deducted when you select an AUS shipping address. So if OP can include it to make it a little clearer for those wondering.

  • +1 vote

    Outrageous deal considering they punch above retail price of $399 easily on sound quality…

  • +1 vote

    expired? It shows £116.99 ex shipping now.

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      Should be £112.15 when you proceed to checkout.

  • +1 vote

    I already wait this about half year, finally a decent bargain comes out.

    It was like at least AUD300 for this headphone.

    I just placed an order and I'll use this with my Filo X7 + AM2.

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      Same, I gave up last week when the deal for this last week came out for $295 and people bought it, I purchased the DT770's from Amazon but had a really bad experience with their chat service and decided to cancel all my orders which were around $250 total. I said I won't buy anything from Amazon after that experience with their chat guys, then this showed up, and at this price I am willing to break my principles.

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    Perfect timing, thanks OP.

  • +2 votes

    use a pair of these as my daily drivers, payed 320 for them a year or so ago, would pay that again. cracking set of cans, nice highs, amazing low end, open a wide sound stage, amazing for gaming. if anyone has any questions feel free to ask.

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      Nice! Do you have them amped?

      • +3 votes

        I do, I have an e10k on my laptop and a O2/odac on my main pc, however, the x2 runs on farts and you don't need one, they work just fine on my phone (s4) to loud.

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    Cracking price, camelcamelcamel rates it a historical low, even.

    I waver back and forth all the time over cans like these. Like, should I just buy some JVC2000 instead, or even some Beyer Custom One Pros? I want that bass, I need double kick bass drums to literally pound my ears, but not at the expense of clean metal vocals and tight rhythm guitar. What if I want to listen to some synthwave, or other bass-heavy electronic music? But then there are afternoons where I just want to listen to Jose Gonzalez and all that bass would be totally wasted, but the X2s would probably excel…

    And so I sit here, not buying headphones ever (I guess my GR07BE are still kicking on magnificently)!

    • +1 vote

      x2 are bass cans with a bass and treble extension, however it will not ruin Jose Gonzales and his guitar. In fact they sound fantastic for just about any genre. A very balanced pair of headphones, very fun and engaging.

      • +2 votes

        Rad, thanks. I've read reviews about these and the X1s before them enough times to have almost convinced myself to grab a set… then never do. The coldest of cold feet (ears?)

        Hmmmmm. /edit: damn, just noticed the 1-2 month dispatch wait. Ain't nobody got time for that.

        /edit 2: bugger it, either they get here soon and it's a bonus, or they're Christmas presents. Bought!

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          Remember to buy an amp if you haven't got one to use.

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          I wonder if they have price protection guarantee for something that's 1-2 months out. They do this with preorders. If the price drops between order date and release date, they will automatically adjust your order to the lower price.

          Otherwise, we'll just have to keep monitoring pricing until it ships.

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    Trying to decide between this and the AD900x (around $220 landed from amazon).
    I'd be using these mainly for acoustic/classical music, female vocals etc. (no amps for the time being, possibly something like a Fiio X1 or X3 a bit later down the track)
    Can anyone who've used both the Fidelio X2 and AD900x offer some insights?
    Much appreciated.

    • +2 votes

      I'd go AD900x for female vocals and acoustic/classic music which I find dont need much emphasised bass unless you mainly listen to cello music types.

    • +2 votes

      Ok i have used both, Ad900x sounds fantastic, clean and crisp highs, wide soundstage but no bass. I like them. I am a bit treble sensitive so sometimes the highs on the 900x hurt a bit but overall excellent; especially for string music. I should mention the headband for the 900x is love or hate, i found it slipping a bit after a while, not a deal breaker just something to know.
      the x2 on the other are bass cans with a very v shaped frequency response, they are basically the opposite of the 900x, personally i prefer the low end of the x2, makes music lively and fun. The headband is better on the x2, they are very comfortable and are built better. But you will loose out on the crisper mids of the 900x, its a personal taste thing you can't go wrong though.

    • +1 vote

      Check my comment on this post. I own the AD900X's and I've heard these. Definitely go for the Fidelio X2, this is worth every penny at this price.

