Philips Fidelio X2HR Open-Air Headphone Review

Philips Fidelio X2HR

The Philips Fidelio X2HR are a great pair of over the ears, wired open back headphones. They have a great neutral sounding to them, the sounding profile is very well balanced, which makes them compatible to every genre of music and content, but some people have found them quite dull and piercing on some tracks. They are very comfortable to wear because of the soft well padded ear cups and the adjustable headband, and they have 10 out of 10 comfortability even if you wear them for extended periods of time. Because they have an open back design they do not block out much of the outside surrounding noises and they do not have a built in microphone.

PROS:

  • Brilliant sound
  • Superb value
  • Swappable cable

CONS:

  • Lacks extras
  • 3m cable only

Design

Philips Fidelio X2HR have e very premium and stylish look to them, they are quite large and bulky but so are most of the open back headphones on the market. They are made out pf high quality metal and plastic that gives them that high end and sleek look. The headphones are mostly made out of plastic, they feel dense and solid and for some extra sturdiness some metal has been added for reinforcement. They look, feel and are much more durable and they seem like the kind of headphones that can survive a fair amount of drops and bumps without causing to much damage. The audio cable is detachable so you can easily replace it if it gets damaged. But the only down fall is that the headband is held in place by two small pieces of plastic that could eventually break. They are very comfortable and weight only 0.86 lbs and their grip or clamping force is 1.2 lbs, and they don’t cause discomfort whatsoever. When it comes to how portable they are, thee aren’t. This is because they are very large and don’t fold up, so they take up a lot of space when you try to store them. And they don’t come with any protective or carrying case. They aren’t very stable on the head though, they will sit in place if you are sitting down or laying down, they aren’t designed for you to go running or working out with them. If you move or shake your head ever so slightly they will move or even slip off your head.

Sound quality of Philips Fidelio X2HR

The sounding of Philips Fidelio X2HR headphones is great. The sound is always very well balanced and accurate, and they are compatible with a wide range of music genres. Although the treble range is uneven and causes some high frequency sounds and may come across very sharp , then others would say that they sound dull and lack in brightness. But in general the frequency levels in these headphones is absolutely fine , some may need to adjust them to their desires amount so they can get that treble response they want. The bass is also consistent. They also have great bass accuracy. But then again like most open back headphones they lack s bit in low-bass reducing the amount of thump and rumble. The mid levels are also excellent. They follow the target curve almost perfectly for the entire range and they give out accuracy mids and vocals. The treble accuracy in these headphones is quite all right they also follow the target curve well through the low-treble range , they might come of a bit uneven in the mid-treble but that isn’t a big deal. The peaks and dips in these headphones is good. Most of the bass and mid ranges are flat and the biggest peaks and dips are found in the treble range. The high peak in the mid treble is found followed by the big dip in the high treble, which causes the sound to be sharp , piercing and even dull. The imaging is excellent , some GD graphs show that an entire group delay response is bellow the audibility threshold that gives out a tight bass and a transparent treble. And the left and right drivers were matched, this is mainly important so that they can accurately place the location of objects and instruments for example voices are footsteps in the stereo image.

Noise Isolation

With the Philips Fidelio X2HR headphones being and open back pair we can except that they have poor noise isolation, since the back of each ear cup is open. They don’t block out the outside surrounding noises and you can almost here everything that’s going around you even at high volume. The leakage as expected is also quite poor. Even if you are listening to your music at medium volume , everyone around you can still hear everything you are listening to.

Verdit

The Philips Fidelio X2HR headphones are great for listening to music in high quality but only if you aren’t in such a crowded space because they lack in noise cancellation and the music does tend to leak through. But all in all if you aren’t very picky and you just want to listen to your music than these would be a great fit.

Philips Fidelio X2HR Open-Air Headphone Review
Philips Fidelio X2HR Open-Air Headphone Review

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