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post #1 of 6
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Hello all,


So I am planning on getting my self a pair of Philips Fidelio X1's for use on my computer, however, I was wondering if I could get a few things cleared up beforehand. I have, briefly, heard them and loved the sound so I figured it's high time I got myself a pair but I have some minor concerns.

One is regarding the non replaceable ear pads. Are they completely irreplaceable? Had anyone found any basic work around for it, or Philips adopted a new design that I haven't heard of? My primary fear is that someone else will cause damage to the headphones while I'm not around.

Aside from that, I've read about the annoyances of the stock cables, but have never bought replacement cables before. Are there any that are recommended? I'd prefer to avoid anything unsightly as a pairing to the X1. I live in Canada so I don't know of any reputable retailers around here.

For my desktop I was thinking of getting an amp and a dac, and I was looking at the Schiit Magni and Modi stack. Relatively inexpensive, doesn't take a lot of space to have on top of the desk, and there have been a lot of good things said about it. Is this going to pair well with the X1 or should I look at another brand or company product?

This isn't as much of a concern as it is just me wondering, but is the sound leakage bad? I've read mixed things, some say it is and others the opposite, so I don't really know what to make of it.

Another point of interest for me, is what is your take on these cans? Likes, dislikes? Amp pairings? Let me know what you think, if be interested in hearing it.
post #2 of 6

As far as I know, the pads are not replaceable still.

 

Look into Media Bridge or Monoprice simple aux cables for a replacement cable. That or V-Moda cables.

 

Modi/Magni should be fine. However, the X1 does not require an amp FYI.

 

Since they are an open headphone, they do leak sound. If you want a comparison of how much, maybe someone else can comment as I do not own them anymore.

 

Overall, I really enjoyed the X1's while I had them. The look and comfort are second to none and the bass hits hard. I'm sure you will enjoy them more than you already have!

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

It's unfortunate to hear about the ear pads, but I guess I can just be even more careful with them to ensure they last as long as they can. And thanks a million for the different cable suggestions, I'll be sure to look into all of them to find the right one for me.  

And I'm glad to hear about the comfort and the bass. It's pretty much what I was looking for with them and, from what I've read, they seem to deliver on all fronts that I wanted. I'm positive I will be enjoying these cans for a long time to come. 

Thanks for the reply, and being as concise as you were. I appreciate it. 

post #4 of 6
The pads can be removed. I have removed them and substituted with Mad Dogs angled pads. If you click on my name and posts on the main X1 thread, you'll see pictures etc. From memory I think it was around June.
post #5 of 6
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That is excellent, I'll look for them to see if I can get a better idea of how the pads are attached and if I would be able to replace them. Too bad I'm no handy man, it might be easier if I was. Thanks for letting me know.
post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by Phestezeo View Post

That is excellent, I'll look for them to see if I can get a better idea of how the pads are attached and if I would be able to replace them. Too bad I'm no handy man, it might be easier if I was. Thanks for letting me know.
And here they are with Beyerdynamic velour pads.
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