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Philips Fidelio X1 | Comparison & Review

 Philips Fidelio X1 | Review & Comparison   Quick Summary(As compared to AKG's K702 Anniversary and Q701)  X1:  Warm and smooth but with a slight "U" shape, a little more of a "fun" signature, bigger bass w/deeper extension, mids less prominent and a bit more neutral sounding, slightly more treble sparkle.  Soundstage size is pretty similar to the Anniversaries, but with smaller instruments and a little more distant presentation.  As a result, inside the soundstage there is a little more spaciousness and room and slightly better imaging. K702 Anniversary:  Also warm and smooth but with a flatter more balanced signature and more natural timbre, less bass, mids fuller and lusher, treble...
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A Truly High Quality Set of Cans


Pros: Looks, comfort, detail, detachable cable, sound, build quality

Cons: Stock cord isn't great (build is great but since its woven can cause noise artifacts when something touches it)

Once you take these out of the box you see how high quality they are. The metal on on the ear cups, the grate on the cups that's also made of metal. Then the headband made of leather, overall excellent build quality. Then the sound, just wow they sound great for all music. They have a warm relaxing sound for easy long listening. Would totally recommend to someone who has treble sensitivity because these don't feel irritating at all the music I have tried on them (Jazz, EDM, House, Experimental electronic, Blues, Folk).   Build-Excellent   Comfort- Excellent   Sound- Excellent   -Score 10/10   If you have an opportunity to buy them do it you will have no...
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High quality entertainment


Pros: Great bass, great soundstage, great sound overall

Cons: None for me

People here are saying these sound artificial, they have too much bass, treble is weird or whatever. Truth is, these are my perfect headphone, and if you're someone like me, who isn't a seasoned audiophile, and doesn't care about the sound maybe, possibly not being 100% natural and neutral, you're gonna love these!   These have the wow-factor. They sound great. They sound fun! And that's what I want from my headphones - they need to make me want to listen to them. And these just do. If they sound unnatural (which I'm not convinced they do) to achieve this - fine by me. Just make my music sound awesome. And these do exactly that.   Bass ir strong. Are these heavy bass cans?...
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Philips Fidelio X1 is embodiment of extraordinary musical headphones


Pros: Extraordinary musical, strikingly lively, huge soundstage, excellent balanced, superior detailed, outstanding comfortable

Cons: Not replaceable ear pads, the cable tends to swirl a bit too much

Audio impressions in music Many reviewers already wonderfully described everything what is needed to know, so I will try to use a bit different approach.   Namely, does the Philips Fidelio need the headphone amplifier or not, as they have just 30 ohms, what doesn’t demand really serious amplification.   1. Testing with different equipment from just PC, to integrated amplifier and separate external DAC and headphone amp Philips Fidelio X1 is always keeping their main characteristics, but the presence of those characteristics is significantly changing with use of following equipment: - when plugged just into PC everything appear as from distance (not present enough), as...
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This is the closest I've gotten to feeling like I'm in a movie theater from a pair of headphones.


Pros: Expansive Sound Stage, Amazing Treble and Midrange, Booming Bass.

Cons: Non-removable earcups, bass is slightly lower than closed ear.

 My goal was to get close to theater like experience, this got me in the seat. It's amazing. I picked mine up for ~$150 during a sale and I would reccomend these up till $200, but go for the improved X2 for $250 if the X1 is over $200. Quality: These headphones exude premium quality from the get go. Everything from the box, to the headphone comfort, to the sound. They managed to put in the perfect mix of aluminum metal and lightweight plastic where it seems like the whole can is made of aluminum. Keeps the weight manageable while still very durable. Sound Stage: The X1 has amazing treble and mid levels sounds, and the bass is strong once it's been burned in. It's not as powerful as...
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Lush and dreamy experience


Pros: Bass! Airy, wide soundstage, neutral mids, sparkly highs, comfortable

Cons: Some may like more forward mids

I just bought these for £100 secondhand off ebay and I don't think I will get any better for the price, although I have not auditioned the AKG K612.  Bass is punchy, detailed, well textured.  Mids are very smooth, neutral, no spikes whatsoever, highs are sparkly and just right in the mix.  Overall, the detail level is great, clarity is of a high standard as you would expect and the speed response is great.  The soundstage is so airy and wide it really makes for a dreamy wonderful experience and especially with the low to mid bass response which fills the sound in beautifully.  The pads are so lush and comfortable with the velour padding, these feel as good as they...
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Amazingly Natural,Rich And Open Experience That Lack An Equal.


Pros: Open, Rich, Natural, Warm, No Sibilance, Imaging, Balance, Comfort and Price considering :)

Cons: Non replaceable ear-pads :(

Warm, Entertaining And Yet Very Refined And Revealing...   If this is what you looking for, stop reading this review and go out buying one of these!  ( The product was tested at 249,99$ )  Because this is simply one of the most enjoyable headphones beneath the 500$ mark. The Philips Fidelio X1 was released by Philips Home Audio department in 2012 and had since then quite the fanbase and many great reviews.    With the Philips X1s, Philips was trying to bring their first true high-end headphone to the market, for critical home listening. Most of their prior products were based on either fashion designs or "mid-fi" headphones, that were mostly meant for...
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Sound great, look stylish, comfortable, good value


Pros: Euphonic fun headphone that works well for most genres of music and represents very good value for the price

Cons: Earpads not user replaceable, need to swap stock cable

The X1 does many things quite well and blends them together to produce a consistently pleasurable listening experience.   Bass is excellent for an open dynamic headphone, but not excessive, and blends well.   Overall tone is a bit warm, but not overpoweringly so (less so than an HD650). Detail is good (not excellent), but these are not analytical headphones.   Works well across many genres of music, but is weakest at rock - still pretty good but shines on EDM, Jazz, Bluegrass.   Large, plush velour earpads are quite comfortable, Sony MA-900s are the only headphones I have owned that are more comfortable (MA-900s are INSANELY light and comfortable, highly...
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Jack of all trades, master of them as well


Pros: Soundstage, construction, bass, mids, treble, musicality, accuracy

Cons: Non-replaceable pads!

What can I say about this headphone that hasn't been said? I just know that all the stupid things about it - the cable with stupid resistance, the non-replaceable pads, the strange headband, the fact that they probably aren't making it any more - all of those things just fade away when you put them on.   They're accurate. Sure, not totally accurate - not like my K550s or HD598s - but an accurate that adds enough excitement to make good music fun. Isn't that what this is all about? I had Mad Dogs for a while, and have nothing but love and respect for those little monsters, but these have all the good parts of the Mad Dog with almost none of the bad. More soundstage. Airy-er treble....
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Exciting. Fun. Unique.


Pros: Comfortable for big ears. Exciting sound, great soundstage, clean bass. Easy to drive.

Cons: Non-user replaceable pads. Leaky sound for some.

I highly recommend these for anyone that wants bass and soundstage. They deliver both flawlessly.   Yes, there are more accurate headphones, and more thumpy headphones, but this strikes the perfect middle ground.   If any weakness exists, it is in vocal music, the likes of Norah Jones.   The bass is there, never gets in the way.   In short, these are unique. They sound unlike anything I have heard, and do so in a way that sets them apart, on a pedestal no-one else seems to be interested in: Best Listening Cans. They aren't analytical in any way, they are just accurate enough to feel right, but do their thing impressively well.
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