Thanks for your impression bizkid. I was wondering about how this headphone works with fast paced music, is it slow or fast ? The presentation is forward or laidback? Some sibilance?
Found an official spec sheet over on Philips' website and updated the OP accordingly. Nothing not already known really, just a bit of extra detail/clarification. These weigh rather heavy actually.
Those who have made reference to the X1 on the Philips UK site, would you be kind enough please to post a link as my searches have yielded nothing... .
trakh: No complaints, fit and finish is great, it's a joy to hold these in your hand before putting them on. The quality is what you would expect after seeing all the pics.
manveru: i don't mind the weight at all, the comfort for me is even slightly better than the beyerdynamics or the shure 1840
I was wondering about how this headphone works with fast paced music, is it slow or fast ? The presentation is forward or laidback? Some sibilance?
I don't really listen to fast paced music, it's not as tight and dry as the T90 but that is clearly a headphone on one extreme end of the scale. It's definately not slow but it's also not appearantly fast but note that i only listen through portables (NWZ-Z1060). The presentation is pretty neutral, some tracks sound forward, others laidback. i'd still say involving is best word to sum up the presentation. Haven't met any sibliance yet.
Back to the soundstage, i haven't heard so much depth since the W5000 few years ago but it never sounds distant. There are instruments in a mix that can sound very upfront while others are more distant, the X1 portrays that seperation better than most headphones in it's pricerange (or higher..)
A few other things: These really leak sound ALOT. My wife could hear me listening from the next room with one closed door between....
They still look like they'd be extremely comfortable because of the pads and especially the headband design. The AT wing system and suspended headbands like on AKGs are the ultimate in comfort that I've experienced. I do find it interesting that the weight is getting into ortho territory. I'm guessing because of the metal used in the construction, which might actually be considered a good thing.
Thank you Tangster!
I tried to find this page again using pretty much every attribute I could see on the page... with no luck (!), so either I can't use the Philips search facility or you saw the link somewhere else?
Thanks bizkid, for the reply and the good news.
Yikes, these would be my first open-back headphones, I better consider the ramifications...
And there is the dealbreaker...
Wait...from another room through a closed door? How is that even possible? Unless she was hearing it extremely faintly. Even with fully open headphones the only way that I could achieve that is if I blasted my ears right out of my head.
I didnt write anything about it being bothersome in the next room, it was evening so you're more sensitive to noise anyway. It was probably faint but noticeable, i wouldnt make a big deal out of it but it's still one of the louder headphones i had.
I wonder if there are other headphones with a similar construction? A minimum driversize of 50mm with a slight angle torwards the ear? The only ones i can hit on right now are the closed Audio Technicas, the open ones have straight 53mm drivers. It's definately an interesting combination. I wonder when Audio-Technica will revamp their open headphones, the AD-2000 is on the market for ages compared to how often they release updates to their closed line.