expired Philips Fidelio X2HR Premium Hi-Res Over-Ear Headphones $206.70 + Delivery [$0 with Prime] @ Amazon US via AU

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Hi

I've been watching these great cans for a while and finally pulled the trigger.

Philips Fidelio X2HR Premium Hi-Res Headphones $206.70 + Delivery [$0 with Prime] @ Amazon US via AU

$197.40 delivered after cashback from Shopback.[Lowest price ever on Ozbargain]

$376.23 delivered at Newegg at time of posting.

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Acoustic open-back architecture

Engineered double layered ear-shells with pre-tilted speaker plates

50 mm high definition neodymium drivers with LMC diaphragm

Hi-Res Audio certified with extended response frequencies

Replaceable deluxe memory foam ear-pads with breathable velour finishing

Lightweight self-adjustable hammock with 3D Mesh and genuine leather outer headband

3.5mm detachable oxygen-free cable (3m), 3. 5 mm to 6. 3 mm adapter and cable management clip included

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Comments

  • +1 vote

    Love my pair, very fun wired cans.

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    People keep talking about its weight, is it really heavy?

  • +5 votes

    Great price! Manufacturer has changed yet again though after Gibson filed bankruptcy. These are now manufactured by MMD HK Holdings, and there’s still not a lot of feedback on any (if any) changes. I mean there shouldn’t be, but there were issues when Gibson took over manufacturing.

    • +1 vote

      Are these pads a dust magnet?

      • +1 vote

        Oh yeah, very much so.

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          I've been tempted to get one of these for a while now to see what the fuss is all about. But my Beyer DT990s cost less than this. So were the Senn HD598SRs. Not sure if this is a real upgrade.

          And I have other cans too.

          How do you clean off the dust?

          These look better.

          • +1 vote

            @lostn: I sold mine a while ago (too many headphones), but I used a lint roller and sticky tape where the roller couldn’t reach. They sound very different from the DT990’s and to a lesser extent the HD598’s (have owned both). I wouldn’t call these an upgrade to either of those, but different enough that someone could absolutely love these over either of those and visa versa.

            • +1 vote

              @aja12: If I'm to get a Philips I might pay $50 extra for the L2 or wait for a sale. It doesn't have the dust magnet pads and it can fold up. Comes with a case also. Shorter cable also.

              But its driver is 10mm smaller.

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        not a problem, just drag your fingers across it and they should come off very very easily. Oddly satisfying too

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      Oh dear hopefully they have good QC because it really was lottery when Gibson took over

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      Yes I also read about Gibson taking over manufacturing and I think it is important.
      Some of the issues seem to be: Left / Right sound imbalance (either overall volume or in certain frequencies) and built quality also affected.

      To anyone who experiences sound / frequency imbalance, I suggest leaving them playing 70-80% volume music for 15-30 mins to see if it fixes things before giving up & sending them back.

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    Does it come with a second, shorter cable?

    Hmm. Last night there was 10% cashback with CR.

  • +1 vote

    My PC couldn't drive these loud enough, so I finally bought a pre-amp which I am awaiting delivery for. My mobo I believe has good enough audio and some boost modes for higher impedence headphones, but that didn't seem to do the trick. Obviously YMMV.

    • +4 votes

      That's strange, because these are not meant to be difficult to drive. They're definitely not high impedance.

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        Yeah, I don't know what the go is. I didn't expect it either and I tried running it through my DAC (Komplete Audio 6) and straight off my mobo. Had it sitting at 100% volume and in some games it still wasn't enough. I've been meaning to get a JDS Atom anyway because of all the hype.

        They were plenty loud on my edrums though…I'll test on a phone tonight.

        • +1 vote

          I had the same experience with the X2's. Based on the ohm and sensitivity specs, they should be super easy to drive. I thought I could use them for gaming, straight from my DualShock 4 controller without the need to run a 3.5mm from the controller to my amp. Just in terms of volume, the X2's were about on par with my 300ohm HD6xx, and my 150ohm HD58x got more volume than the X2's.

          I've got the Atom, you'll love it :)

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    Thanks OP! Finally a deal on open backs with a normal detachable cable!

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    Are these on ear? They appear to look like it.

  • +1 vote

    I love move paired with a good sound card. I used this the most in winter as it is an ear warmer. Its sound stage is almost as wide was my hd800. I bought an extra one today. Possible gift or backup as the price is so low. It's a no brainer for anyone who does not own one.

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    How much is ShopBack cashback? 12%?

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    I like mine and for $200 I'd grab em in a heartbeat. I paid $296 for mine (3 years ago)
    - haven't had a problem driving them from my pc originally but now they are driven thru a separate dac and amp
    - they are dust magnets as people have mentioned. Heh it's a losing battle I've given up
    - they are weight heavy, but for me I assume due to the design I don't feel any discomfort or issue even after hours and hours and hours of continuous use
    - the cord is long but better that then short. I don't mind it
    - no other issues
    - Can be used for gaming as the soundstage is good

  • +2 votes

    damn is it expired?

  • +1 vote

    I'd also recommend considering the Sennheiser Jubilee 58x from Drop.com, you can get US$10 off from a referral code, which brings it to a comparable price.

    https://drop.com/buy/massdrop-x-sennheiser-hd-58x-jubilee-he...

  • +2 votes

    Price is showing as $285. Did it go back up?

    • +3 votes

      Yeah I thought the price will hold until later tonight. Oh well, wasn't meant to be. Back to the Sony MDR1A again.

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    I have the previous version X2 (near identical) and they are without a doubt my favourite set of headphones in my collection.

    Very, very easy to run off your PC or phone but I highly recommend getting a cheap quality DAC like the FiiO E10K USB DAC.

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    Anyone have recommendations on cans around the $300-400 range, I have a pair of these X2s looking to get an upgrade. I was thinking of HE-4XX or the HD-6XX.

    • +3 votes

      Can’t wrong with the HD58x for about $256 delivered (I own or have owned Sennheiser HD600, HD660, HD6xx, HD58x, HD598, HD569, Beyerdynamic DT770, DT990, Philips Fidelio X2, AKG Q701, AT M50X, M50XBT, M40X).

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        I hear the HD58Xs are much easier to drive without an amp than the 6XXs, so that may also be a big plus for you.

        edit - at 150 ohms they aren't exactly easy…

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      My 2c: I have both the Senni 6XX and AKG 7XX. I like the 7XX better - I find the sound warmer and more fun and better separation, plus I find them more comfortable. Having said that, if you already have the X2s, the 6XXs are probably more different, as they are quite analytical (still slightly on the warm side, but not by much). No experience with HE-4XX.

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        I think I'll probably lean maybe bit more to the 6XX, I prefer more neutral with clarity being my most important point.

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    Anyone have both this and the HD25ii and can do a sound comparison.

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      This one is better in many ways:
      Better bass representation.
      Better high
      Much better sound stage.
      Very good mid-tone.

      I felt the Sennheiser sound signature felt too full, enclosing, and fatiguing.

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    better cans than this that offer the one side interchangable cable?

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    Any recommended cases for these?

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    Damn, that was a good price.

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    To those who bought the Fidelio X2HR.
    Here is a review I came across so you can appreciate it that much more.