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chicolom

Philips Fidelio X1 | Comparison & Review

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 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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IronIWolf

Amazingly Natural,Rich And Open Experience That Lack An Equal.

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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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DrikTheTroll

Sound great, look stylish, comfortable, good value

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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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dablues

Jack of all trades, master of them as well

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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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NinjaQuick

Exciting. Fun. Unique.

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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.
PTom

Great Soundstage and Bass

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Pros: Fantastic bass, treble and soundstage. Quite comfortable. Easy to drive.

Cons: Vocals could be more prominent. A bit bulky. Not the lightest headphone.

These headphones are a huge step up from anything I've ever heard before.    The only other well known headphones I've listened to extensively are the Sennheiser HD 202 and the Logitech UE6000.  Compared to these headphones, the sound quality of the X1 is better in every way.    In my opinion the Fidelio X1 has a truly fantastic bass and treble response. The bass impact of these headphones during action sequences in movies really adds a level of immersion I've not experienced before. I'm also hearing a lot of details in music I previously did not know studio recordings picked up. Sometimes it feels like sensory...
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echoback

The best headphones I have ever worn

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Pros: Soundstage is spectacular, feeling is flawless, audio is awe-inspiring

Cons: I wish the cable was 1/8" to 1/4"

These are literally the best headphones I have ever put on my ears. After a five minute settling period, I can't even feel them on my head. They're very lightweight and both the ear cup and headband padding is absolutely top notch. The tension literally could not be more perfect and the center of mass is tight to my head, keeping them from sliding or shifting when I turn. The Fidelio also sounds amazing, with a depth to the soundstage that feels like I'm being surrounded by the music instead of having it shot at me, and the entire range of sound is extremely well reproduced. The drivers respond very well to equalization: I prefer a very slight "smile" shape to my...
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anonymous cat

i loved it

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Pros: extreme comfort, superb bass, detachable cable, good space and frequency range

Cons: leaks sound, Maximum power input 500mv

well i am new into this but you don't need to be an expert to judge a good headphone   1. extreme comfort, you can wear it for many hours with no fatigue at all, no sweating, your ear doesn't touch driver grill or the surrounding pad and the only complain sometimes you feel the need to itch because of the pad fabric   2. good cable built quality and nice packaging, and the headphone built is prestigious    3. well if you have room mate i think you cannot buy an open headphone but this x1 does not leak much on normal volume   4. superb adoring adequate bass .. never felt so adequate bass not low or high   5. treble a bit high but may be it needs to...
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Chiek

Perfect for acoustic songs of John Mayer

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Pros: Detailed, clear differentiation of classy acoustic music like those of John Meyer, no overpowering bass to mask the details, cable is removable.

Cons: Need an amplifier to power up the headphones. Ipod or iphone is too weak for them.

If you love acoustic unplugged smooth jazz, blues rock and classical music, go with this beauty from Philips. Fidelio X1 is perfect. So comfortable to wear. When I hear John Mayer strumming his guitars, I get goose pimples over and over again.   The cable is unusually long. However, the cable is detachable and a shorter cable be used. This makes it convenient for outdoor use.
grizzlybeast

Sweetly airy and warm with a large soundstage and small instruments.

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Pros: detail, air, bass, neutrality (besides bass), comfort, looks, easy to drive, soundstage, lack of sibilance

Cons: fragile, chord?

Previous review deleted     My impressions changed after having a brand NEW pair. I think the first set was faulty or something. This is an engaging headphone with very good balance and a healthy bass. Cons would be that It could use a little more transparency to sound hifi and the bass could be slightly tighter and reach lower in a perfect world. So this isnt a perfect world if you didnt know and even though the new l2 has a blacker background and a more hifi sound its balance is off in comparison. 
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