    • +1 vote

      I have the Fidelio X2 and loved them for the sound stage. I believe acoustic/classical music would fit in just fine. In my opinion it has a wide v-shaped sound signature (bass and treble is extended) without losing too much on mids. The treble doesn't peak uncomfortably. For amping, I have tried it connected straight from phone, DragonFly Black, Mojo and XDP-100R. It definitely works without any amping but could benefit from it. In my case, it really shines when paired with the Mojo. My source is either iPhone or the XDP-100R. They sound the same as its just a transport. On the DragonFly Black its a bit bassy for some reason. On iPhone, the volume is sufficient (probably 70-80% mark). Can't comment on the detail because I don't go portable with the X2.

      I would find out if the X2 has a balanced, warm or cold sound. Then paired with an amp that balanced it out. The only way is to audition it. You could get the X2 first and then zero out on the ideal amp.

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      Thanks peeps, after much umming and ahhing I finally took the plunge and ordered the X2.
      (chickened out on the 3D wings design on the AD900X and no local shops with it in stock to try on)
      Now comes the 2 months wait sighs
      P/s thanks OP.

  • +2 votes

    This is a no brainer! I just ordered mine, thanks OP. I'm glad I did not order the DT770's earlier since I was very tempted. WOW Unbelievable price! Easily worth $300. I have heard these, my friend owns them, and I own the AD900X from Audio Technica. Basically they have the clarity of the AD900X in the mids & high's, but they have equal to, or better bass response and tightness than the Beyerdynamic DT770's which I've also heard. Best of both worlds, and more comfortable than both. At this price, they are an absolute bargain!

    Mine came to a total of 119 pounds but it equals to $200 AUD, so I paid $200, not $192.

    • +1 vote

      OP is quoting market conversion rates, something like: http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/convert/?Amount=112.15&F...
      If you let Amazon convert you end up with the $200. Buy in GBP and you end up with something in the middle after your AUD CC converts.

    • +1 vote

      If they have the sound signature that you're claiming then I'm going to be extremely happy!

  • +1 vote

    Outrageously cheap. I got these for $360 locally about 12 months ago and they are worth every cent. I alternate between these and the Momentum 2.0 over ears, with a Fiio X5 2nd gen.

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      Stop it! ARGH. I've got too many pairs of cans already!

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      I am thinking of getting the the momentum 2 over ears, but am tempted about the X2 due to the price.
      What do you recommend ?

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        X2 over the Momentums. Especially at this price. Though you'll be able to travel with the Momentums and use them on the go. They are incredibly comfy and have great sound isolation. Also depends what price you can get them for. I paid about $240 for mine.

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          Wow. $240 is good price for Momentum 2.
          I'll give these a try :) I hope these have more bass.
          Thank you.

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    Thanks OP. Decided to pull the trigger and buy one after reading all excellent feedbacks above. Hope they honour it. Fingers crossed.

  • +1 vote

    Decided to buy a pair, can't argue with the price!

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    Ordered. Thanks OP. Can't wait to check these out!

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    Almost bought these, but backed out after reviews stating they are V shaped sound and have recessed mids. Not for me; but probably suit many others, tho.

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      They don't have recessed mids, yes they are slightly v-shaped but like Beyerdynamic DT770's mids are clear, not overshadowed by the low or high end of the spectrum, with these the mids are even clearer than the DT770's, while having low ends that are as tight and strong as more expensive closed cans.

  • +3 votes

    I've commented several times now replying to people, so please up-vote this comment for anyone who is interested in a review of these headphones:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y2ZZxcBZ88

    Z Reviews is highly rated in the audiophile community.

    EDIT: Oh just a notice, this is from the new manufacturer, so here's a review of the one from the new manufacturer that Philips is using to make these headphones:

    https://youtu.be/B5lJdUy-1Ck

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    How far does the headband extend by? I have a largish head any my Beyers didn't extend long enough for complete comfort.

    Has anyone used Amazon Locker Pickup delivery option before?

    Is it free to ship there?