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Beyerdynamic MMX 300 (2nd Gen) vs Philips X2/27 Fidelio

    Posting my first thread here as instructed.

    I understand that the comparison between the MMX 300 and the Fidelio X2 may be unfair because one is closed-back and the other an open-back (and the former a headset and the latter headphones). Moreover, this situation is further complicated by my desire to purchase a dac/amp.

    I intend to use the aforementioned devices on an Xbox One X that is connected to a BenQ monitor via HDMI and occasionally on my Mac and cell phone. I mostly play FPS (I want to hear those footsteps a mile away!) and enjoy the occasional RPG (how much longer do we have to wait for Cyberpunk 2077?!).

    I wanted a headset from a respectable audiophile company and thus recently bought the MMX 300 2nd Gen for a total of $255 - they are currently in the mail. Apparently they are also great with movies and music, which is great because I have a big lossless library. However, after many days of research, I learned that in that price range, the Fidelio X2 would be a fantastic purchase, especially with their wide soundstage. Z Reviews even considered them to be a life-changing pair, granted that was three years ago.

    Fidelio X2 are in contention because I can get them for around $215. I figured that I could add a V-MODA Boom Pro mic for $30 and end up paying just about the same as I did for the Beyerdynamic headset… but with an overall better experience, whether gaming or not.

    The MMX 300 (2nd Gen) and the Fidelio X2 may not need an amp since their respective ohms are 32 and 30, but I thought it would be nice to maximize the audio experience and have a dac/amp for future headphones. My dac/amp research was a rabbit hole of options, confusion, and sheer awe. For the sake of simplicity, I wanted to limit myself to no more than $200, preferably less. I was considering a Schiit Stack or an FiiO E10K, but neither were feeling right. Then I discovered Creative’s new product, Sound BlasterX G6 ($150), which is compatible with the PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC; and powerful enough to drive 600 ohms headphones. It has gaming-centric features that I would actually enjoy and from what I read, the G6 is neutral enough for music.

    I thought it was the perfect combination I was looking for in a dac/amp but then canceled the order a couple of hours later after reading on one site that it doesn’t support game chat on the Xbox One. I don’t know how that could be since the device has independent inputs for headset and mic, which I thought was awesome for the Beyerdynamic MMX 300 (2nd Gen) because it comes with two different cables; separate audio and mic and the standard 3.5mm to plug into a controller or cell phone.

    1. Should I buy the Philips Fidelio X2 and attach a V-MODA Boom Pro mic and return the Beyerdynamic MMX 300 (2nd Gen) when they arrive, even though the latter boasts a great audio experience and one of the finest mics (some say better than the Sennheiser Game One) on a headset on the market right now?
    2. Which one would give me an easier time setting up to get chat audio from the Xbox One X?
    3. Should I reconsider the Sound BlasterX G6 and hope to find a simple way of getting chat audio? I know PC gaming wouldn’t have me juggling so many cables in order to communicate with my party. Alas, my gaming community is console-centric.

    Thank you for your time.
  2. Urusai_Inu
    hi its a bit late but i prefer x2 over mmx300 as i just got it as a BD gift (mmx300)
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2018
  3. serman005
    That is a good price for an X2 and Boom Pro and I personally would consider the X2 to be the more flexible of the two headphones you are looking at. I am no kind of expert on chat audio, so I have nothing productive to add on that topic--sorry. Other than that issue, if I were in your shoes, I would go with the X2--I just think it is the more versatile headphone of the two.

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